One day a young man wakes up in an empty room, with no idea of who or where he is. His only clues are a strange marking on his stomach, a hole in his chest and a locket containing a blurry picture of a girl.Soon, Kaiba (his name, though he doesn't know it yet) finds out that in the world he has awoken in, memories can be stored on small cones called "chips". These chips can be moved from body to body, making you essentially immortal. Bad memories can be removed, and good memories can be uploaded — for a price. Unfortunately, there are now more chips than bodies, and a huge gap between the rich and the poor.It is in this universe that Kaiba travels from planet to planet, seeking for who he is and who the girl in the locket is.And it's all to a soundtrack that is hauntingly beautiful.Please note that this has no relation to a guy who is likely to screw the rulesbecause he has money.
This show provides examples of:
Alas, Poor Villain: Well, it's hard to call Vanilla a villain, but his motives were definitely less than pure, yet he goes Heroic Sacrifice on us when he finally does die. It goes hand in hand with the Gray and Gray Morality. And then there's Popo....assuming he didn't recover his memories after being back-stabbed. The ending wasn't completely clear about that.
Amnesiac Dissonance: Upon recovering his memories, Warp almost totally reverts to his previous personality as the Evil Overlord; luckily, Neiro is able to make the Kaiba personality come back in time to save the planet.
And I Must Scream: Many continue to live inside a machine when they have no body to return to. This is considered preferable to death/deletion, as they might get a new body one day. Not to mention Neiro's past memories, and thus the version of herself not altered by Popo, captured in Hyo-Hyo's body.
Cast of Snowflakes: Character designer Nobutaka Ito wasn't that derivative with his designs. Even the Warp copies are easily distinguishable.
Crapsaccharine World: Takes place in a hypothetical universe where people have created a kind of immortality by downloading their memories into chips which they can put into a new body when they die. The downside to this is that human bodies are now a commodity. The poor are manipulated into selling their bodies and family members' bodies to the rich to get by. And because bodies are replaceable a common punishment for crimes is to just vaporize people with lasers. If you haven't converted to the chips you're pretty much a goner if you upset the police. Despite this you wouldn't be able to tell. The art style, and setting are incredibly cute and bubbly in a way very similar to Disney and Astroboy styles of animation.
Conspicuous CG: Most notably shows up in the first episode's chase scene.
Dogged Nice Guy: The "nice" part might be up for debates given that Vanilla obviously has ulterior motives for being nice to Chroniko/Kaiba, but seriously the sheer amount of CRAP he goes through for her/him probably makes it true.
Dulcinea Effect: Really, Vanilla gives up a lot more for a girl he doesn't really know than sensible people would.
Dull Surprise: Despite the considerable skill of the animators, this happens a few times with the lead character, likely due to his character design.
Gender Bender: Kaiba uses Chroniko's body for literally half the series.
Gratuitous English: The opening and ending theme, and the Tree Song. Sung by a half-Canadian, apparently.
Not to mention the character names.
Gray and Gray Morality: You can't really call La Résistance morally upright given how they twist people to do their beckoning, but neither can you really call the Evil Overlord good either....except he's not really evil. And then there's every other side character who all have good and bad traits.
Oblivious to Love: Patch, who's oblivious to everything except his work. His admirer's solution to this problem (after a lifetime of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy) is rather unusual, but it seems to work out well for her in the end.
Screw Yourself: Parm. The possibility of loading some of your own memories into another body, then having your way with yourself isn't revealed until well into the episode, making it a bit of a Mind Screw until the fact.
Not to mention the unimaginableSquick of seeing her give herself such a big orgasm that she goes to a gory green death. Well, of her current body at least.