Anime: Cyber Team 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.
- The Ageless: Several characters via the Elixir of Life.
- Ancient Conspiracy: The Rosenkreuz, similar to the Illuminati.
- 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.
- The Beard: In episode 8, Tsugumi crossdresses and pretends to be Hibari's boyfriend so that Hibari will have an excuse to turn down Uzura.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Sibyl Team; Hatoko is the Beauty, Miyama is the Brains, and Jun is the Brawn.
- 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.
- Breather Episode: Episode 15, the Beach Episode, coming after a string of serious and dramatic events.
- Broken Pedestal: Happens several times, but the penultimate episode is rather epic. Both for Hibari and Christian.
- Captain Ersatz: Tsugumi's mom is a pro wrestler who's gimmick is a Distaff Counterpart of The Ultimate Warrior.
- Cerebus Syndrome: What starts out as a fairly light Magical Girl romp gets very dark and heavy in the later episodes.
- Chest Blaster: Blood Falcon's powered armor fires lasers from its breasts.
- Color-Coded Characters: Aphrodite has white wings, and Erinnus has with black wings.
- Dark Magical Girl: Tsubame
- 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).
- A Day in the Limelight: Episode 9 is all about the Sibyl Team. Similarly, Episode 18 is all about Takashi.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Tsubame.
- Demoted to Extra: Kamome was almost completely ignored in the movie in favor of Uzura.
- Dirty Old Man: Kamome's grandpa.
- Disney Death: Takashi
- Doing In the Wizard: Eventually every "magical" event is explained via Techno Babble, albeit not always directly to the one who experiences it.
- Dramatic Irony: All over the place in regards to Hibari and her prince.
- Evil Counterpart: Tsubame was this to Hibari until her Heel-Face Turn.
- Master Shooting Star, Takashi, seems to be one to Crane, Hibari's prince. Subverted; they're both evil.
- Exposition Dump: Episode 22.
- 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!"
- Gag Boobs: Blood Falcon.
- Genki Girl: Tsugumi.
- Girlish Pigtails: Tsubame's cute pigtails make her Troubling Unchildhood Behavior even more dissonant. Hibari is a much straighter example.
- 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.
- Good Parents: Unusually for a Magical Girl heroine, Hibari has both her parents and has a good relationship with them.
- Hidden Eyes: Homonculi have these when in disguise.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Played for laughs for Tsugumi's parents. Her dad is a martial arts master and her mom is pro wrestle who fight with each other and their own daughter.
- Hot-Blooded: Tsugumi's mom.
- Hot Springs Episode: Episode 9, which explores the Sibyl Team's start of darkness.
- The Idiot from Osaka: Kamome, who is hardly an idiot but personifies pretty much every other element of the stereotype.
- Idol Singer: Hatoko Daikanyama.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Sibyl Team.
- I Want My Jet Pack: 2012 has already passed, now where are the Pata-Pis?
- I Was Quite a Looker: Kamome's grandpa, surprisingly.
- Japanese Politeness: Suzume Sakurajosui is noteworthy for always speaking in an extremely polite register, especially compared with the other members of the Cyber Team.
- Karma Houdini: Crane gets off scot-free for trying to destroy the world and murdering many people.
- Late for School: Hibari, frequently.
- Latex Perfection: Christian's mask.
- Leitmotif: In the movie, whenever Kamome shows up, you can hear a Musical Pastiche of "Disco Inferno" playing in the background.
- Light Is Not Good: Crane Bahnsteik
- Magical Girl Warriors: The Pata-Pi and eventually the girls.
- 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.
- Mecha: The Divas.
- Medium Blending: Real-life paintings and photographs are seen in episode 24 as Christian's very long life flashes before his eyes.
- Megumi Hayashibara: Voices Tsubame in the Japanese version.
- Money Fetish: Kamome.
- 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.
- Musical Pastiche: Cyberteam's transformation theme was later reused in the Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh!, both series share the same composer, Shinkichi Mitsumune
- The Movie: Serves as the series finale as well
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Sibyl Team nearly kills the girls in episodes 10 and 12.
- Office Lady: Jun Goutokuji.
- Off Model: When the series originally aired there were cases of this, thankfully this was fixed on the home video releases
- 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.
- Older Than They Look: Crane Bahnsteik, Washuu Ryuugasaki, and Takashi Ryuugasaki.
- One Dialogue, Two Conversations: The Crowning Moment of Funny where the Cyber Team misunderstands Hibari's "uniting" with Densuke as her uniting...in a different way.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: Miyama Soshigaya.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Hibari.
- Orekko: Tsugumi, in the Japanese version.
- Suzume goes to the other extreme by using "watakushi"
- Our Homunculi Are Different
- Overly Long Name: The name of Suzume's Pata-Pi, Francesca Leopold Classic Renoir III. Also, the real name of the Sibyl Team's BFG.
- Panty Shot: Numerous.
- Petite Pride: Uzura is an absolutely fanatic of the Delicious Flat Chest.
- Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Death Crow tries to invoke this in her debut episode; it almost works.
- The Power of Love: A rare example where both The Hero and the Goldfish Poop Gang draw strength from it. When the Sibyl Team is rejected by Master Shooting Star in episode 10, their rage nearly kills the girls.
- Gets name-dropped and invoked in the finale.
- 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.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Jun, Miyama, and Hatoko.
- Rapid Aging: This is how Christian dies.
- Really 700 Years Old: Washuu Ryuugasaki, among others.
- Redheaded Hero: Hibari.
- Replacement Goldfish: Takashi, of Crane. Also, the reason why Hibari names her Pata-Pi "Densuke" was in honor of her stillborn little brother.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: All the Pata-Pis.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Suzume's attitude towards Hibari, borderline with Schoolgirl Lesbians. Hibari and Tsubame's friendship has traces of this too.
- Science Is Bad: Crane believes this.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Uzura.
- Shape Shifter: The Homonculi.
- 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.
- Start of Darkness: Each of the Sibyl team has one, as explored in episode 9.
- 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.
- Transforming Mecha
- Turned Against Their Masters: In the finale, the Pata-pis' love for the girls overrides their obedience to Crane, their creator, and they defy his wishes in order to save the girls.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: produced in 1998 and set in 2010.
- Tyke Bomb: Tsubame.
- Verbal Tic:
- 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.
- Villains Out Shopping: The Quirky Miniboss Squad spends much of their time being normal people, and even end up befriending the protagonists in their off-time.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Tsugumi and Suzume.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Poor Takashi, being cloned/created to look like Crane and failing for a bit, and treated like crap by his "father".
- Made even worse as Christian conditioned him to be this, so he couldn't even find solace in having three gorgeous women absolutely head over heels for him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Christian Rosenkreuz and his organization want to elevate mankind by any means necessary.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Takashi and Crane Bahnsteik.
- World War I: Crane Bahnsteik's disgust of the bloodshed is what prompted him to escape from Earth in 1918. He also uses it to justify why humanity hasn't changed at all and needs to be destroyed.
- Yuu Asakawa: Voices Tsugumi in the Japanese version.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Suzume