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Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetternote  is an multimedia franchise created by Square Enixnote , consisting of an arcade game, a manga series written by Ryutaro Ichmura and illustrated by Teruaki Mizuno, and an anime series by A-1 Pictures on the Fall 2012 Anime lineup.

Taking place in the futuristic New Yokohama City, Japan, where the car industry has been revolutionized by "A.I. Cars", outfitted with... Artificial Intelligence. Schools exist for the purpose of teaching children to drive these A.I. cars, such as Arcadia Academy founded by the Arcadia company, the makers of A.I. Cars. Kakeru Todoroki is a fifth grader in Arcadia Academy who finds one day that he has been chosen to pilot the transforming A.I. Car also known as a "Gyrozetter". To defeat Xenon, an evil organization bent on world domination, Kakeru must find the other chosen drivers foretold on the artifact called Rossetagraphy.


A Racing/Action RPG video game, titled Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter: Albaross no Tsubasanote  was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, loosely based on the episode in the anime, in which Kakeru and Rinne end up trapped in 2053, where they find new friends and an even bigger Big Bad, a mysterious Gyrozetter known as "Albaross".

This series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Rinne after episode 2. Satori also fits to an extent.
  • Action-Hogging Opening
  • Afraid of Needles: Kakeru, which makes it horrible for him when Rinne gets a Giant Needle as her main weapon.
  • All Just a Dream: The Cold Opening of episode 22 has Satori and a human-sized Anuba wandering through Egypt.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Some of the Gyrozetters have similar naming conventions and designs. For instance, Kong Loader is based on a gorilla (and the color scheme to Donkey Kong), Dolphine is a dolphin and Hippo Cannon is, of course, based upon a hippo. Anuba, Satori's Gyrozetter, is based upon the Egyptian/Greek god Anubis. Who himself an example of this trope.
  • Animated Adaptation
    • The Anime of the Game
  • Art Evolution/Special Effects Evolution: The second ending, introduced in episode 18, has a more photo-realistic look for the Gyrozetters. A similar evolution is reflected in the CG of the more recent episodes.
  • Art Shift: Raibird Hyper Spec has a hand-drawn transformation, unlike all other Gyrozetters including both other forms of Raibird. Dolphine also briefly becomes hand-drawn in one scene of episode 19.
    • The Kimeraiger is fully hand-drawn in its first appearance.
  • Automated Automobiles
  • Ax-Crazy: Happens to Kakeru in #18 when he goes on a rampage to get to a container of chocolatenote . He even outruns Shunsuke in getting to the container (with backward driving, no less), since Shunsuke was the only one who knew where the container was going to drop.
  • Berserk Button: You better run when Kakeru saw you hurting any of his loved ones, especially Rinne. Any bad guy learns this the hard way!
    • Never hurt Rinne's brother, unless she will never forgive you for hurt her loved ones!
    • Absolutely,never, ever, EVER hurt Haruka in Shunsuke's presence.
    • Souta has one when Kakeru and Rinne are presumed dead, pulling Raibird's sword out of the ground and performing his own version of Lightning Slash.
  • BFG: Shunsuke's Final Burst
  • Big Bad: Goto/Goat, until he's hijacked by Jado.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Guiltice has these on both arms.
  • Brake Angrily: Done by Rinne in episode 2 after deciding to go back and fight alongside Kakeru. note 
  • Brainwashed: Souta is the last chosen driver being forcibly brainwashed by Xenon. Also applies to the vast majority of Xenon's forces afterward: they have three Eraser punks as well as the four Eraser Royals, all of whom are brainwashed except King.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Sei, Kotoha, Kirari and Yuiki. Rui also holds this position on occasion.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "LIGHTNING SLASH!"
  • The Cameo: Masahiko Kondō or Matchy, who performs the opening song, appears before the start of episode 9.
    • Makes an appearance again in episode 21 as one of the rally competitors. He wins the race.
  • Catchphrase: Kakeru's "Depressingly Awesome", or simply using depressingly (incorrectly) as an adjective.
  • Cold Opening
  • Combining Mecha: Draganos is formed from a Bulldozer, Crane Truck, Excavator and a Cement Truck.
    • Shunsuke's GT-RRR
  • Conspicuous CG: The AI cars, and by extension, the Gyrozetters. Made even more so due to not only the above-mentioned Art Shifts, but also because nearly everything elsenote  are animated traditionally.
  • Cool Car: All over the place. It also somehow manages to make the Toyota Prius look cool.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The purpose of the Soul Eraser system.
  • Dancing Theme: All three of the ending animations.
  • Denied Food as Punishment:Kakeru being banned from eating chocolates in episode 18.
  • Depraved Dentist: According to Kakeru in episode 18. Becomes a Brick Joke at the end of the episode.
  • Disney Death: Kakeru suffered this in episode 13. He survived by getting rid of the upgrade received in the episode before.
  • Dope Slap: Rinne's Ina Bauer skating technique, which she uses whenever Kakerunote  is being himself.
  • The Dragon: Eraser 01.Later on,the Eraser Corp.
  • Dual Wielding: Agito Twin.
    • Libird Shining Edition on the final episode.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Touma is not pleased to find out that Enelcorp interfered and got Team Arcadia disqualified.
  • Expressive Hair: Kakeru's hair often does this.
  • Expressive Mask: The Devilman-inspired mask Kirari wears in episode 43.
  • Fan Disservice: Whenever Michinori is shirtless.
  • Fanservice: Has quite a lot of it, considering this is a children's show. Episode 5 is a Hot Springs Episode, for example. There's also many an instance of Male Gaze, Stripperiffic outfits, Beach Episode and Shirtless Scene.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Rinne wears a striped, thigh high stocking on her left leg.
  • Five-Man Band: The Chosen Drivers.
  • Flaming Sword: Multiple Gyrozetters have this sort of finishing move.
  • Flashback Twist: In episode 14, we get a flashback of a young Kakeru and Rinne hanging out with a kid named Souta Hisaishi. When the flashback ends it's revealed that Souta is actually Eraser-01.
  • Full-Name Basis: Eraser 01 addresses Kakeru by his full name, Kakeru notices and tells him to quit it.
  • Giant Squid: Great Kraken is a robotic one of these.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Goto, the leader of Xenon has a sizable scar over his right eye.
  • Gratuitous English: The two Xenon thugs are fond of using English all the time.
  • Guns Akimbo: The Impreza Gyrozetter and GTR when its Final Burst is activated.
  • The Gunslinger: The Impreza Gyrozetter
  • Hair Decorations: Rinne has a butterfly clip that holds her ponytail together. Minor character Kaede has orange-beaded hair ties for her pigtails.
  • Harmless Villain: Played with: most of the members of Xenon are largely played for comedy and their schemes of the week are rarely more than a nuisance, but if they're being portrayed seriously it's usually a sign that they're suddenly quite dangerous.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Haruka and Touma basically cease to be antagonists in any meaningful sense of the word long before the end of the show until Touma suddenly enters the Competence Zone in the finale, but even then he does a face turn at the very end.
  • The Hero: Kakeru
  • Hot Scientist/Hot Teacher: Rui
  • Humongous Mecha: Xenon's Draganos, Great Kraken, and Adamant Titan
  • Idiot Hair: Kakeru
  • Idiot Hero: Kakeru. Subverted, he's the inventor of the Moebius Engine in the future.
  • Improbable Parking Skills: Done by Kakeru in the first episode.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kakeru's Gyrozetter, Raibird is often called "The Crimson Lightning" by news reporter "Mic-Man" Seki.
  • Kid Hero: Most of the main characters are in elementary school (11 years). Shunsuke is the oldest confirmed chosen driver at 14. Just to show how young they are, Touma's age is confirmed at 25!
  • Knight of Cerebus: Things get dark whenever Eraser-01 appears. Eraser Ace is a Knight of Cerberus.
  • The Lancer: Shunsuke Hayami
  • Large Ham: It's a World of Ham, but "Mic-Man" Seki and Professor Claude stand out.
  • Limit Break: Final Bursts, which trigger when the driver's emotional state is at its peak. Going beyond even that can rip the very fabric of time and space itself.
  • Machine Empathy: Due to the cars having AI, this is a given. Applied more-so to the Gyrozetters.
  • Made of Explodium: Xenon's Gyrozetters often explode when defeated by the heroes.
  • The Masquerade/Easy Impersonation: Pulled off by Haruka in episode 7. Justified in that the others didn't know what Satori actually looked like.
  • Mecha-Mook: Xenon's Goblis
  • Meganekko: Satori, Kotoha, Saki and Rikako. Satori takes it Up to Eleven by also being a Dojikko, which are combined into her being declared a ''dojimeganekko''.
  • Merchandise-Driven: This includes an arcade game, a 51-episode anime series, a collectible card game, a manga, and a handheld video game.
  • Mid-Season Twist: Episode 30 punts Kakeru and Rinne into the future, and the events in 2053 become central to the plot of the rest of the series.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Raibird Hyper Spec is a repeated subversion of this, as it never lasts more than an episode without getting destroyed. Raibird Shining Edition, Dolphine, and Fairlady Z are proper versions of this trope, while Kong Roader Gigant Cross and Anubia Nadesico Form come so late as to verge on 11th-Hour Superpower.
  • The Mole: Saki
  • Moment Killer: Kakeru becomes this to Haruka after she has given Shunsuke her chocolate.
    • Also happened within the first fifteen seconds of episode 16.
  • Motion Capture: Featured in the ending. In episode 15, it's implied that both Dolphine and Prius Alpha use motion data based on Rinne's skating techniques.
  • Named Weapons: Most Gyrozetters seem to have this such as Libird's "Thunderclap Blade".
  • No Flow in CGI: Averted, the Dolphine Gyrozetter has flowing hair.
  • No Sense of Direction: Satori
  • Not Quite Dead: Kakeru manages to do it three times.
  • Off-Model: Episode 15 has a lot of moments with misshapen faces (mostly involving Kaede) and other oddities, including a chunkier look for Rinne's boots.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Used as part of Haruka's aforementioned disguise. They return in episode 22.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Subverted in episode 13. It's Libird's Mid-Season Upgrade that "dies", not Kakeru.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: Exceeding the normal limits of the Moebius Engine can tear open a portal in time. Raibird Shining Edition can do it deliberately as part of its Moebius Overdrive Final Burst.
  • The Power of Devotion: Each of the drivers have unlocked their Final Bursts through their devotion to something important to them:
    • For Kakeru it's his friends.
    • Michie's is Comedy.
    • Shunsuke's is having a mission he can fight for.
    • Satori's is her teacher.
    • Rinne's is her brother.
  • Product Placement: Several of the cars in both the game and Anime.
  • Rain of Arrows: Anubia's Final Burst.
  • Recap Episode: The first half of episode 14.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots/Human Aliens: What Kakeru and Michienote  think Satori, who is actually Haruka in disguise, is in episode 7.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Haruka has one, which is seen in a couple of episodes.
  • Shirtless Scene: Despite both being only eleven years old , both Kakeru and Souta are shirtless in episodes 36 and 42. 36 is a Hot Springs Episode and 42 is the Beach Episode.
  • Shout-Out: In #16 when Kakeru and Michie try to stall Professor Claude both kids pose like Riders 1 & 2.
    • Xenon agents A and B are clearly based upon The Blues Brothers, right down to looking like Jake and Elwood.
    • Coincidentally enough,Raibird looked like Transformers Prime's Bumblebee.
  • Signature Move: All the Gyrozetters have at least one and usually several.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": While most of the English fanbase and sub groups romanize Kakeru's Gyrozetter as "Raibird"note , the promotional material, figures and even shots of the computers in the show have his name romanized as "Libird." The official name may also fit with the theme, as it's possibly a combination of the words Lightning and Bird.
    • Also happens with Michie's Gyrozetter. Due to the r/l romanization debate its name is either "Kong Roader" or "Kong Loader." The toys use the latter spelling.
  • Spoiler Opening: Spoils the five main characters and some of the major opponents from the first part of the show, but not the Sixth Ranger. It's only visible in hindsight, but it also spoils how Raibird and Dolphine end up traveling into the future.
  • Stock Footage: The transformation sequences.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Touma, though since he's often Not So Stoic they frequently turn into Scary Shiny Glasses.
  • Super Strength: Kong Loader has this and it's best shown off in his Final Burst: Kong Loader summons a part of mount everest, drives up the side of the mountain, picks up a large boulder and rolls it over his opponent!
  • Sword and Gun: The Berger Gyrozetter
  • Sword Beam: An enemy Gyrozetter, the Agito Twin, performs this. Raibird gets one too with its Final Burst, Thunderclap Ascension.
  • Tagalong Kid: Kaede.
  • Take Up My Sword: After Raibird is destroyed in orbit in episode 30, Souta overcomes his doubts, grabs Raibird's sword from where it fell at his feet, and performs Lightning Slash with it.
  • Telescoping Robot: Xenon's March Gyrozetter can extent and retract its arms and legs.
  • Too Funny to Be Evil:
    • Again, the March Gyrozetter. Basically it is a frog like robot that Kakeru has a hard time taking seriously.
    • Agents A & B take a more literal path with this trope as they go on the show "Birth of a Comedy Hero" to quit Xenon and become comedians.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Michinori is often seen with cola.
  • Transforming Mecha: The Gyrozetters
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Kakeru's. Sadly, they don't do anything.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: Rinne's boots have wheels on them.
  • Twinkle In The Sky: Touma and his trio of March Gyrozetters are sent flying after Kakeru uses the Hyper Blast.
    • Happens again in the very next episode when Kakeru sends Haruka and the eK Wagon Gyrozetters flying.
    • This also happened during episode 7, when Rinne hit Kakeru.
  • Universal Driver's License: This is explained and justified with the AI cars.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • Kakeru goes into one when he thinks his Dad has been killed by Eraser 01, and promptly defeats Eraser 01 with his newly achieved Final Burst
    • Happens again in #13 when Touma destroys Prius Alpha with Great Kraken.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: Episode 18, it had naked mole rat Gyrozetters.
  • Villainous Crush: Haruka has a thing for Shunsuke. It even goes as far as taking the new model eK Wagon Gyrozetter for the sole purpose of giving Shunsuke chocolate!
  • Whole Costume Reference: Kakeru's outfit for most of episode 8 is Sherlock Holmes' famous outfit.
  • The Worf Effect: Raibird Hyper Spec gets hit with this hard. It first appears in episode 12 after a multi-episode story arc about getting it and is played up as Kakeru's big Mid-Season Upgrade, giving him the power to match the superior Guiltice. It's promptly destroyed in the next episode, and Kakeru gradually gets skilled enough to match and surpass Guiltice without it. Hyper Spec finally reappears in episode 30...and then gets shot in the middle of its Final Burst, destroying it again. Hyper Spec is basically a rare non-game example of a Powerup Letdown.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Kakeru
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kaede.
  • You Keep Using That Word: I do not think "Depressing" means what Kakeru thinks it means. He uses the correct meaning in episode 13, after surviving his near Disney Death.


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