History Anime / WeissKreuz

17th Jun '16 2:52:11 PM JoieDeCombat
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* AllThereInTheManual: Only the two anime series have been exported, and while much of the rest of the material is more or less extraneous, the {{Radio Drama}}s contain a good bit of important information about the transition between the original anime and ''Glühen''.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Only Of all the content created for the franchise, only the two anime series have been exported, and while exported. While much of the rest of the material is more or less extraneous, a considerable amount of plot and character development takes place in the {{Radio Drama}}s contain a good bit of important information about OAV and the transition between ''Dramatic Precious'' CD dramas. Fans who attempt to start watching ''Gluhen'' directly after the original anime series without any knowledge of the events of ''Verbrechen / Strafe'' and ''Glühen''. ''Dramatic Precious'' are likely to find themselves confused by the changes which have occurred between the two.
3rd Jun '16 11:20:39 PM Doug86
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** It is also possible, that they misspelled "Weißkreuz", a German WorldWarOne chemical warfare agent.

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** It is also possible, that they misspelled "Weißkreuz", a German WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI chemical warfare agent.
12th Mar '16 8:33:42 PM arisboch
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** It is also possible, that they misspelled "Weißkreuz", a German WorldWarOne chemical warfare agent.
2nd Feb '16 3:38:30 AM Adept
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''WeissKreuz'' is the brain child of veteran voice actor TakehitoKoyasu (''AngelSanctuary'', ''FushigiYuugi'', ''TokyoBabylon'', etc.), which was originally conceived as a star vehicle to allow himself and several other high-profile voice actors to show off their acting and singing talents. He sent his idea to a group of producers, who at first were wary of signing on for an obvious vanity project unless there was something of "substance" to get audiences to watch. Thus, they hired some writers to use Koyasu's ideas to create a series with MultipleDemographicAppeal, which included hiring a character designer to create some rather [[HoYay sexually dubious]] promotional illustrations (in other words, action and intrigue for the boys, and plenty of {{Bishonen}} [[{{fanservice}} eye candy]] for the girls).

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''WeissKreuz'' ''Weiss Kreuz'' is the brain child of veteran voice actor TakehitoKoyasu (''AngelSanctuary'', ''FushigiYuugi'', ''TokyoBabylon'', Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'', etc.), which was originally conceived as a star vehicle to allow himself and several other high-profile voice actors to show off their acting and singing talents. He sent his idea to a group of producers, who at first were wary of signing on for an obvious vanity project unless there was something of "substance" to get audiences to watch. Thus, they hired some writers to use Koyasu's ideas to create a series with MultipleDemographicAppeal, which included hiring a character designer to create some rather [[HoYay sexually dubious]] promotional illustrations (in other words, action and intrigue for the boys, and plenty of {{Bishonen}} [[{{fanservice}} eye candy]] for the girls).
9th Oct '15 12:24:23 PM VenomLancerHae
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* TakehitoKoyasu: He wrote the story, and also plays lead character Aya.
2nd Oct '15 12:34:36 PM DracMonster
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* NamesToKnowInAnime: Start with the fact that it was created by TakehitoKoyasu. Then he shanghaied all his friends to join him.
18th Sep '15 1:03:18 PM Willbyr
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!!!A rough chronological (not release) order of the series, radio dramas, manga, etc. are as follows:

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!!!A '''A rough chronological (not release) order of the series, radio dramas, manga, etc. are as follows:follows:'''
7th May '15 11:04:52 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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* ''Weiß Kreuz'': The original 25-episode anime series co-produced by Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} and StudioDEEN[[note]]With help from Creator/MagicBus[[/note]], and the most famous part of the franchise. Popularly referred to by fans as ''Kapitel'' since the release of ''Glühen''. Weiß fights against Reiji Takatori, Eszett and Schwarz; Schwarz probably wins.

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* ''Weiß Kreuz'': The original 25-episode anime series co-produced by Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} and StudioDEEN[[note]]With Creator/StudioDEEN[[note]]With help from Creator/MagicBus[[/note]], and the most famous part of the franchise. Popularly referred to by fans as ''Kapitel'' since the release of ''Glühen''. Weiß fights against Reiji Takatori, Eszett and Schwarz; Schwarz probably wins.



* OffModel: Take one of the [[Creator/TMSEntertainment most competent Anime studios]] and team them up with [[StudioDEEN two of]] [[Creator/MagicBus the least competent]] and this is the result.

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* OffModel: Take one of the [[Creator/TMSEntertainment most competent Anime studios]] and team them up with [[StudioDEEN [[Creator/StudioDEEN two of]] [[Creator/MagicBus the least competent]] and this is the result.
19th Mar '15 4:01:08 PM NNNnobody
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* GratuitousGerman: Plenty of it, beginning with the title of the show. Note that it's actually grammatically incorrect. It should be "Weiße Kreuz" in correct German.

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* GratuitousGerman: Plenty of it, beginning with the title of the show. Note that it's actually grammatically incorrect. It should be "Weiße "Weißes Kreuz" in correct German.
25th Jan '15 9:03:57 AM HowlingSnail
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Weiss Kreuz is a multimedia franchise, ranging from radio drama (as it was initially conceived by a bunch of [[NamesToKnowInAnime seiyuu]]), to anime series, [=OVAs=], light novels and manga. The seiyuu themselves formed a music band under the same name and released several singles, albums and concert tours. These releases may also be in anachronic order due to a couple of prequels, and certain releases centered around some characters' pasts (such as the Schwarz drama [=CDs=]).

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Weiss Weiß Kreuz is a multimedia franchise, ranging from radio drama (as it was initially conceived by a bunch of [[NamesToKnowInAnime seiyuu]]), to anime series, [=OVAs=], light novels and manga. The seiyuu themselves formed a music band under the same name and released several singles, albums and concert tours. These releases may also be in anachronic order due to a couple of prequels, and certain releases centered around some characters' pasts (such as the Schwarz drama [=CDs=]).



* ''A Four-Leaf Clover'': Four audio dramas about Weiss before they were Weiss.

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* ''A Four-Leaf Clover'': Four audio dramas about Weiss Weiß before they were Weiss.Weiß.



* ''First Mission'': ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, an audio drama about Weiss' first mission together.
* ''Weiss: Forever White'': a light novel, illustrated by Kyoko Tsuchiya.
* ''Weiss - An Assassin and White Shaman'': A two volume manga illustrated by Kyoko Tsuchiya, detailing Aya's StartOfDarkness and recruitment into Weiss. Has been quite thoroughly [[RetCon retconned]] by the anime and [=CDs=], but still very popular among fans.
* ''Eternal Angel I & II'': [=CDs=] which establish the Weiss Kreuz series' love affair with butchering young girls.
* ''Theater of Pain'': Released around the time of ''Glühen'', Weiss chase a target to Italy and team up with another assassin group called Fortuna. Includes a cameo from Knight and name-drops Kryptonbrand.
* ''Holy Children'': Weiss is assigned to kill the nun that raised Ken and Nagi. Explains how Nagi became one of Schwarz.

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* ''First Mission'': ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, an audio drama about Weiss' Weiß's first mission together.
* ''Weiss: ''Weiß: Forever White'': a light novel, illustrated by Kyoko Tsuchiya.
* ''Weiss ''Weiß - An Assassin and White Shaman'': A two volume manga illustrated by Kyoko Tsuchiya, detailing Aya's StartOfDarkness and recruitment into Weiss.Weiß. Has been quite thoroughly [[RetCon retconned]] by the anime and [=CDs=], but still very popular among fans.
* ''Eternal Angel I & II'': [=CDs=] which establish the Weiss Weiß Kreuz series' love affair with butchering young girls.
* ''Theater of Pain'': Released around the time of ''Glühen'', Weiss Weiß chase a target to Italy and team up with another assassin group called Fortuna. Includes a cameo from Knight and name-drops Kryptonbrand.
* ''Holy Children'': Weiss Weiß is assigned to kill the nun that raised Ken and Nagi. Explains how Nagi became one of Schwarz.



* ''Weiss Kreuz'': The original 25-episode anime series co-produced by Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} and StudioDEEN[[note]]With help from Creator/MagicBus[[/note]], and the most famous part of the franchise. Popularly referred to by fans as ''Kapitel'' since the release of ''Glühen''. Weiss fights against Reiji Takatori, Eszett and Schwarz; Schwarz probably wins.

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* ''Weiss ''Weiß Kreuz'': The original 25-episode anime series co-produced by Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} and StudioDEEN[[note]]With help from Creator/MagicBus[[/note]], and the most famous part of the franchise. Popularly referred to by fans as ''Kapitel'' since the release of ''Glühen''. Weiss Weiß fights against Reiji Takatori, Eszett and Schwarz; Schwarz probably wins.



* ''Endless Rain'': Audio drama divided between Weiss's mission in Sendai and flashbacks to Aya's early days with Kritiker's Aoba Center team.
* ''Weiss Kreuz - Verbrechen and Strafe'': a two-part OVA during the mobile flower shop period, showing [[spoiler: first signs of Ken's madness]]. The main plot concerns the American army hunting down and killing high school girls, then turning Weiss against each other.
* ''Ranjatai'': An illustrated short story which takes place while Weiss are traveling and operating out of their trailer/mobile flower shop, in which Aya encounters a woman connected to one of his earliest missions.
* ''Dramatic Precious'': 4 drama [=CDs=] detailing the [[spoiler: eventual destruction of Weiss (Aya and co. are actually the 3rd incarnation of the unit) as they come up against the 2nd generation Weiss (gone rogue from Kritiker). Yohji and Ken go through {{break the cutie}} events, Omi is recruited as the next Persia and head of the Takatori zaibatsu and Aya finds resolution by fighting his mentor]]. Directly responsible for the huge difference of characterization of the main cast in Glühen.
* ''Fight Fire With Fire'': 2 years after ''Dramatic Precious'', this picks up on where the main cast has ended up and their recruitment [[spoiler: into the 4th generation of Weiss headed by the new Persia. Aya is an assassin in the U.S., Ken is trying to get someone to play Persia so he can kill people without (as much) guilt, Kyo is introduced, Omi has taken up his birth name, and Youji is living off various women]].

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* ''Endless Rain'': Audio drama divided between Weiss's Weiß's mission in Sendai and flashbacks to Aya's early days with Kritiker's Aoba Center team.
* ''Weiss ''Weiß Kreuz - Verbrechen and Strafe'': a two-part OVA during the mobile flower shop period, showing [[spoiler: first signs of Ken's madness]]. The main plot concerns the American army hunting down and killing high school girls, then turning Weiss Weiß against each other.
* ''Ranjatai'': An illustrated short story which takes place while Weiss Weiß are traveling travelling and operating out of their trailer/mobile flower shop, in which Aya encounters a woman connected to one of his earliest missions.
* ''Dramatic Precious'': 4 drama [=CDs=] detailing the [[spoiler: eventual destruction of Weiss Weiß (Aya and co. are actually the 3rd incarnation of the unit) as they come up against the 2nd generation Weiss Weiß (gone rogue from Kritiker). Yohji and Ken go through {{break the cutie}} events, Omi is recruited as the next Persia and head of the Takatori zaibatsu and Aya finds resolution by fighting his mentor]]. Directly responsible for the huge difference of characterization of the main cast in Glühen.
* ''Fight Fire With Fire'': 2 years after ''Dramatic Precious'', this picks up on where the main cast has ended up and their recruitment [[spoiler: into the 4th generation of Weiss Weiß headed by the new Persia. Aya is an assassin in the U.S., Ken is trying to get someone to play Persia so he can kill people without (as much) guilt, Kyo is introduced, Omi has taken up his birth name, and Youji is living off various women]].



* ''Weiss Kreuz Glühen'': the 2nd anime series. Introduces Sena.
* ''Weiss Side B'': the [[spoiler: final, discontinued]] manga series where Koyasu teams up with a new mangaka. Aya and Ken join a British assassin group with several new characters, while Omi and Youji are DemotedToExtra.

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* ''Weiss ''Weiß Kreuz Glühen'': the 2nd anime series. Introduces Sena.
* ''Weiss ''Weiß Side B'': the [[spoiler: final, discontinued]] manga series where Koyasu teams up with a new mangaka. Aya and Ken join a British assassin group with several new characters, while Omi and Youji are DemotedToExtra.



After ''Glühen,'' the series continued with a new manga and artist. ''Weiss Side B'' lasted about thirty chapters before being CutShort. It remains to be seen if TakehitoKoyasu's project ''Velvet Under World,'' which features a lead character named AYA and several apparent other nods to ''WeissKreuz'' continuity, will be set in the same universe or if it will even [[DevelopmentHell make it off the ground]].

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After ''Glühen,'' the series continued with a new manga and artist. ''Weiss ''Weiß Side B'' lasted about thirty chapters before being CutShort. It remains to be seen if TakehitoKoyasu's project ''Velvet Under World,'' which features a lead character named AYA and several apparent other nods to ''WeissKreuz'' continuity, will be set in the same universe or if it will even [[DevelopmentHell make it off the ground]].



* AbortedArc: ''Weiss Side B'' and whatever the deal is with Human Interleukin.

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* AbortedArc: ''Weiss ''Weiß Side B'' and whatever the deal is with Human Interleukin.



* BadassNormal: Weiss frequently go up against enemies with superhuman abilities in spite of having none of their own.

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* BadassNormal: Weiss Weiß frequently go up against enemies with superhuman abilities in spite of having none of their own.



* ContractOnTheHitman: In the OVA, Ken and Omi refuse to kill a sympathetic target, so their teammates are ordered to kill them. In ''Glühen,'' Weiss goes against orders and Saijou Takatori orders the Crashers team to eliminate them.

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* ContractOnTheHitman: In the OVA, Ken and Omi refuse to kill a sympathetic target, so their teammates are ordered to kill them. In ''Glühen,'' Weiss Weiß goes against orders and Saijou Takatori orders the Crashers team to eliminate them.



* DirtyBusiness: The general opinion that the members of Weiss have about their profession.

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* DirtyBusiness: The general opinion that the members of Weiss Weiß have about their profession.



* FourIsDeath: Weiss is a team of four. So are Schwarz, Schreient, Kritiker's Aoba team, previous incarnations of Weiss... Also notable is what happens whenever Weiss is suddenly not a four man team: [[spoiler:when Omi leaves and Kyou and Sena both join, it doesn't take long for Kyou to get stabbed through the chest--and then when Omi rejoins, Sena is almost immediately shot.]]
** Furthermore, all of the spoiler text above refers to the fates of the fourth iteration of the Weiss team, which is also the iteration that ended up with [[spoiler:Kyou dead, Sena dead, Yoji completely amnesiac, Ken in jail, Omi abandoning his identity to become Mamoru Takatori for good, and Aya bleeding out on a New York City sidewalk]].

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* FourIsDeath: Weiss Weiß is a team of four. So are Schwarz, Schreient, Kritiker's Aoba team, previous incarnations of Weiss... Weiß... Also notable is what happens whenever Weiss Weiß is suddenly not a four man team: [[spoiler:when Omi leaves and Kyou and Sena both join, it doesn't take long for Kyou to get stabbed through the chest--and then when Omi rejoins, Sena is almost immediately shot.]]
** Furthermore, all of the spoiler text above refers to the fates of the fourth iteration of the Weiss Weiß team, which is also the iteration that ended up with [[spoiler:Kyou dead, Sena dead, Yoji completely amnesiac, Ken in jail, Omi abandoning his identity to become Mamoru Takatori for good, and Aya bleeding out on a New York City sidewalk]].



* FourGirlEnsemble: Schreient. Weiss would also fit the trope perfectly, if they were girls.

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* FourGirlEnsemble: Schreient. Weiss Weiß would also fit the trope perfectly, if they were girls.



* GratuitousGerman: Plenty of it, beginning with the title of the show.

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* GratuitousGerman: Plenty of it, beginning with the title of the show. Note that it's actually grammatically incorrect. It should be "Weiße Kreuz" in correct German.



* HighTurnoverRate: Kritiker personnel have a high mortality rate; the series goes through three Persias and four [[TheHandler handlers]], and the main characters make up the third and fourth incarnations of the team. At the end of ''Glühen,'' Rex discusses assembling a ''fifth'' incarnation of Weiss.

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* HighTurnoverRate: Kritiker personnel have a high mortality rate; the series goes through three Persias and four [[TheHandler handlers]], and the main characters make up the third and fourth incarnations of the team. At the end of ''Glühen,'' Rex discusses assembling a ''fifth'' incarnation of Weiss.Weiß.



* HitmanWithAHeart: All four members of Weiss.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: ''Kapitel'' uses German words, while ''Glühen'' went with Weiss song titles. The four ''Dramatic Precious'' stages are ''Sleepless Night,'' ''Tearless Dolls,'' ''Hopeless Zone,'' and ''Dreamless Life.''
* ImageSong: "Weiss" is also the name of the singing group formed by the four leads.

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* HitmanWithAHeart: All four members of Weiss.
Weiß.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: ''Kapitel'' uses German words, while ''Glühen'' went with Weiss Weiß song titles. The four ''Dramatic Precious'' stages are ''Sleepless Night,'' ''Tearless Dolls,'' ''Hopeless Zone,'' and ''Dreamless Life.''
* ImageSong: "Weiss" "Weiß" is also the name of the singing group formed by the four leads.



* InMediasRes: ''Weiss Side B'' starts with Kryptonbrand carrying out a mission and meeting Kurumi, before backing up and showing how Ken and Aya wound up in England in the first place.

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* InMediasRes: ''Weiss ''Weiß Side B'' starts with Kryptonbrand carrying out a mission and meeting Kurumi, before backing up and showing how Ken and Aya wound up in England in the first place.



** It helped that even the earlier Tagalog dub (around 1999, way before the English dub) of Weiss Kreuz was already translated as "Knight Hunters". Whether this was coincidence or a requirement by the original company is still unknown.

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** It helped that even the earlier Tagalog dub (around 1999, way before the English dub) of Weiss Weiß Kreuz was already translated as "Knight Hunters". Whether this was coincidence or a requirement by the original company is still unknown.



* NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: The first episode focuses heavily on the girlfriend of one of the victims-of-the-week, following her perspective rather than following Weiss the way that the rest of the episodes do. Though established throughout the episode as an AudienceSurrogate / NaiveNewcomer type of character, the girl never appears again in the series.
* OddlyNamedSequel: ''Weiss Kreuz: Glühen'' ("glühen" is actually the German word for "glowing," and "weissglühend" means, more or less, "white-hot").

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* NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: The first episode focuses heavily on the girlfriend of one of the victims-of-the-week, following her perspective rather than following Weiss Weiß the way that the rest of the episodes do. Though established throughout the episode as an AudienceSurrogate / NaiveNewcomer type of character, the girl never appears again in the series.
* OddlyNamedSequel: ''Weiss ''Weiß Kreuz: Glühen'' ("glühen" is actually the German word for "glowing," and "weissglühend" "weißglühend" means, more or less, "white-hot").



* PowerWalk: Weiss do one in episode 10 of ''Glühen'' as they embark on the final stage of their last mission.

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* PowerWalk: Weiss Weiß do one in episode 10 of ''Glühen'' as they embark on the final stage of their last mission.



* RetCon: Aya becoming Aya. In ''An Assassin and White Shaman,'' Youji gives him the name because he refuses to identify himself and he keeps repeating it in his sleep; in ''Kapitel,'' he vows to take it up in memory of his sister at her bedside, and in the ''First Mission'' audio drama, he makes the decision as he goes to meet the rest of Weiss.

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* RetCon: Aya becoming Aya. In ''An Assassin and White Shaman,'' Youji gives him the name because he refuses to identify himself and he keeps repeating it in his sleep; in ''Kapitel,'' he vows to take it up in memory of his sister at her bedside, and in the ''First Mission'' audio drama, he makes the decision as he goes to meet the rest of Weiss.Weiß.



* StartOfDarkness: Although they're not villains, each member of Weiss effectively has one, as each has at least one episode flashing back to the event which destroyed their lives and left them ripe for recruitment by Kritiker. Aya's in particular is revisited in three different media (and [[RetCon portrayed differently each time]]).

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* StartOfDarkness: Although they're not villains, each member of Weiss Weiß effectively has one, as each has at least one episode flashing back to the event which destroyed their lives and left them ripe for recruitment by Kritiker. Aya's in particular is revisited in three different media (and [[RetCon portrayed differently each time]]).
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