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In the year 2031, an experimental power source known as the quantum reactor is developed in order to provide an alternative to rapidly dwindling fossil fuel reserves. Unfortunately, the reactor doesn't work as planned, and instead merges machine and animal creating B.R.A.I - giant hostile biomachines roaming a now desolate Earth. In the aftermath of the so-called "Xianglong Crisis", humanity is on the brink of extinction, with ever-growing B.R.A.I overwhelming the limited humans. Humanity fights an existential war; and the era of massive evolution is upon them.

The series, created by Shoji Kawamori and animated by Satelight began airing as part of the Spring 2018 Anime season and will be distributed under the Market-Based Title Last Hope by Netflix worldwide (excluding Latin America, when the original Japanese one is used instead). Part 1 premieres on September 14 and Part 2 on December 21 2018.

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  • Ace Custom: Leon, Doug and Quinny all have personalized mechs adjusted to their respective specialties.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Glenn makes the mistake of attacking Quinny while he was wasted, and it's only thanks to the timely intervention of his companions things don't get ugly for him.
  • Alliterative Name: Leon Lau.
  • Always Someone Better: When they were young, Jay always fell short when compared to Leon, who barely even noticed his presence and didn't remembered him when they met again years later.
  • A Mech by Any Other Name: They're called M.O.E.V. here
  • And the Adventure Continues: While it's true Sieg has been sealed, possibly forever, the B.R.A.I. and the evolution field are still out there, meaning Team Pandora once more has to go out and face whatever may come.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: When Quinny acts as Cecil's Body Double, Leon mentions their busts are different. This earns him a slap. And later he asks Quinny her weight to compare it to Cecil's. This earns him another slap.
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  • The Atoner: Leon feels guilty for being the Sole Survivor of the disaster unleashed by the Hyper Reactor, and now he dedicates himself to fix it in any way.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Quinny is very good at hand-to-hand combat.
  • BFS: Kain Ibrahim Hassan wields one of this.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The Queen Bee B.R.A.I. is gigantic when compared to its minions.
  • Big Eater: Using the Hyperdrive too much makes Leon get very hungry.
  • Blood Knight: Won loves nothing more than inflicting bloodshed, especially if it is against Quinny.
  • Bridge Bunnies: The four unnamed girls that serve as this for Team Pandora.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Leon Lau is eccentric and occasionally spacey, but he's a genuinely brilliant scientist and the best hope for defeating the B.R.A.I.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Glenn is a terrible drinker, and gets completely wasted after some time.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: The chameleon B.R.A.I. from episode 9 can turn itself invisible at will.
  • Cool Mask: Fong, Mr. Gold's bodyguard, has one that covers half-his face.
  • Cool Old Guy: Kain is the oldest person in the main cast and is generally friendly and pleasant.
  • Creepy Centipedes: The Chilopoda B.R.A.I. is a gigantic monster that attacked Neo Xianglong two years prior, and now it's back, this time under Gold's command.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Chloe has pink hair and dark-pink eyes.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Gleaming Darkness, the embodiment of Chaos itself created by the clash of the Hyper Drive and Dark Drive.
  • The Exile: Leon voluntarily exiled himself from Neo Xianglong to find a way to defeat the B.R.A.I. and as atonement.
  • Facial Markings: When using the Hyper Drive, its pilots develop this around their eyes.
  • Friendly Sniper: Doug Horvat pilots a sniper mecha, and he's generally laid back and friendly.
  • Food End: Quite a few episodes end with the main cast settling down for a meal after the day's problems have been dealt with.
  • Food Porn: Food and cooking are heavily featured in the series, with the characters often visiting restaurants or indulging in home cooking. And it looks good.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Leon and Jay went to the same school, but when they met again years later at the Hyperdrive reactor project, Leon only got the feeling he had seen Jay before.
  • Getting Hot in Here: When a swarm of B.R.A.I. bees attacks the water supply of Neo Xianglong, the temperature of the entire city steadily rises, forcing Cecile, Jay and the rest of the control room to take off their jackets to alleviate the heat.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: The very first B.R.A.I. faced in the series is a pair of gigantic mutant crabs that fuse together. A swarm of much smaller crabs appear on a later episode.
  • Giant Flyer: The falcon B.R.A.I. controlled by Won is bigger than the average M.O.E.V., and Leon mentions it uses the Hyperdrive to fly despite its size.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Sieg implies Gold is being sponsored by someone else.
  • Hidden Villain: Mr. Gold and his group remain outside of Neo Xianglong's radar for most of the first part of the story.
  • Kaiju: The B.R.A.I. are sometimes small, but they grow to gigantic sizes with time.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Doug is always accompanied by his pet cat Emilia.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Secretary Jay Yun.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: The B.R.A.I. seen on episode 4 weaponizes the sonar of a whale to create an ultrasonic wave that damages machines and drives humans with pain.
  • Magitek:
    • The Quantum Reactor is revealed to have been built using the skull of an Eldritch Abomination as its power source, and the Hyperdrives and Dark Drives draw upon yang energy and yin energy respectively.
    • As part of his ultimate plan to eradicate Neo Xianglong once and for all, Mr. Gold desecrates the graves of his ancestors and performs a taboo ritual to power up a Dark Drive-augmented centipede B.R.A.I.]].
  • Male Gaze: We're introduced to Cecil Soo boobs first.
  • Monster of the Week: The first episodes involve Team Pandora dealing with different types of B.R.A.I., all while giving each member A Day in the Limelight.
  • Multicolored Hair: Leon has blonde and reddish hair, Jay has black hair with a red-stripe, Doug has green hair with some orange and Quinny has silver hair with blue tips.
  • Nice Shoes: Cecil wears a nice pair of high-heeled sandals.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Leon and Chloe Lau aren't actually related, but they have a contract and they treat each other as actual siblings.
  • Not So Stoic: Quinny is calm and aloof for the first few episodes, but when she comes across the same person that killed his teacher, all the bottled up rage comes out.
  • One Degree of Separation: It's eventually revealed that Doug and Cain once worked against each other in the past in their mercenary days, and neither recognized each other until Cain described the sniper who gave him his handicap.
  • Organic Technology: B.R.A.I. are an amalgamation of both animals and technology, and they grow even bigger with each year.
  • The Plague: Episode 12 involves the team dealing with a plague called Red Death, which unsurprisingly was caused by a Dark Drive.
  • Posthumous Character: Lon Wu, Leon's mentor and director of the Hyper Drive Reactor project, who died during the explosion of the reactor.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Quinny Yo and Cecil Soo have waist-length hair.
  • Rival Turned Evil: Quinny and Won used to be martial arts students under the same teacher, until the Hyperdrive explosion occurred and Won decided to throw away his humanity in pursuit of strength, killing everyone but Quinny.
  • Running Gag: Chloe and Leon, and later the rest of Team Pandora, say an article of the Family Contract.
    • The different side-effects that occur to the pilots after using the Hyperdrive.
    • Doug calling Gren 'Delinquent' (or Sarge on the english version) and the latter yelling he's Captain. On the final episode Doug calls him Captain and funnily enough Gren answers he's Delinquent before realizing what he said.
  • Scientifically Understandable Sorcery: The series correlates Chinese Taoism and concepts like Qi with quantum physics.
  • Shout-Out: In Season 2 Episode 11, the AI formed from Emilia Valli's personality sings "Daisy Bell" in a distorted voice when Leon and Queenie come across her trying to hack into Neo Xianlong's government; with the pair even noting the similarity to HAL 9000.
  • The Swarm: A swarm of B.R.A.I. bees led by a queen attack Neo Xianglong in episode 10, and much like real bees, they use their vibrations to increase heat, turning the city into a giant hot pot.
  • Team Pet: Emilia the cat becomes this for Pandora.
  • Transforming Mecha: Leon creates one that goes from vehicular mode to humanoid shape thanks to the Hyper Drive.
    • Quinny's becomes able to do the same in episode 6 after Leon installs its own Hyper Drive on her M.O.E.V.
    • Doug's M.O.E.V. is also installed with a Hyper Drive in episode 9.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Chloe is the youngest and smallest among the main cast.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Turns out Doug named his cat Emilia after his dead girlfriend Emilia Vallis
  • Wham Episode: Episode 14: Leon fails to prevent the Chilopoda B.R.A.I. from planting the skull devices that nullify the Hyper Drive reactor, and he and the rest of Team Pandora are defeated while Gold puts the city at check.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Chloe has pink hair while Doug has green hair.
  • You Killed My Father: Glenn Din blames Leon for causing the Hyper Reactor explosion, which created the B.R.A.I. and indirectly killed his family.
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