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[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right, the female protagonist's main [[SplitPersonality personalities]]: [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Mikiri]], [[HotBlooded Hibiki]], [[SugarAndIcePersonality Fujiko]], and [[ShrinkingViolet Motoko]].]]

'''''Change 123''''' (pronounced "change hi-fu-mi," after the central character(s)) is a {{Shounen}} ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids yes, really]]) fighting manga that manages to do something different with the whole "[[SplitPersonality girl has different personalities]]" thing.

Teruharu Kousukegawa, a young {{otaku}}, is walking home when he spots a girl from his class, Motoko Gettou, being harassed by a greasy older guy. He goes to challenge him but wimps out, turns away, and then starts dialing the police. Meanwhile, the man has her backed into an alley and is getting way too close for comfort, and even further, announces his intent to [[AttemptedRape make a real woman out of her]]... and then her character suddenly ''changes'' and she high-kicks the bugger right out of the alley into his Ferrari. Kosukegawa, running back to save her, is amazed at this show of skill, but she seems to have no memory of it, even though she instantly catches on to what happened and begs him not to tell anyone.

Furthermore, when he goes round to her house the next day, someone who looks like her answers the door. But the ShrinkingViolet he talked to would never answer the door nearly completely ''naked''.

She later explains that she developed multiple personalities due to each of her ''[[HasTwoMommies three fathers']]'' [[TrainingFromHell Trainings from Hell]]. Yes, plural. When she is threatened, any one of the three alter-egos that split off due to the trauma of those experiences emerge and cause carnage. Because her fathers are an expert karateka, a skilled soldier/swordsman, and a world-famous Jujitsu master, they're really, ''really'' good at it.

Now Kosukegawa knows her secret and, hopeless nerd that he is, promises to protect her. Good luck with that.

Compare with ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'', a romantic comedy with a similarly multi-personae heroine, but without the action.

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!!This manga contains examples of:

* AboveTheInfluence: At one point, [[spoiler:Hibiki more or less offers herself up to Kousukegawa]]. He, of course, [[ChasteHero turns her down]]. [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe She gets pretty offended]], despite his good intentions.
* ActionGirl: Hibiki's modus operandi, though most of the girls qualify when they have to fight.
* {{Ahoge}}: The author's stated reason for Mikiri's ponytail.
* AllClothUnravels: Motoko's sweater gets caught and unravels when Hibiki vaults [[OffBridgeOntoVehicle off of a bridge]] [[OutsideRide and onto a truck]]. Motoko doesn't find out until she accidentally flashes Kosukegawa.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The so-called "Green Berets" are hilariously incompetent. They shouldn't have even made it through basic, let alone been allowed to serve in the special forces.
* ArrangedMarriage: Played with in ch. 37 when Kosukegawa is introduced to his new fiancÚ. He goes to his parents' house in the country, fully intending to turn her down [[spoiler:and [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage it turns out to be Motoko]]]].
* AssimilationPlot: A small-scale, completely benevolent version. The entire point of the manga is to merge Motoko's personalities, since everyone involved agrees that this is ''not'' good for her mental health.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Three girls, and guess who they look like.]]
* BadassNative: Ginga.
* BeachEpisode: The trip to Okinawa.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Bruises, cuts, broken bones, and scars are shown regardless of gender.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted several times; special mention goes to honorable judoka Ozuma and [[MookFaceTurn redeemed gangsters]] Kenji and Aizawa. Also subverted on the female side, but that's more of a side-effect of [[GenericCuteness all of them being stupidly gorgeous]].
* {{Bifauxnen}}:
** Botan Tsukishima.
** Also, [[spoiler:Ginga.]]
* TheBigDamnKiss:
** Parodied in the first chapter.
** Chapter 7, last page.
* BigEater: Mikiri. Looks like muscular structure and breast size isn't the only thing that changes when she comes out.
* BlandNameProduct: YODOBASHI --> EDOBASHI; HONDA --> HONBA; KUSHITANI --> KISHITANI; Arai --> Aoi; SONY --> SOMY. However, this was ''not'' done with "Family Mart" and "[=McDonald's=]".
* BreakingTheFourthWall: When the A.V. Club is told to dial down the fanservice in their next Moeko movie, the attendees protest that this would be like, among other things, "Iwasawa Shiuri [[SelfDeprecation turning in a manuscript on time]]".
* BreastExpansion: Whenever Mikiri's personality comes to the fore, Motoko's breasts increase noticeably in size, to the point where she often [[ClothingDamage ends up destroying her own bra]] with the transformation.
** This is [[{{Handwave}} explained]] as the different personalities having different postures/subtly different ways of movement and expression that tighten or loosen certain muscles. Supposedly, Mikiri just has a way of standing that really accentuates her breasts. This is also used to explain why their faces look different.
* BrownBagMask
* ByWallThatIsHoley: When the emergency staircase starts to collapse, Kosukegawa instinctively tries to grab Fujiko and run away. However Fujiko, being a good strategist, knows that they don't have enough time for this, so she forcibly holds Kousukegawa near her and then manipulates both of them to the spot where she calculates that a hollow part of the staircase will fall down.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Everywhere . Waify girls with nigh-superhuman strength, people dodging bullets, physics defying jumps and spins, ImprobableAimingSkills UpToEleven...the list goes on.
* CensorShadow: Used apparently in-world in ch. 4 when Fujiko leaves off her panties so that her high-slit {{qipao}} won't look strange.
* {{Chickification}}: Well, she certainly gets more girly, but [[spoiler:Ginga]] doesn't stop being able to kick ass.
** GirlinessUpgrade
* CloseCallHaircut: Pretty much every girl loses a few strands during a fight scene, but it's never enough to make a noticeable dent in her hairstyle.
* ClothingDamage: A staple of [[PantyFighter the genre]], of course. Motoko is susceptible (and often unaware) to this. Hino also falls victim to a thorn bush and gets her top ripped off during a sports carnival.
* CombatSadomasochist: Bigelow. This is a major problem for Mikiri, whose fighting style is based around overwhelming the opponent with pain, and Bigelow ''loves'' pain.
* CoolBigSis: Fujiko's primary persona.
* {{Cosplay}}: Motoko (and eventually Hino) in the A.V. Club's movies.
* CoversAlwaysLie: A pretty obvious one, and more ArtisticLicense than anything: Motoko has multiple personalities. In other words, you're never going to see more than one of them at a time.
* CrashIntoHello: Kosukegawa does it a lot.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Subverted; it was [[spoiler:''Hifumi'']] getting defeated that caused [[spoiler:Ralph and his associates]] to switch, mostly because their job was done.
* {{Determinator}}: Tatsuya continues fighting against Hifumi [[spoiler:even after getting ''knocked out!'']]
* DodgeTheBullet:
** As the first chapter proves, amateurs should not draw pistols on Fujiko, ever.
** Tatsuya does this in a later chapter, and even explains his technique.
*** Obviously, both of these are a CharlesAtlasSuperpower. Still [[RuleOfCool pretty cool]] though.
* {{Ecchi}}: Lots of bared boobage... and [[PantyShot high kicks]].
* EnemyWithin: [[spoiler:Zero, the "hidden" personality of Hifumi that embodies all of Motoko's pent-up anger.]]
* EscortMission: The finale turns into this. [[spoiler:Kosukegawa ''has'' to reach the stage where Hifumi and Tatsuya are beating each other to death, but the people of the hidden village try to stop them. Cue all the female fighters he's met [[BigDamnHeroes dealing with the 'obstacles' in his path]].]]
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Though Motoko gets some [[SkinshipGrope unwanted physical contact]] from the other girls while in the hot springs at Okinawa, it's really Tsukishima that invokes this trope the most. It helps that [[{{Bifauxnen}} she's quite masculine in appearance]].
* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives]]: [[spoiler:Outside of flashbacks the entire manga ended with a whopping 0 casualties, and you would never guess that until the very end.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep:
** Aizawa gets stuck with the title of Guardian (''banchou'') after getting awarded it by Hino. It's what most people now call him, much to his annoyance.
** [[spoiler:Though everyone calls him Hideo, Kosukegawa's real name is Teruharu.]] It's just a [[AlternateCharacterReading different way of reading the same kanji]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Fanservice, [[SoGoodWeMentionedItTwice fanservice]], ''[[RuleOfThree fanservice]]''.
* FuroScene: The trip to Okinawa, again.
* GagBoobs: Most of the women are already well endowed, but Mikiri just ramps it UpToEleven.
* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler:Kouskegawa and Motoko's three children in the epilogue.]]
* GoingCommando:
** What often happens when Mikiri is in charge of getting Motoko dressed.
** Fujiko also gets her panties sliced off in a changing room encounter, later going for a short walk and even an acrobatic fight scene without underwear.
** On the male side, Bigelow isn't wearing underwear when he fights Mikiri . . . which, [[CombatSadomasochist considering his "feelings" about pain]], makes the fight a bit more disturbing . . .
* GoingNative: Hino spent a lot of time with the Gigi tribe and picked up a lot of their customs. [[spoiler:Eventually, she ended up earning the title of Gadam, given to the greatest warrior of the village. Yeah.]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: [[spoiler:Zero]] beating [[spoiler:Ralph]] with his own torn-off [[ArtificialLimbs artificial arm]].
* GroinAttack:
** Mikiri accidentally gives one to Kousukegawa.
** A more gory (and "semi-accidental") one happens off-screen to a {{yakuza}} member in ch. 40 at Hibiki's hands--in the words of his colleagues, "right through the dumplings and into the meat.". Even Motoko/Hibiki's consummate BloodKnight father, Tatsuya, is BlueWithShock at the sight and sees it as too horrible of a punishment.
--->'''Tatusya''': That's worse than killing him... His life is split in half.
** Hibiki is talked into apologizing to the man in his hospital bed, but is met with threats and abuse...so she [[TheTease flashes him]] and lets his natural reaction do further damage.
* HeelFaceTurn: At least half of the antagonists end up redeemed by the end of the arc.
* HelloNurse: Hello [[MsFanservice Kisaragi]] [[FemmeFatale Sumire]]
* HotBlooded:
** Hibiki, who gets really pumped up about fighting.
** Kousukegawa, any time he draws inspiration from Kamen Raider.
* HourOfPower: In ch. 10, one of the {{Punch Clock Villain}}s pitted against Motoko in the Zero arc can use acupuncture to give himself SuperStrength for about an hour. Interestingly, the inflated muscles rip his clothes ''a la'' ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk''. He later lets [[spoiler:Kousukegawa]] make use of it in a bid to stop Zero, warning him he has has only one shot at it.
* IAteWhat: Kosukegawa in ch. 18, when he found out just what the thing was that Ginga was cooking.
* IWasQuiteALooker: It seems that sixteen years as a housewife were not kind to Mrs. Kosukegawa.
* InevitableWaterfall: When Kosukegawa was floating down the river unconscious. He was saved from falling by Ralph.
* ImagineSpot: Kosukegawa tends to drift into these, especially when he thinks about Kamen Raider or girls.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl:
** Mikiri really doesn't seem to understand things like common decency, and her childish persona seems to contribute to this.
** Hino, thanks to being RaisedByNatives, doesn't get why everyone gets so worked up when [[ClothingDamage her shirt gets ripped]].
** Kosukegawa knows so many of these that when he meets a girl who actually ''does'' get embarrassed when her breasts are exposed, he is ''moved to tears'' by her modesty.
* InnocentInnuendo: Hino remarks about how much she likes "chinosuke", a type of Okinawan food. However, the word "chinosuke" sounds pretty close to the Japanese word for male genitalia. The guys in the room [[HehHehYouSaidX react as you'd expect]].
* JustifiedTrope: Unlike most action/PantyFighter series, this manga actually tries to be "realistic" though its really only about as realistic as 24 (if that).
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Mokoto's mother's organization of spies and assassins. Their calling Motoko's mother in for an assignment led to her death, and they wanted to drug Kosukegawa so that at best he'd lose his memories of them (at worst, complete amnesia). While they are beaten down by Kosukegawa's allies, they all get to live and continue with their jobs with no real punishments. Though, they do lose Mokoto from joining their services. This means the ultimate fighter they were striving for is lost.]]
* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Shows up in various forms:
** The plot has some features of a JigsawPuzzlePlot.
** A biker gang Hibiki and Fujiko once defeated in chapter 2 appears again in chapter 26. After recognizing Hibiki, they all refuse to fight with her, using the WouldntHitAGirl policy as an excuse.
** A {{foreshadowing}} flashback in ch. 14, which later gets somewhat explained in chapter 49.
** Kosukegawa gets noticeably taller over the course of the series, but no one ever makes mention of this.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall
-->'''Motoko:''' Why is it that women who fight in sci-fi and fantasy stories are always half-clothed?
* LongLostSibling: Well, more like [[spoiler:Long Lost Second Cousin]], but it's still the reason why [[spoiler:Ginga is now staying with Kousukegawa]].
* LukeIMightBeYourFather: A fair part of the series is devoted to the answer. Granted, all three men are her fathers (by upbringing), but in the end, it's shown that [[spoiler:Tatsuya is Motoko's biological father, but her family line has also crossed with Jin and Takezou's as well]].
* MagicPants: Averted. When Mikiri comes out, she usually snaps Motoko's bra.
* ManlyTears
* TheMatchmaker: Hibiki and Mikiri for Motoko/Kosukegawa. Yes, she's playing matchmaker for herself. Also counts as a MatchmakerCrush, since her alternate personalities ''also'' like Kosukegawa, but without [[LoveTriangle many of the problems]] that the trope normally entails.
* MediaWatchdog: The subculture club got a ''lot'' of complaints about the {{fanservice}} in their first movie. Their solution? Put the female leads (Motoko and Hino) in [[SensualSpandex skin-tight bodysuits]]. [[FanDisservice Aizawa too]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Motoko, complete with {{Dojikko}} tendencies.
* MightyWhitey: Not actually white in this case, but [[spoiler:Hino]] plays the trope rather straight after [[spoiler:going to the Gigi village and besting their greatest warriors, earning the title of Gadam]]. Manages to avoid most of the UnfortunateImplications the trope normally carries, however.
** Though it's implied that [[spoiler:the elders and previous Gadam specifically chose Hino to inherit the position so that the tradition would leave the island with her.]]
* MindControlEyes: The number one sign that [[spoiler:Zero is in control]], and probably the last warning you get before being ''murdered''.
* MsFanservice: Motoko, though which personality is in control tends to determine how much she's okay with that. Motoko is [[ReluctantFanserviceGirl mortified by it]], Hibiki [[TheTease enjoys it]], Fujiko is [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl apathetic]] and Mikiri is [[InnocentFanserviceGirl innocently oblivious]].
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Bullies, gangs, and even drug-doped mooks (and sometimes even armed soldiers) are usually just cannon fodder to [=HiFuMi=] and company [[spoiler:and most definitely to Zero]].
** Averted at last in the final battle against [[spoiler: Tatsuya, who comments twice in the fight that if they'd had the reach or bulk of the other two parents the move they just made might have resulted in victory.]]
* NakedApron: A recurring fantasy of Kousukegawa's.
* NonActionGuy: Kousukegawa. Note that this doesn't stop him from trying to help or protect his ActionGirl friends against opponents who give ''them'' problems, and he has absolutely no chance against.
* PantyShot: Those not played purely for {{ecchi}} value are justified due to realistic skirt physics.
* ParentalAbandonment
* PeacefulInDeath: [[spoiler:Or not. "Um, I'm not dead."]]
* ThePlan: In the name of therapy, no less. [[spoiler:Our resident TeenGenius decides that the best way to verify whether or not a fourth, rage-filled personality exists within Motoko is to basically beat all other personalities up to kingdom come...without informing the male protagonist, incidentally a close "friend", or the two "fathers" (of Motoko, that is) that are not involved in executing the plot. How he managed to ultimately convince the third into cooperating is unknown, though it's probably because the third was the most pragmatic one among them]].
* PutOnABus: Lampshaded by the narrator on two minor antagonists after they are hilariously defeated by Hibiki in Chapter 16.
--> ''Next Scheduled Appearance: Never''
* RagingStiffie: The film club's skin tight leotards are not kind to Aizawa when Motoko and Hino are wearing the same.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Immediately after we see Ginga discovering that the Gadam has returned to Japan, we're introduced to Botan Tsukishima, the tall, AmbiguouslyBrown transfer student who clearly has fighting experience. Several chapters later, we discover that she's not the Gadam -- that's Izuru Hino, the smaller, paler, more ladylike other transfer student who we didn't meet until a few chapters after the Gadam scene.]]
* RightBehindMe:
** In ch. 24, Kosukegawa is praying at the shrine for the courage to [[spoiler:ask Motoko out]]. Guess who was behind him?
--->[[spoiler:'''Motoko:''' And I hope that we'll be very happy together.]]
** [[SmugSnake Sora Uzuki]] essentially [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog spat and trampled all over Kousukegawa's dreams and childhood memories]] near the end of Chapter 47, before her attention is drawn to Hibiki's presence right behind her... and against all better judgment, she deliberately twists the proverbial knife with a few choice words in order to provoke her further. Cue CurbStompBattle.]]
* ResignationsNotAccepted: [[spoiler:The organization Mokoto's mother worked for. The only way a person leaves is by dying. Not even Mokoto's mother living outside the compound spared her from missions. It was actually being called in for a job which led to the accident that caused her death.]]
* TheRival: Ginga is in pursuit of the Gadam [[spoiler:who is also her best friend, Hino]], hoping to defeat the Gadam and claim the title for [[spoiler:herself]].
** [[spoiler:Or at least that's the excuse. She really just didn't want to say goodbye to her best friend.]]
* RuleOfCool: The series runs on it. Its not super-unrealistic per-say but...let's just say some of the stuff that happens in this series is NOT going to happen in real life and a lot of it is damn unlikely. Doesn't reduce its awesomeness at all.
* ShoutOut:
** ...to ''Franchise/KamenRider'' and ''Manga/GetterRobo'', the first TransformingMecha series which featured a robot that could switch between three forms in battle.
** The title itself is a reference to the command the pilots shout when switching forms: "Change Getter (1,2,3)!" Also, Motoko's three fathers are {{exp|y}}ies of ''Getter Robo'''s three main characters - Nagare Ryoma, Jin Hayato and Kurama Benkei.
*** Also note the colors of the stances: Red, Blue, and Yellow, happen to match the colors of Getters 1, 2, and 3, who specialize in each respective type.
*** It gets referenced again in ch. 50, this time literally.
** In ch. 25: "No one knows where she's from but...everyone knows [[Anime/KekkoKamen her body]]."
** In ch. 4: "[[Anime/DragonBallZ F...Fusion?]]"
** Ginga looks the same as the protagonist in the film An Indian in the city.
* ShownTheirWork: Very much so. Simply because its an over the top panty fighter doesn't mean the manga-ka didn't do his homework.
* ShowWithinAShow:
** [[Franchise/KamenRider Kamen Raider]]
** The {{Cosplay}} movies made by the members of Kosukegawa's school sci-fi club. (Some scenes of the first one can be seen in the manga.)
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Well... more like four single women in one single woman's body seek a good man, but still.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Every once in a while, Kosukegawa thinks about Motoko and a single hair on his head stands straight up. Yeah, [[VisualInnuendo it means pretty much what you think it does]].
* SplitPersonalityMerge: What the characters are ostensibly aiming for, so Motoko can live a more normal life.
* [[spoiler:SplitPersonalityTakeover]]: [[spoiler:After Motoko recovers her memories of her mother's death, she disappears, leaving only [=HiFuMi=]. The rest of the series is devoted to bringing her back.]]
* StanceSystem ([[ColorCodedForYourConvenience Color-coded for the viewer's convenience]], based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RYB_color_model "RYB" system]]): '''Red''' is [[MightyGlacier Offense]], '''Blue''' is [[FragileSpeedster Speed]], and '''Yellow''' is [[StoneWall Defense]]; each fighter is basically either specialized in one of those, or mixes two of them together (e.g. '''Blue''' + '''Yellow''' = '''Green''' = quick w/ strong defense; partial mixing - i.e. light '''Yellow''', meaning less defensive ability than "full '''Yellow'''" - is also possible). '''Black''', [[LightningBruiser the mix of ALL THREE]], is stated to be theoretically nigh-impossible, due to the delicate muscular balance that is necessary to achieve each separate color.
* TheStoic: Fujiko, compared to the other three personalities.
** NotSoStoic: When Kosukegawa was believed to be dead [[spoiler:Fujiko fused partially with Zero making her a very calculating but sadistic woman who would torture Kosukegawa's would-be killer by kneecapping him in every limb.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Not so much in the story itself as in the {{Cosplay}} movies made by the members of Kosukegawa's sci-fi club. When asked by Motoko why they use this trope, they provide a pretty lame excuse telling her that sci-fi and fantasy worlds are too hot for normal clothes. (She buys it.)
* SuperDeformed[=/=]RubberHoseLimbs
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler:Ginga.]] An unusual case, since [[spoiler:it has more to do with her wiry build and tribal mode of dress]] which leads to some confusion.
* TacticalRockPaperScissors: '''Red'''-'''Yellow'''-'''Blue''' StanceSystem works like this. In one scene Fujiko even explicitly uses the "rock-paper-scissor" as a metaphor, while commenting the battle between Ginga and Gadam, saying that there is no chance for Hibiki (who is almost pure "red") to win in a battle against Gadam (who is predominantly "yellow").
* TapOnTheHead: "Shaking [the opponent's] brain" is frequently used by martial artists in the series (particularly Mikiri) in order to nonlethally disable them. In real life, a blow hard enough to rattle somebody's brain ''would'' disable them... probably forever, assuming it doesn't kill them outright or leave them vegetables.
* ThemeNaming: Each chapter is named for a mathematical idea or theory.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Mikiri finds that her grappling techniques are far less effective on one of her assailants thanks to his ''[[CombatSadomasochist unusual]]'' reaction to pain.
* TranquilFury: Motoko doesn't usually get mad. When she does...[[spoiler:it means Zero's about to come out and play. She rarely talks, or shows any emotion, but it's quite clear that she's ''pissed.'']]
* {{Troll}}: Ginga gets a kick out of poking fun at Aizawa in ch. 42 after learning that he's still feeling the hurt from their last sparring bout.
* TrueLovesKiss: Subverted. [[spoiler:It's Motoko that kisses Kousukegawa when she finally comes back. "For the sleeping beauty to give the kiss is against the rules."]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Inverted. Kousukegawa's dad is basically an aged up, {{Bishounen}} version of himself. His mom is drawn as short, squat, and plain.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: When Kousukegawa saw [[spoiler:Ginga]] nude in the bathroom for the first time. His shock and disbelief was so strong, it took his mind until the next day for the sight's implications to finally set in.
* TheUnSmile: Motoko's forced smile in ch. 19 after Kosukegawa points out that she never laughs is...unconvincing.
* VaporWear:
** Motoko, if she isn't paying attention, will sometimes do this. More often than not, however, it's because Mikiri got them dressed that day.
** Hibiki, if she's trying to get Kousukegawa's attention.
** Mikiri never wears a bra because all of Motoko's bras are too small for her.
* VomitIndiscretionShot
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Ginga at first, as part of the standard Gigi outfit. She eventually gets some proper clothes [[spoiler:once she starts getting breasts]].
* WatchWhereYoureGoing: Hibiki and Ginga, while trying to catch a thief, run right into each other.
* WhamEpisode: Starting in Chapter 48, [[spoiler:when Zero takes over, nearly kills Sora and almost chokes Kosukegawa because he tries to stop her]]. Then, in Chapter 49, [[spoiler:we finally get to see how her mother died... and Motoko's personality disappears, leaving behind only Hifumi and Zero.]]
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter
* WouldntHitAGirl: Averted. Most of the guys in the manga are smarter than to think a girl can't be dangerous, especially considering there's someone like Hifumi wandering around.
** Played straight by Aizawa. [[BerserkButton Except Ginga.]]
* {{Yubitsume}}:
** A Yakuza member accidentally cuts off his own finger with a switchblade when fighting Tatsuya, Hibiki's father. Tatsuya comments that Yakuza are used to losing fingers.
** Later on, Kenji offers ''yubitsume'' in return for getting to leave the family, but is ordered to [[spoiler:kill Tatsuya]] instead.

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