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Anime / Hyper Speed GranDoll

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Sailor Moon in Space!

Well okay, there's a little more to it than that.

Hyper Speed GranDoll (超光速グランドール, Chō Kōsoku Gurandōru) is a three-episode OVA from 1997 about Hikaru, an Ordinary High-School Student who is shocked to discover that she's actually the long-lost princess of a faraway planet. Now she must transform into the chosen warrior, Grandoll, in order to protect the Earth from villainous alien invaders and prevent her Powered Armor suit from falling into the wrong hands.

A Japan-only PlayStation game based on the OVA was released shortly after, which is a side-scrolling action platformer similar to the likes of both Metroid and Mega Man and that the game's plot closely follows the OVA's storyline, with the exception of a few minor differences. In addition to this and whereas in the anime in which Hikaru only fights in her standard armor, she gets multiple different styles of armor upgrades after defeating a boss, similiar to Mega Man ZX's Bio Metal System.


This series provides examples of:

  • Crash-Into Hello: Subverted; Hikaru and Haruna almost meet Sigil by crashing into her thanks to some high-speed shoes, but Sigil jumps out of the way just in time.
  • Happily Adopted: Even after discovering her true heritage, Hikaru affirms that she views her muggle parents as her true parents.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When Hikaru first transforms, the first words out of her mouth are "Awesome, I've turned into some sort of action hero!"
  • No Indoor Voice: Sigil in the dub never talks quietly. She even yells in her thoughts.
  • Taking You with Me: Friedshalf figures that if he can't get the Royal Armor, he may as well just die and take the Earth along with him.