History Manga / IrisZero

11th Nov '16 8:36:17 PM cpslck
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* HandHidingSleeves: Of the hiding secrets variety
** Hijiri wears longs sleeves [[spoiler: to hide scars from self harm]]
** Kuga used to wear long sleeves as a kid [[spoiler: to hide abuse from her father]]


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* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Many Irises tend to force kids to mature quickly due to the AwfulTruth they often see. Thus, you have elementary school kids acting like mini adults. [[spoiler: A child Kuga's smiling acceptance of her dad's affair takes the cake.]]
11th Nov '16 1:12:22 PM nitrokitty
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** And yet questioned by Asahi in chapter 27, who points out that [[spoiler:Hijiri is secretive and refuses to open up about himself, Kuga still feels guilty, Tokita is only there because Kuga is, Toru is still wary of exposure, and Asahi herself can't stop checking to see if the others are lying. If Sasamori was gone they'd fall apart.]]

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** And yet questioned by Asahi in chapter 27, who points out that [[spoiler:Hijiri is secretive and refuses to open up about himself, Kuga still feels guilty, Tokita is only there because Kuga is, Toru is still wary of exposure, pretending not to notice Sasamori likes him, and Asahi herself can't stop checking to see if the others are lying. If Sasamori was gone they'd fall apart.]]
11th Nov '16 12:43:31 PM nitrokitty
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** And yet questioned by Asahi in chapter 27, who points out that [[spoiler:Hijiri is secretive and refuses to open up about himself, Kuga still feels guilty, Tokita is only there because Kuga is, and Asahi herself can't stop checking to see if the others are lying. If Sasamori was gone they'd fall apart.]]

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** And yet questioned by Asahi in chapter 27, who points out that [[spoiler:Hijiri is secretive and refuses to open up about himself, Kuga still feels guilty, Tokita is only there because Kuga is, Toru is still wary of exposure, and Asahi herself can't stop checking to see if the others are lying. If Sasamori was gone they'd fall apart.]]
28th Aug '16 7:53:16 PM cpslck
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* PersonalityPowers: A person's Iris molds their personality, at least somewhat.

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* PersonalityPowers: Inverted. A person's Iris molds their personality, at least somewhat.somewhat. It's shown to be due to a combination of being born with and being unable to turn them off, often forcing various coping mechanisms.
8th Sep '15 8:40:18 AM Prfnoff
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: It's a manga drawn in a [[{{Moe}} cute]] [[PuniPlush art style]] about a [[IneffectualLoner loner boy]] who teams up with his popular, friendly classmate and begins coming out of his shell, set in a world where most young people have magical powers that let them "[[AugmentedReality see]]" various things. Sounds pretty sweet, right? Only the loner is the way he is due to years of being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer viciously bullied]] for not having a power, and he gets teased even worse after making friends with the aforementioned classmate; meanwhile, many of the people who do have powers are troubled by them, to the point where one person tries to erase everybody's abilities and a couple of people try to kill themselves. That being said, IrisZero does emphasize ThePowerOfFriendship and contains some truly [[{{Heartwarming/IrisZero}} heartwarming]] moments, but it's nowhere near as lighthearted as it appears.

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* CrapsaccharineWorld: It's a manga drawn in a [[{{Moe}} cute]] [[PuniPlush art style]] about a [[IneffectualLoner loner boy]] who teams up with his popular, friendly classmate and begins coming out of his shell, set in a world where most young people have magical powers that let them "[[AugmentedReality see]]" various things. Sounds pretty sweet, right? Only the loner is the way he is due to years of being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer viciously bullied]] for not having a power, and he gets teased even worse after making friends with the aforementioned classmate; meanwhile, many of the people who do have powers are troubled by them, to the point where one person tries to erase everybody's abilities and a couple of people try to kill themselves. That being said, IrisZero ''Iris Zero'' does emphasize ThePowerOfFriendship and contains some truly [[{{Heartwarming/IrisZero}} heartwarming]] moments, but it's nowhere near as lighthearted as it appears.
18th Jan '15 12:00:55 PM Iwishtologin
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* VitriolicBestBuds: Asahi and Tokita [[spoiler:after the Iris Hunter arc]]. Although they argue frequently (they get thrown out of a store once for doing so) and she sometimes [[AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale physically beats him up]], they're comfortable together and understand each other well.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Asahi and Tokita [[spoiler:after the Iris Hunter arc]]. Although they argue frequently (they get thrown out of a store once for doing so) and she sometimes [[AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale physically beats him up]], they're comfortable together and understand each other well.
8th Jan '15 12:57:55 AM SuperSauce
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** Tokita seems to be UnluckyChildhoodFriend for Kuga, who likes Houjou, who has unrequited feelings for [[spoiler: Sasamori.]] Sasamori likes Toru, but even if he deeply cares for her, he remains ObliviousToLove [[spoiler:except not]]. Fortunately, this seems to improve a little over time.

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** Tokita seems to be UnluckyChildhoodFriend for Kuga, who likes Houjou, who has unrequited feelings for [[spoiler: Sasamori.]] Sasamori likes Toru, but even if he deeply cares for her, he remains ObliviousToLove [[spoiler:except ObliviousToLove[[spoiler: except not]]. Fortunately, this seems to improve a little over time.
8th Jan '15 12:57:45 AM SuperSauce
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** Tokita seems to be UnluckyChildhoodFriend for Kuga, who likes Houjou, who has unrequited feelings for [[spoiler: Sasamori.]] Sasamori likes Toru, but even if he deeply cares for her, he remains ObliviousToLove. Fortunately, this seems to improve a little over time.

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** Tokita seems to be UnluckyChildhoodFriend for Kuga, who likes Houjou, who has unrequited feelings for [[spoiler: Sasamori.]] Sasamori likes Toru, but even if he deeply cares for her, he remains ObliviousToLove.ObliviousToLove [[spoiler:except not]]. Fortunately, this seems to improve a little over time.
16th Sep '14 2:56:27 AM ospalh
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* AlternateCharacterReading: the MagicalEyes are pronounced “Iris”, somebody without them “Iris Zero”, but the kanji used mean “pupil”[[note]]the hole in the iris[[/note]] and, roughly, “incomplete person” or “somebody that is missing something”.[[note]]瞳 (hitomi) and 欠落者 (ketsurakusha)[[/note]]
20th Aug '14 7:38:17 PM Pastykake
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An Iris is a special power in someone's eyes that, basically, allows a person to see an AugmentedReality. These abilities range from telling what someone had for dinner to [[{{Reincarnation}} identifying someone's past lives]]. 27 years ago around 1% of children were born with this power; 5 years later, that began to skyrocket, so that this time the 1% were the children born without it.

Toru Mizushima is part of that 1%; he, like the adults, doesn't have an Iris. In other words, he's an "[[TitleDrop Iris Zero]]", and in the past he was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer a target for discrimination and was frequently bullied]] because of his lack of an Iris. Now he's getting by according to a principle of "low exposure" - to live without standing out.

Things get complicated when the [[SchoolIdol popular Koyuki Sasamori]] suddenly appears one day in Toru's classroom and immediately asks him to go out with her...to help with something. You [[IncrediblyLamePun see]], Koyuki's Iris is "to see those who are qualified" and thus is frequently tasked to pick officials and staff members. Her task this time is to find the next {{student council president}}, and she's been looking for days but she still can't find the person suitable for the role. Koyuki then decided to simply look for the person who can help her, and apparently Toru's qualified for the job.

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An Iris is a special power in someone's eyes that, basically, allows a person to see an AugmentedReality. These abilities range from telling what someone had for dinner to [[{{Reincarnation}} identifying someone's past lives]]. 27 years ago around 1% of children were born with this power; 5 years later, that began to skyrocket, so that this time now the 1% were are the children born without it.

Toru Mizushima is part of that 1%; he, like the adults, doesn't have an Iris. In other words, he's an "[[TitleDrop Iris Zero]]", and in the past he was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer a target for discrimination and was frequently bullied]] because of his lack of an Iris. Now he's getting by according to a principle of "low exposure" - to "minimal exposure"—to live without standing out.

Things get complicated when the [[SchoolIdol popular Koyuki Sasamori]] suddenly appears one day in Toru's classroom and immediately asks him to go out with her... to help with something. You [[IncrediblyLamePun see]], Koyuki's Iris is "to see those who are qualified" and thus she is frequently tasked to pick officials and staff members. Her task this time is to find the next {{student council president}}, and she's been looking for days but she still can't find the person suitable for the role. Koyuki then decided to simply look for the person who can help her, and apparently Toru's qualified for the job.



!!Tropes regarding Iris Zero includes:

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* AchillesInHisTent: [[spoiler: Toru]] Completely understandable. Nice job, [[spoiler:Kuga]]

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* AchillesInHisTent: [[spoiler: Toru]] [[spoiler:Toru]] Completely understandable. Nice job, [[spoiler:Kuga]]



* TheBeard: [[spoiler: Hijiri pretends to be Kuga's boyfirend, because she doesn't have enough courage to inform her mother, that she and Houjou have broken up. At the end she finds out anyway.]]

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* TheBeard: [[spoiler: Hijiri [[spoiler:Hijiri pretends to be Kuga's boyfirend, boyfirend because she Kuga doesn't have enough courage to inform her mother, mother that she and Houjou have broken up. At the end she Her mother finds out anyway.]]



* BettyAndVeronica: Teased ''immediately'' in the chapter where Toru and Koyuki first meet Rei. The chapter-opening SplashPage features a perky Rei and worried Koyuki regarding Toru, with "Which is the right one for you?" blazoned over his head, with allusions to Koyuki's Iris. On first glance they fit: Rei is a pretty, dark-haired, richly-dressed girl from another school who's a newcomer to the cast and immediately throws things off between Toru and Koyuki; while Koyuki is the light-haired, cute, (by now) familiar and more conservatively-dressed girl. So far, though, in personality they're very alike and have similar Irises - if an actual LoveTriangle sprouts, Rei's appeal is more that she's a safer version of Koyuki, given Toru's disconnect from Rei's social circles.

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* BettyAndVeronica: Teased ''immediately'' in the chapter where Toru and Koyuki first meet Rei. The chapter-opening SplashPage features a perky Rei and worried Koyuki regarding Toru, with "Which is the right one for you?" blazoned over his head, with allusions to Koyuki's Iris. On first glance they fit: Rei is a pretty, dark-haired, richly-dressed girl from another school who's a newcomer to the cast and immediately throws things off between Toru and Koyuki; while Koyuki, whereas Koyuki is the light-haired, cute, (by now) familiar familiar, and more conservatively-dressed girl. So far, though, in personality they're very alike and have similar Irises - if Irises—if an actual LoveTriangle sprouts, Rei's appeal is more that she's a safer version of Koyuki, given Toru's disconnect from Rei's social circles.



** [[spoiler: Yuki narrowly saves Toru from getting his eyes fried.]]
** [[spoiler: Tokita came and grabbed Hijiri's knife that Kuga tried to commit suicide with.]]
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: [[spoiler: Poor Asahi.]]

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** [[spoiler: Yuki [[spoiler:Yuki narrowly saves Toru from getting his eyes fried.]]
** [[spoiler: Tokita [[spoiler:Tokita came and grabbed Hijiri's knife that Kuga tried to commit suicide with.]]
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: [[spoiler: Poor [[spoiler:Poor Asahi.]]



* BonusMaterial: In the volume collections, each usually composed of a short side story, and a FourthWall-breaking comic [[SelfDeprecatingHumor full of the characters mocking the writer, artist, and the series in general]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The side comics in the BonusMaterial.

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* BonusMaterial: In the volume collections, each collections; usually composed of a short side story, story and a FourthWall-breaking comic [[SelfDeprecatingHumor full of the characters mocking the writer, artist, and the series in general]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The side comics in the BonusMaterial. Also, when speculating on how Koyuki would react to a particular situation, Kuga points up to the thought bubble depicting it.



* BuffySpeak: With all those 'things' in the chapter titles... While most are subversions, some are played straight.

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* BuffySpeak: With all those 'things' "things" in the chapter titles... While Though most are subversions, some are played straight.



* BystanderSyndrome: Most teachers' reaction to anything involving Irises. The one notable exception? [[spoiler:Has her own Iris, being born shortly after the very beginning of their occurrence.]]
* CallBack: A cute girl whose Iris is based on analyzing suitability grabs ahold of Toru and asks him to "please go out with me," much to the surprise of Toru and anyone else around. No, not (just) Sasamori - now strange new girl Rei Hoshimiya whose Iris can analyze probability, who sees a "100%" next to Toru and so says and does the same thing to him right in front of Sasamori.
** There's another callback to the same scene, when [[spoiler: Kuga asks Hijiri to be her boyfriend. Hijiri flashes back to Sasamori's Chapter 1 "confession", complete with ImagineSpot ("Refer to C!").]]

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* BystanderSyndrome: Most teachers' reaction to anything involving Irises. The one notable exception? [[spoiler:Has exception [[spoiler:has her own Iris, being born shortly after the very beginning of their occurrence.]]
* CallBack: A cute girl whose Iris is based on analyzing suitability grabs ahold of Toru and asks him to "please go out with me," much to the surprise of Toru and anyone else around. No, not (just) Sasamori - now Sasamori—now strange new girl Rei Hoshimiya whose Iris can analyze probability, who sees a "100%" next to Toru and so says and does the same thing to him right in front of Sasamori.
** There's another callback to the same scene, when [[spoiler: Kuga [[spoiler:Kuga asks Hijiri to be her boyfriend. Hijiri flashes back to Sasamori's Chapter 1 "confession", complete with ImagineSpot ("Refer to C!").]]



* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Hijiri's knife that he once used to [[SelfHarm cut himself]]. He tried to prevent Kuga from committing suicide by throwing his knife at her leg when she ran in order to jump off the roof. It also is Kuga's alternative way to commit suicide, good thing Tokita came at the last moment to save her.]]
* TheChessmaster: Toru is a budding Chessmaster, by necessity to maintain his minimal exposure while helping people, best displayed in the Iris Hunter arc.
* ChildrenAreSpecial: Children usually have irises, while it's very rare for an adult to have one.

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Hijiri's knife that he once used to [[SelfHarm cut himself]]. He tried to prevent Kuga from committing suicide by throwing his knife at her leg when she ran in order to jump off the roof. It also is Kuga's alternative way to commit suicide, good thing but luckily Tokita came at the last moment to save her.]]
* TheChessmaster: Toru is a budding Chessmaster, by necessity to maintain his minimal exposure while helping people, people. It's best displayed in the Iris Hunter arc.
* ChildrenAreSpecial: Children usually have irises, while Irises, whereas it's very rare for an adult to have one.one (yet).



* ColorCodedCharacters: The phone straps obtained at the end of the Sasamori-gift mini arc are shown to be a lead in to this when Hoshimiya's [[http://www.simple-scans.com/slide/read/iris_zero/en/6/28/page/3 tease page]] is released, with each character's background being colored the same as their phone strap. In addition, the [[http://www.simple-scans.com/slide/read/iris_zero/en/7/30/page/3 re-introduction page]] that showcases the characters after the manga came off of hiatus also colors codes them in the same mode. It should be noted that their designated colors appear to be either their eye color, for most of the cast, or their hair color for Tokita.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: It's a manga drawn in a [[{{Moe}} cute]] [[PuniPlush art style]] about a [[IneffectualLoner loner boy]] who teams up with his popular, friendly classmate and begins coming out of his shell, set in a world where most young people have magical powers that let them "[[AugmentedReality see]]" various things. Sounds pretty sweet, right? Only the loner is the way he is due to years of being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer viciously bullied]] for not having a power, and he gets teased even worse after making friends with the aforementioned classmate; meanwhile, many of the people who do have powers are troubled by them, to the point where one person tries to erase everybody's magic. That being said, IrisZero does emphasize ThePowerOfFriendship and contains some truly [[{{Heartwarming/IrisZero}} heartwarming]] moments, but it's nowhere near as lighthearted as it appears.

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* ColorCodedCharacters: The phone straps obtained at the end of the Sasamori-gift mini arc are shown to be a lead in to this when Hoshimiya's [[http://www.simple-scans.com/slide/read/iris_zero/en/6/28/page/3 tease page]] is released, with each character's background being colored the same as their phone strap. In addition, the [[http://www.simple-scans.com/slide/read/iris_zero/en/7/30/page/3 re-introduction page]] that showcases the characters after the manga came off of hiatus also colors codes color-codes them in the same mode. It should be noted that their designated colors appear to be either their eye color, for most of the cast, or their hair color for Tokita.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: It's a manga drawn in a [[{{Moe}} cute]] [[PuniPlush art style]] about a [[IneffectualLoner loner boy]] who teams up with his popular, friendly classmate and begins coming out of his shell, set in a world where most young people have magical powers that let them "[[AugmentedReality see]]" various things. Sounds pretty sweet, right? Only the loner is the way he is due to years of being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer viciously bullied]] for not having a power, and he gets teased even worse after making friends with the aforementioned classmate; meanwhile, many of the people who do have powers are troubled by them, to the point where one person tries to erase everybody's magic.abilities and a couple of people try to kill themselves. That being said, IrisZero does emphasize ThePowerOfFriendship and contains some truly [[{{Heartwarming/IrisZero}} heartwarming]] moments, but it's nowhere near as lighthearted as it appears.



* [[spoiler: DarkAndTroubledPast]]: [[spoiler: Kuga's father used to abuse her and possibly even cheated on her mother, but Kuga couldn't tell her mother because she didn't want to hurt her feelings. It still came out anyway, and led to her parents' divorce.]]

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* [[spoiler: DarkAndTroubledPast]]: [[spoiler: Kuga's [[spoiler:DarkAndTroubledPast]]: [[spoiler:Kuga's father used to abuse her and possibly even cheated on her mother, but Kuga couldn't tell her mother because she didn't want to hurt her feelings. It still came out anyway, and led to her parents' divorce.]]



** Given the existence of certain Irises, any number of students are [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior frighteningly skilled]] at lying and manipulation. Toru is a [[GuileHero past master of the latter]], [[KnightInSourArmor but he uses that skill for good]] [[spoiler: Kuga's got the skill, but the ethical use of it? Well, not so much.]]
** There is also Hijiri's childhood friend, who has power to tell when danger is coming and where. [[spoiler: She uses it to attempt a murder.]]

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** Given the existence of certain Irises, any number of students are [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior frighteningly skilled]] at lying and manipulation. Toru is a [[GuileHero past master of the latter]], [[KnightInSourArmor but he uses that skill for good]] [[spoiler: Kuga's good]]. [[spoiler:Kuga's got the skill, but the ethical use of it? Well, not so much.]]
** There is also Hijiri's childhood friend, who has the power to tell when danger is coming and where. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She uses it to attempt a murder.]]



* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]: When Hijiri [[spoiler: thought he failed to save Tachibana, whom he likes]]. Fortunately, Toru helped him.

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* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]: [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]]: When Hijiri [[spoiler: thought [[spoiler:thought he failed to save Tachibana, whom he likes]]. Fortunately, Toru helped him.



* EarlyBirdCameo: Tokita. He (and his power) appears in the title page of Chapter 1, and he is the guy who starts the meeting to appoint the Student Council President in the same chapter, but he does not feature heavily until later on. Later omakes show that he was supposed to be in the manga from the start as one of the main characters, while no mention of Kuga is made.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Tokita. He (and his power) appears in the title page of Chapter 1, and he is the guy who starts the meeting to appoint the Student Council President in the same chapter, but he does not feature heavily until later on. Later omakes show that he was supposed to be in the manga from the start as one of the main characters, while whereas no mention of Kuga is made.



** [[spoiler: Kuga and Harumi]] are let off rather easily for their actions in the Iris Hunter arc.
** Also [[spoiler: Katagiri. While she didn't succeed in going through with the act, she [[MurderTheHypotenuse still tried to kill someone]] [[{{Yandere}} just to have her crush all to herself]]. As a result Hijiri had to stay away from the girl he liked. As opposed to calling the police or something.]] Unfortunately [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] (inasmuch as the response can be called "forgiveness") because [[spoiler:there's no evidence but a bunch of "visions" and supposition that amount to hearsay, so nothing can be done except keeping well away]].
* EmotionlessGirl: Kuga looks half-asleep most of the time, and her emotional displays are very low-key - rarely more than a small smile, especially when compared to Asahi and Sasamori. [[spoiler: This is because she's just recently started expressing them, having always valued other people's emotions over her own.]]

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** [[spoiler: Kuga [[spoiler:Kuga and Harumi]] are let off rather easily for their actions in the Iris Hunter arc.
** Also [[spoiler: Katagiri. While [[spoiler:Katagiri. Though she didn't succeed in going through with the act, she [[MurderTheHypotenuse still tried to kill someone]] [[{{Yandere}} just to have her crush all to herself]]. As a result Hijiri had to stay away from the girl he liked. As opposed to calling the police or something.]] Unfortunately [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] (inasmuch as the response can be called "forgiveness") because [[spoiler:there's no evidence but a bunch of "visions" and supposition that amount to hearsay, so nothing can be done except keeping well away]].
* EmotionlessGirl: Kuga looks half-asleep most of the time, and her emotional displays are very low-key - rarely low-key—rarely more than a small smile, especially when compared to Asahi and Sasamori. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is because she's just recently started expressing them, having always valued other people's emotions over her own.]]



* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Narrowly averted with Toru]]

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* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Narrowly [[spoiler:Narrowly averted with Toru]]Toru]].



---> '''Kuga''': There's no way he could figure it out so easily... He himself said this isn't a mystery novel. And Mizushima-kun's an Iris Zero, too.

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---> --> '''Kuga''': There's no way he could figure it out so easily... He himself said this isn't a mystery novel. And Mizushima-kun's an Iris Zero, too.



* GoodPowersBadPeople: [[spoiler:Kuga's Iris is able to see other people's emotions through a colored butterfly. She doesn't use this in a very good way....]]
* GenerationXerox: Kuga and her mother. [[spoiler: Their respective partners have betrayed them in some way.]] Kuga's mother fears it may also happen in a future.

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* GoodPowersBadPeople: [[spoiler:Kuga's Iris is able to see other people's emotions through a colored butterfly. She doesn't use this in a very good way....way...]]
* GenerationXerox: Kuga and her mother. [[spoiler: Their [[spoiler:Their respective partners have betrayed them in some way.]] Kuga's mother fears it may also happen in a the future.



** Given that his backstory involves him [[spoiler: hiding his powerlessness from everyone for years,]] of course Toru ended up one of these.

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** Given that his backstory involves him [[spoiler: hiding [[spoiler:hiding his powerlessness from everyone for years,]] years]], of course Toru ended up one of these.



** Sasamori is pretty much the only one guaranteed to not get a turn playing the GuileHero. Not because she's stupid (she's not) but because she's extremely bull-headed when it comes to a problem, which Hijiri counts as a titanic strength easily on par with Toru's talents. When the others can't plot or misdirect around a problem, Sasamori can (and will) bear down on it full force with raw idealism and emotional appeals.

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** Sasamori is pretty much the only one guaranteed to not get a turn playing the GuileHero. Not because she's stupid (she's not) but because she's extremely bull-headed when it comes to a problem, which Hijiri counts as a titanic strength easily on par with Toru's talents. When the others can't plot or misdirect around a problem, Sasamori can (and will) bear down on it in full force with raw idealism and emotional appeals.



* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Explicitly invoked by Toru, who regularly hides behind a MP3 player and a book to help maintain his minimal exposure.

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* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Explicitly invoked by Toru, who regularly hides behind a an MP3 player and a book to help maintain his minimal exposure.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Sasamori describes Toru and Hijiri as a "happy couple," with each being the first one the other goes to for anything, including company for lunch despite being in different classes
* HumansAreBastards: With the rare exception, Toru's peers have universally shunned him, regularly beat him, and generally made his life hell ever since he was outed as an iris zero. One shudders to think what the world will be like for the other zeroes once the iris-dominated generation comes of age. Meanwhile, the older generation just grumbles about the younger as if it was some new game going around and shrugs off responsibility.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: [[spoiler: It's one of the reasons Toru pretends that he doesn't notice Sasamori's feelings for him.]]

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Sasamori describes Toru and Hijiri as a "happy couple," with each being the first one the other goes to for anything, including company for lunch despite being in different classes
classes.
* HumansAreBastards: With the rare exception, Toru's peers have universally shunned him, regularly beat him, and generally made his life hell ever since he was outed as an iris zero. Iris Zero. One shudders to think what the world will be like for the other zeroes Zeroes once the iris-dominated Iris-dominated generation comes of age. Meanwhile, the older generation just grumbles about the younger as if it was some new game going around and shrugs shrug off responsibility.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's one of the reasons Toru pretends that he doesn't notice Sasamori's feelings for him.]]



** [[spoiler: When Sasamori's costume got stolen during the cultural festival, Hijiri suggested that her costume could have been worn underneath another costume. Kuga, overhearing the conversation, rejected the idea because a hakama was too bulky for that to work. Thing is, nobody had mentioned what costume Sasamori's was, allowing Toru to deduce that Kuga was the one who stole the costume.]]
** Then later Toru himself fell victim to this when trying to get Hoshimiya to leave him alone he tells her that he isn't interested in helping her find a lost thing. Then she points out that she never said she was looking for something. Poor guy fell victim to his own SherlockScan.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Kuga shouting that [[MagicalEye Irises]] are useless while Hijiri's black butterflies swarm around her, indicating her impending death.]]

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** [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Sasamori's costume got gets stolen during the cultural festival, Hijiri suggested suggests that her costume could have been worn underneath another costume. Kuga, overhearing the conversation, rejected rejects the idea because a hakama was is too bulky for that to work. Thing is, nobody had mentioned what costume Sasamori's was, allowing Toru to deduce that Kuga was the one who stole the costume.]]
** Then later Toru himself later fell victim to this when this. When trying to get Hoshimiya to leave him alone he tells her that he isn't interested in helping her find a lost thing. Then she She points out that she never said she was looking for something. Poor guy fell victim to his own SherlockScan.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Kuga [[spoiler:Kuga shouting that [[MagicalEye Irises]] are useless while Hijiri's black butterflies swarm around her, indicating her impending death.]]



* KidsAreCruel: Toru was constantly bullied when he was younger for being an Iris Zero, and even now if he has high enough exposure.
** And we find out in chapter 15, that, no, it hasn't gotten better.
* LivingLieDetector: [[spoiler: Asahi's Iris allows her to see when someone is lying via a devilish tail sticking out.]] [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] as she becomes pretty jaded since she knows just how often people lie.

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* KidsAreCruel: Toru was constantly bullied when he was younger for being an Iris Zero, and even now still is if he has high enough exposure.
** And we find out in chapter 15, 15 that, no, it hasn't gotten better.
* LivingLieDetector: [[spoiler: Asahi's [[spoiler:Asahi's Iris allows her to see when someone is lying via a devilish tail sticking out.]] [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] as she becomes pretty jaded since she knows just how often people lie.



** Once again subverted when [[spoiler: Kuga asks Hijiri to "become her boyfriend", because her mother wants to meet her daughter's significant other]].

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** Once again subverted when [[spoiler: Kuga [[spoiler:Kuga asks Hijiri to "become her boyfriend", because her mother wants to meet her daughter's significant other]].other]].
*** ''Triple''-subverted from Hijiri's standpoint: He hears the confession, remembers Sasamori's confession in chapter 1 and thinks it's the same situation, is told that no, Kuga really meant "please be my boyfriend," and finally discovers that she wanted him to ''pretend'' to be her boyfriend in front of her mother.



* LoveMakesYouEvil: In Hijiri's flashback, and [[spoiler:Kuga being lead on by her boyfriend]] in the Iris Hunter arc.

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: In Hijiri's flashback, and [[spoiler:Kuga being lead led on by her boyfriend]] in the Iris Hunter arc.



* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler:Kuga uses her ability to read emotions to wreck havoc during the Iris Hunter arc]].

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* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler:Kuga uses her ability to read emotions to wreck wreak havoc during the Iris Hunter arc]].



* TheMatchmaker[=/=]ShipperOnDeck: Tokita's Iris lets him see "love affections," an arrow over a person's head pointing towards who they have feelings for, meaning he could play matchmaker easily. He tries to do it for [[spoiler:his childhood friend Kuga]]. It doesn't work out so well. Later, he [[spoiler:tries to help Toru and Sasamori realize their mutual affections.]]

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* TheMatchmaker[=/=]ShipperOnDeck: Tokita's Iris lets him see "love affections," an arrow over a person's head pointing towards who whom they have feelings for, meaning he could play matchmaker easily. He tries to do it for [[spoiler:his childhood friend Kuga]]. It doesn't work out so well. Later, he [[spoiler:tries to help Toru and Sasamori realize their mutual affections.]]



* [[spoiler: MurderTheHypotenuse]]: [[spoiler: Hijiri's classmate [[{{Yandere}} Katagiri]] was planning to kill Tachibana to have Hijiri to herself]]. Good thing Toru puts an end to it.

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* [[spoiler: MurderTheHypotenuse]]: [[spoiler: Hijiri's [[spoiler:MurderTheHypotenuse]]: [[spoiler:Hijiri's classmate [[{{Yandere}} Katagiri]] was planning to kill Tachibana to have Hijiri to herself]]. Good thing Toru puts put an end to it.



* NotWhatItLooksLike: A humorous example in the third volume's [[BonusMaterial omake]]. [[ForTheLulz To get back at Toru]], other characters from the main band tell Koyuki [[NoodleIncident about the bathroom scenes]]. Harumi even says goes as far as saying that [[NoodleIncident Toru pushed him down]] ([[ForTheLulz and forgets to add "into a trap"]]). Koyuki's reaction is priceless.

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: A humorous example in the third volume's [[BonusMaterial omake]]. [[ForTheLulz To get back at Toru]], other characters from the main band tell Koyuki [[NoodleIncident about the bathroom scenes]]. Harumi even says goes as far as saying that [[NoodleIncident Toru pushed him down]] ([[ForTheLulz and forgets to add "into a trap"]]). Koyuki's reaction is priceless.



** It seems to be the only thing Toru can't read in other people. Reasonable, given his history. The idea that anyone could take a positive interest in him is still pretty alien at times. [[spoiler:Except he's actually [[SelectiveObliviousness pretending not to notice]] Sasamori's feelings because he's afraid of what a relationship might do to the group's balance and cohesion. As a lifelong unwilling loner, friends matter more to him than love.]]

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** It seems to be the only thing Toru can't read in other people. Reasonable, given his history. The idea that anyone could take a positive interest in him is still pretty alien to him at times. [[spoiler:Except he's actually [[SelectiveObliviousness pretending not to notice]] Sasamori's feelings because he's afraid of what a relationship might do to the group's balance and cohesion. As a lifelong unwilling loner, friends matter more to him than love.]]



* OhCrap: "Exposure Rate: nearly 100%"

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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"Exposure Rate: nearly 100%"



** Sasamori, Kuga, and Tachibana have the same rounded face, and fluffy light-colored hair (though in different styles). Sasamori wears ribbons in her hair and it curls a lot at the ends with long strands that tend to fly around; Kuga has straighter hair and usually half-closed eyes; and Tachibana has short hair and is (so far) only seen in flashbacks.

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** Sasamori, Kuga, and Tachibana have the same rounded face, face and fluffy light-colored hair (though in different styles). Sasamori wears ribbons in her hair and it curls a lot at the ends with long strands that tend to fly around; Kuga has straighter hair and usually half-closed eyes; and Tachibana has short hair and is (so far) only seen in flashbacks.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: Hijiri's plan for dealling with [[spoiler:Kuga]]

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: Hijiri's plan for dealling dealing with [[spoiler:Kuga]]



** Sasamori is a complete [[AvertedTrope aversion]]. Her Iris is based around judging people and their suitability to an action, almost to the point of predestining people to certain roles. Yet she's the least judgmental person in the school and has spoken strongly against the idea that people can't do something just because an Iris has declared them unsuited.
* PoisonousFriend: Asahi [[spoiler: is the person who outed Toru as a Zero]] in their shared backstory. Also, [[spoiler: Tokita briefly looks like he may be so to Kuga]].

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** Sasamori is a complete [[AvertedTrope aversion]]. Her Iris is based around judging people and their suitability to an action, almost to the point of predestining people to certain roles. Yet Yet, she's the least judgmental person in the school and has spoken strongly against the idea that people can't do something just because an Iris has declared them unsuited.
* PoisonousFriend: Asahi [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is the person who outed Toru as a Zero]] in their shared backstory. Also, [[spoiler: Tokita [[spoiler:Tokita briefly looks like he may be so to Kuga]].



* PowerIncontinence: Irises are "on" all the time, which sucks when [[spoiler: you keep seeing liars and things about to die.]]

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* PowerIncontinence: Irises are "on" all the time, which sucks when [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you keep seeing liars and or things about to die.]]



* RunningGag: Despite Toru's masterful ability at reading and guessing people's motivations, he's oblivious to the identities of the people around him to the point of absurdity.

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* RunningGag: RunningGag:
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Despite Toru's masterful ability at reading and guessing people's motivations, he's oblivious to the identities of the people around him to the point of absurdity.



* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Sasamori stumbles on Rei, a strange girl from another school, clinging to Toru, and based on both Sasamori's startlement and Toru's guilty NotWhatItLooksLike reaction, Rei asks if they're going out. Both Sasamori and Toru blush and blurt out loud protests entirely too quickly.

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* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Sasamori stumbles on upon Rei, a strange girl from another school, clinging to Toru, and based on both Sasamori's startlement and Toru's guilty NotWhatItLooksLike reaction, Rei asks if they're going out. Both Sasamori and Toru blush and blurt out loud protests entirely too quickly.quickly.
* SherlockScan: Toru is highly skilled in making observations about the people around him, mostly centering around people's emotions and motivations. Several people remark how amazing his deductive powers are upon seeing him in action for the first time.



** [[spoiler: For the latter two ships -]] Takana Hotaru's Twitter contains [[http://i44.tinypic.com/sq3tx3.png these]] [[http://i44.tinypic.com/212v9sm.png shippy]] [[http://i39.tinypic.com/wsmpax.png sketches]]. [[http://i42.tinypic.com/2a8keja.png Another one]].

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** [[spoiler: For [[spoiler:For the latter two ships -]] ships,]] Takana Hotaru's Twitter contains [[http://i44.tinypic.com/sq3tx3.png these]] [[http://i44.tinypic.com/212v9sm.png shippy]] [[http://i39.tinypic.com/wsmpax.png sketches]]. [[http://i42.tinypic.com/2a8keja.png Another one]].



** He is also capable of noticing when somebody tries to take a photo of him and blur the image/move out of focus (you can choose). At least if he isn't trying to deal with Koyuki at the moment. It's one of the skills he acquired from mastering his low exposure technique.

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** He is also capable of noticing when somebody tries to take a photo of him and blur the image/move out of focus (you can choose). At least if he isn't trying to deal with Koyuki at the moment. It's one of the skills he acquired from mastering his low minimal exposure technique.



* SweetTooth: Toru's thoughts: Minimal Exposure < Cake. He even takes Koyuki on a NotADate just to get his hands on some cake that was only sold to girls.

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* SweetTooth: Toru's thoughts: Minimal "Minimal Exposure < Cake. Cake (for now)". He even takes Koyuki on a NotADate just to get his hands on some cake that was only being sold to girls.



* [[spoiler: TheEmpath: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] with Kuga. Her empathic abilities made her put other people's welfare before her, leading to her DarkAndTroubledPast.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Having a school full of kids with [[MagicalEyes Irises]], from which some may cause serious trauma, may be a good reason to hire a professional psychologist. Yet for [[AdultsAreUseless teachers]] this is [[BystanderSyndrome someone else's problem]]. [[ClosestThingWeGot The closest thing to good therapy characters get is Toru’s help.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheEmpath: [[spoiler:TheEmpath: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] with Kuga. Her empathic abilities made her put other people's welfare before her, her own, leading to her DarkAndTroubledPast.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Having a school full of kids with [[MagicalEyes Irises]], from which some may cause serious trauma, may be a good reason to hire a professional psychologist. Yet Yet, for [[AdultsAreUseless teachers]] this is [[BystanderSyndrome someone else's problem]]. [[ClosestThingWeGot The closest thing to good therapy characters get is Toru’s help.]]



* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Katagiri to Hijiri (in flashbacks), and possibly [[spoiler:definitely]] Tokita to Kuga.

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* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Katagiri to Hijiri (in flashbacks), and possibly [[spoiler:definitely]] [[spoiler:(definitely)]] Tokita to Kuga.



* VitriolicBestBuds: Asahi and Tokita [[spoiler:after the Iris Hunter arc]]. Although they argue frequently (they get thrown out of a store once, for doing so) and she sometimes [[AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale physically beats him up]], they're comfortable together and understand each other well.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Asahi and Tokita [[spoiler:after the Iris Hunter arc]]. Although they argue frequently (they get thrown out of a store once, once for doing so) and she sometimes [[AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale physically beats him up]], they're comfortable together and understand each other well.



** Toru was originally supposed to have been the only one with an Iris, surrounded by normal people - one old idea was someone who could see the RedStringOfFate connecting others but could not fall in love himself - until the creator decided he had no distinguishing features other than his power and switched it around.

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** Toru was originally supposed to have been the only one with an Iris, surrounded by normal people - one people—one old idea was someone who could see the RedStringOfFate connecting others but could not fall in love himself - until himself—until the creator decided he had no distinguishing features other than his power and switched it around.



* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Toru can be one perceptive kid. A lot of the other kids have grown up too fast thanks to their Irises, and knowing things they would rather not know about the world and others around them.
* [[spoiler: {{Yandere}}]]: [[spoiler: See MurderTheHypotenuse]].

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Toru can be one perceptive kid. A lot of the other kids have grown up too fast thanks to their Irises, Irises and knowing things they would rather not know about the world and others around them.
* [[spoiler: {{Yandere}}]]: [[spoiler: See [[spoiler:{{Yandere}}]]: [[spoiler:See MurderTheHypotenuse]].
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