An Anime First series by Sunrise that premiered in the Summer 2011 season alongside the second half of Tiger & Bunny.Seventeen years ago, a meteor fell from space, scattering a bunch of rare jewels around Japan known as "Dark Stones." These stones provide tremendous power to whoever touches them, but also have a bad habit of driving the user insane. Fast-forward several years: a loner named Alma goes to school despite being accused of sending 19 kids to the hospital all at once. An amazingly rich woman named Ruri and her butler Makoto ask for his help. With the power from her "Soul Stone," he can wield the power of the "Sacred Seven" and destroy the Dark Stones.But of course, everyone has their own agenda involving the Dark Stones. Even Alma's newfound friend.
Eye Colour Change: Alma's left eye turns red when there's Dark Stone activity nearby.
Changes in episode 12, where both eyes glow blue.
Forgotten First Meeting: Alma saved Ruri from falling beams when they were children. This was the first time that he had activated his Sacred powers. Alma forgot all about it, though.
Friendless Background: Alma. He could actually make friends, but invariably lost them because he scared them off when he exhibited his powers and had to constantly move to a new town because of that.
Gag Sub: One sub group jokingly calls Alma "Squall" due to his resemblance to the character from Final Fantasy VIII, both appearance and personality-wise.
A God Am I: Kenmi goes full AGAI in episodes 11 and 12, after absorbing Hung's Darkstone powers
Golem: The Dark Stones, the monsters that Alma must battle, appear to be these.
Good Colors, Evil Colors: Naito's coat and armour are black. With Aoi activating his powers, he dons a white armour (which also does away with the mask covering his entire face) and he's seen wearing a white version of his coat at the very end.
Green Eyes: People with the power of Soul Stones have this eye colour.
Intimate Healing: Variation in which Alma and Ruri need to hold hands in order to make a piece of stone shine so Oni-Gawara can be healed. At the end of the episode, it turns out that the whole thing was just an elaborate ploy to have Alma and Ruri go on a date, though we don't get an explanation as to how Oni-Gawara gets fixed.
Lightning Bruiser: One of the Dark Stones from episode 9 is lightning fast, has enough strength to kick Alma across a forest and a river and is pretty much impervious to anything anyone throws at him, until Alma has a moment of Heroic Resolve.
Little Miss Badass: Ruri is willing to jump out of a plane to help Alma fight Darkstones. Without a parachute.
One Dialogue, Two Conversations: In episode 4, Alma calls Ruri to the school rooftop to ask her for a Soul Stone without telling her that a Dark Stone is in the school premises. Ruri initially believes he's going to confess his love to her.
One-Winged Angel: Kenmi fuses with his armour and becomes a horned golden beast in the last episode.
Only a Flesh Wound: During their second fight, Naito manages to lodge a sword into the Arachne-user's left forearm before fleeing. Her subsequent reaction is to rip it out and comment on what an annoyance Naito is.
Changes in episode 12, where ALL FIVE KNUCKLES become barrels.
The beginning of the first episode seems to be a Shout-Out to Mai-HiME, a series by the same company, which also started with a ship getting destroyed.
Kenmi is defeated by an attack that resembles a smaller version of the GIGA DRILL BREAKER... which is kinda ironic, when you consider that he was voiced by the Great Kamina!
In episode 4, Makoto has to bust out the Engagement Suit in the middle of a school festival...and paints it in Gundam colors so the students won't freak out.
Shown Their Work: In episode two, while the uniforms themselves are outdated, the United States Air Force Security Forces are seen in berets baring the proper insigina,◊ and the ranks themselves are easily discernible to those with Air Force experience.
Spell My Name with an S: There is some debate on whether Tandoji's name is spelled "Alma" (the spelling used in the official subs), "Arma" (for the possible pun, mentioned under Meaningful Name), or "Aruma" (a flat transliteration of the characters used).
Spider-Sense: Alma can detect the presence of other Dark Stones, usually indicated by one of his eyes changing color.
Not so much a Spider-Sense, but his own Darkstone activating when another one gets close. The other one gets close enough, it'll provoke a transformation into his Dark Side, which without Ruri's abilities allowing him to keep his sanity, can turn VERY violent.
Surprisingly Good English: Two of the American soldiers in episode 2. While it is quite obvious that these two are voiced by people whose first language is Japanese, the intonation, pronunciation, and grammatical structure is correct.
Even more so the announcer on the auction in the third episode. Perfect pronunciation, owing to his British voice actor.
Transformation Trinket: Deconstructed with Soul Stones. They cannot be reused and have to be bought for sums of up to billions of yens. That said, Ruri seems to have a hefty amount of them, so it doesn't really become an issue.
Verbal Tic: "Oni" for Oni-Gawara. It's even a thought-tic, as shown in episode 4.
One sub group out there has "Oni" translated as "Hell", and has translated his name as "Hellbrick". This same sub group is rather notorious for altering the anime they translate for their own amusement.