Ixion Saga: Dimension Transfer
is about your average gamer, Kon Hokaze. When playing his favorite MMO, he comes across a female player with a very
attractive avatar, and, after having bonded with her, not only assumes that the actual player is just as beautiful, but that he's finally found love! But before he can ask that they meet in real life, the buxom beauty asks if Kon can do something very important for her...
Elsewhere, a group of travelers are attacked by a military troupe for an unexplained reason. When they're cornered and on the ropes, Kon suddenly comes plummeting from the heavens, still in his chair and not wearing any shoes. Kon lands on top of Variation, the man leading the troupe, and manages to cause enough of a commotion so that he and the others get away.
The travelers introduce themselves as the warrior Sainglain, the beautiful Transsexual
Mariandel, and Princess Ecarlate. The three explain that Ecarlate is on her way to be married as part of a treaty that her nation's military wishes to prevent, and she enlists Kon as her third bodyguard.
The world Kon winds up in is based on Ixion Saga
, an online game by Capcom.
Ixion Saga: Dimension Transfer provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adorably Precocious Child: Ecarlate and the boy scientist from 17. Though he uses his cute kiddish side to stall Kon until his assistants handcuff him.
- Ancient Tradition: Kon has to do a lot of Marriage Rituals for Ecarlate and Jugglabarks wedding for this reason.
- Animals Hate Him: Kon, it's his reason why he didn't want to keep "Pet" in the first place.
- Anticlimax: Ecarlate's groom Jugglabark appeared as mysterious man who knows what the Omniscient Council of Vagueness are up to and seems to have his own goals. Only for him to just turn to be a really creepy guy who gets pummeled by the princess after seeing his nose hair.
- Axe Crazy: The assassin Georg sent to kill Escarlate. Then he suffers a Villainous Breakdown after seeing her become this in her "hyperactiviy" period.
- Alien Lunch: The meal that Mariandale makes for Kon looks exactly like cola, fries, and a Hamburger and tastes like the real deal then Kon sees what Mariandale used to make it.
- Bad Ass Princess: Don't let her young age fool you. Ecarlate won't hesitate to beat her enemies senseless when given the chance.
- Berserk Button: Don't screw with Mariandel when she's cooking for the princess during the "hyperactivity" period. She will mess you up. Also applies to the princess during the period as anything can set her off.
- The Big Guy: Sainglain.
- Blood Knight: Variation reveals that he's one who loves inflicting pain and a slow, painful death to his enemies in episode 10.
- The Casanova: Gustave.
- Calling Your Attacks: Leon knows the Super Golden High Speed and High Jump Shrimp Big Spinning Doppelgänger Miracle Attack!
- The Casino: The world of Mira has these and underneath them are wrestling stadiums.
- Cassandra Truth:
- Kon really didn't know what Miranda was going on about, but no one believed him.
- Again whe tries to convince his companions that Pet can talk and he snaps and takes out his frustrations on Pet.
- Chainsaw Good: Blood Heart's weapon in matches with opponents who also have weapons.
- Chekhov's Gun:
Erec: ...I've been training.
Emilia: You can train for that?
Erec: Kind of.
- The Chosen One: Erecpyle and Kon since they can use the weapons of Hyperion. Turns out Alma just chose Erec at random for the most part. With Kon being special since he's from another world.
- Combat Pragmatist: Kon is happy to attack someone preparing their ultimate attack, especially since that exact thing happened to him all the time in games. He's also fine with attacking a foe when they are completely exhausted
- Cool Sword:
- Erec starts out with one, but Kon takes it after defeating him.
- Erec gets new one called Calibre thanks to Alma.
- Cosplay: Ecarlate dresses as a Frill necked lizard and Jugglabark wears a Giraffe head in his bedroom.
- Crossdressing Voices: Double Subverted An unusual male-voicing-female role, starring Jun Fukuyama as the incredibly sexy maid Mariandale, who turns out to be Transsexual.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: KT forces herself to eat spicy food as punishment for failing Incognito and Erec.
- Cute and Psycho: Miranda.
- The Ditz: Invoked. Mariandel intentionally pretends to be with when captured in order to stall for time and ensure that the Hyperion Knights don't think that questioning her will get them anywhere.
- Dirty Coward: Kon's first reaction to anything he considers threatening is to try to run away when given the chance. Even if he has a chance of winning.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Miranda which leaves her parents and grandmother in pain from her actions.
- The Doll Episode: Episode 20 can be seen as this thanks to the countless dolls and hand puppets Jugglabark has.
- Drop the Hammer: Kon's stolen weapon becomes this.
- Epic Fail: The assassination attempt the Omniscient Council of Vagueness arranges fails miserable thanks in no small part to the situation the princess's "hyperactivity period" caused.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: It turns out that the small brat Kon saved is actually Ecarlate Juptris, the 36th princess of St. Piria.
- Exasperated Perp: Kon is an expert on this for being able to make Leon to talk about his teammates in episode 11 and being able to force Pet to talk. Heck, even the one being interrogated didn't realize it themselves that they are giving Kon all the info he need.
- Fan Disservice: Mariandale's stubble.
- Fanservice: The ending theme is filled with the Hyperion Knights in ridiculously provocative poses, with plenty of Female Gaze.
- Episode 5 contains Fanservice for the whole spectrum of gender and sexual preference. As Kon himself puts it:
"Loli, bombshell, and hulk."
- For Science!: This leads the kid scientist in episode 17 to try any experiment he can on Kon. Eventually leading to attempting to dissect him.
- Fun with Acronyms: There are a lot of two-letter acronyms that have multiple ways of reading them.
- "DT" in this series is supposed to mean "Dimension Transfer". Applied to Kon, it becomes "Doutei" — a Japanese slang for male virgins.
- Erecpyle's full name can be shortened to "ED" — itself an acronym for "Erectile Dysfunction".
- It can also be a shortening for Ending. Guess who's featured in the ending theme.
- One of Erec's followers is named KT. No word yet on what it stands for.
- Knowing this series, it could very well stand for "kintama" which is slang for "testicles."
- Gayngst? What Gayngst?: Kon expects a sob story for Marian's past, but nope, she's happy just the way she is. The story that Sanglain told him is a complete fabrication.
- Genius Bruiser: Sainglain graduated at the top of his class from a prestigious university in his nation's capitol.
- Genre Savvy:
- Kon starts out annoyed at a dragon that attacks his character in an RPG during his attacks, and later on he painfully employs the exact same tactic against Erecpyle.
- He also manages to figure out how much of Mariandel's backstory goes halfway through Sainglain's explanation of it.
- God Guise: Happens to Kon in episode 8.
- Green Rocks: Alma Crystals, which among other things powers Marian's guns and Erec's sword, are hinted to have a lot more uses, such as communication.
- Groin Attack: How Kon defeats Erecpyle. Twice.
- Guns Akimbo: Marian uses two magically powered pistols.
- Guile Hero: Kon actually becomes this in episode 11 when he realizes that beating enemy information out of Leon won't work. He takes advantage of his personality and pride to figure out how strong the Hyperion Knights are and other valuable info.
- Handpuppet: Jugglabark wears one in his creepy dark bedroom.
- Hero Antagonist: Incognito believe that stopping the marriage between Jugglabark and Ecarlate is a noble goal that the Ulga Sorority has. Of course then it's revealed they were being used to cause a war.
- Heroic BSOD: Erecpyle spends part of episode 21 like this when he found out he wasn't chosen to be a Hyperion cause of his skills and that the Ulga Sorority are villains.
- Honor Before Reason: This is Erec's main weakness. He does wise up against Kon the second time around, though. In Episode 1, this is what cost Erecpyle one of his testicles.
- Hot Springs Episode: Episode 7. Erec and Variation journey to a famous hot spring in the hopes of healing Erec's lost testicles, but Kon and friends happen to pass through the same town at the same time they do. Naturally, Kon and Erec wind up in the same hot spring at once.
- Hurricane of Puns: In the second episode, there's a sequence of ballsy puns, to Erecpyle's discomfort, considering he lost one of his family jewels as a consequence of Kon's attack.
- Idiot Hair: If the princess gets this, bad things will happen.
- Imagine Spot: Miranda has several of these in episode 13.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ecarlate can be quite nasty, but does show a softer side occasionally.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Pet
- Little Miss Snarker: Ecarlate, a small princess with a harsh tongue.
- Lolicon: Kon wonders if Jugglabark is one. Turns out he's into stuff that's even creepier.
- Love Hurts: Gustaves wife ran away from him.
- Macho Masochism: Leon talking about all the Training from Hell he does to prove his loyalty to Erecpyle just gets everyone to call him a mashocist. They weren't wrong. When the gang captures him and the princess starts beating him up, Kon has to stop her because he's enjoying the hell out of it.
- Mary Sue: Lampshaded to hell and back by Kon in regards to Marian (mainly to bash her for being a Transgender). To be fair, she does have a lot of Common Mary Sue Traits.
- Mood Whiplash: Lampshaded in episode 3, when Sainglain spends a full two minutes telling the story of the great conqueror Arthur. At the end of the story, he explains that Arthur, after competing his great conquests, said that he really loves cats.
Kon: WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT???
- Mysterious Watcher: The mysterious woman who watches Kon and the group in almost every episode and is also responsible for Kon being in that world. She's a Ixion who goes by the alias of Alma Flora and the name Mysterious Woman and chose Erecpyle to be a Hyperion. Revealed to be trying to stop the war and has chosen both Incognito and Kon's group to stop it.
- Nerds Are Virgins: Kon refuses to die before he loses his vir-DT.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Variation in the story of how Variation joined Incognito.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Ecarlate's father, who acts like a senile old man so others will underestimate him.
- Offhand Backhand: Don't interrupt Marian in the kitchen. She's got a ladle and boiling water.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Ulga Sorority that Incoginito works for.
- Only Sane Man: Of ED's henchmen, only Variation seems to have common sense at times. Though he's Not So Above It All at times as well.
- Power Glows: Happens to Kon during episode 7 and ends up causing people to mistake him for a God in episode 8. Disappears near the end of the episode.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Alma Flora has distinctive red eyes, and she's not someone you should trust. Escarlate gets these when she gets three ahoge in her "hyperactivity" period.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Takuya Eguchi and Hiroshi Kamiya are rivals again. However, they're both not to be taken too seriously this time around.
- Scam Religion: Kon starts one in episode 8.
- Schizo Tech: The world Kon winds up in is like this. Guns, swords, magical swords, magical guns, tanks, animal mounts, abound. There's even a supposed form of wireless communication similar to the internet in certain major cities.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Mariandale's backstory in Episode 5 is ultimately revealed to have been a lie Eclarlate and Sainglain made up.
- After everything Kon and the group went through to make sure Ecarlate was married to Jugglabark she beats him up after seeing a noise hair and he starts a war with St. Pria.
- The story Variation told in episode 22 about how how he joined Incognito. Naturally the nameless man who he was telling it to didn't believe him.
- Shout-Out: Plenty.
Variation: Amazing. You could call that shell—full metal.
Sebastian: Full metal?
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The Hyperion knights occasionally do this. While they still don't get more screen-time as the main characters, they successfully managed to hijack the first and third ending themes.
- Smurfette Principle: KT
- Stalker with a Crush: Miranda to Kon and later to Sainglain.
- Subordinate Excuse: KT has one for Erecpyle and taunts Variation with also having one.
- Super Strength: Kon appears to have this as he smashes through a wall in episode 10 when running away and his sword was sheathed when he did it. Though episode 17 suggests he's perfectly normal by that world's standards.
- Supreme Chef: Mariandale is one.
- Talking Animal: Pet
- Talking in Your Sleep: Pet watches them all talk in their sleep in episode 9. Mariandale lying about her age, Sainglain trying to saving someone called Nyomi, and Princess Escalarte ordering someone to be sentenced with a crew cut for the rest of their life.
- Team Pet: Pet.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Mariandale ends her rant to an assassin who was messing with her when she was cooking a very important meal with Bitch. The entire time she was in her clearly male Gamon voice.
- Title Drop: Episode 17 mentions the word Ixion, followed by a pointed reaction that it should mean something, and the actual title screen showing up. Turns out it's a Red Herring. While it did reveal a little background information, nothing came out of it.
- Transsexual: Mariandale. When she first appears in the story, she is probably even more beautiful and bustier than all other females in the game. The only telltale sign of her sex change is that she can speak in a basso tone when excited, in contrast to her usual soft tone.
- Trapped in Another World: The premise.
- Tsundere: Miranda and she borders on Blue and Orange Morality as Kon can't even tell what she's going on about and he knows what Tsunderes are!
- Undying Loyalty: Both Sainglain and Marian are willing to die for the princess they've vowed to protect.
- Unfortunate Names: Kon tells the story of a Japanese girl named Antoinette. Except she's obviously Japanese, she looks like her father, her mother keeps mispronouncing the name, and the characters they used were Apricot, Eternity, and Net.
Kon: That's not Japanese, it's English! And what's up with that last one?!
- Wham Episode: Episode 11 ends with Kon and Ecarlate being presumably killed by Erec Sword Beam
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Kon complains that the name "St. Piria" is so generic no anime would even use it.
- Why Did It Have To Be Nose Hairs: Ecarlate cannot stand nose hairs. They'll cause her to briefly enter her hyper activity period to beat the crap out of the one with them. Even Kon mentioning them in episode 24 is disgusting her.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Kon doesn't realize that what is considered bad and good luck is different in Mira until he got dog excrement on his gloves and then tried to wipe it on the ground.
- Wutai: Mariandel's unnamed homeland was this.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Marian's light green and Variation's bright blue hair are particularly noticeable.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Marian's choice of fashion.