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Ordinary High-School Student Hideyoshi (real name: Yoshino Hidenote ) can't do anything right. She's a trouble magnet who is in danger of failing, and with a test on the Sengoku period coming up, her future isn't looking bright. One night, she stops by a shrine and finds herself, through a series of accidents, being transported back to the actual Sengoku period. Only most of the major historical figures are now women, and Hideyoshi has no idea what to do or how to get home, so all she can do is help Nobunaga obtain the pieces of the Crimson Armor so she can take over Japan.

Originally a pachinko game, Battle Girls - Time Paradox was adapted into an anime of the same name in April 2011.

Tropes in Battle Girls - Time Paradox include:

  • Actually Four Mooks: In episode 11, "Hanzo" turns out to refer to about seventeen identically-clad shinobi.
  • Alternate Universe: The Sengoku era Hideoyoshi landed in is not Earth's. For one, men don't exist. Literally (Except Shiro but he is an animal so its more of a world without human men).
    • The clincher is the outcome of the Battle of Okehazama, which in reality would be about a small force overcoming the enemy's greater numbers with superior strategy, ended in Yoshimoto Imagawa's death and signaled the beginning of Nobunaga's conquest. Here, it was a recreation tournament, with kite fighting done as a tie-breaker and ended with Yoshimoto just giving Nobunaga the Crimson Armor's left leg piece. This is lampshaded by Hideyoshi and Shiro.
    • The Incident at Honnou-ji still happens but in actual history, happens after years of suffering repeated insults from Nobunaga, but was ultimately tipped when Nobunaga's actions resulted in the death of Akechi Mitsuhide's mother. This caused him to divert from reinforcing Toyotomi Hideyoshi to attacking Honnou-ji, and the rest is history. In the show, Mitsuhide was enduring an Unrequited Love for Nobunaga and jealous of the attention she constantly gave Hideyoshi. Not only that, but Date-sensei pushed her into actually going along with the whole incident as a ploy to steal the Crimson Armor. Nobunaga doesn't die (in fact, no one does) and she helps Mitsuhide resolve the issue, but they later find that the Crimson Armor is gone.
  • Bound and Gagged: A lot of it. The girls don't seem to mind. Hideyoshi is lampshading it by the end of the series, after she's tied to a tree.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Mitsuhide wet herself some time during the ghost story telling. She embarrassingly carries her wet pants on a large stick when they leave.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Nobunaga. Other characters don similar armor, but wear extra clothing underneath. Not Oda.
    • The Crimson Armour starts out as traditional samurai armour, but the moment it is put on it transforms into a chainmail bikini.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Oda Nobunaga has a black outfit and dark cape and she is one of the good guys. Nobunaga wants to unify Japan into a single entity to stop their territories' needless cycles of war, and become a strong nation. However, she learns through her quest for the incredible power of the Crimson Armor that power in and of itself does not make a great leader.
  • Death Glare: Nobunaga does one after the Saigoku Three kidnaps Hideyoshi. It's pretty scary.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Happens to poor Mitsuhide at the end of episode 9, when she finally realizes that Nobunaga will never love her.
  • Distress Ball: Hideyoshi has a knack for getting into trouble and be tied up. She even laments about it in episode 10 for being tied up for about 4 times in the show.
  • Eats Babies: Mitsuhide was supposed to spread the rumor that Nobunaga was a Friend to All Children, but thanks to Gossip Evolution, the only thing that made it through was that Mitsuhide was responsible.
  • Evolving Credits: Hideyoshi's phone goes through some changes the first episode full bars and the next two no bars until it's finally broken a few episodes later.
  • Faceless Goons: The Hanzou tribe, which is a group of about 20 identically dressed kunoichi.
  • Faceless Masses: Grayed-out generic character designs in the present. Also, don't expect most people without brightly colored hair to have speaking lines.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anyone familiar with the Incident at Honnou-ji knows how things are likely to turn out. Subverted: Hideyoshi landed in an Alternate Universe, and all bets are off.
    • However in Episode 10 it does happen, if for entirely different reasons, and Nobunaga survives the event and resolves the issue with Mitsuhide.
  • Friendly Rival: Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen view each other as rivals. Hideyoshi even lampshades this when they're first introduced, something that is later confirmed by their actions towards one another. They fight, they throw insults around, but they have great respect for one another as combatants as well as friends, and — up until Nobunaga intervened — had only fought one another to the point where they were fighting because they had so much fun. When Nobunaga bested Shingen in battle and nearly took her head, Kenshin stepped in and offered both her head and her portion of the Crimson Armor to Nobunaga, in exchange for Shingen's life, all but stating that they were friends. She never said it directly, but you could tell by her tone of voice and her expression.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: In episode 5, when the cast was trapped in a forest and the only way out was to tell the circle of ghosts a hundred horror stories, Mitsuhide was shown to freak out at every story so easily, she couldn't finish her own and the party had to tie and gag her twice.
  • Gratuitous English: "UNJUST ACCESS" flashes on Date-sensei's device when the Crimson Armor activates.
  • Historical Domain Character: All based on characters from the Sengoku era. Hideyoshi even fits, being based on a general who came out of nowhere historically.
  • Historical Gender Flip: To the point where it was Lampshaded by Hideyoshi.
  • Historical In-Joke: Nobunaga famously said: "If a bird does not sing, kill it." She repeats this when Hideyoshi insists on keeping her broken cellphone.
    • When Ieyasu mugs Date-sensei for the Crimson Armor after biding her time for the circumstances to lead thusly, she says "If a bird does not sing, wait for it to sing."
  • Honor Before Reason: When she was bested by Nobunaga in combat, Takeda Shingen asked that she take her life, because she had shamed herself and the Takeda Clan with this defeat to someone other than her rival. Thankfully, Kenshin intervened on her behalf and prevented her friend's death.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode as "Maiden" in the title, like "Transfer Maiden", "Confused Maiden", etc.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Hideyoshi sucked at nearly everything Mitsuhide challenged her at, except for the staff fighting, where she emulated a Show Within a Show Kung Fat. She still lost, but she impressed Nobunaga and showed that she wasn't completely unskilled.
  • Improbably Female Cast: There are no men in the world. As Hideyoshi notices.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Motonari, Motochika and Sourin introduce themselves with an elaborate roll call that, as soon as it finishes, causes them to be blown up by Nobunaga.
  • Layman's Terms: Date goes into a long stream of Techno Babble about time travel. Nobunaga cuts it off with "You guys are from another country?". Hideyoshi goes with that.
  • Marshmallow Hell: When Ieyasu makes Nobunaga give it to her, you know you've got a problem a lot bigger than the Crimson Armour...
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Nonunaga's outfit has a neckline that goes all the way down to her navel.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Nobunaga giving Hideyoshi some medicine looks like a kiss. It turns out Nobunaga didn't even know what a kiss was.
    • More like Nobunaga didn't know what the term "kiss" since it's an English word commonly used by people in Hideyoshi's time. As soon as Hideyoshi explains what it is, Nobunaga promptly blushes and denies doing such a thing.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Ieyasu is engaged in a plan to let Nobunaga complete the Crimson Armor and then take it for herself when that is done. Hideyoshi notices the difference in personality when she comes back from the woods behind the group.
  • Oblivious to Love: Nobunaga really does not see that Mitsuhide admires her to the point where she wants to go all the way with everything the practice of shudo entails.
  • On the Next: Notably, done in live action, with Rina Hidaka (Hideyoshi) and Yuka Hirata (Date) having a brief discussion about something sort of related to the next episode.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: In relation to her legendary duel with Kenshin, Shingen's signature weapon is a gunbai war fan, primarily used to signal troops, though here, she uses it to control her fire and wind abilities, and as a thrusting/stabbing weapon.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Mitsuhide, on some occassions, showing off her jealousy of Hideyoshi for being the favorite of Nobunaga.
  • Stealth Mentor: Masamune Date to Hideyoshi. Maybe. Likely, since she is the same Date-sensei from the other world.
    • As it turns out, she's something of a Hidden Agenda Villain who only looks out for Hideyoshi as she's concerned for her student, but the character that better fits the mentor role is Shiro.
  • Stock Footage: When using Nobunaga's special move, Cruel Blade.
  • Talking Animal: Shiro, but only to Hideyoshi. He shuts up whenever there's someone else around. Until episode 11, where he breaks his silence when he tries to stop Ieyasu.
  • The Talk: Unusual in that both parties already know the mechanics and outcome of the deed, but Hideyoshi was asking Shiro how it worked because there are no men around and she was wondering how the people in that world reproduce. He explains this with three Delivery Stork answers (that babies were delivered by storks, were found in cabbage patches and found inside bamboo shoots), which Hideyoshi actually takes for truth, not because of immediate stupidity, but because she has no other idea how else it could work in a world without men.
  • Wolverine Claws: Mouri Motonari wields a sinister one in her left hand called the Triple Soul Claw that's able to read into people's emotions.

Alternative Title(s): Sengoku Otome