Anime: Cyber Team in Akihabara aka: Cyberteam In Akihabara
The Cyber Team, from left to right: Suzume, Tsugumi, Hibari, Tsubame, Kamome.
Cyber Team in Akihabara is an anime series which moves from being a lighthearted Magical Girl show to a much darker Magical Girl show that involving a plot to destroy the world.The main character is Hibari Hanakoganei, an Ordinary Middle School Student who dreams of getting her own Pata-Pi, the new fad toy. She is given one by her prince, whom she has previously seen in a dream, and calls it Densuke. This leads her to being attacked by Homunculi, which are controlled by a team of three young women, and protected by her Pata-Pi turning into a Diva - the Diva being a combination of Greek goddess and Powered Armor.Soon she is joined by the other four members of the Cyber Team, each with her own Pata-Pi, thus forming a team to fight the Terrible Trio (the Sibyl Team) that opposes them.Of course, there are more powerful forces behind the Sibyl Team, including the headmaster of their school who has links with the Rosicrucians.
Cyber Team in Akihabara has examples of:
A-Cup Angst: Kamome, who wants to have bigger boobs for Gold Digger reasons and stuff her bra in consequence. To make things worse, she has Uzura, a Schoolgirl Lesbian with a open preference for flat-chested girls, pining for her - in fact, Uzura turned her affects towards Kamome because she has less breasts than Hibari, her former crush. She eventually gains bigger boobs by the film.
Animal Theme Naming: The members of the Cyber Team are all named after birds: Hibari (skylark), Tsugumi (thrush), Suzume (sparrow), Kamome (seagull), and Tsubame (swallow). Many of the other characters have also bird names.
BFG: The Sibyl Team get a sweet one for shooting down enemy Divas near the end of the series, but can't agree on what to call it.
Big Bad: Washuu Ryuugasaki. Until it's revealed that Crane is the true Big Bad and that he is using him as a pawn.
Bishōnen: Crane Bahnsteik. As well as Washuu Ryuugasaki/Christian Rosenkreuz in his true face. There is also Shimabukuro Sengakuji who used to look good when he is young.
Break the Cutie: Played in reverse. Tsubame Otorii is introduced as a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who viciously attacks and defeats the main cast every chance she gets. It's eventually shown just how badly broken she is. In a late episode, Hibari goes to great lengths to try and befriend Tsubame. After an emotional breakdown in which she compares her life to Hibari's, Tsubame joins the Cyber Team, and spends the remainder of the series trying to repair her broken childhood with good memories as an adopted child in the Hanakoganei household.
Breast Expansion: Kamome's grandpa gave her a bikini that increases her breast size.
Dark Reprise: The third version of "Taiyou no Hana" (played in the third ending). It's shrouded in a very dark aura compared to the original version (from the first ending) or the "jazz" version (in the second ending).
Fanservice: And most of it done by 12-13 years old girls.
Fairy Tale Symbolism: Part of Hibari's Character Development is to outgrow her wish for a fairy tale prince. At one point the fairytale "The Red Shoes" are brought up as a item and a metaphor of the mind control Shooting Star inflicts on Hibari.
Funbag Airbag: Nearly every time Hibari encounters Blood Falcon. After a while, she lets out a complaint along the lines of "Not this again!"
Good Bad Girl: Kamome often does fanservicey acts and then extorts money to the ones who saw her, but deep down she is a good girl and has her reason for doing so: helping her family to have back their old house, which they had to abandon because of debts.
By the time of the film, she has already got used to save money that she still extorts money even after she succesfully got enough money to save her family house.
The Man Behind the Man: Takashi/Shooting Star is in charge of the Sibyl Team, intentionally sending them into losing battles in order to awaken the Divas. He soon turns out to be taking orders from Washuu Ryuugasaki. And in the end, it turns out that Christian Rosenkreuz himself was an Unwitting Pawn in Crane's Evil Plan.
Mood Whiplash: Episode 9 is a comedic romp focusing on the Sibyl Team and their starts of darkness. Episode 10 is a dark action-packed episode that has each of the Cyber Team nearly killed before their Pata-Pis awaken their true power.
Older Alter Ego: The Divas are sort of like this for the girls, since they look like adult versions of them. Played straighter when Hibari and Tsubame (and eventually the others) merge with their Divas.
Powered Armor: What the main characters' Pata-Pis eventually become.
Put on a Bus: What happened to Takashi after abandoning his father and being defeated in Episode 19. It is eventually revealed in a deleted scene that he got his Earn Your Happy Ending, as he is seen in a train along with a younger clone of Tsubame.
Shotacon: The infatuation that the Sibyl team feels towards Takashi, the Black Prince (who is 14) can be seen as this.
Skinship Grope: Lampshaded at the end of the obligatory hot springs episode, when Kamome declares that they've finally gone through all the necessary cliches.
Skirts and Ladders: The first time we meet Kamome, she is going first up stairs in a very short skirt providing a Panty Shot; when some boys enjoying the view remark her this, her first action is to demand money from them in exchange for the fanservice, so she doesn't denounce them as perverts.
Teen Genius: Crane used to be one and Takashi, being his clone, is also one.
Theme Naming: The surnames of the Cyber Team are all names of railway stations; the given names of almost every important character are all names of birds.
Lampshaded by Uzura in episode 08.
Uzura Kitaurawa: I was embarrassed about signing my real name, so I signed with the pen name I use when writing poetry. I did try signing "Kitaurawa" at first also, but that sounds somewhat like a train station...
The Divas are all named after Greek goddesses, with Tsubame's being named after the Greek equivalent of the Furies — infernal goddesses of vengeance. And since this is a Magical Girl show, the heroine's Diva is naturally named after the goddess of love.
Time Skip: There's a 5-month gap between episodes 24 and 25.
And a one year time skip in the movie
Transformation Sequence: For every Cyber Team girl. When they all transform, a shorter version is usually used, except for Hibari, of course. Especially cool when Hibari "unites" with Densuke.
Hatoko likes to say "kurukku" after each phrase, quite appropriate since her name means "pigeon".
Tsugumi ends her sentences with "dazé".
Suzume's "chun~" and "de gozaimasu desu wa/that it is".
Villainous BSOD: Tsubame Otorii. Since her introduction, she acts as the Dragon to the Big Bad, easily defeating the Cyber Team girls in every encounter. In episode 20, Tsubame is dragged home by Hibari. She spends the entire episode slowly breaking down while watching how Hibari's family interacts with one another, eventually suffering a Villainous BSOD and freakout by the credits, followed by a Heel Face Turn in the next episode. The episode is also one long Tear Jerker, as we see how horrible a childhood Tsubame actually has had up to this point.