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Anime: Robot Girls Z

In the Nerima district of Tokyo, a new source of power known as Photon Energy has been developed, promising a future of clean and renewable energy for all. However, all is not well, as the Subterranean Empire led by Doctor Hell has emerged vying to steal the Photon Energy technology for themselves.

Enter Z-chan, Gre-chan and Grenda-san, a trio of young ladies with the ability to transform into super-powered heroines: the Robot Girls. Throwing justice to the wind, they form the Robot Girls Team Z and fight valiantly to crush the forces of evil.

Which is good for us, just so long as they manage to not level the entire city in the process.

Robot Girls Z is a series of action-comedy shorts by Toei Animation, staring Moe Anthropomorphisms of Dynamic Pro's classic Mazinger trio, Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and Grendizer. Also making appearances are moe anthropomorphisms of Getter Robo and Steel Jeeg, along with the original group of Toei Robot Girls, Team T (Gaiking, Ga-Keen, Barattack and Danguard Ace).

The 10-minute episodes center around the Robot Girls' conflicts with Baron Ashura's Mechabeast Girls — moe anthropomorphisms of several of Mazinger Z's classic enemies. What results is a slew of over-the-top action, comedic violence, fanservice and many references to the original Toei cartoons as the Mechabeast Girls try and fail horribly to defeat our horrendously overpowered heroines.

Robot Girls Z contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl
    • Dark Action Girl: Applies, amusingly enough, to the heroines, rather than the villains. Out of the three, Grenda-san is the Darkest.
  • Affably Evil: Baron Ashura and the Mechabeast Girls. Despite Dr. Hell's desire to steal the Photon Energy, they just aren't powerful enough to stop the Robot Girls and see them more as bullies.
  • All Your Colors Combined: The "Robot Girls Final Manga Festival Attack"
  • Applied Phlebotinum / Artistic License - Physics: Photon Energy is in reality just another term for solar power or sunlight — or possibly gamma radiation.
  • Art Shift: When Getter-chan gets thoroughly ticked off, we're treated to her attacking the idiots who splashed mud on her favorite dress in a sketchy style reminscent of the Imagawa-directed Getter Robot Armageddon OVA.
  • Beach Episode: ...or so our heroines thought. Turns out they were conned into working on a fishing boat with the promise of an "Exciting Seaside Heart-throb Tour''.
  • BFG: Jeeg Bazooka
  • Big Damn Heroes: Jeeg-san and Gecchan saving Team Z from the General of Darkness in episode 8.
  • Blessed with Suck: Gaia Q5's ability is Super Magnetic Power. Sadly all it does is draw metal objects to her and trap her.
    • Kingdan X10's ability is Self Defense, which means using the nearest person as a shield while she screams frightened.
    • Doublas M2's Mouth Beams are pretty useless. Best show in episode 1 where Gre-chan uses her sword to cut it into pieces!
  • Calling Your Attacks: But of course. Team Z even calls out "Not-A-Rocket Punch" when they simultaneously punch Glossam X2 in the face.
  • Child Prodigy: Mycenae-tan is younger than any of the Robot Girls and is the head of the large corporation.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Z-chan vs. Gromazen R9
    • Team G vs. Archduke Gorgon and General Juuma
    • Gai-chan vs. Archduke Gorgon and General Juuma
    • General of Darkness-ko vs. Teams Z, T, and G
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gre-chan and, to a lesser extent, Garada K7.
  • Destructive Saviours: Team Z often ends up causing more damage to the surrounding environment than their enemies do.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Mechabeast Girls are on the receiving end of this. For example, episode 0 has Garada and Doublas getting beaten to a pulp and Nerima getting partially destroyed because they pulled a dine and dash!
  • The Ditz: Jeeg-san
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The OP and ED are sung by Team Z, with Team G pitching in for a verse of the former.
  • Dreadful Musician: Rhine X1 and Grenda-san. Their combined singing destroyed an entire hot spring resort!
  • Duct Tape for Everything: Jeeg-san breaks the tip off of The Great General of Darkness-ko's sword during her Dynamic Entry. General of Darkness-ko tapes it back on between episodes.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Minerva X
  • Evil Diva: Belgas V5.
  • Gamer Girl: Gre-chan is always seen with some kind of handheld gaming system.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: After Rhine X1 frets over the way that her crowd reacts to Belgas V5, Grenda-san slaps her...before punching the ever-loving crap out of her.
  • Gratuitous English: The fishermen in Episode 3. Garada and Doublas even get in on the act with a "Sir, Danshaku Sir!"
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Z-chan vs. Gai-chan in ep. 4
  • Heroic BSOD: After The Great General of Darkness-ko effortlessly defeats all nine of the Robot Girls, Z-chan is left trembling and crying for help. She recovers after Ashura inadvertently exposes the General of Darkness-ko's weakness.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Applies to all three members of Team Z.
  • Hoist By Their Own Petard: In addition to Gaia Q5's failure mentioned above, Gromazen R9's powerful Ion Beam is easily turned against her by Z-chan's Photon Barrier.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Episode 6 starts off this way.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The villains are very pitiful, to say the least.
  • Ironic Echo: In the first episode, Grenda-san says that people who break promises (referring to the "part timers") deserve punishment, and wonders aloud whether they would prefer their punishment to be "painful or embarrassing." In Episode 7, after Jetfire P1 grabs Grenda-san and pulls off most of her clothes, Garada K7 uses a nearly identical line against her.
  • Irony: During Team G's first fight, Gecchan comments on how barbaric Jeeg was for using her Mach Drill. Gecchan then proceeds to charge at Gorgon and Juuma with her Getter Tomahawk.
  • Japanese Honorifics: Part of the Robot Girls' names. Amusingly, Grenda-san addresses the other members of Team Z with -san, leading to Z-chan-san and Gre-chan-san.
    • Subverted with Great General of Darkness-ko. "-ko" isn't a honorific, but rather a very common ending syllable for female names.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Team Z and Team T square off in a sports challenge in episode 4.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: With a giant robot motif!
  • Monster Suit: The Great General of Darkness-ko is nothing but a giant puppet controlled by the tiny Mycenae-tan.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Jetfire P1 vs. Team Z
  • Nose Nuggets: The Great General of Darkness-ko has a nasty habit of picking her nose. She uses a booger to completely repel the Robot Girls Final Manga Festival Attack.
  • Ojou: Gecchan
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Z-chan has been described as athletic by Gre-chan
  • Power Trio
  • Rule of Three: From Gaia Q5's segment in Episode 2, the Mechanical Beast Girls moan "Magnetic!" in a high-pitched, suggestive manner on three occasions:
    Garada K7: "Ooh! So Magnetic!"
    Baron Ashura: "Gaia Q5! Give Robot Girls Z a taste of your Magnetic power!"
    Gaia Q5 (after Gre-chan exposes her Goofy Print Underwear): "Oh no! Magnetic!"
  • The Smurfette Principle: Inverted; the only named male characters are Dr. Hell and Minerva X. Even if you include Jack King and Gecchan's butlers, that's less than 1/4 of the cast.
  • Something We Forgot: Poses OII is forgotten almost immediately after she reveals herself, and is left hanging on a hook above the boat to be attacked by a horde of seagulls. The Mechanical Beast Girls retreat at the end of the episode, leaving her battered, bruised, sick with a cold, and hungry.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Team G in their debut. It's even lampshaded by Team Z
  • Stock Footage: A specific shot of Ashura dramatically pointing her scepter shows up in a majority of the episodes.
    • And, of course, many of the attacks.
  • Team Mom: Baron Ashura to the Mechabeast Girls.
  • Transformation Sequence: Appear to be homage to Magical Girl genre.
  • Two-Faced: Subverted. Not only is Ashura 100% female in this anime, Episode 7 shows that her "male" half's skin-tone and eye color are faked.
  • Valley Girl: Glossam X2 has the speech patterns, at least.
  • Verbal Tic: Poses OII's -kro.
    • Archduke Gorgon usually ends her sentences with -nya
    • General Juuma takes hers into full Pokémon Speak territory.
  • The Worf Barrage: In attempt to overwhelm and defeat the General of Darkness, all the girls of Teams Z, G and T unleash their signature attacks, combining them into a massive rainbow-color wave of energy called the Robot Girls Final Manga Festival Attack! The General promptly responds by poking at it with her snot, which causes the blast to rebound and hit the girls instead.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Baron Ashura is fired from the Underground Empire at the beginning of Episode 7.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The Robot Girls' transformed suits are type A.

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