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''MW'' is a manga by Creator/OsamuTezuka, the creator of ''Manga/AstroBoy.'' It ran from 1976-78 in the {{seinen}} magazine ''Big Comic''.

Garai was part of a gang that kidnapped the young Michio Yuki. After hiding out in the mountains overnight, they find themselves the sole survivors of a leak of the eponymous chemical warfare agent, MW. Fast forwards 15 years: Garai, in penance, has joined the priesthood; Michio, for his part, has become an exceedingly attractive and charismatic but utterly amoral criminal, and Garai's lover, much to Garai's distress. The plot follows Michio as he attempts to hunt down the current location of the MW gas, and Father Garai and Detective Meguro as they attempt to hunt down Michio.

This is not an abbreviated article of the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series, by the way.

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!!This work provides examples of:

* AlphaBitch: Michio's wife, and his boss' daughter.
* AntagonistInMourning: [[spoiler:Michio when Garai forms a HeroicSacrifice to send the MW gas with him to the ocean]].
* AnythingThatMoves: Michio, whether the other party wants to or not. It's implied that he has something going on with his ''dog''.
* ArtEvolution: Yuki's face tends to be drawn consistently harsher near the end of the story, likely the result of the characterization he had picked up. Public Prosecutor Meguro's earlier appearances have him with a much simpler face; his enormous beak of a nose being his only notable feature. His later appearances, where he's more important to the plot, he was given sunken cheekbones, haggard eyes, and a nose that flip-flops between 'caricature' and 'aquiline'.
* AssholeVictim: Michio is killing off the ones who are involved in the MW including [[spoiler:his boss at the bank he worked at]].
* TheAtoner: Garai, with variable effectiveness.
* AxCrazy: Michio.
* BespectacledBastardBoyfriend: Michio, some of the time (his use of glasses is rather erratic). Also depending on whether you believe he actually ''loves'' Garai, or is just jerking him around for his own amusement (which would make it more of a MadLove situation).
* {{Bishounen}}: Michio.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Garai initially thinks that all of Michio's horrible acts are motivated by a desire for revenge against those responsible for the MW accident. Michio reveals that he doesn't give a shit about payback, and considers the notion absurd. [[spoiler: No, he just wants to bring an end to all human history when he dies, really for no other reason than ''he feels like it''.]]
* CainAndAbel: Michio and his lookalike brother, Tamanojo. They eventually confront each other by the climax of the manga.
* ChickMagnet: Michio.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Michio is a male (if sissy) version of this to Garai, complete with [[TheGlomp glomping]].
* {{Confessional}}: Michio routinely confesses all his crimes to Father Garai, who is unable to report him to the police because of the confidentiality of the confessional. Michio apparently does this largely to torment Garai.
* ContinuityCameo: Shunsaku Ban, AKA "Mr Mustachio", is a character from another of Tezuka's manga, ''Manga/AstroBoy.''
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Michio's boss at the bank, who's also [[spoiler: part of the MW cover up]].
* CreepyChild: Michio, after inhaling a dose of MW.
* CripplingCastration: [[spoiler: Shunsaku Ban has his penis bitten off by Michio's attack dog. Despite this, he manages to kill the dog and escape. He spends the rest of the story recovering in a hospital, though.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: MW is considered to be Osamu Tezuka's darkest work.
* DepravedBisexual: Michio.
* DisposingOfABody: [[spoiler: After killing his wife, Michio cuts off her hands and then burns her face off in a furnace, making it impossible for the police to identify the body after he tosses it in front of a train. Earlier, he gets rid of his boss' daughter by wrapping up her corpse in a blanket and then tossing it into the ocean. Her decomposed skeleton isn't found until a year later.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Father Garai foiled Michio's plot of gassing the entire world with the titular chemical weapon by sacrificing his life of taking it down with him to the ocean, the latter gets gunned down by one of his hostages, Shunsuke Ban still doesn't recover from his last attack, and Michio is revealed to be alive and escapes punishment by impersonating his older lookalike brother.]]
** AmbiguousEnding: [[spoiler: It's worth questioning as well whether that's ''really'' Michio or his older brother]].
** BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Even if Michio ''did'' survive, he's still dying and only has a short time left to live, while Garai's sacrifice has thwarted his plot to KillAllHumans. Also, Shunsaku Ban has decided to avenge all those who were killed in the initial MW accident by breaking his silence and finally testifying about what happened.]]
* EvilLaugh: Michio does this ''a lot''.
* {{Expy}}: Michio may be the basis for ''{{Anime/Monster}}'''s Johan, another beautiful but amoral killer, though Michio's sexuality is much more overt and he [[MoodSwinger entirely lacks]] Johan's trademark DissonantSerenity.
* FalseInnocenceTrick: [[spoiler: After killing his boss' daughter, Michio extorts money from her family by dressing up as her and then tying up and gagging himself in order to make it seem like the daughter is still alive and being held for ransom.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Subverted; when Michio starts targeting people involved with the MW accident, Father Garai thinks he's after revenge, but actually Michio wants a sample of the gas so he can synthesize large amounts in order to [[spoiler:take the whole world with him when he dies.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler: The trauma of learning that his daughter has been killed, dismembered, and replaced causes Nakata's brain matter to soften. He's last seen in a hospital bed, muttering gibberish.]]
* GoodIsImpotent: Michio generally effortlessly outmaneuvers poor, conflicted, and not all-that-bright Garai. And everyone else.
* GroinAttack: Poor, poor [[spoiler: Shansaku Ban]].
* HeelFaithTurn: Garai, from [[spoiler:child-molesting]] {{Mook}} to priestly [[TheAtoner do-gooder]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Garai manages to get the sample of MW away from Michio, and commits suicide by leaping into the ocean with it.]]
* ImplacableMan: Meguro.
* JokerImmunity: [[spoiler: The ending. ''Maybe''.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Minch just ''might'' have shot the wrong guy....]]
* KillAllHumans: [[spoiler: Michio]]
* KillAndReplace: [[spoiler: Michio does this to his boss' daughter, and later to his own wife. He even [[MuggedForDisguise takes his wife's clothing to complete the disguise.]]]]
* LoveMartyr: Sumiko, and she [[GenreSavvy knows it]], which doesn't help.
* ManipulativeBastard: guess who.
* MoodSwinger: Michio.
* MoralityChain: Garai makes ineffectual attempts to be this to Michio, and instead ends up being a subverted MoralityPet - the one person Michio really cares for, but not treated any better for it.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Thanks to Minch unknowingly killed Michio's lookalike brother, Michio becomes a KarmaHoudini in the end]].
* NotSoDifferent: Michio mentions this to Garai at a few points, though the analogy is so absurd neither Garai nor the reader takes it seriously. Much more effectively done with Sumiko- when Garai confronts her about the sheer illogic of her relationship with the psychotic Michio, she points out that he's doing exactly the same thing. Garai [[SelectiveObliviousness avoids seriously considering this fact]].
* OmnicidalManiac: Michio
* OutWithABang: Michio kills a female character during sex, [[ForTheEvulz just for the fun of it.]]
* PsychoSerum: MW, the gas that leads to Michio's AxCrazy.
* PrecisionFStrike: From the Vertical translation: "I'll teach them to fuck with the common man!"
* TheSeventies: Michio's sideburns. Michio's apartment. Michio's fake mustache. ''Everything'' about Meguro.
* SissyVillain: Michio
* {{Shotacon}}: When Garai is keeping the very young Michio captive overnight, he becomes attracted to the boy, and something unspecified happens... Refreshingly, ''not'' used as an explanation for Michio's [[FreudianExcuse later behavior]] or [[RapeAndSwitch his orientation]].
** Debatable on the FreudianExcuse front, given that Garai is not exactly all that honest with himself or anyone else (cf. his entirely unbelievable claim that he has only been having sex with Michio because the latter is able to "turn himself into a woman" and somehow subvert Garai's free will), and has plenty of reason to want to insist that Michio's AxeCrazy, aggressively hypersexualized behaviour is just due to the gas, not [[spoiler: his own molestation of a ''nine-year old'' child hostage]].
* ShoutOut: An early sex scene between Garai and Michio is a pastiche of Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations for ''Theatre/{{Lysistrata}}'' and ''Theatre/{{Salome}}''.
* SleazyPolitician: Michio's eventual father-in-law, who's also [[spoiler: part of the MW cover up.]]
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Minch. He even boasts about how he's managed to successfully hide his orientation from his wife for 30 years.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: Michio, on a grand scale
* TransparentCloset: Garai
* TwinSwitch: Part of Meguro's intricate plan. However...
** Except they're not twins, just lookalike siblings.
** [[spoiler: Depending on how you read the AmbiguousEnding, it could be inferred that Michio survived by using this trope.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Michio before the MW/Garai/hostage situation
* VillainProtagonist: Michio
* VillainousCrossdresser: Michio, frequently impersonating his female victims.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Michio is having separate affairs with Minch ''and'' Minch's wife. Neither one realizes they're being played.]]
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