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A light-novel written by Satoru Akahori. The 1996 anime adaptations were done by JC Staff.

Mei Ikaruga is a mild-mannered Japanese college student who one day wakes up in a lost forest with no idea how she got there or anything else except that her name is Maze. She promptly meets the princess Mill, being pursued by a band of savage humanoids, then by knights who can summon demiarmors to fight in. At this point she finds that in this world she is a powerful "luminator" who can pilot Mill's own demiarmor. Mill's kingdom of Bartonia has just been overrun by an evil force, the Jaina Holy Group led by the Creator, and Maze decides to protect Mill and fight back. They will need allies for this grand undertaking.

Then the sun goes down, and Maze abruptly turns into a male Handsome Lech. The life of the dual-gendered protagonist has just gotten a lot more complicated.

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Provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Solude, Rapier.
  • Affectionate Parody: This is a work by Satoru Akahori, and the show itself pretty much is a parody of the mecha and fantasy genres.
  • Alternate Character Reading: A plot point. Akira can also be read as "Mei". Hence Mei and Akira become "The two Meis" and from there become "Maze"
  • BFS: Aster's weapon of choice is a huge sword.
  • Big Bad: The Creator is the head of the Jaina Holy Group and the one who killed Princess Mill's family, conquered her kingdom of Bartonia, and seeks to kidnap Mill. He/she is thus the main enemy of Maze, and a Gender Bender just like them.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Rapier had one of these for her king.
  • Body Swap: The after effects of a potion to seal Maze's magic also screws up the transformation and temporarily results in Male Maze's personality controlling the female form and vice versa.
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  • Blood Knight: Male Maze. Nothing extreme but the guy loves to fight, especially at the beginning.
  • Butch Lesbian: Solude and, to some extent, Medusa.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Just the smell can get Rapier drunk.
  • Cast From Hit Points: Since Phantom Light power can't be used normally in Maze's homeworld, Gorgeous delves into more and more subversive arts that take a serious toll on his body.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mill, she won't let Maze get close to anyone else.
  • Conflict Ball: Even late in the series, Woman Maze will frequently re-discover her issues with fighting at the worst of times.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Solude gets one of these.
  • Deadly Upgrade: The original Namchi was bad enough, but a few episodes later it shows up badder than ever. It also seems to take a great toll out on its pilot, Gorgeous.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Solude is quite desperate for Female Maze to give her some loving.
  • Deus ex Machina: The sun always seems to set in time for Man Maze to take over and curb stomp whoever had been previously beating around Woman Maze. Of course, the reverse can also happen, leading to the next example...
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In a reversal of the previous example, the Sun rises during Maze's first encounter with Gorgeous, just as Man Maze was about to finish off his Undeader, Gord. Woman Maze manages to keep it together, however.
  • The Empire: The Jaina Holy Group really fits this trope.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Gorgeous' fusions with Namchi, among other things, would most likely have killed him, if Man Maze didn't do it first.
  • Evil Laugh: Some of the bad guys and Male Maze.
  • Fanservice: ESPECIALLY episode 26, the episode that never got released in the US/CAN, even moreso in the laserdisc version.
  • Gender Bender: Maze, who combines this with Fusion Dance since each form has a separate personality. Also The Creator.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Randy the fairy is a girl, despite her name being masculine.
  • Genre Mashup: Trapped in Another World, Super Robot, Harem, and Ecchi.
  • Handsome Lech: Male Maze. He's a bishounen who will gladly grope any girl in sight.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sir Thanus, after Bartonian tries to make him into a scapegoat for their early losses. He and his troops begin to essentially curb stomp the Bartonian empire's forces from there.
  • Henchmen Race: most of the mooks are "demihumans", who seem unable to do much more than fighting and have no individual features.
  • Hot-Blooded: Male Maze, as expected from a mecha-riding character voiced by Tomokazu Seki. Oddly enough, not Akira.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The short OVA manages to leave Randy and Mill mostly-naked for the majority of the show.
  • Humongous Mecha: Called "Demiarmors", they are summoned instantly by their wielders.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Ranchiki, gay for Male Maze but claims to be willing to settle for Female Maze since both are still Maze.
  • Incest Subtext: Mei and Akira are really close.
  • Intersex: Mill, in the light novels, manga, and in episode 26 of the anime.
  • Interspecies Romance: Fairies and humans, required as the former is a One-Gender Race.
    • Involuntary Shapeshifting: More specifically, on certain days fairies transform into human women, and are supposed to mate before they transform back. (Randy becomes notably flirty when she transforms.)
  • King Incognito: Gold is really King Farmount.
  • Language of Magic: The language that spells are cast in.
  • Larynx Dissonance: One episode has the Female Maze transform into the Male Maze's body, but stay as the Female Maze mentally, and the next does it in reverse. In both situations the voice work is hilariously bad for the gender, but this may have been intentional.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Though not exactly a pronoun, Mill refers to Maze as Oneenii-sama ("Big Sister-Brother" in the dub).
  • Psycho Lesbian: Solude's ex, Medusa.
  • Reverse Harem: Female Maze has a bisexual one: Mill, Solude, Aster, Gold, Saber, Randy, Ranchiki (sorta). And Akira.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: And non-schoolgirl lesbians, too, namely Solude.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Maze's arrival matches that of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, right down to the house landing on bad guys.
    • Mill's mecha has a single front-facing horn, like EVA-01 in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    • The OVA has Mill saying "Ukyuu!" in the title sequence in an obvious parody of MGM's Vanity Plate.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Mill for Maze. A twist in that she doesn't care if Maze is in male or female form. She's good either way,note  and cheerfully hits on Maze in either form.
  • Skinship Grope: Female Maze gets grope many times, whether accidentally or for whatever reason.


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