A 56-episode anime produced by Sunrise, Crush Gear Turbo
seem to be a run-of-the-mill Merchandise Driven
show, involving mechanical vehicles being thrown to a ring to fight other machines called Crush Gears, which according to some detractors, looked like Beyblades
in steroids. But deep inside, this involves a considerable degree of drama; the protagonist of the story, Kouya Marino, was the brother of the deceased Crush Gear champion, who wants to follow up to his brother's legacy. Problem is, he is just one of the few members of a fledgling Crush Gear club whose sole claim to glory is that it was once his brother's club. However, he is helped by few friends and some Crush Gear players who defect to Kouya's team.
Crush Gear Turbo also spawned a sequel called Crush Gear Nitro, but it wasn't as popular as the original.
Crush Gear Turbo provides examples of:
- Adorkable: Kyousuke around Ran Fan Except when he destroys her gear. That just plain heartwrenching.
- Ancestral Weapon: Kouya uses his brother's Garuda Eagle at first, until it breaks.
- Animal Motif: Quite a few, most notably eagle for Kouya, dragon for Takeshi, and tiger for Wang Hu.
- Conspicuous CG: Most of the fight scenes in the anime.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The OP: CRUSH GEAR FIGHT!! - performed by JAM Project. The English version loses none of the charm, either.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Kouya uses one one too many times and shatters the Garuda Eagle as a result.
- Defeat Means Friendship: How the team came together.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Kuroudo warns Kyousuke, when he got enamored on Ran Fan, that based on the clothes, Ran Fan is most likely a man. Kyousuke himself, despite this, still find himself enamored to Ran Fan. Of course, he found out her gender... in worst possible way. Ran Fan is not amused, neither does Kyousuke. Lampshaded by Lilica, than tells clueless Kuroudo, which with the team on other places when that incident happened that nowadays, woman can play in Chinese Opera.
- Dynamic Entry: The main method of deployment of the Gears in both the manga and the anime, which could be rather problematic when people start thinking that this is the correct way to use the tie-in toys.
- Everything's Better with Spinning/Spin to Deflect Stuff - Gears can spin for a more defensive approach.
- Evil Knockoff: Kouya encounters a fighter named Carlos in the semifinals who not only had a gear that was a more powerful copy of his Garuda Eagle, but also adopted Kouya's brother's name and fighting style. Kouya only successfully defeated Carlos because he had already had a Mid-Season Upgrade of his gear.
- Five-Man Band
- Gadgeteer Genius: Kyousuke.
- Hey, It's That Voice! - Dearka and Cagalli were Takeshi and Kuroudou respectively.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes - Raws are hard to find in this series.
- Merchandise Driven - played straight.
- The merchandise is almost as hard to find as the TV show, though.
- Mid-Season Upgrade - Kouya switches to the Garuda Phoenix.
- No Export for You - in America, in that case.
- The Phoenix: Not so surprisingly, Garuda Phoenix.
- The Rival - Takeshi Manganji
- Raised by Wolves: Wang Hu.
- Rule Of Cool
- Serious Business
- Shorter Means Smarter - Kyousuke Jin.
- Spoiled Brat: Takeshi.
- Subverted in the last episodes, he becomes like that to cope with Yuya's death.
- Trademark Favorite Food - Jiro and his thing for red bean buns.Also, Kouya and any kind of food with crabs in it....boiled crabs, crabsticks etc
- Training from Hell: Quite a few phalanges were broken in the process of trying to find the right way to throw the Gears into the arena.