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Classroom☆Crisis is an Anime First production written by Fumiaki Maruto (author and scriptwriter of White Album 2 and SaeKano), which aired during the Summer 2015 anime season.

Quite distant future. After invention of the new spaceship engine, humanity colonized most of the Solar system. In the headquarters of mega corporation Kiryuu Industries there's an elite engineering school for talented young people. And even among them class A-TEC is considered the most privileged ones.

But now they are in pinch. Heads of the corporation got tired of them wasting too much money on their research projects and decided to disband the class. For that reason genius manager Nagisa Kiryuu was sent to it as a transfer student...

Crunchyroll is streaming the anime, which can be viewed here for folks living in North America, Central America, South America, United Kingdom, and Ireland.

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Classroom☆Crisis provides examples of:

  • Above the Influence: In episode 3, Angelina assumes that Nagisa would want to do some kinky things in bed with her as they haven't seen each other in a while. However, he states that he only agreed to let her use his shower, which irritates her a little.
  • Ace Pilot: Iris is one. It's clearly stated in episode #2, that most of test pilots can't even compete with her.
  • Action Girl: Angelina is hinted at being one initially, but never really gets to show off her skills until episode 7, where her charter plane is hijacked with Iris and Professor Jason Li.
  • Afraid of Blood: Iris has a severe traumatic flashback in episode 7 after seeing blood in the cockpit when Angelina's arm gets grazed by a bullet. So much so that she passes out for a short while, and they nearly hit a space station in the process.
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  • Amnesiac Hero: Nagisa gives cryptic messages and implies that he knows about Iris's forgotten past, but she can't recall anything before meeting Mizuki and Kaito. She later remembers what happened, and it turns out she's the real Nagisa Kiryu. The current Nagisa was actually from a family that protected hers, and he was actually looking out for her all this time, albeit in secret.
  • Amusing Injuries: Angelina slaps Kaito rather hard in episode 4 after he calls her by her real name. In the next scene, several hours seem to have passed, and he's still got a red handprint on his face.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Angelina gives one to Kaito after he calls her by her real name in episode 4.
  • Asshole Victim: Yuji deserves pretty much every bad thing that happens to him throughout the show. And as Angelina implied in episode twelve, he's now going to have to suffer the consequences for his role in kidnapping and torturing Nagisa. Thankfully in episode thirteen he reveals where Nagisa's ship was headed, giving the A-TEC members an opportunity to save him.
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: Iris and Mizuki are shown to behave much like a couple during the ending credits, complete with meaningful gazes and going on dates, but in the show proper their relationship doesn't rise above mere friendship.
  • Bastard Bastard: Zigzagged:
    • Nagisa reveals to Mizuki in episode 6 that while he's the current CEO's son, his mother was the last living relative of the Shinamiya's, one of the two families who started the Kirishina Corporation; the other family being the Kiryu's. So technically he's the heir from both families, but this doesn't sit well with his half-brother, the Jerkass Yuji. This also sheds a new light on why Yuji always seemed to be angry at anything Nagisa was doing, as he detested Nagisa from the moment they met, and was also responsible for the scars on Nagisa's back.
    • It's later revealed that the current "Nagisa" is actually a Shinamiya, and the real Nagisa Kiryu is Iris, who switched places with him during an escape attempt, and suffered amnesia after the shuttle she was on crashes. As a child he also promised to protect her, and despite his initial hostility, still seemed to be doing it during current events. She finally remembers much of her forgotten past near the end, and how much Nagisa looked after her all this time.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 5 has the class go to the beach for a graduation party. When Angelina protests having to go, along with having to take Nagisa, Kaito tells them the trip was delayed due to the events that happened in the previous episodes, and said this was a good opportunity to unwind.
  • Berserk Button: Angelina gets extremely mad at Kaito when he casually mentions her real name, "Hanako Hattori" in episode 4.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Between Nagisa and Mizuki in episode 11. Iris is seen running away from the hangar after witnessing it.
  • Big Brother Bully: To truly horrific levels on "Nagisa" from both his half-brothers. Yuji who inflicted horrific physical abuse while Kazuhisa, outright ignored him, at best. (With the implication that he would have encouraged further physical abuse from Yuji if Nagisa didn't usurp the latter on his own.)
  • Blue with Shock: Happens to Kaito at the end of episode 5, when he has a hangover while riding on the bus back to school.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: The men in suits escorting Professor Li back to Mars in episode 7 ends up turning against him when they reveal they were actually heading to Earth instead.
  • Book Dumb: Nagisa, while a very proficient businessman, is quite incompetent at rocketry related courses. However, in episode 6, he reveals to Mizuki that it's due to his brother constantly pushing him into business deals and affairs, so he hasn't had time to study those sorts of things.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Several of the A-TEC students leave after the facility is moved to an old and outdated one in order to cut costs in episode 3. However, they return in the following episode, after watching the remaining students continue their attempts to save A-TEC.
  • Breather Episode: Episode 8, which focuses largely on A-TEC's students getting ready for the School Festival, following some intense action from the previous episode where Angelina was forced to take down several thugs after the ship they were on was hijacked.
  • Call-Back: A-TEC goes off on their own to rescue Nagisa in the first episode, though ultimately he didn't need them. They do it again in episode 13, though this time he does need them due to being strapped to a chair and beaten unconscious by his brother Yuji.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Nagisa calls himself a villain in Episode 5 and states he had no intention of being friends. However, by episode 8 he starts warming up to them, and starts heavily investigating why A-TEC's budget seemed to have mysteriously vanished, largely due to suspicious dealings and diverting of company funds by his brother.
  • The Cavalry: Subverted in episode 12. Angelina and some workers Nagisa helped out from the first episode show up to save him from Yuji and his goons. Unfortunately they arrive just moments after the spaceship he was on begins moving outside for a launch. Angelina attempts to abort the mission, but his shot from behind by Yuji.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In episode 5, Sakugo Maioka has an mischievous smile on his face after hearing Nagisa mention his laptop having access to the Kirishina mainframe, indicating he's capable of hacking. He ends up helping Nagisa to gain access from a local computer with more restrictions on it after Angelina holds a pen to his throat.
  • Christmas Cake: Angelina, who doesn't seem happy when Kaito innocently asks how long she's been with the company after she mentions being in accounting for many years. And in episode 5, while drinking alcohol with him, she also mentions trying to be of use to Nagisa, yet he still seems to ignore her as a woman.
  • Cliffhanger: One occurs at the end of episode 11, when Nagisa is stabbed from behind by a crazed Yuji. The episode ends just as the camera shifts to the knife stuck in Nagisa's back.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Angelina shows this in episode 5, shortly after Kaito attempts My Sister Is Off-Limits! with Mizuki. She then does the same spiel he just did, but regarding Nagisa.
    • Both Iris and Mizuki in episode 13, after they find out that they're both in love with Nagisa. Iris throws a cup at Mizuki after the latter hugs Nagisa when the demonstration of the X-3 engine concludes. Kaito then hilariously goes back into Crazy Jealous Guy mode, and also accuses Nagisa of Your Cheating Heart.
  • Color Failure:
    • The entire A-TEC class except Kaito suffer this at the end of episode 1 after Nagisa says he's there to shut them down due to cost overruns.
    • Angelina in episode 5 after accidentally damaging Nagisa's laptop due to accidentally throwing and impaling a hot dog stick into the screen.
  • Coming in Hot: During the episode 1 rescue, the landing system malfunctions. Iris lands the ship anyway to meet the deadline, shredding it.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: The A-TEC class decides to mount a daring rescue mission of their new transfer student being held hostage in the first episode. Unfortunately, unknown to them, Nagisa managed to talk his way out of the hostage situation peacefully, and they end up wrecking the prototype ship they had been working on, costing millions in repairs.
  • Conspicuous CG: The spaceships. Also used in episode 5 on the truck Iris drives.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive:
    • Nagisa's brother Yuji is strongly implied to be one. Aside from the fact that they don't seem to get along, Angelina informs Nagisa that A-TEC's budget being slashed by seventy percent was completely unknown by several top executives in the company, hinting that the money was being embezzled somewhere. And in every episode he's in, his brother only seems to get madder and madder at everything being done by Nagisa and/or Kaito with A-TEC, despite Nagisa getting other results done such as working out a business deal with another company. In episode 8, Angelina notices a constant discrepancy with the budget constantly being diverted to something else. Nagisa then starts working to undermine and expose his brother's wrongdoings.
    • Nagisa also strongly suspects that the mastermind behind it all is really his other brother Kazuhisa, the current CEO of Kirishina. He also hatches some plans in an attempt to oust his brother out of power after successfully getting Yuji out of the way.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • In episode 5, some of the boys try to sneak a peek at the girls while they're bathing. One of them hits a trigger, which then sets off some fireworks that the girls had placed earlier.
    • Nagisa and Kaito hatch a plan in episode 11 to ensure that this time it's a surefire Xanatos Gambit scenario, unlike when Kazuhisa outmanuevered him earlier. Unfortunately Yuji threw a Spanner in the Works by kidnapping Nagisa, and attempting to have him killed.
  • Cry Cute: Rare male example in episode 11 by Nagisa, who breaks down in front of Mizuki after revealing his motives and apologizing for allegedly betraying all of them for his own selfish gain. For her part, Mizuki doesn't see it that way, and states that he was simply doing what he could for them, even if he seemed like a Jerkass a lot of those times.
  • Damsel in Distress: Subverted in episode 7. Some terrorists take over a charter flight Angelina and Iris were on with Professor Li. However, Angelina is an Action Girl, and with a little help from the A-TEC members from far away, they are able to fight their way out of the situation.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • In episode 6, Nagisa reveals more about himself to Mizuki. As explained in the Bastard Bastard entry, it wasn't a very good childhood for him.
    • Iris is hinted at having one as well, but unfortunately she can't remember much of it. Later episodes start having her suffer from traumatic flashbacks in which she slowly starts to recall events from her past, and that Nagisa seems to know a lot about her.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen:
    • Rare male example with Nagisa. He's very antagonistic towards the students and especially Kaito in A-TEC, and under orders from his brother, often has to force them to do more with less resources and money. However, in episode 6, after he reveals more of his Dark and Troubled Past to Mizuki, he doesn't seem to be as hostile towards them, and even smiles from time to time.
    • Angelina starts warming up to Iris after spending a lot of time with her at a seminar, and protecting her against some terrorists who hijack their charter flight. When it appears they were going to collide into a space station after they lose control, she shields Iris with her own body. Fortunately they miss. Her interactions with the other A-TEC members is much less antagonistic after this.
  • Dirty Coward: Yuji. He bosses Nagisa around and often loses his temper when ordering his brother around. Later in episode 12, Angelina has the upper hand, but decides not to kill, or even wound him. Moments later, the bastard then shoots her from behind while she's attempting to abort the ship launch that Nagisa was on.
  • Distressed Dude: Nagisa, who's being held hostage by some irate workers who haven't been paid for a while.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Nagisa starts his plan into action at the end of episode 8, and throughout episode 9, to get back at his brother Yuji for constantly using him as a pawn.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Angelina absolutely hates being called by her given name, Hanako Hattori. She will often rebuke anyone using it, and insist they call her Angelina.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Partially. Both Sora Amamiya and Shiina Natsukawa are part of TrySail (girls trio singing the anime's OP) and anime cast, but Momo Asakura is not.
  • Drives Like Crazy:
    • Well, she's on a bicycle, but Iris pulls off some crazy stunts with it in the first episode, as a small Foreshadowing of her abilities as an Ace Pilot.
    • Episode 5 also has her driving a truck, Initial D style.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Nagisa in episode 5 while the others are eating dinner with each other. He instead has a small table set up far away from the main group. Mizuki attempts to have him join their group.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • The labor union representative does this with Nagisa in episode 8, sharing some of his thoughts regarding the upcoming election, despite the management nominally supporting the opposition party. The rep then says that his job is to ensure the laborers continue to work, as the company going under would cause a loss of jobs. Nagisa also points out that should they win, they lack political experience, and would likely cause lots of problems as a result.
    • In episode 10, Angelina asks Nagisa if he can really trust the vice president. He merely states that they currently have a common enemy in his brother Kazuhisa, the CEO, and is okay with using him until they usurp his position. Angelina is also a bit shocked that Nagisa was implying he'd turn on him the moment they ousted Kazuhisa, and that saving A-TEC was really just a step towards that goal.
    • Though they were always at odds with each other, first as a boss and subordinate, and later as a teacher and student, Kaito and Nagisa end up formulating a plan together in episode 11 to either take down Kazuhisa, or at least ruin whatever plans he had.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In episode 12, when Angelina shows security footage of Nagisa being kidnapped by Yuji to Kazuhisa, even he seems appalled by Yuji's seemingly irrational actions. While he did thwart Nagisa's attempt to save A-TEC in the previous episode, he still expected his brother to continue working in his leadership position.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Nagisa attempts to do this in episode 9 while talking to Kaito after they find out what he did to get the current politician elected. However, Kaito is smart enough to see Nagisa attempting to hold back tears, and actually berates him for not going all the way with his conviction. He tells Nagisa that if he's going to act evil, he shouldn't do it half-assed, and that he might as well live up to the role.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: Nagisa at the end of episode 6, when he received some Training from Hell from the rest of the class to help him pass his tests.
  • Foreshadowing: Yuji mentions what a feminine name "Nagisa" is while bullying his brother in a flashback scene in episode 6. Turns out the real "Nagisa" is indeed female, Iris, to be exact.
  • For the Evulz: Part of Yuji's motivation for revenge against Nagisa, whom he resented for seemingly always looking for the most profit and nothing else. Nagisa telling him he's just "a businessman" only seems to infuriate Yuji some more.
  • Freudian Excuse: Nagisa's upbringing and past is delved on more in episode 6, and he even tells Mizuki that his half-brother Yuji doesn't like him at all, as seen by all of their interactions in previous episodes. Nagisa continually pulling off We Do the Impossible seems to be one subtle way he's sticking it to his brother, as he was constantly assigned to areas meant to be closed down, only for them to succeed due to his leadership. It's later revealed he was protecting Iris, who is the real Nagisa but suffering from amnesia, and he was simply doing what he could to protect her and get back at the Kiryu's for attempting to usurp the remaining shares of the Kirishina Corporation from her family.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Nagisa downs a bottle while sitting at a bar with Kaito in episode thirteen. While Kaito is obviously drinking beer, the camera takes a moment to focus on the bottle's label, indicating that he was simply drinking sparkling water.
  • Gambit Pileup: Used extensively in the latter half of the show, by Nagisa, and his brother/archnemesis Kazuhisa. See the Out-Gambitted trope for further details.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Nagisa is normally a female name, implied to be given to him due to his brothers hating him. In truth, it's because he isn't Nagisa in the first place.
  • Genre Mashup: School life, political thriller, Coming-of-Age Story, romance and Space Opera all in one. Just imagine the Apollo missions as engineered by teenagers, and as if NASA were run by the Ford Motor Company.
  • Going Native: Nagisa seems to be slowly warming to A-TEC by episode 8. Angelina notices it, and says he's become more likeable, if anything. A large part of it is due to A-TEC's funds mysteriously getting funneled into other projects by Yuji, without explanation as to why. Nagisa never really liked his half-brother anyway, and was hoping to find more dirt on him so he could expose whatever plans Yuji seemed to be planning. It's later revealed Yuji was acting under orders from his brother Kazuhisa, the current CEO of the company.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: In episode 12, Kaito starts searching desperately for any leads that Nagisa may have had to help them find him after he's kidnapped again. He finds an obscure business card for a small construction company called "Cold Wood". Since that's their only other lead, Angelina heads to the place, only to find the manager there initially unhelpful. However, after his charade is over, they do what they can to help her find Nagisa, as he was the one who helped them start up their new company after the asteroid mining business dried up.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Angelina seems a little jealous and irritated in episode 7 after finding out that Kaito studied under Professor Li, who is a very prominent rocket scientist, and spoke very highly of him. He also lets her in on one of Kaito's embarrassing secrets, though he whispers it into her ear.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Kaito and Angelina at the end of episode 4 engage in this, arguing about age and dating.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: The labor union representative and the politician they're supporting back in episode 4 shows up again in episode 8 with a request to have Kaito give for them due to how popular he was back when he first introduced the politician. He reminds them of how quickly they turned against him the moment he was promoted to management, but they kiss his butt and end up winning him over. His students are a bit amused at how quickly he too changed his opinion of them.
  • Heroic BSoD: Iris suffers these from time to time, when some traumatic experiences from her past suddenly crop back up. Her being A-TEC's test pilot makes things much worse.
  • Hope Spot:
    • One occurs in episode 10, as Nagisa attempts to win over some of the board of directors in an attempt to stop Kazuhisa from disbanding A-TEC. Things seem to go well at first, as he wins over various members. However, by the end of the episode, none of them stand in support of A-TEC, leaving Nagisa to be the only one doing it. Kazuhisa had done some things on his own, and managed to get the Seimin political party to form a coalition with the Oozora party, thus forming a majority in the government. This also meant Nagisa lost his trump card from the previous episode as well, and was essentially on his own.
    • In Episode 11, Nagisa finally redeems himself and plans to rebuild A-TEC, until a distraught and angry Yuji suddenly appears and stabs Nagisa in the back as Nagisa is standing at a traffic spot while shedding Berserker Tears and sporting a Slasher Smile.
  • Hostage Situation: Nagisa is held hostage in the first episode, delaying his transfer into the A-TEC class. Unfortunately it looks like the top brass are ready to write him off as a necessary sacrifice as they're unwilling to pay the workers holding him the back pay they were promised. Fortunately Nagisa manages to work out a solution off screen to the problem, and he's already freed by the time Iris reaches him.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Angelina is so reliable that Nagisa personally requested her to help him deal with the A-TEC situation. It helps that she's in love with him, but he seems Oblivious to Love.
  • Identity Amnesia: Angelina mentions that Iris suffered from some amnesia, and can't recall anything more than ten years earlier. Mizuki then wonders how she knows about it, as she and Kaito were the only ones aware of it. Nagisa's dialogue with her seems to hint that he knew about her in the past as well.
  • I Did What I Had to Do:
    • Basically what Angelina says in episode 3 after moving A-TEC's facilities to the original rundown building the founders started out in. She says that it was necessary in order to cut down on their operating costs, as they would have ran out of funding in three months had they of continued spending at the pace they were used to.
    • Nagisa tries to do this in episode 9 while talking to Kaito about his role in getting the favored candidate elected. But Kaito doesn't really buy it, and actually chews him out for it. He tells Nagisa that if he's going to underhanded and manipulative, he might as well go all the way, without any hesitation as Nagisa was showing.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One is done at the end of episode 11, when Nagisa is stabbed in the back with a knife by a crazed Yuji wearing a ski mask.
  • Improbable Age: Nagisa is barely out of his teens, and yet is one of the more powerful people in the company. This becomes much clearer in episode 6 when he reveals that he's the illegitimate son of the current CEO, and the son of the last person related to the other co-founder of the company, who also owned a sizable amount of shares.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: Though it's just a construction mech, one is used in episode 12 while attempting to rescue Nagisa. Unfortunately they arrive too late to stop the ship, and Angelina is shot from behind before she can abort the launch from the control room.
  • Ironic Echo: In episode 6, Nagisa rejects Kaito's request for additional funds, telling him that he'll have to figure out how to work with the resources he has. Immediately in the next scene, Kaito then forces Nagisa to stay after school to study after he fails all of the tests miserably. When Nagisa protests, Kaito simply recalls that line used on him earlier.
  • Jerkass: Yuji Kiryu. Especially to his brother Nagisa.
  • Kick the Dog: Yuji is given one of these moments in episode 8 when he punches Nagisa for continually questioning all of his orders despite technically fulfilling them. As if Yuji constantly yelling at his brother before, and the scars on Nagisa's back weren't evidence enough for viewers at what a Jerkass he is. He does it again in episode 12, after stabbing Nagisa in the back, then repeatedly punching and kicking him while the latter is tied up, and at times, on the ground.
  • Large Ham: The boss at Cold Wood acts in this manner when talking to Angelina during episode 12 while discussing Nagisa's kidnapping. She sees right through his act and tells him to cut it out, prompting him to take a much more serious tone of voice.
  • Last Breath Bullet: After Angelina and Iris manage to fight off the hijackers in Episode 7, on their flight back to Mars, the corrupt co-pilot shoots Angelina in the arm, stunning Iris into unconsciousness and Angelina knocking out the co-pilot.
  • Laughing Mad: As part of his Villainous Breakdown, Yuji breaks into this and ransacks his office when he loses his position as director.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Kaito manages to secure some office circulars to get the money to acquire the equipment they needed to run A-TEC operations with in episode 4, after having been forcefully promoted into management by Nagisa. Basically he couldn't ask for 600 million yen upfront (not that he didn't try in previous episodes though), so instead he asked for 20 million yen, the max amount he could request without approval from his boss, thirty times at different points during the two weeks he had been promoted. When Angelina suspects fraud, one of the students points out that while there's a limit to how much they can get per request, there's no company rules or guidelines stating how many times they can ask for funds. They even check the company policy books several times to make sure. Nagisa tells him later that since his 30 requests weren't all sent at once, and each were for legitimate business use, he wouldn't have been able to veto it even if he was aware of the plan ahead of time.
    • In episode 6, Nagisa is quite angry that the other A-TEC students are still in the workshop late into the evening. They claim that they were just discussing ideas on how to improve the engine with their limited resources, and that it was more like extracurricular activities, rather than work. Mizuki then asks them to help tutor Nagisa after he says staying late to study wasn't considered work.
    • In episode 7, when Nagisa complains to the A-TEC students that they're working well into the night against rules forbidding them from doing overtime, they state that it's hard for them to leave while their boss is still there working. Nagisa tries to claim he's an executive and therefore exempt from this. But then Kaito says the same exact thing as to why he hasn't left yet. He ultimately lets the issue slide.
    • In episode 9, Nagisa technically accomplishes his brother Yuji's order to get rid of Murakami, the leading candidate for the political party supported largely by the labor union, to help the candidate for the party that supports the management at Kirishina Corporation win the election. However, the way he does this ends up screwing Yuji over in the end, when he has the candidate from the opposing party defect to the same party that Murakami is in. Since he's a popular politician and is largely unaffected by his former party's political failures, he gets the endorsement from the labor union and wins the election.
  • Love Epiphany: In episode 10, Iris jokingly tells Mizuki that she must be in love with Nagisa, as she's changed somewhat since they last saw and spent time with him before the culture festival. As Iris walks away, Mizuki confirms that she is in love with him.
  • Love Triangle: One forms in episode 13 between Iris, Nagisa, and Mizuki.
  • Luminescent Blush: Angelina does a subtle one in episode 8 after noticing that Nagisa isn't quite the Jerkass he seemed to be prior to transferring to the A-TEC class.
  • Manly Tears: Both Nagisa and Kaito in episode 9 while arguing with each other.
  • Meaningful Name: Once you figure out Angelina's actual family name is Hattori, it is very easy to figure out a connection to one of the most famous ninjas in Japanese pop culture : Hattori Hanzo
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Kaito attempts to do this in episode 5 when Mizuki is talking to Nagisa in an attempt to have him join their fun at the beach. He immediately tells Kaito that he's the victim here.
  • New Transfer Student: Nagisa. Interestingly he's also their boss, as he's been put in charge of A-TEC with the objective of shutting it down mostly due to cost overruns.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Happens twice in episode 5:
    • Angelina gets into a heated debate with Iris while on the beach, then accidentally tosses the hot dog on a stick she had. Said stick ends up impaling Nagisa's laptop.
    • Later at dinner, the students launch a bottle rocket, which then smashed into Angelina's tablet that Nagisa was using to do work with. As a result, they nearly cost him a five billion yen deal (approximately $40 million) he was working on.
    • In episode 7, Angelina has one too many drinks, and as a result, they miss their flight. Fortunately Nagisa manages to pull some strings and get them on a chartered flight back to Mars. But then said plane gets hijacked by terrorists who were planning to take Professor Li back to Earth with them instead of Mars.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Kazuhisa, the current CEO of Kirishina ends up doing this by the end of the show, during his overzealous attempt to have A-TEC disbanded. By forcing A-TEC's crew to do more with less, they manage not only to create the X-3 engine, which is vastly superior to the current X-2 design, but they do it with much less money and resources they had prior to Nagisa showing up to dismantle them. As a result, Kazuhisa inadvertently helped them to be much more resourceful, particularly after they all quit to start their own company. While the X-3 engine still belongs to the Kirishina Corporation, Nagisa says Kaito's crew could easily build another engine that could surpass the X-3 from scratch in six months without needing a lot of money, as Kaito, the designer of the X-3, was the real resource Kazuhisa should have focused on and attempted to keep.
  • Ninja Maid: Angelina is implied to be one. She has repeatedly reached for something in her pocket, as if to pull out a weapon to attack with. Said item turns out to be scissors, as seen briefly in episode 5. And she manages to accidentally throw a hot dog stick hard enough into Nagisa's laptop to embed the stick into the screen. Episodes 7 and especially 12 leaves no more room for doubt and the name 'Hattori' was also a very glaring Meaningful Name hint.
  • Not So Above It All: Angelina usually seems like a by-the-book strict accountant. But in episode 5, when questioned why she's wearing a swimsuit despite having protested on going on the trip, she just blushes. No doubt she wanted to show her body off to Nagisa, who seems indifferent to her as a woman.
  • Not Worth Killing: Angelina does this to Yuji in episode 12 after she and some of Nagisa's allies manage to subdue his goons. She then says she's going to let the bosses deal with him. Unfortunately Yuji is a Dirty Coward, and shoots her from behind a few moments later while she's attempting to stop Nagisa's ship from launching. He does at least get a giant wrench to the head by the manager of Cold Wood.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Angelina claims this after Iris wonders if her arm was okay after she was shot in episode 7.
  • Out-Gambitted: Used regularly throughout the show:
    • In episode 4, Kaito has A-TEC join the company union in order to bolster support for them. Unfortunately he's then promoted to management, working directly under Nagisa. The union cuts their ties with him immediately as a result as they can only represent laborers, not the bosses.
    • Due to said promotion, Kaito loses union support, but suddenly also has new authority. He exploits said authority by requesting small amounts of funds repeatedly that didn't need Nagisa's approval first.
    • In episode 8, Yuji tells Nagisa to get rid of Murakami, the leading candidate for the party favoring the labor union, so that the candidate representing the opposing party that favors the management would win. He mentions using something like a scandal to make Murakami lose face in public. In episode 9, it's shown that Nagisa does just that, technically speaking, though with some Loophole Abuse. He does it by having the candidate from the management party switch sides to the one favoring labor unions, thereby causing Murakami to lose his political support and essentially lose the election. The newly elected politician promised to help out Nagisa specifically, rather than the management as a whole, as part of his condition to getting elected. The labor union ends up essentially rooting for Nagisa as well in the process as they suddenly have a lot more political sway now. Of course this meant that party supporting the management no longer held as much clout, which then backfires on Yuji when he's Reassigned to Antarctica
    • Another big one occurs during episode 10. Nagisa manages to win some of the board of directors over to his side to stop A-TEC from being disbanded. However, Kazuhisa pulled his own political strings, and convinced the Oozora party, which held a large share of seats in the government, to form a coalition with the Seimin party, the one that lost in the previous episode. This meant that the candidate he helped to win was likely going nowhere now, thus taking away his trump card he planned to use against Kazuhisa. Additionally, none of the other board of directors stands up with him to stop A-TEC's disbandment, despite having agreed to do it earlier.
    • Used by Kaito, Kazuhisa, and Nagisa in episode 13. Kazuhisa continues to refuse to reconsider the dismantling of A-TEC despite the stellar performance they just witnessed, along with the significant cost reduction of the new X-3 engine, which was used to rescue Nagisa, even though some of the board members tell him it's probably a bad idea to lose them. All of A-TEC resigns, and find interested sponsors in the engine, who also saw the live feed. Kazuhisa says the X-3 belongs to their company, but then Nagisa counters that Kaito and his team can simply build a brand new engine in six months that would rival or surpass the X-3. Kazuhisa then changes his mind, says he'll keep A-TEC, and increase their funding to 100 billion, a huge increase to what they were budgeted at before. But Nagisa rejects the offer, stating that they don't like the path he was taking the company down with branching out to military weapons.
  • Plot-Based Voice Cancellation: Iris says something to Nagisa in episode 13, but it's inaudible. However, based on scenes that occur during and shortly after, it should be easy to conclude what she says. She likely gave him a Love Confession, then gives him The Glomp. Mizuki then sees this, and develops a sad look on her face, before slapping herself and forcing a smile.
  • The Promise: In episode 8, after Nagisa tells Mizuki that he would be too busy with work to enjoy the school festival aside from helping them prepare for it, she tells him to meet her and Iris by the school gate at five o'clock the next day, so they could at least visit the stalls and get some food before they closed shop. He never actually agreed to it, but he does at least notice the time the following day after getting out of a meeting with his brother and boss Kiryu. Unfortunately he doesn't attend as he has to work on his own plan to expose his brother's corruption, and the episode ends with Mizuki and Iris waiting by the gate well past six.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Kazuhisa successfully shuts down A-TEC despite their successful demonstration, but in the process he loses the actual prize, Kaito, to another company after he and the rest of the group simply give up on the company and resign. He gets to keep the new rocket design, but it's implied that it will be obsolete soon enough anyway now that the new A-TEC has more funding, more time, better accounting and leadership, and both Nagisa and Kaito taking with them the team that successfully engineered the rocket in record time and with severe budget cuts.
  • Race Against the Clock: One is done in episode thirteen by A-TEC in order to save Nagisa's ship which was heading towards an abandoned mining facility. Iris barely manages to evade the asteroid at the last second and saving him.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: What happens to Yuji at the end of Episode 9.
  • The Reveal: Episode 11 reveals a lot of information, such as Iris's past and Nagisa being a body double for her, and Kazuhisa's motivations for branching the company out into other divisions aside from spaceships, such as a military division, with Dr. Jason Li as the head researcher.
  • Rewatch Bonus: In the first episode, Nagisa seems shocked, and then angry when he sees Iris arriving at the mining asteroid with the ransom money. He asks why she's there, as Iris was unaware that Nagisa took care of the hostage situation himself. After later episodes reveal who he is towards her, he was rather surprised to see her there. His later interactions with her also make a little more sense, in that he's trying to protect her, but at the same time seem distant so as not to expose himself. At least until she ends up remembering it anyway.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kaito coming up with some great ideas, only to then be told it's not feasible, mostly for financial reasons.
    • Angelina's voice getting higher pitched when upset with people calling her by her real name. She then insists they at least add "-sensei" to her name.
  • Say My Name: Kaito calls Angelina by her real name, "Hanako Hattori" in episode 4. When she inquires as to how he found out, one of his students says that a "little birdie in HR told her."
  • Scars Are Forever: Nagisa has some rather big ones on his back. In episode 6 he reveals they were due to his half-brother Yuji. Though it's normally hidden away by his clothing, Mizuki gets a glimpse of it in episode 5 after he accidentally knocks down the wall separating the men and women's hot springs when Iris enters the men's side.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Angelina's glasses do this from time to time.
  • School Festival: Episode 8 has a culture festival. A-TEC designs a giant manned water bottle rocket. Iris was originally the pilot, but falls ill, prompting Kaito to takeover. The rocket launches without any hiccups, pleasing the guests as it takes off into the sky. Unfortunately something goes wrong, and he's forced to eject.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!:
    • A-TEC's students decide to rescue Nagisa after he's taken hostage in the first episode. They end up taking a very risky flight path to reach the mining station he was on in order to bring the money to the kidnappers.
    • In episode 7, Nagisa is told by his brother that he would take care of the problem on Professor Li's charter flight after it's revealed the bodyguards were kidnappers. But because he doesn't trust his brother, as well as the fact that Angelina and Iris were also on the same flight, he lets the A-TEC students do what they do best to help rescue them.
  • Sensei-chan: Kaito is a rare male example. He is genius engineer but students don't take him seriously most of the time because of his over-passionate self.
  • Sequel Hook: Though the show ends on a decent note, there are still a lot of loose ends to tie up. Kazuhisa is still in charge of the Kirishina Corporation, and he rejects a call from his father, stating that he's not needed just yet. And with Kaito and Nagisa starting their own new company, they plan to take Kazuhisa down via driving him out of business with products that makes anything the Kirishina Corporation come out with obsolete, even with their new X-3 engine that Kaito developed while working there.
  • Ship Tease: Some is done in episode 4 when Kaito and Angelina get into an argument about age and marriage.
  • Sick Episode: Iris suffers another traumatic flashback while testing the water bottle rocket for the culture festival in episode 8. Mizuki later finds out that she's got a fever, and has her rest.
  • Smug Snake: Yuji Kiryu is arrogant and quite willing to use his power, but is largely incompetent and unable to even control his emotions. Nagisa strongly implies that he's only gotten as far as he has thanks to using Nagisa's genius, something that gets harder and harder as Nagisa climbs the corporate ladder.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Nagisa's attempt to win support from some board members to save A-TEC from being dismantled fails after Kazuhisa outmaneuvers him and causes all of them to reject Nagisa's proposal. He and Kaito get back at Kazuhisa later by quitting the company, and starting their own business that doesn't involve a military application.
    • One is thrown into Nagisa's plans with Kaito at the end of episode 11, when he's suddenly stabbed from behind by a crazed Yuji, who then kidnaps him.
  • Start My Own: Occurs in episode 13, after Nagisa and Kaito, along with the rest of the former A-TEC crew, start their own company dedicated creating products that would put smiles on people's faces, rather than the militaristic approach Kazuhisa was taking the Kirishina Corporation down.
  • Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder: Kazuhisa reveals to Nagisa that he was aware Yuji was doing this to him. Every mission Yuji sent Nagisa on, including what happened on episode 1, was intended to kill him.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The opening song, "Cobalt", is sung on a karaoke machine at the start of Episode 5.
  • The Engineer: Kaito is one. Most of the other A-TEC students qualify. But they make engines for race spacecrafts and have nothing to do with military.
  • The Pollyanna: Mizuki attempts to do this, always trying to look at the bright side of things, and often trying to get Nagisa to participate in group activities.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Nagisa gave one to the A-TEC in the end of episode #1 due to their enormous and constant cost overruns.
  • The Stinger:
    • At the end of episode 3, as Nagisa takes a shower, some large scars are visible on his back.
    • After episode 5's credits roll, Mizuki looks back at a sleeping Nagisa on the bus. She then recalls seeing the scars on his back. She then simply turns back and wonders what happened to him.
    • In episode 6, we see a flashback nightmare in which Iris's fatally wounded grandfather dies in Iris's arms, and she wakes up, wondering what that was just now.
    • Episode 7 has Yuji talking to the President of the Kirishina Corporation and being greeted by Jason Li.
    • In episode 12, Kaito changes A-TEC's presentation in light of new development shortly after they manage to finish rebuilding their prototype ship. Nagisa is on a ship programmed to crash into Cold Wood's headquarters, a startup construction company that he helped finance. Kaito says they're going to do their presentation of the new ship simultaneously with rescuing Nagisa.
    • The final scene of the series shows the unveiling of A-TEC, now broken off of Kirishina, and Nagisa announces, "All right, now, let's take over the world!"
  • Token Evil Teammate: Nagisa, and his accountant, Angelina. She ends up moving A-TEC's facilities from a top of the line facility to an old building used by the original founders. Unfortunately it was a necessary cost-cutting measure, as they only had enough funding for about three months at the current facility, and they could continue using the old building for 1/20th of the original cost. She also tells them that they'll have to become more creative, as they no can no longer just throw money at every problem they run into.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Sakugo in episode 5, while getting stepped on by Angelina as punishment for not hacking the computers right away so that Nagisa could connect to the company's site to finish a huge business deal. He seems to be enjoying it as she steps on his head.
  • Training from Hell: Nagisa receives extensive tutoring from the entire A-TEC class in episode 6 to help him pass his tests. It works, as he barely passes his tests the second time he has to retake them.
  • Tyop on the Cover: In episode 5, when Nagisa is attempting to use a computer connected to the Kirishina, the words on the screen as he enters his password reads "Please enter your passcord for restrted data".
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: In episode 5, Iris accidentally enters the men's bath. Nagisa is understandably freaked out, and accidentally knocks the wall separating the men and women's hot spring. Mizuki then gets embarrassed by it. Iris then gets mad at Nagisa despite the fact that she was the one responsible.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Yuji suffers a huge one when he realizes Nagisa has been playing him, and breaks into a howl of mad laughter and ransacks his office when Kazuhisa transfers Yuji to a new position.
  • We Can Rule Together: Kazuhisa makes a very convincing argument for this with "Nagisa" in episode 10. Unfortunately, if "Nagisa" was still thinking properly, he might have noticed there are three glaring flaws to Kazhusia's position. 1.) Kazuhisa had Yuji engage in severe embezzlement and election finance fraud, and Yuji did it in a way that any competent accountant can discover which is something extremely damaging to the stock holders. 2.) At the very beginning of their discussion, Kazuhisa admitted that he knew Yuji, a senior manager, was physically abusive towards his junior employees and did nothing about it. That's not just bad for the employees, which Kazuhisa claims to be protecting, but felonious. 3.) Even if the promise of great riches was true, once Kazuhisa has a massive arsenal, there is nothing that says Kazuhisa wouldn't simply steal it back, by butchering "Nagisa" and his entire family like what the Kiryu clan already did to the Saejimas.
  • We Do the Impossible:
    • Nagisa is a rising star in the business world, having turned around several failing branches of the company prior to being assigned to A-TEC. However, this earns the ire of his brother, who seems to be his boss as well. He doesn't seem to like that Nagisa is turning them profitable again as opposed to being sent there to shut those places down. Episode 6 reveals that they are only half-brothers, and Yuji resents Nagisa because his mother owned 30 percent of the stock in the Kirishina Corporation, something he probably would have taken away already had Nagisa not continually succeeded wherever he was sent.
    • Kaito as well. After A-TEC's facilities are moved to building where it'd be cheaper to operate, he manages to get funding and supplies they needed to continue operating their R&D on a new ship.
    • In episode 12, A-TEC manages to rebuild the ruined prototype in record time before the official presentation of their newest engine. Unfortunately Nagisa's rescue attempt failed, so Kaito decides to show off the presentation by rescuing him.
    • During episode 13's presentation, Kaito still intends to show off the X-3 engine despite the board's approval to dismantle A-TEC. They successfully rescue Nagisa and show off how much better the X-3 is, while simultaneously costing much less to produce than the X-2 engine. Despite that, Kazuhisa still refuses to reconsider his decision to get rid of A-TEC. He is then Out-Gambitted by Nagisa and Kaito, as explained in that trope's description on this page.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Nagisa finds out more about his brother's moves in attempting to disband A-TEC in episode 11 after they talk a bit. Kazuhisa is planning to launch a military division within the company, citing that armed conflict will likely break out within a few years due to the increasing unemployment and discontent from people in space and the colonies. Nagisa doesn't disagree with his proposal from a business standpoint, but still doesn't like what his brother is doing. Sadly, what nobody, in universe, realizes is that an impartial third party with complete knowledge of the facts could take apart Kazuhisa's arguments with ease.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 3, where Nagisa has Angelina come in to cut costs from the A-TEC students as much as possible. While she manages to keep their class intact, they lose the factory they had been working in, and are transferred to the original building the two original founders of the company worked out of, which is very old and dilapidated. Several of the students end up leaving as well, figuring that they're leaving a sinking ship.
    • In episode 6, Nagisa reveals more of his past to Mizuki, while Kaito learns it from Mr. Sasayama, his old boss and principal for their school. Nagisa reveals that he was born a different mother than Yuji, his older half-brother. And the only reason why they took him after his mother passes away was because she owned 30 percent of the stock in the Kirishina Corporation. Yuji detests him for these reasons, hence why he always acts so hostile towards Nagisa in their meetings during the previous episodes. Mizuki cries quite a bit upon hearing how difficult his childhood and upbringing was, and how he was essentially being used as a pawn by Yuji to advance his own selfish goals within the company.
    • Episode 8 reveals a little more about Yuji's political ambitions, and Nagisa slowly starts to put the pieces together that his half-brothers are up to no good. Yuji also angrily punches Nagisa in the face after he's questioned on why he has to accomplish his latest assignment. Yuji also tells him point blank that if any of this scandal gets uncovered, Nagisa is going to become The Scapegoat.
    • Episode 10 not only reveals that all of Nagisa's political manipulation was quickly undone, losing his only trump card against his CEO brother, but he isn't Nagisa, Iris is.
  • Wham Shot: At the end of episode 11, Nagisa and Kaito plan a proposal to save A-TEC after they failed the first time around. As Nagisa heads to a taxi waiting for him, a masked mugger attacks him. Said mugger turns out to be Yuji, who stabs him in the back with a knife.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Several of Kaito's students say this to him after Angelina moves the A-TEC facility from a top of the line factory to the old building the original founders used in episode 3.
    • Angelina says this to Kaito after seeing the factory suddenly have a lot of new equipment installed in episode 4. He then tells her about some Loophole Abuse he used to get the funds legitimately.
    • Nagisa has this look on his face at the end of episode 10, after every single board member he thought he convinced to keep A-TEC continued sitting down after he stood up in support of it. He then finds out he's the only one standing.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?:
    • Discussed in episode 7. The terrorists have handguns, but are stopped by Angelina and Iris mostly with punches and kicks before getting any shots off. They later discuss that shooting inside the plane may cause decompression, which happens when one of the terrorists accidentally shoots out one of the windows in the cockpit while trying to hit the women.
    • Zigzagged in episode 12. Played straight initially when Yuji's goons pull out handguns, but none of them can get a shot off due to the smokescreen and Angelina's knives knocking the guns out of their hands. Averted moments later, when she's shot from behind by Yuji while attempting to abort the launch of the ship Nagisa was strapped into.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Kaito gives one in an interview during episode 2. He apparently forgot about it, since as he watched it, the stuff he said back then roused him enough to try and salvage what he could for A-TEC.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": The Kiryu clan attacked and slaughtered the entire Saejima clan leaving only two survivors Iris and "Nagisa" because the Kiryus were trying to claim the mistress's child for themselves before the mistress was even buried. Not for any kind of parental affection, but so that the Kiryus could take all the Saejima property for themselves.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Yuji suffers a non-fatal version of this in episode 9, after the president of the company orders him Reassigned to Antarctica for his failure to get the political party favoring management to win in the election. The president was even clever enough to realize that it was largely because of Nagisa that Yuji shot up the ranks within the company so quickly.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Played for Laughs in episode 13 when Kaito attempts another My Sister Is Off-Limits! moment towards Nagisa. He then asks when Nagisa started two-timing after seeing and hearing Iris and Mizuki argue over him.
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