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Battle Athletes is a Bishoujo / sports franchise consisting of three video-games, a manga series, and two anime series produced by AIC in 1997.

The first game was released for the Sega Saturn system at the end of 1996. Two more games were released later: "Alternative", also for the Saturn, was released in 1998. "GTO", for the PlayStation, was released the following year. The manga, penned by Yūki Nakano, was published from March 1997 to November 1998, with a total of 4 volumes.

The anime series consist of a 6-episodes OVA and a 26-episodes TV series. The OVAs were released from May 1997 to June 1998, while the TV series aired from October 1997 to March 1998. Both series were originally subtitled Daiundokai ("Great Athletic Meeting"), but upon receiving a North American release by Pioneer, they received different Western titles: Battle Athletes (the original OVAs) and Battle Athletes Victory (the TV series).

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Through all different media, the series star Cute Clumsy Girl Akari Kanzaki, the daughter of the legendary athlete Tomoe Mido, as she strives to join the University Satellite sports competition, where she and dozens of others will compete in a variety of futuristic sports, to see who is Earth's greatest female athlete and champion — the "Cosmo Beauty".

2020 saw the franchise return under the title Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART!, with both a new manga and a new anime. The manga, with the full title Pale Blue Dot: Battle Athletes Daiundokai ReSTART!, began serialization in July 2020. The new anime television series by Seven premiered on April 10, 2021, with Funimation having licensed the series.

Discotek Media has also rescued the original OVA and TV series and is now available for purchase on SD Blu-ray.

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The original series provides examples of the following tropes:

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    Tropes present in both series 
  • Anime Hair: Most of the cast has weird and downright impossible hairstyles, but especially Akari and Kris.
  • Artistic License – Sports:
    • Athletic abilities are shown to be well above what is possible today. For example, over the course of the OVAs, Akari's time at the 100m dash goes from 9.6 seconds to 8.999 seconds. For reference, at the time the anime was made, the women's 100m dash record was 10.49 seconds (which still holds in 2020) and the men's record was 9.93 seconds (dropped to 9.57 by 2020). Which basically means that every girl in the school is an Olympic grade athlete by 20th century standards on day one.
    • The schools have a wide variety of invented sports, running from the plausible in outer space (such as zero G lacrosse), to the bizarre but possible (such as surf water polo and billiards bowling), to the ludicrously dangerous to the point where nobody could afford the insurance (such as mountain biking on roller coaster tracks and pulling cement rollers cross-country through minefields).
    • The final competition of the TV series is a 4X1000m relay, in which the opposing team is only fielding one runner. Even if the rules of a relay allowed for one person to run multiple legs, they still wouldn't be allowed to run consecutive legs, because the baton pass is an essential part of a relay race - if the baton isn't passed, it isn't a relay. They would need, at a minimum, a second runner, so they could alternate who has the baton.
  • Asian Air Head: Akari, of the "Cutie" type. She isn't rich, but she is the daughter of a celebrity, and is a very naïve girl.
  • Ax-Crazy: Mylandah, for whom seriously hurting opponents and any other girl that annoys her is a hobby. In the OVAs, she even tries to kill Akari and her friends.
  • The Big Guy: Kris is the tallest of the main trio and, when they first meet each other, the best athlete of them.
  • Born Winner: Akari, being the daughter of Tomoe Midoh, a record-setting Cosmo Beauty in her own time.
  • Combat by Champion: In the OVA, the world's sports obsession was kicked off because of a Forever War against an alien race being settled by both sides getting tired of the interminable fighting and deciding to settle things with a sporting competition. In the anime, aliens are going to invade and conquer the world if Earth can't beat them in a sporting competition, so the Cosmo Beauty competition is a multi-generational effort to train and select the best people to fight them.
  • Credits Running Sequence: There is lot of running in the ending credits of the OVA and the opening of the TV series. Which actually makes sense, since running is one of the main focus of both.
  • Cute Bruiser: Most of the cast are cute, young girls and also phenomenal athletes.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Tanya has dark skin to show that she is the African representative, and also bright red hair. Her brother shares these traits.
  • Disappeared Dad: Akari's father never gets any mention. Until the end of the TV series, when it's revealed Mr. Miracle was him all along.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Tanya, to emphasize how "wild" she is.
  • Genki Girl: Tanya is so energetic you start wondering if she has a perpetual motion machine inside her body. Akari and Ichino occasionally show this trait as well, but unlike Tanya, they are not locked on this mode.
  • Idiot Hero: Akari is a sweet girl, but she is also not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Tanya's worse, of course.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Justified, as it's a women's competition.
  • Miracle Rally: Akari, Kris, and Anna have a terrible start in the University Satellite, but quickly grow to become some of the best athletes in the Solar System. Up to Eleven in the TV series, where they lose eleven times in a row before going undefeated for the remaining of the preliminary.
  • Multinational Team: The main cast members hail from multiple continents, and even planets and other types of space colonies when it comes to the University Satellite.
  • Nubile Savage: Tanya's behavior and energy don't stop her from being every bit as cute as the more "civilized" girls.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Mylandah refuses to allow anyone but her to defeat Lahrri. She gets angry when Lahrri ignores her, and even angrier when Lahrri acknowledges that another girl might become a rival.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: If someone is looking for important information in this series, you can bet they will do this.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In both series, Lahhri is the Blue to Mylandah's red. The TV series has a similar dynamic between Ayla and Jessie. While Lahri and Ayla are stoic and believe they can reach the top through perfect calculations and planning, Jessie and Mylandah are spirited competitors always aiming to surpass their rivals without trying to hide their emotions. The negative side of that is Jessie's temper and Mylandah's violence.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: A major element in both titles is Akari developing a very close friendship with another girl, with the relationship between the two shaping much of their Character Development. In the OVA, this happens between Kris and Akri. In Victory, Akari has this with Ichino in the first half and with Kris in the second, culminating in a Love Triangle in the last arc.
  • Sacred First Kiss: In the TV series Ichino's brother steals Akari's. Ichino was not amused. In the OVA, Akari instead gets hers from Kris.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: A bunch, but Kris is the most obvious about it. It's also painfully obvious Ichino is in love with Akari.
  • Serious Business: High school athletics. Major competitions are covered by international news networks, not as the kind of thing aired on ESPN during slack hours while all other sports are off season or not playing, but as major events in their own right.
  • The Stoic: Ayla and Lahhri, who are borderline robotic in behavior. They both get better about this.
  • True Companions: Akari, Anna and Kris become a very close team in both series.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Akari starts in an unfavorable position and with many people underestimating her. As you can probably figure out, she wins a lot.
  • Unnecessary Roughness: All over the place, really, but Mylandah is the queen of this trope.
  • Yuri Genre: With an all-female main cast, this gets teased on multiple occasions.

    Tropes present in the OVAs 
  • Attack Hello: The headmasters of the two schools greet each other with Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: There's plenty of fanservice in the OVA, but no nipples or genitalia are shown.
  • Bookends: The series begins with Akari running because she's late for her shuttle to go to her new school. The series ends with her running because she's late for her shuttle to go to an inter-school competition.
  • Dirty Old Man: Headmaster Grant as he's constantly sneaking into the girls' bath and otherwise finding ways to peep.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: This was Headmaster Grant entire plan to defeat the Boy's School in episode 4. And he has been doing that for a while, which results in the Headmaster of that school developing a counter-strategy: send a gay couple to compete! He also sends Anna, who lived as a girl for most of his life and has no issue with half-naked girls.
  • Karma Houdini: Between her blatantly poor sportsmanship in official events and her violent behavior outside of them (starting with assaulting a freshman for daring to ask her for directions), one has to wonder why Mylandah wasn't expelled years before the story started. Out an airlock.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Grant runs out of patience for Mylandah's bad conduct after he catches her sabotaging the final event of the tournament red-handed.
  • Miserable Massage: Kris gives a massage to Akari after an exhausting training session. Between the awkwardness of the masseuse being naked and the fact that Kris' massage technique involves multiple unexpected acts of chiropractry, Akari really doesn't enjoy it.
  • No Nudity Taboo: Kris doesn't understand why Akari and Anna are so shocked seeing her dancing naked.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The school should really do a better job of securing the computer systems that control the environment that ensures student safety and/or controls the sporting equipment. Mylandah sabotaging said systems on three separate occasions results in a destroyed space station, three near deaths, an injured back, and a broken leg. One also has to wonder why the lacrosse ball launcher is capable of firing balls at speeds that can seriously injure people, why the gravity controls on the race track go up to 9g, and why they can be altered in the middle of a race.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Akari was the top student of her prep school, but the upperclassmen of her new school are far ahead of her at the start of the series.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Mylandah wants Lahrri to look at her, and only her. She goes insane with jealousy when Kris catches Lahrri's attention as a difficult opponent.
  • Stripperiffic: Intentionally invoked by Headmaster Grant with the uniforms from episode 4, since his entire plan was to leave the boys Distracted by the Sexy.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: In episode 3, it's revealed Anna is a boy raised to believe he was a girl so he could join the University Satellite. All because his mother was a huge fan of the school.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Jessie simply disappears after the first episode.
  • Yandere: Mylandah combines this trope with The Only One Allowed to Defeat You. She is the only who can defeat Lahrri, and if Lahrri acknowledges anybody else as a possible rival, she will find a way to remove that person of the equation.

    Tropes present in the TV series 
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Headmaster Grant has red hair here, while in the games and OVAs, he had black hair.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Because this story is longer, Akari goes through more difficulties before reaching the top, and thus there are more moments were she drowns in self-doubt. The reveal of her father's identity at the end also gives her a new reason to angst.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • In the games, manga (and her brief appearance in the OVA), Jessie is a lot more cheerful and is just as nice to Akari as her other friends. In the TV series, she initially hated Akari for not giving her all during training despite being the daughter of the athlete Jessie admires the most in the world. She even punches her at one point.
    • Similarly, Ling-Pha in the anime is a selfish cheater. In the games and manga, she was a nice girl who never cheated.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Mylandah is still Ax-Crazy like in the OVA, but this time, she doesn't try to kill anyone, and she has a more sympathetic backstory. She also gets a bit better in the end.
  • Alpha Bitch: Wong Ling-Pha, with the catch that her posse isn't a bunch of girls from her school, but an army of adult servants, who will do everything she says.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Ling-Pha. Adding some Chinese words to her speech, surrounding herself with servants wearing traditional Chinese clothes, having a grandfather that hits most tropes related to "stereotypical Chinese old man"…
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Headmaster of the Satellite catching a falling shuttle with his bare hands.
  • Betty and Veronica: Ichino and Kris for Akari's Archie in the last arc. Ichino, who is Akari's longtime friends and the most normal of the two, is the Betty. Kris, who is more "eccentric" but also more aggressive in her pursuit of Akari, is the Veronica.
  • Bird Run: Both Akari's and Tomoe's fastest runs.
  • Break the Cutie: Anna pretty much gets a PTSD attack seeing Mylandah attacking another girl, as it reminds her of the time she sent her twin sister to the hospital during a game, jealous of the attention she received from their mother. She becomes even more desperate to win to get the approval of her mother, but when she nearly does the same thing to Mylandah in desperation, her mind breaks in self-loathing. And then Mylandah dodges and proceeds to break her in a more literal way. Thankfully both her mind and body recover.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Akari's natural state as an athlete. When left to her own devices, she's liable to coast with a barely acceptable score, then go hide in a cardboard box out of shame over her bad grades. Give her a reason to go all out, and she can smoke the top competitors in her school despite having already given them a head start measured in kilometers.
  • Broken Ace: Jessie is the best student in Akari's school, but she is also one of the more competitive ones, and as revealed later, she had the harshest life among the cast, growing up in the streets and failing to save her sister.
  • Broken Bird: As it turns out, Jessie is hiding some deep issues. She grew up on the streets with no parents, her sister died when they were still children, and she started running only because it was the only thing she could do to bring money and happiness to the other children at the orphanage.
  • Broken Pedestal: Akari does not take meeting her mother from before Akari was born very well at all. Neither does anyone else, as it turns out that the greatest sports legend in living memory was incredibly immature during her pro days.
  • Character Exaggeration: Done to Kris in regards to her feelings for Akari. In the OVAs, she did took a liking to her and Anna very early, but kept their relationship as nothing more than friends and teammates, with the last episode being the first time the series showed there might be more to Kris' feelings. Here, she falls for Akari at first sight and immediately proclaims herself to be Akari's lover, and spends most of their time together afterwards talking about their love and hugging her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jessie does this to Akari in a race early in the series, only to have the same done to her by Lahrri later on.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Jessie is abrasive and hates Akari at first, but warms up to her later and becomes much kinder. Lahhri also learns to stop hiding her emotions and starts behaving less like a robot at the end of the series.
  • Down to the Last Play: The last prelim match for the Grand Competition on two levels. Both competing teams are tied for the lowest seed in the Grand Competition, so the winner of the match will be the one to go on. And the game itself is won by a tie-breaking at the buzzer score. The semi-finals of the Grand Tournament end up being settled 2-1 in three set matches, and the the Mega Tournament is eleven events with the final round breaking a 5-5 tie
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Akari is this to Kris and Ichino. Jessie, meanwhile, is this in general. Too bad she doesn't swing that way.
  • Fixing the Game:
    • Ayla is ordered to throw the triathalon by her government, as her withdrawal from candidacy to the University Satellite is an explicit term of a recently signed treaty - the other country wanted their candidate to have a better chance. She complies after beating her rival Jessie in the opening event - her personal best - as a matter of principle.
    • Ling-Pha tries to rig competitions regularly, and painfully obviously. It usually backfires.
  • Foil: Mylandah and Lahhri come across as extremer versions of Jessie and Ayla. Jessi was spirited and emotional, but tempered, whereas Mylandah is Ax-Crazy. Ayla was reserved but ultimately friendly, whereas Lahhri acts like a robot.
  • Foreshadowing: The Nerelians are first mentioned in an incoherent rant by terrorists who hijacked Akari's flight half a season before they become plot relevant.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Ichino misses her chance to join the University Satellite due to a leg injury she suffered while trying to beat Akari in a race.
  • Gender Flip: Unlike the OVAs, there is no Unsettling Gender Reveal for Anna here. She really is a girl.
  • Get a Room!: Kris' attempts to hit on Akari can get so blatant that Anna occasionally offers to give them the room.
  • Godiva Hair: Mylandah displays this when she's working out topless.
  • Gorgeous Gaijin: With her long blond hair, blue eyes, and slender body, Jessie is a great example of what "foreigner fanservice" consists of in Japan.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The Nerelian competitors during the final competition. For example, one of their number is half-car—as in, the top half of a humanoid girl grafted onto the hood of a Ferrari-like sports car—but still shows biological signs of life, making her eligible to compete.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Played straight for Akari, who is the daughter of Tomoe and just needs confidence to win a triathlon without training for it at all. Her teammates on the University Satellite, though, don't train enough, don't train together, and the team suffers as a result.
  • Hot-Blooded: Ichino, who is almost always screaming at Akari about how she needs spirit, guts and determination to win.
  • Human Aliens: The Nerelians… with the catch that they don't mind losing some of the parts of the body that give them a humanoid shape if it will give them an advantage in sports.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Ichino manages to exemplify every possible Osakan stereotype — she's uncouth, ultra-competitive, extremely proud of her native city, and obsessed with Osaka's Hanshin Tigers baseball team.
  • Ill Girl: Jessie's deceased sister. She died young and, according to her sister, always had a frail health.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jessie Gurtland seems like a ultra-competitive woman who hates those below her, but she has a soft side and actually likes seeing Akari working to become better in the second half of the show.
  • Konami Code: Mylandah uses this to brainhack a Nerilian robot in a three-legged race.
  • Love at First Sight: In this version of the story, Kris falls for Akari after they accidentally bump into each other in the airport.
  • Love Triangle: Akari/Ichino/Kris. Unresolved as of the end.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Mr. Miracle is actually Akari's Disappeared Dad. Oh, and Akari's Missing Mom Tomoe is the final boss.
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: Lahrri does this in episode 24, pausing every so often, without warning, to split a log in two with a single punch.
  • Naked Apron: Averted, but when Anna is acting as Team Chef for the group before the final competition she's only wearing her leotard under her apron, giving the illusion of this in many shots.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Ling-Pha does this many times. Mostly when she is planning how she is going to cheat to win, or when it seems to be working.
  • Not So Above It All: Lahrri is so stoic she comes across as a robot sometimes, but even she has trouble keeping a straight face when dealing with the antics of the 17-years old Tomoe Midou.
  • Pair the Spares: Suggested by Kris, when she suggests that Ichino marry Anna so she can have Akari all to herself.
  • Perfect Poison: Right at the TV series' climax, it's revealed that one of Mr. Miracle's caretakers had been secretly poisoning his chocolate with the perfect amounts to be able to take him out of commission right before the most crucial moment.
  • Pinky Swear: Between Akari and Ichino about trying to get to University Satellite together.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: After the Mega Tournament is announced, Akari recruits the best athletes she competed against from University Satellite and the Antarctic School to be her team in the tournament. She successfully gets everyone she was after except Ayla, who is now married and heavily pregnant.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The headmaster is apparently the athlete who repelled the original Nerelian invasion three thousand years ago, and has been preparing for their return ever since. No explanation is given as to how he's lived that long.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Akari starts losing, she retreats into Akari House, a cardboard box with a house drawn on the side.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Ling-Pha, of course. It never gets her anywhere. Worse, she often helps her competition with her antics. Her grandfather seems to share the same attitude, given his comment about hating things that can't be bought.
  • School Swimsuit: Swimming is one of the many sports featured here, so it's no surprise those show up.
  • Serious Business: The fate of the world is at stake in a sports competition between humans and aliens.
  • Smug Snake: The Nereli queen talks a big game about how the technological superiority of her race will ensure their victory, but none of their modified athletes is able to defeat the girls from Earth - in fact, their augmentations are usually the reason they lose. Their only victory before bringing out a resurrected, de-aged and brainwashed Tomoe Midou comes from Akari accidentally self-destructing.
  • The Spartan Way: This is essentially the true purpose of the whole University Satellite/Cosmo Beauty system. To create an athlete good enough to take on the Nerelians.
  • Stepford Smiler: Anna slowly develops into The Fake Cutie during the second arc under Mr. Miracle's influence until she has to face down a real psychopath.
  • The Strategist: Anna's strongest point is her ability to analyze her opponent’s weakness and creating a strategy around it.
  • Sweet Tooth: Mr. Miracle eats chocolate like they were medicine. It's actually poison.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Ayla ends up marrying and having a daughter with her coach.
  • Team Pet: Gyubei, the cow that Kris brings with her to University Satellite. According with her, she is part of her family.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Hot-Blooded Ichino and Cute Clumsy Girl Akari.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mr. Miracle virtually runs on chocolate. Too bad his doctor has been poisoning it.
  • Training from Hell: What Mr. Miracle does to the athletes he chooses to train to be the next Cosmo Beauty.
  • Tsundere: Ichino adores Akari and wants her to get better, but only knows how to help by yelling at her when she is swimming in self-depreciation.
  • Wham Episode: Akari wins the grand tournament and becomes Cosmo Beauty 4999. She rushes to her mother's grave to tell her about it, when she sees someone she doesn't recognize there. Then a UFO comes out of nowhere and blows up the tombstone.
  • The Worf Effect: Jessie is the fastest and strongest competitor Akari has come across by the time she leaves for University Satellite, but once they get there, she gets curb-stomped in a race with Lahhri.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Sorta, while most of the characters look pretty much 1 to 1 with their game/OVA/manga counterparts, Ayla has a completely different hairstyle in Victory from the on she has in the original game as well as the manga.
    • Similarly, Tomoe in her younger days looks completely different here than how she does in the game/OVA/manga, but then again her personality is dramatically different in Victory too, so the design change makes sense.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: How Ichino frequently reacts to Akari's antics, even saying the actual line at one point.
  • Zen Survivor: Mr. Miracle, a man of few words that puts his students to go through a Training from Hell and insists kindness will only hold them back. It may have something to do with the death of his wife and the knowledge that Earth will soon be attacked by aliens.

RESTART!! provides examples of the following tropes:

    Tropes present in the ReSTART! anime 
  • The Cameo: Obscured photos of Akari and Tomoe are seen in the first episode, as part of an exposition of the previous Cosmic Beauties.
    • In the final episode we see a photo of Akari following in her father's footsteps by wearing the Mr. Miracle outfit and standing next to a young Stella being crowned as a Cosmo Beauty.
  • Cast of Expies: Played With. Being a Spin-Offspring, this anime has many characters who physically resemble the cast of the classic series. However, not all of them have similar personalities, and some also come across as expies for characters they are not related to:
    • The main character, Kanata Akehoshi, physically resembles previous main character Akari Kanzaki, and even has a similar Genki Girl personality, and she happens to be Akari's granddaughter as revealed in the final episode .
    • The role of Ichino Yanagida has effectively been split between two characters: Coach Tamami Yanagida, her descendent, got her appearance and the rougher aspects of her personality. Shelley Wong fulfills her role as a close friend of the main character, with whom she forms a Tomboy and Girly Girl relationship. Shelley's surname implies she is related to Wong Ling-Pha, but she has no resemblance to her.
    • Lydia Gurtland plays this trope completely straight, looking like a younger version of Jessie Gurtland and having a similar competitive personality (albeit for different reasons).
    • Yana Christopher looks a lot like Kris Christopher, but has a completely different personality: While Kris was friendly, upbeat and something of a Cloudcuckoolander, Yana has a serious personality, isn't afraid of starting fights with her teammate, and is anything but upbeat, due to her vastly different circumstances. She is more of a Foil than an Expy.
    • Eva Garenstein fulfills a similar role as Lahrri Feldnunt, being The Ace, the biggest hurdle the cast wants to surpass, and having a stoic personality, despite not being related to her.
    • Averted by Paglia Respighi, Jefferson Natdhipytadd, and Stella Rosnovsky. Their surnames imply they are related to Anna, Tanya and Ayla respectively, but outside of the names they have no resemblance to those characters.
  • Catchphrase: Kanata has "I'm fine. I trust in my toughness"
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Kanata built a log cabin when she was 10 years old by herself. As in, she carried, cut and put together all the logs with her own hands.
  • Darker and Edgier: The original series was mostly about the sports tournament, only introducing a different, more serious plot later in its run (that is, the plot about stopping alien invaders from conquering the planet.). And even that plotline wasn't taken 100% seriously, as the show never let go of its whacky humor. In contrast, this series already starts with plotlines involving a civil war, terrorism, and attempted murder. And those are played in a completely serious manner, with the humor disappearing when they are brought to the forefront.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Invoked by Kanata in Episode 1, downright telling the girl she defeated that "once the match is over, you make up and become friends". In the following episode, when Lydia loses her match with Yuna and tells her she will accept any punishment she may think of, Yuna decides the punishment will be becoming friends with her.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Shelley refuses to accept any pity for being a double-amputee, and aims to become the Cosmic Beauty to show that her mechanical limbs do not make her inferior to anyone.
  • Genetic Engineering is the New Nuke: Eva Garenstein is genetical engineered to be a perfect athlete.
  • Spin-Offspring: A lot of the cast are direct descendants of the original cast and as such they bear a striking resemblance to their ancestors.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Potatoes for Kanata, who wants everyone to know that the potatoes her family farms are the best in the universe.

    Tropes present in Pale Blue Dot 
  • Cast of Expies: Like its accompanying anime, many characters here resemble the cast of the original series, with the bonus of also having characters (or giant monsters) that are expies to the cast of other anime made by Studio AIC, like Megazone 23 and Dangaioh.
  • Hotter and Sexier: While the franchise is no stranger to Fanservice, this manga surpasses all other entries in this aspect.
  • Interquel: The plot of this manga takes place between the classical series and the new anime.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The plan the girls come up with to escape imprisonment in chapter 9 is so ridiculous, there was no way it could have failed. They just start stripping and making out with each other, and then they invite the guards to join. The horny guards open the doors to do that and are promptly knocked out.
  • Reused Character Design: Many faces in this manga – be they from major characters or background characters – are identical to those from Hagure Idol: Jigoku-hen, another manga by Takatou Rui.

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