Anime / Power Stone

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An anime based on the Power Stone series of games. It starts off as Edward Falcon recieves a package from his father, which turns out to be one of the seven Power Stones, legendary rocks with the power to transform people into a superpowered form. He sets out to find his father, and with him the secret of the Power Stones.

Along the way, he meets, among other things a samurai, a family of ninjas, a martial artist who turns into Goku, a band of evil pirates, a native american warrior tribe, a belly dancer, and Jack.

Notably, the English dub was only shown in Canada on YTV and unlike most anime of the era, many elements such as guns and Fanservice managed to slip past the censors.

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  • Absent-Minded Professor: Pride Falcon, Edward's dad, who tends to be oblivious to the danger he got himself and others into.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Rouge never fights outside of her Power Change form. Kraken also gets this treatment since, despite being the Disc-One Final Boss of the series, he gets bested fairly easily by Falcon in each of their fights.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Rouge's top was re-colored from blue in the games to white in the anime. Likewise, Wang-Tang's trousers became black as opposed to dark yellow/brown.
    • In particular, Ayame's outfit was almost completely changed. Although it's still similar to her original dress, it's a simpler and easier-to-animate take, with longer sleeves, the cloud patterns only on said sleeves, solid red ropes rather than the red/white-striped ones of the games, and now wears white socks with her sandals.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Let's see- Ayame and Kikunojo love Falcon, Falcon loves Rouge, Rouge loves Ryoma, and Ryoma loves Rouge but is unable to follow up on it due to being a samurai. Subverted with Goldrock, who does end up with Cassie in the end.
  • Battle Butler: Normally, Apollus is a whiny coward, but when it comes time to save his master Falcon, he Power Changes into a brave knight.
  • Calling Your Attacks: As par for the genre, the Power Change attacks. Only Valgas doesn't do this.
  • Determinator: Nothing will stop Apollus from following Falcon on his mission, not even the threat of an ominous island of no return.
  • Furo Scene: One for both guys and girls. Unfortunately for Falcon, Apollus, and Kikunojo, the water was freezing. Rouge, Ayame, and Falcon's other unrequited love interest Cassie get a proper bath later on.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Octo & Pus (aka the Octopus Brothers), of the Octopus pirates. With Kraken, they make up a Terrible Trio.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Falcon cannot actually control his Power Change at first, much to the chagrin of his rival Ryoma. It takes an entire training arc before he finally figures out how to change at will.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Valgas being evil for anyone who's aware of the games. Still counts as a spoiler because many got introduced to the franchise through the anime.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: One of Falcon's tranformed-state attacks fits this to a tee.
  • Out of Focus: The main party consists of Falcon, Ayame, Ryoma, and Rouge, while Wang Tang, Gunrock, and Galuda end up being relegated to supporting roles. Jack gets the worst of it as he has the least amount of screen time of all the characters and acts more an annoyance to Falcon for the most part aside from his Big Damn Heroes moment. In fact, he never actually uses his Power Change attacks in battle, only showcasing them on a rock as if out of obligation to show them at least once.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: A natural by-product of turning a fighting game series into an adventure anime. Notably, only one Power Stone is needed to transform, the stones themselves are a Dismantled MacGuffin akin to the Dragon Balls or Chaos Emeralds, several supporting characters are added, and several of the characters themselves have vastly different personalities from what was portrayed in their endings. Notably, Ryoma doesn't chuckle unlike his game counterpart, Jack is more sympathetic, and Valgas is a wrestling hero or so it seems, but even after his villainous reveal, his motives are different.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Falcon and Ryoma. The former is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, while the latter is The Comically Serious.
  • Spoiled Brat: Falcon starts off this way, but becomes more humbled as he makes the journey for the Power Stones.
  • To Be a Master: Falcon wants to be the strongest fighter to emulate his hero Valgas. It turns out that was also Valgas's motivation, except he took it even further to Social Darwinism levels, wanting to wish for a world that was a constant fight for survival that only the toughest fighters could handle.
  • Tragic Villain: Jack becomes one of these. While in the games he's an Ax-Crazy thief obsessed with shiny objects, in the anime, he is more reminiscent of Gollum, and he is obsessed with the Power Stone because it was an old family heirloom belonging to his long deceased mother. Valgas also becomes one of these, as his Social Darwinism stance resulted from him being bullied as a kid and the Dark Stone granting his wish to never be weak again. In this sense, he is a Shadow Archetype to Falcon, as the latter went through a very similar bullying experience and became a fighter for similar reasons, except he discovered The Power of Friendship along his journey and thus claimed he would save Valgas along with his friends and family.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Ayame's brother Kikunojo.
  • Younger Than They Look: Although Ayame doesn't look massively different compared to her 16-year old game self, she's actually 14, here.


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