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Chrome Shelled Regios is set on Earth After the End. There the remaining population survives inside domed, mobile cities called Regios. These are needed to protect from the horribly polluted atmosphere and giant man-eating Filth Monsters.

The series protagonist Layfon Alseif, arrives at the academy city of Zuellni with the intent to leave his past behind him and start over as a general studies student. However, he demonstrates his true abilities saving a girl who got caught up in the destruction of a fight between two military arts students. Despite not wanting to fight he is forced into the military arts department which is used for defense of the city as well as competing in intercity matches for valuable resources.

A series of Light Novels written by Shusuke Amagi that has 4 (Yes, 4!) manga adaptations, 2 novel spin-offs (a prequel and a sidestory) and an anime adaption. Of these, the anime has been dubbed by Funimation.


See also Mortal Engines, another novel series about an After the End setting in which humanity survives on moving cities.

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"Trope Shelled Regios":

  • A-Cup Angst: Felli appears to suffer from this to an extent, showing annoyance at Nina's size in episode 15.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The Student Council President is effectively in charge of the entire city, including its defense against the Horde of Alien Locusts. An example of just how absurdly powerful he is, is when he makes a phone call, and has his assistant hold the phone up to his head, for no reason other than he can.
  • The Ace: Layfon.
  • Action Girl: Nina, Dalsheena, Synola, Canaris, Countia, Barmerun
  • After the End: Earth. Ironically it became the way it is after the UN tired to solve Earth's Energy Crisis due to World War III.
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  • All There in the Manual: Reading the novels and manga can help you understand the series setting and its Techno Babble.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Naruki has dark skin.
  • Animal Motifs: Shante acts like a cat sometimes. Even her helmet has cat ears!
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Selenium. Also, each Regios is run by an electronic fairy.
  • The Atoner: Layfon Alseif
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Nina in the mangas and novels. Which is the reason why she was made the youngest Platoon Captain and leads the 17th Platoon of Zuellni.
  • Badass Crew: The 17th Platoon of Zuellni.
  • Badass Longcoat:
    • Sharnid during his days in the tenth platoon, and briefly again in episode 14.
    • In the Legend of Regios sequences the gunman certainly has this going on.
  • Badass Normal: Sharnid is the only fighter in the platoon who doesn't have special K.
  • Balanced Harem: Every member of the harem is given a fair chance with Layfon because they get equal amounts of screen time and Layfon does have feelings for all of them. Layfon eventually ends up with Felli.
  • Battle Aura: Color-Coded for Your Convenience!
    • Though the colors have little to do with the personality or alignment of the characters.
  • Beach Episode: Even though they're actually at a pool it's a Watermelon Smashing away from it not making a difference.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Attempted, unfortunately it didn't quite work....
    • Not in the sense that what is actually being said is bad, though; it's the way they pronounce it, mainly. (Though some of the acting does seem to be getting slightly better over time.)
  • Blood Knight: Some members of the Heavens Blades just love to fight, especially the Queen herself.
  • The Casanova: Sharnid
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Despite his denials and simply wanting to live a normal life, Layfon is this. He ends up Walking the Earth at the end of the series, helping people wherever he goes.
  • Cosplay Café: One of these is popular in Zuellni, particularly with the male students. Felli gets a job there.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Layfon may look like a weak nice guy but if you ever harm his friends and those he cares, get ready for a painful ass-kicking!
  • Cursed with Awesome: Both Felli and Layfon have... mixed feelings about their superpowers.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Felli Loss.
  • Distressed Damsel: Leerin.
  • Dual Wielding: Nina.
  • Elopement: Happens to Layfon and Felli at the end of the series, with Layfon asking Felli to Walking the Earth with him. Hilariously, Layfon had no idea what he was asking her to do until she tells him.
  • Emotionless Girl: Subverted with Felli. As a psychokinetic, she can't feel emotions the same way as others and has a hard time even trying to smile. However, she's way more prone to outbursts than a standard emotionless character should.
  • Exposition Break: Scenes occurring in Grendan (Layfon's hometown) largely amount to this. The Legend of Regios sequences (See "Blind Idiot" Translation and Gratuitous English).
  • First Kiss:
    • Layfon and Leerin had their first kiss with each other as Layfon left Grendan.
    • Nina has her first kiss with Layfon.
  • First-Name Basis: Felli and "Fon-Fon"
  • Genki Girl: Mifi
  • Gratuitous English: Most episodes of the anime have a scene (An Exposition Break entitled "Legend of Regios", which establishes how The End of the World as We Know It came about) entirely in English. The grammar is actually correct... it's just the pronunciation is horrible.
  • Green Aesop: Let's see, air so polluted you need protective gear to go outside, "Filth" Monsters, I wonder...
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Synola
  • Heroic BSoD: Layfon is in one at the beginning of the story. He gets better.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts: The filth monsters can consume pollutants but humans are the preferred option.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Gorneo Luckens and Shante Laite of the Fifth Platoon, she's small enough to sit on his shoulder.
  • Humans Are Psychic in the Future
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Layfon's justification for participating in underground matches and attempting to kill the person who was blackmailing him in a Heaven's Blade selection match. Thankfully Nina was able to understand and forgive Layfon on what he did. In the anime, she forgave him by the end of the following episode.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Layfon
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the end, Felli knows that due to his Chronic Hero Syndrome, Layfon will never stay in one place for very long, and will be Walking the Earth helping people and doing what he feels is right. Despite being saddened that he will leave, she accepts this having fallen for him because of this. Layfon ends up Taking A Third Option, and asks Felli to go with him, and together they depart in secret.
  • Invocation: "Restoration!", also used as an On The Next Episode Of Catchphrase.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: The suit meant to protect you in battle and stop the poisonous air from killing you? Yeah, Felli's has a frilly skirt.
  • Kaiju: The Filth Monsters.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Played straight and subverted. Almost every single character used a weapon other than a katana, and they aren't really being shown as inferior to those (few) that do use katanas. However, the protagonist, Layfon Alseif, who has been using a standard sword the entirety of the series, gets a big scene after fusing two different kinds of Infinity Plus One Swords together. Partially justified in that all of his training focused on katana-using, and it was just a personal vow of repentance that kept him from using it the whole time.
  • King Incognito: Synola
  • Lady of War: Siena.
  • Little Girls Kick Shins: Felli kicks Layfon in the shin every time he does something wrong.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Felli Loss.
  • Mama Bear: Synola to Leerin.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Admit it, ladies, Layfon is just that good looking.
  • Official Couple: Layfon and Felli in the light novels.
  • Ojou: Felli Loss
  • Ojou Ringlets: Siena.
  • Older Than They Look: Shante is actually 20 years old! Queen Synola is older than she looks but just don't mention that to her if you value your life.
  • Power Glows: The Kei used by the military artists.
  • Power Incontinence:
    • Felli's Psychic Powers apparently experience a leak every so often.
    • Nina in the anime when she gets possessed by the electronic spirit.
  • Private Military Contractors: The Salinvan Guidance Mercenary Gang.
  • Psychic Powers: Psychometers are people whose Kei has essentially given them these.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Felli and Siena.
  • Rebellious Princess: Nina is actually the heir to the city of Sheniebel. But she felt her freedom was restricted by her parents since she wanted to do more to protect people rather than just being the next heir. When her parents wouldn't allow her freedom, she ran away from home to study at Zuellni which caused her parents to disown her.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Felli Loss, mixed with Shana Clone traits.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Queen Alsheyra enjoys fighting Filth monster very, very much. Also played straight for Nina
  • Sempai/Kohai: Felli is Layfon's sempai, but she hates being called that.
  • Serious Business: Conflicts between cities are settled with games of what very strongly resembles capture the flag, which decides whether the opposing cities get to keep the other city's Selenium mines (the source of energy for the cities) or not.
    • It's also only the Academy Cities that have the capture the flag rules- to hold down the body count. It's implied other city types are more... unrestrained in fighting.
    • Kei users. Justified since it's their powers that help the Regios fight against the Filth Monster and against each other. They are so important, criminals take advantage of these matters by selling special drugs to Kei users to improve their powers and worse cases they kidnap children of Kei users and sell them to other cities.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Layfon and Nina. Layfon and Mayshen. Layfon and Felli. Layfon and Leerin.
    • One of the manga adaptations, Missing Mail, teases Layfon and Felli so very very much. It's befitting since they end up together at the end of the light novels.
  • Show Within a Show: The Legend of Regios segments occasionally end with various members of the cast complaining about the abrupt cut-off and wanting to know what happens next.
  • Sleep Cute: Harley Sutton falls asleep on Layfon's shoulder on a bus trip. Nina looked like she wanted to strangle something or someone.
  • Smug Snake: Haia, so much.
  • Spoiler Opening: Points out the members of the eventual group of True Companions.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Felli Loss. Lampshaded in the Maid Cafe episode.
  • Supernatural Aid: With a bit of a twist as Layfon has lost his Heaven's Blade, the anime then plays it straight when it is returned and combined with his katana.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: A funny version where the female doesn't punch the guy. Layfon and Naruki have a sparring match where he accidentally falls on top of her. Of course, he touches her boobs. Naruki is not angry about it but she is annoyed that Layfon didn't realize he was feeling her big breasts as if they were flat in the first place!
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Sharnid says that there are two kinds of people who use the Guns Akimbo/Gun Kata style — the truly skilled and the idiots. He considers himself one of the idiots.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Naruki and Mayshen
  • Toplessness from the Back: Nina gets this with some sideboob after she ends up in the hospital a few episodes in. Layfon and Sharnid are embarrassed by this.
  • Tsundere:
  • The Unchosen One: Before the last fight in the light novel, Layfon refuses the use of the Heavenly Blade. He claims that when he lost its use the first time around, it showed that he wasn't one of the "chosen". He was still the one fighting Leyvantein alongside Synola and Rintens, however.
    • Before he leaves however, the Queen lets him have the blade anyway claiming it was 'lost' in the battle.
  • Unwanted Harem: Layfon, you are one lucky man. You managed to catch the hearts of Felli, Nina, Mayshen and Leerin.
  • Walking the Earth: Felli believes that Layfon is destined to do this at the end of the series. Felli ends up going with him upon Layfon's request.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: The kei-ra cannon. Apparently it either fires a laser that turns into a sphere that explodes, or a beam that splits thing in two.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Nina to Layfon after she finds out why he left Grendan
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Nina and Felli.


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