Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter is an arcade game by Square Enixnote Who also helped out with the CG in the Anime, 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".
This series provides examples of:
Action Girl: Rinne after episode 2. Satori also fits to an extent.
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 toDonkey 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.
Afraid of Needles: Kakeru, which makes it horrible for him when Rinne gets a Giant Needle as her main weapon.
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.
Ax-Crazy: Happens to Kakeru in #18 when he goes on a rampage to get to a container of chocolatenote Kakeru had been banned from eating chocolate earlier in the episode until he went to see a dentist. He even outruns Shunsuke getting to the container and Shunsuke was the only one who knew where the container was going to drop.
Brake Angrily: Done by Rinne in episode 2 after deciding to go back and fight alongside Kakeru. note For those unfamiliar, for most of the episode. She underwent a pre-Heroic BSOD depression. It wasn't until she noticed that Kakeru wouldn't be able to fight all of Xenon's Gyrozetters surrounding him that she performed the maneuver and went back to help to fend them off.
Brainwashed: Eraser-01 is the last chosen driver being forcibly brainwashed by Xenon.
Bridge Bunnies: Sei, Kotoha, Kirari and Yuiki. Rui also holds this position on occasion.
Combining Mecha: Draganos is formed from a Bulldozer, Crane Truck, Excavator and a Cement Truck.
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 including any and all laser blasts and gunshots from the weapons are animated traditionally.
Cool Car: All over the place. It also somehow manages to make the Toyota Prius look cool.
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.
Signature Move: Kakeru's "Lightning Slash" and "Thunderclap Ascension"
Rinne's "E.G. Distribute" for Prius Alpha and for Dolphine "Water Spiral" and "Aqua Princess". Both Gyrozetters use the "Ina Bauer"
Shunsuke's "Knight Slash" and "Supersonic Bullet." When he gets the GT-RRR then it's "Judgement Blade"
Michie's "Great Drum" and "Everest Drop"
Satori's "Oracle Shoot" and "Isis' Judgment"
Souta's Bandit Slash. 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 to continue with the gyrozetter's theme of names being reference to thunder (ex: Thunderclap Sword), 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.
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!
Telescoping Robot: Xenon's March Gyrozetter can extent and retract its arms and legs.
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.
Too Funny to Be Evil: Again, the March Gyrozetter. Basically it is a frog like robot that Kakeru has a hard time taking seriously.
Agent 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.