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Video Game: Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter
Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter
Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter,also known as High Speed Transform Gyrozetter,is an arcade game by Square Enixnote , manga series written by Ryutaro Ichmura and illustrated by Teruaki Mizuno, as well as an anime series by A-1 Pictures on the Fall 2012 Anime lineup.

The anime is set in the futuristic New Yokohama City, Japan, where the car industry has been revolutionized by "A.I. Cars", outfitted with... Artificial Intelligence. Schools exist for the purpose of teaching children to drive these A.I. cars, such as Arcadia Academy founded by the Arcadia company, the makers of A.I. Cars. Kakeru Todoroki is a fifth grader in Arcadia Academy who finds one day that he has been chosen to pilot the transforming A.I. Car also known as a "Gyrozetter".To defeat Xenon,an evil organization bent on world domination,Kakeru must find the other chosen drivers foretold on the artifact called Rossetagraphy.

A Racing/Action RPG videogame,titled "Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter:Albatross no Tsubasa" (High Speed Transform Gyrozetter:Wings of Albatross) was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013,loosely based on the episode in the anime,in which Kakeru and Rinne end up trapped in 2053,where they find new friends and an even bigger Big Bad,a mysterious Gyrozetter known as "Albatross".

This series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Rinne after episode 2. Satori also fits to an extent.
  • Action-Hogging Opening
  • Afraid of Needles: Kakeru, which makes it horrible for him when Rinne gets a Giant Needle as her main weapon.
  • All Just a Dream: The Cold Opening of episode 22 has Satori and a human-sized Anuba wandering through Egypt.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Some of the Gyrozetters have similar naming conventions and designs. For instance, Kong Loader is based on a gorilla (and the color scheme to Donkey Kong), Dolphine is a dolphin and Hippo Cannon is, of course, based upon a hippo. Anuba, Satori's Gyrozetter, is based upon the Egyptian/Greek god Anubis. Who himself an example of this trope.
  • Animated Adaptation
  • Archery: The first thing we see Satori do in her introductory episode. This ability also carries over to Anuba.
  • Art Evolution/Special Effects Evolution: The second ending, introduced in episode 18, has a more photo-realistic look for the Gyrozetters. A similar evolution is reflected in the CG of the more recent episodes.
  • Art Shift: Libird undergoes a switch to hand-drawn animation when it transforms in episode 12 and in some more recent ones. Dolphine also briefly becomes hand-drawn in one scene of episode 19.
    • The Kimeraiger is the only Gyrozetter to be fully hand-drawn.
  • Automated Automobiles
  • Ax-Crazy: Happens to Kakeru in #18 when he goes on a rampage to get to a container of chocolatenote . He even outruns Shunsuke in getting to the container and Shunsuke was the only one who knew where the container was going to drop.
  • Berserk Button: You better run when Kakeru saw you hurting any of his loved ones,especially Rinne.Any bad guy learns this the hard way!
    • Never hurt Rinne's brother,unless she will never forgive you for hurt her loved ones!
    • Absolutely,never,ever,EVER hurt Haruka in Shunsuke's presence.Things were about to get ugly.
    • Don't taunt Souta when Kakeru and Rinne were in danger.Otherwise,don't get me started on his Lightning Slash!
  • BFG: Shunsuke's Final Burst
  • Big Bad: Goto/Goat.For the finale,Future Touma.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Guiltice and Guiltice Extreme has these on both arms.
  • Brake Angrily: Done by Rinne in episode 2 after deciding to go back and fight alongside Kakeru. note 
  • Brainwashed: [[Spoiler:Souta is the last chosen driver being forcibly brainwashed by Xenon.]]
  • Bridge Bunnies: Sei, Kotoha, Kirari and Yuiki. Rui also holds this position on occasion.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "LIGHTNING SLASH!"
  • The Cameo: Masahiko Kondō or Matchy, who performs the opening song, appears before the start of episode 9.
    • Makes an appearance again in episode 21 as one of the rally competitors. He wins the race.
  • Catch Phrase: Kakeru's "Depressingly Awesome", or simply using depressingly (incorrectly) as an adjective.
  • Cold Opening
  • Combining Mecha: Draganos is formed from a Bulldozer, Crane Truck, Excavator and a Cement Truck.
    • Shunsuke's GT-RRR
  • Conspicuous CG: The AI cars, and by extension, the Gyrozetters. Made even more so due to not only the above-mentioned Art Shifts, but also because nearly everything elsenote  are animated traditionally.
  • Cool Car: All over the place. It also somehow manages to make the Toyota Prius look cool.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The purpose of the Soul Eraser system.
  • Dancing Theme: All three of the ending animations.
  • Denied Food as Punishment:Kakeru being banned from chocolate in episode 18.
  • Depraved Dentist: According to Kakeru in episode 18. Becomes a Brick Joke at the end of the episode.
  • Disney Death: Kakeru suffered this in episode 13. He survived by getting rid of the upgrade received in the episode before.
  • Dope Slap: Rinne's Ina Bauer skating technique, which she uses whenever Kakerunote  is being himself.
  • The Dragon: Eraser 01.Later on,the Eraser Corp.
  • Dual Wielding: Agito Twin.
    • Libird Shining Edition on the final episode.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Touma is not pleased to find out that Enelcorp interfered and got Team Arcadia disqualified.
  • Expressive Hair: Kakeru's hair often does this.
  • Expressive Mask: The Devilman-inspired mask Kirari wears in episode 43.
  • Fan Disservice: Whenever Michinori is shirtless.
  • Fanservice: Has quite a lot of it, considering this is a children's show. Episode 5 is a Hot Springs Episode, for example. There's also many an instance of Male Gaze, Stripperiffic outfits, Beach Episode and Shirtless Scene.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Rinne wears a striped, thigh high stocking on her left leg.
  • Five-Man Band: The Chosen Drivers.
  • Flaming Sword: GT-RRR Signature Move
  • Flashback Twist: In episode 14, we get a flashback of a young Kakeru and Rinne hanging out with a kid named Souta Hisaishi. When the flashback ends it's revealed that Souta is actually Eraser-01.
  • Full-Name Basis: Eraser 01 addresses Kakeru by his full name, Kakeru notices and tells him to quit it.
  • Giant Squid: Great Kraken is a robotic one of these.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Goto, the leader of Xenon has a sizable scar over his right eye.
  • Gratuitous English: The two Xenon thugs are fond of using English all the time.
  • Guns Akimbo: The Impreza Gyrozetter and GTR when its Final Burst is activated.
  • The Gunslinger: The Impreza Gyrozetter
  • Hair Decorations: Rinne has a butterfly clip that holds her ponytail together. Minor character Kaede has orange-beaded hair ties for her pigtails.
  • Harmless Villain: Xenon; they don't even have the implied body count other Super Robot bad guys would have acquired by now.
  • Heel-Face Turn: From episode 7 onward,Haruka slowly has this,even to the point of giving Shunsuke her chocolates.Touma has this on episode 50.
  • The Hero: Kakeru
  • Hot Scientist/Hot Teacher: Rui
  • Humongous Mecha: Xenon's Draganos, Great Kraken, and Adamant Titan
  • Idiot Hair: Kakeru
  • Idiot Hero: Kakeru
  • Improbable Parking Skills: Done by Kakeru in the first episode.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kakeru's Gyrozetter, Libird is often called "The Crimson Lightning" by news reporter "Mic-Man" Seki.
  • Kid Hero: Most of the main characters are in elementary school (11 years). Shunsuke is the oldest confirmed chosen driver at 14. Just to show how young they are, Touma's age is confirmed at 25!
  • Knight of Cerebus: Things get dark whenever Eraser-01 appears.Also,Eraser Ace.
  • The Lancer: Shunsuke Hayami
  • Large Ham: "Mic-Man" Seki and Professor Claude.
  • Limit Break: Final Bursts. In the Anime, at first, only Kakeru used one, but then Michie pulls one off in Episode 20, then Shunsuke in episode 21, Satori in Episode 22, and finally Rinne in episode 24. All Gyrozetters can use them in the games. Episode 30 takes the Final Burst Up to Eleven with the "Moebius Overdrive." Sadly Eraser King prevents us from seeing what it actually does.
  • Machine Empathy: Due to the cars having AI, this is a given. Applied more-so to the Gyrozetters.
  • Made of Explodium: Xenon's Gyrozetters often explode when defeated by the heroes.
  • The Masquerade/Easy Impersonation: Pulled off by Haruka in episode 7. Justified in that the others didn't know what Satori actually looked like.
  • Mecha-Mook: Xenon's Goblis
  • Meganekko: Satori, Kotoha, Saki and Rikako.
  • Merchandise-Driven: This includes an arcade game,an 51-episode anime series,a colectable card deck,a manga,and a handheld videogame.
  • Mid-Season Twist: It's revealed the Gyrozetters and AI cars are hydrogen powered.
    • In episode 31,it was revealed that Haruka actually came from 2053.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Serves as the plot for episode 11, Libird first uses it in following episode. It gets ditched in episode 13 and returns 17 episodes later in 30.
    • Rinne also gets one in the form of Dolphine in episode 15. Subverted in that her previous Gyrozetter, Prius Alpha, is still usable.
  • The Mole: Saki
  • Moment Killer: Kakeru becomes this to Haruka after she has given Shunsuke her chocolate.
    • Also happened within the first fifteen seconds of episode 16.
  • Motion Capture: Featured in the ending. In episode 15, it's implied that both Dolphine and Prius Alpha use motion data based on Rinne's skating techniques.
  • Named Weapons: Most Gyrozetters seem to have this such as Libird's "Thunderclap Blade".
  • No Flow in CGI: Averted, the Dolphine Gyrozetter has flowing hair.
  • No Sense of Direction: Satori
  • Not Quite Dead:Kakeru is the worst offender of this trope three times,the second one end up with him(and Rinne) travelled to 2053,and the last being more of a You Can't Go Home Again when Kakeru end up get suck up in time tunnel he had stopped.
  • Off Model: Episode 15 has a lot of moments with misshapen faces (mostly involving Kaede) and other oddities, including a chunkier look for Rinne's boots.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Used as part of Haruka's aforementioned disguise. They return in episode 22.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Subverted in episode 13. It's Libird's Mid-Season Upgrade that "dies", not Kakeru.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: Kakeru's Final Burst,the Mobius Overdrive,in which he flies across the planet slightly counterclockwise,causes time itself to stop.
    • Played straight when Kakeru and Rinne end up get thrown into a time tunnel that take them to 2053,after Rinne catch the former whilst reaching their Gyrozetter's full limit.
  • The Power of Devotion: Each of the drivers have unlocked their Final Bursts through their devotion to something important to them:
    • For Kakeru it's his friends.
    • Michie's is Comedy.
    • Shunsuke's is having a mission he can fight for.
    • Satori's is her teacher.
    • Rinne's is her brother.
  • Product Placement: Several of the cars in both the game and Anime.
  • Rain of Arrows: Anubia's Final Burst.
  • Recap Episode: The first half of episode 14.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots/Human Aliens: What Kakeru and Michienote  think Satori, who is actually Haruka in disguise, is in episode 7.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Haruka has one, which is seen in a couple of episodes.
  • Shirtless Scene: Despite both being only eleven years old , both Kakeru and Souta are shirtless in episodes 36 and 42. 36 is a Hot Springs Episode and 42 is the Beach Episode.
  • Shout-Out: In #16 when Kakeru and Michie try to stall Professor Claude both kids pose like Riders 1 & 2.
    • Xenon agents A and B are clearly based upon The Blues Brothers, right down to looking like Jake and Elwood.
    • Coincidentally enough,Raibird looked like Transformers Prime's Bumblebee.
  • Signature Move: Kakeru's "Lightning Slash"(diving slash) and "Thunderclap Ascension"(Shoots lightning,then teleports and perform a diving slash).When he upgraded it into "Shining Edition",he got the "Mobius Overdrive"(literally stops time,then performs a diving slash).
    • Rinne's "E.G. Distribute"(steals the enemy's energy and uses it to replenish health) for Prius Alpha and for Dolphine "Water Spiral"(steals the enemy's energy and uses it to replenish health) and "Aqua Princess"(performs a triple mid-air backflip that unleashes shockwaves that attacks its target repeatedly). Both Gyrozetters use the "Ina Bauer"
    • Shunsuke's "Knight Slash"(a slash that literally causes Instant Runes) and "Supersonic Bullet(peppering targets with BFG,then fires a Wave Motion Gun)." When he gets the GT-RRR then it's "Judgement Blade"(a Flaming Sword combo barrage)
    • Michie's "Great Drum"(attacks with high-frequency sound shockwaves) and "Everest Drop"(throws a giant boulder from the top of Mt. Everest)
    • Satori's "Oracle Shoot"(an arrow barrage) and "Isis' Judgment"(literally rain down arrows)
    • Souta's Bandit Slash(multiple scythe barrage). He's also used Raibird's Lightning Slash
  • Spell My Name with an S: While most of the English fanbase and sub groups romanize Kakeru's Gyrozetter as "Raibird"note , the promotional material, figures and even shots of the computers in the show have his name romanized as "Libird." The official name may also fit with the theme, as it's possibly a combination of the words Lightning and Bird.
    • Also happens with Michie's Gyrozetter. Due to the r/l romanization debate its name is either "Kong Roader" or "Kong Loader." The toys use the latter spelling.
  • Spoiler Opening: Spoils the five main characters and some of the major opponents from the first part of the show, but not the Sixth Ranger. It's only visible in hindsight, but it also spoils how Raibird and Dolphine end up traveling into the future.
  • Stock Footage: The transformation sequences.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Touma, though since he's often Not So Stoic they frequently turn into Scary Shiny Glasses.
  • Super Strength: Kong Loader has this and it's best shown off in his Final Burst: Kong Loader summons a part of mount everest, drives up the side of the mountain, picks up a large boulder and rolls it over his opponent!
  • Sword and Gun: The Berger Gyrozetter
  • Sword Beam: An enemy Gyrozetter, the Agito Twin, performs this. Raibird gets one too with its Final Burst, Thunderclap Ascension.
  • Tagalong Kid: Kaede.
  • Take Up My Sword: After Raibird is destroyed in orbit in episode 30, Souta overcomes his doubts, grabs Raibird's sword from where it fell at his feet, and performs Lightning Slash with it.
  • Telescoping Robot: Xenon's March Gyrozetter can extent and retract its arms and legs.
  • Too Funny to Be Evil: Again, the March Gyrozetter. Basically it is a frog like robot that Kakeru has a hard time taking seriously.
    • Agents A & B take a more literal path with this trope as they go on the show "Birth of a Comedy Hero" to quit Xenon and become comedians.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Michinori is often seen with cola.
  • Transforming Mecha: The Gyrozetters
  • Tricked Out Gloves: Kakeru's. Sadly, they don't do anything.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: Rinne's boots have wheels on them.
  • Twinkle In The Sky: Touma and his trio of March Gyrozetters are sent flying after Kakeru uses the Hyper Blast.
    • Happens again in the very next episode when Kakeru sends Haruka and the eK Wagon Gyrozetters flying.
    • This also happened during episode 7, when Rinne hit Kakeru.
  • Universal Driver's License: This is explained and justified with the AI cars.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Kakeru goes into one when he thinks his Dad has been killed by Eraser 01, and promptly defeats Eraser 01 with his newly achieved Final Burst
    • Happens again in #13 when Touma destroys Prius Alpha with Great Kraken.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: Episode 18, it had naked mole rat Gyrozetters.
  • Villainous Crush: Haruka has a thing for Shunsuke. It even goes as far as taking the new model eK Wagon Gyrozetter for the sole purpose of giving Shunsuke chocolate!
  • Whole Costume Reference: Kakeru's outfit for most of episode 8 is Sherlock Holmes' famous outfit.
    • Happens again in the epilogue of the final episode,when Kakeru reveals the reason he always wear his Iconic Item throughout the whole series:he was listening to the ending themes of the show
  • The Worf Effect: Raibird Hyper Spec gets hit with this hard. It first appears in episode 12 after a multi-episode story arc about getting it and is played up as Kakeru's big Mid-Season Upgrade, giving him the power to match the superior Guiltice. It's promptly destroyed in the next episode, and Kakeru gradually gets skilled enough to match and surpass Guiltice without it. Hyper Spec finally reappears in episode 30...and then gets shot in the middle of its Final Burst, destroying it again. Hyper Spec is basically a rare non-game example of a Power-Up Letdown.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Kakeru
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kaede.
  • You Keep Using That Word: I do not think "Depressing" means what Kakeru thinks it means. He uses the correct meaning in episode 13, after surviving his near Disney Death.
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