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"According to legend, the bearer of a Power Stone cradles in their hands the power to destroy, or create. The power to conjure darkness, or bring great light. The power to make any dream come true!"

A 1999 anime based on the Power Stone series of games. It starts off as aspiring aviator and prize fighter Edward Falcon recieves a package from his father, who has been away exploring for several years. It turns out to be one of the seven Power Stones: legendary gems with the ability to transform those who hold them into a superpowered form, and when all united, are said to be able to perform miracles. He sets out to find his long-missing father, and with him the secret of the Power Stones.

Along the way, he meets, among other things a samurai, a family of performing ninjas, a martial artist chef who turns into Goku, a band of evil pirates, a Native American warrior tribe, a belly-dancing Fortune Teller, and Jack.

Notably, the English dub was only shown in Canada on YTV, and unlike most anime of the era, many elements such as bloody violence, guns and Fanservice on all sides managed to slip past the censors. The entire series in English can be found here.


Power Stone provides examples of:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Pride Falcon, Edward's dad, who tends to be oblivious to the danger he got himself and others into.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Unlike in the games, Rouge never fights outside of her Power Change form. Kraken also gets this treatment since, despite being the Disc-One Final Boss of the series, he gets bested fairly easily by Falcon in each of their fights.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Rouge's top was re-colored from blue in the games to white in the anime. Likewise, Falcon's flight jacket has Scottish saltires instead of Union flags, and lacks the Michelle Hart art on the back.
    • In particular, Ayame's outfit was almost completely changed. Although it's still similar to her original yukata, it's a far simpler and easier-to-animate take, with longer sleeves, the cloud patterns only on said sleeves, and the striped ropes she had on her back in the games removed.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The death of Valgas in "Destiny Hill". After Light Whirlwind Falcon shatters the Dark Stone Final Valgas needed to stay alive, the two have a silent scene together where Valgas, now fully realising how far he's fallen in pursuit of the power he wanted as he's dying, slumps to his knees in silent, wide-eyed horror. Edward, briefly seeing Valgas once again as the strong-but-kind man he previously idolised so much, sadly embraces him. Valgas disappears, and in his place is himself as a child, before he made his wish on the Dark Stone. Child Valgas looks at him apologetically, Edward kindly smiles with understanding, and the two hug each other as Child Valgas slowly fades away in Falcon's arms: this time for good.
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  • All Love Is Unrequited: Let's see; Both Ayame and Kikunojo love Falcon, Falcon loves Rouge, Rouge loves Ryoma, and Ryoma loves Rouge but is unable to follow up on it due to being a samurai. Subverted with Gunrock, who does end up with Cassie in the end.
  • Amusing Injuries: Much like the game it's based on, this series has plenty to go round. Zig-zagged however, as there are also some more serious ones depending on the mood: even with visible blood in some cases.
  • Anachronism Stew: Much like the games, the anime appears to be set around the late 19th century. Also like the games, more modern inventions — for example, cars, electric lighting, boats with outboard motors, biplanes, indoor plumbing, and even an amusement arcade with claw-grabber machines — appear regularly alongside what's expected for the era.
  • Babies Ever After: In the series' epilogue, it's revealed that Cassie eventually married Gunrock, and the two are shown to have had more children together.
  • Battle Butler: Normally, Apollus is whiny and cowardly, but when the time comes to save both his master Pride and young master Edward from a demon creature in "Crisis in the House of Falcon", he Power Changes into a brave, Don Quixote-like knight.
  • Berserk Button: Several characters are established to have them:
    • Falcon's button for most of the series is anyone insulting or questioning the motives of his hero, Valgas. This is to the point where in "United We Stand!", he's in such angry, horrified denial about Valgas being behind everything that he outright quits the team and refuses to have anything to do with them until Galuda shows him undeniable proof.
    • Ayame hates people looking at or talking about her sexually. Regardless of who it is, doing so sends her straight into Pervert Revenge Mode:
    Lord: I want you to find it, and find it very soon... (notices Ayame) ...oh, and who, pray tell, is this young beauty, Yumatara?
    Grandpa Yumatara: May I introduce Ayame to you? She's the new member of our troupe!
    Lord: Oh, I think she's a most welcome addition! (inches toward her) Oh yes, most welcome!
    Ayame: EEEEEWWW! (leaps up and stomps on the Lord's head) Get LOST, will ya?!
    Grandpa Yumatara: (dryly) As you can see, she's not really your type, sire.
    • Being ignored while speaking or having his challenges welched on is Ryoma's: especially early on when he issues a duel to Falcon (who accepts, but forgets), leading to him waiting all day and night on a rock in the sea. The next time we see him, he's caught a cold and is furious.
    • Jack is already unpredictable as anything, but threatening or trying to harm his mother (or at least, who he thinks is her) completely sets him off.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Jack in "Destiny Hill". When all the main characters are down and knocked out of their Power Change forms by Final Valgas, Jack leaps in and attacks for his Dark Stone. Although the attack itself is mostly fruitless, bringing Falcon's Power Stone back — after Edward had earlier given it to him to keep, as it was the one that had belonged to his deceased mother — reunites all seven Power Stones to form the Light Stone, letting the aviator turn into Light Whirlwind Falcon and save the day.
  • Bishōnen: Ayame's older brother, Kikunojo, fits this to a tee. He's not only a handsome, very feminine-looking man, but enjoys dressing up in a woman's geisha outfit, complete with falsetto.
  • Body Horror: Valgas Power Changing again from his Hell's Army Leader form into Final Valgas in "Destiny Hill", period. He falls to his knees and loudly screams in agony as giant, disgusting boils completely cover his body, before swelling up and melting as crystal-like rocks pierce up from his back, resulting in a giant, slug-like abomination half-formed of flesh and half of mineral.
    • It's also heavily implied that Jack's head-to-toe bandages are as a result of disfiguring burns from the huge ship fire that killed his entire family and destroyed his sanity over a hundred years ago.
  • Calling Your Attacks: As par for the genre, the Power Change transformations and attacks. Only Valgas doesn't do this.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Both Falcon and Apollus share this trait, as seen when they attempt stand-up comedy in "Danger Cruise".
  • Character Development: Falcon goes through a good deal of this, gradually evolving from a hot-tempered, selfish Casanova Wannabe to a competitive but compassionate Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Cry Laughing: Jack does this while attacking the guards in his Power Change form in "Jack's Secret". It happens after they open fire on him against Falcon's orders when Rouge — under the guise of his long-deceased mother whom she resembles, and with the Power Stone that used to belong to her — is trying to reason with him. As far as Jack knows, they're trying to attack her.
  • Determinator: Nothing will stop Apollus from following Falcon on his mission, not even the threat of an ominous island of no return.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: This happens with Rouge in the ending. After she becomes the new Oracle of Fire Land, Ryoma proudly watches the ceremony, but has to leave her forever immediately after due to his duty as a samurai coming above all else.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In "Destiny Hill", Edward Falcon uses the power of the newly-reformed Light Stone to transform into Light Whirlwind Falcon: a stronger version of his Power Change mode with white armour, light-headed weaponry, and angelic wings instead of his usual rocket pack.
  • Expy: Being hammy but mostly-ineffective troublemakers who scheme to steal important objects (the Power Stones) from the main heroes and have a knack for dramatic flair and big weapons, Octo & Pus are highly reminiscent of Team Rocket.
  • Fat and Skinny: Octo & Pus. Octo's the big brute, while Pus is the smaller schemer.
  • Five-Man Band: The five main characters form one, with a few more coming and going at various points:
  • Furo Scene: Ones for both the guys and girls, in "Ninja Rain" and "Crisis in the House of Falcon" respectively. Unfortunately for Falcon, Apollus, and Kikunojo, there is barely any water due to a drought, and the tub falls over with them all in it when Apollus tries to get out. Rouge, Ayame, and Falcon's other unrequited love interest Cassie get a proper bath later on at Falcon's Big Fancy House.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Octo & Pus — aka the Octopus Brothers — of the Octopus pirates. With Kraken, they make up a Terrible Trio.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Falcon cannot actually control his Power Change at first, much to the chagrin of his rival Ryoma. It takes an entire training arc before he finally figures out how to change at will.
  • Killed Off for Real: Valgas is the only character from the games to die, when Light Whirlwind Falcon destroys the Dark Stone his Final form needed to sustain itself.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Valgas being the main villain for anyone who's aware of the games. Still counts as a spoiler though, because many got introduced to the franchise through the anime.
  • Lovable Coward: Apollus, Edward's Butler. He's very whiny ("YOOOOOUNG MAAAASTEEER!") and often cowers and panics whenever anything goes wrong, his loyalty and determination to protect his masters are certainly admirable.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The Power Explosion, one of Falcon's transformed-state attacks, fits this to a tee. He most often uses it as a Finishing Move.
    • Ayame and Ryoma can perform variations on it as well, with the Petal Explosion and Rain of Knives, respectively.
  • Out of Focus: The main party consists of Falcon, Ayame, Ryoma, and Rouge, while Wang Tang, Gunrock, and Galuda end up being relegated to supporting roles and an episode or two dedicated to them. Jack gets the worst of it, as he has the least amount of screen time of all the characters and acts more an annoyance to Falcon for the most part aside from his Big Damn Heroes moment. In fact, he only ever uses one of his Power Change attacks in battle: only showcasing the others on a rock in the penultimate episode, as if out of obligation to show them at least once.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: A natural by-product of turning a fighting game series into an adventure anime. Notably, only one Power Stone is needed to transform, the stones themselves are a Dismantled MacGuffin akin to the Dragon Balls or Chaos Emeralds, several supporting characters are added, and several of the characters themselves have vastly different personalities from what was portrayed in their endings. Notably, Ryoma is far more Comically Serious compared to his game counterpart, Jack is more sympathetic, Wang-Tang is smarter and more humble than his typical Idiot Hero self, and Valgas is a wrestling hero or so it seems: but even after his villainous reveal, his motives are different.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Edward Falcon and Ryoma. Falcon is the Red, being a Hot-Blooded Jerk with a Heart of Gold who mostly uses projectiles in Power Change mode. Ryoma is the Blue, being a comically-serious man who tries his hardest to be stoic, and favours close-range swordplay.
  • Scary Black Man: Subverted in the case of Gunrock. Although he has the voice and is dark-skinned (though to what extent is unknown), he's a full-on Gentle Giant and doting father of at least five sons.
  • The Stoic: Galuda, who is by far the calmest of the main group. Ryoma tries his hardest to be this as well, but often has the facade fall through for whatever reason: especially around Rouge and spiders.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Ayame suffers almost as many Amusing Injuries as the guys. One notable example involves her plummeting out of the sky from a crashing Ninja Kite that's being pulled by Kikunojo to pursue Falcon's plane, being sent rolling down a hill at high speed:
    Ayame: Cartwheels... always... make... me... SICK TO MY STOMACH! SOMEBODY STOP MEEEEEEEEEeeeeeee...!
    Nearby Kid: (watching in awe) Is that ever cool!
  • Spoiled Brat: Falcon starts off as a disinterested, quick-to-anger jerk who mostly thinks of himself. However, he becomes more humbled as he makes the journey for the Power Stones, ultimately becoming a better person through his experiences.
  • To Be a Master: Falcon wants to be the strongest fighter, to emulate his hero Valgas. It turns out that was also Valgas's motivation, except he took it even further to Social Darwinism levels, wanting to wish for a world that was a constant fight for survival that only the toughest fighters could handle.
  • Tragic Villain: Jack becomes one of these. While in the games, he's an Ax-Crazy thief obsessed with shiny objects, in the anime, he is more reminiscent of Gollum, and he is obsessed with the Power Stone because it was an old family heirloom belonging to his long deceased mother. Valgas also becomes one of these, as his Social Darwinism stance resulted from him being bullied as a kid and the Dark Stone granting his wish to never be weak again. In this sense, he is a Shadow Archetype to Falcon, as the latter went through a very similar bullying experience and became a fighter for similar reasons, except he discovered The Power of Friendship along his journey and vows to save Valgas along with his friends and family.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: This occurs right at the end, detailing what happened to everyone after the events of the series.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Ayame's brother Kikunojo.


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