Anime: Houkago No Pleiades

"You mean you can combine girls and Cars?"

Houkago No Pleiades (literally After School Pleiades, but known in English as Wish Upon the Pleiades) is a 2011 Magical Girl original net animation. Born from a collaboration between Studio Gainax and Subaru — yes, the car manufacturer note  — each episode is around 6 minutes long.

It is available for free on the Subaru x Gainax Youtube channel, in Japanese and with English subtitles.

A proper anime series with standard episode length started airing as part of Spring 2015 Anime season, which is currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll. A movie is also in production.

Tropes in Houkago No Pleiades, as they follow.

  • Cosmic Retcon: 2nd episode of '2015. Aoi and Subaru collide on their school day start routine. The uniform is the same, the route to school's the same, they reach for the same shoebox and try to sit at the same personal desk in class. Onlookers have signs of unconscious readjustment such as quickly backing out of doubts about who wasn't supposed to be here. Rest of the heroines, arriving as another addition to Subaru's class, confirms that they would find themselves brought together in this fashion each time with each new Pleiades member.
  • Cooldown Hug: Subaru gives one to Minato in hopes of freeing him from the evil that possesses him, but unfortunately, it doesn't work, and the evil keeps a hold of him.
  • Cute Witch: The girls are capable of flying thanks to their weapons, though Aoi has the look.
  • Gainax Ending: Subaru enters the artificial garden a second time. She sees that it's night time in there, and there's one flower remaining. Though it's not quite as confusing as Gainax's most infamous Gainax endings.
  • Genki Girl: Subaru seems to be one, but then stops after episode 2.

Alternative Title(s):

Wish Upon The Pleiades