based on the Magic Knight Rayearth
saga, but with a vastly different story. The three girls actually went to school together, but fear they might never see each other again. Then invaders from a dying world come to Earth to take it for their own. The girls have to stop them.
Provides examples of:
- Adaptational Villainy: The main villain of this OVA? Eagle Vision, who in the original story was only an Anti-Villain.
- Ferio also becomes a bad guy in this OVA. though he does do a Heel-Face Turn near the end.
- Ascot is more of a blood knight in this OVA, with no redeeming qualities, and not even a Heel-Face Turn before dying.
- Alternate Continuity: This is described as a shortened retelling of MKR. That is really inaccurate. There are so many changes to the plot, it's another story entirely.
- Art Shift: Given that it's a remake of the story, this was bound to happen. While youthful-looking characters such as Emeraude and Clef look their age, Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu resemble their manga designs more than they did in the TV series.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: The girls attend the same school and don't want to be separated after graduation. They wish to stay friends forever, and this story really tests that wish.
- Bittersweet Ending: Emmeraude takes the others back to Cephiro, which is still dying, and the girls' wish remains uncertain.
- Bond Creatures: Even worse than in the mainline series. Physical injuries while in Rune God form translate directly on the summoner's body.
- Broken Bird: Emeraude, who is sort-of The Ophelia too.
- Darker and Edgier: Cephiro is dying; Zagato sacrificed his life in a vain attempt to avert this. Emeraude is alive, but is clinging to a dream that Zagato is with her. The actual story has more violence, some blood, and about half the characters from Cephiro are killed off (although Emeraude lives).
- Also, remember how the anime and the manga have these moments where our three heroines and their friends go into chibi-mode? Well, they're gone.
- Enfant Terrible: Ascot isn't in to save his friends in this version. He just wants to kill everyone.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: The Rune God battles are bloody and nasty.
- Fictional Counterpart: Sabway referring to the Subway restaurant. Toyo Dome referring at Tokyo Dome City a Stadium widely used by Toei Company.
- From Bad to Worse: The Darkest Hour keeps getting darker far past pitch-black.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Lantis sacrifices himself to empower his sword, to be used by the Knights. Doesn't make much sense.
- Hope Spot: Oh, so many times.
- Humongous Mecha: Again, the Rune Gods.
- Older than They Look: Averted. There is no mention of appearance-changing in this story, so Clef looks like a grown man, and Ascot is actually a young boy.
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: While "piloting" the Rune Gods, the girls appear entirely naked (their foes are never shown, however.) Also, their invocation of the final attack starts with them floating naked in the void.
- The Other Darrin: Dub-only for the entire cast. This is due to being dubbed by a separate studio from the TV series.
- Also due to the OVA being released by Manga Entertainment back when their North American division used to license anime
- Pimped-Out Dress: Emeraude's dress is far fancier than in the main story.
- Pink Means Feminine: The outfits worn by Emmeraude and Alcyone are pink, when they were white and red respectively in the series.
- Product Placement: There is a Subway restaraunt, but it's actually used for an important scene in the story.
- Shout-Out: The school uniforms are that of the CLAMP academy.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Emmeraude lives in this story.
- The Tokyo Fireball: Large sections of Tokyo receive a pretty thorough trashing in the duration of the OVA.
- Trapped in Another World: Inverted. Instead of being sent elsewhere, the girls are the only living things on Earth after Clef whisks everyone else to another dimension, for safekeeping.