The Busou Shinki
TV series is a Twelve-Episode Anime
based on the toyline of the same name
, which aired from October to December 2012.
Busou Shinki provides examples of the following tropes:
- All There in the Manual: Master's name is Rihi Rihito. It is briefly seen on a letter Hamster in chewing on in episode 11.
- Balloon Belly: Potchi and Tamami fall to that trope after using all the jelly Can in episode 4.
- Bathtub Scene: Briefly in episode 2, more prominent in episode 3.
- Battle Ballgown: Both Ines and Lene's armor looks like that.
- Beach Episode: Subverted in episode 5. It seems to shape up for such an episode, but then the girls get accidentally left behind and spend the rest of the episode trying to follow their master.
- Berserk Button
- Harming her master or even his belongings is a good way to piss Ann off.
- The same can be applied to Lene.
- Book Ends: Episode 8 starts with Ann and Hina playing a game with Lene while Ines carries a bottle of "grow me big juice". The episode ends with Ines carrying the exact same bottle which freaks Ann out.note
- Brainwashed: Hina has her memory reset by Shinki collector Jindou at the end of episode 11 and for most of episode 12.
- The Cameo: Several other shinki models, by definition. Especially notable for when it's someone's favorite.
- Christmas Episode: Episode 10.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In episode 4's race, as the racers break the rules more and more, Ianeira finds flimsier and flimsier excuses to keep the race going, all while keeping that sweet, nonchalant tone of hers.
- Combat Tentacles: Utilized in episode 2.
- Cute and Psycho: Maryceles.
- Chain of Deals: how Ann winds up with vacation tickets
- Dark Is Evil: Both a strarf model(MMS Devil) and a Valona model(MMS Succubus) are used as villains in the 11th and 12th episodes. The exact opposite remains true for Hina, of course, seeing as how she's also a Strarf model.
- Dojikko: Lene.
- Dream Tropes: Just about all of Episode 8:
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Ann has her mind swapped with a Strarf model (Later revealed to be Hina) in the OVA.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Pausing at exactly 22:06 in episode 12 and reading the box in the background labeled "2" reveals an entire summery of the original ova "Busou Shinki Moon Angels". And it isn't a mythology gag - It actually comes out and explains it, and even uses on the a voice actor from both series' as an example.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Many Shinki beam weapons.
- Gainaxing: Lene. Especially in the opening theme.
- Ghost Story: The first part of episode 7. The entire episode may count as one, given the twist at the end...
- Hard Drinking Tropes: A nice-sized chunk of episode 11 becomes this courtesy of the Hard Nitro can.
- Hologram: The battle disc that creates Shinki battle and home environments does so via hologram. It can also cover Shinki in a Holographic Disguise or act as a Virtual Training Simulation.
- Holographic Terminal: The computers both humans and Shinki use. Employs Hard Light.
- I Got Bigger: In episode 8, Ann gets doused in a supposed growth formula and gets turned into a human.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Ann's fight with a brainwashed Hina in episode 12.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: The MMS body Shinkis use is exactly this.
- Merchandise-Driven: In a surprising aversion, by the time the 2012 anime aired, the toys were no longer available at most retail outlets and the Battle Rondo MMO game had been shut down.
- Mini-Mecha: The Shinkis themselves are this to humans, but Tamami also has a set of cat-styled tank drones that she can deploy from her shoulders.
- Mirror Match
- Occurs in Episode 6 between Ann and another Shinki of the same model and armor color scheme as her. Even the other Shinkis have a hard time telling which is Ann.
- Happens again to a certain extent in episode 12 when Hina fights Shinki Champion Victoria, another Strarf model. Thankfully it gets easier to tell them apart when Hina adds Ann's armor onto hers.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: of the Mecha Musume kind.
- Painted-On Pants: Confirmed in episode 3 when Hina requires her paint to be retouched.
- Powered Armor: The kind of armor the girls use in battle.
- Precision F-Strike: The commentor drops one in episode 4 when she's had it that the rules are not being followed.
Mary Takigawa Celes: And there you have it. So move those asses, you f***n' worms.
- Road Trip Episode: What episode 5 really is for the girls.
- Robot Girl: This and Mecha Musume is what Busou Shinki is all about.
- Robot Maid: Lene insists 'Maid Armor' is required for cleaning, 'Apron Armor' for cooking.
- Saving Christmas (sort of): A weird combination of Santa's Sick and the Sleigh is Broke. Ann's job is helping a Santa Shinki named Tsugaru in delivering presents for a promotion. After they split up, Tsugaru is injured while playing with a dog and cannot complete her part. Ann takes over and while delivering the last present, gets caught in a snow storm sending Tsugaru's armor and sleigh crashing into a tree, which throws the present high up on a building and the sleigh running off. Ann has to get the help of Hina, Ines and Lene to get the present back.
- Sexy Santa Dress: Ann's job uniform in episode 10.
- Shinki on Fire: Ach became this after drinking a Nitro-flavoured jelly can, until she fell into the pond.
Ach: I'm goin' berserk!
- Shout-Out: At the end of episode 5, a miniature replica Statue of Liberty can be seen half-buried in the sand at the beach.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: It's not pointed out, but Arnvals like Ann are called MMS Angel, while Strarf models like Hina are called MMS Devil.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Hina combining her armor with Ann's in the 12th episode.
- Straight Man: Ines is very much this most of the time, upon seeing what shenanigans the other three got up to.
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Hina demands the Shinkis call her by her model name, Strarf; she only allows her master to call her by the name he gave her.
- Time Bomb: The major plot point of episode 6.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: This is the year 2036, and apart from all Shinki-related technology, it's not that different from now.
- Underboobs: Strarf's armored form.
- Valkyries: Both Lene's model type[Altene] and Ines'[altines] are called "MMS Valkyrie".
- Verbal Tic Maochao and Lene. Maochao's "Nano-da" was also used in the Battle Masters videogames
- Wacky Racing: Episode 4. It starts out normal enough with all participants using the same cars, but quickly degenerates as all the racers fall into a trap pit on the race track. After that, the rules regarding what is allowed and what is not gets slimmer and slimmer.
Maryceles: This isn't a race anymore!
- Wretched Hive: Episode 9. It feels like the plot is a parody of something.