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->''I will go on living.''

In the suffocating city of Calm, 15-year-old [[AntiHero Zed]] dreams of freedom and breaks down doors in his spare time. Wishing to escape from his harsh surroundings, he follows a mysterious gust of wind through a [[CoolGate portal to a different world]], a world of magic being torn apart by war. Arriving in the peaceful land of Templar, he meets a girl named Roya who is a [[MagicKnight Shard Caster]]; a warrior who uses the power of Shards to cast spells and summon Spirits. Zed learns that he too has become a Caster, and decides to fight in order to get stronger and find some meaning in his life. Little does he know that his sickly friend Noah has also been transported and developed powers of his own. They quickly become embroiled in events far beyond their control, with the fate of their new world at stake.

A 2006 anime by Creator/{{Madhouse}}, ''Kiba'' is a dark and often bleak show that concentrates on the characters' growth and survival in times of hardship and injustice, and the search for what it means to be truly free (though still with a healthy dose of action). Despite the fantasy elements, it's definitely not to be taken lightly.
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!The show provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Roya. Maybe.
* AdrenalineMakeover: Rebecca
* AffablyEvil: Hugh and Dukeham
* AirJousting: Zed and Hugh in the second opening video.
* AnimalMotifs: Birds for Zed. He always wears an accessory with two feathers on it, his key spirit Amir Gaul has feathered wings and turns into a phoenix at one point, there's a motif in the story involving wind and freedom, his second spirit Rambos is a bird, and in the last scene, [[spoiler:Zed is shown having Amir Gaul's wings.]]
* {{Antihero}}: Zed
* {{Antivillain}}: Noah and [[PunchClockVillain Gitra]]. The king of the Beastmen might count.
* AnyoneCanDie
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: When Helic releases Ex-Machina in Neotopia.
* BadassGrandpa: Zyco and Sebastian on a few occasions.
* BadassLongcoat: Zed
* BareYourMidriff: Roya (to an almost impossible degree), Kira, Molima
* BeautifulAllAlong: Noah's opinion of Kira when she takes her glasses off.
* BelatedBackstory: Ginga's story comes once he sees Dukeham. Karen, his lover, dies trying to protect him. Ginga says Dukeham, [[spoiler:their commander]], was responsible, [[spoiler:leaves Tusk]], and becomes a cyborg to get revenge. [[spoiler:Then it turns out that Dukeham was trying to protect him after their enemies killed Karen.]]
* {{Bishounen}}: Robes of course! Noah to a mild extent.
* BishounenLine: In a manner of speaking, as the more powerful Spirits look more human-like than the less-powerful Spirits; this culminates in Amir Gaul, the most powerful Spirit, being a glowing angelic figure.
* BloodKnight: Glaudio. Zed is one [[CharacterDevelopment before he decides to start fighting for peace.]]
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His]] [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angel]]
* BreakTheCutie: Rebecca's [[PeoplePuppets physically manipulated]] into stabbing her father by her teacher and forced into marriage with [[spoiler:Dumas, only to be given to Hugh instead in a plot to get one of the key spirits. Then her father is killed.]]
** Then there's Noah, who landed in Neotopia. Despite being rescued by a kindly couple and temporarily regaining his strength, he [[spoiler: results in Gale, the couple's son, killing his father due to the country's laws. Then Gale fights Keith and dies along with Aisha, both of whom Noah had befriended, after Noah unintentionally sets everything on fire.]] Then Noah ends up with some Seekers and [[spoiler:finds the key spirit Sachira, causing ''everyone but Sagiri and himself to die''.]] After he becomes Neotopia's top shardcaster, Hugh attacks the capital [[spoiler:and Zed drags Hyrum to him in exchange for the many civilians that are about to be eaten by Spirits. Hyrum kills himself, and Diana and Sagiri appear to die when the building collapses.]] Let us not forget about [[spoiler:the [[IllBoy debilitating illness]] that has plagued him since childhood, which will [[IncurableCoughOfDeath eventually kill him ]]and renders him [[WheelchairWoobie practically catatonic]] by show's end, nor the fact that the thing that started this series of events was his desire to help Zed... who's joined up with the opposition, becomes Noah's enemy, and ultimately takes him down.]] [[TraumaCongaLine That]] kind of [[DeusAngstMachina sucks.]] Is he a [[TheWoobie Woobie]] yet?
* CantCatchUp: Despite Roya being a pretty awesome fighter, she gets frustrated when she has to fight Zed in a joust.
* CheerfulChild: Sagiri [[spoiler:before she becomes a Caster.]]
* ChickMagnet: Noah has at least four women fall in love with him during the course of the story.
* ChosenOne: There's a lot of fighting and debate about who is the true Chosen One.
* CombatMedic: Roya becomes one after a DreamSequence involving her mother.
* CombatPragmatist: [[spoiler: Noah]] does it in his last fight against Zed. [[spoiler: He uses five key spirits to fight a CurbStompBattle against Zed.]]
* CrapsackWorld
* {{Cyborg}}: Everyone in Ulbacus
* CuteAndPsycho: Rebecca ends up as one after [[spoiler:Hugh marries her to take the key spirit Pronimo and kills her father.]] Mikki also becomes one after Dumas dies.
* DanceBattler: Roya
* DesignatedGirlFight: When Roya fights Kira in the Joust.
* {{Determinator}}: Dukeham. He even makes everyone in his army be one too.
* DeusExMachina: After Zed is possessed by Tusker, [[spoiler:Ginga turns up alive and attacks him with a newly completed [[MeaningfulName Ex Machina]], stalling Tusker until Zed and Amir Gaul can break away from him.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Hugh
* DistressedDude: Hyrum. Despite him being huge, he completely averts AuthorityEqualsAsskicking.
* DulcineaEffect: Justified since [[LovingAShadow Roya reminds Ginga of his dead lover.]]
* ElementalPowers
* EnemyMine: Zed joins with Noah and Hugh to fight Ex Machina.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Sebastian and Amir Gaul. It's a NextTierPowerUp when Amir Gaul opens his eyes.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: Xeem
** TheDragon: Dukeham
** TheBrute: Molima
** DarkChick / TokenGoodTeammate: Mirred, Gitra
** SixthRangerTraitor: Hugh, Dolga[[spoiler:, which is actually Noah's alias.]]
* GenkiGirl: Roya is even pretty energetic while she's {{Angst}}ing.
* GodIsEvil: Tusker
* GoshDangItToHeck
* HeroicBastard: Zed, since it's made clear that his mother became pregnant not long after meeting his father.
* HoldingHands: [[ShipTease Zed and Roya]] do ''a lot'' of this.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Noah's love for Zed at times seems more than just friendly, especially the lengths the two will go to meet each other.
* HotBlooded: Zed and Roya.
* InstrumentofMurder: Roya's spirit Afkarel shoots ''lasers'' out of her harp.
* JekyllandHyde: Inverted with Despara. [[spoiler:Roya's mother Jesara used a shard to send her soul inside Despara's body,]] causing Despara to freak out whenever she's near Roya.
* KarmaHoudini: In the end, [[spoiler: Elmeida]], of all people, is one of the only two to live who can actually be called villains.
* KnifeNut: Roya [[DualWielding dual wields]] them.
* MadScientist: Bender
* {{Mons}}: The Spirits are monsters that some people have as shards.
* MookFaceTurn: One of the beastmen decides to protect Sagiri when she's attacked.
* OlympusMons: The Key Spirits and Tusker
* ParentalAbandonment: For Zed's entire life until near the end of the first episode, his mother lives in a mental institution.
** DisappearedDad: Zed's father, [[spoiler:a Seeker, died from his wounds shortly after impregnating Sara.]]
* PerpetualFrowner: Zed and Gitra
* PhantomThief: Robes, who becomes the thief "No Face" because he's bored and wishes for a challenge. It's also hinted he may be trying to help out his family financially, since their fortune is somewhat on the rocks.
* PluckyGirl: Roya and Sagiri
* RebelLeader: Rebecca
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Rebecca]] becomes sane again just in time to be stabbed by Elmeida. Near the end, [[spoiler:Sara realizes how important Zed was to her as she's dying.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Zed and Noah, though Noah stops acting that way later on. And sometimes Zed seems to be blue while Roya is red.
* SanitySlippage: A very large portion of the cast goes insane at some point: Dumas, Mikki, Rebecca, Sara (who goes insane before the first episode and goes even more insane later), Hugh, Noah, Roya's father, Despara, Dukeham, Helic, probably more.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Mikki and Pinot, Zed and Roya [[spoiler:at first]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Robes for Zed and Roya.
* SmugSnake: Nudyu. Fittingly, he has a [[AnimalMotifs snake theme]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It seems like almost all the characters would apply.
* TheSpock: Diana, Noah's guardian in Neotopia.
* TheStoic: Diana and Dumas
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Kira, though only when Noah is involved. Roya and Rebecca have their moments.
* SummonMagic
* TeacherStudentRomance: [[FoeYay Hugh and Rebecca]]
* TournamentArc: Neotopia's Joust
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Subverted as Zed is pleased to leave his own world behind and soon settles in.
* {{Tsundere}}: Roya at times.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The assassin that showed up to prevent Zed from becoming a Caster. Never heard from again, and never a word of who sent him.
** At least in the dub, Zed's mother theorizes that he was from Tusk. No confirmation, though.
* WhipSword: Noah's sword.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: It's actually a major motif.
* WorldofBadass
* {{Yandere}}: Sara is a strange example, being a yandere for [[OlympusMons Amir Gaul]].
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