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 YouOh, and the anime was done by Bee Trainnote with Production I.G, the same people as the animation for Xenogears, Noir, and many .hack series game.Did we mention that this is most definitely a Widget Series?
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.
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.
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 almostDriven to Suicide, and the anime implies said character attempts it THREE times.
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.
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, the latter is part of her culture), she is primarily an attacker, and is more of a Red Mage focusing a little more on offense and melee.