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"You should just crush them in your other form."


Look Twenty Minutes Into the Future. When a violent, monstrous cyborg runs loose on a motorcycle racing track, hero champion Gerd Frentzen is crippled, seemingly for life. But he gets better with the help of a mysterious woman, reviving as a super-powered cyborg himself. After the paparazzi catch him turning Demoniacs (the afore-mentioned monstrous cyborgs) into properly pwned ashes, the media hails him as the Messiah. However, there is more to his miraculous comeback than meets the eye, and he's not the only super-cyborg on the block...hell, he's not even one of the strongest, because this show is not about him...

Blassreiter feels like a Kamen Rider series animated by the same guys as Vandread or Soukou no Strain, with an intriguing and heartrending story spiced with eye-catching battle scenes. There is a powerful social message folded into this vividly animated seinen action series, made even more shocking by its reality. There's the main conflict of humanity trying to earn its right to survive against the rise of its "evolution," the profanely powerful Amalgams, which is impressive enough in its execution to stand alone. Then, entwined within the personal stories of the characters is a dramatic exploration of the kind of elitist, anti-immigrant, xenophobic oppression you know happens in real life, which adds an entirely new depth and impact to the work.

Produced by GONZO, and like most of their other works, highly underrated.

Tropes used in Blassreiter include:
  • Absolute Cleavage: Amanda and Beatrice
  • Action Girl: Amanda and Beatrice
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Big Bad completely overruns the XAT base.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Deceased Gerd and Hermann take over Joseph's body in the Final Battle while he hovers between life and death.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Not too ancient, but still counts.
  • Apocalypse Wow:
    • It's even called so. What with Pale Rider and all.
    • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Sword Rider (War), Scale Rider (Famine), Bow Rider (Conquest) and Pale Rider (Death) (in the meaning "Pale Rider nanobots" it would be Pestilence, but then there's The Pale Rider, or "Blassreiter").
      • Interestingly, this trope could thematically apply to 4 central characters: Gerd (White-Conquest), Joseph (Blue/Black-Famine), Hermann (Red-War), and Xargin (Pale-Death). The first 3 even have Cool Bikes as their mounts, while Xargin rides an actual horse.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Malek
  • Ate His Gun: Al, post-resurrection, as well as one of the XAT Red Shirts when he starts to transform.
  • Author Appeal: Someone clearly likes motorcycles. And big breasts, but that's a GONZO thing.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Hermann, Al, Sasha; though they eventually end up being Killed Off for Real.
    • Also absolutely everyone in the last scene, but that one is justified since they're clearly holograms, and there's no reason to assume it was anything other than a way to make Amanda feel better.
  • Badass: Joseph, Gerd
  • Badass Biker: Joseph, Gerd, Hermann.
  • Badass Longcoat: Hermann, Xargin.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Those bullies really should have just left Malek and Johann alone.
  • Blessed with Suck: Becoming an Amalgam will make you unbelievably strong, but will also very likely make you a genocidal psychopath.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: You know that disturbing aura around Xargin? It's not making you fear for you life, it's making you question your sexuality...
  • Big Bad: Xargin, and he's pretty!
  • Break the Cutie: Poor, poor Malek.
  • Character Development: Malek is the only character that changes much over the series, with everyone else more getting character reveals through flashbacks. Still, he goes from an angsty wimp agonizing over why God won't solve his problems for him to a decidedly heroic Ascended Fanboy who succeeds Joseph
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The bullet that Brad carries around his neck is later used to Mercy Kill his old partner, Lena.
    • After the fall of the XAT, Amanda paints Al, Brad and Lena's names onto the top of her Transforming Mecha, and soon after the kanji for the word 'Bond' gets added. This later serves to snap Al out of his amalgam-induced Face Heel Turn.
  • Cloning Blues: It's revealed in the last episode that Mai Fong is a clone, and would have died relatively soon anyway. It's not clear who she's a clone of, but considering one of the Minister's comments, its likely his daughter.
  • Conspicuous CGI: Perfectly okay, because it's fucking awesome.
  • Cool Bike: Shapeshifting jet bike with smart and talkative and cute... err... "auto-pilot".
  • Dark Action Girl: Beatrice
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Joseph looks pretty shady for a hero, and the way his partner keeps talking... And even Snow looks quite demonic when transformed.
  • Dark Messiah: Xargin. For crying out loud, his Leitmotif sounds like goddamned angels singing.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Joseph has two, one where they inject something in to him to make he lose his temper and make his a anger go Up to Eleven, and another one in the final battle, where he takes a pill said to kill any amalgam where it goes Up to Eleven a second time.
  • Death by Origin Story: Sasha. She gets better.
  • Driven to Suicide: Johann, Malek's only friend, which finally manages to Break the Cutie.
  • Dying as Yourself: All the Amalgamized XAT members; one Red Shirt even kills himself after he starts Amalgamizing in a combination of this trope and Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Emergency Transformation: Done to Joseph, by the very guy who made it necessary, Xargin.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: One of main advantages the Pale Rider series of low-level body augmentation gives its users is ability to harmoniously meld with equipment such as vehicles and weapons, automatically building intuitively learnable interface that feels natural, instead of all those unwieldy mechanical controls.
  • Fairy Sexy: Elea has a rather interesting looking avatar.
  • Final Battle: An appropriately epic one, at that.
  • Final Girl: Practically invoked with Amanda.
  • Friend or Foe:
    • XAT doggedly diverts their resources to the big hunt for Joseph. Even when he prefers to be fired at than to hurl a XAT operative or two over yonder house or something. They don't think it's a good idea to stop after he took a bullet protecting an Innocent Bystander when XAT's own sniper failed to check what's around his target.
    • In XAT's defense, Amanda was the only one to come to this revelation, and seeing as they'd just seen Joseph surrounded by sliced and diced cops, she was the only one who was still ready to accept the possibility he might be different from ALL the other Amalgams so far encountered.
  • Gratuitous English: the opening, "amalgam" is an old English word
  • Gratuitous German: "Amalgam" is a modern (if technical) German word, too. "Blassreiter" does translate to "Pale Rider", more or less, but completely lacks the badass connotations of the latter.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Al, Brad, Lena, the Apocalypse Knights in grand fashion.

"That's the way it is. Some people live, and some people get eternal bragging rights for escorting them to safety."