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Ming Chao's grandfather has passed, so now she decides to travel through the the wild west to Hollywood to become a star. Not without her trusty Eto Gun of course! But wait! The Eto Gun is actually a gun that shoots bullets related to the zodiac animal it got the essence of! And the notorious bandit group, the Syndicate, want it! Along the way, she is joined by [[BadassPreacher Baskerville]], [[HotBlooded Benkate]], [[MsFanservice Fino]], [[TagalongKid Yaghi]], and [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Alter]][[ButtMonkey nate]]]].

A {{manga}} created by Tow Nakazaki and distributed in America by {{Tokyopop}}. It spanned 9 volumes.
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!!Tropes used in this series:

* ActionGirl: Ming Chao, Benkate, and Fino.
* AllTheirInTheManual: Tow likes include sketches of how character concepts developed at the end of the books.
* BadassAdorable: Mingchao.
* BadassPreacher: Baskerville [[spoiler:until it is revealed that it was just a cover.]]
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Despite the number of shirtless scenes/characters, both male and female, no one in the series has nipples. Granted, this may be because it's geared towards a 10+ audience.
* BigBad: Gothic. He also technically counts as a BiggerBad, since his subordinates cause the most direct trouble for Mingchao and company.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Baskerville towards Mingchao, and Fino towards Yaghi.
* BigOlEyebrows: Benkate's eyebrows are [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/et_cetera/v02/c000/4.html magnificent.]]
** Luriele and Chisel have them too, except they're not quite as remarkable as Benkate's.
* {{Bishonen}}: Arguably Baskerville and Alternate, depending on what you think of the art style.
* ButtMonkey: Alternate
* CatapultNightmare: Happens a couple different times to Mingchao, happens to Fino, and happens to Baskerville.
* ChekhovsGun: Gordy's Syndicate coin.
** [[spoiler: And the cross that Chisel gave Baskerville.]]
* ChineseGirl: Ming Chao
* TheConscience: Ming-Chao acts as one for Benkate and Fino.
* CoolGuns: Benkate. She has a collection of 99 exotic guns, including a gun that looks like a cat, [[MoreDakka a four-chambered revolver]], and [[{{BFG}} an extremely powerful, seven-foot long folding rifle that can blow the arm off a man.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Started out as a simple VillainOfTheWeek {{Shonen}} manga, but starting from the introduction of Fino and Yaghi and [[spoiler:Baskerville's fake death [[TheReveal and reveal to have been part of the Syndicate]]]], the story started to get a bit more grim.
* DiminishingVillainThreat: ''Inverted'' with Cavanaugh. While her encounters with Ming-Chao and her friends leave her scarred and disfigured, her methods get increasingly desperate and deadly.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Cavanaugh]] gets killed this way. If having [[spoiler: her]] neck pierced by a dagger didn't do it, then [[spoiler: getting shot by Ming-Chao's Eto Gun]] and falling down a high floor certainly did.
* TheDragon: Cavanaugh.
* EyepatchOfPower: Cavanaugh gets one after being badly injured in a train accident.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Baskerville/Razy]] after he loses his memory. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Fino's occasional nude scenes.
* FantasticRacism: When Fino is introduced, it's established she has an immense hatred of white people. [[spoiler: This is because the first white man she befriended (Blush) killed her parents.]] She gets better, though.
* FiveManBand: The roles kind of flip around depending on the situation though.
** TheHero: Mingchao
** TheLancer: Fino
** TheBigGuy: Benkate
** TheSmartGuy: Baskerville
** TagalongKid: Yaghi
** TheSixthRanger: [[spoiler: Alternate]]
* TheFool: Mingchao. She always manages to get out of life-threatening situations with barely a scrape. Benkate even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this at one point.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Arguably Ming-Chao's wok
* {{Foil}}: Blush and Baskerville[[spoiler:/Razy]]. It's lampshaded by the former.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Fino.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In an early chapter you can see Baskerville getting an AccidentalKiss from the woman whose house he and Mingchao are staying at after the shock from a window breaking behind them knocks them into each other.
* GirlsWithGuns
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: [[spoiler:Cavanaugh's lets her see in the dark.]]
* {{Greed}}: Gordy's defining character trait, he ''loves'' treasure, especially gold.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Alternate]]
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Unfortunately for Ming-Chao who wants to be a singer, her singing sounds like a dying cat. She didn't know this for a while though, since she had only sung in front of her grandfather.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Ming-Chao wants to be a famous singer.
* LethalJokeWeapon: The Eto Gun honestly looks like a toy. Many people throughout the series [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.
** Kind of subverted in that while it does do a HELL of a lot damage as the strongest gun in the West, it can never actually kill anyone (at least the way Mingchao uses it, it's mentioned a few times that a headshot, especially at close range, could do some major damage, and Benkate says at one point that Yaghi wouldn't survive if hit with it). It still hurts though.
** [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion Double-subverted when Mingchao accidentally uses it to force Cavanaugh off a set of stairs and to her death.]]]]
* LogicalWeakness: The Eto Gun and Zodiac use "essence" to form their bullets, and thus are unable to fire without the proper essences. If caught without any usable essence, their users are sitting ducks.
** The Pisces bullet is based off of a fish, and thus is only effective underwater. [[spoiler:Unless that fish is a flying fish]].
* {{Lolicon}}: Baskerville gets teased several times about how he might be this towards Ming Chao based on how much affection he shows towards her.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Baskerville/Razy's love for his sister drove him to do some terrible things searching for rare guns in exchange for the narcotic the Syndicate told him was medicine]].
** [[spoiler:The BiggerBad of the series turns out to be Mingchao's father, who had his StartOfDarkness after racist doctors refused to treat his sick wife, leading to her death]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:The BigBad Boss of the Syndicate is actually Ming Chao's long-lost father]]
* MacGuffin: The Eto Gun and the Zodiac.
* MayDecemberRomance: A hinted one with Ming Chao and Baskerville. No one's ages in this series are exact but Mingchao is at least 10 and at best about 12, and Baskerville could easily be in his mid-twenties.
** Yaghi has a one-sided crush on Benkate. A bonus material states he actually would like for her to be his wife!
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: To sum it up, the heroes foiling Alternate's repeated attempts to steal the Eto Gun eventually leads to them uncovering a massive underground drug operation.
* MsFanservice: Fino. Benkate somewhat applies as well.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Implied with Baskerville and Mingchao, who still remain alone together at the end.]]
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler: Implied with Fino and Alternate, who return with Yaghi to Fino's hometown at the end.]]
* ThePollyanna: Ming Chao.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Baskerville's real name is Razy and is a former member of the Syndicate.]]
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler: After his wife -- Mingchao's mother -- died because racist doctors refused to bother treating her, her husband -- Mingchao's father -- swore revenge against the U.S. by becoming its kingpin of crime.]]
* SternChase: For most of the series. Who is chasing who and for what reason changes, depending on the current situation.
* ThouShallNotKill: Ming-Chao is a big believer in this principal.
* VillainOfTheWeek: Begins as this, but the concept goes away as the story went DarkerAndEdgier.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Subverted. [[spoiler:Blush, the only major antagonist still unaccounted for by the end, is revealed in the BonusMaterial omake after the main story, to already secretly have been killed during the FinalBattle by the huge energy [[WaveMotionGun ball]] created by combined final attack of the Zodiac and Eto guns. However, no one else is aware of this at all, as Blush was in hiding from the protagonists when he was incinerated.]]
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