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"We the people, who are dedicated to protecting the common good, do hereby charge you with trespassing, theft, violence, assault, illegal possession of firearms, and a really crappy attitude! You are therefore sentenced to life imprisonment in the DL Correctional Facility on the moon."

One could describe Dead Leaves here. Alternately, one could simply resort to pegging Dead Leaves as an unholy bastard child of FLCL and Superjail! made after doing a rhinoceros-sized dose of super-distilled white china crack cocaine and LSD.

Either way, things are gonna get weird.

Pandy (a woman with a red ring around her right eye) and Retro (a man with a TV for a head) awaken on Earth with no clothes and no memory of their pasts. After deciding that they need clothes and food, the duo go on a crime spree and car chase through the streets of Tokyo, featuring a completely bizarre Neck Snap martial arts move, ridiculous amounts of gunplay, a battle with a giant robot, and probably a hundred dead policemen.

All in about 4 minutes.

And then it gets really fucking weird.

They end up incarcerated in the titular lunar prison facility. After they discover Dead Leaves serves a dual purpose — as a top-secret cloning facility — and all of the prisoners are "cloned genetic garbage", the imprisoned lovebirds orchestrate a mass prison break.


Did we mention the straitjacket sex scene, the prisoner with a drill for a penis, the insane mostly-naked warden, and the creepy children's story about caterpillars?

This OVA shares a director with Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Kill la Kill and FLCL's fifth episode — which explains both very little and oh-so-much…

Youtube carries a legal stream of this OVA. It is, however, rated for mature audiences, and thus, you need an account and need to be over 18 to view it.


This anime provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Pandy
  • The Alcatraz: Dead Leaves, supposedly.
  • Animesque: Dead Leaves inverts this trope; the design aesthetic seems inspired by American underground comics.
  • Anyone Can Die: Guards and inmates alike end up slaughtered by various means — and they don't come back. At the end of the OVA, the amount of survivors from the prison break Pandy and Retro orchestrate numbers in the low single digits.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Pandy and Retro name each other in this way upon waking up.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Pandy and Retro both receive life sentences for "trespassing, theft, violence, assault, illegal possession of firearms, and having a really crappy attitude."
  • Artistic License – Biology: The mutants, in general.
  • Author Appeal: The character designer (and director) also worked on Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann; take a look at Chinko Drill's... "equipment."
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Pandy and Retro react this way when they're first separated at prison. It's an oddly sweet moment, especially considering the characters and the rest of the story.
    • Pandy's reaction to Retro having his head ripped off by the Big Bad also qualifies, as does their reaction after they finally escape Dead Leaves.
  • Ax-Crazy: Retro, The Warden, Triple-Six, and a lot of the inmates qualify for this trope.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: This trope briefly occurs in the first part of Retro and Triple-Seven's fight.
  • Book-Ends: Both the beginning and end involve Pandy and Retro causing mayhem in a city.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: It's not explained how Pandy and Retro are capable of their unbelievable feats of agility, strength, and dexterity. It's assumed to be the work of the mutant gene cluster in the case of Pandy, but Retro's body seems completely human yet still capable of similar feats. It's implied from flashbacks that Retro may have been experimented on by the Warden's father as a former prisoner, but this was not confirmed.
  • *Click* Hello: Pandy's baby makes its introduction to the world by pulling out a pistol and shooting the warden through the stomach — just before it births itself.
  • Cloning Blues: Being a clone without the "mutation gene cluster" makes an inmate exceptionally expendable. One inmate remarks:
    "Oh well, even if we all died tomorrow, there's still a whole nother batch of clones to take our place. C'est la vie."
  • Clothing Damage: Pandy goes from the top half of the prison uniform, to... half of that, during her fight with Triple-Six.
  • Curse Cut Short: "Now, move your asses, ya dumb f-"BANG
  • Daddy Issues: The Warden
  • Dark Action Girl: The Warden
  • Deadpan Snarker: Retro's delivery was a bit too amped up to be called "deadpan", but Pandy tossed out some cool snarks.
    Pandy [to naked Retro]: "The cold isn't doing you any favors. Trust me."
  • Deranged Animation: "Animation that dispenses with all semblance of reality, and sanity, taking the viewer into a nightmare world where anything goes"? Check.
  • Disney Death: Unlike the aforementioned inmates, Retro does come back, though he subverts the trope by lacking a body upon return.
  • Eat Me: What Pandy and Retro's baby does to the giant space caterpillar at the end.
  • Elite Mooks: The robotic guards.
  • Erotic Eating: Pandy sure does love that hot dog...
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Warden.
  • Express Delivery: Pandy and Retro's baby. The two of them have sex early on in the OVA, and she is visibly pregnant roughly ten minutes later; not long after that, the baby just kind of...comes out of its own volition, but ages super fast and dies in short order, all thanks to the mutation gene cluster.
  • The Faceless: In the few brief flashback shots we see, Retro's human face is always hidden.
  • Faceless Masses: Every normal citizen is depicted with the same blank, Eyes Always Shut expression.
  • Filling the Silence: The vast majority of the quotes on this page are dub-exclusive, as the people in charge of the Japanese script forgot to add much humor until they were at least halfway done.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the scene where the prisoners get shot, a penis flies off and into another's mouth. No, really. At 17:38, in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, keep your eye on the robot prisoner's head.
  • Gag Penis: Chinko Drill, one of the inmates, has a large drill for a dick.
  • Groin Attack: After one particular explosion, Chinko Drill finds himself landing dick-first into a pile of rubble.
    Retro: "That has GOT to hurt!"
    • He later uses his drill as a weapon to attack 777 as an actual Groin Attack.
  • Humongous Mecha: Used as mere cannon fodder during the initial car chase.
  • Immune to Bullets: Triple 6 and Triple 7.
    666: "I wouldn't use those crappy bullets to scratch my ass!"
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: Actually a children's story, but close enough.
  • Large Ham: Retro, oh so much in the dub, especially when he fights.
    Retro: "My ass! OH DEAR GOD, it's sucking my ASS!"
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Pandy and Retro have no memory of their past, but know how to get out of their straitjackets and handcuffs, and know their way around the prison.
  • Licking the Blade: 666 does this during his fight with Pandy, remarking "I can taste your panties."
  • Living Macguffin: The mutant gene cluster that can make the Big Bad all-powerful turns out to be the pink patch around Pandy's eye.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Fired at a bunch of robots with ONE rocket launcher.
  • Made of Explodium: If it is mechanical, it can explode.
    • Pandy exploits this by cracking the casing of a statue open and extracting a football sized cylinder - which she then jammed in to 777's torso and detonated.
  • Mauve Shirt: Chinko Drill, as well as a few other inmates, get enough characterization to become endearing.
  • Meaningful Name: Pandy and Retro are pretty obvious, but as for Chinko Drill, well..."chinko" is Japanese slang for "penis".
  • Mind Screw: There has to be some symbolism in there other than the obvious varieties through that children's story...
  • More Dakka: The basis of several fight scenes, most obviously Retro vs. 777.
  • Mr. Exposition: The Doctor seems to be a parody of this. He gives a speech to Pandy about halfway through that seems to explain the movie's entire backstory... but Pandy is talking over him the entire time, so neither she nor the viewers actually hear what he's saying. Then 666 appears out of nowhere and kills him.
  • Nightmare Face: The giant caterpillar near the end.
  • The Number of the Beast: 666 and his sidekick 777, The Number Of The Moose.
  • Offhand Backhand
  • Off-Model: The visuals are extremely stylized and there is actually no model. Yes, even Off-Model can be good.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: We don't actually get told if Pandy and Retro even have real names (because after a certain point...does it even matter?). They get "Pandy" and "Retro" because, respectively, Retro observes that the mark on Pandy's eye makes her look like a panda bear, and Pandy retorts that the retro TV on Retro's head makes him look like an asshole.
  • Only Sane Man: Retro when he's not around Pandy. Pandy, otherwise.
  • The Power Of Love(making): Sex breaks Pandy and Retro out of their cell. No, really.
  • Pregnant Badass: Pandy, through most of the movie.
  • Prison Rape: And oh, dear Lord, it's done by Chinko.
    Chinko: You want me to kiss you first?
  • Rape as Comedy: Despite the fact that he wants to stick his drill-penis into just about everyone and everything, regardless of its ability or willingness to consent, Chinko's behavior is typically portrayed as merely silly, as opposed to horrifying. But then again, that's probably the point.
  • Red Shirt Army: Pretty much the prison's entire population, guards and inmates alike.
  • Right Through His Pants: Pandy and Retro have sex while wearing the prison's standard outfit (best described as an overgrown straitjacket).
    That was some serious boot-knockin'!
    • Pandy chides Retro for initially trying to enter the wrong hole.
  • Rule of Cool: Probably the only rule with any meaningful consistency in this universe.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: Triple-Six turns his arms into swords, while Triple-Seven's body turns into guns.
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  • Spiritual Successor: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt serves as one to Dead Leaves.
  • Spoiler Opening: If you look between both words of the title when it appears on screen, you can see the developing fetus of Pandy's baby as foreshadowing.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Pandy starts getting morning sickness on the train, and doesn't know what's wrong with her. The doctor quickly clears up the situation and loudly boasts it to the train.
    Doctor: "Looks like SOMEONE'S a little bit PREGNANT!"
    Inmates: "HURRAY!!!"
  • The Unfettered: Pandy and Retro acts as this while being the main characters. Their first inclination towards obtaining food and clothing after losing their memories is to cause massive citywide destruction to get what they want and instigate a violent police chase. They then proceeded to breakout by using other prisoners as fodder while slaughtering any enemy who gets in their way. They even disregard the death of their mutant son after no more than a few minutes of pondering.
  • This Is a Drill: See Gag Penis. Ow.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: 666 and 777 (pronounced Triple-Six and Triple-Seven in the dub).
  • Transforming Mecha: Lots here, but of particular note is one that transforms from a dump truck's back.
  • Triple Wielding: Retro pulls this off. Somehow.
  • TV Head Robot: Retro
  • World of Ham Gone Mad: Well, it's actually the moon. Everyone there looks and acts insane and hams it up at every possible moment.
  • You All Look Familiar: Both played comically straight and spectacularly averted. On Earth, every single person looks the same (with an Eyes Always Shut face), but on the moon, every single one of the prisoners — even those who show up for a background appearance — possess a unique appearance.


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