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Chōsoku Henkei Gyrozetternote  is a 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.

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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".

While the game works fairly simple and its rules are easy to follow, the anime adapts many aspects of the game while tying certain elements to the story as the anime sees fit. As a result, expect some of the following tropes to overlap between both medias.


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This series provides examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The AI cars, and by extension, the Gyrozetters. Made even more so due to not only the Art Shift, but also because nearly everything elsenote  are animated traditionally.
  • Accidental Pervert: In episode 5, Michie crashes into the hot springs where the female characters were relaxing by complete accident. Poor Akira, the only one who wasn't in the water and thus was still in her Modesty Towel, drops it in shock and Michie unintentionally gets the full eyeful. Cue a Skyward Scream as she has a Naked Freak-Out.
  • Action Girl: Rinne after episode 2. Satori also fits to an extent.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • In the game, all of the Arcadian Gyrozetters are simply Arcadia's own brand of fictional vehicles being used as Gyrozetters and their existence are just that. In the anime however, some of these Arcadian Gyrozetters were made by Xenon themselves using their own research being applied onto Arcadia's own vehicles. The first example was the Agito Twin S, which was more powerful than Xenon's originally-created Gobli and was able to fight toe-to-toe with Raibird in its debut.
    • This can also apply to some of the Gyrozetters based on real vehicles as examples such as the Nissan Cima Hybrid, Mazda RX-8 and Subaru BRZ were possibly created by Xenon as they were utilized under them, while the game had no such implication and were all Arcadia-aligned.
  • Adults Are Useless / Police Are Useless: Outright defied in episode 19; The Gyrozetter Patrol Team were simply meant to be used to showcase an upcoming public Gyrozetter project and were ordered to let the heroes deal with the situation. But when Kakeru and the others had their hands full dealing with 2 threats at once, they refused to just stand by and watch, immediately jumping into the fight and giving the heroes a hand. This derails Touma's and Haruka's plan as they did not account for more Gyrozetters to be deployed.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Shunsuke's aloof demeanor has quite the affect on some of the female characters in the series early on. Rinne, Kirari, Kotoha and Yuika quickly find him cool and attractive seeing his attitude first hand.
  • All Just a Dream: The Cold Opening of episode 22 has Satori and a human-sized Anubia wandering through Egypt.
  • Anchored Attack Stance: The Lancer Evolution X Gyrozetter uses this for its shoulder-flamethrower attack.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Many of the Gyrozetters have similar naming conventions and designs. For instance, Kong Roader 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. Anubia, Satori's Gyrozetter, is based upon the Egyptian/Greek god Anubis, who himself is an example of this trope.
    • Some of the Gyrozetters based on real-life vehicles also displays this. Toyota's 86 (as well as the Sprinter Trueno AE 86) is inspired by bees, Nissan's March is on frogs and Subaru's Alcyone and Mitsubishi's Pajero are a bipedal fox and horse respectively.
  • Art 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.
  • Badass Beard: A number of Gryozetters actually sport beards that goes along with their aesthetic. Impreza WRX and Forester are a couple of examples but the biggest one would automatically go to Great Kraken just in sheer size alone.
  • Bash Brothers: Kakeru and Shunsuke eventually form this dynamic early on. When Souta rejoined Arcadia, Kakeru and Souta are this at a higher level, culminating into their first ever Double Burst.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Arcadia's Ursus Gyrozetter. Pato-Panda (a police car variant of the Ursus, remodeled as a panda) can also be this towards anything endangering the public. Touma learned this the hard way fighting Captain Handa.
  • Benevolent A.I. / Robot Buddy: While every other AI vehicle appears to only have simple basic AI to the point where adolescent kids are able to drive safely and self-controlled Gyrozetters only have a basic set of commands and fighting abilities, AI cars fitted with a Moebius engine seems to be able to interact and respond to the human characters to a limited degree. Raibird, Prius Alpha, GT-R, Kong Roader and Anubia all "awoken" and resonate with their drivers and after equipping a stolen Moebius engine, Guiltice proceeded to act on its own to the point that it contributes in helping Souta break out of his Brainwashed and Crazy state as Eraser-01.
  • 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:
    • A lot of Gyrozetters sport some form of this. Shunsuke's Final Burst, Supersonic Bullet, has him forming a much bigger one by combining two of these.
    • In the game, any Nissan Gyrozetter can utilise a Kill Sat variant of this as a Final Burst.
  • Big Bad: Goto/Goat, until he's hijacked by Jado.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Guiltice has these on both arms.
  • Blade on a Stick: The Legacy Gyrozetter uses this as its weapon, being able to stab an enemy at high speed in quick succession. There's also Kimeraiger and its spear, Gungnir. The 2000GT-R Gyrozetter also uses this in the style of a naginata.
  • 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: Every Gyrozetter pilot will occasionally delve into this, especially when using a Card Scan. From the usual special moves to the heroes' Final Bursts.
    • Rinne's INA BAUER! is an occasional non-Gyrozetter case.
  • The Cameo: Masahiko Kondō or Matchy, who performs the opening song, appears before the start of episode 9. He appears a lot longer in episode 21 where he competes as a rally racer.
  • Catchphrase: Kakeru's "Depressingly Awesome", or simply using depressingly (incorrectly) as an adjective.
  • Cloning Blues: Episode 48 reveals that Haruka was actually a copy of Goat's presumably-deceased daughter. Everyone at Xenon but her knows this. After Goat reveals this, Haruka promptly leaves Xenon out of despair. It takes a beatdown and some heartwarming words from Shunsuke himself to get her out of her funk.
  • Combination Attack: The series features Double Bursts; an attack where 2 Gyrozetters work in tandem to deal a more devastating attack. Only specific pairs of Gyrozetters can utilise this, such as Raibrid and GT-R, Impreza and Vellfire and MR-S and Pajero to name a few.
  • Combining Mecha: In the game, a set of 3 specific Gyrozetters allows all of them to combine into one hulking beast of a Gyrozetter with a big power boost and durability to boot. As of its latest update, there are 6 of these in total;
    • GT-RRR, which consists of Nissan GT-R Pure Edition, Skyline GT-R V-Spec II and Nissan GT-R Black Edition. It appears in the anime piloted by Shunsuke.
    • Lancer Evolution Zero, which consists of Lancer Evoltuion X GSR, Lancer Evolution IV GSR and Lancer Evolution X GSR High Performance Package.
    • RX-Ω, which consists of RX-8 Type G, RX-7 Type R Bathurst R and RX-8 Type E.
    • GRX Impreza, which consists of Impreza 1.5i-S, Impreza WRX Type R S Ti Version VI and Impreza 2.0i-S.
    • Queen-86, which was added later, consists of Toyota 86 G, Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex and Toyota 86 GT.
    • Eight-eyed Orochi, which was also added later, consists of the 3 Mitsuoka automobiles; Orochi, Viewt and Galue. This particular combined Gyrozetter is a creation of Xenon in the anime, piloted by Touma.
    • Draganos is Xenon's take on this, being formed from a Bulldozer, Crane Truck, Excavator and a Cement Truck.
  • Confusion Fu: The Mazda Demio Gyrozetter's Miracle Capsule move where it spawns a random weapon for the Gyrozetter to utilise, from a giant ice stalactite to a flurry of energy blades. Not even its own pilot would know what pops out.
  • Cool Car: Arguably, every (Gyrozetter) vehicle in the game and anime counts due to their ability to switch from car to Transforming Mecha.
  • Counter-Attack: If an opponent attacks first using their more powerful attack, a player's Gyrozetter can interrupt it and perform a variant of this, negating the opponent's turn in the process. This requires the player to select this attack beforehand however, and if the player attacks first or the opponent uses a normal attack which can not be interrupted, the player will only deal very light damage as a downside.
    • The anime first demonstrates this with Kakeru tricking Touma into using his Dual Blast attack. After Kakeru dodges it, Touma was left wide open for Raibird's Jet Laser Kick.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The purpose of the Soul Eraser system.
  • Darkest Hour: Episode 50. Even though the heroes were able to destroy Xenon's HQ, Michie's Kong Roader and Satori's Anubia were destroyed, Shunsuke loses his Fairlady Z in the fight against Death Xenon and even the might of GT-RRR wasn't enough to even scratch it. Jado refuses to comply with Commander Hisaishi's terms, had Arcadia's HQ bombed and the Eraser Royals have kidnapped Souta and Rinne to be used in Xenon's Moebius-powered Time Machine Cannon.
  • Dancing Theme: All three of the ending animations.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: In Episode 18; Due to Kakeru's refusal to go to the dentist and deal with his tooth cavity, everyone pretty much denies him any chocolate until he does so.
  • Depraved Dentist: See above; it's the only reason Kakeru refuses to have his cavity removed and get it over with.
  • Disney Death: Kakeru suffered this in episode 13. He survived by getting rid of the Hyper Spec upgrade Raibird received before the defeated Great Kraken pulled it deep underwater.
    • This later happens to Touma of all people; Unable to escape from the exploding Xenon base, Touma uses his Eight-eyed Orochi to shield Rinne from the blast, after being moved by Rinne's determination and devotion to protect Kakeru, no matter how bad it gets. Eight-eyed Orochi was destroyed while Rinne survived. It was not until after the final climax was over that Touma reveals himself alive and well and forcefully takes over Xenon and Enel X Corp from Jado.
  • Diving Kick: Numerous Gyrozetters uses some form of this as an attack, usually powered up by different means.
    • The Final Burst performed by Toyota Gyrozetters, Spiral Impact, is a Limit Break version of this.
  • 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: Several Gyrozetters makes use of this. Agito Twin S, Impreza and Lovelue to name a few.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: After finishing ahead of them, Touma was not pleased to find out that Enelcorp interfered with the country rally in order to disqualify Team Arcadia.
  • 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.
  • Finger Firearms: The Hippo Cannon Gyrozetter has gun barrels for fingers, all 5 of them on each hand.
  • 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.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: A given, as many Gyrozetters that has ranged attacks will have these when its not More Dakka or a form of Elemental Powers.
  • 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.
  • Gone Horribly Right: After Xenon succeeds in stealing GT-R's Moebius engine, they later installed it into Guiltice as a method to use Arcadia's power against them. However, due to the engine's resonance from its time in GT-R, it began to resonate with Kakeru's Raibird and after hearing Kakeru's cries, reforms Guiltice and breaks Souta out of his Eraser-01 state. Souta and Guiltice later joins Arcadia's ranks after refusing to return to Xenon.
  • 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.
  • The Gunslinger: The Impreza Gyrozetters in general are heavily inspired by the cowboys of old with aesthetic choices such as a Nice Hat, cowboy boots for feet and in the Impreza WRX's case, a Badass Cape that can be deployed as a pair of robotic birds. In terms of weaponry, the modern Impreza utilizes revoler-like pistols Guns Akimbo style while the Impreza WRX uses a lever-action shotgun while his forearms has an attachment that allows it to shoot like an automatic rifle.
  • 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.
  • Humongous Mecha: Xenon's Draganos, Great Kraken, and Adamant Titan. This is in comparison to normal Gyrozetters which are fairly big to begin with.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Every Gyrozetter's unique weapon(s) are often pulled out of Hammerspace if they're not part of the Gyrozetter itself or simply held by the waist.
  • 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.
  • Japanese Delinquent: The Gyrozetter Lovelue is heavily inspired by this. It's vehicle form is inspired by the Bosozoku modding culture. It's motions and mannerisms fit to a T and when not using its tonfas, its BFG is a cannon on its head in the style of a pompadour (it even slicks the "hair" back as it prepares to fire, complete with Recoiled Across The Room upon firing). This also applies to the Eraser punk trio that occasionally messes with the heroes. So naturally, their Lovelues became their most used Gyrozetters since their first appearance.
  • Jousting Lance: It's a blatant Meaningful Name for every Lancer Evolution Gyrozetter (IV, V and X) uses one of these.
  • 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 in Shining Armor: GT-R's Gyrozetter design is heavily inspired by armor worn by medieval knights. Skyline GT-R also has an alternate yet similar design.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Things get dark whenever Eraser-01 appears. After Eraser-01/Souta's Heel–Face Turn, Eraser Ace and the rest of the Eraser Corp takes up this role.
  • Large Ham: It's a World of Ham, but "Mic-Man" Seki and Professor Claude stand out.
  • Lightning Bruiser: A fair number of Gyrozetters tend to fall into this category. The Mazda Roadster Gyrozetter for example is a fast boxer skilled with both its fists and its legs.
  • Limit Break: Final Bursts, which trigger when the driver's emotional state is at its peak. Upon conclusion, the Gyrozetter that performed the move will be temporarily immobilized if the target wasn't destroyed or defeated, which is also what happens in the game. Going beyond even that can rip the very fabric of time and space itself.
    • In the game, a Gyrozetter's type of Final Burst is dependant on what brand that Gyrozetter belongs to and the damage output is dependant on how much meter the player was able to obtain from a power-strength mechanic. There are 10 different Final Bursts in total as of its latest update. One of those Final Bursts is a big exception, see Zerg Rush for details.
    • Rather than activating one of the pre-determined Final Bursts, the player also has a chance to be able to trigger a unique Final Burst that's utilised by one of the main Gyrozetter pilots, who promptly warps in ahead of you and takes over.
  • Machine Empathy: Some of the Gyrozetter pilots occasionally exhibit this on occasion. Kakeru, Shunsuke and Arcadia's mechanics does this often.
  • Made of Explodium: Xenon's Gyrozetters often explode when defeated by the heroes.
  • The Mafia: The Mitsuoka Galue Gyrozetter has this aesthetic going on. One of its weapons is a dead ringer for a tommy gun and actually smokes on a cigar.
  • Male Gaze: In Episode 2, Kakeru couldn't help but notice Ms' Sui Anaka's... ahem, assets. He promptly received an INA BAUER!!! since Rinne was just right next to them.
  • The Masquerade/Easy Impersonation: Pulled off by Haruka in episode 7. Justified in that the others didn't know what Satori actually looked like.
  • 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 and Dolphine Triple Axle 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, who later becomes Eraser Queen
  • 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.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The MR-S Gyrozetter has 3 pairs of arms on its back, fitting as its a spider-based Gyrozetter. A more traditional example would be the combined Gyrozetter, GRX Impreza; six arms, each with a larger revolver in each hand.
  • Named Weapons: Some Gyrozetters seem to have this such as Raibird's "Thunderclap Blade".
  • Ninja: The Subaru Exiga Gyrozetter, that uses shuriken-shaped energy attacks, has a pair of laser swords and moves in a blink of an eye.
  • Nobody Can Die: From the first moment Touma survives having his own Gyrozetter explode via defeat while piloting it, it would be fairly clear no character, particularly the villains, will likely die in the anime. The only implication of death mentioned in the anime was when Kakeru and Rinne learned about the Gyrozetter War between Arcadia and Xenon in the future as well as the appearance of Psychozetters.
  • No Flow in CGI: Averted, the Dolphine Gyrozetter has flowing hair.
  • 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 Raibird'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.
  • Overly Long Name: Eraser-666's Ursus Gyrozetter, read completely as Ursus Di-Selection Lemon Bear Metallic Color.
  • Panthera Awesome: Arcadia's Berger Gyrozetter, which has a tiger-inspired head and according to Touma, "legs as powerful as a tiger's". There's also a police-variant of Berger, dubbed Pato-Tiger, which has the ability to go as fast as 999 k/mh in the game.
  • Pit Girls: The Arcadia operators don "race queen" outfits when a race or competition of the sort is occurring. They're completely fine wearing them, Yuika, not so much.
  • The Power of Friendship: 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 his passion for comedy.
    • Shunsuke's is having a mission he can fight for.
    • Satori's is her teacher.
    • Rinne's is her brother.
  • Product Placement: All of the official-licensed cars in both the game and Anime. The franchise boasted cars from Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mitsuoka and Mazda. Later updates added more models under the aforementioned brands as well as adding Suzuki and Daihatsu models to the line-up.
  • Promoted to Playable: The game's later updates allows players to be able to take control of Xenon's own fleet of Gyrozetters which includes the Gobli, Gobli Ace, Kerbeizer GT, Medunas, Mad Tauros and Kimeraiger. Guiltice also counts twice with its pre-Heel–Face Turn EX variant and post-Heel–Face Turn ME (Moebius Edition) variant.
  • Rain of Arrows: Anubia's Final Burst, Isis' Judgement.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Pajero's Horseshoe Knuckle, where it powers up and launches a series of these using horseshoe-like knuckle dusters.
  • Recap Episode: The first half of episode 14.
  • Redemption Demotion: After Souta was finally able to escape Xenon's control, the new Eraser Corps will occasionally rub into Souta's fighting abilities while in combat against him, remarking that he and Guiltice were more of a threat during his time as Eraser-01.
  • Refusal of the Call: When Shunsuke first arrived and took a spin in Kakeru's Raibird, he (mistakenly) believes he knows all about "what Gyrozetters can do" and refuses to join Arcadia's fight against Xenon. It's only after witnessing the true ability of a Gyrozetter (no thanks to Kakeru accidentally transforming) that he decides to accept Claude's GT-R as his own and join the fight.
  • 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 Kuro, which is seen in a couple of episodes.
  • Rollerblade Good:
    • Many Gyrozetters have what are implied to be their wheels as part of their feet. As such, these Gyrozetters have the lesser seen ability to take advantage of this, which can also often be seen in the anime. Some even actually use this as part of their attacks that involve charging at an enemy or quick sliding movements.
    • Episode 11 has a prominent example of the above; Kakeru challenges Shunsuke to a race against his GT-R, in Gyrozetter form.
  • Royal Rapier: In contrast to the brutal fighting style of the GT-R with its sword, Shunsuke's Z uses this instead and as such comes with the flair of elegant slashing, impaling and the occasional Storm of Blades.
  • Samurai: A couple of Gyrozetters fall into this category; Mark X and Celica. While the Mark X is the usual samurai flair complete with Dual Wielding a pair of katanas (and slashing everything in an X), the Celica uses a bokuto in contrast and often leaves sakura petals during its attacks.
  • Shed Armor, Gain Speed: Penry The Third, that adorable yet clumsy penguin Gyrozetter can detach its penguin bits in order to begin a series of high-speed melee attacks, a Lethal Joke Character in its own right.
  • 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.
  • Shoot the Medic First: After Rinne reveals Prius Alpha's ability to heal her allies, Touma wastes no time in directly attacking her until her Gyrozetter was out for the count before returning to his fight with Kakeru.
  • 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 or two that are specifically unique to them.
  • 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.
  • Strong Flesh, Weak Steel: Quite blatant on Episode 38, though it may overlap with As Lethal as It Needs to Be. As Kakeru, Rinne and Michie were busy fighting Touma and a pair of Xenon employees, Eraser King launched his spear Gungnir at the center of the conflict, causing a huge explosion. Kakeru, who was out in the open at the time, only had bruises while everyone else's Gyrozetters took a lot of damage, forcing Touma to retreat.
  • 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.
  • 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 extend 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shunsuke's Fairlady Z eventually had a Moebius engine installed in it and got the Gyrozetter treatment. It replaced his GT-R as his primary Gyrozetter while the former took the backup role in the event the Z gets taken down.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Michinori is often seen with cola.
  • Transforming Mecha: Every single Gyrozetter.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Kakeru's. Sadly, they don't do anything.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: Rinne's boots have wheels on them.
  • Turtle Power: The Mazda Biante Gyrozetter is a bipedal turtle with a singular BFG on its back.
  • Twinkle In The Sky: Happens on occasion for comedic effect. Whenever Touma's Gyrozetter gets destroyed, you'll see him being ejected into the sky in his seat. Haruka suffers this fate as well though not as often.
    • 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 features Kakeru not being allowed to eat any chocolate due to his cavity, that is until he takes matters into his own hands.
  • Villainous Crush: After her interactions with Shunsuke during the events listed under The Masquerade, Haruka eventually develops a crush on him. Comes up in Episode 18 where she used Xenon's latest Gyrozetter just to deliver Shunsuke chocolate and comes to a head in Episode 48 where Shunsuke consoles Haruka after she leaves Xenon because of the revelation that she's a clone of Goat's daughter whom he believed had perished.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Eraser-01 and Guiltice serves as this for the heroes when they first appeared. While Eraser-01 was forced to retreat, he wasn't defeated and Kakeru makes note that even something as powerful as a Final Burst wasn't enough to do so. Due to Kakeru's recklessness, his rematch with Guiltice Extreme ended with Raibird being heavily damaged, forcing Arcadia's mechanics to rebuild it.
    • Xenon's Agito Twin S was a lesser example as it was the first opponent that gave Kakeru a challenge.
  • 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. Makes sense considering his biggest idol is a professional wrestler.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Kakeru has a bad habit of using the word "depressingly" during most of his responses. Most of the time its used incorrectly and there are rare times where he uses it correctly, usually when things become serious.
  • Zerg Rush: One of the numerous Final Bursts, Emergency Call, is this combined with a huge case of The Cavalry; if the Gyrozetter in question is one of the ermergency service Arcadian Gyrozetters (such as Pato-Panda (police car), Hippo Siren (ambulance) or Fire-Fire (fire engine)), said Gyrozetter will warp in the middle of downtown New Yokohama calling for backup. One after another, every other Gyrozetter under the same category (not to mention numerous of the same models) will be following the lead Gyrozetter in extreme spectacular fashion until they all transform and proceed to run over the opposing team like a powered-up mech stampede. As seen here.


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