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"Heeere's Ascoeur!"

"W-what the hell was that all about? It was like a shitty sitcom."

Kiddy GiRL-AND is a 2009 Spin-Off of Kiddy Grade.

The series opens with the main characters of the first series make a brief cameo before being ambiguously vaporized trying to save the universe from a vaguely established threat. After this bit of extreme closure the show jumps leads to a new pairing and takes a sharp turn for the absurd. The new main characters are Ascoeur, a slightly unhinged waitress, and her unflappable partner, Q-feuille, who are training to become ES members.

Thus begins a self-parodying romp that feels like a permanent Bizarro Episode in the Kiddy Grade universe full of panty shots, swapped voice actors, mecha-dragons armed with light sabers, and pudding. Grab your popcorn, recite the troper's prayer three times, and get ready for the Kiddy Girl experience.

Kiddy GiRL-AND provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Animation Bump: Episode 5, directed by Naoto Hosoda, was also largely keyframed by him. It is noticeably more fluid and filled with motion than most other episodes.
  • Art Shift: Because of Naoto Hosoda, episode 5 has a visible difference in character art style.
  • Balloon Belly: Rubis in episode 11.
  • Cat Girl: Rubis' power allows her to turn into a tiger version of this, her clothes even change into tiger stripes, and her nails grow out to sharp claws or even a blade.
  • Charm Point: In one episode Ascoeur points out a small rose on her inner thigh claiming it's her charm point.
  • Combining Mecha: SUMMON THE BEAST!
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Q-Feuille's main special ability.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The original main characters of Kiddy Grade are consumed in a planet-sized explosion in the first five minutes. Sure, they'll stay dead. Episode 22 reveals that they were frozen in the explosion for quarter of a century when they finally came back. They ARE the agents that never die after all.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: Typhon the robot makes this gesture repeatedly (despite not having eyelids), having learned it from Ascoeur in episode 7.
  • False Camera Effects: Episode 5, directed by Naoto Hosoda, featured this a lot; for example jerky pans and one shot where the "camera" is placed on the floor and shakes as the characters run past it.
  • Girly Run: Q-Feuille and Ascoeur do this throughout the series.
  • Konami Code: Albeit modified; in episode 5 Ascoeur says "Right Right Left Left Down Up Down Up A B" after being queried on their strategy.
  • Lampshade Hanging: It's scarcely an exaggeration to say that the Kiddy Girl universe is made of lampshades.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to Kiddy Grade until about ep. 17. by this point, while the gags are still there, you see why this show is Kiddy Grade's sequel. Once you're down to the last 4 episodes, pretty much all pretense of this being a gag show are out the window.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Some of the starship battles include these.
  • Magic Kiss: Di-air's special ability super-charges powers, and even a genetech beast.
  • Mood Dissonance: The eye catches often form a shrill contrast with the contents, especially during the last half of she show.
  • Mundane Utility: Ascoeur and Q-Feuille use Dia's amazing charging powers for rather silly things, like spying on the president.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Which leads to ruining Ascoeur's beloved pumpkin pudding in one episode.
  • Say My Name: "Q-feuille!" "Ascoeur!" "Dia!"
  • Secretly Wealthy: Sort of. Alisa, who in episode 13 is called the "princess of the Cole Finance Group" uses said wealth to pay for a vacation for her and Belle. To a planet-sized resort reserved for rich women only. She's a receptionist normally.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Card Getter Sakura, who shares a seiyuu with Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-s Sakura and a catchphrase with Lucky Stars Akira Kogami (and was designed by the mangaka of Lucky Star to boot).
    • Tweedledee's security systems
      • "Musko" bots (she also hums "Kimi o Nosete").
      • Takakazu Abe (Kuso Miso Technique) bot ("Yaranaika?")
      • Aburatani bot (one of the characters played by Japanese comedian Keiichi Yamamoto, who would oil himself up and rub himself all over some poor unsuspecting guy)
      • ''Fist of the North Star voices (the actual voices of Raoh and Souther, who also did a special version of the commercial).
  • Subordinate Excuse: Hiver and Sommer put on a show of this after they're caught partially undressed making out. With all that talk of "leveling up", Sommer has clearly been putting all his points into his bluff skill.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Various characters, but especially Letuchaia and Pauki; their irises are strikingly split in two parts horizontally.
  • Technopath: Tweedledee. Q-Feuille has some of this as well.
  • Time Skip: The show begins 50 years after the events of Kiddy Grade.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Dia. Letuchaia too, to some extent.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pumpkin pudding for Ascoeur.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Tweedledee and Tweedledum: From Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass.
    • Un-oh and A-oh: Japanese names for the two Buddhist Deva Kings.
    • Hiver and Sommer are named for the French and German for Winter and Summer respectively.
    • Saphir and Rubis are French for Sapphire and Ruby.
    • Letuchaia and Pauki are Russian for bat and spidernote  and each wears a brooch appropriate to their name.
    • Torch and Shade should be obvious.
    • There's also the name of the organization that employs the ES Members. In the previous series, it was called "Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs", and in this series it's called "Galactic Trade Organization". Now look at this name and this other name