JP and Sonoshee McLaren
JP: Someone's havin' doubts, huh? Hell, I'm just trying to keep this thing interesting. You can't write me off like that. You're just a voice, pal! YOU DON'T KNOW A DAMN THING ABOUT RACING!
Set in the far future, REDLINE
is about the galaxy's biggest and deadliest illegal road race, only held every five years at a secret location not unveiled until practically the last minute. Naturally, everyone wants to take part, but to do so they have to qualify in one of the Yellowline races first. One such racer, 'Sweet JP', almost achieves it. Unfortunately, his prized yellow machine TRANSAM 20000 suddenly "malfunctions" just short of the finish line.
Waking up in hospital with an arm and a leg in casts and his dreams in tatters, JP is shocked to find he has in fact made the grade. It turns out the venue has been announced— and it's the fascistic, authoritarian military superpower state of Roboworld, who aren't exactly pleased about their world being used as an impromptu racetrack and make it perfectly clear that they intend to stop the racers with extreme prejudice before the starting flag has even been dropped. As a result, two racers have already dropped out, and JP (through a popularity contest) is voted in.
Produced by Madhouse
Studios, the directorial debut feature of Takeshi Koike and released in 2010 after spending half a decade in development, REDLINE
is a racer movie unlike anything seen before and potentially one of the most daring and important anime movies of the decade. Visually, it's easy to see that Koike is a huge fan of western graphic art, and has been influenced as much by French comic artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud, the US animated film Heavy Metal
, cult UK sci-fi comic 2000 AD
, and even the Star Wars
movies as much as he has by the likes of Katsuhiro Otomo, Hiroyuki Imaishi or Leiji Matsumoto. Not that REDLINE
feels or looks like a mash-up of different styles – somewhere in the visual chaos it unrelentingly throws at its audience it becomes something that is far more than the mere sum of parts, a unique piece of animation that at times doesn't even feel like anime in the traditional sense.Check out the totally sweet trailer.
As of late December 2011 it has been released on Bluray and DVD in the US and UK. It was dubbed and released under Manga Entertainment, which is streaming the movie in high definition here
REDLINE contains examples of:
- Big Damn Kiss: JP and Sonoshee. While in mid-air, in a magical field, after having just barely won the titular race.
- Bio Punk: Roboworld very unexpectedly turns out to be this, with plenty of Organic Technology and a Living Ship housing their Kill Sat.
- Blatant Lies: The President of Roboworld's speech about how Roboworld is a world of peace and equality, while he yells angrily with ominous music playing in the background.
- Blush Sticker: Sonoshee had them as a girl. They show up again near the end of the movie.
- Boom, Headshot: Inuki gets a two screwdrivers shot into his eyes from a shotgun.
- Bounty Hunters: Dynamic duo Johnny Boya and Lynchman.
- Captain Crash: Any vehicle with wheels on it that JP sets foot in will end up becoming a smashed wreck, although it's never intentional.
- Chekhov's Gun: Sonoshee's steamlight pendant, and the detonator on JP's car, though not in the way you'd expect— instead of being used to kill off JP's chances of winning, it was used to gain even more speed.
- Colonel Badass: Colonel Volton, who commands his own special forces, has the authority to mobilize the planet's entire military force, and even turn into a monster capable of matching Funky Boy.
- Commissar Cap: Appropriately enough for a man of his station, Colonel Volton's helmet resembles one of these.
- Competitive Balance Each of the Redline competitors can be broken down in a particular category.
- Sweet JP's TransAm 20000, which has no weapons and performs crazy stunts through the race, on top of a powerful Nitro Boost, is a Fragile Speedster.
- Sonoshee's Crab Sonoshee, while not as fast as the TransAM 20000, has some decent offensive options and can take a lot of punishment, making it a Jack of All Stats.
- Machinehead's God Wing, being the largest vehicle of the bunch, complete with road-destroying wheels and steamlight boost, is the movie's resident Lightning Bruiser.
- The Superboins' Boincar, which is able to transform into a humanoid mecha and use magic to destroy military vehicles, is a Magic Knight.
- Trava and Shinkai's Speed Master, which is a dragster that doesn't really use weapons throughout the race, is another Fragile Speedster.
- Lynchman and Johnnyboya's Lynchcar, which boasts powerful Sidewinder missiles and a mean rocket-anchor, yet gets thrown around a lot in the race, is a Glass Cannon.
- Gori-Rider's Gorilla Tank, which spends most of its time digging through the underground and into Funky Boy's facility, is a Mighty Glacier
- Miki and Todoroki's Semimaru, which is an odd, bug-like vehicle that takes advantage of Gori-Rider's excavating, uses a lot of Confusion Fu.
- Little Deyzuna, who shows up midway through the race and not even in a customized vehicle, is a Joke Character.
- Cool Bike: So many; of particular note is Miki and Todoroki's bizarre insectoid looking one 'Semimaru' (complete with legs).
- And the hoverbike JP uses to get around Europass.
- Crab Sonoshee is steered like a bike.
- Gori Rider's 'custom rider' that is hidden inside 'Gorilla Tank'.
- The Sand Bikes used by the Roboworld military (They will kick your ass).
- Cool Car: But of course, though JP's TransAM 20000 is the most traditional example.
- Cool Shades: Sonoshee when she's racing; also Bosbos and Boiboi (and everyone else from planet Supergrass).
- Curse Cut Short: twins Miki and Todoroki during their interview.
Miki and Todoroki: GORI-RIDER, YOU MOTHERF-*BEEP*
- Cute as a Bouncing Betty: Funky-Boy, Roboworld's top secret biological superweapon.
- Cyber Cyclops: Big Deyzuna.
- Dark and Troubled Past: JP. While working off his and Frisbee's debt to the mafia, he had been caught red-handed once in fixing one of the races, which led to him spending some time in the prison. Sonoshee learns about this when watching the news report on TV.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Away from the race track, Sonoshee is very reserved and has little inclination to meet with other people let alone romance. Leading to her nickname Cherry Boy Hunter, but JP quickly whittles away at her.
- Deranged Animation: Think of a more realistic Dead Leaves.
- Determined Expression: JP during Yellowline, complete with a closeup of his nose bleeding from the excessive speed.
- Dirty Cop: The racer "Dirty Policeman Hamashi Frini, AKA Gori Rider" was caught on camera beating up his opponents (Miki and Todoroki to be precise), and having an affair with a Fair Cop. When asked about it by reporters, he attacked them too.
- Disqualification-Induced Victory: JP loses the qualification round for the titular Red Line race. However, when multiple qualifiers back out (due to the race being set on a Death World), JP qualifies due to popular vote.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Dr. Sabose apparently can't fight the Superboins seriously.
Colonel Volton: "I'm gonna have your a** if you don't stop messing around with those cosplaying rejects from a porno!"
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- The Boincar is a pink dragster styled to look like a woman lying on her back with her legs in the air. Make of it what you will.
- The President of Roboworld makes grandiose statements about "ensuring justice" and "being a symbol of humanity that exists for peace". They also build an alarming number of weapons of mass destruction. Hmm.
- Double Meaning: Inuki, worried JP might not throw the race, says that they're about to see how close JP and Frisbee are. On the face of it, he's asking if JP cares about Frisbee enough to take the dive for him, but it could also apply to whether or not Frisbee cares enough about JP to keep from detonating his car to make sure he doesn't win.
- The Dragon: Volton is actually this to the Roboworld President, being in control of nearly all military operations against the Redline racers.
- Drives Like Crazy: Everybody.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: JP and Sonoshee ultimately win the Redline race together, and the rest of the racers are quite satisfied with the competition. As an added extra, there's a Big Damn Kiss shot.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Sonoshee is not happy to discover that the racing title the media have given her is 'Cherry-Boy Hunter'.
- Everybody Lives: All the Redline racers manage to make it through the death trap race. In fact, the only casualties in the whole movie are Big Deyzuna and a bunch of Roboworld mooks that get vaporized by Funky Boy.
- Evil Brit: Secretary Titan, who lets out a rather phlegmatic air compared to the rest of the Roboworld officers.
- Exploding Fish Tanks: An entire restaurant full of fish tanks.
- Expy: Most of the other racers and characters are imported from previous Takeshi Koike / Katsuhito Ishii productions (e.g. Miki and Todoroki are from The Mole Brothers, and Trava and Shinkai were from a four part series called Trava: Fist Planet)
- Johnny Boya and Lynchman's car is the Batmobile taken Up to Eleven. And Johnny Boya is Beavis, down to the voice.
- JP looks somewhat like Travis Touchdown.
- According to some, Shinkai looks and sounds reminiscent of Dr Zoidberg
- Funky Boy is a hideously powerful baby-like being kept dormant in an underground military facility only to be let loose and wreak unstoppable havoc, even after being shot with an orbital cannon. Remind you of anyone?
- Facial Markings: Frisbee.
- Fast Tunnelling: Miki and Todoroki hitch a ride on Gori Rider's Gorilla Tank as he tunnels under a minefield before embarking on their own tunnelling adventure and winding up in the lead.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: When she's off the race-track, Sonoshee is no tomboy. She can also cook one delicious looking sukiyaki-like bowl.
- Fingerless Gloves: JP.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Not as cutesy as other examples, but you wouldn't expect the name Funky Boy to be given to a nigh-unstoppable, Godzilla-sized Lovecraftian bioweapon who screams Wave Motion Beams and has a Healing Factor so powerful that it can come back from being head-shotted by a Kill Sat with the power of a nuke.
- Foreshadowing: Sonoshee's talk about the steamlight on her pendant - "They say if you pop it in your tank, it releases 100 times more energy than gold nitro". This is what JP ends up using to get a final boost near the end of the Redline.
- Foreign Queasine: Sonoshee ordered the exotic looking seafood sphaghetti stew. Then JP pointed out that the thing is actually an Alien Lunch when the "sphaghetti" starts moving around. That said, Shinkai thought it was delicious when she handed it off to him.
- From a Single Cell: Funky Boy is vaporized by Roboworld's Kill Sat, but still manages to regenerate from some leftover bits.
- Gainax Ending: JP and Sonoshee race Machinehead at incredible speeds, with JP winning by the tuffs of his hair (literally) and the movie ends with JP and Sonoshee kissing while floating in blue fire. Oh, and the final second of the movie is just LOVE with curly letters.
- Gender-Blender Name: Mr. Minerva Hanness, former Redline champion and current Redline news anchor.
- Godzilla Threshold: Happens several times into the Redline race.
- When Volton is just about fed up with his special forces getting owned by the racers, he orders the mobilization of the planet's entire military force.
- The Superboins break their 'no magic' promise when Roboworld's troops corner them.
- Colonel Volton transforms himself into an Eldritch Abomination in order to fight evenly with Funky Boy.
- Gorn: There isn't much blood in this movie (It's a racing movie. Why would it need blood?) but they have enough blood for several movies of this type during Old Man Mole's Big Damn Heroes moment with the screwdriver shotgun.
- Graceful Loser: Everyone who didn't make it to the finish line, for a refreshing change. The entire race comes off as a badassery competition, and part of it is this trope. Everyone seems to be just honored to be present when JP and Sonoshee ride the shockwave of their own damned exploding engine over the Redline. Machinehead pops not one but two Steamlights, and still shows an amazed pride at the event.
- Which is kind of a mood backlash given that he was talking trash to them just a moment earlier, but it's implied that Sonoshee is his daughter/junk dealer, gave her a Steamlight, meeting her for dinner). Perhaps he was trying to motivate them both, and saw winning the Redline as a Rite of Passage for her, and proof of JP's suitability for him.
- None of the other racers save JP, Sonoshee, and Tetsujin entertain any chance of winning first place at the final stretch of the race, but keep going full throttle anyways purely to get first-class, front-row seats to see how the race ends.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: The racer's taunts and dialogue between each other during Redline are downright silly. Here's an example:
- Trava: You think you're going to take me out that easy, you scumbag!
- Deyzuna: I've been waiting a long time for this... TRAVA!
- Trava: Come and get it, DEYZUNA!
- Deyzuna: MY RIDE IS GOING TO WHIP YOUR SORRY ASS!
- Trava: IN YOUR DREAMS YOU SLIMY PIECE OF SHIT!
- Shinkai: COME AND GET ME YOU PUSSY!
- Hood Ornament Hottie: When they're not racing, Bosbos and Boiboi pose and preen so much that it's almost ridiculous.
- Hot-Blooded: EVERYONE.
- Humongous Mecha: The Superboins' Boincar is able to transform into one of these. The flight-capable mechas from the Roboworld army also qualify.
- Idol Singer: Bosbos and Boiboi found time to release a CD in between the racing and Fanservice.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Bosbos.
- Improbable Hairstyle: JP's epic pompadour; how he keeps it that way without product is a mystery. It's even the reason he won, because it was the first part of him to cross the finish line.
- Oddly enough, he is shown combing it in the first 15 minutes to keep it out of his eyes. Still a mystery how it stays up though.
- Incendiary Exponent: In a movie this awesome, you knew it would happen. But JP and Sonoshee manage to achieve it by having Frisbee and the Old Man detonate their engine remotely, which somehow leads to them going even faster, and being little more than strapped to a hunk of metal propelled by a continuous explosion.
- Incoming Ham: JP has one particular moment of ham when he announces his intent to drive in the Redline.
JP: "here, give me that *grabs the closest video camera and points the lense at him* ROBOWORLD! HERE I COME!!"
- And Psychoman, the racer from early on in the Yellow Line who takes pressing a button up to Invader Zim levels of ham. He yells 'TAKE THIS!' so loud spittle flies out his mouth, and pushes the button so hard the glass over it shatters.
- In-Series Nickname: All the racers have one. For instance, "Sweet JP" is a snarky epithet hurled at him by the others because he’s too fair-minded to use landmines, rocket-propelled grenades or tactical nukes just to win a race. Shonoshee's epithet of "Cherry Boy Hunter" comes from her percieved lack of interest in the opposite sex.
- Interrupting Meme: When discussing some parts of the truly awesome soundtrack people have the tendency to UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ.Observe.
- Kaiju: Funky-Boy, Roboworld's bioweapon, which is locked in Zone 7X. Then Gori-Rider accidentally awakens it. Later on, Volton transforms himself into one in order to fight Funky Boy.
- Kill Sat: Roboworld has one, and they use it twice: the first attempt, targeting the Supergrass ship carrying the REDLINE racers, fails thanks to Lynchman and Johnny-Boya sabotaging the cannons. The second attempt manages to destroy Funky Boy; however, it regenerates.
- Large Ham: Several, given this is a World of Ham.
- The president of Roboworld, who makes grandiose speeches about "ensuring justice" and "being a symbol of humanity that exists for peace", despite building various weapons of mass destruction.
- Also, Machinehead (well he is voiced by Michael McConnohie after all).
- Then there's Colonel Volton, voiced by the largest ham of voice actors: Jamieson Price.
- The unnamed announcer introducing all the racers (In Japanese, mind you) might just out-ham all of them:
Announcer: "MIKI ANDO TODOROKEEEEEEEEEEAAAAH!!'''
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Sonoshee comments that her butt can be seen on the TV, while viewers of the movie can see her topless while eating cherries very suggestively during that particular moment.
- Leitmotif: Most characters have them, though the notably reoccurring ones are Machinehead's, Lynchman and Johnny Boya's, and the Super Boins'.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: ALL of the racers (well, except Gori Rider). On the track, they're perfectly willing to blast each other with Sidewinder missiles, but off it, "We're all racers, we're here to show off how badass we are, not slaughter each other like those fuddy-duddy Roboworlders." Machinehead shows up while Little Deyzuna is picking a fight with Trava, and the mere presence of a seven-foot tall cyborg distracts the Roboworlder enough for the racer to wander off. He then gets in Machinehead's face, but the big man merely says "Fine. I'll walk around you." Heh. Manly men are Redliners, even when they're sexy girls.
- Loveable Rogue: JP.
- Love at First Sight: Sonoshee doesn't remember, but JP saw her when she was a kid and he was smitten ever since.
- Ludicrous Speed: The entire goddamn movie. Even more so when Nitro/Steamlight is used by having time slow down and the cars/drivers stretching before launching away. Near the finish line, JP (while using the Steamlight boost plus the explosive under his wheels) sees the finish line in extremely slow motion.
- Made of Iron: Everyone qualifies for just surviving in their cars, but JP and Sonoshee deserve props for the former surviving at least 4 car crashes (One was at 300 km/h. JP was miraculously unharmed.) that we know of over the course of the movie, 3 without any sort of bodily harm, and Sonoshee being in his car in the final crash, both of them with no noticeable harm. Oh, and they were both on fire at the time.
- Also, Tetsujin. He swallowed not one, but TWO steamlights and survived.
- The Mafia: Inuki and his goons.
- Magitek: Supergrass technology.
- Manly Tears: Machinehead cried the first time he won the Redline.
- Mauve Shirt: Big Deyzuna, whom we see a close up of when he's being vaporized by "Funky Boy"
- Meaningful Name: Bosbos, Boiboi and the boin part of "SUPERBOINS" are all japanese onomatopoeia for large bosoms bouncing.
- Tetsujin, part of Machinehead's name, means Ironman in Japanese.
- Mister Muffykins: Owned by Machinehead.
- Mix and Match: One reviewer summed it up as, "as if the cast of Top Gear raced through minefields on the North Korean border or the cast of The Cannonball Run took on Darth Vader."
- Mohs Scale of Sci-Fi Hardness: Most definitely on the soft end.
- Moment Killer: The page picture was heading in the direction of an Almost Kiss— until Shinkai decided to step in.
- As the power up music got good during the final stretch, it suddenly stops and cuts to the remnants of the Roboworld army commenting on how they can't catch the Redliners. It then resumes with omnious music instead.
- Ms. Fanservice: Bosbos and Boiboi. Sonoshee races in at a solid second place.
- Multicoloured Hair: Sonoshee has green and pink hair. and Bosbos' hair is green and yellow
- Naked in Mink: The "SUPERBOINS", Bosbos and Boiboi, are dressed like this during a televised interview.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The reason why the Roboworld government doesn't want the race to happen on their planet aside from having all their illegal arms building programs and labratories exposed is because they're afraid the commotion caused by the racers will wake up a Cthulhu-esque bio-weapon that they've created in said illegal research program. Guess what happens.(its Gori Rider's fault!!)
- Nitro Boost: Several different types, with varying colors, strength — and, of course, amount of damage to the car using it. JP uses "Gold Nitro", little capsules of awesomesauce he drops right into the transmission through a dash-mounted valve. Above everything else is the legendary "Steamlight", which appears to be collapsed antimatter stored in beautiful little sapphires. Sonoshee wears one as a necklace and drops it into JP's tank so they can match Machinehead in the final stretch.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Roboworld's solution against the Redline racers entering their atmosphere? One Kill Sat. And that's without considering that it was very easily sabotaged and vandalised by two of said racers beforehand.
- Now Which One Was That Voice?: Subverted, in that the english dub credits are shown after the Japanese credits.
- Off Model: Expected due to its deranged nature.
- One-Winged Angel: Colonel Volton, who transforms himself into a Kaiju-like monstrosity in order to fight evenly with Funky Boy.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: Going in expecting a Widget Series about futuristic illegal street racing is all well and good, and gets you most of what you'd expect. But then, during the final act, Funky Boy escapes containment and goes on a rampage, and now the race suddenly has a Kaiju movie going on in the background.
- Panty Shot: Despite the mink, Bosbos and Boiboi are not quite as daring as Sharon Stone.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: TRANSAM 20000 is always the tiniest of the cars in any race JP enters, but also one of the most powerful.
- Planet of Hats: Roboworld, though slightly different to how you might expect.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: one of the pre-race profiles of the racers features a brief piece of western music, which has also been heard in web-game Cactus Mc Coy as the main theme.
- Punny Name / Bilingual Bonus: Miki and Todoroki's racing vehicle, Semimaru. Maru in Japanese can translate to circle, making it a play on words of semicircle.
- Putting on the Reich: The Roboworld flag resembles the Nazi flag, and their Mooks have a stormtrooper-esque look to them.
- Rated M for Manly: Latches onto the part of the brain that likes high-speed racing, breasts, explosions and bright colours.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Trava and Shinkai.
- Refuge in Audacity: The Redline Mothership; with its loli princess at the helm, it just warps wherever the fuck it wants and makes a race track. How to achieve this? Well, first you go to your standard heavily defended fascist state and:
- Declare you're going to have an illegal road race on their home planet.
- Evade their point defenses and paint a pink finish line on their headquarters.
- Have two of your racers disable and vandalize their satellite defense system.
- Teleport in and drop your racers from low orbit.
- Aid in setting their resident giant monster free to rampage.
- Teleport the whole ship underground, lift it up under their headquarters, and make the spine of the ship the final stretch.
- Revenge Before Reason: Little Deyzuna is so set on making Trava and Shinkai pay for 'abandoning' him that he ends up going AWOL and joining the race.
- Rule of Cool: From the absurdly stylish car designs, to the sheer amount of action happening throughout the story, as well as ""SEVEN HANDDRAWN YEARS!"" on a meta scale, this movie supremely lives on this trope.
- Rule of Fun: This ends up being the reason why Machinehead and JP/Sonoshee end up pushing for the finish line using their steamlights. Machinehead ends up using his just to "make the race more interesting".
- Scenery Porn: To quote Anonymous: "Every single frame is a goddamn wallpaper!"
- Schizo Tech: Apparently V8s and chopper style bikes will remain popular in the future.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Frisbee eventually becomes this when he sees just how close JP is to winning Redline, alongside a combination of guilt for nearly trashing JP's hopes and dreams twice and Inuki trying to alter the deal by having the Transam 'malfunction' before it reached first place.
"He's so close... I want to see him win, I want to see him win for once in his life!!"
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The pursuing Roboworld troops towards the end of the movie.
"... Fuck this, they're too fast."
- Serious Business: The Redline race. Justified because the betting and advertising make a ton of money, and according to Lynchman 'there's enough money riding on this race to buy several planets!'
- Shout-Out: To various anime and western shows.
- Sonoshee McLaren is probably named after the Formula One team / road-legal supercar manufacturer McLaren.
- Gori-Rider's pursuit of Miki and Todoroki is a take-off from the viaduct pursuit scene from Terminator 2.
- Lynchman & Johnnyboya's introduction uses the famous spotlight scene from Lupin III.
- For that matter Lynchman and Johnnyboya are clear expies of Batman and Robin, and their car is a take-off of the Batmobile from the 1989 movie.
- Sibling Team: Miki and Todoroki. Also, the 'SUPERBOINS' Bosbos and Boiboi.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Sonoshee uses a very large double barreled pistol to manualy take out a sidewinder missile headed straight for her. She manages to hit it, but slightly too late.
- Smoking Is Cool: JP, JP, JP.
- Space Elves: The magical inhabitants of Supergrass, who are major backers of the Redline race and have submitted their own team, the Superboins.
- Spy Catsuit: Bosbos and Boiboi.
- Stealth Pun: The movie's title refers to the maximum engine speed at which an internal combustion engine or traction motor and its components are designed to operate without causing damage to the components themselves or other parts of the engine. It can also refer to the director's full embrace on the line quality of animation in this movie, since everything rendered in it is derived from a solid black line!
- Stuff Blowing Up: Lots and lots of stuff. Especially JP. Twice. but he was fine both times.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Colonel Volton starts feeling this way when his own personal forces get their asses handed by the racers and when his three direct subordinates, especially Little Deyzuna and Dr. Sabose, stray from their objective.
- Technology Porn: The amount of details in each racer car, ship and other vehicles is absolutely ridiculous.
- Too Dumb to Live: The workers that sabotage the power station think it's a good idea to wake up Funky Boy, an extremely powerful bioweapon, hopeing it'll help the Redline racers in the fight against Volton.
- Transforming Mecha: The Superboins' pink racer "Boincar", as well as Roboworld's fighter aircraft.
- Transhuman: Old-fashioned humans are in the minority. Roboworld is full of cyborgs, and there are people with dog heads, or extra arms, and all sorts of nonhuman attributes, but it's not explained if they're transhumans or aliens.
- Trope 2000: JP's car is the TRANSAM 20000.
- Troper Critical Mass/Troperiffic: This movie is adored by tropers. Not to the extent of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann or other Troper Critical Mass works, but it's impressive for a 100-minute movie that seems to have been destined to become obscure.
- Unusual User Interface:
- Reigning Redline Champion Machinehead and the denizens of Roboworld plug themselves into and literally become part of their vehicles.
- Sonoshee's hovercraft racer uses a chopper style motorcycle handlebar setup for steering.
- Miki goes into his part of the "bike" sideways.
- While in car mode it's controlled conventionally, the Superboins' car is piloted with magic when it's in robot mode.
- Up to Eleven: Absolutely everything and everybody in the film.
- Vehicular Combat: When the Yellowline race is riddled with racers firing missiles at each other, you know it fits the trope. Taken to the next level in the Redline race, where the racers are practically fighting an all-out war against a planetary military superpower.
- Villain Has a Point: Even though the people of Roboworld are warmongering assholes, they are merely defending their territory from what is essentially a foreign invasion.
- Wacky Racing: Taken to levels never before seen.
- Weak, but Skilled: JP
- Weaponized Car: All of them, except JP's TRANSAM 20000, as JP refuses to have any weaponry mounted on it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- There's all this dramatic build up for Funky Boy, but as soon as Volton turns himself into a monster and fights him head on, they both vanish from the plot and never return.
- There was also a build-up for Miki and Todoroki seeking revenge on the Gori Rider, but that actually never comes up during the race.
- Willfully Weak: During their interview the Superboins Bosbos and Boiboi make it known that they won't be using magic out of respect for the other racers. Once it becomes apparent just what sort of hell Roboworld's got prepared for them, though, all bets are off.
- Work Off the Debt: A much darker version. JP's friend Frisbee took out a loan from some mafia types to pay for an engine for JP to use in an upcoming race on the proviso that he won, unfortunately JP lost; as a result both Frisbee and JP had to work the debt off by fixing races (JP would hang back in last place until the final lap, shoot up to pole postion and then lose, though JP never exactly tried to follow the last part of the deal, causing Frisbee to make him lose by sabotaging his car). Worse still Frisbee got caught redhanded race fixing and JP served time for it (taking the fall for Frisbee) prior to the movie beginning.
- World of Ham: Thanks to all the Serious Business.
- Wrench Wench: Sonoshee isn't just the racer, she's also the mechanic behind the Crab Sonoshee
- You Gotta Have Colorful Hair: Boiboi has pink hair and Bosbos has green hair with yellow highlights. Trava has blue hair, though he's not exactly human. Sonoshee has green and pink hair, and JP's hair can be seen as a shade of blue in some scenes.