Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road
is a Fantasy Mecha Anime
created by Bushiroad, first aired on New Year's Eve of 2013
It was originally announced in 2003 as a collaboration between Studio Gainax
, Takara, and Brocolli, and was planned to air as a television anime movie in 2005. However, it was put on indefinite hiatus after the project's staff members left one after another. One decade later, the project was announced to have revived, with Bushiroad presdident, Takaaki Kidani, credited as the original concept creator and executive producer, and the late
novelist, Sunao Yoshida, still credited as the original story creator. The main mecha design will be handled by Nitro+
, who previously designed Demonbane
In a time when the world is in the pits of despair after being ravaged by a poison called "Shinobi" that came to Earth via an asteroid, the people ran away to a place called "Kairiku," that used to be at the bottom of the ocean, so as to try and protect themselves against the effects of the poison. In such a world, there was but a single light of hope: the "Holy Weapon Giga Road" and the legendary warrior "Yagyu" are needed in order to counter the effects of the poison.
In order to save the world, Ame, a princess of a fallen nation, stands up.
Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road contains the tropes of:
- A God Am I: Tsukiyomi
- After the End: Implied, given that the premise has the world "in the pits of despair" thanks to "Shinobi", forcing humanity to retreat to Kairiku.
- Big Bad Tsukiyomi, Ame's tutor, who researched the Sinobi cells, integrated them into his own body, and plans on using them to create a new world.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Ame.
- Hannibal Lecture: Most of Tsukiyomi's dialogue is either this or exposition.
- Hate Plague: The Shinobi are born from human hatred.
- Humongous Mecha
- Lost Technology: The Holy Weapon
- Mystical White Hair: Suou
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Holy Weapon was sealing away most of the power of the Jet Matrix, which was the source of the Shinobi. When Ame starts it up, Tsukiyomi can use its full power to destroy the world.
- Super Soldier: The yagyuu, a race of superhumans created to combat the Shinobi.