Anime: Wild Knights Gulkeeva
(Japanese: 獣戦士ガルキーバ; also known as Juu Senshi Garukiba
, Wild Knights Gulkeeva
or Beast Warriors Gulkeeva
) is a 26-episode anime series produced by Sunrise
that premiered in 1995. The main furry characters are the "beast guardians" Greyfus the wolf, Beakwood the eagle, and Garriel the gorilla, who fight along with the human Touya Shinjou to protect Earth from an enemy known as the Darknoids.
The series also has an accompanying manga and set of novels that further explains the world of the Gulkeeva characters. Notes made while reading the first novel can be found online
Wild Knights Gulkeeva provides examples of the following tropes:
- Badass: All the Animaoids.
- Bare Your Midriff: Touya
- Big Bad: Prince Zaza.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Gil
- Bittersweet Ending: Sure, Earth is saved, but Kira had to sacrifice himself due to Touya's recklessness. Prince Zaza's spirit is still alive, Lem got away with only a few scratches, and judging by the end credits, it looks like Touya and the Beast Warriors are travelling to Eternalia for another battle. This story was to continue into the second season, however due to insufficient funds, the project was scrapped. Feeling bad for inadvertently creating a cliffhanger story, the author then penned the two novels that is more of reinvention of the story rather than cannon for the anime series. The two differ in many ways.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: It's safe to say that if you're a Darknoid and the Animaoid you're fighting transforms into a giant animal-mecha, you're gonna get ass-raped and promptly killed. Unless, you're Yun. Though, considering the end result...
- Death by Materialism
- Subverted with Zayaka.
- Played straight with Jentu, who might've survived if he hadn't hesitated when he dropped his bag of jewels.
- Decoy Protagonist: It turns out that Touya is not The Chosen One. Kira is. However, shortly after Kira attains Gulkeeva, Touya is killed and Kira sacrifices himself to bring Touya back to life.
- Determinator: Yun. She will go to great lengths to prove her strength to Lem.
- Disney Villain Death: Subverted with Dora Yoma.
- The Dragon: Liam
- The End of the World as We Know It: The episode "The Nightmare in the Morning" centers around this.
- Even Evil Has Standards: None of the Darknoids are happy to hear that Dancer activated the Devil's Core, which is a giant meteor-sized weapon capable of obliterating Earth.
- Five-Man Band:
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: If you're not a main character, Touya and the Beast Warriors aren't gonna remember you after you die. Just ask Onimaru and Shiori, whose deaths are forgotten immediately after the episode they die in ends.
- Genki Girl: Melody
- Go Out with a Smile: Gil
- Heel-Face Turn: Yun
- Heroic Sacrifice
- In the finale, Kira
- Humongous Mecha: The Darknoids' primary method of attack.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. Twice.
- Jerkass Fašade: Tedium
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Touya
- Karmic Death: After getting stabbed by Dora Yoma, Gil pathetically crawls over to his gun and clutches it in his hands. Suddenly, a bunch of soldiers show up and see Gil holding the gun with a pile of dead bodies in front of him. The soldiers assume Gil killed them, and waste no time gunning him down.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Touya in the last few episodes.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyone reacts this way when Dancer activates the Devil's Core, a weapon capable of annihilating Earth. Even the Darknoids are freaking out.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Tedium. To the furries, anyway. Doesn't help that Tedium wears less clothing than other characters in the show...
- A lot of the main cast seems to be this, human and furry alike, including the Darknoids.
- Ms. Fanservice: Yuri, who just so happens to resemble another Ms. Fanservice.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Thanks, Touya, for charging into the Darknoid fortress by yourself, getting captured and subsequently killed, and forcing Kira to sacrifice his life just to save your ass.
- The Nineties
- Precision F-Strike: Touya drops a huge one after Onimaru sacrificed himself to destroy the Devil's Core.
- Refusal of the Call: Touya
- Running Gag: If Greyfus is holding an object or touching an object (hell, even standing near an object) he's unfamiliar with, he will break it.
- Satan: Prince Zaza's goal was to become the Devil. And he succeeds... for only a few minutes.
- Screaming Warrior: Touya becomes this when Kira dies and he takes up his axe.
- Smug Snake: Giru
- True Companions: Touya, Kira, and Konoha. Also Greyfus, Beakwood, and Gariel. Melody proves herself as one over time.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Kira after he finds a dead child's bloody shoe.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to Lem's girlfriend? She showed up for about thirty seconds, said nothing, and then disappeared from the entire show. Note: Lem has no girlfriend. He only wanted to make Yun jealous, thereby making her powerful enough with her anger/sorrow to trigger the last point.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sometimes Touya should just keep his mouth shut...