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Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Creator: Ken Akamatsu
Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Character Designer: Masahide Yanagisawa
Music: Takayuki Hattori
Animation Director: Tsuyoshi Nakano
Animation Studio: Production I.G./Xebec
American Producers: Geneon/Pioneer
Title: I will protect the peace of Japan!
Running Time: 88
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 7
1: "I" Myself Will Protect Japan!
2: Mao-Chan's First Dispatch!
3: Misora-Chan of the Air Defense Force
4: Air and Ground Are One
5: Sylvia of the Sea Defense Force
6: Shall We Eat Something for Now?
7: We Even Defend Against a Water Skipper
Episode 1: "I" Myself Will Protect Japan!
Mao Onigawara is a very special second grade girl. Her grandfather, Rikushiro Onigawara, is head of the Japanese Ground Defense Forces and he has a very special duty for his precious granddaughter. It is her duty to defeat any and all cute aliens that may land on Japanese earth.
But first, she needs to perform a triple vault in PE. She races down, leaps in the air, and lands unceremoniously on her rump. Her best friend, Misora, rushes up to help her fallen friend and tries to whisk away the pain with a humorous action. Their teacher, Ms. Mishima, sighs and tells Misora to take Mao to the clinic.
Later, as the girls leave school for the day, a tank comes rolling up to the front gates. Suddenly, the cloverleaf badge on Mao's chest flashes and begins to speak. "Private Mao, you are order to proceed to the designated area and prepare to defend Japan.", the voice intones. Mao confirms the order and transforms into her battle uniform via the badge's power. She climbs aboard the tank and rumbles off, with Misora waving good-bye.
Unseen by the two girls are two older girls watching them from behind the gateposts. Suddenly, Yuriko, one of the girls sprouts cat ears and the other, Chinami, hisses "President! Your Ears!"
As she arrives at her position, there is a debate raging in the Japanese Diet, their parliament. Law makers demand to know why such a costly program was approved. The prime minister hems and haws until Rikushiro stands and makes a defiant speech that motivates the politicians and draws cheers from the admiring gallery of pretty young women. Even Ms. Mishima, who has assumed her real role as Mao-chan's commander, squeals "He's so cool!"
In the sky above Tokyo, a capsule comes roaring down. It fills the sky with an ominous green glow and everyone looks upward in fear. It splits open and a form emerges. It's a giant, cute cat, complete with parachute and it floats gently down to land right in front of Mao and her tank. "I am very sorry, Mr. Alien", Mao tells the creature as she prepares to strike the kitty with her baton.
But a gust of air catches the parachute and the cat is lifted up into the air. Since the cat is no longer on the ground, it is no longer Mao's responsibility. Instead, it is now up to Misora, who happens to be in charge of aliens in the air, to defeat the cat. But before she and her red jet can get to the kitty, it drops into the bay and becomes the problem of Sylvia Maruyama, yet another 8 year old warrior, who operates out of a mini-submarine.
Sylvia decides to push the cat back on to dry land, thus making it Mao's responsibility again. Together with Misora, the two girls end up racing back and forth as the alien cat chases them.
All of this is broadcasted nationwide and lawmakers and citizens alike have tears in their eyes as they see the three 8 years olds crying on the screens. Rikushiro leaps up and announces that this is the time to use the defense barrier and everyone agrees (except for one politician who is quickly rendered unconscious).
With the go-ahead to use their ultimate weapon, the girls run to get into position. They need to form a triangle surrounding the alien. Sylvia and Misora quickly get into position and start the process. A blast of energy shoots out from Sylivia's baton and streaks toward Misora. She catches it with her baton and relays it to Mao. Unfortunately, Mao stumbles and the beam shoots out into the city. Instead of being neat and contained, the massive explosion destroys the alien and a good chunk of the city.
As the smoke clears, the three girls appear, sitting at the bottom of a crater, crying. A photo snaps and becomes the cover of the local paper. The headline declares "Millions of dollars in damages! Politicians' Approval Ratings Soar to 89%!" This is where the episode ends.
Episode 2: Mao-Chan's First Dispatch!
Just how did an 8 year old girl come to be Japan's first line of defense against aliens from outer space? It all began on Mao's eight birthday....
Mao, her father and Rikushiro, commander of the Ground Defense Forces and Mao's grandfather, gather to celebrate the special event in Mao's living room. Rikushiro has brought her a very unique gift - a cloverleaf badge that they recovered from an alien. He hands to Mao and tells her that she will now be a member of the Ground Defense Forces, specializing in alien attacks. Mao accepts the gift, remembering to call her grandfather "chief of staff" and puts it on.
A green light emerges and begins to fill the room. Soon enough, an explosion sends billowing black clouds of smoke out of the house. When the smoke clears, it reveals Mao, wearing a cute red uniform and holding a baton. "It will work!", Rikushiro exclaims.
At Ground Defense Headquarters, Colonel Mishima walks confidently done the hall. Two male soldiers comment on her high IQ and her best of the best rating. After she passes, they throw in that she is extremely cute as well. Mishima is on her way to the Chief of Staff's office.
There, she finds Rikushiro with Mao in his lap, tickling her. Mishima, caught unaware, wonders if the Chief has a Lolita complex until she learns that Mao is his granddaughter. Rikushiro proceeds to inform Mishima that Mao is now a member of the Ground Defense Force and that she, Mishima, is responsible for her. Mishima promptly face-faults.
Training and publicity ensues for Mao and she appears in magazines, newspapers, and TV spots. Even at school, she is followed by the paparazzi. Misora, her best friend, thinks it is all cool and wishes she could be a Ground Defense Force member. But Mao reminds her that her grandfather is the Air Force Chief of Staff and he would not be happy to have his granddaughter working for a competing unit.
Suddenly, Mao's cloverleaf flashes and Mishima's voice comes through, informing Mao that she has been dispatched. Mao gets up and dashes off.
Mao is transported to the Alien's landing spot and is given permission to transform. She does so and stands ready for the arrival. The city and Misora look on via a live TV broadcast.
The capsule carrying the alien rockets down and slams into the ground, knocking Mao over. She starts to cry,as she skinned in her knee in the process. But she stops her tears and approaches the capsule. It shakes, twists and opens, revealing an adorable bunny. "Are you an Alien?", she asks the creature. It makes a cute noise and nods its head yes. Mao sighs, apologizes to the bunny and then taps it on the head with her baton, knocking it unconscious.
Mao scoops up the alien, holds it in her lap and reports that the situation is under control. Everyone breaks out into a joyous cheer. This is where the episode ends.
Episode 3: Misora-Chan of the Air Defense Force
With Mao's success, the Ground Defense Force becomes the nation's hero. They are rewarded with a new headquarters and Mao is the most popular figure in all of Japan. People, including Misora, tune in to watch everyday things like Mao practicing her salute.
This popularity does not go unnoticed by Sorajiro Tsukishima, Air Defense Force Chief of Staff and Misora's grandfather. He decides that he will have to counter Rikushiro somehow.
Meanwhile, Rikushiro has a very important job for Colonel Mishima. He places her as Mao's new homeroom teacher. When she introduces herself to the class, Mao stands up and blurts out "What are you doing here?" Ms. Mishima responds by tapping "Be Quiet" in Morse code on her desk. Mao sits down and replies in Morse code as well.
Misora then taps out a question to Mao, who replies in kind, telling Misora that Ms. Mishima is actually a Ground Defense Force senior staff member and Misora then pops up, saluting. Ms. Mishima taps "Be Quiet" to her as well.
After class, Ms. Mishima, Misora, and Mao all meet outside. Mishima informs Mao that she is to report to HQ and she then introduces herself to Misora, noting that she is well aware that Misora's grandfather is the Air Defense Force's Chief of Staff. Again, unseen from the sidelines, Yuriko and Chinami spy on Mao. Yuriko comments that Mao is a cute girl that you could teach lots of things to and then her hidden ears pop out again. "President! Your ears!", Chinami cries.
At HQ, Rikushiro and Mishima show Mao her new assistant, a tank that Rikushiro calls "White Tiger." But Mao immediately renames it Mee-kun. The tank nods in agreement to the name change and they bond swiftly. Mishima tries to slip in that she was the creator of the tank but she is ignored. The repair crew then asks what is Mao going to do with the tank, given that it is actually a 1:1 model kit. Humorously, the camera pulls back to reveal the box, oversized modeling tools, and crew members picking up the leftover plastic parts from the kit.
It is then that the alarms sound and they are informed of the approach of another alien. Mao boards the tank and heads out. Rikushiro turns to Mishima and orders her to contact all of the media outlets.
On the street, all of the TVs switch to coverage of the battle. Everyone gathers round to watch as Mao and Mee-kun get into position. Then the alien, a cute bat, flitters into view. The bat pulls out a small bomb and tosses it at Mao. Mao tries to get out of the way but she falls down. The bomb explodes in a cloud of pink smoke and when it clears, it reveals that Mee-kun protected Mao.
But the bat gets away, flying off into the sky. Since she can't fly and Mee-kun's gun doesn't fire, there is nothing she can do and Mao begins to cry. Suddenly there is a sparkle in the sky and a red jet comes zooming up.
It's Misora! Her grandfather has made her a member of the Air Defense Forces and has given her an alien power badge, just like Mao's. Misora transforms, her uniform looking just like Mao's, except for the addition of a set of angel's wings and she confronts the bat.
But instead of striking it, she scolds the creature and it gives up. Everyone, still watching on TV, erupts into cheers and one woman admires Misora for her non-violent solution of scolding. Back at their respective headquarters, both Sorajiro and Rikushiro swear that they will not be upstaged by the other and they conclude their remarks by stating that they will prove that their granddaughter is the cutest. This is where the episode ends.
Episode 4: Air and Ground are One
With Misora's success, there are now two darlings of the Japanese people. Unfortunately, in the hearts of the two Chiefs of Staff, there can be only one winner. Sorajiro proceeds to build a new HQ for the Air Defense and to promote Misora and this draws the ire of Rikushiro.
At school, Mao and Misora congratulate each other. Mao then bumps into Yuriko, the redheaded older student that has been spying on her. Misora identifies her as the student body president and before they can exchange more than a few words, Chinami comes racing up and drags Yuriko off. She proceeds to scold Yuriko for talking to Mao but is cut off when she realizes that a group of other students are watching them.
Meanwhile, Mishima despairs that she will be left stuck at the school and not be able to assist her beloved Rikushiro. But then she lands on what she thinks is a perfect plan. As their homeroom teacher, she has a legitimate reason to visit her student's home. It's the perfect opportunity to visit Rikushiro at home. With visions of him in her head, she races to her classroom only to find that Mao and Misora are not there. Both of them left with their grandfathers.
In a black limo, Rikushiro orders Mao not to lose to the Air Defense Forces. Mao tries to ask why but she told that there is no why, but, or failure allowed. The same conversation occurs in the blimp that Misora and her grandfather call home. Both girls go back to their rooms, sadden by the turn of events.
Then the alarm comes in. Another alien is approaching. Both forces scramble but it is the Air Defense Force that moves the fastest. Misora zooms to the site on her 1:1 scale model jet fighter and transforms.
The capsule arrives and pops open. This time, the alien is a giant blue bird. Misora is frightened by the bird and it begins to chase her around the sky. Mao arrives and she calls to Misora, who happily swoops down into Mao's arms. Mao tells Misora that the Ground and Air should work together. Both Ground and Air are Japan and they are there to defend Japan.
Embolden, the two girls stand and raise their batons. Suddenly their cloverleaf badges begin to glow and a light surrounds them. "It's the Light of Kusanagi", comments Yuriko as she and Chinami watch the events unfold on a TV. "But that is not possible. They are full blood earthlings.", states Chinami.
The light grows and suddenly a huge explosion occurs. It knocks the alien out of the sky and everyone gasps, waiting to see what happened to their pint-sized heroines. They are okay!
The two grandfathers come racing up and find the girls hugging one another. Mao asks, with the cameras still rolling, if it would be okay for the two forces to work together and the men grudgingly agree. This is where the episode ends.
Episode 5: Syliva of the Sea Defense Force
Now that the two members of the alien defense force are in their homeroom, the class calls a meeting and opens the floor for discussion. Nobody has any questions, except Mao, who wants to know why the aliens are targeting Japan. This causes Mishima to topple backwards in her chair.
Later, at the Ground Defense Force Headquarters, Mishima presents a lecture on the origin of the aliens to a small of audience of Rikushiro, Sorajiro, Mao aan Misora. She explains that a few years earlier, they found an alien, a flying turtle (the same turtle that appears in the Love Hina series) that they called Cosmic Tamaya-chan. The alien won everyone's heart and eventually laid four capsule-like eggs in the sand. Three of them contained the cloverleaf badges that Mao and Misora use to transform and the fourth held a message that read "Japan is being targeted."
In the dining room after the lecture, Mao and Misora sit down to eat their lunch. But the meal is interrupted by the arrival of another alien. The girls transform and depart to greet the capsule. Meanwhile, both Rikushiro and Sorajiro, who brings his ever present Star Blazers doll with him, dash off to the top secret item storage room. Unfortunately, the item they arfe looking for, the third and final cloverleaf, is gone. It is then that Adalbert von Maruyama steps out of the shadows and admits that he took the item.
At the alien landing site, Mao and Misora await the creature. But this time, it is a cute goldfish and it splashs down far from shore. The girls despair, since neither of them are equipped to deal with water operations. It is then that Sylive Maruyama appears and walks out onto the beach.
After introducing herself, Sylvie reveals that she is a member of the Sea Defense Force, being the granddaughter of Sea Defense Force Chief of Staff Adalbert von Maruyama, She transforms to prove her point and the other girls cheer up at the knowledge that there is someone who can handle the alien.
Unfortunately, Sylive cannot swim. This leaves the girls right back where they started until Sylvie says that her grandfather told her that if she prays to her baton, amazing thing would happen. Sylvie begins to pray but nothing happens. She stops and looks at and it is then that it starts to glowing. The glow grows in intensity and then bursts into a powerful beam that zooms out into the ocean. There is a huge explosion and ocean water rains down on the girls. Then Misora says "Look!" and everyone turns to see that the alien has been defeated by the blast.
Once again, everyone cheers as they watch the TV and the three girls hugs. This is where the episode ends.
Episode 6: Shall We Eat Something for Now?
The arrival of Sylvie brings more changes. The Defense Forces Headquarters gets a new building and the second grade gets a new student. Sylvie, though, has to do her own introduction, since Ms. Mishima just buries her head in her arms on her desk as the absurdity of it all. Meanwhile, at the Ground Defense headquarters, Rikushiro fumes as he holds a pack of Sylvie trading cards. "You will not get away with this, Adalbert!"
Outside, Yuriko and Chinami spy on the latest arrival and Yuriko comments that Sylvie has a clean, cute look. And her hidden ears pop out again.
Inside, Sylvie chooses a seat next to Mao and Misora and proceeds to introduce herself to them. The two girls tell her that they have already met but Sylvie does not remember them. Mao and Misora then stand up and announce their rank and position.
After school, the three girls go to Sylvie's home. Strangely, it is in the Defense Forces headquarters. The girls enter, climb down a ladder and find themselves in a tiny, but cute, room. Sylvie offers them tangerines. Mao and Misora squeal in delight as they observe fish swimming just outside of the window.
Suddenly, Mao's and Misora's badge flash and the voice of Colonel Mishima orders them to return to headquarters. An alien is approaching. But they cannot leave Sylvie's room. It seems that her room is actually the cockpit of her personal mecha, the submersible Nah-chan. The girls begin to cry because they will not be able to defend Japan.
Just then, the sub is rocked by something landing nearby. Nah-chan approaches it, picks it up with her claws and knocks it against a rock formation. It is an alien capsule and the cute dolphin alien within is stunned by the shaking. Sylvie has defeated the menace.
Back on land, Sylvie is rewarded with a certificate during a nationally broadcasted ceremony, with her proud grandfather standing next to her. Mao and Misora watch and cheer for their friend but Rikushiro and Sorajiro are not as happy and promise that they will not let Adalbert win this three-way race. This is where the episode ends.
Episode 7: We Even Defend Against a Water Skipper
Yuriko is an alien. She found this out back when she was younger and her father told her that her mother was an alien. The proof is the cat ears that pop out of her head. And since he has little standing with the family, having married into it, she will have to live as an alien instead of a human.
At school, Mao, Misora, and Sylvie are running during PE class. Unfortunately, running is not the strength of Mao, a bit of a handicap for a Ground Defense Force member and she is not only passed by her group but two other groups of runners.
Huffing and puffing on the ground afterwards, they are approached by Yuriko. She and Chinami had been spying on the girls and recording information about their physical abilities. But then Yuriko left Chinami behind and just went right out to the girls, much to the frustration of Chinami.
Yuriko asks the girls if she can take a picture of the three of them. She is a big fan and would love the memory. Mao and Misora agree but Sylvie declines, saying that she looks vacant in every picture. Sweatdrops appear on Mao's and Misora's foreheads and Mao tells Sylvie that is how she looks all the time. Sylvie then agrees to the picture, ont he condition that Yuriko makes her look pretty. Sylvie then adds a little insurance to make sure that she comes out on top by challenging the other girls to solve a difficult math problem just as the picture is snapped.
Back inside, Chinami reprimands Yuriko for speaking with the girls. Yuriko tries to defend her actions, saying that one should know their enemy and Chinami retorts that knowing and socializing are two different things. Yuriko then collapses on the floor, apologizing profusely.
As she is on the floor, a tiny capsule rolls up and pops open to reveal a cute mouse alien. "It's Jirochan, our secret agent alien.", says Chinami. They give Jirochan their data and photo and tell him to take them to headquartes immediately.
After school, Mao, Misora, and Sylvie work together at their assigned school chore, raking the leaves. It is there that they notice a cat that has cornered a mouse - Jirochan. Mao decides that she must defend the mouse and requests permission to download and transform into her Type 2 Ground Uniform (There is no Type 1). But permission for downloading must come from above and the operator can not give her the go-ahead. Then Rikushiro enters and he gives permission and Mao transforms.
Having transformed, she still does not know how to stop the cat. Sylvie tries but gets scratched for her efforts. It is then that Mishima, who was heading back to headquarters, spies Mao, in uniform, outside. She dashes out and confronts the girls. They explain about the cat and the mouse and the cat runs off before Mishima can even get close to it. The girls hug Mishima and call her hero. Mishima just cries out for someone to explain just what the heck is going on.
From a hiding place nearby, Chinami and Yuriko breathe a sigh of relief, Jirochan has gotten away safe and will make it ot headquarters. Yuriko thanks the girls from afar and this earns her another reprimand from Chinami for thanking the enemy. Yuriko drops into her familar apologizing position.
The girls, plus Mishima, then head back to headquarters. The three second graders sing an impromptu song about themselves and their duty while Mishima bears a "why me?" look on her face. Meanwhile, in outer space, at an alien bath house, a creature looks at the photo that Jirochan brought back of the three girls. It makes an "ummph" noise and belches out a puff of gas from it's head. This is where the episode and volume ends.