Aired in early 2005, Jinki:Extend
is a Humongous Mecha
series, based on the manga series Jinki
and its sequel Jinki: Extend
. At first glance, it appears to take itself seriously: A potential pilot (Tsuzaki Aoba) with no previous knowledge of the program is brought in and has to be trained in order to defend earth against the so-called Ancient Jinki. Apparently, a typical save-the-world type mecha series. However...Jinki:Extend
's opening animation is a direct Homage
to the opening for the first Mobile Suit Gundam
series (0079), and there are certain Gundam-style visual cues in the mecha battles. The series also included various homages, either in the form of characters, or visual cues to several other mecha series: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Martian Successor Nadesico
, even Kannazuki no Miko
Due to this, it is difficult to say much about the series beyond the fact that its humor lies in its complete lack of originality. Jinki:Extend
might not be the "Every Mecha Show Ever" series, but it certainly hits the major ones.
This show provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Per the premise
- Anachronic Order: The anime version alternates between two main story arcs set in 1998 and 2002, and also has occasional flashbacks / flashforwards to events happing elsewhen.
- Axe Crazy: Kalis Norman, Psycho for Hire par excellence.
- Dark Action Girl: Shiva
- Expressive Hair (more specifically, Rui's hairclips, which look like crab pincers, can pince)
- Fanservice: Surprisingly nowhere near as much as one might expect from a series about young girls piloting giant robots. The anime averages in at about one fanservice moment per episode.
- Gadgeteer Genius (Aoba, borderline)
- Godiva Hair (Shiva)
- Groin Attack (In the manga, one of the female characters gets wounded over there when a large, mecha-sized blade penetrates her mecha's cockpit. She survives thanks to a rescue by her teammate.)
- Lady of War: Shiva is a villainous version.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Kalis in the manga. He rants about how annoyed he is that one of the girls won't scream for him while he rapes her.
- Otaku (Aoba, a plastic model otaku)
- Psycho for Hire: White-Haired Pretty Boy Kalis Norman is a rapist for hire.
- Rapunzel Hair (Acao. It causes her problems.)
- Sinister Scythe: Used by Kalis to strip the clothes from his victims.
- Slasher Smile: Sported by Kalis, constantly, and various other villains on occasion.
- Spell My Name with an S: Kalis Norman? Karis Norman? Karis Nolman? Kalis Nolman?
- Team Shot (a direct homage to the final shot in the Gundam op, at that)
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Kalis again.
- White-Haired Pretty Boy: Kalis Norman, Walking Shirtless Scene, Psycho for Hire, and all around bad guy.