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'''''CubeŚCursedŚCurious''''', which can be shortened to ''C Cube'' or ''C[[superscript:3]]'', is a LightNovel series written by Minase Hazuki. It has since been adapted into a manga by Akina Tsukako and a Fall2011Anime by SILVER LINK.

Haruaki Yachi is yet another OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, noteworthy only for being highly resistant to curses. Because of this ability, his WalkingTheEarth father frequently sends him cursed tools and items he finds during his travels to be purified, as their home is built on sacred ground that erodes negative energy, and Haruaki is able to safely keep watch over these troublesome items.

One day, he receives a strange metallic cube, which he decides would be better left alone. That night, he wakes up to find a [[NakedFirstImpression naked]] girl eating rice crackers in his house. The girl's name is [[MeaningfulName Fear]], and she is, in fact, the cube itself, an ArtifactOfDoom that brings painful death to her bearer and all those close to him. Having gained a human form and human emotions, she wishes to be freed from her curse. Haruaki agrees to help her, and she begins living with him and Konoha, another sentient cursed artifact, but none of them realize the true extent of the problems Fear's curse presents, both directly and indirectly.

If you're going to check out this anime, keep in mind that it has a ''highly'' NonIndicativeFirstEpisode, and thus you won't get a good impression of what the show's about until the plot picks up in the second half of Episode 2. Try to watch it at least up to that point before deciding whether or not this is a show for you.

Not related to [[{{Anime/C}} another anime shortened to [C].]]
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!!''CubeŚCursedŚCurious'' provides examples of:

* ACupAngst: Fear's two biggest problems with Konoha, whom she declares to be "the enemy of the flat-chested".
* ActionGirl: Konoha and Fear.
* AdaptationDyeJob: According to the light novels, Fear's hair is supposed to be silver. Although the cover of the first light novel [[HairColorDissonance certainly looks like she has blue hair]].
* AfraidOfBlood: Konoha. This is because [[spoiler:she's fighting her nature as a sword cursed with bloodthirst]].
* AnAxeToGrind: [[spoiler: Peavey's new weapon after Konoha and Fear disarm her]].
* AntiMagic: Haruaki is a mild version, being resistant to curses.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Fear and Konoha.
* ArtShift: When we see a flashback of Peavey's life, well, let's just say it wouldn't look out of place in a [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica witch's barrier.]]
* AxCrazy: Peavey has.... issues, to say the least. The woman needs a whole lot of serious therapy.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Mummy Maker made a reappearance and was shown alive in Volume 10 of light novel. Himura actually saved her from fatal condition. Although in the first volume she was shown drowning in her own blood as well as Peavey's announcement of her death to the gang, it turns out that Himura was hiding in the same building where Mummy Maker was supposed to be killed using a stealth-function curse tool. After Peavey soaked Dance Time (the cursed axe) to activate the curse, she left the building. After that, Himura uses that opportunity to rescue Mummy Maker. Peavey didn't confirm Mummy Maker's death, that's why when she confronted the main characters, she said that Mummy Maker is already dead.]]
* BadassAdorable: Konoha and Fear, although for the latter the "adorable" part is [[CuteAndPsycho questionable, to say the least]].
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Neither Fear nor Konoha want to hurt anyone, they just want to live out their lives peacefully, but the nature of their powers makes that rather difficult.
* BatmanGambit: Fear pulls off a pretty good one in episode 8. [[spoiler: See, Shiraho doesn't want Sovereignty's curse to be broken because she doesn't want to know if her feelings for Sovereignty are fake or not. However, if things keep going the way they are, either Sovereignty will kill Shiraho, or they'll be unable to be together, forever. So she works out a plan to get rid of the blades hidden in Sovereignty's body, PLUS cracking Shiraho's defenses.]] Not bad for a self-proclaimed idiot.
** The plan was based around understanding how people react to torture or watching their loved ones get tortured. If there's one field that Fear would be an expert in, it's that.
* BattleAura
* BandageBabe: Peavey's partner Mummy Maker [[spoiler: aka Amanda Carlot]]
* BizarreAlienBiology: {{Inverted}}: Fear as a cube doesn't look remotely human, but certain parts of her cube form directly correspond to certain parts of her human form.
* BlushSticker: [[spoiler: Kuroe seems to have a permanent version.]]
* [[spoiler: BreakTheCutie: Episodes 2 and 3. So very much.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The principal, who wears a gas mask and has a very occult-looking office.
* BuxomIsBetter: Konoha, much to Fear's [[ACupAngst irritation.]]
* CatchPhrase
** Fear's "I'll curse you!"
** Kirika has "ludicrous."
** Peavey's "[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch Bitch!]]"
* [[spoiler: CaughtWithYourPantsDown: At the end of the OVA the gang catches Shiraho wiggling on top of Sovereignty's sleeping bag and breathing in her scent. Shiraho doesn't take it well.]]
* [[spoiler:CerebusSyndrome / MoodWhiplash / BloodierAndGorier: The anime coaxes you into believing that this show is a normal lighthearted SliceOfLife series with fantasy elements. This lasts until about halfway through episode 2.]]
* ChasteHero: Fear
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Konoha has known Haruaki since they were young.
* ClassRepresentative: Kirika.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Konoha does not take well to seeing Fear [[NotWhatItLooksLike on top of Haruaki]].
* ClusterFBomb[=/=]RefugeInAudacity: After Peavy's weapon is destroyed she goes crazy letting out bitch.
* ColorFailure: Konoha and Fear each get one in episode 2.
* CombatSadomasochist: Peavey.
* CoolSword: Konoha's [[spoiler: alternate form]]. It's [[MeaningfulName her name]].
* CryCute: Fear in episode 3.
* CuteAndPsycho: Fear, although in her case it borders on SuperpoweredEvilSide.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Shiraho [[spoiler: who is really Sovereignty]].
* CuteLittleFang: Fear.
* CutenessProximity
** The entire class, Kana especially.
** The Principals assistant, [[TheStoic Zenon]], has a weakness for cute things.
* DancingTheme[=/=]CreditsRunningSequence: Elements of both, in a single opening.
* TheDanza: Haruaki's classmate Kana is voiced by Creator/KanaAsumi.
* DarkActionGirl: Peavey.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Fear.
* DeadpanSnarker: Haruaki.
* DefrostingIceQueen: [[spoiler: Shiraho after Fear cracks her shell wide open in episode 8.]]
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Creator/YukariTamura (Fear) sings the first opening, "Endless Story", and the second ending, "Sympathy of Love", while Creator/EriKitamura (Kirika) sings the first ending, "Hana" ("Flower"), and the second opening, "Shirushi" ("Sign").
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
** [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/c_cubed/c001/7.html That slot]].
** TheStinger in Episode 5.
** [[spoiler: Sovereignty covered in white sticky stuff in episode 8.]]
* {{Dojikko}}: Shiraho [[spoiler: who is really Sovereignty]]
* ElegantGothicLolita
** Peavey. But she's [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch far from elegant]].
** Sovereignty, [[spoiler: or rather, the real Shiraho.]]
* EpicFail: Fear's attempt at cleaning or putting up a tent.
* EquippableAlly
* ExpressiveHair: Konoha's hair changes shape with her mood, a la ''{{LightNovel/Bakemonogatari}}''.
* [[spoiler:EyeScream: Peavey gets hit with a rather large shard from her broken weapon smack dab in the eye. Ouch.]]
* {{Fanservice}}
* FantasticRacism: Peavey and her colleagues believe that cursed items like Fear and Konoha don't have a right to exist.
** [[spoiler:FreudianExcuse: It's hinted and then confirmed that Peavey had a brutal experience with a cursed tool in the past. Having your father go crazy and attack both you and your mother would explain her extreme hatred.]]
* FingerSuckHealing: Fear does this to Haruaki in Episode 4.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Konoha
* [[spoiler:GenderBender: Sovereignty has two different forms.]]
* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: Fear, Peavey, [[spoiler:and Kirika's weapon is literally psycho]].
* GirlishPigtails: Konoha.
* GodivaHair: Fear during her NakedFirstImpression. Peavey later on.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Peavey slices Kirika open in episode 5. The audience just sees a dark sceen the splits in the middle to reveal Peavey. ]] [[spoiler: Fortunately, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Kirika got better]].]]
* GratuitousEnglish
** "Curse Calling".
** Also, the entire incantation read by Sovereinty [[spoiler: the real Shiraho]] in order to animate the other dolls in the room in episode 6.
* HairDecorations: Peavey does indeed wear a frilly hair ornament.
* HumanityEnsues: An unusual variant, in that these are inanimate objects gaining human form. Haruaki claims that such cases are not unheard of.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Fear's 32 torture instruments.
** {{BFS}}: She's shown at least two so far. Though they aren't really all THAT big, they're still around her height.
** ThisIsADrill
** EpicFlail: Due to all her weapons being connected to her via a VariableLengthChain, she can turn them into these.
* IAmNotAGun: Part of the reason why Konoha and Fear want to have their curses lifted.
* IdiotHair
** Konoha. Her actual level of academic prowess has yet to be seen.
** Shiraho [[spoiler: Sovereignty]] has an even bigger piece of IdiotHair. It's so big, it loops.
* {{Immortality}}: [[spoiler:Kirika's body armor grants her this.]]
** WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Moreso than merely implied. FridgeLogic from the apparent looks of said armor with the inability to remove it, says it doubles as a chastity apparel -- unless partial removal is allowed. It can be partially removed.]]
** TakingTheBullet / ImmortalLifeIsCheap: Episode 7
* ImmortalImmaturity
* InformedAbility
** Haruaki's supposed "immunity" to curses has yet to be seen in action.
** {{Subverted}} as of episode 7.
* InnocentCohabitation: Fear lives in Haruaki's house, Konoha lives in an adjoined home next door.
* InstantFanClub: The entire class must have a CutenessProximity, to fawn over Fear like that.
* TheKlutz: Shiraho, [[spoiler: who is actually the real Sovereignty.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Peavey shows up halfway through Episode 2 and completely uproots every expectation the first episode and a half set up.
* LittleMissBadass: Fear.
* LoveTriangle: Right off the bat, there's a blatant setup for a Konoha/Haruaki/Fear triangle.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Fear, when she goes out of control.
* MadnessMantra: Peavey goes through these quite often.
* Creator/MarquisDeSade: Peavey has a quote from the Marquis when first we meet her. This tells loads about her personality.
* MaskOfPower: The principal wears a gas mask.
** MultipleChoicePast: He has told everyone a different reason for why he wears it.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Maybe. Konoha indicates that cursed items don't grow or age, but whether that remains the case when they're completely cured hasn't been confirmed. [[spoiler:If Kuroe's any indication, they don't.]]
* McGuffin: [[spoiler: The Indulgence Disks, items that weaken Fear's powers, and thus weaken her curse.]]
* MeaningfulName
** Konoha [[spoiler: [[{{Muramasa}} MURAMASA]]]]
** [[spoiler: Also Sovereignty. She's a doll with sovereignty over other dolls.]]
** [[spoiler: [=KUROe NINGYOhara=]. Kuro means black, Ningyo means doll. She's a black-haired doll. It also helps that she named herself. It looks more of a very dark green in the anime, however.]]
** Fear [[Creator/StanleyKubrick Kubrick]]; if you've ever seen one of that director's movies, (for example ''FullMetalJacket'') then you know it was done entirely on purpose.
* {{Meganekko}}
** Konoha
** [[spoiler:Alice has half a pair of glasses. Maybe a combination of this and HighClassGlass?]]
* {{Meido}}: [[spoiler: Sovereignty is forced to dress like one after the events in episode 8]]
* MissingMom: Haruaki's mother is never mentioned.
* MoodWhiplash: The easiest way to see this coming is the [[Creator/YukariTamura shift in Fear's voice.]]
* NakedFirstImpression: {{Justified|Trope}}. Fear's a cube, and [[CaptainObvious cubes don't wear clothes]].
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: "My name is Fear [[Creator/StanleyKubrick Kubrick]]. I am [[LampshadeHanging in no way related to the movie director]]."
** PunnyName: The Japanese pronunciation makes it sound like "Cube-brick". [[CaptainObvious She is a cube]].
*** Her name also sounds like Rubik, and she carries/is a cube.[[CaptainObvious Rubik's Cube]]
* NiceGuy: Haruaki
* TheNicknamer: Kuroe pretty much calls every characters in the series with nicknames, while Fear, to some extent.
** Haruaki: Haru(ハル) by Kuroe. Harenchi Kozou(ハレンチ小僧) by Fear
** Fear: Ficchi(ふぃっちー)
** Konoha: Kono-san(このさん) by Kuroe. Cow-tits(ウシチチ) by Fear.
** Kirika: Kiririn(きりりん)
** Sovereignty: Save-chan (Sovereignty's name is pronounced as Saverenti in this series; サヴェちゃん)
** [[spoiler: Setsuko: Secchi]] (Volume 6+)
** [[spoiler: [[http://img.blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ybi/1/dd/30/abatoparasukeru/folder/1597407/img_1597407_49737989_2?1258637525 Izoei]]: Countryside Girl(イナカ女)]] by Fear (Volume 8+)
** [[spoiler: Kaidou Imi: Scottie (Yes, a pun of that tissue brand. Haruaki even mentioned it to his tsukkomi). Why Kuroe called her Scottie is because Kaidou always carry a shovel around and she is a teacher. Take the first two kanas of Scoop/Shovel (スコップ) + Teacher (ティーチャー) = Scottie (スコッティ)]] (Volume 6+)
* NighInvulnerable: [[spoiler:Kirika is the HealingFactor type due to a cursed tool.]]
* NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: Episode 1 made this look like a pretty lighthearted show. Cue Episode 2.
* NotWhatItLooksLike
** Of course, Konoha would walk in a second after Fear falls over and lands on Haruaki.
** The end of episode 3 takes this UpToEleven.
** The end of episode 5 manages SerialEscalation.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Peavey
* OnlySaneMan: Haruaki
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Haruaki, mostly.
* PantyShot: Several within the first 20 seconds ''of the opening sequence''.
* PatientChildhoodLoveInterest: Konoha
* PetTheDog: Peavey tells her backup to take off the bandages she's wearing (since Peavey hates cursed tools), and the girl is reluctant, saying that she feels her body is ugly, but does so. Peavey tells her that she's nothing of the sort, and that cursed tools are for more ugly then she'd ever be.
** [[spoiler:KickTheDog: Then Peavey kills her because Amanda set up a plan that wasn't bloody enough for her.]]
* PhenotypeStereotype: Averted. Peavey is indeed blond, but her eyes are green rather than the stereotypical blue.
* PinocchioSyndrome: Fear's wish. Konoha can be inferred to be in the process, as she still has some unnamed power remaining from her own curse.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Haruaki's reaction to his NakedFirstImpression of Fear.
* PowerFist: Peavey wears these, which cover her entire arms.
* PowerIncontinence: The only thing preventing [[HumanityEnsues living]] [[ArtifactOfDoom artifacts]] from living peacefully.
* PrehensileHair: [[spoiler:As a cursed Japanese doll, Kuroe can grow and control her hair.]]
* RapunzelHair: Fear and Kuroe.
* RealMenWearPink: Haruaki's hobbies and skills are mostly domestic in nature.
* Really700YearsOld: Cursed artifacts are ageless.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
** Fear is both a straight example and a {{subversion}}. No doubt she's cute, but episode 3, HOLY CRAP!
** Also Kirika and Shiraho [[spoiler:aka female Sovereignty]]
* RefugeInAudacity: Peavey. None of her lines were censored, so when she goes [[ClusterFBomb Cluster Bitch-Bomb]], a potential censor in an English dub would have lasted for ''two minutes straight'' [[LogicalExtreme on a specific time]], and about five minutes for a combined total.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: Mummy Maker/Amanda bears some of these traits.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Konoha, sometimes.
* SempaiKohai: {{Invoked}} by Haruaki as the relationship Fear and Konoha should try to build. It doesn't work.
* SequelHook: Episode twelve is a very blatant sequel hook.
* SeriousBusiness: To Kirika, ''lunch'' is serious business.
* ShanaClone: Fear is a relatively mild example. She's still quite full of herself, but beneath that she's actually just a naive and endearing girl. [[SlasherSmile Most]] [[UnstoppableRage of]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes the]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast time]]...
* {{Shotacon}}: Konoha has known Haruaki for ten years, and seems to have had a crush on him for a good portion of that time. Her body hasn't aged a bit. Do the math.
* ShoutOut: Episode 8 features a familiar ArtShift when Fear runs her BatmanGambit, almost as if she is [[VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi channeling Furude]] [[Creator/YukariTamura Rika.]]
* SlasherSmile
** [[spoiler: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_utw_c3_cube_x_cursed_x_curious_-_02_xvid_9558.jpg HO]][[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_utw_c3_cube_x_cursed_x_curious_-_02__4106.jpg LY...!]] The end of episode two has a complete outbreak of these. Fear's is particularly scary.]]
** The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vlcsnap-2011-10-19-16h47m10s13_1484.png trend]] continues into episode three. Complete with [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter sinister]] [[LaughingMad laugh]]
** Shows up again in Episode 8, [[spoiler: except it's all part of Fear's BatmanGambit to give Shiraho and Sovereignty a happy ending.]]
* SliceOfLife: Starts off along these lines, [[spoiler:but this is a trick the writers are playing on the viewers, see CerebusSyndrome]].
* SugarAndIcePersonality: [[spoiler: Shiraho after she defrosts.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Haruaki thought [[spoiler:he was going to see Konoha as a naked human in eps 6, but then didn't get to]].
* TalkingWeapon: [[spoiler: Konoha's true form.]]
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Half of Peavy's lines would have her say Bitch.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Fear's is rice crackers, Konoha's is meat.
* {{Tsundere}}
** Fear, since everyone who got close to her up to this point has gone mad and died. It's only natural she'd instinctively push away anyone who gets too close.
** Peavey accuses Konoha of being one, but if she is she's Type B and even that is debatable.
* UnstoppableRage: Fear, in episodes 2 and 3. It ain't pretty.
* VillainousBreakdown: Peavey in episode 5. You ''might'' actually feel sorry for her.
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: Cursed items like Fear and Kohoha can switch between their human and item forms at will.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Peavey twice, once in episode 4 because of her dislike of cursed tools, even the one she has to now wield, and the second in episode 5 when Fear gives her a ShutUpHannibal.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Haruaki is stated to be this, and he definitely acts more cool-headed than most shounen protagonists.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Spiders:]] Fear freaks out at the sight of them.
* WordSaladTitle: The word "Curious" in particular seems like it might have just been thrown in to round things off, but it still fits: Fear is a Cube that is Cursed, and she is Curious about normal human life. This becomes more evident as the show goes on.
* {{Yandere}}: Konoha is a mild form of this - meek until Harukai is threatened, then watch out!
* YearsTooEarly: Fear notes that she's hundreds of years more experienced than Peavey. [[Really700YearsOld She really means it]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
** Fear. Yes, it's really blue.
** Also Sovereignty [[spoiler:when male.]]
** Kirika's is purple.
** Shiraho's [[spoiler: aka Female Sovereignty]] is a nice shade of pink. [[spoiler: Though the actual Shiraho falls under this trope as well.]]
** [[spoiler: Konoha's split personality's hair is blue as well.]]
* [[YouRemindMeOfX You Remind Me of Me]]: Fear reminds Konoha of herself. In episode 10 it's revealed that [[spoiler: Konoha Muramasa has a split personality identical to Fear's]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Both Fear sports this in Grade A, Konoha has Grade S. Kirika's is around C or D.
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