Anime: Houkago No Pleiades
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.
- Anime Theme Song: Episode 4. After the final battle with Minato.
- 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.
- Interchangeable Antimatter Keys: Subaru uses one key (Which looks suspiciously like a car key.) to open the doors in school.
- Magitek/Flying Car: The girls' staffs rev up like a car engine, specifically Subaru's relatively unique boxer engine. The staffs also have a piece of metal at the end shaped like the corporate grille Subaru uses on many of their cars. The staffs even have wings of light shaped like headlights at the ends of the metal piece.
- Memento MacGuffin: Minato's Jacket to Subaru.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Minato normally has blue eyes, which turn red in his superpowered form.
- Transformation Sequence: There's only one, and Subaru was first transforming.
- The Unintelligible: The President, although Nanako can understand him.
- Where It All Began: The magically sealed artificial garden.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Aoi. And Nanako has lavender hair.