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->“So I woke up, and the world in front of my eyes was neither heaven nor hell, it was reality.”

World Embryo is a manga by the creator of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Moriyama Daisuke.

Riku Amami, your average OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, receives a message from his long-lost step-aunt, Amane. She asks him to meet her in the hospital he was hospitalized at several years ago, [[PhoneCallFromTheDead "Please Find Me"]] she says. When arriving there, he hears a woman scream. Thinking it is Amane, he instead finds a gang of criminal youths who are attempting to rape a girl. Meanwhile, his entrance into the hospital has been spotted by two other young people, Rena and Youhei. They save Riku from the criminal youth gang, who run off. Youhei is revealed to be one of Riku's old friends from the period he was hospitalized.

Suddenly, all mobile phones in the building ring. Riku tries to answer his, but is stopped by Rena and Youhei. The youth gang, whose leader was just phoning for reinforcements on his mobile phone, do move to answer their phones. Just then, their leader's eyes split vertically, the eye halves turning away from each other, while his body is shaking. The other gang members notice this and ask what is wrong.

Cue next scene where a horrible monster with the gang leader's transformed face shows up behind the window behind Riku. Holding the shredded corpse of another gang member. Rena and Youhei see this, and Riku turns around. Seeing the horrible creature, Riku screams in horror and flees, still holding his mobile phone. Youhei tells Rena to deal with the monster, called Kanshuu, and goes to look for Riku. He finds him, but they are attacked by more Kanshuus. Riku flees again as Youhei defends him. Elsewhere in the building, Riku is attacked by another Kanshuu and then finds a mysterious cocoon, which once Riku touches it promptly kills the Kanshuu. The next day Riku wakes up in his bed and wonders if it all was a dream. Then he spots the cocoon sitting next to his bed...

Later that day at school, Riku remembers what happened at the old hospital. Remembering the monsters, and thinking of the cocoon, he realizes it too could contain a monster. He goes home, only to find his step-mother cowering on the table holding a frying pan, because some horrible creature is wandering around. After some hijinks involving his step-mother and the cocoon, he touches it again, and something emerges from the cocoon. Not a monster, but a little girl closely resembling Amane when she was only a kid...

After that, he enters a world beyond the scope of memories, filled with [[TearJerker/WorldEmbryo sorrow]] and [[Heartwarming/WorldEmbryo heartwarming]] moments, all leading up to the Embryo.

A [[Characters/WorldEmbryo character sheet]] is in the works.
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!!This manga provides examples of:
* [[spoiler: AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: The fate of the world rests on the Jinki users being used as pieces in what's basically a board game.]]
** [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that the game itself was just a way to gather all the Jinki Users so she could link them together and bypass Julie's restrictions on Embryo.]]
* AccidentalPervert: Riku almost ends up one after he walks over Yui.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted, Riku is very much one.
** Lampshaded with Neene, who calls him "Papa". Which leads to some... Misunderstandings...
** Lampshade repeated later with Rena. Which makes it even more hilarious.
* ActionGirl: Rena Arisugawa, Clara Kirishima, Utao Himekawa, most female Jinki users qualify...
* ACupAngst: Rena's size is pointed out mercilessly.
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles: [[TheMedic Nanami's]] Jinki, of all things.
* AnAesop: ''"The lies you tell end up hurting someone. And someday, they will come back to you."''
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Jinki.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [[spoiler:Sayoko/ Ende's cage after she got [[YouKilledMyFather pissed off]].]]
* TheAtoner / MustMakeAmends: [[spoiler: Ryuusei/Takao for his home, Riku for his lies, the chairwoman for releasing Shirou, Rena for her family and home, and Shirou for his actions.]] It's basically a theme at this point.
* AuthorAppeal: In some of the omakes of the ChronoCrusade manga, Daisuke Moriyama showcases some of his {{Otaku}} obsessions: girls in SchoolSwimsuit, [[SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack sports wear and school uniforms]], [[{{Meido}} Maids]], [[HelloNurse nurse uniforms]], etc. Guess what shows up a lot in WorldEmbryo? [[spoiler: volume 5 of the manga showcases all of it]].
* BadassLongcoat: Rena and Takao wear one.
* BadassNormal: Takao.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Gladly averted.
* BeachEpisode: A rare example where it actually advances the plot.
* BecomingTheMask: Whether this happened/happens or not is a major plot point.
* BeleagueredChildhoodFriend: Inverted with Riku and Youhei. [[spoiler: although Yohei doesn't live long enough to get the whole story from Riku.]]
* BerserkButton: Do not insult Riku's family in front of him.
** Takao was the very picture of TheStoic; he fights and murders without the slightest change in expression. However, once Youhei asked him for a spare Jinki core to save Riku, he ''completely loses it.''[[spoiler: Since it would mean wasting his mother/Julie's life.]]
* BifurcatedWeapon: [[spoiler: Riku's weapon changes into one after getting a second Jinki core. The sword guard detaches from the hilt and can be used as a dagger.]]
* BigBad: The Contamination Source, otherwise known as Shirou.
** [[spoiler:BiggerBad: Adult!Nenee(Amane) when finally able to reach the same age as her original form becomes this. Only it turns out she's trying to pull everyone into the Embryo before the collective hatred spilled out and drowned the world. ]]
* [[BigBrotherAttraction Big Sister Attraction]]: Riku was in love with Amane, whom he called "[[CoolBigSis Amane-nee]]", though she was his step-aunt technically. Her feelings about him were ambiguos.
** BrotherSisterIncest: Riku thought of his step-aunt Amane as an [[CoolBigSis older sister]] and everyone who knew them considered them to be siblings [[spoiler: Riku confessed his feelings to Amane, she told him she would decide what her answer is after she had done what she had to do. Which never happens due to her disappearance.]]
* BilingualBonus: In Japanese, ''Cage'' is written as ''Keiji''. The characters used to write ''keiji'' have to do with the sphere of consciousness that resonates within a person.
* BodyHorror: Transforming into a Kanshuu. Except [[spoiler: Kanshuu-Riku, whose transformation only included some minor changes.]]
** [[spoiler: Same thing also happened to Kurosawa; It's safe to assume that at least one person who got close to the Coffin Princess will be spared from being mindless Kanshuu.]]
*** [[spoiler: Later it is revealed that Jinki are pieces of Julie, another Coffin Princess, which explains why it stop Jinki users from becoming mindless Kanshuu]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Nagase does this after catching Rena with his Jinki as she fell off a building. She is then [[spoiler: hanging upside down with the Jinki wrapped around her leg with the tip close to her crotch (DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything)]] and he makes a comment that it is not a very flattering position to be shown in in a manga.
** After a 9-chapter flashback, one character complains, "Feels like you've been telling that story for at least 9 months."
* BridgeBunnies: The NEFT's three female operators. Except that their [[TheCaptain captain]] is female.
* BrownNote: The phone call that turns people into Kanshu seems to be an auditory version of this.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Twice in the first volume:
** The gang wanting to [[spoiler: take turns having sex with the unnamed girl]], near the start of the volume, by Riku.
** Forced on Riku just a moment later, by the same gang. Appears to be initially averted, [[spoiler: until you turn the page, and Rena blushes and tells Riku to put his pants back up.]]
* ChainsawGood: Riku's Jinki is a sword combined with one. It can move on its own, too.
* ChekhovsSkill: Riku is in the Kendo club. Guess what his Jinki is.
* ChildhoodFriends: Riku and Youhei. Also Riku and Tougo Kazama.
** [[spoiler: Ryuusei Takao and "Mitama" a.k.a Rena Ootori/Arisugawa.]]
* ClassRepresentative: Rena and Riku. Justified in-story by Rena, so they could talk to each other without raising suspicions. Used for plot by Riku.
* ConsummateLiar: Riku Amami is an expert at this, though it backfires on him at several points in the story.
* CovertPervert: Several:
** Shizuru, with Riku as her victim:
*** Seriously starting with Riku and Neene's shower scene, when she first suggests Riku might be a {{Lolicon}}, and then continues when Riku throws water over Neene's head, prompting Shizuru to burst into the bathroom, suggesting she has been listening at the door the whole time.
** Ms. Suzu, Hayato's maid. She blushes when talking about Hayato's bath, and has some other little slips when take care of him.
** Nanami. '''In Spades'''.
* DaddysGirl: Neene. Played for laughs. Later also Mommy's Girl with Rena. [[spoiler:Becoming HarsherInHindsight with recent revelation.]]
* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler: Nagase after having his Jinki hand and '''head''' cut off by Takao.]]
** The poor Jinki User who got shredded in Chapter 69, and everyone else that meets the black beast..[[spoiler:including Nanami.]]
* DefensiveFeintTrap: Subverted with Riku in the first volume. Of course it fails and he gets his ass kicked. Double subverted when Yohei and Rena show up.
* TheDitz: Shizuru, at times. Especially the [[spoiler: breastfeeding Neene]] episode. One has to wonder how she survives at work.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Arisugawa's character development. Bonus points because her nickname is actually Ice. (Arisu-->Aisu-->Ice)
* DracoInLeatherPants: In-universe example: Takao. He reportedly killed seven people on a train to try out his new sword and killed fifty of his schoolmates during his graduation ceremony... and he's extremely popular among the netizens and the teenagers.
* EmotionEater: Embryo and related stuff. Memory eater, to be exact.
* EnemyMine: Takao and [[spoiler: Ende]] are working together against the new threat. Which is [[spoiler: Neene]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: To all the cast is quite ''obvious'' that there's something ''[[UnresolvedSexualTension going on]]'' with Riku and Rena.
* FacePalm: By Riku, in reaction to Shizuru. Repeatedly.
* FacialMarkings: Jinki users get them when theirs is activated.
* {{Fanservice}}: Various:
** [[ShowerScene shower scenes]] (male and female).
** revealing clothing on female characters.
** changing room scenes.
** no pants for Rena after her ShowerScene and naked TransformationSequence. Naughty bits covered by leg.
** ModestyTowel for Yui.
* FiveManBand: F.L.A.G.
** TheHero: Riku
** TheLancer: Rena
** TheBigGuy: Joe
** TheSmartGuy: Hayato
** TheChick: Clara
* ForegoneVictory: Rena and Riku's fight end up with one of these for Rena. She doesn't like it, because Riku let her win.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Whenever Neene has dreams of her ascending some stairs, [[spoiler:Amane]] pulls her back. Similarly, when Ende tries to deny Neene's access to the embryo, [[spoiler:Amane]] appears, and Ende is visibly shocked. Cue chapter 72, with the revelation that [[spoiler: Amane is the third, true Coffin Princess]].
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: Takao and Mitama[[spoiler: a.k.a Rena.]]. He remembers, she doesn't.
* FullNameBasis: Rena to Riku early on.
* FreakOut: Being betrayed by [[spoiler:Takao]] is the last straw of [[spoiler: Shirou Karasawa's]] mind; he decided then that all HumansAreBastards [[spoiler:and executing his plan to destroy Hatsumi Island.]]
** [[spoiler:Well, while actually Takao is more like "getting caught" than "actively betraying".]]
** [[spoiler: Not to mention that years later Shirou frames Takao as a murderer and makes sure that the poor boy won't be able to lead a normal life ever again, and then Takao has his freak out.]]
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: To [[spoiler:Riku]] by [[spoiler:Coffin Queen Rena]]
* TheGlassesComeOff: Riku and Rena. In Rena case, [[ClarkKenting her glasses are art of her "disguise".]]
** In Riku's case, [[spoiler: only when his Jinki is activated.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Takao and [[spoiler: Kanshuu-Riku]] do this.
* GratuitousEnglish: Joe is the main offender[[note]]Though fan translations make this less obvious due to simply choosing to keep the words in with the translated English rather than go for straight {{Woolseyism}}s; evidence is still their with resulting awkward sentence structures[[/note]], occasionally opting to use the English "you" in addressing someone, along with other words and phrases.
* HairColors: Riku's hair is black normally, but it turns white with red streaks when his Jinki is activated.
** LockedIntoStrangeness: Takao used to have dark hair before it turned white. [[spoiler: Also Riku, after getting a second Jinki core his hair color change becomes permanent.]]
* HandicappedBadass: Hayato.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend:
** Rena blushes and panics when Ms. Suzu notices Rena is holding Riku's hand in Volume 3 and say they appear to be good friends.
** Riku and Rena at school or with school friends. Repeatedly. Made worse by Neene.
* HeroKiller: Takao easily dispatches Jinki users without breaking a sweat.
* HeroicBSOD: multiple:
** Rena has one when she [[spoiler: sees Yohei's mortal remains. Cue attempt to choke Riku, who had to kill Yohei after he turned into a Kanshuu after transferring his Jinki to Riku.]]
*** Followed by one of Riku himself, in a train station, caused by [[spoiler: the above (OutDamnedSpot)]]
** Riku when he realizes [[spoiler: how much of an asshole he is for [[DividedWeFall deceiving his friends, refusing help, and making the situation worse for everyone]]. He's also affected by how much [[NotSoDifferent he is the same as]] [[TheBigBad Kurasawa]] and for hurting Neene.]]
** Rena when [[spoiler:seeing her past, when she saw herself manipulating her father and refusing to help her family out of selfishness. Well, ''refusing'' to be ''sacrificed'', but it's a SurvivorGuilt.]] [[spoiler:Grown-up!Neenee]] bring it up again in chapter 73.
** Riku when it is revealed that [[spoiler:he had been manipulated to acquired and raised Neene, meaning all of his efforts had been designed for all the deaths and destruction that happened recently. He goes on HeroicBSOD, until Nanami, in meta world, ask him [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Do you want to stay here]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere forever?"]] Just like [[ChronoCrusade Rosette]], [[DeclarationOfProtection his answer is clear.]]]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Youhei]] gives his Jinki core to Riku to stop him for turning into a Kanshuu, instead he is the one to turn into a Kanshuu, just like his teacher did for him before.
** [[spoiler:Neene]] sacrifices herself to stop rampaging [[spoiler:Ende]]. Made [[TearJerker more poignant]] with her calling [[spoiler:Riku]] a liar, while [[spoiler:it is clear that he had already begun to sincerely care for Neene, not just as ReplacementGoldfish for Amane.]]
** [[spoiler: Rena's family tried to indoctrinate Rena to do this if Julie ever went out of control. Rena hates them for it. ]]
** Time will tell if he'll go through with it, but [[spoiler: Riku holding himself hostage seems to indicate a willingness to pull this off]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Most of NEFT Jinki users, also [[spoiler: Takao who was more or less forced into this by Karasawa.]]
* HollywoodHacking: Averted when Hayato hacks into the NEFT's network. It takes time and the data download is not completed.
* TheHunter: Takao, who hunts Jinki users.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Youhei and Riku.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Youhei, though he says that to kill a Jinki user that is not enough, [[spoiler: sadly the second time he dies of it]]. Also Riku. Multiple times.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Riku. It's a sword which would put Ichigo to shame... WITH A CHAINSAW!
*** Then it combined with [[spoiler:Nanami's]] Jinki core, turned into sword and tonfa combination. [[spoiler:Not only that, but it also can give other Jinki user StatusBuff.]]
** [[http://www.mangareader.net/755-49986-5/world-embryo/chapter-53.html This]].
** Clara's weapon is a gokart/helicopter ''flail.''
* InTheBack: [[spoiler: How Takao deals with Amanee.]]
* ItsAllMyFault: Riku never says it aloud, but he realizes that almost every bad thing that happened to his loved ones ''is'' his fault and goes into a HeroicBSOD.
* IWantThemAlive: Riku figures out that [[spoiler: Evil!Nenee]] needs him alive in order to [[spoiler: be able to access the power of the Embryo]], so he takes advantage of this by bartering with his own life.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Guess what Takao's main weapon is?
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Poor, poor Yui...]]]]
** [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Poor, poor]] [[HeroicSacrifice Neene...]]]]
** [[spoiler: Nanami and the other reserve members]].
* KnightInSourArmor: Make a guess. Hint: [[spoiler:He's a BadAssLongCoat [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]] user.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The "Lost Rebound".
* LikesOlderWomen: Riku has been accused of this... And considering that Amane was older than him and his interest in Nanami, they may have a point.
* LittleMissBadass: Clara.
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler: Evil!Nenee traps most of the cast in one as part of the game to decide the fate of the world]] around chapter 83.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Karasawa]] only wanted to [[spoiler: revive Ende in order to reunite with Sayoko.]] He ends up killing countless civilians, turning people into [[BodyHorror Kanshu]], and inducing Lost Rebound in their relatives to do it.
** LoveMakesYouCrazy: All type of love, romantic or platonic, can turn someone upside down in this story.
* {{Meido}}: Ms. Suzu.
* MegaCorp: The NEFT.
* {{Meganekko}}: Rena. Only in school uniform.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Takao embodies this. [[spoiler:Considering that most of his targets are Kanshuu or potential Kanshuu, probably it is ''really'' best solution available.]]
* MysteriousWaif: Neene.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Several times.
** Yui, I've come to help you.... [[spoiler:Oops, sorry for getting you hit by Jinki....]]
** Yeah, that bastard [[spoiler:Shirou]] is finally killed.... Oops, AttackOfThe50FootWhatever as there's nobody to hold the leash for [[spoiler:Ende....]]
** Practically the whole story up until chapter 64 is an entire string of Riku doing this.
* {{Nosebleed}}: Riku has one when Neene sounds 'so like an adult'.
* NotSoDifferent: Riku finally realizes that he and [[spoiler:Karasawa]] were like this. It gives him HeroicBSOD... until [[TakeMyHand he saw]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Rena]].
** [[spoiler:Evil!Neene(Amane) points out that what she's doing is similar with what Rena was doing (using [[FakeCutie cute appearances]] and [[ManipulativeBastard mind manipulation]] to get what they want; Rena, her freedom, Neene, embryo revival).]]
* TheMasquerade: What NEFT is doing. But considering that the alternative is reminding people of the Kanshu victims and inducing Lost Rebound everywhere, it's a logical option.
** [[spoiler:TheUnmasquedWorld: Adult!Neene(Amane) broadcasted it to television. Everybody knows now.]]
* ObliviouslyEvil: [[spoiler:Grown-up!Neene doesn't really understand the [[KilledOffForReal consequences]] about taking people's Jinki's core. To make it worse, it seems that the entities that communicate with her this whole time is only concerned about reviving the embryo, consequences to humanity be damned.]]
* OnlyMostlyDead: [[spoiler: Riku. Repeatedly.]]
* PantyShot: Rena... Yui... Neene...
* PassingTheTorch: How Riku got his Jinki [[spoiler: from Youhei]]. Youhei himself got his the same way from his teacher. [[spoiler: Doubles as a TakeUpMySword moment since when you lose your Jinki core, you turn into a Kanshu.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: If everybody just can sit and talk a little for a moment, some deaths and tragedy can be avoided.
** Riku, lying around your [[TrueCompanions nakama]] didn't help.
** Sawako, acting distrustful toward a PersonOfMassDestruction is generally a bad idea.
*** She got a point, though, last time she listen for infected people (her fiancee) [[spoiler:it backfired spectacularly, and she ended with abortion and inability to pregnant,]]
** Takao, why'd you just keep hunting Jinki Users indefinitely, instead of talking with them?!
*** Justified: The Jinki were born of [[spoiler:Julie's death. To revive Julie,]] he has to gather every last Jinki nucleus in the world. Jinki Users turn into Kanshuu should they lose their nucleus. [[MercyKill Make of that what you will.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Made even stronger, considering who Riku was talking to. See WorldOfCardboardSpeech below.
* RazorWind: Youhei's Jinki is this crossed with WaveMotionSword.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Strangely, [[spoiler: Karasawa]]. His last action is asking [[spoiler:Neene]] to stop [[spoiler:Ende]] from wreaking havoc. He also shows [[spoiler:Riku]] his memories in meta world with [[spoiler:Julie]], not to [[FreudianExcuse justify himself]] but [[spoiler: To help Riku [[CharacterDevelopment getting into terms with his own action and mistakes.]]]]
* RefusalOfTheCall: In actuality, there are many more Jinki users than the ones at NEFT; it's just that they chose to remain indifferent to the Kanshuu.
** The risk of being hunted down by Takao may also be the reason.
* ReliableTraitor: Played with. Riku's quite reliable... but he also can be treacherous.
** Make him borderline TheStarscream.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Kyuukis or Coffin Princesses. Born by imprinting a dead person onto a cocoon, they grow into a clone of the said person that grows quickly and gains memories of the people they copied by eating ''other'' people memories. [[spoiler: Neene is Amane's, Ende is Sayoko's, and Julie is Takao's mother's.]]
** Riku and Nanami for their respective ''older sister'' and ''younger brother''.
** Sawako, was sort of a replacement of[[spoiler: her twin sister Sayoko for Karasawa. Though for him their whole relationship was fake as he only loved Sayoko and Sawako was a mean to an end.]]
* RetGone: Kanshuu. [[TearJerker Played for all is worth]]
* ReunionKiss: [[spoiler: Neene forces one on Riku upon reuniting with him in her adult form. Unlike most examples, this is played for squick value, especially since she has yet to switch to Amane's mentality by that point, and Riku and the audience has come to think of the relationship between the two as that of father and daughter.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Riku goes to new levels in Chapter 71, when [[spoiler: Nanami and the others are killed.]]
* SacrificialLion: Arguably [[spoiler: Youhei.]] While he dies early in the plot, his character was shaping up to be a permanent mentor to Riku.
* ShesAllGrownUp: [[spoiler: Evil!Nenee is well-endowed and enjoys walking around in a very revealing black gown.]]
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Neene calls Riku "papa" and Rena "mama". Clara does like the idea as well.
** One of Riku's friends from school, Komaki, ships him with Yui, a common friend of both.
* ShipSinking: [[spoiler: So you've started shipping Riku/Yui? Too bad Yui turns out to be a Takao FanGirl. Started shipping Takao/Yui? Too bad she ends up ''[[KillTheCutie dying...]]'']]
** [[spoiler:And now we have Riku- Nanami relationship, which a little odd, but had the chance to - WHAT?! [[KilledOffForReal AGAIN?!]] [[TrueArtIsAngsty Did the author had some kind of fetish for breaking fans heart?!]]]]
* ShoutOut: The cage (shield) looks just like an AT field from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' when it deflects a hit.
** Later on, Neene is watching the anime version of Daisuke Moriyama's previous manga ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' on TV.
** Some of the Kanshuu shown in the background of [[spoiler: Riku's story attempt at diverting Yui from Takao ([[SelectiveObliviousness which]] backfires [[HeroicBSOD spectacularily]])]] ressemble ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' characters.
** Takao's style seems based on [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante.]]
* ShowerScene: Riku and Neene, which also lampshades the traditional Japanese bathing scene involving [[spoiler: daddy and his daughter]]. Rena (includes naked TransformationSequence).
* ShrinkingViolet: Kind of subverted, since [[spoiler: it seems that Yui is a lot more confrontational than she first appears]]
* SmugSnake: NEFT's Chairwoman Sawako Tokiji. At First.
* SnowballLie: What Riku is good at. Played straight, deconstructed, reconstructed, etc. [[spoiler: Evolves into BlatantLies played straight with the help of Neene.]]
* SproutingEars: Neene does this at crucial moments. Normally they are also present, but closed.
* StartOfDarkness: The Hatsumi Island arc.
* SternTeacher: Rena to Riku.
* StopOrIShootMyself: More like "slice my own throat", but the effect is the same.
* StuffBlowingUp: The NEFT HQ meets this fate.
* SubordinateExcuse: Inverted with Rena and Riku. [[spoiler: Rena says she'll teach Riku only little time after her first obvious HeIsNotMyBoyfriend moment.]] Sometimes bordering on BodyguardCrush.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: Kanshuu-Riku. Just stay out of his way.]]
* SuperSenses: The cage essentially provides additional sight outside the Jinki user or Kanshuu's body.
** [[spoiler: Kanshuu-Riku uses this to look through the NEFT's security camera's and uncover the NEFT's chairwoman's lies.]]
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Non-game example, Hayato said that the rules of the game are pretty straightforward and easy to understand, enables him to concoct a simple strategy for everyone. [[spoiler:Then Grown Up!Neene reveals her plan, [[KillTheOnesYouLove to using Hayato's allies' loved ones who had been turned into Kanshuu as her pawns.]] [[OhCrap All bets are off now.]]]]
* TakeMyHand:
** "There had been 3 people [(Rena, Yohei, Takao) who grabbed my hand... But she [[spoiler:(Rena, during her HeroicBSOD)]] was the first one whose hand [[CallBack I grabbed]]."
* TheDreaded: Takao as the Jinki Hunter.[[spoiler: He has a great deal of the 30+ Jinki Users too scared to leave their homes.]]
* TokenMiniMoe: Clara is one for F.L.A.G. and Neene[[spoiler: who counts at first, but she rapidly grows out of this status.]]
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse
* ToThePain: Riku's tactics for getting information. [[spoiler:Not that he'll really going with it....]]
* TraumaCongaLine: Poor Riku. [[spoiler: A classmate dies as a result of his lies, which gets him to start doubting his actions and lose control of his emotions. Then Neene disappears in front of his eyes, protecting him and Rena, just as he realizes how precious she is to him, not as a means of bringing Amane back but as Neene herself. After that, Karasawa indulges him in a little information via flashback - that he and Riku were pretty much identical to each other. This breaks him even further, compounded with the grief from having lost Neene. He bounces back a bit after returning, though, in which he then gives up on Amane and decides to embrace his present, especially the people important to him now. Nanami, the one who made him have that realization, then dies, and he and Rena arrive on the scene just long enough to see her body disintegrate to dust, save her decapitated head. Intent on having his revenge, he chases after the Kanshuu responsible, only to stumble onto a very much alive and older Neene - who is then taken over by Amane, and is revealed to be a Coffin Princess. Even worse, Amane reveals to him that everything up until that point was thanks to Riku's actions after having received Amane's text message calling out to him - and because of that, indirectly or directly, he was responsible for all the deaths and destruction that have occurred.]] [[TheWoobie Poor kid just can't catch a break.]]
** Poor Rena as well.
* TrueCompanions: Quite a recurrent theme among the F.L.A.G. members, especially Joe. Riku doesn't really buy it.
* {{Tsundere}}: Guess who.
** [[spoiler: Rena]]. Although she's more of a SugarAndIceGirl or possibly a DefrostingIceQueen.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Two people whose names start with 'R'. Hilariously lampshaded with one of them.
* UnstoppableRage: Takao, after Youhei asked him the wrong thing. [[spoiler: It didn't turn out well for both of them.]]
** Also Riku has his moment in Chapter 52.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [[spoiler: Neene and Kanshuu/Jinki Riku's ears. The first time anyone at NEFT mentions Neene's extra ears is when she's stuck in an MRI machine, but they're obvious any time she isn't wearing a hat. This is especially bizarre considering NEFT was scrambling to figure out the source of infection when Riku was still a Kanshuu-thing, when he and Neene had the same peculiar ears on their heads in the middle of a heavily monitored anti-Kanshuu safe room.]] Probably working as intended, however, as it has since been revealed that Neene can [[spoiler: make you forget that you're looking at her while you're staring at her.]]
* WasItAllALie: Riku questions this after it is revealed that [[spoiler:he had been manipulated to raise Neene.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Sawako regarding Kanshuus. Having a rather nasty personal experience with them.
** [[spoiler: Amane intended to save humanity all along from the overflowing corruption inside Embryo.]]
* WhamLine:
** Chapter 67, starting up another mystery
--->[[spoiler: '''Riku:''' Tougo-kun said that you (Shizuru) and Amane-nee aren't really sisters...]]
** Chapter 71, after Riku finds [[spoiler: Neene]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Neene:''' Good Morning, Papa...]]
** Chapter 73 brings again this world-shaking lines:
--->[[spoiler: '''Neene:''' You managed to come all this way just with that text. I knew I could count on you to do it.]]
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: NEFT's longest [[GoneHorriblyWrong day]]. [[spoiler: Because the BigBad is also a MagnificentBastard [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] who has taken [[FailsafeFailure precautions that totally undermine the NEFT's own precautions]].]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Invoked. The chief gives Riku a lecture on how the non-Jinki users also have names and faces, and asks him to remember their sacrifices.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: In chapter 74. And it was ''awesome''.
* {{Yandere}}: A rare male example: Riku, concerning Amane. [[spoiler: A classmate who spoke bad of her ended up in hospital after Riku had a HeroicBSOD.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:The Takao Elder to his grandson Ryuusei Takao.]]
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