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Ryūsei Amanogawa (Kyōko Chikiri) is an enthusiast of borg battles, where each player fights their opponents using their kabuto borgs (or borg machines), palm-sized machines that look like beetles. With the Tomcat Red Beetle as his kabuto borg of choice, he faces many opponents alongside his friends named Katsuji Matsuoka (Kanako Mitsuhashi) and Ken Ryūshō (Kei Watanabe).

Jinzō Konchū Kabuto Borg VxV (pronounced "Victory by Victory"; lit. "Artificial Insect Kabuto Borg VxV") is an Animated Adaptation of the Kabuto Borg toy line once sold by Takara Tomy. The anime was produced by G&G Entertainment and G&G Direction. Originally aired on BS Japan from October 5, 2006, to October 11, 2007, it also began airing on Animax on October 10, 2007. The anime is infamous mainly in Nico Nico Douga for its nonsense aspects, including but not limited to:

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  • No explanation is given about the game style of borg battles and the structure of kabuto borgs.
  • There are the cultivation of kabuto borgs and a nation that exports natural ones as its main business.
  • There are moments where a kabuto borg breaks a mask, kills, or is used as a weapon.
  • Whenever an episode sees a character dead or the world destroyed, the trailer narration solves them with a ludicrous explanation at best or the next episode sees everything fine without any explanation at worst.
  • In one episode, stories and flashbacks get a Retcon, with a new character appearing as if he existed as one of The Protagonist's close friends in the first place, only for the character never to appear again in the following episodes.
  • With a few exceptions, the heroines are one-shot and at least one of their designs is used on multiple occasions with the color or hairstyle changed.
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Jinzō Konchū Kabuto Borg VxV provides examples of:

  • Blow Gun: In episode 30, the assassin sent by the father of Kameida Carmeda tries to kill Ryūsei with a blow gun.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Every borg battler calls their attacks.
  • Cosmic Motifs: The Amanogawa family follows cosmic motifs, with the surname itself meaning "Milky Way". While Ryūsei means "shooting star", Ginga's full name is pronounced the same as "Milky Way Galaxy" in Japanese. Their father, Taiki, only means "great brightness", but his villain alias as Big Bang does follow the pattern.
  • Disguised in Drag: Ryūsei, Katsuji, and Ken disguise themselves as harmless-looking females to lure Night Borger X, the masked borg battler who appears at night and targets timid-looking borgers to take option parts from them.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: The Big Bang Organization takes its name after their leader, Big Bang.
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  • Family Theme Naming: The Amanogawa family follows Cosmic Motifs, with the surname itself meaning "Milky Way". While Ryūsei means "shooting star", Ginga's full name is pronounced the same as "Milky Way Galaxy" in Japanese. Their father, Taiki, only means "great brightness", but his villain alias as Big Bang does follow the pattern.
  • First-Episode Twist: Big Bang is the villain persona of Taiki Amanogawa, making him the Archnemesis Dad of Ryūsei. This is revealed as a surprise at the end of episode 1, where Ryūsei himself and his friends learn about it for the first time.
  • In Medias Res: Episode 1 begins when Ryūsei faces Gulfstream Sasamoto in the semifinals, without any explanation about the identities of the former's friends.
  • Motherly Side Plait: Mrs. Itari wears a loose braid over her right shoulder. She's also the mother of Amiko/Venetian and her siblings.
  • My Nayme Is: The title is pronounced "Victory by Victory".
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Venetian's brother is the middle child and only son of the Itari family.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The father of Kameida Carmeda from episode 30 sends an assassin after Ryūsei, who is only ten, in an attempt to make his son win by default.
    • In episode 33, when posing as a girl, Taiki Amanogawa falsely accuses Ryūsei of stalking and calls the angry mob to punish the boy alongside him by stoning.
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