A 2002 anime series produced by Sunrise Studio, created by the legendary Director Yoshiyuki Tomino of Mobile Suit Gundam and with mecha designs by Akira Yasuda, better known as legendary Capcom illustrator Akiman. The characters were designed by Kenichi Yoshida and the head writer was Ichiro Okouchi. This series can be considered a return to the directorial approach seen in 1982 Xabungle, where comedy is much more emphasized than his normal dramas (Translation: Don't worry, Tomino doesn't kill everyone...or anyone, for that matter.)After an environmental cataclysm, the humans went off to live in giant dome cities called Domeopoli to give the Earth time to recover. The domes are governed by London IMA, and are supplied by private firms like the Siberian Railroad company. Although the domes are nice enough places to live, people want to return to the homes of their ancestors - they believe the earth has healed enough to support habitation once more, and thus set out on massive pilgrimages known as Exodus. London IMA and the private firms attempt to stop them, refusing to lose their massive customer base.A large population of one dome wants to go to Yapan, and so in preparation hire Exodus specialist Gain Bijou. As part of his plan Gain gets captured, meeting expert gamer "King Gainer" Sanga (the latter being arrested during class due to the two having similar names). Together they escape prison and find the Overman that Gainer names after his gamer title. They also kidnap Ana Medaiyu, the daughter of the dome's leader, Duke Medaiyu. Ana turns out to be a willing hostage, going with them to see the outside world along with her tutor Lioubov Smettana. As whole parts of the dome's city are pulled by huge Silhouette Mammoths, Gainer finds out that his friend Sara and teacher Mamado are a part of the Exodus, and he must protect them as they go to Yapan.Sent to stop the Exodus are the members of Siberian Railroad (first lead by lovers Yassaba Jin and Adette Kistler) and later London IMA's Saint Reagan, represented by Asuham Boone. While the Siberian goons are simply doing their jobs, Asuham has a personal grudge against Gain, who left his sister heartbroken years before.The series is also noteworthy for being made after Tomino recovered from his infamous Creator Breakdown, the result being a lighthearted series that has remarkably little death (only around a dozen people die, most of them villains) compared to his previous Kill 'em All forays.Has nothing to do with that other sort of Overman.This program provides examples of:
Angst: Defied. It's noted that angsting over things, justified or no, is unproductive at best and running away from the issue at worst.
Ascended Fanboy: Subverted by Gainer who wants nothing to do with fighting Giant Robots in real life, and Cynthia, who can't seem to tell the difference between games and reality for most of the series when she does learn the difference, it hits her hard.
Char Clone: Cynthia—Ace Pilot, (a fast) Red Mech, her online avatar is even blonde.
See also Adette. She starts off as the first named enemy Gainer fights. She's blonde, dresses in red, and after her Heel-Face Turn acts as a mentor(literally teacher) and Cool Big Sis(if a somewhat immature one) to Gainer. And when she gets another mecha halfway through the series, she even paints it red.
Chekhov's Gun: The King Gainer is an Overman sitting in Wulgusk's museum that was seemingly hijacked simply to assist in facilitating the Exodus. But later, it turns out that it's part of the Overdevil family of Overmen, and can utilize Overfreeze, the Overdevil's primary power.
The Overman arm on Gain's Gotchko also counts. At first it just seems like an in-field modification to give Gain an advantage without actually having an Overman. Turns out, it used to be attached to Brunhilda, Early Meeya's Overman, and can utilize Brunhilda's gravity and light powers, making it key in defeating the Overdevil later on.
Chekhov's Gunman: In the first episode, the audience is introduced to Cynthia Lane, Gainer's online rival and friend. It isn't until much later in the series that the audience learns that she's the Siberian Railway's ace pilot.
Hyperspace Arsenal: One of King Gainer's abilities. Y'know it's Chainsaw-Sword Gun? It can fit in King Gainer's pocket. Must be seen to be believed.
I Know Mortal Kombat: Gainer and Cynthia learned how to pilot by playing video games, and both improve by playing them.
Only Gainer is a Last Starfighter, videogame jockey cum ace pilot. Cynthia has been trained and experienced real combat from childhood. Likewise, Gainer's progress and skill have a lot more to do with the series' completely unexplained mystic abilities (Oversense) and the fact that he pilots what is arguably the most versatile and powerfu Overman on the planet.
Motive Decay: Asuham's tactics increase in harshness, eventually deciding to freeze the entire world - all because Gain had a one night stand with his sister.
To be fair, it's implied, if not outright stated that Gain (Charles) and Asuham's sister were engaged at one point, if not a serious couple. When Gain left London at a younger age to find himself, escape the oppressive society, and make a difference, he obviously intended to come back, but somewhere along the line he became a very jaded and different person.
Even more to the point, Asuham's whole "for my sister's honor" thing is very obviously an excuse to cover for his crippling inferiority complex and jealousy of Gain's skills, freedom, etc. This is hammered home when his sister shows up at the end and reveals to the audience that she got over Gain ages ago(in the anime, she flat out says that wild guys like Gain are only good for one night). Finding out how useless he is in the grand scheme of things, and how pathetic affairs of the world have gotten (as well as the general loopiness of the series and atmosphere) kinda has him go more and more off the deep-end as the series progresses, from a somewhat suave Char-esque expy to a raving lunatic and omnicidal, Freudian-Excuse driven maniac.
It's not really the 'power of love' in Adette and Gauli's case, such as 'the power of a really hot chick kissing and coming on to you'. The power of lust, lets's call it. She seems to switch her somewhat shallow and obsessive crushes like a teenage girl...
Punch Clock Villain: Many of the Siberian Railroad goons are just doing it for the paychecks; in particular Kajenin and Enge, who are obsessed with their rank and quest for a higher salary.
"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Cynthia wants to repay her adoptive parent, President Kids Munt, for having taken her in.
What the Hell, Hero?: Leader Gauli gets called out by Gainer and Sara, and later punched by Gain, when it turns out he's the one who murdered Gainer's parents.
This is kind of extended to the entire leadership of the Yapan's Ceiling Exodus, specifically the 5 Wisemen, a few times over the course of the series, and definitely at the end, by protagonists NOT a part of the upper echelons (Gainer, Gain, Ana, etc.). Even though they're relatively affable, and not all that corrupt, it's pointed ut that they can be manipulative bastards, who are generally pretty cowardly, and don't actually contribute all that much in terms of leadership, accomplishment, or effort to the Exodus and the community other than acting as figureheads (similar to the utterly useless, ditzy, current Meeya, who's basically a glorified pop-idol rather than a key religious figure) and managing mundane bureacratic matters.
The Overdevil also pulls one of these on many of the main cast members whilst possessing/assimilating Gainer in the last episodes, pointing out many of their flaws, "sins", and "crimes" (some accurate, some made up to act as psychological attacks) using their friend's face to weaken their resolve and play up their guilt.
Wholesome Crossdresser: Gainer disguises himself as such when keeping tabs on Gain while the latter competes in a boxing tournament to make extra money for the Exodus Movement. He's actually really effective at it and is kinda pretty. What?