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is a digital card game about armored warriors by Namco Bandai
. A manga series is serialized in the magazine Saikyo Jump by Shueisha and an anime television series by Toei Animation
debuted on April 1, 2014 of Spring 2014 Anime
The anime focuses on Shogo Ryuujin, a young man who gets caught up in the fighting over Dragon Bone, a guardian entity of the earth that bonds with him. He soon finds that there are others like him, who can fuse with the Bones to fight the invading monsters. However, Shogo is different: It is his Bone in particular that the enemy is after, so he's recruited by their group in order to fight.
Tropes in the series
- Ambiguously Brown: Justified for Antonio is from Brazil and Tyrone is from Kenya.
- Animal Motifs: The armor of the Bone Fighters.
- Affably Evil: Some of the Nepos are this. Most notable being Liebert (Dark Panther) and her two bodyguards (Dark Bear and Dark Grizzly).
- Aliens Speaking English: Subverted. It only sounds like they're speaking Japanese because we're seeing things the way the Bone Fighters do, and they likely share some sort of connection that allows them to understand each other. Later on, Shougo has to translate for a non-Fighter.
- Chase Scene: Half of episode twelve is Ryuujin running from a Nepos woman who tried to attack him while he was at school.
- Childhood Friends: Shogo and Saho.
- Conspicuous CGI: The armor of the protagonists and antagonists when in the normal world.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Shogo's friend Saho is obsessed with aliens and believes that they are the ones behind the strange occurrences lately.
- Character Development: Any (sentient) Nepos who survive their loss against Shougo and his True Companions, and actually talks with the guy tend to start undergoing this. The most notable right now is Liebert.
- Color-Coded Elements: Each Bone has different element associations.
- Cosmic Keystone: Each planet's "Guardian" Bone. If it is ever removed, all life on that planet instantly dies.
- Evolving Credits: The opening adds Leo to the Bone Fighter line-up in episode 6.
- Extremity Extremist: Gilbert is a Boxer and Dark Horse the leader of the Quirky Miniboss Squad, uses his feet exclusively.
- Funny Foreground Event: A less humorous example, but in episode 25, in the middle of a fight against 2 opponents who have summoned Majin, Shougo...casually talks to Liebert, and though the actual fighting is happening in the foreground, the focus is on Shougo's conversation.
- God Is Evil: The Neposians claim that the creator of everything in this universe is the Primordial Majin, and the reason they're trying to destroy earth is because that's what it has asked of them.
- Go Karting with Bowser: In Episode 24, Saho (unknowingly) has a picnic with Gustos and Morse (Dark Bear and Dark Grizzly). Also in the same episode, Shougo has a karate match with Liebert. Of course, the latter is treated more seriously than the former, as Gustos and Morse are more or less Punch Clock Villains and easily the most Affably Evil of the Nepos to boot.
- Hidden Depths: The Nepos are initially introduced as evil invaders who seem to want to destroy Earth For the Evulz. However, over time, its revealed that there is much more to them than that, as well as how some of them reveal certain characteristics that either make them more sympatethic, if not flat out Noble Demon. Example: Klude is initially shown to be a cold and distant individual, but he's later to shown to be a Reasonable Authority Figure to his subordinates, as well as a Noble Demon who while knowing that Earth will be destroyed if they succeed, wants to at least give the Earthlings a quick and painless death, and takes no pleasure in what he is doing.
- Human Aliens: Nepos Angelis, the enemy Bone users.
- Justified in that they all share the same creator, the Primordial Majin.
- The Load: Surprisingly a good thing. Whenever any of the True Companions gets a power upgrade, the others soon feel like this, and then strive to catch up, often gaining them the same upgrade in the next 1 or 2 episodes.
- Limited Wardrobe: Most of the characters only have three unique outfits aside from their armors, and that's including swimsuits worn for the Beach Episode. Shougo is the only one who has more, because of his Karate and school uniforms.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Tyrone has 15 younger siblings: 7 little brothers and 8 little sisters.
- Missing Mom: Shougo's mom passed away when he was very young, as had Leibert's
- Multi National Team: The protagonist team are from different places around the world.
- Shogo from Japan, Asia
- Antonio from Brazil, South America
- Tyrone from Kenya, Africa
- Luke from Australia
- Gilbert from The United States of America
- Noble Demon: The Nepos that have been assaulting Earth up till episode 25. While they do intend to capture Dragon Bone at the cost of destroying Earth (as Earth cannot exist without Dragon Bone) in the process, the actual destruction itself is said to be a quick and painless process for the planet and its people. Unfortunately, not all of the Nepos are this, and one of them intends to take over the invasion...and he ENJOYS killing innocents as a hobby
- Ordinary High-School Student: Shogo Ryujin says this about himself.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Gilbert.
- Powers as Programs: The Bone Fighters can equip the Bones of the defeated enemies.
- Promoted To Parent: Tyrone mentions this.
- Punch Clock Villain: Over time, it's revealed that many of the Nepos are this, as they are only following orders.
- The Quisling: Gregory and Victor work with Nepos Angelis.
- 7th Episode Twist: It seems that the resident alien theorist Saho was right; Extraterrestrials are the antagonist Bone Fighters.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Shogo denies to Antonio and Tyrone that Saho is his girlfriend. Antonio and Tyrone don't buy it.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Luke. He may appear like a cold individual, and can be blunt at times, but he's easily one of the nicest and most understanding characters. He also feels a great obligation to look out for his teammates' well being to the point he was more than willing to go berserk (an act that can cause serious damage to the Bone Fighter who does it) in order to stop being (in his opinion) The Load to Shougo
- Trademark Favorite Food: Luke loves Parfaits, and Gilbert loves chocolate.
- Transformation Sequence: The Bone Fighters transform using their cards. They armor up first with their arms, then lower half of their body and finally their torso and head.
- True Companions: What ultimately brings the main team together and allows them to grow stronger. Something the Nepos Angelis notably lack with a few exceptions
- Wingdinglish: The font of the Bone cards.