Anime / NG Knight Lamune 40

Our hero, Baba Lamune encounters a mysterious girl selling video games on his way home from school. When he gets back home, he starts playing the game he bought, named "King Sccasher". After playing for hours, he beats the game — and then the girl who sold him the game comes out from the television. She introduces herself as Miruku (Milk) and asks him to save her world — Hara-Hara World — from a Evil Overlord. And then she promptly drags him into the TV before he could ask any question or say no... Humongous Mecha and Hilarity ensue.

NG Knight Lamune & 40 is a traditional and straight forward Young Hero Shōnen series, which is quite a popular theme for the age group.

NG Knight Lamune & 40 premiered in 1990; it was never distributed by any English-language production company, despite the fact that it was dubbed in Arabic, Korean and Cantonese. The series was originally followed by 2 OVA series: NG Knight Lamune & 40 EX and then NG Knight Lamune & 40 DX. They were both aimed at an older age group than the original. In 1996, a full-fledged sequel, VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fire was broadcast. This version spawned its own OVA sequel, VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh — which the only installment released in English (as Knights of Lamune).

Note: Not related in any way to the 2005 Lamune anime.

The Lamune & 40 franchise provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: As expected since this IS written by Satoru Akahori
  • Anime Hair
  • Anime Theme Song: All of the openings and endings
  • Animation Bump: The later episodes
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In fact, everyone can. The Doki-Doki Space seems to have air.
  • Big Eater: Milk
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: It's a common feature in Takehiko Ito's character designs, this also shows up in his other series, Outlaw Star, KO Beast and Lord of Lords Ryu Knight
  • Catch-Phrase: For Lamune, it's "ORE WA IMA MOREZUNI!! NEKKETSU SHITERU!", which translates to "My blood is really boiling!! Right NOW!!"
    • And for Da Cider, it's "Yatte yaruze!", which is a shout out to Dancougar as Kazuki Yao voices both Shinobu & Da Cider
  • Demoted to Extra: Kinda...the original main cast of NG Knight Lamune & 40 was unfortunately pushed to the wayside in VS Knight with only Lamune, Milk & Da Cider frequently contributing to the events of the series. The manga was a bit better about this, ESPECIALLY during the final chapters.
    • Though compared to the characters from the original series who didn't show up AT ALL in VS Knight, Lamune, Milk, Da Cider, Cocoa & Lesqua should consider themselves lucky
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Nearly every song featured in the series
  • Edible Theme Naming: Lamune (after the Japanese soft drink), Milk, Cocoa, Lesqua, Cafe au Lait, Da Cider, and many more.
  • Fiery Redhead: More like "Fiery Magenta", but Milk and her Expy Parfait
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: In the DX OVA, when Milk and Lesqua get enraged by Lamune and Da Cider's perverted intention to rescue two barely clothed beautiful ladies, they and their sister Cocoa pursue them "disguised" as Seinaru Milky, Seinaru Cacao, and Seinaru Lemon and punish them for their misdeeds.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Da Cider and Lesqua and also Narcist Dandy & Pheromone Lip in VS Knight
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The final episode of VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fire, Kill 'em All ensues, but they get better afterward.
  • Hot-Blooded: AND HOW!
  • Hotter and Sexier: VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh. As a direct to video OVA, this series uped the Fanservice to nudity and far less subtle sexual references.
  • Humongous Mecha: There are 40 of them in total. In the original series.
  • Idiot Hero
  • Legacy Character: VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fire has a boy named Lamunade take up the role of "Lamuness" after Lamune; the series eventually explores the history of the original Lamuness, and a future iteration of the cycle is a major plot point in Fresh.
  • Noodle People: Not as prominent as in CLAMP's works, but this is sort of another prominent feature in Takehiko Ito's character designs
    • Ditto for VS Knight since it has Tsukasa Kotobuki in charge of the character designs
    • Averted in the manga version of VS Knight anyone familiar with Mine Yoshizaki's work would know why
  • Older Than They Look: Lamunade, the protagonist of the second series looks like he's 10 (which is how old Lamune was in the first series), however Lamunade's actually 15 and in middle school
  • Off-Model: One of the reasons why episode four is considered the worst episode of the first series
  • Pointy Ears: Milk, Cocoa and later Lesqua
  • Shout-Out: Being a parody series, there are PLENTY of them
  • Spiritual Successor: KO Beast and to a certain extent Cyberteam In Akihabara
  • Tsundere: Milk, although this is actually one of the reasons why she's one of the most hilarious characters in this show.
    • This is also the case with Parfait in the second series
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Parfait and Cacao, especially in the final OVA.
  • Viewer-Friendly Interface: Controlling Humongous Mecha with 2 control rod? May be justified as the Target age group is low enough for that to be ok.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Quite a few characters and mecha from the original series that were nowhere to be seen in VS Knight
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Da Cider, Cocoa, Cacao, Drum...well basically the majority of the cast in both series tbh