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M3: The Dark Metal is an anime from studio Satelight, written by Mari Okada (the same from Wixoss). It tells the story of a group of children who met each other when they were lost in an Eldritch Location. Years later they meet again, having forgotten their time together, as they are recruited by a Mad Scientist to fight Eldritch Abomination.


  • Action Girl: Raika. Mahmu has Action Girl moments too later in the series.
  • Assimilation Plot: What Minashi plans to do in the series finale.
  • Ax-Crazy: Heito Isaku and the scientist Natsuiri.
  • Brainwashed: The main characters forgot everything that happend to them in the few months around the time of the Lightless Realm's creation.
  • Drop the Hammer: Argent's main weapon. And it has a piledriver built in.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending / Everyone Lives: Most of the Necrometal infection victims get restored to their normal state at the end of the series, thanks to Natsuiri's Linker technology.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Admonitions which get created when people get consumed by Necrometal and their negative emotions create monsters. Also, the Corpse that is the Lightless Realm's core.
  • Eldritch Location: The Lightless Realm, areas consumed by the Necrometal.
  • Grim Reaper: Argent's nickname.
  • Guilt Complex: Akashi, for leaving Tsugume behind in the Lightless Realm.
  • Humongous Mecha/Transforming Mecha: The MA-Vess: Argent, Sable and Gueules can change between an egg-like storage mode, tank mode and robot mode.
  • Limited Wardrobe: An important aversion is Sasame who starts wearing long sleeved clothes to hide her Necrometal infection.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Emiru.
  • Mad Scientist: Natsuiri, for whom turning people into living mech parts is not a difficult moral dilemma, but an opportunity to further his reserch. The same research caused the events of the series in the first place.
  • A Mech by Any Other Name: MA-Vess.
  • Not Quite Dead: Aoshi, who supposedly died during an attempt to research the Lightless Realm, has actually been turned into Argent's Linker Interface Module.
    • Later, Emiru and Sasame share the same fate. They get better though.
  • Mind Rape: What the Lightless Realm does to your psyche.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Admonitions are people's souls consumed or infected by the Necrometal.
  • Real Robot Genre
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Akashi and Aoshi.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: The LIM (Linker Interface Modules), which are a part of every MA-Vess, are actually people consumed by the Necrometal, turned into a system that protects the pilot from the Lightless Realm's effects by synchronising with their mind.
  • Slasher Smile: Akashi after he learns that Aoshi has died.
    • Heito has one most of the time.
  • Stress Vomit
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Iwato and Raika in Episode 21.
  • Theme Naming: The MA-Vess are all named after heraldic tinctures: Argent (silver), Sable (black) and Gules (red).
    • The videogame-exclusive MA-Vess is named Vert, which is the heraldic tincture equivalent to green.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Raika Kasumi fits the tomboy role, while the other girls are more of the girly type.
  • Tron Lines: Argent, Sable and Gueules have these appear on them from time to time.
  • Wham Line
    Takashi! Open your eyes and take a good hard look! We are right here.
  • When It All Began: The time of the Lightless Realm's creation is very important. Flashbacks to this time happen in almost every episode.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Akashi's attempt to destroy the Corpse causes the rapid expansion of the Lightless Realm, which threathens to encompass the entire world.
    • Tsugumi, Sasame and Minashi have created the Lightless Realm when they were kids.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: After hearing the Corpse's song, you have 9 days left before Necrometal consumes you.