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[[caption-width-right:200:From left to right: Watari, Saya, Tsuzuki, Hisoka, Yuma and Tatsumi.]]

->''Or, as I like to call it, "I Love My Dead Gay Bureaucrats."''
->--[[http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3115668 This forum thread]]

Asato Tsuzuki is a {{shinigami}} who has been working in the afterworld for 70 years (with a low wage), investigating cases related to unnatural deaths. Although he is very capable, he is constantly in trouble because of his laid back and spacey attitude, and his inability to retain a partner. Things seems to improve when Tszuki is assigned to work with the new shinigami Hisoka Kurosaki, a teenager with a very serious attitude, in contrast with Tsuzuki's playfulness. Unfortunately, in their first case together they cross paths with the insane Doctor Kazutaka Muraki, a man who has gotten supernatural powers in very questionable ways. The doctor is involved in a lot of dirty business (including the death of Hisoka), and now wants Tsuzuki...

Began as a {{manga}} in 1997 and was made a 13 episode {{anime}} in 2001. The author took a hiatus in 2003, leaving the series unfinished until January 2010, in which volume 12 was released. '''The series is, however, being continued as of recent notification.'''

The English language version is titled ''DescendantsOfDarkness''.
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!!This series provide examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Muraki is a polite doctor who approaches one in the most sympathetic manner when he is not raping, cursing and killing 13 year old boys or conducting human experiments to bring back his dead brother to life so that Muraki may be the one to kill him the second time.
* AlmightyJanitor: Tsuzuki is stuck in a department where he won't do much damage, but is singlehandedly one of the most powerful shinigami in the Bureau.
* ArtEvolution: The artwork and the characters -- especially the male characters -- in the manga start out damn pretty, then through the first eleven volumes gradually became drop-dead gorgeous and sexy. In the very last installments, the art changed noticeably once more, possibly because of health issues with the author. Character designs became distinctly crude and blocky compared to the earlier artwork, but highly detailed nonetheless.
* AxCrazy: Muraki
* BaddieFlattery
* BadassLongcoat: Tsuzuki in a rumpled black trench coat, Muraki in a flawless white one.
* {{Bishonen}}
* BigEater: Tsuzuki has a very sweet tooth, and it is frequently shown that he spends all his money on sweets.
* BluffTheImpostor: When Hisoka suspects that Tsuzuki is possessed by a demon, he proves it by asking Tsuzuki to go get food for the group and "reminding" him that the Chief hates sweets. In reality, the Chief has a notorious sweet tooth, so when Tsuzuki falls for it, Hisoka's suspicions are confirmed.
* BoysLove: [[PlayingWithATrope Yes and no.]] Tsuzuki {{lampshade}}s this in the first volume, joking that he would give Hisoka a goodnight kiss, but this isn't a Boys Love manga. Later on, in a plot arc that actually deals with homosexual relationships, Tsuzuki refers to homosexuality as 'icky' ([[spoiler:But to be fair, he was masquerading as a priest at the time.]]), and he seems genuinely {{squicked}} by some lesbians in a different plot arc. Everything is officially kept on the HeterosexualLifePartners level with a bit of StupidSexyFlanders, FreudianExcuse, and gratuitous amounts of {{squick}}y MindScrew, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/yami_no_matsuei/v05/c001.3/1.html but]] [[http://manga.animea.net/yami-no-matsuei-chapter-25-page-1.html the]] [[http://www.freewebs.com/virginvalleygallerytsusoka1/Site%20Images/30cTH%20sakura%20petals.jpg art]] [[http://www.freewebs.com/virginvalleygallerytsusoka1/Site%20Images/13cTxH-lapping.jpg speaks]] [[http://www.freewebs.com/virginvalleygallerytsusoka1/Site%20Images/26cTH-sunflower-hug.jpg differently]]. (All examples are official art release and/or straight from the manga.)
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: The average female character has the life expectancy of a particularly stupid gnat or falls off the face of the earth after one or two appearances, and only one major character is not bishonen.
* CelestialBureaucracy: The Shokan Division.
* CherryBlossoms
* TheComicallySerious: Hisoka.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: In the anime, Muraki is first seen kneeling in a church with the large shadow of a cross falling over him, which plays up his angel-like appearance; later he monologues about Christians in the Tokugawa era carving crucifixes on the backs of Buddha statues to conceal their faith (this accompanied by an image of Kwan Yin which looks oddly like a statue of the Blessed Virgin).
* CreepyMonotone: Muraki's got one.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Tsuzuki.
* DancesAndBalls: The cruise ship arc, with Hisoka dancing with Tsubaki.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Chizuru.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Tatsumi gets one of these in the post Volume 11 chapters of the manga.
* DeadlyDoctor: Muraki
* DepravedBisexual: Muraki
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Tsuzuki, when he was alive. He tries it again later. Hisoka hugs him out of it.]]
* ElementalPowers: The Shikigami (guardian spirits) can be divided into earth, fire, water and wind based types.
** [[DishingOutDirt Earth:]] Genbu
** [[PlayingWithFire Fire:]] Suzaku, Touda, Kurikara
** [[MakingASplash Water:]] Souryuu, Tenkou, Riko
** [[BlowYouAway Wind:]] Byakko, Kijin (though he seems to mostly use [[WordsCanBreakMyBones the Power of Words]] and [[ShockAndAwe lightning]])
* TheEmpath: Hisoka, with the irony being that expressing his own emotions comes with great difficulty.
* EvilAlbino: Muraki.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Hisoka definitely didn't expect Kurikara, the famous and powerful King of Dragons, to be two heads shorter than ''himself''.
* FairCop: Chizuru is a dead one.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Hisoka dresses up as Hijiri and lets the demon possesing Tsuzki butcher him to trick said demon into thinking that Hijiri is really dead. He gets better. Muraki also poisons himself with low dosages to be able to handle a paralysis serum a la Romeo and Juliet.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Muraki. (Are you getting the gist of this guy's personality yet?)
* TheFourGods: The main proof of Tsuzuki's competence is that he can control them ''all''.
** And then some: he actually controls 12 shiki in all, all the family of the main 4.
* FreudianExcuse: Muraki. Though it doesn't actually excuse much, make sense, or come up much, he's still got one.
* FriendToPsychos: Mibu Oriya, an old friend of Muraki. He covers up for Muraki, gives him a place to stay, and even disposes of the bodies sometimes.
* GeckoEnding: Muraki's mother and Saki. Completely different stories, between anime and manga, which changes Muraki's characterization quite a bit.
* GenderFlip: WordOfGod, as in the manga, it is directly stated that originally several of the characters were going to have opposite genders than what they wound up as!
* GenreShift / OutOfGenreExperience / BreatherEpisode: The first three volumes can be pretty consistently placed in the supernatural detective/thriller genre, with liberal dosings of horror. Cue volumes 4 and 5, in which the main characters visit a hot spring and rescue a missing ice queen [[spoiler: who went missing because she was KO'd by a badly-cooked muffin]] and have an epic inter-departmental archery contest. Oh, and then Tsuzuki is sucked into magical storybook land where he meets his [[GenderBender genderswapped]] self. After a few volumes of these sorts of situations, the series goes right back into the horrific murders. A few volumes later, a magical shonen adventure plot starts up.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Muraki to Hisoka in the first volume, after covering a room in his blood and torturing him at length. He even contemplates vivisecting Hisoka to test out how strong his regeneration abilities really are.
* Gorn: Thanks to the shinigami HealingFactor, the main characters get torn to pieces repeatedly and the results are splashed across the page in great detail. Some examples:
** [[spoiler: when disguised as Hijiri,]] Hisoka gets hacked nearly in half and his eye is pulled out.
** The gruesome reveal of several murder victims on the cruise ship in volume 3 [[spoiler: especially the dismembered corpse of Tsubaki's father]]
** In volume 4, a young Catholic schoolboy comes back as a rotting corpse (who proceeds to slurp out the organs of a priest).
* TheGrimReaper: The Shinigami.
* HatesBeingTouched: Hisoka, no doubt as a result of several factors including his abusive family [[spoiler: who shunned him because of his empathic abilities ''and'' the deal with Yatonokami]], as well as his ability to read people's thoughts via the emotions triggered from them [[spoiler: and also from being raped and murdered by Muraki]].
* HealingFactor: All of the Shinigami, although they can be killed by [[spoiler:hellfire, as shown by Tsuzuki's suicide attempt.]] ''Extreme'' in Hisoka's case.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Tsuzuki is [[Anime/YuGiOh an extremely cheery pharaoh]] (it's a dead ringer when he angsts). Oh, and [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} James]] is Watari.
** Hard to catch at first, but Hisoka is [[{{Anime/Monster}} Dr. Tenma]].
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Tsubaki-hime]].
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Muraki and Tsuzuki.
** And [[spoiler:Muraki and Hisoka]], technically.
* IllGirl: Tsubaki-hime and [[spoiler: Ukyou Sakuraiji]]
* InnocentFlowergirl: Eileen. [[spoiler: Before she was killed and her heart was harvested for Tsubaki, who went mad from the revelation when she found out.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Hijiri and Kazusa. And Tsuzuki and hisoka to a certain degree.
* {{Keet}}: Tsuzuki, when he randomly sprouts dog ears and a tail while being particularly goofy.
* LesYay: Self-identified lesbian Rika seemed to have a thing for Chizuru, while [[ThoseTwoGirls Saya and Yuma]] go around groping each-other in [[HotSpringsEpisode onsens]].
* LethalChef: Tsuzuki, moreso in the manga than the anime.
* LostHimInACardGame: Tsuzuki loses his own body to Muraki in a game of poker. But Hisoka wins it back.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: Dr. Muraki, quickly and obsessively, for Tsuzuki.
* MadEye: Somewhat averted in Muraki, since he has an artificial eye, but it only adds to his air of insanity.
* MadScientist: Watari is a kind version of this trope, complete with MadScientistLaboratory and an interest in GenderBender. Dr. Muraki, the insane evil version, is also fond of research labs and [[spoiler:keeps the severed head of his dead brother alive in a clone tube]].
* TheMagicPokerEquation: When Tsuzuki plays Muraki in a game of poker, he loses with a flush to Muraki's full house. When Hisoka plays against Muraki, he beats Muraki's four of a kind with a ''royal flush''.
* MamaBear: Suzaku to Tsuzuki, in a particularly dramatic fashion in the Kyoto Arc.
* ManInWhite: Muraki.
* ManipulativeBastard: Muraki
* MismatchedEyes: Wakaba has an orange right eye and a brown left eye, indicating her status as one of the four gate keepers of the shikigami realm.
* MommyIssues: Muraki's (ineffective) FreudianExcuse. Creepy doll lady.
* MoralityPet: In the later chapters of the manga, Ukyou Sakuraiji is the high school sweetheart and long time lady friend/fiancee to Muraki.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Muraki, and to a lesser extent, Dr. Satomi.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Muraki forces Tsuzuki to have a fancy dinner with him while he keeps Hisoka as a hostage.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* OminousLatinChanting: Occurs in the King of Swords arc.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Watari is made of this. The manga shows him as being unbelievably proficient with hacking and decryption, involved in maintaining the computer-based reality where the series' summoned gods live, and good enough at chemistry for potion-based Mad Science (which could also be partly magical), and he's alluded to having done other things. His PhD? In Mechanical Engineering.
* PinkySwear: Hijiri and Kazuza in the Devil's Trill arc
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: "Yami Matsu".
* RapeAsBackstory / RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:Hisoka]].
* RightHandHottie: Grouchy old man Chief Konoe has hot secretary Seiichiro Tatsumi.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Muraki, and Tatsumi sometimes.
** Tatsumi all the time, especially if you break budget.
* ScheduleSlip: There was a stretch of ''seven full years'' between the release of volume 11 and volume 12
* SerialKiller: Muraki.
* ShotaCon: Kind of. In the first arc of both the anime and manga, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Muraki raped Hisoka when the latter was only thirteen years old.]]
* ShowerOfAngst: Tsuzuki in the Devil's Trill arc.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Double subverted with the ending to the Devil's Trill arc. [[spoiler: The whole point of the story was to keep Hijiri and Kazusa safe from the Demon. The Devil shows up at the end and tries to kill Hijiri and Kazusa. [[HopeSpot Hijiri survives and the devil is vanquished]]...but Kazusa pulls a HeroicSacrifice for Hijiri and dies anyway, rendering the whole arc pointless]].
* SmugSnake: Muraki is much more slimey than he is charming once you look past his exterior. The dub takes this further by giving him a smugly superior sounding tone of voice.
* SproutingEars: Tsuzuki has this happen to him sometimes.
* StalkerWithACrush: Muraki.
* StepfordSmiler: Tsuzuki appears cheerful and childish, but in fact is a [[TheWoobie woobie]] with many issues.
* SuckMyRose: Muraki, and it only adds to his general creepiness.
* TarotMotifs: Accompanying the murders in the cruise ship arc.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Muraki constantly tells Tsuzuki that his PurpleEyes are beautiful. Tsuzuki, on the other hand, hates them because they remind him [[spoiler: of his demon blood]].
* WellDoneSonGuy: Muraki, in a way.
* WhiteHairedPrettyBoy: Muraki, and one author's note says that she considered giving him black hair but chose white because it was "more mysterious."
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[[caption-width-right:200:From left to right: Watari, Saya, Tsuzuki, Hisoka, Yuma and Tatsumi.]]

->''Or, as I like to call it, "I Love My Dead Gay Bureaucrats."''
->--[[http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3115668 This forum thread]]

Asato Tsuzuki is a {{shinigami}} who has been working in the afterworld for 70 years (with a low wage), investigating cases related to unnatural deaths. Although he is very capable, he is constantly in trouble because of his laid back and spacey attitude, and his inability to retain a partner. Things seems to improve when Tszuki is assigned to work with the new shinigami Hisoka Kurosaki, a teenager with a very serious attitude, in contrast with Tsuzuki's playfulness. Unfortunately, in their first case together they cross paths with the insane Doctor Kazutaka Muraki, a man who has gotten supernatural powers in very questionable ways. The doctor is involved in a lot of dirty business (including the death of Hisoka), and now wants Tsuzuki...

Began as a {{manga}} in 1997 and was made a 13 episode {{anime}} in 2001. The author took a hiatus in 2003, leaving the series unfinished until January 2010, in which volume 12 was released. '''The series is, however, being continued as of recent notification.'''

The English language version is titled ''DescendantsOfDarkness''.
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!!This series provide examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Muraki is a polite doctor who approaches one in the most sympathetic manner when he is not raping, cursing and killing 13 year old boys or conducting human experiments to bring back his dead brother to life so that Muraki may be the one to kill him the second time.
* AlmightyJanitor: Tsuzuki is stuck in a department where he won't do much damage, but is singlehandedly one of the most powerful shinigami in the Bureau.
* ArtEvolution: The artwork and the characters -- especially the male characters -- in the manga start out damn pretty, then through the first eleven volumes gradually became drop-dead gorgeous and sexy. In the very last installments, the art changed noticeably once more, possibly because of health issues with the author. Character designs became distinctly crude and blocky compared to the earlier artwork, but highly detailed nonetheless.
* AxCrazy: Muraki
* BaddieFlattery
* BadassLongcoat: Tsuzuki in a rumpled black trench coat, Muraki in a flawless white one.
* {{Bishonen}}
* BigEater: Tsuzuki has a very sweet tooth, and it is frequently shown that he spends all his money on sweets.
* BluffTheImpostor: When Hisoka suspects that Tsuzuki is possessed by a demon, he proves it by asking Tsuzuki to go get food for the group and "reminding" him that the Chief hates sweets. In reality, the Chief has a notorious sweet tooth, so when Tsuzuki falls for it, Hisoka's suspicions are confirmed.
* BoysLove: [[PlayingWithATrope Yes and no.]] Tsuzuki {{lampshade}}s this in the first volume, joking that he would give Hisoka a goodnight kiss, but this isn't a Boys Love manga. Later on, in a plot arc that actually deals with homosexual relationships, Tsuzuki refers to homosexuality as 'icky' ([[spoiler:But to be fair, he was masquerading as a priest at the time.]]), and he seems genuinely {{squicked}} by some lesbians in a different plot arc. Everything is officially kept on the HeterosexualLifePartners level with a bit of StupidSexyFlanders, FreudianExcuse, and gratuitous amounts of {{squick}}y MindScrew, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/yami_no_matsuei/v05/c001.3/1.html but]] [[http://manga.animea.net/yami-no-matsuei-chapter-25-page-1.html the]] [[http://www.freewebs.com/virginvalleygallerytsusoka1/Site%20Images/30cTH%20sakura%20petals.jpg art]] [[http://www.freewebs.com/virginvalleygallerytsusoka1/Site%20Images/13cTxH-lapping.jpg speaks]] [[http://www.freewebs.com/virginvalleygallerytsusoka1/Site%20Images/26cTH-sunflower-hug.jpg differently]]. (All examples are official art release and/or straight from the manga.)
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: The average female character has the life expectancy of a particularly stupid gnat or falls off the face of the earth after one or two appearances, and only one major character is not bishonen.
* CelestialBureaucracy: The Shokan Division.
* CherryBlossoms
* TheComicallySerious: Hisoka.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: In the anime, Muraki is first seen kneeling in a church with the large shadow of a cross falling over him, which plays up his angel-like appearance; later he monologues about Christians in the Tokugawa era carving crucifixes on the backs of Buddha statues to conceal their faith (this accompanied by an image of Kwan Yin which looks oddly like a statue of the Blessed Virgin).
* CreepyMonotone: Muraki's got one.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Tsuzuki.
* DancesAndBalls: The cruise ship arc, with Hisoka dancing with Tsubaki.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Chizuru.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Tatsumi gets one of these in the post Volume 11 chapters of the manga.
* DeadlyDoctor: Muraki
* DepravedBisexual: Muraki
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Tsuzuki, when he was alive. He tries it again later. Hisoka hugs him out of it.]]
* ElementalPowers: The Shikigami (guardian spirits) can be divided into earth, fire, water and wind based types.
** [[DishingOutDirt Earth:]] Genbu
** [[PlayingWithFire Fire:]] Suzaku, Touda, Kurikara
** [[MakingASplash Water:]] Souryuu, Tenkou, Riko
** [[BlowYouAway Wind:]] Byakko, Kijin (though he seems to mostly use [[WordsCanBreakMyBones the Power of Words]] and [[ShockAndAwe lightning]])
* TheEmpath: Hisoka, with the irony being that expressing his own emotions comes with great difficulty.
* EvilAlbino: Muraki.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Hisoka definitely didn't expect Kurikara, the famous and powerful King of Dragons, to be two heads shorter than ''himself''.
* FairCop: Chizuru is a dead one.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Hisoka dresses up as Hijiri and lets the demon possesing Tsuzki butcher him to trick said demon into thinking that Hijiri is really dead. He gets better. Muraki also poisons himself with low dosages to be able to handle a paralysis serum a la Romeo and Juliet.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Muraki. (Are you getting the gist of this guy's personality yet?)
* TheFourGods: The main proof of Tsuzuki's competence is that he can control them ''all''.
** And then some: he actually controls 12 shiki in all, all the family of the main 4.
* FreudianExcuse: Muraki. Though it doesn't actually excuse much, make sense, or come up much, he's still got one.
* FriendToPsychos: Mibu Oriya, an old friend of Muraki. He covers up for Muraki, gives him a place to stay, and even disposes of the bodies sometimes.
* GeckoEnding: Muraki's mother and Saki. Completely different stories, between anime and manga, which changes Muraki's characterization quite a bit.
* GenderFlip: WordOfGod, as in the manga, it is directly stated that originally several of the characters were going to have opposite genders than what they wound up as!
* GenreShift / OutOfGenreExperience / BreatherEpisode: The first three volumes can be pretty consistently placed in the supernatural detective/thriller genre, with liberal dosings of horror. Cue volumes 4 and 5, in which the main characters visit a hot spring and rescue a missing ice queen [[spoiler: who went missing because she was KO'd by a badly-cooked muffin]] and have an epic inter-departmental archery contest. Oh, and then Tsuzuki is sucked into magical storybook land where he meets his [[GenderBender genderswapped]] self. After a few volumes of these sorts of situations, the series goes right back into the horrific murders. A few volumes later, a magical shonen adventure plot starts up.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Muraki to Hisoka in the first volume, after covering a room in his blood and torturing him at length. He even contemplates vivisecting Hisoka to test out how strong his regeneration abilities really are.
* Gorn: Thanks to the shinigami HealingFactor, the main characters get torn to pieces repeatedly and the results are splashed across the page in great detail. Some examples:
** [[spoiler: when disguised as Hijiri,]] Hisoka gets hacked nearly in half and his eye is pulled out.
** The gruesome reveal of several murder victims on the cruise ship in volume 3 [[spoiler: especially the dismembered corpse of Tsubaki's father]]
** In volume 4, a young Catholic schoolboy comes back as a rotting corpse (who proceeds to slurp out the organs of a priest).
* TheGrimReaper: The Shinigami.
* HatesBeingTouched: Hisoka, no doubt as a result of several factors including his abusive family [[spoiler: who shunned him because of his empathic abilities ''and'' the deal with Yatonokami]], as well as his ability to read people's thoughts via the emotions triggered from them [[spoiler: and also from being raped and murdered by Muraki]].
* HealingFactor: All of the Shinigami, although they can be killed by [[spoiler:hellfire, as shown by Tsuzuki's suicide attempt.]] ''Extreme'' in Hisoka's case.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Tsuzuki is [[Anime/YuGiOh an extremely cheery pharaoh]] (it's a dead ringer when he angsts). Oh, and [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} James]] is Watari.
** Hard to catch at first, but Hisoka is [[{{Anime/Monster}} Dr. Tenma]].
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Tsubaki-hime]].
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Muraki and Tsuzuki.
** And [[spoiler:Muraki and Hisoka]], technically.
* IllGirl: Tsubaki-hime and [[spoiler: Ukyou Sakuraiji]]
* InnocentFlowergirl: Eileen. [[spoiler: Before she was killed and her heart was harvested for Tsubaki, who went mad from the revelation when she found out.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Hijiri and Kazusa. And Tsuzuki and hisoka to a certain degree.
* {{Keet}}: Tsuzuki, when he randomly sprouts dog ears and a tail while being particularly goofy.
* LesYay: Self-identified lesbian Rika seemed to have a thing for Chizuru, while [[ThoseTwoGirls Saya and Yuma]] go around groping each-other in [[HotSpringsEpisode onsens]].
* LethalChef: Tsuzuki, moreso in the manga than the anime.
* LostHimInACardGame: Tsuzuki loses his own body to Muraki in a game of poker. But Hisoka wins it back.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: Dr. Muraki, quickly and obsessively, for Tsuzuki.
* MadEye: Somewhat averted in Muraki, since he has an artificial eye, but it only adds to his air of insanity.
* MadScientist: Watari is a kind version of this trope, complete with MadScientistLaboratory and an interest in GenderBender. Dr. Muraki, the insane evil version, is also fond of research labs and [[spoiler:keeps the severed head of his dead brother alive in a clone tube]].
* TheMagicPokerEquation: When Tsuzuki plays Muraki in a game of poker, he loses with a flush to Muraki's full house. When Hisoka plays against Muraki, he beats Muraki's four of a kind with a ''royal flush''.
* MamaBear: Suzaku to Tsuzuki, in a particularly dramatic fashion in the Kyoto Arc.
* ManInWhite: Muraki.
* ManipulativeBastard: Muraki
* MismatchedEyes: Wakaba has an orange right eye and a brown left eye, indicating her status as one of the four gate keepers of the shikigami realm.
* MommyIssues: Muraki's (ineffective) FreudianExcuse. Creepy doll lady.
* MoralityPet: In the later chapters of the manga, Ukyou Sakuraiji is the high school sweetheart and long time lady friend/fiancee to Muraki.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Muraki, and to a lesser extent, Dr. Satomi.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Muraki forces Tsuzuki to have a fancy dinner with him while he keeps Hisoka as a hostage.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* OminousLatinChanting: Occurs in the King of Swords arc.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Watari is made of this. The manga shows him as being unbelievably proficient with hacking and decryption, involved in maintaining the computer-based reality where the series' summoned gods live, and good enough at chemistry for potion-based Mad Science (which could also be partly magical), and he's alluded to having done other things. His PhD? In Mechanical Engineering.
* PinkySwear: Hijiri and Kazuza in the Devil's Trill arc
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: "Yami Matsu".
* RapeAsBackstory / RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:Hisoka]].
* RightHandHottie: Grouchy old man Chief Konoe has hot secretary Seiichiro Tatsumi.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Muraki, and Tatsumi sometimes.
** Tatsumi all the time, especially if you break budget.
* ScheduleSlip: There was a stretch of ''seven full years'' between the release of volume 11 and volume 12
* SerialKiller: Muraki.
* ShotaCon: Kind of. In the first arc of both the anime and manga, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Muraki raped Hisoka when the latter was only thirteen years old.]]
* ShowerOfAngst: Tsuzuki in the Devil's Trill arc.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Double subverted with the ending to the Devil's Trill arc. [[spoiler: The whole point of the story was to keep Hijiri and Kazusa safe from the Demon. The Devil shows up at the end and tries to kill Hijiri and Kazusa. [[HopeSpot Hijiri survives and the devil is vanquished]]...but Kazusa pulls a HeroicSacrifice for Hijiri and dies anyway, rendering the whole arc pointless]].
* SmugSnake: Muraki is much more slimey than he is charming once you look past his exterior. The dub takes this further by giving him a smugly superior sounding tone of voice.
* SproutingEars: Tsuzuki has this happen to him sometimes.
* StalkerWithACrush: Muraki.
* StepfordSmiler: Tsuzuki appears cheerful and childish, but in fact is a [[TheWoobie woobie]] with many issues.
* SuckMyRose: Muraki, and it only adds to his general creepiness.
* TarotMotifs: Accompanying the murders in the cruise ship arc.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Muraki constantly tells Tsuzuki that his PurpleEyes are beautiful. Tsuzuki, on the other hand, hates them because they remind him [[spoiler: of his demon blood]].
* WellDoneSonGuy: Muraki, in a way.
* WhiteHairedPrettyBoy: Muraki, and one author's note says that she considered giving him black hair but chose white because it was "more mysterious."
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Tsuzuki is [[{{Yu-Gi-Oh}} an extremely cheery pharaoh]] (it's a dead ringer when he angsts). Oh, and [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} James]] is Watari.

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* HeyItsThatVoice: Tsuzuki is [[{{Yu-Gi-Oh}} [[Anime/YuGiOh an extremely cheery pharaoh]] (it's a dead ringer when he angsts). Oh, and [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} James]] is Watari.
23rd Sep '12 7:41:46 AM ejanonymus
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* HoYay: ... and how.
** Oh boy... where to begin... [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Everybody wants Tsuzuki]]. [[LauncherOfAThousandShips EVERYBODY]].
*** Let's see, there's Hisoka, Muraki (the most blatant one), Hijiri, the Count (just as blatant as Muraki), Tatsumi, Watari (a one time StupidSexyFlanders case), even his Shikigami... Yup, everyone's gay for Tsuzuki.
** And then there is a particular Shinigami, Terazuma, that is 'allergic to girls' turning him into a "Giant Afghan Hellhound" if touched by them. Hell, just looking at 'girly' Hisoka set Terazuma off!
*** Not just looking, attempting to kiss. It was a contest.
*** And he never stood a chance, especially while trying to imagine him as a flat-chested girl.
1st Sep '12 11:15:56 PM CJCroen1393
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* SmugSnake: Muraki is much more slimey than he is charming once you look past his exterior.

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* SmugSnake: Muraki is much more slimey than he is charming once you look past his exterior. The dub takes this further by giving him a smugly superior sounding tone of voice.
22nd Aug '12 5:35:21 PM ProxyThrope
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* DeadlyDoctor

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* DeadlyDoctorDeadlyDoctor: Muraki
22nd Aug '12 5:34:28 PM ProxyThrope
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* DeadlyDoctor


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* SerialKiller: Muraki.
14th Aug '12 9:15:31 PM freesefan
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Asato Tsuzuki is a {{shinigami}} who has been working in the afterworld for 70 years (with a low wage), investigating cases related to unnatural deaths or deaths that refuse to produce. Although he is (very) capable, he is constantly in trouble because of his laid back and spacey attitude, and the little fact that can't retain a partner. Things seems to improve when Tszuki is assigned to work with the new shinigami Hisoka Kurosaki, a teenager with a very serious attitude, in contrast with Tsuzuki's playfulness. Unfortunately, in their first case together they cross paths with the insane Doctor Kazutaka Muraki, a man who has gotten supernatural powers in very questionable ways. The doctor is involved in a lot of dirty business (including the death of Hisoka), and now wants Tsuzuki...

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Asato Tsuzuki is a {{shinigami}} who has been working in the afterworld for 70 years (with a low wage), investigating cases related to unnatural deaths or deaths that refuse to produce. deaths. Although he is (very) very capable, he is constantly in trouble because of his laid back and spacey attitude, and the little fact that can't his inability to retain a partner. Things seems to improve when Tszuki is assigned to work with the new shinigami Hisoka Kurosaki, a teenager with a very serious attitude, in contrast with Tsuzuki's playfulness. Unfortunately, in their first case together they cross paths with the insane Doctor Kazutaka Muraki, a man who has gotten supernatural powers in very questionable ways. The doctor is involved in a lot of dirty business (including the death of Hisoka), and now wants Tsuzuki...
28th Jul '12 12:06:54 PM ManwiththePlan
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* SmugSnake: Muraki is much more slimey than he is charming once you look past his exterior.
12th Jun '12 10:50:14 AM DAIrinchan
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* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Chizuru.


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* FairCop: Chizuru is a dead one.
27th May '12 5:22:03 PM gantai
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** And then some: he actually controls 12 shiki in all, all the family of the main 4.



* ShotaCon: Kind of. In the first arc of both the anime and manga, it's revealed that Muraki raped Hisoka when the latter was only thirteen years old.

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* ShotaCon: Kind of. In the first arc of both the anime and manga, it's revealed that Muraki [[spoiler:Muraki raped Hisoka when the latter was only thirteen years old.]]
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