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* TechnicallyATransport: In the manga Aphrodia starts supplementing its bikes with civilian pick-up trucks equipped with anti-aircraft guns and heavier anti-tank weapons after the bikes' success in the initial Ishtar attack on their capital. [[RealityEnsues The anti-tank variant is easily destroyed in combat due not having the manouverability that made the Hounds effective to begin with]], while the anti-aircraft is wiped out to a vehicle by an air raid during the final battle due being caught completely by surprise but [[CurbStompCushion managed to take out many attackers un the process]].

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* TechnicallyATransport: In the manga Aphrodia starts supplementing its bikes with civilian pick-up trucks equipped with anti-aircraft guns and heavier anti-tank weapons after the bikes' success in the initial Ishtar attack on their capital. [[RealityEnsues [[SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome The anti-tank variant is easily destroyed in combat due not having the manouverability that made the Hounds effective to begin with]], while the anti-aircraft is wiped out to a vehicle by an air raid during the final battle due being caught completely by surprise but [[CurbStompCushion managed to take out many attackers un the process]].

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* LipLock: A particularly bad one in the English dub, as Jack exclaims "I said, 'Let's chill OOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUT!'"

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* CharClone: Blond, military, glasses wearing, said to be gay, and voiced by Ikeda himself!

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* TheFundamentalist: The MESADA in the manga is a religious movement that, after Aphrodia's near fall in the initial Ishtar attack, takes over the ineffective government and imposes {{Political Officer}}s whose main job is to impose the new government's ideology and interfere with military decisions. It's heavily implied that they're responsible for Aphrodia's defeat, as the political officers wasted much of their military force in reckless attacks before the career officers managed to wrestle back control and come close to destroy Ishtar's 2nd Army Corps.

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* TechnicallyATransport: In the manga Aphrodia starts supplementing its bikes with civilian pick-up trucks equipped with anti-aircraft guns and heavier anti-tank weapons after the bikes' success in the initial Ishtar attack on their capital. [[RealityEnsues The anti-tank variant is easily destroyed in combat due not having the manouverability that made the Hounds effective to begin with]], while the anti-aircraft is wiped out to a vehicle by an air raid during the final battle due being caught completely by surprise but [[CurbStompCushion managed to take out many attackers un the process]].


* BadassBiker: Hiro, Miranda, Kurtz

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* BadassBiker: Hiro, Miranda, Kurtzand Kurtz, as the best among the Hound riders, but to ride them one has to be badass enough to handle them even before training, with different reasons between manga and OVA:
** In the manga, the Hound battle bikes mass ''one tonne''. For obvious reasons the rider needs to have great arm strength to steer them, with the training being aimed in large part to increase said strength and the stamina (plus handling the rocket boosters).
** In the OVA they're monowheels, with the rider needing great skill not to get toppled.


* ZettaiRyouiki: Sue is Type B.


The manga was translated into English by Creator/DarkHorseComics in the early 1990s. The anime was localized in the United Kingdom and the United States by the Central Park Media subsidiary Creator/MangaEntertainment, gaining recognition when it aired in heavy rotation on the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] "Saturday Anime" movie block in the late 1990s. The film was licensed by Creator/DiscotekMedia, who re-released the movie on DVD and Blu-ray, but their rights have since lapsed; it is now licensed by Creator/SentaiFilmworks, as of 2020.

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The manga was translated into English by Creator/DarkHorseComics in the early 1990s. The anime was localized in the United Kingdom and the United States by the Central Park Media subsidiary Creator/MangaEntertainment, gaining recognition when it aired in heavy rotation on the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] "Saturday Anime" movie block in the late 1990s. The film was licensed relicensed in 2012 by Creator/DiscotekMedia, who re-released the movie on DVD and Blu-ray, but their rights have since lapsed; it is now currently licensed by Creator/SentaiFilmworks, as of 2020.


The manga was translated into English by Creator/DarkHorseComics in the early 1990s. The anime was localized in the United Kingdom and the United States by the Central Park Media subsidiary Creator/MangaEntertainment, gaining recognition when it aired in heavy rotation on the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] "Saturday Anime" movie block in the late 1990s. The film is currently licensed by Creator/DiscotekMedia, who've re-released the movie on DVD.

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The manga was translated into English by Creator/DarkHorseComics in the early 1990s. The anime was localized in the United Kingdom and the United States by the Central Park Media subsidiary Creator/MangaEntertainment, gaining recognition when it aired in heavy rotation on the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] "Saturday Anime" movie block in the late 1990s. The film is currently was licensed by Creator/DiscotekMedia, who've who re-released the movie on DVD.
DVD and Blu-ray, but their rights have since lapsed; it is now licensed by Creator/SentaiFilmworks, as of 2020.


** The Octopus tank in the OVA is much tougher than in the manga, having more weapons and surviving attacks that would have destroyed the manga original.

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** The Octopus tank in the Manga is a fairly tough heavy twin-barreled tank, while the version in the OVA is much tougher than in a rolling fortress at least three times the manga, having size with several more weapons and capable of surviving attacks that would have destroyed the manga original.


** The Admiral A-1 ([[ReportingNames the "Octopus" to Aphrodia), Ishtar's main tank, is presented as this, as it ''1-meter thick armor'' needs a 150mm gun to be penetrated (and Aphrodia doesn't have vehicles with such a large gun) and has an overwhelming armament of a 160mm main gun, a coaxial 220mm missile launcher, and a 20mm autocannon on the commander's hatch for the small fries, and carries a squad of soldiers. [[SubvertedTrope Then Aphrodia's soldiers start to target the troops' hatch and the oxygen tanks of the NBC protection]]...

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** The Admiral A-1 ([[ReportingNames the "Octopus" to Aphrodia), Aphrodia]]), Ishtar's main tank, is presented as this, as it ''1-meter thick armor'' needs a 150mm gun to be penetrated (and Aphrodia doesn't have vehicles with such a large gun) and has an overwhelming armament of a 160mm main gun, a coaxial 220mm missile launcher, and a 20mm autocannon on the commander's hatch for the small fries, and carries a squad of soldiers. [[SubvertedTrope Then Aphrodia's soldiers start to target the troops' hatch and the oxygen tanks of the NBC protection]]...

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* ReportingNames: Ishtar's giant tanks are officially named Admiral A-1, but Aphrodians invariably refer to them as "Tako" (Octopus). The official name is never mentioned in the OVA, and in the manga it's mentioned outside of captions exactly ''once'', during Rado's coup in the second part of the manga (cut from the animated adaptation).


* GunshipRescue: Villainous version in the manga: in the Battle of Route 1 the remnants of Aphrodia's army have decapitated and decimated Ishtar's 2nd Army Corps and are about to finish it off when attack choppers from the 1st Army Corps, led by Rado (the main villain of the second part of the manga), decimate the Hounds and their carriers, allowing the 2nd Army Corps to rally and overpower the Aphrodians through the sheer power of their Octopus tanks.



** The Octopus, Ishtar's main tank, is presented as this, as it ''1-meter thick armor'' needs a 150mm gun to be penetrated (and Aphrodia doesn't have vehicles with such a large gun) and has an overwhelming armament of a 160mm main gun, a coaxial 220mm missile launcher, and a 20mm autocannon on the commander's hatch for the small fries, and carries a squad of soldiers. [[SubvertedTrope Then Aphrodia's soldiers start to target the troops' hatch and the oxygen tanks of the NBC protection]]...

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** The Octopus, Admiral A-1 ([[ReportingNames the "Octopus" to Aphrodia), Ishtar's main tank, is presented as this, as it ''1-meter thick armor'' needs a 150mm gun to be penetrated (and Aphrodia doesn't have vehicles with such a large gun) and has an overwhelming armament of a 160mm main gun, a coaxial 220mm missile launcher, and a 20mm autocannon on the commander's hatch for the small fries, and carries a squad of soldiers. [[SubvertedTrope Then Aphrodia's soldiers start to target the troops' hatch and the oxygen tanks of the NBC protection]]...


* AdaptationalBadass: The Octopus tank in the OVA is much tougher than in the manga, having more weapons and surviving attacks that would have destroyed the manga original. In the same vein, Aphrodia's war bikes in the manga carried conventional 80mm rifles and anti-tank rockets, but their animated counterparts were equipped with railguns.

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* AdaptationalBadass: Three:
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The Octopus tank in the OVA is much tougher than in the manga, having more weapons and surviving attacks that would have destroyed the manga original. In the same vein, original.
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Aphrodia's war bikes in the manga carried conventional 80mm rifles and anti-tank rockets, but their animated counterparts were equipped with railguns.railguns.
** Aphrodia's army: in the manga it's eventually defeated, leading to Ishtar winning the war, but in the OVA it wins. {{Justified}} by the manga version facing a full scale invasion and the [[TheFundamentalist Mesada]] coup forcing on the various units [[TheCommissar political commissars]] that force suicidal charges and waste Aphrodia's combat potential (it's implied that the Battle of Route 1, fought after the professional Aphrodian officers managed to take control back, would have ended in a complete victory if more forces had survived the early defeats, especially as it was an extremely close thing).


* CoolBike: The battle bikes but especially the monobikes from the movie.

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* CoolBike: The battle bikes but especially bikes, in different flavors depending on the media:
** In the manga, they're simply large bikes... Massing a ''tonne'', and armed with 80mm rifles and missile launchers.
** In the OVA they're
monobikes from the movie.with ''railguns''.

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