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Original title: Sora o Kakeru Shoujo, and also abbreviated as Sora Kake Girl.

As the Earth became unable to sustain ten billion people, humanity took action. They built a giant space colony that orbits close to the Earth, and apparently took a Raygun Gothic design style along with them. There are five main points along this space station, each one hosting a group of countries, and an Orbital Union oversees it all.

The year is Orbital Era 311. In the cluster of space colonies (or "Structure") called Kirkwood, located at the fifth Lagrangian point, 17-year old plucky Akiha Shishido is entering into an Arranged Marriage. She'd be the first one in her family to marry, but she's still in school and wants nothing to do with it. She and her little assistant, Imoko, get out of the way and end up walking into an abandoned space colony run by sentient AI Leopard, who's firmly on the side of crazy. At the same time, a mysterious girl named Honoka awakens and begins leading Akiha into more than she planned. Inter Colony Police member Itsuki Kannagi is also watching the events...


Animated by Sunrise, The Girl Who Leapt Through Space is done by the same creative team behind My-HiME, My-Otome and Idolmaster: Xenoglossia.

The title is a reference to the similarly named The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Tropes in The Girl Who Leapt Through Space include:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The Student Council of Akiha's school is apparently so powerful, they can mess with the ICP if they want.
  • After the End: It is only vaguely alluded to throughout the series, but humanity nearly wiped itself out more than once, which is most likely why the Shishidou council decided to create the Brain Colonies in the first place. This works pretty well. If you like boxes.
  • Anti-Magic: Stated to be Nami's power.
  • Arc Words: "The Girl Who Leapt Through Space"
  • Agent Mulder: Itsuki
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Leopard is completely insane and, at his best, a major Jerkass. Nerval, on the other hand... is relatively sane, and not malevolent at all. He just takes "protect humanity" a bit too far.
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  • Alternate Calendar: The Orbital Era calendar, now in the year 311 when the story starts.
  • Artificial Limbs: Sakura's scarf doubles as a second set of arms. In fact, she uses it more than her real arms.
  • Ax-Crazy/ Omnicidal Maniac: Nami
  • A House Divided: Briefly in episode 16, which ends with Akiha, Honoka and Itsuki feeling really bad about their outbursts at each other.
  • A Mech by Any Other Name: QT-ARMS
  • Baseball Episode: Episode 9 (completely detached from the continuity).
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: And so can Nami with her suit.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call Imoko a "boiled potato", as Leopard learned the hard way.
  • BFS: Leopard's Sword
  • Big Damn Heroes: Takane gets a few of these moments.
  • Bird Run: Akiha does this in the OP.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Leopard. Nobody else is impressed.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nami, in the beginning of the show.
    • Nami goes back to this at the end after Aleida/Kagura destroys the source of her powers.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Leopard's Soul Shouts.
  • Chained Heat: With Clothing Damage! (ep 4, 19:00)
  • Chainsaw Good: Brain Colony Benkei sports an immense one.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Akiha's sister Nami is one of the first characters introduced, but is completely irrelevant to the plot until episode 11. Then she suddenly becomes very important.
    • The red-haired woman who repeatedly appears in Akiha's dreams early on is eventually revealed to be (or at the very least look exactly like) Aleida.
  • Colony Drop: Very barely avoided when Leopard decides to Colony Drop himself, then parodied when Nerval colony "drops" Leopard on the moon. Colony suplex, more like.
    • Then dropped for real, then averted again. Leopard drops a lot.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Leopard and all brain colonies at the best of times.
  • Combining Mecha: Inverted: Bougainvillea and Mintao's joint QT Arms can split in two if needed.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Department of Mysteries issues standard equipment to its officers "to act in every possible situation". This of course includes three differently-styled sets of female swimwear just in case the officer and two civilians come in a situation where an opportunity for Fanservice arises.
  • Cute Little Fang: Sakura, Akiha's younger sister
  • Dark Magical Girl: Nami
  • Deadly Upgrade: Nami has the Incurable Cough of Death after episode 16. Or at least a cough.
    • She was shown using a sort of inhaler before that, so presumably she had the incurable cough before.
    • Then the whole illness is never mentioned again.
  • Death Faked for You: Nina does this Itsuki before sending her into Akiha's school to get Bougainvillea and Mintao and their corrupt superiors off their backs.
  • Demonic Possession: Professor Fon's comments about Leopard's new mirrors hints that this is what happened to Leopard, due to the Evil Twin residing inside them.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Akiha.
    • In a way, Nami as well.
  • Deus Est Machina: The raison d'etre of Brain Colonies — especially Nerval. However, even gods have their complexes.
  • Disney Death: Imo-chan appears to have survived her kamikaze-manoevre against the antimatter-missile—saved by Nerval, no less.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Leopard needs a pair of golden balls so that he can successfully shoot his cannon. Fits together rather nicely, doesn't it?
    • Some of the dialogue after Leopard fires his gun for the first time includes Akiha saying she hurts all over and Leopard having "burnt out all his white as a man".
    • Akiha's attempt to reassure Leopard after his gun completely fails to fire in the first episode is similarly humorous.
    • Not to mention after Nerval bites into him, he becomes frozen on the inside and can't fire because the orbs are "shrinking".
    • Also, when Akiha accidentally hits them during their installation, it causes him a serious amount of pain.
    • Even when Leopard becomes the baseball demon in episode nine, he still gets to do this by asking Itsuki to grab his "iron rod" (a demonic baseball bat).
    • Itsuki's mecha with a gatling gun in its crotch is also worth mentioning.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Completed inverted by Nami, who WANTS everyone to pity her. The fact that no one is willing to indulge her is what largely leads to her Face–Heel Turn
  • Dual Wielding: Takane goes for a rather realistic variety with a longsword in the main hand and a short sword/long dagger in the off-hand.
  • Dramatic Wind: Takane is so cool, she finds one on the Moon surface.
  • Egopolis: Leopard, being big enough to contain a city structure within him, takes pride in his city by, for example, naming all the animal species within him after himself. Crocodilius leopardus, anyone?
  • Elseworld: Episode nine, out of nowhere, takes the main cast (including Leopard!) and sets them in a modern day world with a baseball team story. This episode serves as a sports anime-styled allegory explaining QT powers and their regulation, topics only hinted at in the rest of the series.
  • Emotionless Girl: Honoka, except when Nerval is nearby. Or Kagura.
  • Everybody Lives
  • Everything Is Online: Averted: Leopard is not. He has to borrow Akiha's notebook to access the internet. He demonstrates, however, that he is nevertheless able to hack into Q-Tector Suits and make parts of them disappear when he is pissed/bored.
    • The Q-Tector bit may be slightly justified in that Leopard provided Akiha's. It doesn't explain why Itsuki's ICP-provided suit also experienced Clothing Damage, but... (actually, Itsuki herself mentions that her suit is affected because of the handcuffs - which sort of makes sense in a futuristic world)
  • Evil Costume Switch: Nami gets her own Q-Tector (in evil black and purple) when she goes to the dark side.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Nerval specializes in cold attacks.
  • Expy:
    • Takane is a dead ringer for Chikane from Destiny of the Shrine Maiden
    • There's Nina, who looks and acts very much like an older, time-transplanted Sei Satou.
      • The three female leads complete the same Sassy Action Girl heroine/Serious but fanservice-prone cool secret agent/short, mysterious weird girl triad as in My-HiME. This one is probably intentional.
      • Honoka's resemblance to Tsukasa probably means nothing.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Nami, mostly due to her Unfavorite status, and Takane (though she's only Mind Controlled)
    • Also possibly Kagura.
    • Leopard in episode 24.
  • Faking the Dead: Itsuki fakes her own death and becomes a New Transfer Student at Akiha's school, as Honoka had one episode prior. Hilarity Ensues when Bou and Min see her and run off, thinking they've seen a ghost.
  • Freudian Trio: Akiha, Itsuki, and Honoka (probably representing Ego, Super-Ego, and Id, respectively, but the jury is still out).
  • Fun with Acronyms: Quantum Technology Advanced Reinforced Maneuvering Shroud.
    • Also, Quantum Transducing Environment Crosslink Terrain Operational Reinforcer.
    • And Beyond Orbital Azonal Runabout Ship.
  • Genius Ditz: Sakura. A child prodigy with machines with a habit of speaking more often with sound effects than actual words; to the extent her sisters have to translate.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Honoka does this to a mind-controlled Akiha.
    • In episode 23, Itsuki also gets to slap Akiha.
    • In episode 26, Akiha does this with an Inazuma Kick to free Leopard from possession.
  • Girl in a Box: Hako-chan, who communicates through a texting like form of Talking with Signs.
  • Gratuitous English: Special mention goes to Ul's Verbal Tic of adding an English word after his sentences.
  • Groin Attack: Yes, it's possible to have a groin attack on something mechanical. Leopard's reaction when Akiha bangs into the spot where the Golden Orbs are supposed to go can't be anything but.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Benkei.
  • Henpecked Husband: Benkei (okay, he and Tsutsuji aren't actually married, but she definitely henpecks him)
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In episode 21, Imo-chan kamikazes into an antimatter missile headed for Kirkwood.
    • She survives.
    • Nerval in episode 26.
    • He survives, too.
    • Kazane channeling dark Rika.
    • Even there not much relation between the two Takane is C.C.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Bougainvillea and Mintao
  • Hikikomori: Leopard. He claims to be a "lone noble soul", but definitely shows some insecurity when he's accused of being a shut-in, not to mention his rather pained reaction to being exposed to the sun without any shade.
    • Also what the AIs are trying to turn all of humanity into. For our own safety, of course.
    • Nami is implied to be this, hiding away in her room. Though in her case it was a (mostly ignored) cry for help.
  • I Have the High Ground: Takane's standard combat maneuver.
  • Indirect Kiss: Leopard gets a Luminescent Blush and says the trope name when Akiha drinks some of the tea he had been scanning. Yes he is a very large computer but as has been mentioned before he is quite insane.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Itsuki, who learned about how high school girls act from Girls' Love manga. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Instant Bandages: Hilariously, Leopard's huge eye gets covered with stiches after a savage scolding from Imo-chan.

I have control!

Alternative Title(s): Sora O Kakeru Shoujo, Sora Wo Kakeru Shoujo, Sora Kake Girl