->'''Ina:''' Look samurai boy, I have [[TitleDrop no need for bushido]]! Now put me down, go back there, and ''die with honor!''\\
'''Yori:''' Sorry, [[CombatPragmatist too busy rescuing you]].

A webcomic set in feudal Japan that starts out with an ArrangedMarriage, moves to RebelliousPrincess and RescueRomance, then CharacterMagneticTeam. By the time they've gotten to the major showdowns, the team consists of:

'''Yorikiro Wataro''' ('''Yori'''), our Hero, son of the most hated man in Japan. A bit of a [[TheDitz ditz]] sometimes, but his [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass heart is in the right place]].

'''Ina Senshin''', our Heroine, a strong-willed and loud-mouthed girl. When she gets her way, it's often because she bullied her teammates into obeying her.

'''Cho Teko''', a blind Taoist priest. Comes off as a CloudCuckooLander by spouting [[IceCreamKoan Ice Cream Koans]]. Has a bit of a running gag about misreading the gender of any new character who comes near the team.

'''Kenta Daisuke''' or Ken, the guy with the huge sword. Enjoys sake and Kabuki plays. TheBigGuy who's motivated by revenge for his clan, which got massacred by people apparently working for Yori's father.

Of the above, only Ina can't hold her own in combat, although lately she's proved to be an amazing strategist. But while Cho and Kenta are competent whenever they fight, Yori's plans often get derailed through his own idiocy or forgetfulness (as in "Oh, I totally forgot that I ''broke my sword'' last fight"), though he has recently taken out the second member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad.

[[http://www.nn4b.com The strip can be found here]]. The comic updates every Monday. The comic went on a long hiatus in July 2012, but returned in August 2013.
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!!This webcomic contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: Ina, although it takes her a while to level up.
** The Izuma Ninja Clan, which is led by an ActionGirl (Suzuka) and has at least two more (Ayame and Yumiko) in its ranks, despite being almost 99% male otherwise.
* TheAlcoholic: Ken, very much so. At one point, while the other characters are fighting a major battle, Ken, after kicking metric tons of mook ass, runs out of sake. Solution? He goes and slaughters an enemy camp, and takes all of their sake. Then, when that runs out, he repeats the process. Multiple times. Until he finally passes out. And upon waking up back in camp, he wants more.
* AnachronismStew:
** The characters sometimes talk about Canada, hot dogs, and other things that don't exist yet. [[RuleOfFunny The reason is obvious]].
** Not to mention Lex and Matrix, who look a little...out of place amongst all the feudal trappings.
** Also lampshaded: [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=127 "Note: Thursday night bingo canceled due to overuse of anachronisms"]]
* {{Animesque}}: The later chapters.
* ArtEvolution: When the comic started, it was... Not bad, but not great. Probably about as good as the first bits of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. These days every panel could be lifted from a high quality cel-animated movie. Not to mention Font Design Evolution, because it was a badly used [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} Comic Sans MS]], and now it's an exclusive font.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Masuhiro, daimyo of the Senshin clan gets ambushed by an entire ninja clan. He fights back without flinching, reasoning out they intend to capture him. He gets caught from being knocked out by a drug applied to a blade that gave him a shallow cut, but not before announcing his resolve to defeat them all and find out who hired them. He escapes imprisonment from these ninjas repeatedly (and then he gets captured again almost as many times by coming across their {{Action Girl}}s and getting DistractedByTheSexy, but that's neither here nor there).
** Hirotomo Wataro turns out to not be half-bad himself - while he just had guards take care of it the first time when Genchu turns against him, he can defend himself when it calls for it [[spoiler:and does pretty decently considering his opponent is Genchu returning to kill him. When the {{Dual Wield}}ing Genchu cuts his sword in half, Hirotomo uses his own left hand to stop the other sword he has no chance of blocking. Hirotomo loses from there, but Yori appears and surprises Genchu by yelling out his confusion at what's going on, giving Hirotomo the opportunity to win [[CombatPragmatist by unhesitatingly picking up his cut sword blade and stabbing Genchu in the arm with it]]]].
* BadassLongHair: Yori has his moments for the first half, but for the second half, his hair worn down goes past his torso!
* BareHandedBladeBlock: Reconstructed version, Hiromoto stops a sword from killing him by grabbing it with one hand. His hand's bleeding and cut from it, but he's not dead.
* BedsheetLadder: Averted, because the RuleOfFunny apparently stated that falling on Ina's back with no serious injuries would be better.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' call him "[[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=447 Nine Finger Nataku]]."
* TheBet: Details still hazy, but Matrix and Lex appear to have a wager going on Yori's success or failure, respectively, with Matrix not above intervening with the plot to help Yori along.
* {{BFS}}: Ken's sword is ''12 feet long''.
** The [[spoiler:Red Dragon Zanbatou]] he gains in 599 is somewhat shorter, but still bigger than he is.
* {{Bishounen}}: In the later chapters, Ken and Yori get this treatment, thanks to the aforementioned Art Evolution. [[LongHairedPrettyBoy Yori's hair]] probably doesn't help him.
* BloodFromTheMouth: A few times. Including one fake-out when Yori actually just bit his lip during combat.
* BoundAndGagged: Ina ends up like this in at least one set of comics.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: addressing readers and some other things.
* BrickJoke:
** [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=124 "Ninja lifts]] [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=313 Mount Fuji"]]
** In strip 102, Cho compares Ina to an elephant sitting on a fence, and Yori tried to make analogies about ways that he could get Ina to land on his side. Cho, however, discouraged Yori from doing so, saying that doing so would only push Ina away. Fast forward to 647, shortly after Ina finally ended the WillTheyOrWontThey game with Yori of her own volition, and Cho makes a CallBack to his earlier comment, saying that "the pachyderm that jumps unprompted lands most gracefully."
* BuffySpeak: "Don't do the wavy hand thing. I ''hate'' the wavy hand thing."
* CallingYourAttacks: Yori does this a lot early in the comic. Eventually, he realizes it's a bad idea and stops doing it.
* CaptainErsatz:
** Ken and Yori respectively to Sanosuke and Kenshin of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''.
** Vaguely in appearance, but much less so in personality- Kenshin's ObfuscatingStupidity while Yori's CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. Sano's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold while Ken's a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk. [[ThouShaltNotKill Unlike Kenshin]], Yori's also got no problem with killing the bad guys.
* CatchPhrase:
** Yori's "Holy Shnikies!" When he saw Ken's zanbatou, it was upgraded to "Holy flipping shnikies of demonic destruction!"
* CloudCuckooLander: Cho, in spades.
* CerebusSyndrome: While the humor and fun never leaves, the comic started off as a very lighthearted AffectionateParody, later it becomes concerned with things like Machiavellian plots and counter plots, politics, the wiping out of entire clans, etc.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The trick blade. [[spoiler:Subverted twice. It's only a trick blade when it comes to stabbing; for slashing attacks it's entirely functional. And when slamming it hard into somebody's chest...it won't impale them, but it'll still be something akin to getting slugged with brass knuckles]].
** [[spoiler: Played straight in the dispatching of Uso]].
* TheChessmaster: Yukizane, Ina's seemingly useless uncle.
* ColorWash: Pastel colors and green tint indicate that you see things through the poisoned Yori's eyes, and you should not believe anything you see.
* CombatPragmatist: Murasaki [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=427 fights dirty]].
** Hiromoto Wataro would have been killed by Genchu [[spoiler:if Yori didn't pop up and surprise Genchu, leaving him open for Hiromoto to stab him in the arm with his blade from his cut-in-half sword.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** Yori comes across at first glance as an incompetent fighter and a coward but is actually a very competent fighter.
** The other example is Yukizane. See the entry under ObfuscatingStupidity below.
** Cho's this too; you don't really expect the CloudCuckoolander who spouts {{Ice Cream Koan}}s to be a master martial artist who can cause a mini earthquake by putting his foot down.
* {{Determinator}}: Rule #1 of Ken's Combat Rules: Don't stop not dying.
** It matters not how many times his escapes are prematurely ended from letting his guard down by his embarrassment of AccidentalPervert moments toward the ninjas' {{Stripperiffic}} {{Action Girl}}s, Masuhiro will keep trying!
** After Ricardo loses almost all of his stock of guns from his ship sinking, he rebounds with greedy hope, reasoning the remainder are extra rare and valuable now.
*** And ''then'', soon after being upset because all of his guns have been lost to him, he resolutely realizes he can just buy a bunch of junk from Japan and sell it back home for a ridiculous markup.
* DisabilitySuperpower:
** Cho lacks sight and has to rely on Tao's guidance to attack. He is the best fighter in the group.
** There's also Ryoku, one of the four Demons of Sorrow, who is also blind. He appears to have Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}-esque echolocation.
* DistractedByTheSexy: as a RunningGag, Ina's father keeps making escape attempts from the sexy ninjas who captured him, but ultimately ends up knocked unconscious following an AccidentalPervert moment.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Ken, while TrainingThePeacefulVillagers.
* EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana: Averted. Has introduced more than one type of sword; introduces the name of the sword as well at times.
* EyelessFace: Cho always wears a hat that covers his eyes. It doesn't always cover the place where his eyes must be. He actually lacks eyes. Creepy.
* EyepatchOfPower: lampshaded by WordOfGod in the comments [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=504 here]]:
--> It's highly probably a lot of impaired vision fighters pop out an eye just to gain the intimidation factor, why not!
* FiveBadBand: The main players in the Wataro clan.
** TheBigBad: Hirotomo Wataro, head of the clan, and possibly the most feared and despised warlord in Japan.
** TheDragon: Tadashi, Hirotomo's NobleTopEnforcer, MasterSwordsman, and head of the secret assassin group The Demons of Sorrow.
** TheEvilGenius: General Atsumori, TheStrategist of the Wataro Clan's military, and apparently the only general in the clan who thinks in terms of solid strategy, tactics, and the long term benefit of the clan. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he underestimated the ruthlessness of Nataku and turned his back on his fellow general at the worst possible moment...]]
** TheBrute: General Nataku, a BloodKnight FourStarBadass with SuperStrength whose combat philosophy amounts to AttackAttackAttack
** TheDarkChick Eijiro Wataro, Hirotomo's younger son and a pint-sized SmugSnake and somewhat NaiveNewcomer who contrasts the experience and competence of the other four members.
* FourIsDeath: The Four Demons of Sorrow, Hirotomo Wataro's elite soldiers. [[spoiler:They're more like the Two Demons of Sorrow now, though]].
* FourStarBadass: Nataku, who is such a badass that... you know that [[{{BFS}} enormous thing]] Ken swings around? Nataku clashes with it head-on with his fairly normal sword, and from that position '''''[[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=467 overpowers Ken causing his BFS fly out of his hands]]'''''. The visual effects make it clear that Nataku has some sort of SuperStrength.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: General Tanaka is on the side of the Senshin clan, and his army helps save the villagers and the main protagoists, but Tanaka himself is an obstinate jerk who repeatedly voices the opinion that Ina should StayInTheKitchen, disparages the farmers and Maru despite the work they did to stall the Wataro invasion, and ignores the warning of Genchu and Ricardo about the Wataro army arming themselves with guns. He's a valuable ally, but nobody in the cast actually cares for him.
* FromBadToWorse: Subverted during the village battle. It appears that Fujio died, the villagers were massacred, Maru was mortally wounded, Ina was breaking down, and Cho was beaten by the two Demons of Sorrow who only ''just'' appeared. As it turns out, this was all being seen through the eyes of Yori, who was under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The protagonists' group are rearming after being in custody for a spell...[[http://nn4b.com/comic/492 and Yori hugs his sword]].
* GenreSavvy: Yori. Right from the outset he seems to instinctively know he's in an AffectionateParody of shonen manga, but it's highlighted very much during Ina's planned defense of the strategic choke point, where he demonstrates genuine fear at Ina's ability to destroy an army. By this point, he's GenreSavvy enough to fear that running in terror like he should will shift her from a {{Tsundere}} to a {{Yandere}}.
* GoodOldWays: General Tanaka is sure that guns pose no real danger to his army because of the long time they need to reload, which he's sure will allow his men to get close enough to cut down the riflemen. He's overlooking the strategic ways they could be used, such as by targeting enemy commanders, and creating a DecapitatedArmy, as Eijiro appears to be planning.
* HandicappedBadass: Cho is an extremely skilled martial artist, able to defeat (most) of his adversaries without breaking a sweat. Badass enough on its own; ''more'' badass when you consider his handicap.
--> '''Ken:''' Wait a sec, so you're, like, as blind as a...uh...blind...guy.\\
'''Cho:''' Indeed, I lack that particular sense.
** Ryoku is also blind, and just as badass.
* HelloNurse: Matrix, the mysterious watcher who actually dresses like a [[NaughtyNurseOutfit nurse]] at one point.
* HighPressureBlood: Usually accompanied by the UnsoundEffect: ''SPEWING!!''
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Besides the regular, sneaky ninja, there are some that really stick out.
* HostageSituation: A few here and there, with Ino being taken to get Yori into a duel in one case.
** ShootTheHostage: Nataku's solution should the problem arise for him. [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=627 Observe here]].
* IaijutsuPractitioner: While Yori and Ryoku participated in a QuickDraw duel at the end of their fight, thus far the apparent master of this art is Tadashi, [[http://nn4b.com/comic/674 who can apparently draw his sword, strike a dozen times, and resheathe it in a single panel]] without the blade ever being visible.
* IceCreamKoan:
** Cho loves these, though they do occasionally seem to actually mean something. Occasionally.
** Lampshaded in the [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic4=no-need-for-review-6 post-hiatus recap]], where Ina asks whether he's just making them all up on the spot. Cho claims they're words of wisdom that he picked up from reading his deceased master's ancient scrolls. When Ina points out that he's blind, Cho says that was "A minor setback."
* IgnoredEpiphany: Ken goes to watch a Kabuki Play in [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=127 127]], [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=166 next]] we see him, this happens:
--> "I feel like that play exposed the true shape of the human condition that we only glimpse as shadows upon the walls of our lives. It's almost enough to make one question the morality of bashing random strangers for drink'n money....Nah"
* ImprobableWeaponUser: One ninjette uses fans.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Yori has to do this often. Broken sword, sheath, trick sword... Now that Matrix has given him one of her swords, he's back to being properly armed, but he still uses the trick sword.
* InsultedAwake: PlayedForLaughs. If Ken is passed out (because of sake, combat, or both) when he's needed, Fumio will surely make an off-hand insult while saying how much they need him. [[HairTriggerTemper He doesn't take it]] [[{{Understatement}} very well]]. (See IResembleThatRemark)
* InTheBack: How Nataku [[spoiler:kills Atsumori.]]
* IntrepidMerchant: Ricardo.
* IResembleThatRemark:
** Ken [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=312 punching Fumio]] for saying he wasn't "agreeable".
** Or ''[[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=383 decking him across the town]]'' for calling him a "homicidal maniac".
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Ken's [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=356 preferred]] interrogation technique.
* JidaiGeki: Feudal Japan...[[AnachronismStew mostly]].
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Yori's gotten rather {{Bishonen}} with ArtEvolution, and his hair worn down goes past his torso!
* LongLostRelative: Yumiko to Ken; she is (as far as she knows) the only other surviving member of the Daisuke Clan.
* TheLostLenore: Flashbacks imply [[spoiler:that Hirotomo's wife was this to him, and it was her death (or possibly murder) that served as his CynicismCatalyst.]]
%%* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: {{Lampshaded}}
* ManipulativeBastard: Not only did Hirotomo plan to have Masuhiro assassinated right after Yori and Ina's marriage so Yori would inherit control of the Senshin clan, but there are subtle hints that [[spoiler:he wants Yori to defeat the Demons of Sorrow, presumably to toughen Yori up and turn him into a more suitable heir. See [[http://nn4b.com/comic/110 here]] and [[http://nn4b.com/comic/657 here]], and put that together with [[http://nn4b.com/comic/174 Tadashi's statement]] that Hirotomo specifically ordered the Demons of Sorrow to attack Yori one at a time.]]
* MasterOfIllusion: Uso induces illusions through hitting his enemies with a poison creating the affected's worst fears... until the poison gets worse and makes them see a platoon of Usos attacking them.
* MasterSwordsman: Any number of them. Genchu used to be top dog with Hirotomo on almost the same level, but the wounds the two gave each in their duel may mean that neither is in the top tier anymore. (Genchu's arm wound in particular appears to be a CareerEndingInjury, and his encounter with Nataku shows that he's not as good as he used to be.) Tadashi may be the top active swordsman at the moment. Yori, who's had the benefit of training under both Genchu and Tadashi, (and who Tadashi mentioned had showed great potential) is a rung or two down from the top level but he does pretty well for himself.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Shounen" is boy in Japanese, which he is. Also, Uso's name means lie, and he uses illusions.
** It doesn't matter how much he insists, Murasaki's name means purple, not indigo.
** General Nataku's warmongering might have been an inevitable reaction to him being named after the Japanese god of war.
* MomentKiller:
** Cho is right on time to kill [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=387 this]] moment.
** And ThoseTwoGuys kill another [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=484 moment]].
%%* {{Mook}}s: ninjas.
* MookChivalry: Enforced with the Demons of Sorrow. An offhand comment that they were specifically ordered to attack Yori one at a time by Hirotomo. This appeared to be subverted when a group of them attacked Yori once during the War arc, [[spoiler:but it turns out that two of the Demons are just hallucinations, and Uso is the only one really there]].
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Male ninja in the Izama ninja clan are generally mooks. Sometimes more talented than the average mook, but still mooks. Its most dangerous and badass members, and of course its leader, are all women.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Tadashi has a very strong reputation for this and while he mostly follows it, he has sometimes used his reputation to get away with certain things that would go against Hirotomo's orders when there were no witnesses around, the most notable being [[spoiler:sparing Genchu's life.]]
* {{Ninja}}
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: The ambitions of the Wataro clan under Hirotomo, as well as their enthusiasm in embracing firearms, somewhat brings to mind the real life Oda clan under UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga.
* NowOrNeverKiss: [[spoiler: A variation [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=387 here]], because death isn't entirely imminent for the two, but the situation is seems nonetheless rather dire]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Yukizane, at the beginning of his [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=330 negotiations]] with Ayane. Lampshaded with Ayane's [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=334 realization]]: "And another thing! You're--... you're... not nearly as dumb as you look".
* OnlySaneMan: Ina
-->'''Ina:''' [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=193 I said]] [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=195 it was]] [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=203 a bad idea]], but no one listened. ''Nobody listens to the voice of reason!''
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Twisted all over. [[spoiler:Ina was supposed to marry the eldest Wataro son, Yori, but he abandoned his clan due to his father's warlike policies, and his brother took his place. Ina, hearing she was being set up for an arranged marriage, ran away. Yori and Ina met, neither of them aware of who the other was, and fell in love. Unfortunately, by the time anyone realizes all this, the Wataro clan isn't interested in peace--if they ever were]].
* PerpetualFrowner: The Ambassador. The man doesn't drop it at all, even when his life is threatened.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Four Demons Of Sorrow
* RunawayFiance: Both Ina and [[spoiler:Yori]].
* RunningGag:
** Cho seems to be less than competent at guessing the gender of people he's never met. [[spoiler: The humorous nature of this is what makes his [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=588 accurate assessment of Matrix's gender]] a shock which adds to the current MoodWhiplash. This may point to Cho ObfuscatingStupidity.]]
** And all people who find out that he's blind tend to do [[BuffySpeak that wavey-hand thingy]] to test. [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore He doesn't like it when people do that]].
** Also, Ina has pushed over Yori a lot, though one of creators said he never even realized that and it wasn't intentional.
** Ina's father is constantly distracted by BoobsOfSteel and captured with knock-out drugs. Lampshaded in a [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=347 flashback]].
** Cho is a part of prophecy about a blind Taoist, a Hindu and a cleric entering a bar and ending the world. And he keeps trying to walk into bars. [[spoiler: As of page 490, the Hindu and the cleric appeared in the comic]].
** Ken regularly threatens merchants that whatever they're selling better be the best he's ever had, or he'll kick their ass. He has yet to kick a merchant's ass yet.
** As a meta example, [[UnsoundEffect Made-up sound effects]] are used often.
* {{Samurai}}: Quite a few.
* SamuraiPonytail: [[http://nn4b.com/comic/269 Second type worn by Genchu]], a {{Ronin}} who left his clan [[DefectorFromDecadence due his daimyo's ruthlessness]].
* SayMyName: [[http://nn4b.com/comic/271 HIROTOMO!]], as Genchu cuts through his guards to kill the spoken-of.
* ShoutOut:
** Ken and Yori's fight on first meeting is either this or an AffectionateParody of [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin and Sanosuke's]] first fight.
** The title itself is a very well-hidden shoutout to ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', the title of which is often translated as "No Need for Tenchi".
** Ninjas are said to use swordchucks. [[WebComic/EightBitTheater Swordchucks, yo]]!
** Tao [[StarWars binds the galaxy together]].
** Yori's first rescue of Ina -- running away from trouble while carrying her -- echoes a ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' side-story that was a sort of pilot for the series.
** The brothers [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu-Tang_Clan Wu and Tang.]]
* ShowSomeLeg: Courtesy of Suzuka, resulting in Masuhiro's failure...[[RunningGag multiple times]].
* SlipknotPonytail: Yori, during the first half of the battle with Ryoku.
* SmartBall: Eijiro may have a lot to learn about politics, PlausibleDeniability, the importance of having a casus belli for war, or the dangers of a mercenary group like the Izuma ninja clan using ExactWords against you, but he has his moments. He immediately sees through the Senshin clan attempting to hide Ina's disappearance, and he is quickly able to figure out how to work Ricardo's guns and also how to best use them in battle.
* SociopathicHero: Ken, as seen [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=368 here]].
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: ''The'' Ennosuke Nakamura, famous kabuki actor and playwright. Ken is his biggest fan.
* StraightForTheCommander: Part of Yukizane's backstory involves ending a war by engaging the enemy commander in a one-on-one battle... in a game of ''[[TheChessmaster chess]]''
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Ricardo points out there's not much point in selling weapons to a pacifist. He has a point, but Genchu points out a pacifist is far less likely to shoot you after the deal is done, which Ricardo acknowledges is a good point as well.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: All female ninjas. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that they dress like that to distract their enemies. This is why Suzuka beats the otherwise ultra-competent Masuhiro every time.
* SuperSpeed: Tadashi's [[http://nn4b.com/comic/143 movements]] and [[http://nn4b.com/comic/674 iaijutsu abilities]] are fast enough to qualify for this.
* SuperStrength: A number of characters.
** In his prime, Genchu was known for routinely cutting through the swords of his opponents. A flashback from Yori shows Genchu killing two men with a single swing while also cutting through both of their blades.
** The artwork pretty clearly shows that Nataku has some version of this.
** Ken is a more downplayed example than the two above, but being able to carry and swing his gigantic zanbatou as easily and quickly as he does shows just how strong he must be.
** It's somewhat unclear if it's physical strength or mystical Tao abilities, but Cho and the Wu Tang brothers are able to send people flying with a punch, knock over trees, or create a mini earthquake by stomping a foot.
** While it's pure RuleOfFunny and a one time gag, what else could you call "Ninja lifts Mt. Fuji"?
* ThereAreNoRules: Sorta.
-->'''Ken:''' Here's Ken's rules to fightin': First, in battle, yer either killin' or dyin'. So whatever you do, don't ever stop ''not dyin[='=]''. Second, we don't have time for stupid rules, so stop standing around there ''like a bunch of idiots'', and '''start beating the crap out of each other'''!
* ThoseTwoGuys: Fumio and Fujio.
* TitleDrop: At least twice, most notably so far at the beginning:
-->'''Ina:''' It looks more like you're running away to me.\\
'''Yori:''' The code of bushido, the way of the warrior, would never allow me to just run away!\\
'''Ina:''' Look samurai boy, I have '''no need for bushido'''!
* TragicVillain: Flashbacks have implied [[spoiler:that none other than Hirotomo is one. As a young man he was an idealist who made peace between his clan and their longtime rivals, but something (implied to be the loss of his wife and framing the rival clan for her death) went horribly wrong and changed him into the cynical, ruthless, and paranoid man he is today.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: [[http://nn4b.com/comic/88 Ina's a]] [[http://nn4b.com/comic/307 bit swingy]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Yori does, right around the time the ArtEvolution really kicks in. Turns out he was always skilled, but RuleOfFunny-induced bad luck concealed it before.
** Ina during the defense of Lord Maru's village. She drew up the battle plans and commanded the defenders, buying time for the Senshin reinforcements to arrive. Then she turned right around and led a (somewhat) successful rescue of her father. [[spoiler:In the end, however, Yukizane really saved the day.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: Ken is this for the good guys. He's not straight up evil, but being a bully, a jerkass, and consistently intimidating merchants and robbing random people, not to mention [[BloodKnight what]] [[MookHorrorShow happens]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge when he gets to fight the Wataro soldiers]] puts him ''very'' low on the scale of anti heroes.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Tadashi and General Atsumori are in this position for the Wataro clan, being about the only Wataro members shown besides Yori himself who aren't evil, jerkasses, or bloodthirsty warmongers.
** Tadashi is a NobleTopEnforcer who, like many fictional samurai, is caught between his loyalty to lord and clan and disapproving of the orders of his lord and the direction of his clan. Like many samurai, he resolves this by usually maintaining a front of MyMasterRightOrWrong, but where he can, making small choices for the greater good of his lord/clan, such as [[spoiler:secretly sparing Genchu.]]
** Atsumori is an honorable OnlySaneMan who prefers peace to war and is desperately trying to preserve the honor of the clan. When ordered to go to war he tries to do so in a way to minimize bloodshed on all sides, as opposed to the approach of General Nataku, who it's strongly hinted would go straight into RapePillageAndBurn writ large.
* UnskilledButStrong: Ken tends win most of his fights with brute strength and ferocity, with no regard for strategy. This trips him up when he comes up against opponents who are not only just as strong, if not stronger, but are also skilled.
* UnsoundEffect: ''All the time''.
** Among notable others are the commonly-used ''DOOM!'' and the once-used ''DRRAAAAMMMMAAAAA'', as well as the ever popular ''HEAD... BUTT!''
** Not to mention ''SHOCKWAVE!'' and ''OH? NO! HE DIDN'!!'' ([[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=373 sic]]).
** And, of course, ''ITSATRAP!!'', immediately followed by ''NICE!''
** [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=238 SHEATHCATCH!]]
** DA FACE!!!
** OHCRAPITSTHEM!
** CHILDHUG!, Which is probably supposed to be an incredibly cute sound.
** FLAMEWAR!!!
** ALSOFAKE!
** Lampshaded by "insert your sound effect here".
** And don't forget the best one of all "IMPLAUSIBLE!"
* VicariouslyAmbitious: Ryoku states that the reason he stopped being Eijiro's bodyguard, joined the Demons of Sorrow, and is chomping at the bit to kill Yori is because he wants to personally ensure that Eijiro will be guaranteed to be the heir to the clan.
* WallBangHer: Yori and Ina, [[http://alexkolesar.tumblr.com/post/14769752973/merry-christmas-ina-and-yori-you-frisky-kids in one piece of filler art]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Masuhiro's flashback reveals that [[http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=162 Ina has at least two sisters]]... but they're never mentioned outside of that flashback and there's no explanation for why one of them couldn't have taken Ina's place in the ArrangedMarriage [[spoiler:like Eijiro took Yori's]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Ina gets called out because she's more concerned about her own problems when Ken and Yori have lost their clan and Cho is far more hurt than he lets out and she's still the rebellious princess who ran away because she only cared how it affected her.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[http://nn4b.com/comic/141 Long before Genchu renounced his ties to Hirotomo,]] they were [[http://nn4b.com/comic/653 basically best buds]].
* TheWorfBarrage: Ken's [[{{BFS}} ludicrously big sword]] rarely hits anyone important. Not only that, but the taoist monks and Nataku managed to block it outright. Nataku later ups the ante from that, and just overpowers Ken while clashing with his BFS head-on.
* {{Yandere}}: Yori fears Ina is moving this way. Or maybe she's just a fantastic strategist?
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