A manga series by Bow Ditama, legendary manga artist of Kiss×sis and Mahoromatic, this is decidedly more Fanservice-laden than the latter but not nearly as outright adult oriented as the former.Plug, our heroine, works for Neodym, a corporation in "Life Core", an alternate universe with hyper advanced technology compared to ours. Having discovered an alternate universe next door — Earth — Neodym developed technology to teleport between the worlds and help depressed people.By electrocuting them until they cheer up.The series has been licensed by the Crunchyroll streaming anime website under the title "Charger Girl", and can be viewed here.
Battle Aura: Arresta forms one at the end of episode 7 after Plug forced her to do largely humiliating things, promising to delete the video of her crying, but showing it to the other girls anyway. Plug totally deserved whatever happened despite recovering in the hospital.
Beginner's Luck: When Arresta challenges Sento to a duel to see who can zap more people, he manages to beat her simply by looking at visual cues rather than being over-reliant on the technology the charger girls use. Which apparently was something they were taught but likely forgot about due to over-relying on the technology.
Berserk Button: Do not ignore Sento, even if you are a pair of cute magical girls getting into an extremely Les Yay catfight.
Cat Smile: Plug displays a subtle one from time to time, such as in episode 7.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Arresta gets mad at Plug in episode 8 when she finds out the latter managed to charge someone on her own (despite Plug not being able to use her hands/arms since they were still recovering). Then hears how Sento helped her out, and imagining the two charging up. Arresta really loses it when Plug casually mentions getting a massage from Sento as well, although all he did was massage her hands a bit, not that Arresta cares by that point.
Curb-Stomp Battle: In episode 10, Rona Elmo makes quick work of both Reika and Kuran.
Crystal Ball Scheduling: The Show Within a Show usually mentions things that are relevant to the plot of the current episode, such as when the bad guy steals treasure from a town in episode 4, in which a thief stole the student council's funds from the school Hakone and Iono attend.
Defeat Means Friendship: Happens to Arresta, the Discharge Audit ladies, and the little girl who was draining people's power.
Determinator: When it comes to life or death, Plug is serious.
Epiphany Therapy: A variant and a subversion. Neodym's technology can forcibly make someone cheerful, but you find out later that it's only temporary, and unless the underlying issues are resolved, it's not permanent. This makes Aresta's attitude to the whole affair rather terrifying.
It gets worse, which Plug realizes in episode 2: What happens if the person is dealing with stress via being depressed instead of, say, going postal? Or if they're depressed due to them making bad decisions — and cheering them up will just keep them making the bad decisions? And so, Arresta's casual mentioning of "repeaters" (people who have had to be charged up over and over again) appearing more often gets even worse...
The tail is actually important — it's a ground. It prevents leakages from damaging the suit, in cases of failed charges. (Then again, from ep. 2 after, no-one seems to use them anymore.)
Cleavage windows, front and back.
Les Yay: There seems to be something between Plug and Arresta.
A strong first impression is made in the Title Sequence, when they appear to come close to kissing distance.
Sento's boss seems to be attracted to small-chested girls, and fixated on Hakone in particular.
Love Bubbles: Aresta gets them upon seeing Sento for the first time, right before he hits her with a bat so hard she enters orbit. Amusingly, Sento didn't even notice it wasn't Plug until afterwards, when he realized hitting Aresta felt different.
Don't worry about Aresta, btw, she's apparently a masochist and... "doesn't mind".
Plug and Arresta both do this to each other as well. Often while in view of Sento, who then beats them both up.
Ms. Fanservice: Although all the female characters are involved in a lot of fanservice the first prize belongs to Millie from the Show Within a Show whose sole purpose is providing a naughty scene Once per Episode without even needing to tie it into the main plot somehow.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In episode 9, Arresta and Plug both run away from the Audit discharger ladies. They think they're clever, but Plug ends up getting caught, and Arresta luckily runs into Sento who thinks the audit ladies are bad, and defends both of the girls. Towards the end of the episode, once he learns who they are and what they were trying to do, he once again beats both of the girls up for misleading him and apologizes profusely for mistaking the situation.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: While Arresta isn't a bad guy (although antagonistic to Plug), during episode 4 Plug and Sento are both trying hard but having no luck whatsoever finding the thief who stole some money and Iono's gift from the school Hakone and Iono attend. Arresta sees that he's trying really hard to help Plug, but decides that she needs to do her job. Shortly afterward she zaps a random person needing a charge, who then puts on a hat and glasses, and decides to turn himself in, thus solving the crime and recovering Iono's stolen gift. Even Arresta wonders what she just did.
Potty Failure: Plug's habit of wetting herself in a fanservice-y way is what the anime is best known for. This does happen to other girls, but Plug's the most susceptible.
Pretty Free Loader: While they don't live at Sento's apartment, Plug often goes there to watch tv, with Arresta following her shortly afterwards.
Punch Clock Hero: Aresta. She will not go one second past what she needs to do to get her paycheck, even literally aborting a charge when her shift ended. On the flip side, she's frightfully good at her job.
Arresta inadvertantly helps solve the problem in episode 4 while doing her job. Plug was trying to find out who broke into the school and stole the student council's funds along with Iono's gift. After Arresta zaps the perp, he suddenly decides to turn himself in.
Rock Beats Laser: Variant. In one episode, Sento and Aresta have a competition to see who can find more depressed people. Despite the fact that she can fly and thus cover more ground than Sento can, she loses because she relied too much on using the Life Checker (a tool that tells the wearer how depressed someone is), while Sento looked for the physical signs of depression and just used the Life Checker to confirm his findings.
Running Gag: Someone will end up losing bladder control. Sento will beat the everloving crap out of Plug and Aresta. Aresta's a real masochist. The Millie Show Within a Show will get more and more risqué and over the top.
Millie insisting "I won't lose!" in tears while restrained and physically abused and/or sexually violated. She's never shown winning in any encounter.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Seems to be Plug's motivation for apparently not zapping as many people as she should be. She does tend to suffer for it however, usually in the form of reduced salary. The Boss does understand that she has an advantage over Arresta because she mainly has NO REPEATERS as a result of this trope.
Shy Finger Twiddling: Several characters, and when Plug's hands are healing from burns, she manages the gesture with her bunny ears, er terminals, blast it, whatever-those-things-on-top-of-her-head-are.
Thanks for the Mammary: Sento accidentally does this to Arresta as she flies him into the sky to escape some police. Unlike most other examples of this trope, Arresta seems to enjoy him groping her.
Theme Naming: Plug, Aresta (lightning arrester), Captain Pulse, and in fact all people from Life Core have surnames and given names related to electricity or electrical equipment. Reika Galvani's name refers to the Italian physicist Luigi Galvani, an important figure]] in the study of bioelectricity.
The Power of Friendship: Happens at the end of episode 12 when the other charger girls show up to help Plug and Arresta.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Ai no Senshi Sweetie Millie, Plug's favorite TV Show from our world, is essentially a hardcore Tentacle rape porno that plays on daytime TV. No one seems disturbed by this at all, even when it's playing on all the display unit TVs in stores, on a TV with children around, etc etc.
Would Hit a Girl: Repeatedly and without apology. Sento doesn't pull his punches, with either his bat or his words, which can be gratuitously blunt. In any other show this would be serial dog-kicking, but here it's played for laughs (and/or Fetish Fuel.)
You Can See Me?: The charger girls are quite surprised that Sento can not only see them, but he can also touch them as well, usually in the form of a Mega Ton Punch, or Batter Up. In contrast, most people are generally unaware of their presence, and they can also go through walls and floors on Earth.