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.
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 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.
Show Their Work: In episode two, while the uniforms themselves are outdated, the United States Air Force Security Forces are seen in berets baring the proper insigina,◊ and the ranks themselves are easily discernible to those with Air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.
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.