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Anime / Genesis Climber MOSPEADA

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Genesis Climber MOSPEADA is an anime science fiction series created by Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma. The 25-episode television series ran from late 1983 to early 1984 in Japan. MOSPEADA stands for Military Operation Soldier Protection Emergency Aviation Dive Armor, one of the transformable motorcycle-armors the series features. The other primary mecha featured in the show is the three-form transformable fighter called the Armo-Fighter AFC-01 Legioss, which is somewhat similar in design to the VF-1 Valkyrie variable fighter from Super Dimension Fortress Macross and is the element that really inspired the show's inclusion into Robotech.

In the 21st century, pollution becomes such a problem that scientists develop the use of hydrogen fuel called "HBT" as an alternative to fossil fuels. Due to overpopulation on Earth, humans have colonized Mars and the moons of Jupiter. In 2050, a mysterious alien race called the Inbit ("Invid" for Robotech watchers) invade the Earth; unable to fight back, humans are driven into a few small pockets of refugees, some of which manage to escape the now-desolate Earth to seek shelter on the moon. 30 years later, the Mars Base sends troops to fight the Inbit, only to fail miserably. The Inbit seem uninterested in other planets and do not show any hostility unless attacked. However, they can sense the use of HBT, forcing humans to limit the use of the fuel near the Inbit. Now the humans of the Mars Base fight to reclaim their home planet and unravel the secret behind the Inbit invasion before it is too late for both races.


This anime provides examples of:

  • Ace Pilot: Houquet et Rose ("Rook Bartley") and Yellow Belmont ("Lancer").
  • Adjective Noun Fred
  • Adventure Towns: Quite a few. Some in what appears to have once been South America. They also make their way across America visiting what used to be Denver and Manhattan.
  • After the End: At least the Earth, which straddles between 20 Minutes into the Future and Scavenger World, Mars have been colonized to the point where large manufacturing facilities and functioning hi-tech cities to sustain two liberation forces have been built.
  • Alien Invasion
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: Cruelly subverted as the people of the city by the lake pretend to be hospitable but in fact lure soldiers (including a child) to their doom in order to save themselves.
  • Apocalypse How: After Inbit invasion, Earth's status has been sliding between Planetary Societal Collapse and Disruption since the ones that were collaborative towards Inbits tend to live in modern functioning cities while the remote areas tend to have people—which tend to include those with straggling soldiers and anti-Inbit sentiments—living on scraps.
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  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Yellow who crossdresses.
  • Badass Biker: Houquet
  • Beach Episode
  • Big Applesauce: Episode 22, New York Bebop.
  • Big, Bulky Bomb
  • Biker Babe: Houquet et Rose.
  • Bishōnen: Yellow who crossdresses.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Mint LaBelle ("Annie"), particularly annoying for her constant talk of marriage despite her very young age and even younger appearance (she's canonically thirteen, but looks closer to seven), and obsesses about any male character fairly quick to boot.
  • Broken Pedestal: Bernard's mentor and hero, Major Johnathan ("Colonel Johnathan Wolff"), who has sold out to the Inbit.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Unlike on Mars, many humans left on Earth work with the Inbit in order not to be wiped out.
  • Colonized Solar System: The Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are mentioned as being inhabited by the time the series opens. Mars is developed enough to launch two Earth Recapture Expeditions, while the Moon and Jupiter cooperate with them on a Third at the end of the series.
  • Combining Mecha: The Legioss and Tread fighters can merge into a bigger aircraft, and each can independently become a robot.
  • Convenient Decoy Cat: Subverted during the New York City episode since it was a boy pretending to be a cat.
  • Cool Bike: Probably the most distinguishing trait of the series (they pretty much name it, after all), turn into wearable Powered Armor, sometimes even in mid-air.
  • Cool Plane: The Legioss fighters and Treads.
  • Cowardly Lion: Jim Austin.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ray, while not stupid, is not much of a soldier or pilot but has his badass moments.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: Mospeada was one of three separate (and entirely unrelated) series cobbled together to make Robotech.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Everyone but Ray are shown to have this to varying degrees. It could also be argued that anyone that survived the Inbit invasion of Earth along with two disastrous reclamation campaigns qualify.
  • Dead Star Walking: The cast you meet in the first episode save Stig.
  • Debut Queue: Starts with Everybody's Dead, Dave, before the surviving protagonist meets the real cast.
  • Defeat as Backstory
  • Distant Finale/Clip Show: The Love Live Alive OVA.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Yellow rather convincingly.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Episode 1 ends with Stig Bernard was the only survivor of his unit in an ill-fated assault, one of the deaths being his fiancée Marlene. Though there were few pockets of survivors from both the first and second invasion who made it on the planet.
  • Fallen Hero: Colonel Wolfe.
  • The Federation: An Earth Federation gets mentioned somewhere along the way.
  • Fighter-Launching Sequence
  • Fighting for a Homeland: Mars Base was settled by refugees from Earth thirty years before the "present" time of the series; as a result, the main goal of their two expeditions to Earth is to drive off the Inbits.
  • Five-Man Band (Anime):
  • Genius Bruiser: Jim Austin.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: The basic Inbit mooks.
  • Green-Haired Space Babe: Solzie(Sera), finishing Robotech's trifecta.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Aisha and Solzie
  • Heroic BSoD: Stig has one last almost an entire episode when he discovers the military army they were to accompany was completely destroyed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A squad of old soldiers ram their ship into an Inbit fortress to destroy it.
  • Hive Queen: The Inbit Refless.
  • Hot Wings: When The Inbit leave Earth, they take the form of a huge Phoenix.
  • Idol Singer: Yellow Belmont.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Aisha ("Ariel", a.k.a. "Marlene"). During the fortress siege episode, Yellow rather poetically explains it as her being too innocent of the ways of the world to have a concept of modesty.
  • Invisibility Cloak: The Legioss/Tread Fighters.
  • Japanese Ranguage: Of the type commonly seen in 80's anime - loads of Spell My Name with an "S", soft drink trucks labeled "Right Cora"...
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The town's selling out stranded soldiers to the Inbits may seem cowardly; however, their reason for doing so seems legitimate since many towns were subjected to Kill 'em All by Inbits even for being in proximity to the surviving soldiers.
  • Kill 'em All: All but one in the first episode.
  • Landmark of Lore: The Statue Of Liberty when they pass through the Big Apple.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Aisha.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Yellow
  • Lost Aesop: While everyone on the main cast suspects Aisha is not human, they willingly ignore it in spite of mounting evidence ( Yellow and Stig/Stick conspire to do so come hell or high water at one point when the matter comes up between them), refusing to give in to Fantastic Racism up until she herself admits it in the penultimate episode. Then all tolerance goes out the window entirely until the conclusion of the series and even then, not all characters recover theirs.
  • Mangst: Stig is driven by the death of his fiance, Marlene.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Stig's preferred method to down enemy mooks.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Stig's pendant.
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: Used in Episode 5 to steal HBT cells from a Les Collaborateurs storage facility.
  • Mundane Object Amazement:
    • Stig in first episode is awed (and fear) at rain and accompanying lightning strike due to being one of many descendants who only knew Earth from their refugee parents.
    • Episode 19 has Ray, Hoquet, Mint, and Aisha enjoying groceries (especially sweets and luncheon meat) in an Underground City that was abandoned due to Inbit attack on the area.
  • Mysterious Waif: Aisha
  • Non-Indicative First Episode: It presents an entire series' worth of cast members during a space battle, only to kill all but one of them in the destruction of their battleship. The survivor, Stig Bernard, is left to picks his way through a Scavenger World, meeting the real cast one by one.
  • Ramming Always Works
  • Real Robot
  • Redemption Equals Death: Johnathan dies in battle after he had his Heel–Face Turn and was saving the main characters.
  • Red Shirt Army: The force sent to take back Earth in the first episode gets wiped out, leaving Bernard as the only survivor. This also apply to previous expedition forces that Jim Austin took part in before their demise.
  • Refrain from Assuming:
    • The title of the opening theme is not "Lonely Soldier Boy." It's "Ushinawareta Densetsu (Yume) Motomete" (Searching for the Vanished Legend (Dream)).
    • However, a cover of that song by Malaysian band Hujan is called "Lonely Soldier Boy".
  • La Résistance: Our band of heroes.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: The whole point of the series. Any Inbit that saw the error of their treatment of humans underwent a Heel–Face Turn eventually, while those that did not defect became progressively more genocidal in attempting to wipe out the human resistance.
  • Roboteching: The funny thing about it is that it was one of the three anime series used to create the Trope Namer.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • The English release deliberately used different spellings for the characters and races whose names weren't changed.
    • On the other hand, some were just transliteration convention differences (Inbit vs Invid - 'b' and 'v' sounds used the same character, and Mint "Ra-bu-ru" just as easily becomes "LaBelle", as per the McKinney novelilzations, as it does "Rubble") or errors (the terminal 'to' and 'do' are the same character, except for the easy to miss notation on the latter, which also goes for Stig (a proper Swedish name) vs Stick Bernard, another very common error).
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands
  • Team Pet: Mint.
  • They Look Like Us Now: The Inbit take humans forms as the ideal life form to rule the planet.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Stig Bernard has a holo locket, given to him by his girlfriend (who died during the initial attack in Episode One). He keeps it throughout the series, finally throwing it out of his Legioss in the last seconds of the series.
  • Transforming Mecha:
    • From Cool Bike to Powered Armor = cool squared. Kenichi Sonoda cut his teeth animating Mospeada, resulting in him re-using the concept for Bubblegum Crisis.
    • As mentioned before, the Legioss and Tread can both transform as well. The Legioss itself can transform while still attached to the Tread.
  • True Companions: What the group becomes.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Ray had a crush on Yellow before he learned "she" was actually a he. The reveal left him devastated. Yellow does this again to a jungle prince, and, in the last episode, the whole world.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Houquet is not pleased when Ray and Stig interfere in her bar fight.
  • Villain World
  • Waterfall Shower: Yellow Belmont does this twice.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Solzie's thoughts concerning Yellow.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Yellow's actual job is as a singer perceived as female, despite being male, and occasionally changes to his female voice to mess with team members. This started out as an emergency disguise for him though, since his previous occupation was more militarily-inclined - that automatically got him persecuted when the Inbit invaded.