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Anime: El-Hazard: The Magnificent World
aka: El Hazard

It is a place that dwells in the memory of those who still dream of its ancient glory. A world revered for its beauty, mystery and danger, on a planet of endless adventure. Such a land is known as El-Hazard. If your spirit has wings to travel, even across the breadth of a thousand million nights, imagination will guide the way and the gates of El-Hazard will always be open to you.

When he awakens a beautiful woman entombed in a mysterious chamber discovered under his high school, Makoto Mizuhara finds himself (along with several other people) catapulted across dimensions to the world of El-Hazard. Once the site of an unimaginably advanced civilization that destroyed itself in an apocalyptic war, it is now home to a culture in the Arabian Nights Days, sprinkled here and there with the remnants of ancient ultratechnology.

Once there, Makoto and his teacher, Masamichi Fujisawa, find themselves on the front lines of a Bug War between the human lands and the Bugrom, a civilization of immense insects. Makoto's life is complicated by his uncanny resemblance to a missing princess, whom he is drafted to impersonate. Meanwhile, Makoto's friend Nanami Jinnai is dropped in the middle of a desert; his arch-enemy, Nanami's brother Katsuhiko, finds himself among the Bugrom.

As Makoto, Mr. Fujisawa and Nanami struggle to help Roshtaria, their new home, defend itself, Jinnai falls into the role of a military messiah to the Bugrom and begins leading them to victory after victory. Only the threat of the Eye of God, an unimaginably powerful weapon controlled by the royal family of Roshtaria, prevents the Bugrom from overrunning the human lands, but when Jinnai finds a disturbingly familiar superweapon of his own, matters begin to come to a head.

Meanwhile, the visitors from Earth learn that the transit to El-Hazard has changed them in unexpected ways, even as they discover that there is a secret, third side to the war. Add to that the revelation that there is more to Jinnai's superweapon than just a means of massive destruction. Plots revolve within plots, and victory may become defeat. Throw in a time loop, lovers separated, family reunited, a trio of elemental priestesses, an indiscriminately amorous teenaged lesbian and some broad comedy leavening the drama, and you have the makings for one of the better anime "miniseries".

El-Hazard is noteworthy for being one of the first anime whose English dub is considered superior to the original Japanese voice work. In fact, the director and other members of the production team consider the English cast to be the definitive voices of the characters, far superior to their Japanese counterparts. The animation is first-rate, and it has a lush orchestral soundtrack that perfectly evokes the "Arabian Nights" feel of the world.

An OVA, El-Hazard was remade/expanded into a TV series called El-Hazard: Wanderers. This series generally followed the same plot outline, but there were significant changes to some of the characters, including a severe tuning-down of the lesbianism (though the hints are there if you look) and the exclusion of the Phantom Tribe. The OVA version itself had two sequels: El-Hazard: The Magnificent World 2 (short and not bad, though not the equal of the original), and El-Hazard: The Alternative World (which was Cut Short, running to only 13 of its planned 26 episodes).

There is also a manga, which is mostly the storyline of the first OVA with some of the characterization from the first TV show.

This show provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Makoto.
  • Action Girl: Ifurita, Afura, Shayla and Miz.
  • Addiction Powered: Inverted with Fujusawa-sensei. He does gain super strength, but only when he stops drinking. When he stops chain-smoking, he gets even stronger. He's not happy about it.
  • A God Am I: Jinnai refers to himself this way in the second OVA. He is so Tempting Fate.
  • The Alcoholic: Fujisawa.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Parnasse.
  • Alternate Continuity: The Wanderers and the manga adaptation both exist in seperate continuities from the original one.
  • Always Second Best: Why Jinnai hated Makoto at school.
  • Amazon Chaser: Alielle is initially drawn to Shayla's red hair and goes googley eyed when she starts to kick Bugrom ass.
    • Fatora thinks Gilda is an Amazonian least until the latter decides to beat some information out of her.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: When Makoto reads Kalia's memories, it's a horrifying Mind Rape utterly unlike Ifurita's mind.
  • Annoying Laugh: Jinnai.
  • Anti-Magic: Of the very specific kind. In the OAV Nanami's ability is to see through the illusions of the Phantom Tribe.
  • Anti-Villain: Ifurita, a Type II.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Kalia, whose reason for being is to wipe out all existence as retribution for those races and tribes who were victimised by the Eye of God.
    • Being an Apocalypse Maiden is also Ifurita's true purpose in The Wanderers TV show.
  • Artificial Human
  • Ascended Extra: Rune in The Wanderers, Fatora in the sequels of the OVA.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Happen to Alielle and Fatora in the final episode of The Alternative World.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kalia.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits
  • Battle Aura: Technological in origin.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Ifurita's powers allow her to do this easily, as she does with Shayla-Shayla.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Time loop variety.
  • Beergasm: Fujisawa.
  • Belated Happy Ending: The ending shows that Makoto does manage to get back together with Ifurita, but the anime does doesn't show how Makoto manages to do it.
  • Berserk Button: Don't touch Kalia.
  • Best For Last: It takes awhile, but Makoto learns he has a power that easily tops the others.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Queen Diva and Jinnai are co-rulers of the Bugrom.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In the first OVA, there's Jinnai and the Bugrom Empire competing with Galus and the Shadow Tribe.
  • Big Good: Princess Rune Venus of Roshtaria is the commander of the Alliance in the first OVA. Afterwards, this is downplayed as her leadership role becomes less important to the plot.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: An In-Universe example occurs in the first episode when Makoto and Fujisawa are first stranded in El-Hazard and a... mumbling dolphin-headed mowhawked bear-thing... comes wandering out of the bushes, runs past them and dives back into the bushes, leaving the two gobsmacked humans staring and verbally wondering what the hell just happened. Subverted in that it does serve a purpose to the audience: to let them know that this isn't Earth anymore.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Don't let Kalia's cute and clueless act fool you.
    • There was also Galus posing as a well meaning prince in the first OVA.
  • Bishōnen: Makoto and Galus (in his human guise) are actually the only male characters who qualify.
    • Nahato, though young, as well.
  • Blatant Lies: Alielle says that "I haven't been able to think of anyone else since [Fatora] was gone!" Of course, while Fatora was imprisoned, she had been busy trying to get into Shayla Shayla and Nanami's pants.
  • Blessed with Suck: Fujisawa's opinion of the condition required for his power to work: sobriety.
  • Broken Heel: When Ifurita attacks the palace in episode 4, one of the palace maids trips and falls while fleeing from her.
  • Brother Chuck: The Amazing Vanishing Love Interest Guy.
  • Bulletproof Vest: Ura, the armor cat and the cutest flak jacket you'll ever wear when he's on the job.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: No matter how petty or crazy he is, one has to give props to OAV Jinnai for being able to quickly marshal a force capable of conquering the world; stoppable only by MacGuffin.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Including subversion: played for laughs.
  • Canon Immigrant: The silly version of Ifurita The Wanderers became as popular as the serious original one, so a radio drama taking place in the OVA's continuity imported her in under the name of "Ifurina".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Jinnai is evil and proud of it! In the Wanderers continuity, at least. In the OVA, he averts this. He is less interested in "evil" and a lot more interested in "conquest" and "killing Makoto."
  • Characterization Marches On / Flanderization: Fatora, while a self centered, bullying Jerkass, doesn't seem as nymphomanic psycho in the original OVA as she is in subsequent appearances.
  • The Chessmaster: Jinnai, especially in the OVA, is a rather capable politician and leader despite coming across as a complete buffoon. While his plans appear amateurish and simple-minded to the viewer, they usually work quite well. To add to that, he apparently launches a number of military campaigns that result in quick and easy conquests with an army that had utterly failed to be effective for centuries before his arrival. While the viewers don't get to learn much about what exactly he's doing, he apparently makes an excellent tactician, and this is why he comes so close to conquering El-Hazard.
  • Chick Magnet: Makoto.
  • The Chosen One: The Bugrom regard Jinnai as this. Considering he single-handedly turned them into an effective fighting force and damn near took over El-Hazard, this may be justified.
  • Christmas Cake: Miz Mishtal, and it worries her so much. Subverted towards the ending, when she marries Fujisawa-sensei.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Nanami and Shayla-Shayla in the OVA continuity, both toward Makoto.
    • Miz towards Mr. Fujisawa.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: TV!Ifurita is somewhere between this and The Ditz.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Makoto just happens to look exactly like Princess Fatora. Despite being male.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Jinnai with a feather duster on TV!Ifurita in one episode.
  • Cool Old Guy: Dr. Schtalubaugh.
  • Cool Teacher: Mr Fujisawa.
  • Creepy Child: Nahato. Oh boy, Nahato.
  • Crossdresser: Makoto.
  • Cute and Psycho: Kalia.
  • Cute Kitten: Why is Makoto's armor also a talking cat? Because he's adorable.
  • Cute Monster Girl: The Bugrom are basically humanoid beetles that stand, on average, twice the size of a human being. Queen Diva, on the other hand, is a beautiful woman with pink hair, diaphanous wings, cute antennae and small black spots on her forehead that are presumably extra eyes. At the end of The Alternative World, she actually takes Jinnai as her mate.
  • Cut Short: The Alternative World was chopped at 13 of 26 episodes; the last two episodes were horribly rushed messes of trying to resolve a half-dozen subplots at once. And some of them don't even get mentioned, let alone resolved (like the Literal Cliff Hanger that Amazing Vanishing Love Interest Guy was left in before he, well, vanished).
  • Dark Action Girl: Kalia.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Shayla Shayla.
  • Depending on the Artist: Alielle and OVA Ifurita's hair are blue or purple.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Jinnai suggests that the Bugrom population has become too small, and that Queen Diva needs to make more little Bugrom. The Queen agrees, but needs Jinnai to help. Jinnai is horrified by the implications.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?
  • Distaff Counterpart: Parnasse to Alielle.
  • Distressed Damsel: Rune in the TV series, Fatora in the original OVA.
  • Dragged into Drag: Londs and Princess Rune meet Makoto and Fujisawa during the time of Fatora's abduction and decide to use Makoto's likeness to her to their advantage, in order to assure their allies that the Eye of God could be used at any time should the need arise. When Makoto refuses to go along with it, they imprison him and Fujisawa in the tower until he reluctantly agrees to do it.
  • Dramatic Wind
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Makoto is a dead ringer for Princess Fatora, which becomes a crucial plot element for the first half of the series.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Jinnai gets tired after following Kalia through some hallways in the second OVA, so she tells him about the shorter route through a wall. Which, of course, she opens up.
  • Ecchi: Extremely so, with many naked girls in every episode.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: TV Ifurita
    • Also, there's Jinnai.
  • Elemental Hair: The three great priestesses of Mt. Muldoon: Shayla is easily identifed as the priestess of fire, thanks to her flaming red hair. Miz Mishtal, who presides over water, has lavender hair. And while Afura Mann's a brunette, her blue/sea green attire shows she controls wind.
  • Elemental Powers: The Priestesses of Muldoon.
  • The End of the World as We Know It
  • Enemy Mine
  • Enfant Terrible: Nahato.
  • Engrish: "El Hazard", being a Spanish prefix appended to an English word, does not make any sense in context to describe an Arabian Nights world. It's often assumed the land's name, and by extent the title, is supposed to be "Al Hazred".
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Fatora and Rune.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Jinnai, Up to Eleven. Also, Galus goes from calm and understated to loud and commanding after revealing his true evil form.
  • Evil Laugh:
    • Jinnai LOVES doing this.
    • Also Queen Diva, Galus and Kalia.
    • Princess Fatora gets in some cackling of her own, and while she's on Roshtaria's side, she's also a massive bitch.
  • Eviler than Thou: The Phantom Tribe to Jinnai and the Bugrom.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Jinnai woke up Kalia without making sure that she was controllable.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion
  • Eyes Always Shut: Fujisawa.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Afura Mann's only got one pantleg.
  • Fat Bastard: Jinnai turns into a massive Gonk at one point after being fattened up as cattle by bugs.
  • Fiery Redhead: Shayla-Shayla, literally. Also Nanami.
  • First Gray Hair: Mis Mishtal goes into hysterics after finding a single gray hair.
  • Flat Character: Londs is the chief servant of the royal house of Roshtaria and this is pretty much all you can say about him.
  • Foil: Afura and Shayla Shayla in the TV series.
  • Forged Message: In the first episode, Makoto walks blindly into a trap, after receiving a love letter from his childhood crush, Nanami, asking him to meet her alone, after school. In truth, the letter was from her brother, Jinnai, who reveals it was one of several, from her ample collection of 'practice notes'. At which point, Makoto correctly guesses she had written them as part of a 'creative writting' assignment.
  • Forgotten Superweapon
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Part of what killed The Alternative World was that the party split in four directions, so it took four episodes to advance the plot of all of them.
  • Freudian Excuse: TV Jinnai was often alone during his childhood.
  • The Glomp: Alielle
  • Hair Colors
  • Hands Off My Fluffy
  • Handsome Lech: Both Alielle and Fatora.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Shayla Shayla.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Ifurita in the original OVA.
  • The Hero: Makoto
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Yuba gives his life to rewind Ifurita in the second OVA.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Hidden Depths: Interestingly enough, Jinnai actually exhibits a strong paternal instinct for his subordinates at times. He shows this in different ways depending on what continuity of El-Hazard it is, but it actually seems to be a genuine quality of his...
    • In the first OVA, he is generally respectful of his Bugrom soldiers, only insulting them for doing something genuinely bone-headed and making a point of memorizing the names he gives them. He even seems keen on accompanying them into battle on some occasions, when he really never had to, though this may be to more properly direct them. It still involves risking his own neck alongside theirs, which is rare for any sort of general, let alone one so megalomaniacal. All this makes him seem like a Father to His Men (or, rather, women as the Bugrom are most likely female, being soldiers in a hive-like system.) He even dresses up in the style of a Bugrom in the second OVA for presumably no other reason than to strengthen camradarie with them!
    • While he lacks the above attitude in the Wanderers continuity, Jinnai acts more paternal toward Ifurita, especially near the end when she's unconscious and he doesn't have to worry about acting like a Drill Sergeant Nasty. He picks her up and carries her off as if she's his daughter.
  • Hot Consort: 15-year old Alielle for Fatora. Her parents are actually okay with this, as it means a steady job and an education.
  • Hot Springs Episode: One in the first OVA and one in The Alternative World.
  • Identical Stranger: Makoto and Fatora. And they don't have the same gender.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In the OVA, the episodes are named "The World of _____."
  • Idiot Ball: Afura Mann grabs it in the OVA when Ifurita attacks Roshtaria's palace. Ifurita takes out Miz and Shayla by using their own attacks against them. She then explains to Afura (the only one left standing at this point besides Makoto) that her power allows her to absorb and learn any attack thrown at her. Afura then immediately attacks Ifurita with her Badger's Slash attack which not only fails to hurt her, but then allows Ifurita to learn it herself, which she then uses to defeat Afura. She might have seen that coming.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: When Alielle realizes that Makoto is a guy, she still seems to be rather attracted to him.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Fujisawa, constantly.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Bugrom and The Wanderers versions of Jinnai and Ifurita.
  • Insect Queen: Queen Diva is the ruler of the Bugrom Empire. As such, part of her duty is to ensure there are a sufficient number of troops for their army and to sustain the Bugrom Citadel, which requires that she mate with someone. So, when Jinnai notes the shortage of troops and suggests she lays more eggs, she takes him up on the offer.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • In the TV series, a Bugrom has a crush on Nanami.
    • Makoto and Ifurita's relationship is this, given she's an Artificial Human of vague origin and he's a human being.
    • In the Alternative World continuity, Queen Diva (Cute Monster Girl bug) ends up mating with Jinnai (human).
  • Intimate Marks: Both Ifurita and Kalia's activation modules are located directly above the cleft of their buttocks. Each must be inserted with a keystaff to turn them on, and is every bit as suggestive as it sounds.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Nanami and Phantom Tribe illusions; she often doesn't realize that she isn't seeing what everyone else is. For example, we discover her powers during a scene when a female Phantom Tribe assassin approaches the group disguised as a scantily-clad blonde bombshell; since her true form is a blue-skinned Kiyone Makibi expy, Nanami doesn't notice anything odd about the men's dropped jaws right away. Later on, in Roshtaria:
    Nanami: (ecstatic) How cute! A wedding between the Royal House and the Phantom Tribe!
    crowd murmurs in confusion
    Londs: (chuckling) Lady Nanami, surely you jest? This is Galus, her Royal Highness' fiance.
    Nanami: I surely doth not. His skin be blue.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: The plot proper of the first OAV begins when a beautiful woman comes out of that mysterious capsule and lovingly embraces Makoto by name and neither he or the audience has any idea of why how she knows that or why she is acting that way. At the very end, you see that same event from her point of view and it makes perfect sense by then.
  • Jerkass: Jinnai and Fatora, though the latter has some rare Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments, and in The Wanderers, even Jinnai had a big Pet the Dog moment at the end.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dahl from The Alternative World is a horrible pervert and Harem Seeker who takes all the women in Cretaria for his harem, while callously brushing aside the woman who does love him, and using his army to tax and terrorize the colonies. However, he did actually care about Gilda; he pushed her away because she was a member of the Royal Family of El-Hazard and he didn't want to bring her into the mess surrounding the Eye of God.
  • Joker Immunity: El Hazard without Jinnai and the Bugrom would be boring, so they escape all the time.
  • Karma Houdini: Nahato.
  • Lack of Empathy: The Phantom Tribe.
  • Large Ham: Both Fujisawa-sensei and Jinnai, especially in the English dub.
  • Last Name Basis: Jinnai (except for his sister Nanami), Mr Fujisawa and Dr.Schtalubaugh.
  • Laughably Evil: The main reason why Jinnai has so many fans.
  • Laughing Mad:
    • Miz completely loses it when Mr. Fujisawa stands her up at the altar, breaking into a mad cackle before she finally goes berserk.
    • The jury's out on Jinnai; he definitely has the cackling down, but how sane he is is up for interpretation.
  • Le Parkour: Fujisawa-sensei's power includes a bit of impossible free-running.
  • Lighter and Softer: El-Hazard: The Wanderers, save for the last three episodes.
  • Lost Technology
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Alielle and Parnasse.
  • Love Dodecahedron: More or less; Makoto is rare in that he decides who he's interested in rather quickly and makes it pretty damned obvious to the other girls. The sequels tried to Tenchi Muyo! things up a bit, throwing three other love interests at him to complicate his life. Then again, the girl he's interested in isn't actually present in the sequels, which take place before the final scene of the original in which Makoto is reunited with Ifurita.
    • In The Wanderers, Makoto makes it pretty clear he's interested in Rune Venus early on, and it's not so much about Nanami and Shayla-Shayla competing for his affection, but coming to terms with his decision.
  • Magic from Technology
  • The Man Behind The Monsters: Jinnai
  • Manipulative Bastard: Jinnai and Galus.
  • Masters of Illusion: The Phantom Tribe.
  • Meaningful Name: Miz Mishtal, a priestess of waternote .
  • Minion with an F in Evil: TV Ifurita.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: In Roshtaria, the Eye of God's dimensional technology is solely used as a Weapon of Mass Destruction. In Cretaria, their Eye of God is used to power the kingdom and maintain farming colonies in the sky.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Ura is Fatora's armor-cat, and at first only serves Makoto because Makoto is Fatora's body double. Then when the real Fatora shows up and starts treating Ura like trash, Ura quickly decides that he likes Makoto better.
  • The Mole: Galus poses as a nobleman and Rune Venus' fiance, but is actually the leader of the Phantom Tribe.
  • Moment Killer: Quawool's specialty.
  • Money Fetish: Nanami doesn't want to spend the money she earns from her restaurant in The Alternative World. She just wants to roll around in it!
  • Moral Dissonance: The end of the original OAV in regards to the Bugrom. Apparently, mass genocide is perfectly OK!
    • Don't forget that the Bugrom wanted to conquer El Hazard. It was self-defense.
    • And it wasn't really genocide. The Bugrom weren't destroyed, just sent to another world (though one wonders what kind of problems they're going to cause for the new world they were sent to, especially given the Phantom Tribe's situation...)
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Alielle is a sweet girl but also a nympho who constantly sexually harasses girls.
    • Princess Fatora is just as horny, if not more so, but isn't a nice girl. She's just a self-important Jerk Ass.
  • Must Have Nicotine (Fujisawa after running out of smokes in OAV episode 7)
  • Mysterious Past: Kalia in the OVA 2. Arjah in The Alternative World
  • Nailed To The Wagon
  • Name's the Same: OVA Ifurita and TV Series Ifurita are very different characters, in both personality and appearance. Though, in a shout-out, TV Ifurita's personality shifts to one more like her OVA counterpart when she's taken control of by the Eye of God (she gets better, though.)
  • Narcissist: Katsuhiko Jinnai.
  • New Super Power
  • Nice Guy: Makoto
  • Nice Job Guiding Us, Hero
  • No Endor Holocaust: The fact that Jinnai ordered to Ifurita the destruction an entire city in the first OVA and that she succeeded isn't important apparently.
  • Nymphomaniac Lesbians Want Red Heads: Alliele to Shayla-Shayla
    Alielle: Red hair!
    • Also Fatora in the sequels. She even managed to kiss Shayla Shayla, pretending to be Makoto.
  • Oblivious to Love: Makoto's characterization in The Alternative World is that he doesn't notice the three girls fighting for his affections.
  • Onee-sama: Shayla Shayla earns this title from the nymphomaniac Alielle.
  • Only One Name: Every Demon God, Phantom Tribe and Bugrom. Also Dr.Schtalubaugh and Londs.
  • Ordinary High-School Student
  • Organic Technology: The Trigger of Destruction is apparently a hybrid of crystals, metal and organic matter.
  • Personality Powers: The Priestesses with their Elemental Powers fit this well. Shayla-Shayla is Hot-Blooded, Afura Mann is The Smart Guy (evidently), and Mizu Mishtal's personality tends to be rather fickle and adaptable.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Ifurita, a horrible demon who already annihilated one civilization...actually, she's a sexy Robot Girl, who already annihilated one civilization.
  • Pet the Dog: In Wanderers, Jinnai has one at the end where he helps save El Hazard and shows he really cares for Ifurita.
  • Pillar of Light
  • Power Copying: Ifurita can copy any attack or ability used against her once.
  • Pre-Explosion Glow
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Rune Venus in Wanderers becomes Makoto's Love Interest, replacing Ifurita.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Ifurita is just with Jinnai because he released her.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Alielle and Fatora sexually harassing many women, particularly Shayla-Shayla, and this is Played for Laughs.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: In the final episode of The Alternative World, Queen Diva rapes Jinnai to have new Bugrom.
  • Repetitive Name: Shayla Shayla.
  • Rescue Romance: Parodied with Fujisawa and Miz and played straight with both Shayla Shayla and Makoto and later Makoto and Qawoor in the Alternative World.
  • The Resenter: Jinnai so much.
  • Rich Bitch: Fatora
  • Rival Turned Evil: Jinnai. Well, he was always evil, it's just that in El Hazard he became professionally evil.
  • Road Sign Reversal: Subverted that while Jinnai sabotages a sign to get the heroes going onto a dangerous path, Mr. Fujisawa knows all along they are taking the tough path, but takes it anyway because he relishes the challenge.
  • Robot Girl: Ifurita.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Fatora steals Shayla-Shayla's by pretending to be Makoto. Hilarity Ensues when she finds out.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Male example — the Amazing Vanishing Love Interest Guy, who gets Brother Chucked not long after his introduction.
  • Schizo Tech
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Alielle and Princess Fatora.
  • The Scream: A Running Gag throughout the OAV.
    Fujisawa: Oh shit! Someone else is out of alcohol!
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Jinnai bribes his way to victory in the student elections by promising certain clubs extra funds in the budget.
  • Series Franchise
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: What Makoto sees upon first meeting Rune Venus in the TV series.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: For someone who's pretty much never seen out of his school uniform, Jinnai keeps it pretty neat.
  • Shotacon: Galus, given his relationship with Nahato.
  • Shout-Out: In the English version Jinnai nicknames his Quirky Mini Boss Squad of Bugrom Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, Gummo...
    • ...And Margareth (After the Marx Brother's foil, Margareth Dumont).
    • On one occasion, Ura(a cat-like animal that can envelop Makoto's torso and act as a suit of "living armor") exclaims "It's a job...", much like the dinosaurs-as-living-appliances would in The Flintstones.
  • Skinny Dipping: Alielle and Fatora did that in the OVA 2.
  • Smug Snake: Jinnai and Galus.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Phantom Tribe had no way of knowing that Nanami would pop up and reveal that Galus, Rune Venus' fiance, was actually one of them.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Miz's successor is Qawool... or Qawoor... or Qawoorl...or Kaoru...
  • Spoiled Brat: Fatora.
  • Stable Time Loop: Across dimensions even. Ifurita's actions at the end of the OVA send her to Earth's past, where she hibernates in an underground chamber beneath what will eventually be the site of the school; the discovery of her chamber and her subsequent awakening set off the chain of events which result in her being sent to Earth's past.
  • Stealth Clothes
  • Stock Footage: The priestess' attacks.
  • Sunken City: The namless ruined city used to showcase the ancient destructive power of the demoness Ifurita.
  • Super Strength: Fujisawa's power in El-Hazard but only when he's sober. And in the OAVs running out of cigarettes gives him an additional boost.
  • Swirling Dust
  • Take Over the World: Jinnai and the Queen Diva's motivation.
  • Talking Animal: The armour cats, or at least Ura. We see Rune Venus's cat on at least one occasion but it never speaks.
  • Team Pet: Ura
  • Team Shot
  • Technopath: Makoto.
  • Theme Naming: In the North American dub, Jinnai's personal squad of Bugrom are named for the Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Qawool, who only pops up in The Alternative World, and only after Makoto has already chosen his girlfriend, nonetheless pops right into his harem. It helps that said Love Interest was Put on a Bus at the end of the first OVA.
  • Time Travel
  • Token Yuri Girls: Alielle and Fatora.
  • Tornado Move: One of the later episodes has TV Ifurita whip up a monster sized tornado, on Jinnai's orders to wreak havoc on Roshtaria's allies. But, being a ditz and a Minion With an F in Evil, it soon spirals out of her control, leaving her trapped inside it, with no idea how to stop it. In the end, the wind preistess, Afura Mann, sets aside her differences with Ifurita to help her, by listening to the wind's "voice". Then they combines their powers to calm it, dispelling the tornado.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms
  • Trapped in Another World
  • True Sight: Nanami's special ability is to see through illusions.
  • Tsundere: Shayla-Shayla.
  • Tunnel Of Foreshadowing
  • Unknown Rival: Makoto is largely ignorant of Jinnai's hatred for him, and actually thinks they are, or were, on friendly terms.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Nanami.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal:
    • The priestesses honestly think Makoto is Princess Fatora for a while, and are stunned when the truth is revealed.
    • Alielle screams her head off when she gropes "Fatora" and finds out that she's a he.
    • Likewise, in The Alternative World, when Fatora thinks she's hunted down Alielle, she actually gropes her brother Parnassus.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Kalia.
  • Unwanted Harem: Makoto collects the interest of nearly every girl in the series.
  • Villain Decay: In the first OVA, Jinnai is perhaps the most competent enemy that Makoto and co. face, and is almost unstoppable when he gains control of Ifurita. In the second OVA, he's lost none of his competence, but because Ifurita is gone and his army has been annihilated, he and his forces suffer from Lowered Monster Difficulty and are far less effective. After this, he tends to be treated as a joke rather than a serious threat.
  • Villainous Rescue: Jinnai saves Makoto and Nanami from Galus and Nahato at the climax of the original OVA, wanting to stop Galus under the pretense of "A true ruler doesn't destroy the land he wishes to conquer!"
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Jinnai all the time.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Shayla-Shayla and Nanami snark at each other and fight over Makoto all the time, in a best-friends sort of way.
  • Wave Motion Gun
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: The Eye of God.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Nahato.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Where the hell are the Phantom Tribe, especially Nahato, after the original OVA?
  • Who Will Bell the Cat?: When Nanami and Shayla want to know what's up with Ifurita, they can't agree who will ask him.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: A series of still drawings at the end depict the characters in various situations on Earth.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Bugs?: Qawool does not like bugs.
  • World of Action Girls
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Qawool, a priestess in love with Makoto Mizuhara and addresses him formally.
  • Yes-Man: Alielle is normally a sweet young lady and a loyal friend, if an uncontrolled nymphomaniac. Stick her in the same room as Fatora though and she becomes this. And an uncontrolled nymphomaniac.
  • Young Conqueror: Jinnai.

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