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A Widget Series
meaning "Crossing of People" first started in 1978 by Tamori Yosuke. Two anime series exist based on this franchise, as well as five video games for the Playstation systems. One of the main themes is the Power of Friendship
and importance of them. The PSP version is a loose adaptation of the two Playstation games, the first of which was released as early as 1996
. The franchise is pretty much a good example of a No Export for You
Oh, and the anime was done by Bee Trainnote
, the same people as the animation for Xenogears
, and many Dot Hack
Did we mention that this is most definitely
a Widget Series
PoPoLoCrois provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Kai, Jilva, Leona.
- Adaptation Distillation: The only game to receive an overseas release (The PSP Title) is a combined adaptation of the first two Playstation games. Some of the first game's content is cut or compressed, but expanded a little with a side-story set in between the first two games.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Seriously, Pietro's hair changes in every adaptation, like the creators can't decide what his hair color should be! In the games, it's brown, in the 3 minute pilot, it's orange, in the 1998 anime, it's blonde, and in the 2003 anime, it's brownish blonde.
- Anachronism Stew: One half is a Medieval European Fantasy... alongside ambiguously Roman areas (Which actually isn't too implausible)... alongside any area the Gami Gami Devil lives in with robots and modern-day-Japanese rooms.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Elena
- The Archer: Leona
- Baleful Polymorph: Happens several times. They get better.
- Bilingual Bonus
- Bittersweet Ending: Averted. Pietro gets one wish for saving the world... guess what he wishes for.
- Cerebus Roller Coaster: Given the adaptation of two games, this is a given. Both start surprisingly light-hearted (Given the artstyle!) but it quickly gets real, and when it gets real... you know it.
- Character Development: Narcia gradually grows closer to Pietro and accepts Her heritage, as well as the fact that their relationship didn't need to be forbidden
- Jilva. At first she's a bit of a Spoiled Brat with her father clearly favouring her.. but her mother is shown to be a Stern Teacher who can keep her in line, and her adventures with Pietro teach her to become a member of the Active Royalty.
- Dance Battler: Jilva.
- Darker and Edgier: The second game.
- Dull Surprise: Leona's english voice.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Does Pietro ever have to go through hell to get his happy ending.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Ice Demon, Barbaran.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Everything's Better with Samurai
- Evil Is Hammy: Gami Gami. "Otoko no ROMAAAAAN!!"
- Evolving Weapon: The Dragon Sword. Pietro's starting weapon and ultimate weapon.
- Expy: Pietro looks oddly similar to Link. This hasn't gone unnoticed by fans.
- Fair Folk: Narcia.
- Full-Contact Magic: Jilva's special attacks.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: The player is not able to bring Narcia around any areas with salt water.
- Grand Theft Me: Pietro's father
- Maira tries it to Pietro... but then possesses his mom instead!
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: A small but EXTREMELY subtle instance appears in episode 11 of the 1998 anime where a certain character is almost Driven to Suicide, and the anime implies said character attempts it THREE times.
- In the English version, the fact that Gami Gami devil is obsessed with Narcia. That would really REALLY get a lot of eyebrows if this wasn't written in Japan.
- Gratuitous French
- Guest Star Party Member: The only true example is Kai. Because she is also Narcia, it's impossible for her to join permanently.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Pietro is half dragon. Notable in that his mother is the dragon.
- Heel–Face Turn: Gami Gami Devil, Maira performs one right at the end.
- Heroic BSOD: Pietro has one when He and the White Knight kill the earth dragon
- The king of gods himself had it when he punished Maira
- Heroic Sacrifice: Narcia attempts one. Pietro's mom does it as well.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Pietro
- Hurricane Kick: How Jilva fights.
- Joke Character: Three in fact: Gon, Don, and Gabo.
- Kid Hero: Pietro and Narcia are ten during the first game.
- Magic Dance: Jilva is able to perform some of these.
- Magikarp Power: Gabo. Ungodly weak and useless, essentially being an Eleventh Hour Superpower... that is if you decide to go through all the process of babying him.
- Marathon Boss: Almost every boss if one doesn't take advantage of charged attacks.
- Missing Mom: Zig-zagged. Pietro rescues his mom in the first game, loses her... only to get her back.
- No Export for You: The entire franchise... sans the PSP version. The first anime received a dub and was broadcast on some Latin American countries, but only that.
- No Name Given: White Knight.
- Older Than They Look: Would you believe that these characters are supposed to be teenagers? The voiceacting (Pietro has the same voice as when he's a ten year old) doesn't help either.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Gami Gami Devil, White Knight.
- Petting Zoo People: The people of Bryonia
- The Power of Friendship: One of the key themes.
- Those Two Guys: Gon and Don. They're completely useless.
- Trick Arrow: Leona
- Picky Eater: When Gami Gami dresses Jilva as Narcia, some of his robots try to make her eat her vegetables, which J Ilva doesn't like. As this is a Japanese trope, these vegetables that Jilva will not eat are, of course, carrots and green peppers.
- Stock Yuck: Green peppers and carrots are fairly common versions of this in Japanese media.
- Powers via Possession: Pietro's father when he becomes the dark lion king
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Ice Demon and Maira both have them.
- Red Mage: Narcia has healing but she gets a lot of attacking and buffing abilities too. She also shares this role with Jilva, who veers more towards the physical side of the trope.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Pietro, Narcia. Jilva at first is an idle royalty, but she becomes a member of active royalty through the game. Not to mention, Pietro's parents are pretty active.
- Selfless Wish
- Spin Attack: Jilva.
- Spiritual Successor: There are QUITE a few similarities between this series and the Breath of Fire series, most notably the fact that the protagonist is half dragon and gains powers from it.
- Spoiled Sweet: Jilva's Character Development.
- Stalker with a Crush: Gami Gami to Narcia.
- Stern Teacher: Jilva's father is a complete pushover... however Jilva's mother, on the other hand, will not let her get away with the stuff her father does!
- Summon Magic: Both Eastern and Western Summon magic, unusually enough!
- Taken for Granite: Julius
- Some other characters turn to stone and fall to pieces... but that's more metaphorically speaking rather than literal and is Played for Laughs.
- Tomboy Princess: Zig-zagged with Jilva - Despite dressing feminine and engaging in activities such as dancing (To be fair, dancing and music are part of her culture), she is primarily an attacker, and is more of a Red Mage focusing a little more on offense and melee.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Narcia is Kai
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Narcia.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Kai and Narcia thanks to a MacGuffin.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Forest Witches will turn into a bubble if they come in contact with saltwater.
- Widget Series: Oh yes.
- Wutai: There is a Japan-themed area where Kimendoji can be recruited late-game.