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Anime / Galilei Donna

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An anime by A-1 Pictures and directed by Yasuomi Umetsu, which started airing on noitaminA during the Fall 2013 Anime Season.

It is 20 Minutes into the Future, and while our planet is still aesthetically familiar, Humongous Mecha are now commonplace, and are used by both terrorist groups and the international authorities to capture specific targets.

The story follows the Ferrari sisters, Hazuki, Kazuki, and Hozuki, often referred to as the "Galileo Girls" or the "Galileo Sisters". All three girls are descended from the legendary astronomer and inventor Galileo Galilei. It is for this reason that they are now being targeted for kidnapping by multiple criminal organizations, seemingly because they possess "Galileo's Inheritance."

This Series Contains Examples of:

  • Alliterative Family: Rhyming, to be precise. Hazuki, Kazuki, Hozuki.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: Or at least the Italian police are in the true villains' pockets.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Galileo was involved in an Ancient Conspiracy to hide an artifact of some sort, which Sky Pirates and an evil energy corporation are frantically fighting over. He was also obsessed with goldfish, apparently.
  • Brick Joke: When hungry Hazuki asks if Kazuki has some candy, she claims she doesn't have any. At the end of the episode, she gives a piece to Hozuki, saying she'd better take it before Hazuki does.
  • But Not Too Foreign: While the important part of the Galileo Sisters' heritage is Italian, they're Japanese on their father's side.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Both parents are incapacitated at the end of episode 2, and the girls are forced to escape their antagonist-infested hometown in Hozuki's mecha-goldfish.
  • Childhood Friends: Theo and Karen, the kids Hozuki befriends in the 5th episode, who are that kind of childhood friends. Unfortunately it ended tragically.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Hazuki is yellow, Kazuki is blue, and Hozuki is red.
  • Credits Running Sequence: The opening does this with several characters.
  • Deus ex Machina: The ending is rather guilty of this, as the majority of the conflicts in the series are either resolved offscreen or at all.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The end of episode 2 reveals that the girls' mom was shot in the head offscreen. She survives with her knowledge and skills in tact, but does not remember her family and is under the complete control of her captors. Their dad was on the run.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Divorced and bickering parents, alcoholic Law School flunkie oldest daughter, class-skipping Emo Teen middle child, youngest kid locking herself in a basement creating weapons of mass destruction without her parents' knowledge...
  • Get Back to the Future: What Hozuki is trying to do as of the end of Episode 9, since she's Trapped in the Past and needs to go back and save her sisters.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: The Ferrari family, Cicinho with his sky pirates and the Adni Moon Company respectively.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Anna deals with the man going after Hazuki with a wine bottle to his head.
  • Groin Attack: Kazuki gets away from her first pursuer like this.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: As in Episode 8, Anna seems to be going to hit this.
  • Humongous Mecha: Both the regular kind and the flying goldfish kind.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: Taken a step further. After Hazuki gets Cicinho's gun away from him and threatens him with it, he nonchalantly points out that it was never loaded in the first place.
  • Kangaroo Court: The "trial" in the final episode is shown to be quite blatantly rigged in Adni Moon's favor.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Hazuki gives some of their limited supply of food to a homeless man. He turns out to have built a "mini-doctor," which he uses later to save Hozuki's life after she falls off a building. He also has the moon sketch they were looking for, and gives it to them for free, since they gave him a chance to redeem himself for failing to finish the doctor device quickly enough to save his sick daughter. It's like laser-guided karma dominoes!
    • Episode 11 has the Adni Moon company being outed for having framed them and their attacks on other Methane Hydrate providers.
  • Laughably Evil: Cicinho appears to have gone into piracy not for the treasure but for teh lulz.
  • The Men in Black: The would-be kidnappers in the first episode appear to be this.
  • MacGuffin: Galileo's inheritance, or the "Galileo Tesoro" as Anna calls it. None of the heroes even know what it is, but all the baddies are determined to steal it from them.
  • MegaCorp: Adni Moon has a near total monopoly in the energy business
  • Million to One Chance: Inverted? Grande Rosso takes control of the ship away from Hozuki when she tries to save Theo and Karen because there was a 99.8% chance they would be shot down.
  • Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: One of these has formed around the goal of acquiring "Galileo's inheritance" for some unknown purpose. Practically everyone they meet in their hometown seems to be involved. Even the police are in on it.
  • No Sympathy: After all three girls are nearly kidnapped, all their mother does is lecture them for the umpteenth time about how they aren't living up to their heritage.
  • Opposites Attract: The girls' parents. Mom is a strict-nanny-like engineer; Dad is a kindhearted scientist who dresses like a hippie. Subverted: they're divorced.
  • Police Are Useless: The cops do make an effort to stop the bad guys, presumably. But they're effortlessly brushed aside offscreen. Then it turns out that they're working with the villains.
  • Powered Armor: Hozuki's is modeled after a goldfish.
  • Slouch of Villainy: After he and his crew blow up the front door, Cicinho helps himself to one of the Ferraris' lounge chairs.
  • Sky Pirate: They're so widespread and dangerous that passenger aircraft apparently don't exist.
  • The Spark of Genius: Galileo's engineering ability is not only genetic, but apparently has a ratcheting effect.
  • Stable Time Loop: The love poems in Galileo's sketches? They are about Hozuki.
    • Not to mention, Galileo gets his goldfish obsession from Hozuki, and is inspired to study the Galileo Tesoro due to Hozuki telling him about the energy crisis in the future.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Cicinho quickly takes to calling Hazuki bambina, Italian for 'babe', in order to annoy her.
  • Those Magnificent Flying Machines: That they're called skyfish should give you a clue to the primary aesthetic.
  • Time Travel: Hozuki gets sent to the past, where she meets her famous ancestor Galileo.
  • Time-Travel Romance: Possibly, if the love poems in Galileo's sketches happen to be about Hozuki. Which could open another can of worms.
  • Transforming Mecha: The actual mechas don't do this, but Hozuki's scooter can transform into a "stun gun" capable of frying a car-sized robot and the Galileo has an 'assault mode'.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Not a single person freaks out over the fact that Hozuki is being chased down by a strange aircraft, despite the fact that it's flying below buildings in streets that are too narrow for cars and lined with residential town houses. Weirdly, the locals do take notice when a giant airship shows up later.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Don't worry about forgetting these three are descendants of Galileo. The show makes sure to remind you about every 3 sentences.
    • It gets better as the show goes on. By the eighth episode, it is not mentioned once.
  • Villainous Crush: Cicinho seems to really like his Bambina.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Cicinho wants to keep the Ferraris' interrogation short - the prelims for the World Cup are airing soon.
  • We Will Meet Again: Cicinho declares this with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 9. Hozuki gets accidentally sent to the past, she meets the real Galileo Galilei, and she's stuck there.
  • What Happened To The Goldfish?: Hozuki retrieves her goldfish from the wreckage after the first battle. She gets interrupted while looking for a new tank for it, and the whole issue is suddenly forgotten.
    • Shown to be alive and well in Episode 9. There was actually nothing to fear for because it's a robot.
  • Wrench Wench: Hozuki actually carries wrenches around with her. And uses them to build some pretty crazy stuff, most notably an airship shaped like a goldfish.
  • Write Back to the Future: Galileo's sketches contain messages to Hozuki, whom he has deduced to be a traveler from another era, including instructions for synthesizing the mysterious substance in her hourglass thing.