Gall Force is a group of science fiction anime OAV series made starting in 1986 by the studio Artmic, with production by Youmex and AIC.
The original series concerns a Hopeless War between the One-Gender Race of Solnoids (humanoid females) and the Paranoids, who are an amorphous race that usually inhabits powered armor suits. The remaining crew of the Solnoid cruiser Star Leaf barely escape the destruction of their fleet in yet another hopeless battle, only to get caught up in a conspiracy that will have far reaching consequences for all concerned.
The original story has two direct sequels, in which Lufy is rescued ten years after being stranded in space during the original. She joins up with another replica of Catty and her team, first to prevent the ongoing war from claiming Earth and the Star Leaf's legacy, and later in a last desperate attempt to bring everything to an end other than the mutual annihilation both sides seem to be seeking.
Later, Rhea Gall Force and its sequels, the Earth Chapter revisit the story on a post-apocalyptic Earth, thousands of years after the original series. The Lost Technology of the Solnoids and Paranoids have given birth to the "NME", techno-organic weapons trying to Kill All Humans, and the Identical Spiritual Descendants of the original cast find themselves fighting for survival.
The more obscure final entry in the original continuity is New Era, which has humanity rebuild from the ashes of the Earth Chapter, only to fall into conflict with a race of Artificial Humans they created. But the legacy of the "NME" is still plotting to destroy everything, and the only hope of preserving any of humanity lies with Catty's newest incarnation.
The series saw a revival in 1996 with Gall Force:The Revolution — an attempted Continuity Reboot of the franchise that replaced the Paranoids with a perpetual civil war between factions of Solnoids, and a group of rebels trying to bring that war to an end. Despite an all-star cast of seiyuu, the series was quickly forgotten, and is the only part of the franchise not released in English.
- Ace Pilot: Lufy, an "Attacker" with over 150 confirmed kills and a medallion to prove it.
- Adam and Eve Plot: Though barely hinted at by the original film's ending, Rumy and the "new life form" become the progenitors of the Human Race.
- Amazon Brigade: The Solnoids are a species consisting entirely of female soldiers.
- Ancient Astronauts: Humans were seeded on Earth by the Solnoids and Paranoids. The Solnoids themselves have legends of having been seeded on their homeworld Marsus by a previous progenitor race.
- Animal Theme Naming: Most of the Solnoids: Rabby (Rabbit), Lufy (Wolf), Catty (Cat), etc.
- Artificial Human: The "new life form" from the originals; The "Yumans" from New Era.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The text on the screens seems to have a lot of stylized Latin letters, some of which are written upside down.
- Autodoc: When Lufy is brought into the analysis station operated by Spea, they just move her into a chamber and press some buttons to restart her heart from a state of suspended animation. Spea mentions offhand that there are several injuries that may require organ replacement.
- Back from the Dead: Lufy was rescued to appear in the first two sequels.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Norton near the end of Earth Chapter.
- Bizarre Alien Biology:
- The "new life form" grows to adulthood within maybe 20 minutes.
- The Paranoids themselves are an exceptionally bizarre race, essentially morphing slime that, aboard their own ships, shapes itself around a robotic frame to move around more easily. They enter their attack ships by being sluiced off the frame and through tubes, literally being piped into their mecha.
- The Constant: Catty. After another of her model appears in the original series, Earth Chapter introduces another duplicate rebuilt by Earth humanity millenia later; this duplicate also appears in New Era.
- Color-Coded Characters
- Eluza- Red/Pink
- Rabby- Orange
- Rumy- Yellow
- Lufy- Green
- Patty- Blue
- Pony- Purple/Indigo
- Catty- Violet/Pink
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole:
- It's relatively minor, just a bit of a characterization goof: in the dub, Lufy is nicer to Pony before the spacewalk, saying "You'll live. Promise." This line doesn't exist in the sub, and it's Rabby who encourages the tech to go across the zipline.
- A major one in the Greek dub of the first OVA, as the Solnoids' lines after the creation of the new life form imply they are fully aware of the human pregnancy process and outright call the new organism a baby.
- Fanservice: Via Innocent Fanservice Girls and Shower Scenes.
- Eternal Recurrence: If the subtitle of the first movie wasn't a clue, then the lookalikes in Rhea and beyond should be a better one. New Era just makes it Anvilicious.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: The seven crewwomen of the original OVA are the sole survivors of the Star Leaf (plus one guest).
- Fire-Forged Friends: By the end of their battle together defending the Star Leaf, Rabby and Lufy are virtually the Fan-Preferred Couple.
- Government Conspiracy: Between the Solnoid and Paranoid leadership. The "Species Unification Plan".
- Hope Spot: Stardust War, the finale of the original series. Captain Nebulart reveals a newly terraformed planet Embryo to the remnants of the Solnoid and Paranoid fleets meeting for an apocalyptic battle, and broadcasts a final plea for both sides to put the meaningless battle behind them. The battle stops as both sides listen to the message. Then someone gets an itchy trigger finger, and an omnicidal Blast Out ensues.
- Identical Grandson: The Rhea/Earth Chapter and New Era series have counterparts of the original cast, that are Hand Waved by this trope.
- It's All Junk: Lufy throws her "Attacker" medal to the floor when Rabby accuses her of not caring about her fellow pilots who died while she earned it.
- Kill Sat: The BFG of Kill Sats, it orbits a sun. The sun it's supposed to kill. The development of this weapon scares both sides of the Solnoid-Paranoid war into trying to Take a Third Option.
- Loser Daughter of Loser Mad Scientist: Sandy Newman of the Rhea/Earth Chapter series (Rabby's reincarnation), the daughter of the scientist who discovered the ruins from Eternal Story and created the NME.
- Martyr Without a Cause: Arguably Lufy's motivation for her You Shall Not Pass! Heroic Sacrifice in Eternal Story.
- Mecha-Mook: The Solnoid "cyborg soldiers" who appear starting in the second installment of the original series.
- Not Good with People: Pony, the only crew member able to communicate with the OX-11 mainframe, but a Shrinking Violet with her cremates.
- One-Man Army: Lufy. To showcase, she manages a tremendous amount of Paranoid casualties on the first film while wearing a Powered Armor that is essentially her star-fighter's Ejector Seat.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: The "new life form". This is actually a subversion: the plan wasn't to make an Opposite-Sex Clone, but to convert a Solnoid into a totally different species by fusing "contact point" into one. The point was removed before it could fuse with Patty.
- Roboteching: While one translation refers to what the ships are firing as missiles, and they're drawn that way at least once, the majority of the time the bendy-path weapons look and act more like lasers.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Pony essentially dies just to satisfy her curiosity.
- Sole Survivor: Seven people survived on the Star Leaf. Only one of them made it to the end.
- Strawman Has a Point: While Rabby is horrified that thousands of Solnoids were killed in order to create a New Life Form, it's pointed out that both sides had been fighting for centuries and were on the verge of wiping each other out.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Shildy, who replaced Rabby as Lufy's foil in the sequels to Eternal Story.
- Transforming Mecha: The hoverbikes that turn into humanoid robots.