The story takes place Twenty Minutes into the Future. A new crystalline energy source has been discovered, but with it comes a breed of rampaging monsters: The Gaist. By using the materials that the crystals are made of, the government has developed Powered Armor that allows people to stand a fighting chance against these monstrosities. These soldiers have aptly been named Gaist Crushers.Enter Recka. No, not that Recca. He's an average middle schooler who definitely would love to become a Gaist Crusher, but isn't qualified to take the exam. However, he happens to be in the right place at the right time during a Gaist attack, and is forced to don the Gaist Crusher armor in order to defend his friends. While he does return the armor,the Gaist Crusher Garrison,or GCG, the organization in charge of the Gaist Crushers, quickly recruits him to become a full fledged Gaist Crusher.An anime by Studio Pierrot began airing in the Fall 2013 anime season, written by Reiko Yoshida, better known as the person who was the head writer of Digimon Adventure. An action RPG of the same name was later released in December 5,2013,along with merchandise,some of which are 'Gai-metal' that can be used in the game. Two manga series were released:the main adaptation of the anime,and Gaist Crusher First,a prequel to the main story that focuses on Rock Volcan's earlier years. A sequel,called Gaist Crusher God was announced and sets to be released on September 4,2014. You can see the trailer here.
Artistic License - Geology: Gaimetal is said to be mined 50km underground. The actual thickness of the Earth's crust is less than a fifth of that on average.
Awesome, yet Impractical: The Gaist Gear's Extreme Form,in which Gaist Crushers will be transformed into the Gaist version of their respective Gaist Gear,whilst straining the user's body(such as Recka's Flame Fenrir Gear turned him into a gigantic wolf).Doubles as Painful Transformation.
Adaptive Armor: The Gaist Gear can enhanced the user's physical strength,as well capable of turning into a weapon,and if it reaches a certain limit,can turn its user into a Gaist.
Body Horror: One of the horrible effects of being covered in Gaimetal,as usually seen whenever the Gaist Crushers engage in Extreme Form,and in episode 47,we were demonstrated with the fact what effects would an unpurified Gaimetal can do in a human body!
Expy: The series,since it was created by Capcom,has a shitload of expies,Shout-Out,and references.
Rekka,Sango,Hayato,and Izuna were living Expy of the characters from Megaman Battle Network and Megaman Star Force. Rekka has the same heroic tendency and attitude as Lan/Netto,as well as having Buds' large appetite. Sango,on the other hand,is obviously a Maylu Sakura Expy(not to mention the fact that they share the same surname),with Sonia Strumm's color scheme. Hayato is actually Chaud Blaze,with aquamarine blue hair. Izuna is a living shout-out to Solo,complete with Villainous Breakdown,as well as many wheat-eye-browed villains.
On episode 19,upon encountering Mangan for the second time,he creates clones of himself to confuse the heroes,while Rekka tells an irritated Kurama to use "kakebunshin" techniques on him.Does that remind you of anything?Bonus points for Kurama sharing the name of the hot-headed nine-tailed fox inside a certain ninja.Another points for the fact that both series were animated by the same studio.
Determinator: Played straight with Recka. Basically,a major requirement for Gaist Crushers.
Idiot Hair: Kurama's hairstyle is a wavy,but spiky hair.
Rekka himself has the most ridiculous hair in the series so far.I mean,look at him◊
Idiot Hero: Recka, specifically in the academic sense. His family is astonished when they find him diligently studying the information most Gaist Crushers are taught in training.
Meaningful Name: A LOT of the characters and Gaist in both media has meaningful names.Take Recka Shirogane for example.When translated,it was "Silver Flame",hence his Gaist Art(while in his Flame Fenrir Gaist Gear). In fact,in episode 2,Recka find out that he and Sango were in the same age,which is 13,and even goes as to lampshade that his surname suffice the number 13.
Another case,from some of the Gaist Art(from the game),such as Hayato's.
Merchandise-Driven: This anime exists to promote the 3DS game of the same name and a few related merchandise.
Mythology Gag: This isn't the first time Capcom turned a Megaman Expy game into an anime.