Anime / Cross Ange

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Definitely not your typical mecha or harem anime. Clockwise from right: 

Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons (Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo) is a Sunrise original anime, airing as part of the Fall 2014 Anime season.

Since obtaining the information technology known as "Mana," humanity has used its near-magical power to eliminate global crisis such as war, food shortages, and pollution, creating an age of peace and freedom.

Princess Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi is the First Princess of the Misurugi Empire, set to become the next Empress. However, during the Baptism Ritual, she is unable to use Mana. Everyone realizes that she is a Norma, a person who is unable to use Mana, and are seen by society as outcasts.

She is exiled to a remote island, where she meets a group of Norma girls who fight using humanoid machines called Para-mails. They fight against dragons from another dimension who have come to invade their own as Angelise prepares to get revenge on her brother for turning her into an outcast.

The show has been simulcasted by Crunchyroll and people can watch it here. It is also licensed by Sentai Filmworks for an English-language release. The show also has a Yonkoma parody manga entitled Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Gakuen (Cross Ange: School of Angels and Dragons) and a game entitled Cross Ange Rondo of Angel and Dragon Tr. with an original protagonist. The series also appears in Super Robot Wars V.

Character tropes should go on Cross Ange's Character page, and tropes from specific episodes go on the Recap page.


Cross Ange provides examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating:
    • Embryo is the mostly scorned person outside the Mana society — Norma, DRAGONs, and Ancient Humans. Even Salia, whose loyalty still lies to Embryo, found this out the hard way when she is called out by Jill in the penultimate episode as she is the last person to realize that Embryo doesn't love anyone and has no qualms of abandoning her.
    • Heck, even the Mana users themselves are to be hated as much they jeered so much on the Norma. With Embryo attempting to merge the two worlds shows that they got what they deserved.
  • Absentee Actor: Most of the main cast are absent in "Traitorous Homeland," as its focus is on Ange and Hilda's time in the mainlands.
  • Accidental Pervert: Tusk in "Ange Loss," complete with all the fanservice cliches. Him digging himself deeper wasn't helping his case.
  • Ace Custom: Para-mail pilots are encouraged to invest in the customization of their Para-mails and aces can afford to invest more than everyone else. The best example would be Hilda, whose Glaive para-mail started life just like any of its mass-produced counterparts, and modified with a focus on high mobility.
  • Action Prologue: The anime starts with Ange already a skilled pilot of Villkiss and two of the Para-mails shot down by the Brig-class Dragon.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The game removes several characters (including Tania, Irma, Liza, Misty and outside of one screenshot, Sylvia)note  and condenses or extensively alters several plot points, such as how and where Chris, and later Embryo, are killed.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The manga and the PS Vita game expand the characterization of many characters.
  • Adorkable:
    • Poor Tusk just can't seem to do anything without it coming off as pervy, even despite his best intentions. Even walking.
    • Salia, who is like the nerdy bookworm when compared to the cool-girl likes of Ange and Hilda, and seems desperately to want to find a boyfriend in her boyless world... and then there is her Cosplay hobby for relieving her stress.
  • Aerith and Bob: This series has some pretty normal names like Vivian, Rosalie, Chris, and Hilda, to the more outrageous names: Salamandinay, Embryo, and Tusk to name a few.
  • After the End: "Ange and Tusk" reveals that Ange, Tusk and Vivian, following their emergency teleportation in the previous fight against Embryo, landed on Earth, which had suffered World War Seven more than 500 years ago and humanity had all but gone extinct. Conveniently enough, it's also become the homeworld of the DRAGON.
  • A God Am I: Embryo, the immortal scientist who re-engineered humanity to be able to use magic after World War VII virtually wiped the human race off of the planet. Now he plans to completely wipe them out and "reset" everything. It's sorta zig-zagged. Embryo is called "God" by others, but claims that he never himself that, but doesn't think that this label is really that wrong, either.
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: It turns out that the subersible carrier Aurora can also fly, and can do so without Mana to boot.
  • The Alliance: The Ancient Humans form an alliance with the Norma in the backstory against Embryo and the World of Mana. And in the final episodes of Cross Ange, Team Libertus team up with the Dragons to fight against Embryo.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Julio orders the assault on Arzenal in, appropriately enough, "Arzenal Burns".
  • Alpha Bitch:
    • Hilda, who leads her pack of of wicked friends, and wishes to assert her dominance over others after obtaining her upping in the ranks. Even following in her predecessor's, Zola, footsteps in seducing the other pilots. Later, subverted.
    • Zola herself too, though to a lesser extent as her actions were also to break in stubborn pilots like Ange, to prepare them for the tough roads ahead and make them realize the cruelty of life.
    • Chris drives her new posse after Ange and Hilda left her for dead, not realizing that Embryo could resurrect someone who exploded.
  • Anti-Magic: Normas disrupt the use of Mana.
  • Another Side, Another Story: The game offers the player to make choices Ange did not make in "Arzenal Burns" in the series: leaving with the Aurora or join Embryo.
  • Anyone Can Die: The impression the first three episodes give, with four named characters (Ange's mother, her newest two groupies, and the sexually-abusive team mom) dying right after being introduced. The party gets a breather for the remaining first half, and then names get crossed off. King Jurai is also executed, and confirmed dead in "Goodbye From the Gallows". Julio took a Wave Motion Gun to the face in "Arzenal Burns," and the final act throws the kid gloves off: "The Survivors" where Marika, one of Rosalie's pupils, is executed by Chris in an ace maneuver. Then, of course, the last two episodes adds Tania, Erma, Jill and Embryo into the death count as well.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: While set in the far future after World War Seven, the soldiers still use guns and Para-mails still have swords and guns equipped. Justified because the world of Mana is more peaceful.
  • Arc Words: "Destroy the world." It's said by everyone who has some dream of ending the society of human Mana users, but what that means differs from user to user.
  • Army of Thieves and Whores: "Violent, evil, antisocial" Normas have only one possible use in the eyes of Mana states - Cannon Fodder.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Sucking out venom from a wound is pure pseudoscience, it doesn't remove any venom and can possibly contaminate the wound.
  • Ass Shove: Ange gets one at the end of the "The Fallen Imperial Princess."
  • A-Team Firing:
    • In "Goodbye From the Gallows," Ange gets into firefights with policemen and guards, but nobody gets visibly hit. Justified because policemen and guards are ordered to capture Ange and use mana shields to protect themselves from her counter-fire.
    • And then there's "The Tuner of Time" where Ragna-mails piloted by Ersha and Chris don't even hit a stationary submarine.
  • Award Bait Song: Nana Mizuki's Necessary. Sparkly synth? Check. Love song? Check. Reserved for Tusk x Ange scenes? Check.
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: Fans hoping for serious lesbian romance were sorely disappointed when Tusk quickly turned into Ange's main love interest, on account of being one of the rare guys in the show. In general, romantic relationships between women seem to be used mostly for titillation, and then even those often turn sour after a while. In the final episodes, two lesbian romances have been put forth as quite serious. Even with a little Aesop dropped about changing the world that doesn't accept that sort of love.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Standard pilot suit and everyday clothes for an Arzenal citizen is to always have their stomach showing.
  • Batman Gambit: In "Goodbye from the Gallows", Julio claims that he intentionally let Momoka leave the empire and sneak to Arzenal knowing that she would help Ange to return and give him a reason to execute her.
  • Beach Episode: "Bikini Escape", which also combines it with a Festival Episode.
  • Beam-O-War: Done by Ange and Sala twice: first was during the DRAGON invasion of Arzenal; the second during the defense of the DRAGON inhabitants near the Aura Temple.
  • Bedmate Reveal: At the end of "Lonely Mutiny", Ange wakes up tied and naked and Tusk is beside her, sleeping.
  • The Big Board: Embryo uses one when planning out his next moves in "Distorted World."
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Appropriately enough in "Ange and Tusk", Ange kisses Tusk complete with epic music from one of Nana Mizuki's award bait insert songs. It's even a two-for-one that starts off with a light hesitant peck that quickly escalates into something much more passionate.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Misurugis. Father and mother lavished attention at the middle child making the oldest child a bit inferior and jealous. Then said older brother found out that her younger sister was a Norma and decided to get rid of her alongside their parents who kept it a secret on the biggest day of her year. Meanwhile, youngest child is devastated at finding out her older sister is a Norma and decides to kill her for making her a cripple and in her own words, "killing their parents because she's a Norma". Family of the year.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Embryo and Julio are dead, the Norma and DRAGONs now co-exist and have a happy ending, Aura is freed, and the merging of the two worlds have stopped. However, Misurugi is destroyed and hundreds have perished; many DRAGONs and Norma are killed during the Final Battle; the former Mana-using citizens have to survive on their own; and Zola, Sophia, Jurai, Marika and Jill are dead.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: The huge DRAGONS are males, while the smaller ones are females. Female DRAGONS can transform into a humanoid form, while the males apparently cannot, judging by their fascination with Tusk.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The word "Assault" for Assault Mode in this series is spelled as "Assult". This is both present in "The Fallen Imperial Princess" and "Villkiss Awakens". It gets fixed in later episodes.
  • Bookends: In the very first episode, Ange sings The Endless Song as she fights off a group of dragons. In the final episode, Ange sings this song to summon Villkiss when Embryo is about to rape her.
  • Boom, Headshot: "Arzenal Burns," right after Ange blows away the rubble blocking the hangar, the Para-Mail squadron takes off and then a Misurugi soldier still barely alive from the explosion blindfires his rifle and headshots Chris, followed by her Para-Mail crashing and exploding. However, Embryo then appears on the scene and revives her.
  • Bread and Circuses / Dystopia: The mainlands are a very nice place to live, with no crime or poverty. That is, unless you're found to be a Norma, which means you're sent off to a prison colony and conscripted to fight against DRAGONS until you die.
  • Brick Joke: At the end of "Beyond Time," Cafe Ange is now opened for business.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    • Ange has this reaction when confronting a dragon that was about to kill her in "Villkiss Awakens".
    • Sylvia has this as well after Ange's Tough Love treatment in "Distorted World".
  • The Cake Is a Lie: In "Arzenal Burns", Julio disguises the massacre against the Normas on Arzenal as a relief effort. Only Momoka, and maybe Emma are fooled. This doesn't last.
  • Cel Shading: The CG models in both the show and game, to varying degrees of success.
  • Censor Steam: The bath area is covered with steam at strategic levels whenever the characters are naked there as well as rainbows.
  • Child Soldiers: Norma as young as 12 take part in battle.
  • Chromosome Casting: The story is about a military unit for which only females fulfill the criteria for getting drafted and which is isolated from the rest of the world, so there are only female characters around.
  • Conscription: Anyone who can't use magic is forced to become a soldier and fight dragons.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Anytime Para-mail pilots have to eliminate DRAGONs, they're always short on numbers. Even when some of the pilots upgraded from Para-mail to Ragna-mail. Salamandinay even lampshades this.
  • Clothing Damage: Happens repeatedly in the intro, and then rather viscerally at the end of "The Fallen Imperial Princess" when Jill strips her for a cavity search.
  • Conspicuous CG:
    • The mecha and Aurora are rendered exclusively through this method while the dragons alternate between 2D and 3D depending on the scene. Ange and several of the other girls also turn CGI at times throughout the series as well.
    • Hilda's animated through this method in one scene of "Beyond Time". And it's really noticeable.
    • Reversed in the game, where it's the CGI that's normal and the odd bit of 2D is what stands outnote .
  • Crapsack World:
    • If you're a Norma. The world of Cross Ange is (supposedly) a magic utopia, but for Normas (who can't use magic) it is a living hell. Normas have no basic human rights, and generally the population is conditioned to hate and fear them and treat them as sub-humans, having no qualms about gleefully beating them to a pulp and feeling justified in it, and have zero sympathy for Normas. To add insult to injury, Normas are forced into service as Para-mail pilots to fight and die against dragons for their magic oppressors.
    • And not just for the Normas humans who can use magic (actually information materialization) are the result of genetic engineering in the aftermath of World War VII, when humanity nearly wiped itself out. Humans who use magic were engineered to be more submissive, thus the use of those humans who are actually normal (normas) as an institutionalized scapegoat.
  • Darker and Edgier: It's the Spiritual Successor of the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED franchise and it's very dark and bloody. The themes of the show are explicit references to terrorism, racism, sexism and sexual abuse in more detail than in Gundam. Only 3 characters in the show are actually nice and everyone else is a complete Jerkass. There are scenes of the main character getting hanged and babies getting abandoned. The main villain is a rapist god who wants the destruction of two parallel universes by merging them together. He also tortures two characters through explicit mind rape and forcing them to masturbate. The gore is very high despite it being animated with someone getting their skin melted off, a character getting blasted in half with a high case of Overdrawn at the Blood Bank and characters getting shot and stabbed constantly. One common warning about people is that is not for the faint of heart.
  • Darkest Hour: "The Survivors": Everybody failed in their objectives, Tusk and Momoka died (not really as shown later) and Ange is separated from the rest of the crew (again), but this time with absolutely no morale left.
  • David vs. Goliath:
    • Anytime someone fights a DRAGON, the character is usually the David and the DRAGON being the Goliath.
    • The Aurora and its crew against the rest of the world, not to mention Embryo. For some reason, the Norma are treated as a genuine menace.
  • Dead Star Walking: Megumi Hayashibara voices Empress Sophia Ikaruga Misurugi and dies during "The Fallen Imperial Princess"note  Minori Chihara and Michiko Neya, who are Miranda Campbell and Zola Axberg respectively, have their characters dead at the beginning of "Villkiss Awakens".
  • Defiant Captive: Whenever Embryo indulges in a I Have You Now, My Pretty upon seeing Ange, she always rejects his advances.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Once Julio orders the genocide of normas, the latter begin to defend themselves against his forces. This goes double for Ange who after suffering a multitude of Kick the Dog moments at his hands, finally has a hand in giving him what he deserves.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening. "Kindan no Resistance" is sung by Nana Mizuki, who plays the main character Ange. The ending theme "Rinrei" is sung by Eri Kitamura, who plays the character Salia.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: In general, because DRAGON girls almost never get to see a male in human form, they are quite forthright about "examining [Tusk's] adult male body." Doctor Gecko even tells him, "Next time, we must experiment with mating."
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • After everything Ange was put through, she's finally able to live a peaceful life and open a cafe by the Grand Finale.
    • The surviving residents of Arzenal as well as the DRAGO Ns are able to make peace and coexist on old Earth after years of fighting each other.
  • Earth All Along: While it's quite obvious that the main setting is an alternate Earth, the world where the DRAGONs come from turns out to be a post-apocalyptic version of our Earth.
  • Earth That Used to Be Better: Where Ange, Tusk, and Vivian ended up in "Ange and Tusk".
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Towards the end of the series, Ange forgives Liza for helping Julio cause the events of the series to happen in the first place.
    • Averted hard for the Mana users, especially when Ange refuses to help them since they tried to execute her when she first returned to Misurugi.
  • Ecchi: It's got very strong sexual themes, references (Including rape scenes and a reference to sexual intercourse), lots of breast and butt shots and loads of strong Yuri such as girls groping each other and two of the characters have sexual intercourse off-screen.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: In the last battle, Villkiss and the allied Ragna-mails gain new more powerful modes.
  • Empathic Weapon: Ragna-mails and DRAGON-mails. Over the course of the series, Villkiss saves Ange and responds to her wills. In the last episode, Aura reveals that Ragna-mails respond to people's strong wills which is later delinvoked by Salia and Hilda to throw off Embryo's control of their Ragna-mails.
  • Empire with a Dark Secret: Any mainland mana-using nation. All norma are sent off to a prison colony to fight DRAGONs.
  • End of an Age: At the end of the series, the Mana are now powerless and Embryo is no more.
  • Enhanced on DVD: The Blu-Ray and DVD release fixed several Off Model shots and animation errors.
  • Eternal Recurrence: Apparently Sala and Ange keep meeting each other in different lives. Though Fukuda said it's alternate worlds, not reincarnation.
  • Evil Costume Switch: The girls who side with Embryo gets new uniforms and rider-suits which are noticeably darker and much less skimpy than their old ones.
  • Evil Overlord List: Embryo forgot to check off many of them, including major ones such as numbers 425: "If I hear the Hero's theme music, and it's not a Dark Reprise, I will not keep fighting. I will get the hell away, because the Narrative Gods have decided against me," and 508: "If I do clone myself to have a backup body, I will keep the clone in stasis until needed. I will also perfect a foolproof method of transferring my consciousness between clone bodies, because the point here is for me to conquer the world. My identical twin doing it just isn't the same."
  • Expy:
    • Aside from the Shout-Out below, Ange also has similarities with Kamille Bidan:
      • Both have parents in the government (Ange's parents are both the Emperor and the Empress while Kamille's parents are both Federation officers), are arrogant and stubborn which results in them being subjected to any forms of physical abuse and punishment, has a sport which helps in their piloting (Ange being an Iaria player, Kamille being a champion in Mobile Suit contests) and lastly, both are pilots of Super Prototype Transforming Mecha (Ange's Villkiss and Kamille's Zeta Gundam).
      • Her apology letter in "Salia's Gloom" mirrors that of Kamille's own apology letter in Gundam Evolve.
      • Their respective units have parallels too!! In "Arzenal Burns", Villkiss' Michael Mode share the same abilities with the Zeta Gundam in its Biosensor Mode (Waverider Crash included!).
    • Character design wise, Tusk is Kira Yamato.
    • Hairstyle-wise, Sala resembles Yurin L'Ciel.
    • The sequence in "Ange and Tusk" when Ange and Tusk find out that Earth got destroyed by a lot of Ragna-mails is very similar to the Dark/Black History.
  • Fallen Princess: Ange becomes one once she is exiled to Arzenal. It's also the title for the first episode of the series. Jill reveals herself to be one as well, and had the potential to pilot the Villkiss due to her royal ring, which she lost along with her arm.
  • Fan Disservice: In "The Tuner of Time" and "God's Soul-Searching", we are treated to very gratuitous shots of Ange stripping and masturbating, though it's because Embryo is subjecting her to mind control and artificially heightened senses. Suddenly, the scene loses its titillation factor.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Norma have no rights as people, and are seemingly kept in isolated prisons and used as weapons of war. The level of the racism in this world has to be seen to be believed. Essentially when someone is revealed to be a Norma, generally every man, woman, and child (regardless of if its a family member or a best friend they've known for years), will suddenly turn on them and hatefully treat them like animals that deserve to die for simply existing. They all gleefully spout that all Normas are "violent, vicious, anti-social monsters," yet ironically fail to see that the only people who embody these aspects are the magic-using humans themselves.
  • Fantastic Nuke: Dracinium, the power source of all mana. It can cause explosions and seems to leave fallout, too, which is what the DRAGO Ns are engineered to clean up.
  • Fighter-Launching Sequence: Always happens whenever the pilots have to launch in their Para-mails.
  • Final Solution:
    • Julio orders the genocide of the Norma in "Arzenal Burns". His allies launch an invasion of Arzenal, killing nearly all of the Norma save for those on the Aurora and Ange. Unfortunately for Julio, Embryo kills him for his failure to follow orders.
    • Towards the end of the series, Embryo launches the space-time convergience to kill off all lifeforms save for a new humanity he's creating, but he doesn't get that far.
  • First Kiss: Ange and Tusk share one to signify their growing love for each other in, appropriately enough, "Ange and Tusk,"
  • Foreshadowing: The "friendly fire" incident in "Ange Loss" was seen as stupid by fans and everyone laughed at how inept the pilots were when they encountered a loose DRAGON. Turns out, they get overcome with Berserker Rage whenever they hear a DRAGON roar as shown by Emma in "Dragon Song" when she suddenly becomes too aggressive. In fact, episode five is known by fans as the "foreshadowing episode" as it foreshadows a lot of things despite the fanservice hijinks.
  • Fragile Speedster: Vivian's prototype Para-mail Razor has enhanced mobility and a lighter armor than other Para-mails.
  • From Dress to Dressing: In a flashback in "Momoka Has Arrived!", young Angelise rips the hem of her dress to treat a wound of young Momoka.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Dragon, in this series, is an acronym for "Dimensional Rift Attuned Gargantuan Organic Neototypes".
  • Genre Shift: It was subtle but the series slowly went from a dark Real Robot series into a campy Super Robot series as the show went on.
  • Girls Behind Bars: While technically not a prison but a military organization, Arzenal is a Penal Colony in all but name. And of course, there are no Norma boys (or are there?).
  • Golden Super Mode: During the opening, the Villkiss turns gold and fires lightning bolts towards another Para-mail that also fires lightning bolts.
  • Grand Theft Prototype: Though whether it is a prototype or not is a matter of debate, this is how Villkiss ends up in Arzenal: the Ancient Humans jacked it while raiding one of the Columns of Dawn.
  • Grey Rain of Depression: During "Villkiss Awakens", this trope was in full effect when Ange pulls a cart full of tombstones for Zola, Miranda, and Coco with Ange being suicidal. Happens again in "Necessary" when Ersha mourns for the kids who got caught in the blast during the fighting that happened.
  • Gullible Lemmings: Embryo comments among his regrets about the World of Mana that people have become stagnant and lack free thought, and have been duped all too easily into abhorring Norma.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Both Ange and Hilda experience major ones when at the end of "Traitorous Homeland" when both their loved ones betrayed them. Both were even called monsters just because they existed.
  • High School A.U.: An official one in Tenshi to Ryuu no Gakuen. No dragons, no robots, no deaths, and an Ange that is just short of being a Cloud Cuckoolander.
  • Humans Are Bastards:
    • Many Humans state that all Normas are "violent, evil, anti-social monsters" and use it as their justification for their hatred, abuse, and murder of Normas. However through this series most Normas are shown to be decent, normal girls who just happened to not be able to use the Light of Mana. On the other hand most Humans are vicious and outright monstrous in their treatment of Normas, and gleefully feel like they're justified in their bigotry and abuse simply because they're Normas.
    • Ange states this trope in episode ten during her execution, as many of her former friends, family and acquaintances happily call for her hanging, and giving no real reason for why she needed to be executed outside of "she's a Norma". Fully realizing the utter insanity and stupidity of their hatred of Normas, and wondering why Normas had to fight and die for these horrible people, she comments that Humans Are the Real Monsters.
  • Idiot Hair: Everyone in this show has one hairstyle: have an idiot hair sticking out like a sore thumb.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Embryo trying to make Ange become his wife.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: During her first time piloting a Para-mail simulator, Ange notes that it's like piloting a hoverbike for the Iaria sport.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: In "The Tuner of Time", Ersha and Chris' attacks on the Aurora miraculous don't hit even when it's in plain view and not moving.
  • Important Haircut: Ange cuts her hair at the end of "Villkiss Awakens" to symbolize that she has accepted her fate.
  • Improbably Female Cast: There are only three major male characters in the series: Tusk, Julio, and Embryo and the latter doesn't make a debut until halfway into the series when he replaces Julio as the primary antagonist by killing him off, bringing the male cast down to two. After Embryo's death in the final episode, Tusk is the sole remaining male left.
  • Info Dump: Has happened in several episodes, sometimes back-to-back.
  • Innocent Bigot: Despite her prejudice against Norma, Ange never seems to bear any actual malice toward them.
  • Irony: The end of the series leaves the humans mostly as what they accused Norma of being: violent and antisocial. The Norma meanwhile finally get to live in peace.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • Ange and Vivian, Ange and Sala.
    • Hilda and Sala.
  • Island Base: Arzenal, the home base of the Norma Para-mail squadrons.
  • It Is Beyond Saving: Embryo plans to merge both the mana world and the DRAGON world because he feels that people in the mana world have become too complacent and prejudiced, so he decides to recreate it again.
  • Kick the Dog: The hangman constructed to execute Ange is a short drop, which is an improper design that does not kill her, instead leaving her to hang and choke until she's saved. A proper hangman has a longer drop that instantly kills its victim by snapping the neck. This may just be an error on Julio's part, though it's more likely this was done on purpose to torture her.
  • Kill Steal: In Episode 4, Hilda is about to take out a large dragon, but Ange pushes her away so she can score the kill instead. Ange apparently did this a lot in "Momoka Has Arrived!", so much that she took out a squad of Dragons single-handedly. Ange did this so she could buy Momoka, who was going to be killed in order to keep Normas and Dragons a secret.
  • The Lady's Favour: Ange slips her panties into Tusk's pocket as a "good-luck charm" before the final battle.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Mana society in general is depowered by the end of the series, leaving them exactly like the Normas.
  • Latex Space Suit: Averted with the Arzenal pilot suits which show off a lot of skin. Played straight with Embryo's pilots where they show no skin at all.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Ange recklessly charges at the DRAGONs whenever she's fighting against them. Somehow, it works for her just fine.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The DRAGONs want their leader Aura back, however they are stopped by Norma who aren't told anything about the aliens invading their world except to kill them per orders from their Mana masters.
  • Limited Animation:
    • People weren't pleased that the second opening animation (at first) was almost nothing but stills and reused animation from the first opening.
    • The episodes themselves, to some extent as well until the Blu-ray and DVD releases. Partially because this is an anime, and partially due to Sunrise's uneven production schedule during the 2014 Fall Anime season.Note .
  • Line in the Sand: A rhetorical version. When Julio's forces attack Arzenal, Jill tells everyone that they can surrender to the attackers, or else take up arms and join Libertus. Except for the one person who distrusts her, of course. She orders Salia to capture Ange by force, because she and the Villkiss are too vital to be allowed to either fall into Julio's hands or cut and run.
  • Little Miss Badass: About a quarter of the staff at Arzenal are pre-pubescent, as most have been identified as Norma and sent to Arzenal when they were born. Nonetheless, a good portion of these kids are combat engineers and most can use artillery cannons. Special mention goes to Vivian for being a dragon with dragon hunting combat experience.
  • Living Prop:
    • What the roles of both Tania and Erma essentially boil down to. As they have ultimately have no effect on the plot beyond filling out Embryo's troopsnote , only to get killed off in the penultimate episode.
    • Emma also fits quite snugly into this. And most of the cast become this too at different points, even Ange herself gets to be one in a couple episodes.
  • Loving Details: Towards the end of the series, the Big Bad, who is unhealthily obsessed with the title heroine, tries to demoralize her boyfriend Tusk by telling him how exactly he will seduce her. Tusk quickly no-sells his attempt, saying that he already knows Ange in more intimate ways than the Big Bad can ever hope to, including how many moles she has on her inner thigh.
  • Ludd Was Right: The world of Mana, of the dystopian variety. As soon as Embryo severs the mana network in "Necessary", everything comes crashing down in the mainland.
  • Lust: Embryo's misstep in the Grand Finale is completely in line with a lustful character. He hand-selected Ange to be his wife and give birth to a new generation of humanity, but his undoing came when Ange rejects his advances and Hilda, Salia and Sala help her destroy Hysterica, while Tusk cuts him down.
  • Magic Music: In "Dragon Song", Sala and Ange both activate the true power of their respective mechas by singing their theme songs.
  • Marry Them All: Though not in the traditional sense, the end of the series does have Ange, Tusk, and the rest of the Normas living in the parallel world with the DRAGONs. Considering that Tusk is the only human male around, Ange and the rest of the Normas have shown themselves to be bisexual, and Hilda has made it clear that Polyamory is perfectly fine with her, on top of the fact that all of the female DRAGONs have all shown themselves to be very interested in having a human male around, it can only be assumed that a rather significantly sized orgy took place at some point after the finale.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Subverted with Ange, who only replaces her machine gun/bazooka hybrid weapon with Sala's beam rifle. Instead, it's played straight by Salia, Chris, and Ersha when they sided with Embryo in "Dark Angel of Destruction".
  • Moment Killer:
    • Just when Ange and Tusk almost kiss in "Ange Loss", the DRAGON that Ange failed to kill in the previous episode arrives and causes a friendly fire towards the helicopters that were transporting the Brig-class DRAGON in the previous episode.
    • In "Ange and Tusk", they finally get the kiss and was about to go all the way, till a Brig-class DRAGON showed up with two new characters from the opening show up to see what was going on.
  • Morality Pet: Momoka to Ange, and later Tusk. Momoka's appearance is the first thing to snap Ange out of her antisocial funk, and Tusk is what allows her to open up to romantic love again.
  • Motive Decay: Good lord Jill, what did Embryo do to you?
  • Mind Rape: Ange gets subjected to this by Embryo just by having him touch her head with his finger.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: All members of the royal family of Misurugi have a Western first-name with Japanese-sounding second and last names, such as "Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi".
  • The Multiverse:
    • A (really) minor plot point, and how the DRAGO Ns are able to exist.
    • At the end of the series, it's implied that Embryo not only destroyed humanity on past Earths in his own universe (on purpose, at that), but on other ones outside of it as well.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Ange and Salia's little Cat Fight in the bath in "Salia's Gloom" is a lot more epic than it has any right to be thanks to Akiko Shikata's soundtrack.
  • Mutant Draft Board: Inverted - technically all Mana world people are mutants. It's the normas, people who break mana on contact due to a defective gene, who are detained and secretly taken to Arzenal.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Para-mail pilots are allowed to customized their uniforms to a certain degree as the page image shows.
  • No Ending: The manga adaptation ends this way. When it was announced that the third volume would be its final volume, its publisher, Kadokawa, announced that it will feature a different ending than the anime, this turned out to be true... in an Exact Words kind of way. The manga ended with an And the Adventure Continues right before Ange's first fight with Salamandinay. That's right, it ended before the main plot even started.
  • No Flow in CGI: Averted for the anime, they show the hair of the cast blow around when piloting their Para-mail units.
    • The game zig-zags this a bit. While most of the cast, namely Ange, Vivian, Naomi, Chris, Momoka and Maggy, have visible bounce or swing to their hair during and after body motions. Salia and Hilda's pigtails remain stiff as a board. Ange also gains a bit of chest physics during her turning animations.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: By the end of the series, the Mana world is reduced to nothing but rubble due to Embryo's machinations.
  • Off Model:
    • Somewhat expected considering it's Sunrisenote , but special note goes to Embryo in the end of "Arzenal Burns", where he has no face. While in his introductory scene in "The Right Arm's Past", he has longer than normal fingers.
      • As a whole, the animators seem to have trouble with keeping Embryo consistent like they do the rest of the cast. This becomes evident from "The Tuner of Time" onward, where his face will constantly become wall-eyed and contorted. Even in scenes where the other characters would be drawn normally.
    • Also in "The Right Arm's Past", the revelation of the DRAGONs being humans all along is ruined by how odd everyone looks (at one point, everyone develops solid colored pupils of their eye colors, which is most noticeable with Ersha).
    • In "Ange and Tusk", Ange develops what looks like a pointy Jay Leno chin in one shot. Though given its angle, it was kind of unavoidable. The ring around Tusk's neck also disappears for a few frames during a later scene.
    • Taken up a notch in "Conclusive Ocean", where there appears to have been no quality control for half the episode. And at one point, it even looks like Momoka's pupils were drawn just a smidgen bigger than her eyes. This might have to do with the other episodes having a head animation directornote , whereas this one didn't.
      • The preview of "Conclusive Ocean" also had a few shots of Ange missing her ring. Cue Wild Mass Guessing from fans that Jill at some point tried to take away the ring, only for the fans to note that this trope occurred.
    • For another example, you need look no further than the picture above, in which Vivian's mouth is larger than normal and the heels on Hilda's boots are longer then they are in the show.
    • Aside from episodes 2 and 3, the CG model of Ange has short hair. Even in the later episodes where her hair is supposed to be shoulder length.
    • Chris's freckles vary in both thickness and amount, depending of the shot.
    • Not even the show's appearance in Super Robot Wars V is immune. See the Stock Footage entry down below.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Ange pulling off a One Woman Army against a squadron of dragons in "Momoka Has Arrived!". Unfortunately, we only get to see the aftermath.
  • Older Is Better: Para-mails are outmatched by the much older Ragna-mails.
  • Only One Name: All Norma characters in Arzenal. They got their full names back posthumously.
  • On the Next: Feature character voiceovers that constantly complain about the show.
  • Oral Fixation: Vivian is never without a lollipop in her mouth, even when in the shower. Turns out it's laced with chemical treatments for a medical condition. One HELL of a medical condition.
  • Order Versus Chaos: What Ange and Embryo's debate boiled down to in "The Tuner of Time" with the former being on the freedom side and the latter being on the order side. Ange believes that the world should be destroyed and rebuilt because the minor Norma are discriminated. Meanwhile, Embryo believes that humanity needs guidance and a purpose by railroading them with tasks.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: From what we know, they are no different from alien invaders in terms of the plot. As it turns out, they're descendants of humans left behind in the old Earth who altered their DNA to survive and clean up the planet.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Whenever someone dies, they tend to bleed a ridiculous amount of blood.
  • Penal Colony: Arzenal is run mainly by Normas, with a single Mana overseer that apparently just watches over with no real power.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Absolutely averted, which is a bit strange when you think about it. The Norma are treated (and treat themselves) as a race separate from humans in every way, with no Norma shown even considering trying to become a "real" human or envying their peers who can use magic. Considering that you're a puppet of Embryo if you can use Mana as Momoka and the Misurugi empire found out, it probably was a good thing that they don't have any Mana.
  • Poor Communication Kills: DRAGONs want to liberate their leader who is used as a power source for Mana. Norma, who are constantly in fear against DRAGONs, have to fight and kill them for cash and livelihood. Unfortunately, they can't communicate with each other so both sides are at a constant war with each other with the other side not knowing what's going on. There's also the fact that the Mana world leaders are keeping tabs with what's going on.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: invoked In one of the On the Next segments, Rosalie says she wants more RosaChri scenes. Chris firmly reminds her that it's supposed to be ChriRosa.
  • The Power of Rock: What activates the Golden Super Mode and the Wave Motion Shoulder Cannons on Ange's Villkiss, Sala's Enryugo, and Embryo's Hysterica. It all involves a variation thereof of the Endless Song on each Ragna-Mail (or advanced Para-mail in Sala's case).
  • Prison Rape: Zola attempts this on Ange, but is interrupted by the alarm.
  • Punch Clock Villain: The Diamond Rose Knights, for the most part.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: When the number of DRAGONs in "Dragon Song" appeared, the numbers piled up to 200 before the computer showed an error on the screen.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Ange gets sent to Arzenal, but she has no actual training in war, and has to learn how to fight from the ground up.
    • The Mana users never experienced war and discrimination despite calling themselves a kind without them, which turns them into a Hypocrite as a species. It doesn't help that their creator Embryo is also a Control Freak who never taught them about why war and oppression are bad things. The users find this out the hard way during the final episodes of Cross Ange.
    • Once Embryo has had enough of Tusk and Ange getting in his way, he resorts to just killing them in cold blood.
  • Real Robot: Para-Mails are a standard, commonplace military weapon and the pilots who use them undergo intensive military training and must employ squad and team tactics to be successful. Case-in-point, Ange's attempt to desert gets a fellow squad member killed.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked:
    • A variation of sorts in "Bikini Escape". Ange attempts to leave Hilda behind at Arzenal, having already been attacked by her. However, she changes her mind Hilda reveals she did everything she did to survive life at Arzenal, and bided her time long enough to escape and finally make it back home and reunite with her mom.
    • In "Distorted World", Ange refuses to rescue the Mana users and Sylvia from their world's destruction, having been already betrayed by the former when Ange was exposed as a norma and the latter when Ange returned to her homeland a previous time. Only makes sense to ditch someone if they're clearly not gonna change for the better.
  • Reincarnation: Although according to Word of God, it's more of an alternate destiny/timeline rather than real reincarnation, this is what Ange and Sala's relationship has been. They were gladiators in one time, another a soldier and a relief helper, high school students, and a lot more. Also included are the residents of Arzenal who also appear in the montages.
  • Replacement Goldfish: After Hilda was taken away from her mother for being a Norma, she soon got a new daughter she also named Hilda and denies that the older one was ever born.
  • The Reveal: Arzenal, rather the real Arzenal is where Embryo and his team of scientists conducted the Ragna-mail and dracunium experiments.
  • Ring of Power: Necessary in order to fly and master a Ragna-mail.
  • Running Gag: Tusk's face is constantly gravitating towards Ange's crotch.
    • Reversed one time when Ange's face accidentally fell onto Tusk's crotch while he was naked.
  • Sanity Slippage: Jill is one. Psychologically speaking, the years have not been kind to her ever since the failure of her first Libertus. At first.
  • Schizo Tech: The guns and grenades they use look sorta out-of-place.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: Ange and Tusk seal their love with a kiss in, appropriately enough, "Ange and Tusk".
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Mana believe that Norma are violent and antisocial. They send the Norma to a hellhole prison (most of them from a young age) where their only purpose is to fight, and generally treat them like dirt. Surprise, surprise, most of them are violent and antisocial.
  • Self-Parody:
    • The On the Next segments have the characters commenting on - and complaining about - the events of the episode.
    • Tenshi to Ryuu no Gakuen parodies the series, episode by episode.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Inverted. The outfits of the antagonists show less skin.
  • Sensor Suspense: Anytime there's trouble, one of the Bridge Bunnies will see something bad happening on the display.
    • The one time they fail to do this is when Tusk gases the sub causing them to fall asleep. This prevents them from noticing Salia and the other Ragna-mail pilots coming their way.
  • Sex Slave:
    • Zola keeps three of the other Normas in her room. Their consent is dubious; they love her, but Hilda at least indicates that she was also using Zola to survive and isn't too sad to see her go.
    • After Zola kicks the bucket, Hilda buys "everything that belonged to her," which includes her room and the other two girls. However, this arrangement is clearly 100% consensual.
    • When Momoka arrives at the base, Chris has some rather crass ideas about what Ange will do with her maid. Momoka isn't used for this; Chris is just being nasty.
  • Shoot the Rope: How Ange is saved from her execution.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Jill's life becomes this. She starts off as a Fallen Princess and a respected leader of Libertus to free the Norma, only for her to suffer a Mind Rape at Embryo's hands and cause the first Libertus to fail, and by the time she recruits Ange for the second Libertus, she is already using her subordinates as tools to exact revenge on Embryo and she is relieved of her command once her subordinates find out about her dark past, and when Jill finally gets the chance to fight Embryo in the final Libertus, she ends up getting killed.
  • Shout-Out: The paramails tends to attract shout outs from other mecha series.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Controversial sexual undertones notwithstanding, Episode 2 is actually a reasonable facsimile of what life is like for a new recruit in the military (albeit a couple of decades in the past). The food is terrible, the quarters are substandard, the only place to shop is a little on-base market that sells little conveniences. Because you're a newcomer, hazing is not uncommon and much of the unit treats you coldly until you prove yourself.
    • Even much of the sexual tones can be chalked down as a study of an environment where gender segregation has led the majority of the cast to have never seen a boy before, and the said military grazing being led by an Alpha Bitch mentality of asserting dominance.
    • The use of a hated minority as cannon fodder during war time while the popular majority lives in comfort is rife in real world history. Greece used the Spartans. Rome used the Gauls. Both Rome and Israel used the Philistines against each other. (As an added insult, Rome renamed Israel Palestine when Israel lost.) And the most recent example is in the US civil war where both the North and South used slaves or former slaves against each other.
    • Attempting to disguise murder as friendly fire has been common throughout history, though typically it was directed upwards by soldiers to disliked or incompetent officers.
  • Sick Episode: Ange spends the most of the second half of "Salia's Gloom" in bed suffering from a bad cold after her fight with Salia.
    • This is also carried over to both the PS Vita game and Super Robot Wars V. The former instance also alters the events a bit and gives Salia a slight rasp and cough to her dialogue.
  • Sorry to Interrupt: An aversion occurs when Sala stumbles in on Tusk and Ange in yet another Not What It Looks Like position. Her response is "Morning intercourse, I see. Please, continue."
  • Space Elves: The DRAGON race are Perfect Pacifist People fighting only to reclaim their kidnapped leader, live in a harmonic society where nobody is at odds with each other based on Magitek, fulfil their lives by cleaning their world from junk, all of their women are shown to be very attractive Bishojo (who also make up all of the leadership) and those mechanical parts some of them wear at the side of their heads even look a tad like pointy ears. Oh my...
  • Spared by the Adaptation: All characters who died in the series live in the High School A.U..
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The subtitles spell out "Salia" but the Surprisingly Good English text on the apology letter that was typed up by Momoka in "Salia's Gloom" refer to her as "Thalia". The official spelling in the website is Salia regardless. It could also be inferred that Momoka has no idea Salia is supposed to be "S" rather than "Th", though out-of-universe, it could be inferred that Mitsuo Fukuda, who wrote the letter, didn't know what the spelling of her name was.
  • Spoiler Opening: There is a reason why Zola, Coco and Miranda are absent in the opening.
    • The first ending animation shows off both Sala and Embryo long before their first appearances in the series.
  • Stock Footage: A lot. From Villkiss' transformation from Flight to Assault Modes, the action sequences when Vivian throws the boomerang, and Ange singing The Endless Song inside Villkiss.
    • Ange shifting gears in the Villkiss is also used a lot. For added mileage, the animators have also recolored it and used it to represent Salia doing the same in "Dragon Song". This animation was also reused wholesale in Super Robot Wars V.
    • And it doesn't even have to be mecha. Here's Sylvia's whipping animation. The left is from "Goodbye From the Gallows," and the right from "God's Soul-Searching".
    • It got so bad that a fan made a comparison video of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny's opening with this anime's opening and it almost looks exactly the same.
    • As much as "Distorted World" was pretty cool, there were a lot of stock footage used to the point it crosses Off Model territory. Specifically after the Aurora's already in the air, Ange, as The Captain of the squad, orders everyone to take off. Suddenly, the Aurora's back in the water again.
  • Stock Sound Effect:
    • The dragon roars seem to be cribbed from either Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and/or Anguirus, depending on the scene.
    • Similarly, in "The Right Arm's Past", when Vivian becomes a dragon, her roars consist of a mix between vocals and dialogue from her voice actress, with roars from the T-Rex and Frank Welker underneath.
  • A Storm Is Coming: In "Necessary", a thunderstorm brews when Tusk and Ange decide to return to the Aurora and when Ersha bails out of the Diamond Rose Knights.
  • Stripperiffic:
    • The pilot suits leave little to the imagination. Lampshaded by Ange who complains that the suit she is handed is too indecent.
    • In episode 4, Ange walks around the base in a shredded uniform which shows even more than the already skimpy intact ones, but at that point she doesn't care anymore.
    • DRAGON fashions also show off a lot of skin.
  • Suck Out the Poison: In "Ange Loss", Ange gets bitten by the snake while trying to find a shelter from the rain. She finds Tusk on the same spot where she left him tied up earlier and he sucks out the snake's poison to rescue her.
  • Sudden Lack of Signal: When Ange and Tusk accidentally warp to the original, post-apocalyptic Earth, the first weird thing they notice (apart from the ruins) is a complete radio silence all around them.
  • Suggestive Collision: In "Ange Loss", Tusk trips over a beer bottle and accidentally ends up slamming his face into Ange's naked crotch. She promptly goes into Pervert Revenge Mode before running off with her flight suit. After that, Tusk getting a pie to the face becomes a Running Gag.
  • Super Registration Act: Inverted - norma are oppressed and forced into military service.
  • Super Robot: Ragna-Mails are quite similar to Para-Mails, until they activate their Golden Super Mode and they cross into this territory.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Momoka's letter of apology. Most likely written by Fukuda himself, as he is highly fluent in reading and writing english.
  • Team Mom: Ersha, oldest member of the first squadron and Team Chef.
  • The Magic Goes Away: At the end of "Necessary", as part of Embryo's plan to merge the two worlds, all humans lose the ability to use Mana.
  • Theme Naming: The DRAGONs are classified by size using ship classes from the Age of Sail like Brig, Galleon, and Schooner. Though a poor translation uses "Scuna" instead of schooner.
  • There Is Only One Bed: In "Ange and Tusk", in the ruined world, there's only one bed and one sofa available for Tusk and Ange, and the sofa collapses when he tries to lie on it. Ange helpfully suggests that he join her. Both are aware of the implications.
  • Third Party Stops Attack: Ange is about to finish off Julio, when Embryo shows up and kills him.
    • The final chapter of the Cross Ange Academy shows that it's actually a prequel of the anime series. Well... sort of, maybe, we think.
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce: At the end of "Arzenal Burns", when Ange is about to kill Julio, Embryo intervenes and does the deed himself.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: The preview for "Dragon Song" points out that the next character death might be long overdue. And there were a lot of deaths in the episode indeed. However, all of them were Red Shirts so no named character died.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Happens to Embryo of all people in the game, if you choose his route. He's still a Jerkass the size of Jupiter in every other route, though.
  • Tragic Mistake: Jill causes the first Libertus to fail when her unrequited crush, Istvan, marries Vanessa. It gave time for Embryo to do a Mind Rape on her and kill her comrades.
  • Transforming Mecha: The Para-mails can transform into 2 forms: The motorcycle/plane-like Flight Mode and the humanoid Assault or Destroyer Mode.
  • Tron Lines: The Ragna-mails used by Embryo's Knights have these which glow on occasion. Ange's Villkiss gains this in the final episode via Power Up Full Color Change.
  • Turn the Other Cheek:
    • The DRAGONs don't hold personal grudges against the Normas who fight against them, despite the number of casualties caused on both sides, and vice versa, despite the initial distrust.
    • Momoka and Ange also forgive Liza for what she did, indirectly or otherwise, to the latter of the two, while acting as The Mole under Julio.
  • Underboobs: While Ange is getting almost raped these are showing. The battle outfit also shows these but not too much.
  • Undying Loyalty: Momoka, Ange's former maid, is very loyal to Ange despite knowing from the start that she's a Norma.
  • Un-Sorcerer: Norma, who not only cannot use mana, but are unaffected by it as well. A Norma can simply walk through the strongest mana barrier like it was wet rice paper.
  • Void Between the Worlds: The true Arzenal exists outside of space, time, and all universes. Time does not pass there, granting Embryo immortality and unlimited time in which to develop technology and manipulate worlds. It also cannot be accessed from the outside, except by a Ragna-mail capable of space-time jumps - in other words, the Villkiss.
  • Visual Pun: When Ange and Tusk finally consummate their relationship, the camera switches to a view of the ocean - i.e. "wet."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Ange and Hilda's antagonism evolves into this after their escape and return to Arzenal.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Spacetime Convergence Cannon which all the Ragna-mails (and Sala's Enryugo) are equipped with it. If another counters with it however, space and time rips itself and the pilots can see alternate timelines.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Salia's squad only knows one thing: kill the dragons. How is another story.note  This is the one thing Salia calls out the team on in "Salia's Gloom" and that they should all follow her orders. Only Hilda disagrees.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The show drops just as many characters and plot lines as it does start them. The worst example regards Misty, who gets used by Ange in her escape, but is last shown being found by her security guards. She reappears near the end of the series, but we don't know what happens to her after Embryo is killed.
    • The rest of the troops are never mentioned, let alone seen, until the tail end of the first half. Only to drop out again after their precious few scenes.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The three newbies of the First Troop get very little screentime before they are offed.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Ersha does this to both Rosalie and Chris but isn't shown (she does it with Calling Your Attacks and the latter two are shown to be pulled by the former for more punishment).
  • Wham Episode: Tons of it. Let's list it down:
    • "Ange Loss":
      • It is strongly implied that Tusk is a male Norma (and not the first or only one) and that he used to be a part of a unit similar to the one Ange is now a part of. What's more, he seems to know both the Villkiss and Jill, as shown by his flashback
      • A convoy is seen transporting a dragon's body (still encased in ice), hinting that there is more to the dragons and the fight against them than what has been revealed.
    • Throughout "Salia's Gloom," the episode is how Salia makes the crew finally work together with the exception of Hilda. At the end, it is revealed that Sylvia contacts Momoka and is begging for Ange to help her.
    • "Traitorous Homeland". Sylvia attempts to stab Ange with the latter having a Heroic B.S.O.D. and Hilda is chased out of her home by her mom who disowns her.
    • "Dragon Song" is a Wham Episode of epic proportions. We already start off with Liza revealing herself to be a DRAGON and putting something in Julio's mouth while choking Sylvia, Arzenal is invaded by DRAGONs, Sala decimating half of Arzenal with her Golden Super Mode and thus "destroying the plant" according to Maggy, Ange, Sala, and the rest of the main cast have met in different timelines and eras, and Vivian is implied to be a DRAGON.
    • "The Right Arm's Past." DRAGONs were formerly humans as Vivian has shown. Turns out the Magi were created by a scientist in order to create a new world where conflict doesn't exist after war fucked the planet, and Norma's are a defective byproduct. And the royal rulers of the Magi kingdoms plan to eradicate the world of dragons and Normas all together, and once again rebuild with Julio about to knock on Arzenal's door. Which leads to...
    • "Arzenal Burns": The place gets ransacked, anyone who isn't on the priority list (Ange, Villkiss, and the other Para-Mail riders) gets gunned down or roasted, a ship hidden underneath Arzenal named Aurora, Embryo armed with magic healing power, demonstrating it to a gunned down Chris and Ersha, with the latter's case by healing a dead Norma, implying the two will be with Embryo. All of this ending with Ange, Tusk, and Vivian vanishing thanks to Villkiss' Blue Assault Mode's teleporting ability.
    • The shocking revelation in "Ange and Tusk" that Earth waged world wars all the way till seven. No wonder Embryo was fed up with wars.
    • "The Survivors." Villkiss gets sniped in one hit even in its Michael Mode by Chris, sinks at the bottom of the river, and at the end of the episode, Marika, Momoka, Tusk, and Ersha's kids die. And this is before getting into the reason why Chris sided with Embryo in the first place.
  • Wham Shot:
    • In "Dragon Song", the moment when three Para-Mails emerge out of the singularity point fighting for the DRAGONs completely turns the premise of the plot upside-down.
    • In "The Tuner of Time", Salia shoots Ange. Not Villkiss, Ange. She got better though, although she pointed out that she was hit with a tranquilizer.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In the series finale, Ange and Tusk manages to open up Cafe Ange with Perolina as a mascot and the Bridge Bunnies are staffed there. Meanwhile, the mana world is in flames and Sylvia is now leading a group of survivors to survive the wasteland, wearing the same thing Ange wore when she was attempting to rescue her.
  • World of Badass: They might be cowardly jerks but the commoners can use magic. Everyone else is just plain better at killing people through trial by war and sheer willpower. Also, the people of Old Earth are all were-dragons, with the exception of the men, who are freaking massive giga-dragons.
  • World War Whatever: What basically devastated Earth and why Embryo made a different world. Though the Earth was finally devoid of life after World War VII.
  • World of Action Girls: The main character, her squad, and her rival are action girls for starters.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Embryo can kill off anyone once he feels that he doesn't need them anymore.
  • Zerg Rush: "Dragon Song" has a lot of Scuna-class DRAGONs approaching Arzenal that the counter showed an error because there were too many.

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