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[[caption-width-right:256: From left-to-right: Noiz, Koujaku, Ren (dog [[ArtificialIntelligence All-mate]]), Aoba, Clear, and Mink (and Tori) ]]

Creator/{{Nitroplus}} CHIRAL's latest [[BoysLove BL]] VisualNovel, '''''[=DRAMAtical=] Murder''''', also known amongst fans as ''DMMD'', features crisp, clean and fluid art style, various character expressions and elaborate [=CGs=], a dark sci-fi story rendered bright and colorful, and of course, tons and tons of BoysLove, with four main routes and one unlockable one. A first press edition was released on March 23rd, 2012, and a regular edition came out on the 27th of the following May. A sequel, ''[=DRAMAtical=] Murder Reconnect'' was released on April 26th 2013.

Some time ago, Midorijima, an island southwest of Japan, was purchased by the highly influential Toue Company. Their plan was to build a high-tech luxury amusement facility called Platinum Jail, for the exclusive perusal for all those rich enough around the world to afford it. Of course, the original inhabitants of the island got screwed in the process. What coexistence there once was between Midorijima's people and the lush natural environment prevalent throughout was abruptly cut off. All those who didn't leave the island at Toue Company's suggestion were eventually forced to move to a corner of the island called the Old Resident District. All those who have stayed cannot leave, unless they receive Toue's permission. The Toue Company won't give that permission anytime soon, as punishment from the head of the company who was highly annoyed at the more stubborn locals. Soon after development on Platinum Jail completed, Toue abandoned the former residents of the island outright.

Twenty years in the future, in Midorijima, an island southwest of Japan, a guy named Aoba lives with his tough-as-nails doctor granny, Tae, and his dog-type [[ArtificialIntelligence All-mate]][[note]]a form of AI who work primarily as information networks, and implicitly, companions for those who have them[[/note]], Ren. Aoba's always found it odd [[ArousedByTheirVoice how dropping his voice to a certain inflection]] could drive people to call up Heibon, the shop he's working at, to hear it again and again, buying Heibon's mechanical goods every time. But hey, it does its job, so why not make use of it? Sadly, said power can't really help him with that trio of rambunctious children that always show up at the store just to make a mess. He also has to contend with his unusual friends that are involved in gang activity that he's long since left behind. His life is an amicable one, although as with all who've been left to carry their lives out in the Old Resident District in the years of Toue's acquisition of Midorijima, it is by no means prosperous. In those ensuing years, a game called "Ribsteez" (also known as "Rib") rose in popularity, in which gangs of young men would go out of their way to engage in turf wars against one another. More recently, another competitor have been taking over people's interests; a game called "Rhyme," whose participants and their watchers scatter throughout the city to engage in fights that unfold on a virtual reality but are seen right before their eyes. Anyone can play "Rhyme" if they have an All-mate and the fights are mediated and started by Usui, a judge with a female appearance and a male voice who randomly appears to signal the start of a match. Recently, a trend of "drive-by" matches have started, where people can force others into a "Rhyme" match with no mediation by Usui and most dangerously, any injuries taken during the game can impact the player's health in real life.

Aoba just wants to keep the peaceful life he shares with Tae and Ren, but the accidental download of a mysterious 8-bit game called "Silent Oath" and getting caught in a drive-by "Rhyme" game leads to any real chance of normalcy in his life going out the window...

An English patch for the full game can be found [[http://aarinfantasy.com/forum/f16/t171722-dramatical-murder-complete-english.html online]].

An anime was announced as part of the [[Summer2014Anime summer 2014 anime]] lineup, the PV can be watched [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GlN_oxV4oI here]].
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!!''[=DRAMAtical=] Murder'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Yoshie, the woman working at the delivery office, ''really'' likes Aoba. Her All-Mate, Clara, seems to have the hots for Ren. Aoba and Ren, on the other hand, try to escape ASAP.
* {{Adorkable}}: Clear. [[CloudCuckooLander He needs to be explicitly told that an umbrella can be used when it is raining]], insists on calling Aoba his 'Master', and does not comprehend doors. He gets into Aoba's room by cutting the lock off of the veranda door!
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Trip and Virus, once they reveal themselves as the leaders of Morphine.]]
* [[spoiler:AmnesiacHero]]
* ArousedByTheirVoice: A number of characters comment on it in-universe. Aoba weaponizes it to make sales, holla; it also comes in use in other crucial situations.
* ArtShift: Toward the end of the common route, the art briefly switches to a comic-book style when Clear punches out some of the brainwashed mooks.
* ArtificialIntelligence: All-mates have [[PersonalityChip programmable personalities]] to be set by the user, and have a good degree of AI involved. [[spoiler:Clear and the Alphas, as well, since they're [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots robots]]]].
* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler: Aoba (and by extension Ren) and Sei were created in a Toue laboratory for the purpose of researching the uses of their powers.]]
* AttemptedRape: Done traumatically to Aoba, which [[spoiler:brings his SuperpoweredEvilSide to surface and put a stop to.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Many of the main characters are gang leaders or whatnot, and very capable in combat. Koujaku, leader of Beni-shigure easily fends off many mooks with his sword. Mink, head of Scratch, knocks out three at once with one punch. Noiz, the leader of Ruff Rabbit, fought a bunch of Yakuza without much stress and claimed he would have won, if he hadn't been interrupted.
* {{Badass}}: Hell yes. Koujaku and Mink are active badasses, Clear and Noiz seem to prefer to keep it in reserve (until they have to bring it out), and Aoba can go either way depending on the route.
* BadassBaritone: Mink
* BadassGay: Noiz and Mink (Koujaku and Clear don't really apply because their feelings towards Aoba fall under IfItsYouItsOkay and SingleTargetSexuality, respectively).
* TheBadGuyWins: In the bad endings, Aoba isn't able to succeed in using Scrap, and is thusly unable to both defeat Toue and save his love interest. In the bad ending epilogues, Toue's EvilPlan succeeding is usually acknowledged in passing.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Aoba and Ren get dragged into a Rhyme match with a person wearing a rabbit head [[spoiler:who is later revealed to have been Noiz]]. [[spoiler: Later, Aoba must face a berserk Ren in his mind.]]
* BewareOfTheNiceOnes: Aoba when pushed into it; more-so when on the routes of those with a more active mentality.
** [[spoiler: Ren, who has the most brutal bad end of any of the boyfriends.]]
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Clear.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Ren is the one who [[spoiler:executes Aoba's Rhyme commands]], after all.
** Let's not forget [[spoiler:Ren's own bad end]], either.
* BeYourself: Invoked in [[spoiler:Clear's]] good ending, where the player must [[spoiler: not choose any options when using Scrap on Clear's mind, allowing him to choose for himself.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Happens on the true route when [[spoiler:Aoba is about to pass out from being beaten up by Virus and Trip, and his friends all burst into the scene to rescue him]].
* {{Brainwashing}}: Hoo boy. The basis of much drama.
** BrainwashedAndCrazy: In [[spoiler: Noiz']] route, said character is hypnotized using Grand Music and is sent to defeat Aoba.
*** Happens to [[spoiler: Mizuki and Dry Juice (courtesy of Morphine),]] as one of the main conflicts in the common route.
*** Also [[spoiler: Happens to Akushima in Noiz's route.]]
** BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: Every character's route reveals anxieties and weaknesses in the character, ones which they fail to acknowledge or cannot change. This leaves Aoba [[spoiler: with no choice except to use Scrap]] to prevent them from going berserk.
*** Inverted with Toue, a villain whose aim is to brainwash everyone on the island for the purposes of creating a utopia.
* BrattyHalfPint: Kio, Nao and Mio
* BulletTime: Clear has one and only one instance in which he assumes a deep and commanding voice, during the Koujaku + Mink common route, and it [[CloudCuckoolander may or may not be]] due to BulletTime--
-->'''Clear: MAAAA-SUUUUU-TAAAA'''......
* CameFromTheSky: Clear, sort of. Aoba first meets him when Clear seemingly falls out of the sky in front of Heibon. As it turns out, Clear just has a bad habit of falling off roofs.
* CallBack: In his route, Clear remembers that [[spoiler:umbrellas are used in the rain]].
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: ''Duh''. Granny is an important supporting cast member though, and her and Aoba's close familial bond provides a large number of early heartwarming moments.
** And amongst the auxiliary cast, there ''are'' females, even if it's one of the evil kid trio and a gossipy and quite [[LargeHam hammy]] forty-something-year-old woman that Aoba frequently delivers to and both he and Ren would like to avoid (for wearing of having to speak with her All-mate, who likes him and who the lady obviously ships with him).
* CaughtInTheRain: For Aoba and [[spoiler:Clear]].
* TheCharmer: Koujaku. His legion of female fans is proof of his popularity.
** [[spoiler: Which, interesting enough, proves to be mostly shallow. When Koujaku is with Aoba he is shocked and red faced when Aoba invited him in to shower with him.]]
* [[spoiler:CompellingVoice: It turns out that in truth Aoba can instill his will onto other people with his voice when he drops it to a certain tenor; when put in situations wherein his life may be in danger, however, an even greater power comes out and his consciousness begins to black out.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: Aoba's color being sky blue, Koujaku's red, Noiz' green, Clear's yellow and Mink's [[RealMenWearPink pink]]. [[spoiler:And, if you'd like to add him, Ren's would be deep blue.]]
* ContemplateOurNavels: Used more effectively than most, as in [[spoiler:Clear's]] route he and Aoba eventually have a quiet conversation about the human perception on life and death, which fits in thematically with his predicament--and perhaps refreshingly, Aoba answers all his questions in a very honest manner, trying to offer the different kinds of views humans have on the matter, and why he thinks they might have them, without condescension.
* CoolOldLady: Granny. She can make ''Aoba's'' band of misfits behave.
* CloudCuckoolander: Clear thanks Aoba for making him realize that the umbrella he carries around can be used during the rain, too. Clear is very much this, [[spoiler:though for good reason]].
* CombatReferee: When Rhyme became popular, Usui was introduced as one to enforce rules during combat and limit the [[YourMindMakesItReal damage]] to players.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Thanks to Toue.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: You didn't think Clear could kick ass, did you Aoba? Of course he did.
** Inverted with [[spoiler: Koujaku]], he mostly appears badass, but his good ending has him being really {{adorkable}} when confessing his feelings for Aoba, [[spoiler: he even gets a bloody nose during their sex scene!]]
* {{Cyberpunk}} + PostCyberpunk: While the setting has many of the trappings of the Cyberpunk genre, it also portrays (most of) the cast being able to live normally until danger comes to the fore; that said, there's still a CrapsackWorld beneath the surface of their idyllic, day-by-day lives.
* [[spoiler: DeathSeeker]]:[[spoiler: Sei, Aoba's [[{{Twincest}} twin brother]]]].
* DefendCommand: In Rhyme, which it typically reduces damage taken.
* DreadlockWarrior: Mink
* DropInCharacter: Usually, Koujaku is the one who drops by civilly, being Aoba's childhood friend, but later, ''everyone'' gets in on it. Granny usually just makes dinner for them all as they sit awkwardly by one another.
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[spoiler: Sei]], who isn't properly introduced until the final route of the game, and Ryuuhou, who appears only on Koujaku's route, appear in the second episode of the anime, when the story is still in the beginning stages of the common route.
* EditorialSynaesthesia: Aoba's headaches can almost be felt by the audience due to the abrupt assault of red cracks on a darkening scene, in conjunction with an eerie, pulsing ambiance.
** In an emotionally-engaging use of this trope, Clear's Jellyfish song is never directly sung to the player/viewer, with a soft, ethereal lullaby-like chorus taking its place every time he sings instead, which imparts the wonder and calming effect it has on Aoba on the player as well, whilst never having to bring up how and what he sings (although Aoba will mention that the lyrics are sweet at one point).
*** As of the 9th episode of the anime we have more lyrics to the Jellyfish Song.
-->'Sway...sway...swaying'
-->'In between the waves'
-->'Shine, shine, shining'
-->'Their voices drift far into the distance'
* FateWorseThanDeath: Aoba is subject to this in some bad endings.
** In [[spoiler: Noiz' and Ren's]] routes, Aoba is stuck in the respective character's [[PlaceWorseThanDeath mind]] permanently. In the former's route, [[spoiler: Aoba is subject to intense pain with Noiz in a void, both bleeding as they are stuck with each other]]. In the latter's route, [[spoiler: berserk Ren continually devours Aoba while sexually assaulting him, obsessed with the idea of being closer to Aoba. Literally.]].
** In [[spoiler:Clear's]] route, [[spoiler:experimental data is extracted from Aoba, and a reprogrammed Clear treats him as a doll, going so far as to amputate his legs out of obsession of making Aoba more like him. Devoid of free will. Clear]] is happy, but at the cost of Aoba's wellbeing.
* FightUnscene: The anime has Mizuki punch some guys out mere seconds after his introduction, but all that's shown is a close up of Bug Bomb's tag art and a few punching sound effects. Later, however, he's [[SubvertedTrope shown breaking someone's nose onscreen]].
* FiveManBand: TheLeader - Aoba, although he also functions as TheChick / TheHeart, who keeps everyone together and acts as a [[OnlySaneMan voice of reason]] amongst the more hotblooded and strange types in his group.
** TheLancer: Koujaku, though he also has TheBigGuy tendencies and certainly UndyingLoyalty.
** TheSmartGuy: Noiz
** TheBigGuy: Mink. Can also double as TheTeamBenefactor, since he has...resources.
** TheSixthRanger: Clear and Ren. Clear's a bit of an odd case, in that he's a CloudCuckoolander who has a bit of all three of the above supporting characteristics, and kind of acts as an "outside" character to the others (his [[spoiler:past]] also backs this up); his loyalty to Aoba often compliments Koujaku's, he has an incredibly good senses and memory that helps them out even more than Noiz and Mink's info gathering, and he can beat up a man as well as any of them.
** TeamPet: Ren's this if not the the SixthRanger.
* FreudianTrio: Aoba. Yes, just Aoba. [[spoiler:Aoba's three Split Personalities. The normal Aoba is the Ego which cares for morality and other's perceptions of himself, his Superpowered Evil Side is the Id that embodies his more primal and destructive urges, and Ren is the Superego who was originally created to maintain balance between his Ego and Id.]]
* FriendlyTickleTorture
* NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters: Koujaku's gang and Mizuki's group take care of the areas under their control. They treat the residents kindly and are quite popular.
* [[ShowWithinAShow Game Within A Visual Novel]]: The first major event in the game is Aoba accidentally downloading a retro RPG on his Coil. This seemingly innocuous game turns out to have major plot repercussions, especially as events that take place within it begin mysteriously occurring in the real world.
** Also present in one of Noiz's bad endings, where [[spoiler:he and Aoba become trapped in an RPG-like simulation of the real world in his own mind due to his wish for them to be able to live out their lives normally. Forever.]]
* GasMaskLongCoat: Clear, for ([[spoiler:initially]]) no apparent reason.
* {{Gayngster}}
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Clear and Aoba wind up doing it to each other in the anime; Clear, when Aoba asks who he means by "Master," and Aoba, when saying he's not.
* GoldenEnding: After completing the other routes, you can get the SecretCharacter's ending AKA the true one.
** Oddly enough, unlocking the True route also unlocks another route at the same time that only has a bad end, no good end. Though it's fairly obvious how to avoid this.
* GRatedDrug: At least in the English patch, the way the characters phrase their playing their "games", Rhyme or Rib, comes off with this implication; they'll "do Rhyme," etc.
* {{Guardian Entity}}/{{Attack Animal}}: Allmates have the capacity to be these in Rhyme.
* HardLight: Although most who do Rhyme are not supposed to feel the pain of combat, when Aoba's forcibly made to participate by a mysterious bunny mascot-headed man, he feels every blow.
* HatesBeingTouched: Aoba feels this about his hair, as his hair seems to carry the same senses as skin--including pain, such as when cut. ''Especially'' pain, which is why he prefers not to cut his hair. [[spoiler:He'll let Koujaku do it, though.]]
** Also, Noiz.
* HolodeckMalfunction: Forces Aoba to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]] when pulled into Rhyme without his consent, although he doesn't have complete control over what he's doing due to [[spoiler:his TraumaInducedAmnesia]].
* HomoeroticSubtext: Aoba and Koujaku have this in spades, more specifically when one isn't on his route. Since this is a BL game in which Aoba can pursue him, one confirm that Koujaku really does have a secret thing for him regardless of whether he's pursued or not, but if he's not, they still act like HeterosexualLifePartners, with a lot of UndyingLoyalty on Koujaku's side.
* HotBlooded: ''Koujaku.'' His specialty is riling up all the seemingly stoic people he meets as soon as he meets them because he thinks they're up to no good (he's, perhaps unsurprisingly, right about this). Which is basically every seemingly stoic character (there are a number of them).
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: In Ren's bad ending, he eats and rapes Aoba over and over in an endless cycle.]]
* InterfaceScrew: In [[spoiler:Noiz' route, as Aoba uses Scrap on him]], he gets to see his memories with Aoba in the form of a visual novel, except with severe discolorations, pixelation and errors in text rendering. Some people in the fandom thought this to be an actual error with their computer or program until they were told otherwise.
* {{Keigo}}: Clear speaks very politely and is the only main character to use [[JapanesePronouns boku]] when referring to himself. Virus is also extremely formal, addressing Aoba as 'Aoba-san'.
* [[BadassLongRobe Kimono-clad Badass]]: Koujaku.
* LargeHam: The memorable seemingly-gangsta-lyfe-inspired introducer of each of Aoba's acquaintances is just about the hammiest character to ever grace sound systems for approximately two point five seconds at a time. [[CorruptCop Akushima's]] popularity (amongst the audience) can be attributed to this exact reason as well.
* MentalWorld: Aoba can enter other people's minds by touching them and looking into their eyes. These mental worlds tend to be...disturbing.
* MindControlConspiracy
** MassHypnosis
* MindScrew: It ''is'' an N+C game after all. [[spoiler: Ren's route gets the lion's share though]].
* MistakenForJunkie
* MobWar: While some groups, like Mizuki's, are like a brotherhood and even take care of the people and shops in the area in the district that they make their own, those who do Rib are notorious for their turf wars.
* MultipleEndings
* MythologyGag: In the [[AnimeOfTheGame anime]], a sign in Junk Shop Heibon reads "It's a daisuki shonen," essentially spelling out the series' roots in BoysLove.
* NakedApron: Clear. ''[[RuleOfFunny With his gas mask still on.]]''
* PowerStrainBlackOut: Aoba experiences this frequently; the first time occurs when he's pulled into Rhyme.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Aoba and Granny.
* RealMenWearPink: Mink and his pink bandana, Noiz and his cute cube All-mate and bunny-related everything, Koujaku and his flower theme.
* RedOniBlueOni: Koujaku (Red) and Noiz (Blue), also the allmates Beni (Red) and Tori (Blue)
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: [[spoiler:Clear is entirely indistinguishable from a human (being able to eat, have sex with humans, and [[ContemplateOurNavels contemplate the nature of human death]]) until he encounters the Alphas (to whom this trope also applies) and his body begins to break down. Even as he's dying, Aoba tells him he's the most human person he's ever known.]]
* RubberFace: Clear pulls on Aoba's cheeks when trying to figure out what's "different" about him than when he first saw him.
* ScratchDamage: Typically, in Rhyme, even attacks which have been defended against inflict some damage.
* [[SecretCharacter Secret Character Route]]: Not so much of a secret at this point, but [[spoiler:Ren's]] route can be unlocked after completing all the others'. [[spoiler: It doubles as Sei's route as well, who is ''far'' more spoilery]].
* [[spoiler:SelfCest: Aoba with Ren. Later evolves into TwinCest once Ren transfers his consciousness into Sei's body.]]
* SharpDressedMan: Virus wears a dark-blue suit and tie, while Trip sports a nice WaistcoatOfStyle.
** Noiz, at the end of his route and throughout Re:Connect.
* ShipTease: Noiz in particular, who kisses Aoba and says he doesn't get why it's so weird, Koujaku who acts like he's gay for Aoba (because he is) although they pass it off as bromance at first, Clear whose insistence that Aoba is his master and that he belongs to him is the reason Noiz and Koujaku start to get really pissed off, etc. It's everywhere until Aoba starts thinking about a particular man.
* ShonenHair: Trip and Virus.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Noise, Noiz, Noize? Rhyme or Lime? Rib or Lib? Or something else altogether?
* StraightGay: Every one of Aoba's potential love interests, even with [[RealMenWearPink Mink's pink bandana]] and Koujaku's flowery kimono, which in Japan is something of a gangsterish thing to wear, for men.
* StealthHiBye: Clear falls out of the sky. Aoba's reaction is priceless. He does this a lot, actually, since he [[ThereWasADoor doesn't seem to register the concept of a "door."]]
* TheStoic: Ren, though adorably so. Noiz also qualifies.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Aoba has one. [[spoiler:So does Koujaku.]]
* SuperSenses: Clear's hearing is...strange. [[spoiler:It's one of the first significant indications that Clear might not be entirely human, and more than what he seems.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Between Koujaku, Noiz, Mink and Clear when they're forced to work together to find Granny. Koujaku doesn't trust Noiz or Mink at all, Noiz isn't exactly a team player at the best of times, Mink isn't very cooperative either and [[CloudCuckooLander Clear is Clear]]. Aoba is the lone [[OnlySaneMan voice of reason]].
* ThemeTuneCameo: Aoba's coil ringtone is the OP song.
* TitleDrop: The title is completely nonsensical before and after it is revealed that it is based on a [[http://media.tumblr.com/8b5d3338ce6062461b6dc5698a2c62a9/tumblr_inline_moipfucb7Y1qz4rgp.png line]] said by Toue in the visual novel.
* [[spoiler:TraumaInducedAmnesia]]: For Aoba.
* TroubleFollowsYouHome
* {{Tsundere}}: Sure, Noiz doesn't really care for the rest of them, okay, but Aoba asked him really nicely to help him, so he did (...reveal himself to be totally eavesdropping on them)... Tch, whatever...
* VocalDissonance: The proctor of the Rhyme Games, Usui, whose body is a pretty woman's but voice is a deep-sounding dude's. [[spoiler: Which makes sense, given that Sei is controlling her.]]
** Also, Ren. For a cute, little dog All-Mate, he has a really deep voice.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: It's up to Aoba to teach Noiz the PowerOfLove in Noiz's route. [[spoiler: [[LonelyRichKid Noiz]] reveals that his parents found him troublesome and basically abandoned him. He was given necessities, but was completely ignored. Others distance themselves from him or use him for his wealth or body.]]
* [[spoiler:WhatMeasureIsANonHuman]]: Clear.
* [[spoiler:WhiteHairBlackHeart]]: Clear, [[spoiler:who's ''supposed'' to be this]].
** [[spoiler:The Alphas, who are Clear's "brothers", ''are'' this to a T.]]
** [[spoiler:Aoba becomes this in Koujaku's bad ending when his SuperPoweredEvilSide completely takes over his weakened will.]]
* {{Yandere}}: The bad endings typically involve Aoba or his love interest becoming this and resorting to extreme and graphic measures to keep the other with them forever. Special mention goes to [[spoiler:Clear]], who cuts off Aoba's limbs to take away his free will, and [[spoiler:Mink]], who kills him to be able to keep his severed head as a keepsake.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Prevalent in Rhyme drive-bys and in Aoba's excursions into other characters' {{Mental World}}s.
* {{Yakuza}}: Aside from the numerous gangs populating Midorijima, there is also a yakuza. Koujaku recognizes Trip and Virus as members of the yakuza. Not only that, [[spoiler:Koujaku himself was born into a Yakuza family]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Aoba and Koujaku.
** Also [[spoiler:Ren in his re:connect route.]]

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