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Princess Connect! Re:Dive (プリンセスコネクト!Re:Dive), is an auto battler Eastern RPG developed by Cygames as a sequel to Princess Connect.

The game's story follows an amnesiac young man who wakes up in the fantasy kingdom of Landsol and embarks on a culinary misadventure across the continent with the Gourmet Food Hall, a guild dedicated to finding the most delicious foods scattered across the land. Along the way, he befriends an increasingly large entourage of beautiful girls, and together, they begin to uncover the secret behind their world held within their lost memories.

It received an animation adaption by Cygames Pictures in April 2020.

It was announced that Re:Dive would be localized by Crunchyroll via their game branch on December 3rd, 2020. A soft launch was released in certain territories for beta testing on December 15, 2020 with the official release on January 19, 2021.

On March 30, 2023, it was announced that the English version would be shut down on April 30.

Tropes in the original game and its sequel Re:Dive:

  • Aborted Arc: As a result of the main writer of the series departing during the final chapters of the first story arc, numerous subplots ended up retooled or dropped in the subsequent story arc, including but not limited to
    • Shadows, the glitchy copies of players containing fragments of their "souls", are a key part of several character's personal stories as well as a vital cog in the main villain's plans. After the first arc ends, they disappear in relevance from the story entirely, despite still appearing regularly in gameplay.
    • Kokkoro's task as an envoy to the real world. Despite being the only person able to travel freely between Astrum and reality, due to the android body constructed specifically for her, she never actually returns to the real world to use it.
    • The racial tensions between humans and beasts make up a major source of conflict in the first arc, and do not magically disappear even after the arc villain is defeated. However, after being given a cursory acknowledgement in the first chapter of the second story arc, they cease to be relevant to any plot thread ever again. This specifically includes tensions between Knightmare, the royal guards, and Caon, the largest Beast guild in Landosol, who were on the cusp of causing a civil war in the first story arc but act as if none of this ever happened when members of the factions meet again in the second arc.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Though their change in personality can also be chalked up to memory modification, many of the characters are softer around the edges compared to how they behaved in Princess Connect. Examples include Rei's character defining jealousy streak becoming a rarer occurrence and Nozomi being much more serious and genuine about her dream of becoming top idol, as well as Saren's Miser qualities being downplayed for her newfound Team Mom attributes. The notable inversions such as Eriko becoming even more Axe-Crazy are implied to explicitly be the result of said memory modification causing certain roleplaying traits of theirs to be exaggerated.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The game frequently has story events that focuses on different characters from the cast.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Given that the girls in love with the 17 year old Yuuki range anywhere from 8 years old to 27, this is inevitable. Particularly notable is Christina, who is not only one of the oldest girls interested in Yuuki, but also one of the most aggressive in attempting to woo him into marriage.
  • An Interior Decorator Is You: You gain access to a guildhouse that you can decorate with various cosmetic and functional furnishings.
  • Anachronism Stew: Landosol is a fantasy kingdom vaguely based on Medieval Europe that also happens to contain gatling guns, Video Games, and Giant Robots. Given that it's a virtual construct, it makes sense that the players would engage in more than a little bit of genre-bending when the whim suits them.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • If you're at the level cap, any experience gained from daily missions is converted into Dungeon Coins, at a rate of two coins per experience point.
    • Most non-Limited Characters are unlockable by collecting enough of their corresponding Memory Shards that are obtained either by farming Hard Quests or Shop coin exchange.
    • Some old eventsnote  are added to the side story, allowing new players to get otherwise old free charactes such as Summer Kokkoro and New Year Muimi. The Hard Mode nodes are also had their clear limit increased from three to five as event Hard Mode nodes are not able to be refreshed.
    • The Character Exchange Pointsnote  was reduced from 300 to 200, greatly reducing the amount of rolls a player needs if they weren't lucky on the banner.
    • New players are also given a permanent 5x EXP Boost and 3x Equipment, Hard Mode, and Very Hard Mode drops until level 200 to allow them to catch up to other players.
      • Another useful tool for new players is the New Player Princess Festival Gacha, a three day special gacha with double rates and Game-Breaker units such as Neneka, Christina, and Ameth so that new players can access them and ease their progress in the game.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Many of the girls have a tendency to dote on Yuuki in a motherly fashion. Chief among them is Kokkoro, who interprets Ameth's oracle to serve her master faithfully as a sign to baby Yuuki and spoil him rotten, more or less becoming an unofficial adoptive mother to him. Despite being eleven years old.
    • Exaggerated by Yuni, who has made a hobby of using her deceptively young looks to get girls younger than her to spoil her like a child while she calls them "mama".
  • Batman Gambit: After Eris manages to kidnap Neneka and Christina, the Gourmet Guild and Twinkle Wish take an airship straight to the Rage Legion's hideout to take them out and rescue the captured Seven Crowns. However, the Rage Legion expected this and all left for Landsol already, with only Zane, their strongest member, staying behind. Thus, Zane can stay behind and stall all six of the only people with Princess Forms, and thus the only ones aside from the Seven Crowns who are powerful enough to fight the Rage Legion, while the others are free to rampage in Landsol and look for other Crowns.
  • Avengers Assemble: In "Re:member ~ The Future Spun By My Desires", all the guilds join together to rescue Yuuki from his Super-Power Meltdown.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Arc 2 ends on this but leaning more on bitter. Yuuki, the Gourmet Guild, Twinkle Wish and many Players are finally able to log out of Astrum and return to the Real World. However, a number of them remain trap in the game, including Shefi. It gets worse from there as the incident had left severe consequences for several of the characters, mainly the Seven Crownes and Pecorine and her family.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: As standard for a gacha game, you can spend real money for jewels, which you can use for things like more gacha draws, stamina refills, and more runs in limited quests. However, you can recruit characters by collecting Memory Shards and use free jewels for most functions as well, so it comes down to whether you want to spend either money or time.
  • Broad Strokes: Re:dive serves as a sort of sequel to the original Princess Connect but at the same time retcons certain details of the first game's plot.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Every character will unfailingly call out the name of their Union Burst every time they use it.
  • Critical Status Buff: Both Valentines' Eriko and Saren have skills that become stronger the lower their HP goes, which can result in some rather unorthodox strategies as players attempt to lower their HP as much as possible without them outright dying. Several arena strategies revolve around 6* Saren barely surviving an initial enemy onslaught before returning the favor with a vengeance.
  • The Cameo: Some female characters from Rage of Bahamut, Shadowverse and Re:Zero make an appearance in this game as collaboration characters. Djeeta, the female protagonist from Granblue Fantasy appears as a playable character as well.
  • Cast Herd: Most of the playable cast is grouped by the guild they belong to. The main exceptions are crossover characters, who due to their nature don't belong to a guild, and even then most of them can still be grouped together by the source material they came from. At the time of writing, the only non-crossover characters that don't belong to a guild are Muimi and Neneka.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • Yuuki, to himself. In Princess Connect and certain flashbacks in Re:Dive, he can be a bit of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and often is the Only Sane Man. Following his memory loss in Re:Dive, he more or less becomes a completely different person, becoming extremely innocent and openly kind towards others with his Deadpan Snarker tendencies being replaced with Cloudcuckoolander ones (though the attentive will notice, in the game, that certain traces of the snark remain, which sometimes leads to questions about how changed he truly is).
    • Also applies to the respective poster girl of each game. Yui is a shy, regular girl proficient in healing magic while Pecorine is a boisterous Pretty Princess Powerhouse who chops monsters up with a sword so she can grill them later.
  • Cognizant Limbs: Multi-target bosses have several target markers under various parts of their body, which all can be damaged separately but share a single health bar. This is to encourage the usage of characters with Area of Effect attacks, as they otherwise lose out in terms of damage output against single-target bosses. The most recognizable multi-target boss is probably Wrath Dragon, the boss of the EX3 dungeon, as once players become strong enough, they will be defeating him everyday as part of their daily dungeon clear.
  • Cool Airship:
    • Akino's family owns one, which she regularly uses to make a Big Entrance from the skies. At the climax of the first arc, Tamaki pilots it on a Suicide Mission and rams it into a massive monster, only surviving due to Hatsune pulling her out of the ship at the last second.
    • As a reference to the original source material they hail from, both Djeeta and Monika dearly wish to own an airship of their own, but unfortunately don't have the crazy amounts of wealth needed to purchase one like Akino does.
  • Crapsaccharine World: A pastel-colored, high fantasy setting filled to the brim with whimsical adventure and fantastical sights... that nonetheless is still teeming with monsters and danger around every corner, even if many of said monsters are adorable in design. Depending on which character you ask, Astraea may be too saccharine or too crapsack for their tastes. Kaiser Insight is sickened by how unrealistically soft and forgiving the world is, while Muimi considers it an unending hell that everyone has been trapped in.
  • Culture Chop Suey: Takes place in a Medieval European Fantasy with an extremely large dose of Japanese culture. Notably, despite the written language being original, the characters canonically speak Japanese, a large number of characters have Japanese names, and many Japanese foods such as onigiri, yakisoba bread and taiyaki are present. This is an early indication that perhaps something is strange about the world.
  • Crossover: Has had a few since its release, most prominently with characters from other games by Cygames as per Cygames tradition.
  • Conspiracy Redemption: Despite being some rather amoral evil geniuses intent on world domination in Princess Connect, the Seven Crowns and Wisdom as a whole get hit with this in Re:Dive to the point of becoming karma houdinis, going from being Yuuki’s former enemies to becoming allies and gaining playable status. It helps, though, that their most villainous member, Mana, is the one they’ve allied with Yuuki to fight against, and that of the three main heroines, Kokkoro ends up being one of the Seven Crowns herself and Pecorine’s family turns out to be their main financial backer. Ironically, two of the members of the Seven Crowns who had nothing to do with their plot to rule the world ended up taking the brunt of the blame from the Japanese government for the other members' actions, as they were the only two who escaped being trapped in Legend of Astrum and remained conscious in the real world to answer for their organization's shady deeds.
  • Damage-Increasing Debuff: Defense debuffing characters are a core to many boss-killing strategies, as strong bosses will take very little damage without first having their defense reduced. Defense reduction also comes in both physical defense and magical defense flavors, so appropriately matching characters that do the right debuff for physical and magical teams is necessary. This is the secret behind Makoto's extreme relevance for an extended portion of the game's lifespan, as she carries one of the most potent physical defense debuffs in the game.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune:
    • The main theme for Re:Dive, "Lost Princess", is sung by the voice actors for the Gourmet Guild. They also sing the chapter end theme, "Connecting Happy!!".
    • "Tsunagu Mono", the main theme for the original (as well as the ED for Chapter 13), is sung by Twinkle Wish, the original main Power Trio.
    • "Mirage Game", the theme for Arc 2, is sung by both the Gourmet Guild (including newcomer Shefi) and Twinkle Wish. The ending theme "Yes! Precious Harmony!" is still sung by just the Gourmet Guild.
    • In general, pretty much every event features an ending theme that is sung by some of the main characters of said event. Given that a new event comes out every month, this results in a regular stream of new songs being produced.
  • Death of Personality: Labyrista warns Yuuki that this could be a possible consequence of restoring his memories, his current personality ceasing to exist and being replaced by his old self.
  • Dramatic Irony: Karyl envies, despises, and loves Pecorine for being so cheerful and honest no matter the circumstance, everything Karyl herself isn't. What she isn't aware of is the fact that Pecorine is merely very good at hiding her insecurities under her Stepford Smiler mask.
  • Dub Name Change: Kyaru is changed to Karyl for the English release.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • In the original Princess Connect, Muimi is a member of the Seven Crowns' Goldfish Poop Gang who is ultimately revealed to be an orphaned Tyke Bomb that they performed plenty of unethical experimentation on while researching her Psychic Powers, causing a great deal of resentment which ultimately leads to her betrayal near the end of the game. In Re:Dive, however, she is overjoyed whenever she reunites with one of her old comrades, all of her former misgivings against them seemingly water under the bridge.
    • After Karyl attempts to kill Pecorine twice under More than Mind Control, the rest of the Gourmet Guild dive into her mind to rescue her from her plight, and plead Karyl to come back to them. Karyl is in disbelief at how nonchalant they are about everything she's done and how readily they accept her back with open arms.
  • Easy Level Trick: The Extreme difficulty dungeon bosses all have mechanics that are designed to inflict a Total Party Kill when the timer begins to run out. The idea is that this forces the player to use multiple parties with different characters to shave off the boss's HP over several battles. However, the Extreme II dungeon boss's gimmick is that in the last twenty seconds, the entire party is hit with a poison debuff with high damage per tick. However, if the party is strong enough to survive a couple ticks of poison damage, it's possible to use characters with healing Union Bursts to heal the damage before the poison kills anyone. Bring two strong enough healers, and it's possible to loop their Union Bursts so that the party never dies to the poison, since all the damage from the poison will massively charge everyone's Union Bursts (which also gives the added benefit of letting the player spam everyone else's Union Bursts). Thus, with enough patience, it's entirely possible to clear the boss with just one party.
  • Elfeminate: The generic adult male elf NPC is a long-haired Bishōnen, while the Narcissist Wholesome Crossdresser Yuki is also an elf. Notably averted, though, by the generic mohawk bandit NPC, who is extremely Gonk in appearance and on close inspection, has pointy elf ears.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The main character is mainly known as the Princess Knight.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The villain of the Four Farmers of the Ranch event is a corrupt auditor who uses his position to defraud Elizabeth Park and other farming guilds so that he can make a fortune selling products using the popular Elizabeth Park brand. He's so convinced that Elizabeth Park will never be able to gather the absurd ammount of money needed to pay off their "taxes" that he starts planning to tear down the farm before the deadline even comes. However, the whole reason Elizabeth Park was popular was because of the goodwill they've built up by being honest people who do honest work. As a result, all their loyal customers, among other people who appreciate the guild, all chipped in, allowing the them to gather the requested sum ahead of schedule. The resulting chain of events leads to the auditor's corruption being exposed to both Elizabeth Park, who proceed to beat up his hired ninjas, and the royal guard, who show up to arrest him after a conspirator he bulied into helping him decided to report him.
  • Inter-Class Romance: Naturally comes into play as Yuuki apparently comes from a regular household, yet has quite a few mindbogglingly wealthy girls interested in him.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The Kingdom of Landsol discriminates heavily against beastfolk, yet the ruling regent is a Beast and nobody seems to mind at all. Christina, the ex vice captain of the palace guards, hints that there is something sinister at play by pointing this out to Tomo, her former subordinate, who is shocked at how she failed to see something so obvious up until now.
  • Fake Memories: In Re:Dive, every character but a select few has been brainwashed into believing ''Legend of Astrum'' to be the reality they have always inhabited, complete with NPC parents and the like. On the other hand, their fake memories are quite shoddily thrown together and are rife with contradictions, leading to quite a few Tomato in the Mirror moments as several characters manage to look beyond the Weirdness Censor and begin to glimpse the Awful Truth about their world.
  • Fantastic Racism: The humanfolk and beastfolk races have been at odds for as long and anyone can remember on the Astraea continent, and the kingdom of Landsol in particular has been known for pushing human supremacist policies and discriminating against its beastfolk citizens. The elves, true to form, are distrustful of all other races and tend to keep to themselves in their Hidden Elf Village. On the other hand, contrary to their Always Chaotic Evil depiction in other works, nobody seems to have a beef against the demonfolk in Landsol and they have good relations with every other race, making them the sole exception to this. Ironically, this can be partially attributed to them waging war on every other race many centuries ago under Ilya's rule, which eventually led to their homeland being destroyed, forcing them to integrate into the surrounding kingdoms.
  • Fish out of Water: Kokkoro eventually manages to return to the real world in an android body, albeit with the majority of her memories of the real world still missing. As such, she ends up being bewildered by the technologically advanced civilization she was once part of not too long ago, and Akira has to slowly acclimate her with explanations from a Landsol cultural point of view.
  • Forced Transformation: After Kasumi and Shiori gain the ability to transform into magical girls, Yuuki is able to force them to transform against their will, embarrassing catchphrase included. This ability is only ever used on Kasumi, however, as Shiori is more than willing to transform into a magical girl at any moment's notice. This eventually becomes a Running Gag with Yuuki constantly forcing Kasumi to transform for various petty reasons, such as Monika and Tomo being curious about his ability to do so.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: The server-wide raid events feature this. For the Arc 1 raid against Kaiser, you're only allowed to use certain party members against specific bosses, to simulate everyone splitting up to take on Kaiser and her giant monsters. For the Arc 2 raid against the Rage Legion, any party member can be used, but specific party members get a boost if they're used against the Rage Legion member they're fighting in-story.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Every event story has a boss that is fought as part of the gameplay portion of the event, but how well said boss is integrated into the plot of each event varies wildly. For example, in the Vampire Hunter with Ilya event, the boss, a giant wolf monster, barely has anything to do with the main thrust of the plot, where Maho and Kaori hunt down the legendary vampire Ilya only to eventually befriend her.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: It's eventually revealed by Mana that she has already experienced multiple loops where Yuuki and his allies have defeated her. The player can choose to trigger the loop in Chapter 15 after Yuuki is mortally wounded by Mana and Labyrista presents him with a choice to activate his Deadly Upgrade and continue fighting at great risk or go back and do it all over again, with the anime depicting what happens if Yuuki chooses the latter option.
  • Healer Signs On Early: One of the characters everyone gets when they start the game is Yui, a healer-type character.
  • High School AU: The game imports the "Shadowverse Academy" joke setting from Shadowverse as the backdrop to the shared dreams Yuuki has with Arisa. It's written off as Ameth writing her own fanfiction of a meeting between Yuuki and Arisa in That World, as the two had never actually met each other there before.
  • High Turnover Rate: The vice captain position of Nightmare, the palace guards, has gone through quite a few characters. Saren left the position to run an orphanage, and Christina is fired from the position after going rogue and launching an attack on Caon. As of the current story arc, the position is still empty, with Saren declining to return to the position, leaving Tomo to pick up some of the slack to take the burden off of Jun.
  • Hired to Hunt Yourself: In Vampire Hunter with Ilya, Caon hears rumors about the return of "the legendary vampire", which leads Maho and Kaori to decide to hunt down the vampire. However, they'd never heard of vampires before, and due to a misunderstanding about their classic weaknesses to garlic and stakes, decide that a "legendary vampire" needs "legendary" items in order to slay, which leads to them searching for bitter melon and an udon pin. While searching for these items, they come across Ilya, the legendary vampire herself, and end up recruiting her help in hunting these items. Ilya, not know why they're looking for such wierd items, just assumes that they're planning on cooking something. By the time the misunderstanding is resolved, the three of them have become close friends and can't bring themselves to fight each other. Thus, Maho and Kaori report that the rumor was a hoax and invite Ilya to eat bitter melon udon with them.
  • Horned Humanoid: All members of the demon and dragon races have horns on their heads. This doesn't necessarily mark them as evil (Rei and Gream for example, both have horns and both are firmly on the side of good) though it does mark at least one of the (Eriko) as someone to be wary of.
  • Image Song:
    • Each event ends with one, sung by whoever was central to the event, either a duet between two characters, or a group song sung by one of the Guilds.
    • Carmina, being an in-universe idol group, has an individual song for each member (played durring their Character Stories), as well as a group song (played durring their Guild story and at the end of Chapter 9).
    • The Gourmet Food Palace, being the main characters, their own solo themes as well as a group song, in addition to being the ones singing the main theme.
  • Improbable Age: Much of the cast is in their teens yet have formed their own successful guilds. A special shoutout goes to Saren, who has a storied resume of having resigned from being vice-captain of the palace guards so she could become an orphanage director instead, all at the tender age of seventeen years old.
  • Improbably Female Cast: All named recruitable characters are female or female-presenting, making the main character The One Guy in the cast.
  • Infinity +1 Sword:
    • The Tenrou Hadanken, Muimi's trademark weapon. It boasts offensive power beyond any normal weapon and upon losing it in Re:Dive, she becomes significantly more useless in a fight. Upon regaining it, she immediately displays its awesome power by wiping out an enormous horde of monsters in a single swing.
    • Fans often joke that Mimi's Carrot Sword is also an Infinity +1 Sword rivaling the Tenrou Hadanken, as Mimi becomes an incredibly powerful attacker upon equipping it in gameplay.
  • Level-Locked Loot: Several pieces of equipment have level restrictions on them and can't be equipped on a character until they hit the requisite level.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine:
    • The kingdom of Landsol and its surrounding world are actually part of the VRMMO Legend of Astrum. In an event that eventually became known as "Minerva's Imprisonment" in the real world, the minds of the players were trapped inside and brainwashed into believing it to be reality. Much of the overarching plot deals with trying to return to the real world.
    • Ameth runs her own more benevolent version of a Lotus-Eater Machine, where she visits Yuuki and the girls in their dreams and has them re-experience treasured memories of theirs from That World, as part of her plan to slowly restore their memories.
  • Magical Girl:
    • When Yuuki, Kasumi, and Shiori meet the magical mascot Mora, he offers the latter two the ability to transform into magical girls. For unexplained reasons, however, the actual trigger for the transformation becomes tied to Yuuki's Princess Knight power, which allows him to trigger their transformation whenever he pleases, even against their will. Later on, the two are joined by Tomo and Monika, who was actually Mora's original partner from Rage of Bahamut, forming a four-person magical girl squad.
    • Princess Form is also pretty much a magical girl transformation by another name, each Princess Form being accompanied by a lovingly animated transformation sequence and an outfit adorned with tons of frills. and multi-colored wings.
  • Male Gaze: For several of the characters due to being targeted to a male demographic.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: With a dash of Clarke's Third Law and Fantastic Science. Legend of Astrum was created by an organization of genius researchers known as Wisdom. Their crowning jewel and administrator of the game, Minerva, is a hyper-advanced AI labeled a technological singularity with abilities far beyond human understanding. Both Minerva and Legend of Astrum are also products of Wisdom's earlier research into supernatural phenomena, particularly their research into Muimi's powerful psychic abilities. In fact, all magic that the characters are able to use within Legend of Astrum are merely theoretical replications of Muimi's abilities. As such, it is difficult to determine whether everything that happens within Legend of Astrum is the result of mundane technology or genuine supernatural forces at work.
  • Murderous Malfunctioning Machine: The Nakayoshi Xnote , a giant robot haphazardly built in a disastrous collaboration between Mercurius Foundation and the Friendship Club. It promptly razes St. Theresa Academy to the ground after being activated and proceeds to trashtalk the members of the Friendship Club.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Happens with distressing frequency to Mana. In the original Princess Connect, Novem and Octo backstab her during the final battle and join the protagonists, smugly revealing that they’ve been working with Minerva the entire time to free themselves from Wisdom’s clutches. In Re:Dive, Karyl also betrays her during the final battle, pretending to accept Mana’s offer of reconciliation to return to her side, only to attempt a Taking You with Me via magical explosion. Christina also goes from fanatically loyal to Mana in Princess Connect to furiously trying to gut her in the final battle of Re:Dive after one too many betrayals.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: The Shadows are merely errors produced by reality. They are non-sentient, and rarely pose a real threat to people. Even when they do attack, their attacks carry no meaning or intelligence behind them and thus are extremely easy to fend off, as evidenced by the fact that a shadow of Saren is easily dispatched by her incompetent maid Suzume. If a Shadow's precarious existence is stabilized long enough for them to interact with humanity for an extended period of time however, they can develop sentience, as in the case of Kiiri.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Seven Crowns, the villains of the original Princess Connect, are the seven leaders of WISDOM, a powerful, shadowy U.N. organization behind the creation of Legend of Astrum. However, the united front they present at the start of the game slowly crumbles as the story proceeds until they become more of a Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering. In Re:Dive, the Seven Crowns remain scattered until Mana sufficiently antagonizes the other members to unite against her on the side of the protagonists.
  • One-Steve Limit: Not kept to, for whatever reason. For example there's Yuuki, Yuki, Yui, Yuni, and Yukari, the latter four being recruitable (the first being the player character). That's just the worst case.
  • Online Alias: Averted to an incredibly illogical degree. Almost every character uses their real name as their online handle, despite being able to freely choose any username, which makes recognizing each other in real life incredibly easy. The only characters who play it straight are the Seven Crowns, especially Neneka and Akira. The former even gives a lecture at Yuuki's school about the importance of data privacy, while the latter stresses the importance of using an online alias to keep yourself safe on the internet to Kokkoro, indicating that there is awareness of this trope in their world, which only makes every other character's avoidance of this trope even more strange.
  • Psychic Powers:
    • Hatsune has these, and can use them in tandem with her magic to drop meteors on her unsuspecting enemies. The problem is that even light usage of her psychic abilities will cause her to fall asleep afterwards... and start floating in the air during her nap. Though she may not stand out that much in Landsol, where magic users are a common sight, Hatsune also possesses her psychic powers in That World, where she is terrified that she may wake up one day Strapped to an Operating Table as a science experiment. It turns out her fears are somewhat justified, as another fellow psychic, Muimi, grew up in a lab as a guinea pig after being discovered and taken in by Wisdom.
    • Muimi's own psychic powers actually turn out to be the basis for all magic in Legend of Astrum, with every form of magic actually being a theoretical replication of what Muimi can do with her psychic powers.
  • Orphaned Etymology:
    • Yuni presents a project proposal to Mercurius Foundation dubbed "the Pikapika Yunicopter", a magical flying drone. The name immediately elicits confusion, and Tamaki asks what the "-copter" part of the name is supposed to stand for. Yuni herself has no idea.
    • The notion of conveyor belt sushi also exists in Landsol, despite nobody knowing what a conveyor belt is.
    • The Astraea royal family, continent of Astraea, and world of Astrum are all named after the Greek goddess Astraea, who is completely non-existent in the world of Astrum.
  • Power Gives You Wings: A universal feature of all Princess Forms is the energy wings emitted while it is active, each user having their own unique set of wings. Said wings are implied to be related to those of the Guide Fairies, as improper usage of Princess Form temporarily turns the user into a tiny fairy instead, as Nanaka unfortunately found out when she tried to force the transformation for fun. Said wings also have lead the fanbase to label each Princess Form as an Expy of certain protagonist mobile suits from Gundam, due to the resemblances in the shape of their wings.
  • Protagonist Power-Up Privileges: When Yuuki unlocks the ability to grant Princess Form to his allies, Pecorine and Yui are the first to be granted this privilege, followed soon by the other members of the Gourmet Guild and Twinkle Wish.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Applies to quite a few of the guilds. The queens of this trope are probably Weiss Flugel, formed by Monika Weisswind with the intention of creating an elite force of soldiers only to end up with a Highly-Visible Ninja, Stalker with a Crush, Combat Sadomasochist, and an Androgynous Narcissist.
  • Relationship Values: You build bond levels by using characters on quests or giving them gifts. With each bond level, you unlock another episode in their character story, which gives them a stat boost the first time you watch it.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: the series contains numerous people and places named after Greek mythology, such as the Astraea continent, Elpis Island, Hecate of the Hurricane, and Eris. Oddly enough, Minerva is the odd one out, being named after a Roman goddess, despite presumably being the inspiration for the rest of the Theme Naming, as the others were named after she was.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Male-variant. A Recurring Gag is that several people would believe that Yuuki is one of the girls' boyfriend.
  • Standard Fantasy Races: In Princess Connect, there are five races present in Landsol. The beastfolk are generally associated with the Stout archetype, being known for their physical strength, the Fairy archetype is represented by the guide fairies and the elves, envoys of Minerva and the most magically proficient race, respectively, and the Mundane archetype contains the humanfolk and somewhat surprisingly, the demonfolk. In Re:Dive, the Guide Fairies have disappeared from the face of Landsol, with Nebia being more or less Last of Her Kind, and the fifth slot has been replaced with the dragonfolk.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Arc II ends with majority of Astrum players being forcibly logged out of the game. Arc III shows that while there are some people in the know that Astrum isn't the real world, the vast majority of the players trapped didn't. As a result they are taken a back and confused with the sudden change and believe that they were whisked away from their home as opposed to returning to their original world.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: When Dragon's Nest and Twinkle Wish end up battling each other, Hiyori and Kaya are matched against each other due to their shared Bare-Fisted Monk fighting styles. The former is a cat Beast with a tiger motif while the latter is well, a dragon.
  • Time Skip: There's a month-long one between the Prologue and Chapter 1 of the Main Story, during which the main character meets most of the playable cast, and an even longer one between Chapter 3 and Chapter 4, during which the Gourmet Guild forms and goes on most of their adventures.
  • Title Drop: "Princess Connect" is eventually revealed to be the name of the process through which Minerva reads the heart of a princess and grants her true desire.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: Upon being defeated, Mana informs the protagonists that the fearsome enemy that she had intended on fighting with her accumulated power is now their problem instead, but fails to elaborate before passing out.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Harming Yuuki is a sure way to bring out the girls' wrath.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
    • A considerable number of minor characters in the story are actually non-sentient, low-level AI, and as such are treated with rather casual indifference by characters who aware of the truth of their world. At one point, a massive number of them are killed and converted into magical power and this is treated as a minor tragedy at worst.
    • Subverted in the case of Kiiri, a Shadow of Kasumi who Kasumi herself captures to perform experimental research on. Over the course of several days, Kiiri develops from being unable to do anything but utter broken phases on repeat to being able to hold an extended conversation and express joy as she talks with Kasumi and Yuuki. Tragically, she ultimately ends up being subject to deletion by the world, but Ameth manages to archive her data so that she can continue to interact with Kasumi and Yuuki in their dreams, acknowledging her as a rare AI that has managed to attain true sentience like herself.
  • Wutai: The town of Oedo (named after the Edo period of Japan) is the source of all Japanese-esque culture in the Astraea continent. Ironically, it is Ninon who ends up explaining the culture of Oedo to her fellow guild members Ayumi and Yuki, despite the fact that in That World, Ayumi and Yuki are Japanese while Ninon is a French ouiaboo.
  • You Fool!: In the event, "The Angelic Foundation and the Saintly School Lycéennes", the three members of the St. Theresa Academy (Friendship Club) Guild have been arguing which one of them counts as the biggest fool for their involvement in the Friendbot X's creation before the boss battle. Then the Friendbot X calls them the "fool trio" and all three reverse track to decide that the robot is the real fool all along, taking offense to the robot insulting them the same way they insult each other.


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Twilight Caravan

Despite the fact the guild is notorious for being dangerous and has plenty of demon girls as members, Twilight Caravan is still a heroic guild.<br><br>Case in point, they're shown stopping a group of criminals..

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