Anime: CB Chara Go Nagai World
Go Nagai. Basically, it was a crossover among three of his series -Devilman, Mazinger Z and Violence Jack, with cameos from a few others- in which the characters find themselves in a "Chi Bi World" (another term for Super-Deformed.) Although mostly a comedy, it features some good action, one or two touching moments, and some pretty good music and animation. You can watch it here: The story starts with the main Devilman characters -Akira, Ryo and Miki- waking up one day to find that they've been turned into midgets (!) and that the world is now composed of floating islands that orbit a "sun". Note that they already know they are Manga characters, but don't know why they have had such a "style change." They set out for the land of demons to try to find an explanation, but end up tangling instead with the female demon Sirene, who claims Devilman is her lover! This in turn gets interrupted when the Mad Scientist Dr. Hell kidnaps Sirene to be HIS bride! The characters then go to "Mazinger's World" (the islands are linked by thin natural bridges) to recover her. There Akira befriends Koji, the Mazinger's pilot, but Ryo (who is secretly Satan) ends up taking over Dr. Hell's operation. He discovers that their entire universe is just part of Go Nagai's imagination and tries to use it for his own purposes, but is opposed by Devilman and Mazinger. Their battle ends up in Violence Jack's world (and confirms the canonical connection between it and Devilman's.) Everything ends up well for everybody- except perhaps for Ryo.CB Chara Go Nagai World was a 3-part OVA series that was a homage to the work of Japanese manga author
Tropes featured in the movie:
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier - Dr. Hell's Flying Fortress
- Alas, Poor Yorick - Jinmen's and Count Broken's talking heads
- Butt Monkey - The Demon Cleanup Squad. Jinmen upon his introduction.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Miki and Sirene.
- First Law of Resurrection - Applied in an unexpected way
- Genre Savvy - Miki
- Glory Days - The original Mazinger and Getter Robo don't seem to get the respect they used to.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Devilman acts one for Akira when he had the choice of choosing Miki or Sirene.
- Heroic Sacrifice - Koji blowing up the Mazinger
- How Unscientific!: When he sees Getter Robo combining, Dr. Hell mutters that it is utterly unscientific.
- Lighter and Softer: It's hardly a perfect world, but certainly better than the characters' real ones.
- Lost World: The CB world resembles a Hollow Earth
- Love Dodecahedron - Akira, Miki, Siren, Dr. Hell, Kaim and Ryo
- Mental World
- Off with His Head!: Jinmen gets decapitated by Miki as soon as he trips over a rock with a butcher knife. Still alive though.
- Rage Against the Heavens - Ryo's
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money! - Ryo's Demonic Express Gold Card
- Super-Deformed - Actually lampshaded and explained for once!
- Talking to Themself - Baron Ashura
- Toon Physics - Both applied and averted at different times
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia - Ryo
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