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* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Cephiro is dying; Zagato sacrificed his life in a vain attempt to avert this. Emeraude is alive, but is clinging to a dream that Zagato is with her. The actual story has more violence, some blood, and about half the characters from Cephiro are killed off ([[spoiler:although Emeraude lives]]).
** Also, remember how the anime and the manga have these moments where our three heroines and their friends go into chibi-mode? Well, they're gone. In fact, while most of the first half of MKR is bright and adventurous, and the second half had a very strong message of optimism and cheer despite the exterior atmosphere, the OAV is relentlessly ''bleak'' and the girls fight desperately to cling to any kind of hope.
** The Mashin no longer look like animal-themed armored knights, but rather like gigantic, vaguely humanoid living beasts and demons, and their hand-to-hand combat is not pretty --especially when they lose limbs.
** Time passes normally on Earth as the battles escalate, and literally half of Tokyo is flattened to a ruin, thus leaving its citizens suddenly destitute when they return from the pocket dimension.

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* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Cephiro is dying; Zagato sacrificed his life in a vain attempt to avert this. Emeraude is alive, but is clinging to a dream that Zagato is with her.
DarkerAndEdgier: The actual story has more violence, some blood, original series, even at its heaviest moments, is a pretty fantastical and about half the characters from Cephiro are killed off ([[spoiler:although Emeraude lives]]).
** Also, remember how the anime and the manga have these moments where our three heroines and their friends go into chibi-mode? Well, they're gone. In fact, while most of the first half of MKR is bright and adventurous, and the second half had a very strong message of optimism and cheer despite the exterior atmosphere, the
optimistic action-adventure tale. This OAV is relentlessly ''bleak'' more akin to an apocalyptic disaster story with the fantasy elements as a backdrop, and unlike the girls fight desperately to cling to any kind of hope.
** The Mashin
original ''Magic Knight Rayearth'' there is no longer look like animal-themed armored knights, but rather like gigantic, vaguely humanoid living beasts and demons, and their hand-to-hand combat is not pretty --especially when they lose limbs.
** Time passes normally on Earth as the battles escalate, and literally half of Tokyo is flattened to a ruin, thus leaving its citizens suddenly destitute when they return from the pocket dimension.
certain happy ending.


* AlternateContinuity: This is described as a shortened retelling of MKR. That is really inaccurate. There are so many changes to the plot, it's another story entirely.

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* AlternateContinuity: This is described as a shortened retelling of MKR. That is really inaccurate. There are so many changes to the plot, MKR, but it's another story entirely.more accurate to call this an InNameOnly adaptation.

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* DeadHatShot: Ascot's ruined hat flutters to the ground after his Rune God explodes.


An {{OVA}} loosely based on the ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' saga. While there were similar elements that was in the original show, it was executed differently that it was another story altogether.

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An {{OVA}} loosely based on the ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' saga. While there were similar elements that was were in the original show, it was executed differently that it was enough to be another story altogether.

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* BigBad: Eagle Vision is responsible for all the danger in the OVA as its main antagonist.

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* ExactWords: Alcyone's last request is to be given the chance to fight for Cephiro again. While Eagle delivered a YouHaveFailedMe and offed her, he also commanded the spirits of the dead in Cephiro, which he used later in the OVA. So, technically Eagle is giving Alcyone what she wanted, a chance to fight for Cephiro... as one of the spirit of the dead he controlled.

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* CowardlyLion: Umi is shown to be the most hesitant and deathly scared of dying, but the moment she dons with Selece, she ended up having the biggest advantage in battle against their initial opponent, beating down Ascot without even taking any wounds (contrasting with Hikaru and Fuu, who got hit and bled against Alcyone and Ferio respectively). She even gave him one TrashTalk to compound on this.


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* DeathByAdaptation: Ascot didn't make it to the end unlike the original series, but with [[AdaptationalVillainy his change of personality to a much sinister one]], probably no one minded that much. In the end of the series, however, [[spoiler:Lantis also [[HeroicSacrifice perished on his own choice to give the girls a chance to repel Eagle]], unlike in the original where he survived and continued to become Hikaru's main LoveInterest.]]


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* HatesBeingAlone: The crux of Umi's character development. Over the course of the OVA, she saw her friends leaving her one by one (Hikaru committed a SenselessSacrifice in the first episode, Fuu left her to search for Windam against her concerns, Clef put her away to safety while facing (averted) doom against Ascot) and it shows that she's just as fearful of separating, just like Hikaru, and then Ascot attempts to kill her which in turn would make her die alone. Overcoming this without going the loner path is what allows her to awaken, connect with and don Selece.


* ChestBlaster: In the last part of the first episode, Hikaru unleashed a fire blast from Lexus' chest in a similar manner to [[Anime/MazingerZ Breast Fire]], something that she never had in the original series.

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* ChestBlaster: In the last part of the first episode, Hikaru unleashed can unleash a fire blast from Lexus' chest in a similar manner to [[Anime/MazingerZ Breast Fire]], something that she never had in the original series.series (presumably to replace her lost [[ShockAndAwe Ruby Lightning]]).

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* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: The key phrase to get into the Rune God this time is "Cynos", instead of calling out their name.


* AdaptedOut: Amongst the 'bad guys' of the original manga, Caldina and Lafarga do not appear. While Eagle is given an AdaptationalVillainy, his Autozam compatriots Geo and Zazu were written out; and so do the Chizeta and Fahren people. And it goes without saying that the anime-exclusive characters (Inova, Nova and Debonair) do not appear.

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* AdaptedOut: Amongst the 'bad guys' first season characters of the original manga, Presea, Caldina and Lafarga do not appear. While Eagle is given an AdaptationalVillainy, his Autozam compatriots Geo and Zazu were written out; and so do the Chizeta and Fahren people. And it goes without saying that the anime-exclusive characters (Inova, Nova and Debonair) do not appear.

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* AdaptedOut: Amongst the 'bad guys' of the original manga, Caldina and Lafarga do not appear. While Eagle is given an AdaptationalVillainy, his Autozam compatriots Geo and Zazu were written out; and so do the Chizeta and Fahren people. And it goes without saying that the anime-exclusive characters (Inova, Nova and Debonair) do not appear.


An {{OVA}} loosely based on the ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' saga.

The three girls actually went to school together, but fear they might never see each other again. Then invaders from a dying world come to Earth to take it for their own. The girls have to stop them.

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An {{OVA}} loosely based on the ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' saga.

The
saga. While there were similar elements that was in the original show, it was executed differently that it was another story altogether.

Our
three girls actually went to heroines, Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki and Fuu Hououji, attended the same school together, but fear this time around. They made a vow under a cherry blossom tree together that they might will stay as friends together even if they're apart. Said tree was rumored to have a certain fairy that granted wishes, but rumors would stay rumors. Their school life was almost at an end... but unfortunately Umi and Fuu would have to leave due to their parents making plans to live in another place, leaving Hikaru alone. All three, especially Hikaru, were fearing that they would never see each other again. again.

And suddenly, weird things started to happen. The rumored fairy, taking form of a fluffy rabbit-like creature called Mokona, make an appearance, and only the girls could see them.
Then invaders from time suddenly stopped and people started disappearing except the girls. And then there's this man with weird clothing named Clef appearing and while he's friendly, there is a hostile sorceress named Alcyone trying to kill the girls; and that was just the beginning. According to Clef, his dying world come homeland of Cephiro has made an attempt to Earth merge with the real world, and in order to take it for their own. The stop them, the girls have to revive the Rune Gods sleeping somewhere within Earth (and one of them, Lexus, already contacted Hikaru) and stop them.the merging of two worlds.



* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Hikaru isn't a GenkiGirl, instead being a target of mockery from her classmates and sad over graduating, as it will separate her from Umi and Fuu.

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Hikaru isn't a GenkiGirl, instead being a target of mockery from her classmates (before eventually gaining their respect as she became the adored captain of the gymnastic club) and sad over graduating, as it will separate her from Umi and Fuu.Fuu. She still tried her best to be the optimistic HopeBringer of the trio, however.


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* AdaptationalNationality: Although the girls are all still Japanese, Hikaru this time was stated to be a transfer student from Hokkaido, whereas she's a mainland native Japanese in the original.

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* AdaptationalWimp: Downplayed. The Magic Knights can fight... but only when they're in their Rune Gods. Outside that, they're completely defenseless and had to depend on either Clef's magic or Lantis' swordsmanship.


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* EverybodyHatesHades: Eagle this time is given the position as the spirit who governs the dead, much like the TropeNamer. And he's the BigBad [[AdaptationalVillainy this time.]]


** Zagato, being a PosthumousCharacter, didn't seem to have any bad bones within him anymore. He's no longer sending minions to kill innocent girls, and sacrificed his own life in an attempt to stabilize Cephiro, [[SenselessSacrifice even if it proved futile.]]

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** Zagato, being a PosthumousCharacter, didn't seem to have any bad bones within him anymore. He's no longer sending minions to kill innocent girls, and sacrificed his own life in an attempt to stabilize Cephiro, [[SenselessSacrifice even if it proved futile.]]]] This is also shown with his color scheme, rather than his usual predominantly black outfit, it's now ''white''.


* AdaptationalHeroism: While she is still quite nasty in this adaptation, Alcyone has some heroic qualities. Despite intentionally torturing the Magic Knights in her battles with them and enjoying it, her reason for aiding the villains is out of genuine concern for the welfare of Cephiro. In addition as opposed to the source material and most adaptations, she is loyal to Emeraude to the end and before Eagle executes her, her last words was requesting a second chance so she can continue battling for Cephiro.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: AdaptationalHeroism:
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While she is still quite nasty in this adaptation, Alcyone has some heroic qualities. Despite intentionally torturing the Magic Knights in her battles with them and enjoying it, her reason for aiding the villains is out of genuine concern for the welfare of Cephiro. In addition as opposed to the source material and most adaptations, she is loyal to Emeraude to the end and before Eagle executes her, her last words was requesting a second chance so she can continue battling for Cephiro.Cephiro.
** Zagato, being a PosthumousCharacter, didn't seem to have any bad bones within him anymore. He's no longer sending minions to kill innocent girls, and sacrificed his own life in an attempt to stabilize Cephiro, [[SenselessSacrifice even if it proved futile.]]

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