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A manga created by Etorouji Shiono, running since 2005, though it was put on SeriesHiatus until recently, with new chapters now released monthly.

In the Empire of Szaalenden, there is a certain tale told to children and adults alike. In the year 3968 the Empire was at war with a powerful dark enemy called Wischtech. With the Wischtech forces close to overrunning the Empire's defenses and casualties rising every day, the Emperor sent fourteen champions to seal the route used by Wischtech's invading armies. Not all would complete the journey; three died along the way, and were forever known as the 'Precious Departed'. Four betrayed the rest and were killed, their names blackened with the title of 'Lances of Betrayal'. The remaining seven pushed on and completed their mission, bringing peace to the Empire. They became known as the 'Seven Heroes' and were lauded far and wide as saviors of the land.

Twenty years have passed since the war, but there is trouble in the Imperial Frontiers. A mysterious boy named Koinzell appears on the outskirts of the Empire, cutting a bloody swath through the chaos. His one goal: to kill the Seven Heroes no matter the cost. At the same time, there comes word of a prophecy, proclaiming that a hero will come from the frontier to stop a mysterious, deadly catastrophe.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Princess Ato, Altea, Elsarea Rahnclave, Gustaf.
* AlasPoorVillain: In his madness Barestar [[spoiler:recognizes Koinzell as Ascheritt, then begs him for help and cries about how he only ever wanted to be a merchant like his father]]. Even Koinzell found it pitiable.
* AmazonianBeauty: [[spoiler:Lebelont's daughter Supaz]] goes from BrawnHilda to this after [[spoiler:Glenn]] grants her new powers.
* AndIMustScream: People on which Wischtech powers were used are often stuck inside their own bodies, with no control over their actions, [[FateWorseThanDeath in constant, terrible agony]].
* AntiHero: Koinzell, although he still has his high standards about honorable soldiers and knights, though. He would kill any of the [[spoiler:Seven Heroes]] and their supporters in a heartbeat, despite acknowledging that their deaths would only invite chaos. Still the number of generally heroic deeds he carries out outweighs his more "villainous" traits--he is not above [[PetTheDog helping random commoners out]] and even intends to become TheAtoner for all his actions once he's through with his vengeance.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Deconstructed with Glenn]].
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Koinzell (with both martial and ''mundane'' skills, such as [[spoiler:blacksmithing]]).
* AwkwardlyPlacedBathtub: Lady Elsarea has one on the bridge of her flying ship.
* BadassBack: Koinzel
* BackToBackBadasses: Koinzell and Princess Ato.
* BathingBeauty: Elsarea, to ridiculous levels.
* BerserkButton: Koinzell has two: someone mentioning the "Seven Heroes" and [[spoiler:seeing innocents suffer needlessly.]]
** Don't ever call Geranpen "Octopus". [[UnstoppableRage Seriously,]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone don't.]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Ato starts like this.
* BigDamnHeroes: Koinzell, too many times to count.
* {{Bishonen}}: More then a few
* BloodFromTheMouth: Nearly any time someone gets nailed in the stomach/chest this occurs, even to Koinzell himself. Though he never dies, of course. It's put to good use [[http://www.1000manga.com/Ubel_Blatt/3/29/ here,]] though it's not exactly...what kills the very unlucky guy.
* CoitusUninterruptus: In the first chapter no less.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Koinzell, even though he states that [[spoiler:he doesn't care about casualties as long as he can get his hands on Seven Heroes,]] can't just leave anyone innocent suffering.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The Black Wind. [[spoiler:He didn't much have much problem doing it with his human body, but it takes a much greater toll on his [[HalfHumanHybrid half-fairy]] body.]]
* DirtyCoward: Barestar. [[spoiler:The seven "heroes" in the backstory were all this when they chose first to desert, then to ambush the four actual heroes and use them as scapegoats.]]
* DirtyOldMan: '''The Emperor''', of all people!
* DoorstopBaby: Ascheritt's backstory.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Balgay, officer of Barestar's army, who thinks it's a good idea raising the morale of his men whom are escaping from a OneManArmy by ''punching them in the face''.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Koinzell could pass for a girl with his scar covered and wearing girl clothes. Used effectively to disguise himself in cities. [[spoiler:He didn't like this at first, though.]]
* EmbodimentOfVice: Unorthodoxically represented by the "seven heroes".
* EmbodimentOfVirtue: Unorthodoxically represented by the lances of betrayal.
* TheEmpire: A rare good version. But it's ''far'' from being TheKingdom. Wischtech ''could'' be a standard evil one (maybe).
* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler:A civil war later in the manga one breaks out between the forces of Lebelont, who has control of the Imperial forces, and the newly resurrected Glenn, who along with much his own forces also controls Ischudien's forces as well.]]
* EnemyMine: With [[spoiler:Lebelont on the verge of starting a new Wischtech war, Elserea's knights, Rozen and the Order of the Seven Lances, Dragon Chief Ischüdien and Koinzell all want to stop Lebelont before things get worse. They really don't join forces though, as Ischüdien winds up showing up with a revived Glenn shifting the entire nation.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Glenn believes Barestar to have crossed the line by invading Jullas-Abllas and even refuses to punish the people of Jullas-Abllas' rebellion since it was Barestar who started the mess in the first place and had been held accountable for what he did.
** Later [[spoiler:Dragon Chief Ischüdien, who is shown working against Lebelont's war-mongering ways after Glenn's death when Lebelont should be ''serving'' the Empire, not conquering it.]]
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: Happens a lot as many people, normally the bad guys use different means to gain some sort of inhuman power.
** Subverted in some cases such as [[spoiler:post-resurrection Glenn]] who (so far) goes from average looking older guy with traces of nobility and regret to more of a {{Bishonen}} then in previous flashbacks of his youth and even more cold and heartless.
** Subervert again wtih [[spoiler:Lebelont's daughter, Supaz]] who was a rough LargeAndInCharge female commander is morphed into a AmazonianBeauty capable of killing a OneWingedAngel form [[spoiler:of one of her brothers]] without much effort [[spoiler:after joining Glenn]].
* {{Expy}}: The Szaalenden empire is obviously based on [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} The Empire from Warhammer]] especially how their armies mix men with swords, dragons and flying aircraft and how 8 Elector nobles elect the new Emperor.
* FaceOfAThug: Geranpen. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He still winds up in drag at one time.]]
* FakeUltimateHero: [[spoiler:Seven of them, in fact.]]
* FanDisservice: Geranpen... It's worse that he is also an [[MemeticMutation OCTOPUS]] (cue the tentacle doujins).
* {{Fanservice}}: ''Almost every girl'' involved with Koinzell. [[MsFanservice Even]] [[TokenMiniMoe Peepi]], [[RunningGag much to her dismay]].
** MrFanservice: Koinzell.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Lord Glenn, returns even though everybody saw him getting slain by Ascheritt.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: The best way to distinguish between [[{{Jerkass}} bad villains]] and worse villains is if they inflict this on their victims.
* FourIsDeath: [[spoiler:Subverted with]] The Four Lances of Betrayal ([[spoiler:unless you count the fact they were all killed save Ascheritt]]).
* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:With Glenn dead, the power hungry Lebelont takes action by taking over Glenn's former lands and killing dissidents who gets in his way to become the next Emperor. What's worse? He plans to rekindle the war with Wischtech to achieve more fame than Glenn. Even a veteran of the war Calls him out of it.]]
** [[spoiler: It gets worst for the civilians and military, as a mysteriously alive and younger Glenn or someone claiming to be him, has come back controlling Dragon Chief Ischüdien and his forces along with a new super weapon and has ignited a Civil War with his forces and Lebelont. ]]
* GentleGiant: Geranpen. Don't [[BerserkButton call him "octopus",]] though.
* GoodScarsEvilScars
* GratuitousGerman: Everywhere, the most grating example is the title (which would actually mean Bad Leaf). Leaf as in a blade of grass. "Blatt" (or rather "Schneidblatt") is rarely used to refer to blades, and if it is, its use is generally restricted to tools. A saw has a "Blatt", but a sword or knife would have a "Klinge". And that isn't even touching the faulty grammar. The intended translation is probably "evil blade", or "bad blade". The term "Blattmeister" (which is probably supposed to be a blademaster) sounds more like a skilled gardener...
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Koizell; played with somewhat, as while he is an AntiHero not afraid of getting his hands dirty, on the other hand more and more people realize the true nobility of his heroic deeds and how he's mostly in the right about things.
* HeroicAlbino: Played with in Koinzell, [[CaptainObvious of course]], since [[spoiler:he's victim of the seven heroes' swords and propaganda, and given his AntiHero status, one might think he's an EvilAlbino]].
** Also, fairy blood can be passed even from half fairy to another person, thus making the receiver's hair white in the process. [[spoiler:Ato is one of those receivers]].
* HeroicBSOD: Happened early in the series with Koinzel realizing [[VillainWithGoodPublicity how much control and power the Seven Heroes had in the Empire]], making him unable to touch them, and then Glenn crushed his pride even more when he tells [[BurnTheWitch the angry mob]] to ''forgive his "misplaced anger"''. [[spoiler:It takes the death of a civilian elven couple, [[FateWorseThanDeath in a very horrific way]], to make him snap back.]]
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler:Balgay]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The latest volume is #10, yet there are eleven volumes published. Why? Because the first volume has the number zero. Surprisingly, there's no chapter zero.
** Makes sense, given that the first volume simply covers Koinzell's introduction, introduces various characters, and showcases the general theme for the rest of the series. Especially because it doesn't do more then lightly touch on the main story right up until TheReveal
* IronicEcho: Koinzell claims that [[spoiler: Schtemwolech cut apart his right arm during the Seven's betrayal of the Four. Guess which part of Schtemwolech's body Koinzell destroys first...]]
* IntimateHealing: [[spoiler:Koinzell's method of healing Ato is licking all of her wounds.]]
** To be more precise, [[spoiler:covering her wound with his blood, which he gets by cutting his tongue.]]
* JerkAss: Many of the villains. The rest are worse.
* LeftForDead: Koinzell, more than once.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Another Wischtech {{Magitek}} specialty.
* LukeIAmYourFather: More for the readers than the characters, as most of them know already long before TheReveal; [[spoiler:Glenn is the Emperor's son, and Ikfes is the son of Koizell's old friend and fellow "Lance of Betrayal" Kfer.]]
* MercyKill: Koinzell does this a lot, much to his dismay.
* NothingUpMySleeve: The High Priest of Heaven's Lance temple has a pair of cross bows hidden up his.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Koinzell.
* OneManArmy: Koinzell, it's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Elsarea.
* OneWingedAngel: Many of the villains had a contract with demons ([[spoiler:really Wischtech techno-sorcery]]), essentially giving them the power to change their body in a gruesome fashion. Even Koinzell can unleash this, although he can only activate his power fully under the moonlight, or by getting [[BerserkButton extremely]] [[ThisIsUnforgivable pissed off.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: We never know Peepi's real name; everyone just calls her Peepi, much to her annoyance. [[spoiler:She slowly accepts it, though.]]
* OurGiantsAreBigger: Wischtech Dekunszuants, towering monstrosities with dozens of eyes, clad in enormous plate mail and wielding gigantic weaponry. Simply seeing one appear breaks the morale of an entire imperial army.
* PunchClockHero: Altea, who smuggles elves into The Empire with a "little fee," [[spoiler:is highly regarded by all elves in the Jullas-Ablas. She uses it to ''great effect'' when [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome moving the Jullas-Ablas citizens against Barestar's army.]]]]
* PunchClockVillain: Geranpen, who kidnaps Ato's sister, [[WellIntentionedExtremist believing that to do so will ensure the safety of his kingdom]]. When he found about [[VillainOverride what happened]] [[FateWorseThanDeath to the girls he kidnapped]] though, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he freaked out]], and [[HeelFaceTurn promptly helps Koinzell]] to stop his brother and his commander, one of Seven Heroes, Schtemwolech, and chose to die with his sworn brother, Pago [[spoiler:which he personally helped to kill]]. [[spoiler:He got better, though.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Koinzell's is the whole point of the story. Ato finally grows out of hers, when realizing that Koinzell just did her [[FateWorseThanDeath brother]] [[MercyKill a favor]].
* RebelliousPrincess: Ato, Elsarea Rahnclave.
* SevenDeadlySins: [[spoiler:The seven heroes all seem to represent one. Schtemwölech is Lust (thirst for power and his use of women as [[HumanResources youth serum]] and [[AndIMustScream combat thralls]]), Barestar is Greed (merchant background and constant grasping for more and bigger weapons), Glenn is Envy (his actions were motivated by his jealousy towards Ascheritt), Lebellont is Pride (everything he does is motivated by his arrogance and megalomaniacal superiority complex), Nirgenfeld is Sloth (he seems too afraid to do anything except sheepishly following more proactive and charismatic characters' lead), Güllengurv is Gluttony (he's a lot like Nirgenfeld, plus a FatBastard), Ischüdien is Wrath (although we haven't seen his modern self being anything but calm and composed so far, he's also considered Dragon Chief, creatures often associated with Wrath).]]
* {{Shotacon}}: Koinzell. [[MrFanservice And many girls fall for him.]]
* TheRival: Ikfess. He even gets to use Koinzell's original sword.
* TokenGirl: [[TomboyishName Gustaf]], among the 4 Lances of Betrayal.
* TomboyishName: Meet Gustaf, a tall, blonde and well endowed LadyOfWar.
* TookALevelInBadass: Princess Ato after being accepted by Koinzell, and [[spoiler:in turn after accepting his blood, turning her part fairy]].
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Ato, Geranpen]].
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Koinzell and Ato. Also, Elsarea feels something for him strong enough to make her act {{Tsundere}}.
* VillainousBreakdown: Barestar
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:The Seven Heroes]]. Also, in early beginning, some border lords using the name of "Four Lances of Betrayals" to gain support for themselves.
* WideEyedIdealist: The heroes at the beginning, also the knights (with their leader, Elsarea Rahnclave) who protect Jullas-Ablas from Barestar, [[spoiler:who eventually get their ideal [[DespairEventHorizon destroyed unmercifully in their faces]]. The knights got better, though.]]
* WorthyOpponent: All Ikfes wants is to fight Koinzell at his strongest.
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