Cheer up, okay? I hate seeing people depressed.
Three years ago, seven lights appeared in the sky. This corresponded with the unearthing of seven jewels that react to the first person who touches them, as well as one other thing: monsters called Black Rivers rising up out of the earth to destroy everything they see. Not willing to give up on the planet and send everybody into space if they don't want to go, the government created the Trinity Gift Project to deal with the Black Rivers, using the Core Gems combined with new technology to fight them. Though much about the pilots of Mirror First and Mirror Second is a mystery, they go out and fight wherever a Black River is spotted, while everybody else under Logan Yasakani's command searches for the Core Gems.
Elian Verdant has just gotten his hard-earned degree, but as far as he's concerned, it'll be a few more years before he actually gets anywhere close to what he wants — if he's lucky. After the ceremony, though, he gets caught in a Black River attack and picked up by a mysterious girl. Saph Yasakani, daughter of Logan Yasakani and pilot of Mirror First, has no choice but to take him along while she fights the monster off. When it turns out that Elian has found a Core Gem, too — and can use it — he's brought into the Trinity Gift Project.
From this, the story begins to branch off, and by Chapter 3, you're firmly into one of three different routes: Ruby Blue, which focuses on Saph, Eyes, which focuses on a Crazy Awesome engineer named Mila Kawena, and Joyful Doll, which focuses on pilot Serena Hughes who is Defecting for Love.
This contains (or will contain) examples of:
- Ambiguously Brown: Elian, as part of an intentional twist on the AFGNCAAP.
- Berserk Button: Do not offend the Soap Opera.
- Bury Your Disabled: Initially, the only ending for Eyes was a Bittersweet Ending where Mila died. The author realized the Unfortunate Implications and added a Good End.
- Combat Medic: Blade Third.
- Creepy Doll: Elian is creeped out by Serena's custom dolls at first... though you probably shouldn't tell her that.
- Disabled Love Interest: Mila.
- Electric Torture: Mila is killed by this in the Bad and Regular Ends of Eyes, as the Ghost Seven operatives didn't realize she was a cyborg and thus very susceptible to electricity.
- Mr. Fanservice: Jarlan. Gotta have one.
- Evil Costume Switch: Invoked in Ruby Blue. In order to achieve this, Brainwashed!Saph raids Mila's wardrobe. She isn't happy about this. It turns out to be the best clue they have that the real Saph is indeed in there; such a wardrobe cue had recently happened on her favourite show.
- First Girl Wins: You're a lot more likely to get onto the Joyful Doll route if you meet Serena before Saph or Mila.
- Five-Man Band
- Fragile Speedster: Blade Second.
- Glass Cannon: Mirror First.
- Healing Hands: The power of the yellow Core Gem. How it's used depends on who's got it.
- I Have No Son!: Brandon was disowned.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Mirror Third.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mila is a female version.
- Mighty Glacier: Mirror Second.
- Ms. Fanservice: Mila wears fetish wear every day, even to work. It's actually because people tend to think of the disabled as nonsexual beings, and fits with her love of shaking up expectations... but still.
- The Nicknamer: Mila. Elian = Eyes, Saph = Princess, Brandon = Ace, and that's just the beginning.
- Only Sane Man: Elian, a lot of the time.
- Optional Party Member: One per route. In Ruby Blue, Jarlan defects and replaces Saph when Ghost Seven kidnaps her. In Eyes, saving Mila means she can complete and unveil Mirror Fourth, fighting with the rest of the group. In Joyful Doll, Serena ends up defecting to Trinity Gift early on.
- Psycho Rangers: The Ghost Seven pilots.
- Rainbow Motif: The Core Gems.
- Rock Theme Naming: Commander Logan Yasakani (named for the Logan Sapphire) and his children, Saph and Citrine. Their surname comes from the Yasakani no Magatama.
- Show Within a Show: Saph's soaps.