Light Novel: Madan no Ou to Vanadis

Madan no Ou to Vanadis is a Light Novel written by Tsukasa Kawaguchi with illustrations by Yoshi☆Wo and currently published at MF Bunko J.

The novels tell the story of a young man named Lord Tigrevurmud Vorn, a young noble of the town of Alsace, who is made a prisoner of war by a Vanadis, a noble of the neighboring country of Zchted, named Eleanora Viltaria. At the same time, a civil war is brewing in his home country of Brune, and he enlists the aid of the Vanadis to help him keep his town safe.

Volumes 1 through 5 make up the first saga; the Brune Kingdom's civil war, while the next five volumes compose the second portion of the story. This next saga is split into two arcs, with Volumes 6 and 7 covering the Asvarre Kingdom's civil war, and Volumes 8 through 10 establishing the Zhcted Kingdom's "Urz" arcnote . The third saga from Volumes 11+ deals with the Sachstein Kingdom's invasion of Brune.

A manga adaptation by Yanai Nobuhiko is currently undergoing serialization, and a 13-episode anime adaptation of the first 5 Volumes aired during the October 2014 fall season.

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Tropes relating to Madan no Ou to Vanadis

  • A-Cup Angst: While Lyudmila's actually decently endowed, she feels this whenever Ellen taunts her about her chest.
  • Absurdly Sharp Sword: Arifal can cut through shields, helms, and armor like paper.
  • Accidental Pervert: Tigre's hands seem magnetically attracted to women's chests.
  • Action Girl: Any of the seven Vanadis count as well as Limlisha.
  • Adipose Rex: Prince Jermaine of Asvarre.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: This happens to Tigre from Volume 8 to Volume 10 as he lives in Lebus as the youth Urz under Elizavetta's service. He grows to care for her and his life in Lebus, and even as his memories as Tigre begin to resurface he remains uncertain if he wants to regain his old identity.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Tigre from the end of Volume 7 to the conclusion of Volume 10.
  • Ancestral Weapon: The black bow of the Vorn family.
  • Art Evolution: After the first 4 Volumes, the Light Novel artist, Yoshi☆Wo, fell ill, and Volume 5's pictures end up being done by the Madan No Ou To Vanadis' manga author, Yanai Nobuhiko. However, backlash towards Nobuhiko's manga-style artwork led the manga artist away, and left Volume 6 with no pictures. The original Light Novel artist then returns for Volumes 7 and 8, but decides to leave for other work. This leads to the hiring of a completely new Light Novel artist for Volume 9 and beyond.
  • The Archer: Tigre's a preternaturally skilled archer. Unfortunately, he's hopeless with anything other than a bow and arrow.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Zaien sees absolutely nothing wrong with killing and pillaging commoners.
  • Arrow Catch: Tigre nonchalantly catches an arrow aimed at Teita's head then fires it back. Still hurts him though.
  • Assassin Outclassin': In the first volume, an assassin with an arbalest tried to kill Ellen; his attempt fails due to Arifal's wind barrier and his escape fails when Tigre nails him in the foot.
    • In the second volume, Duke Thenardier sends an assassin group called the Seven Chains to kill Tigre. Their first attack gets six of them killed, with Tigre killing the first, Lim killing the second (while being poisoned in the process), and Mira killing four. The survivor appears later, targeting the two Vanadis after they've exhausted themselves fighting each other. Tigre shoots him in the nick of time.
  • Ass Shove: Tigre snipes Duke Bydgauche's horse in the ass in volume 8 to keep him from escaping.
  • Badass: Plenty from this series, but Roland really stands out.
    • Badass Army: The Silver Meteor Army and the Navarre Knights stand out the most.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Every Vanadis, along with Limlisha, exhibits this trope with their standard clothing.
  • Bee Bee Gun: Duke Ganelon uses this to kill Roland, who had been trapped in a windowless room.
  • Berserk Button: Tigre's is Alsace coming to harm, as shown in Volume 1 and recalled in 6. Duke Thenardier's is anyone harming his son; thus, Tigre killing him in Volume 1 sets up most of the conflict for the first five volumes.
  • Big Bad: One per arc.
  • Black Knight: Roland wears a black armor with a black BFS named Durandal.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Boy shoots arrow at girl, girl makes him into a war prisoner. Together they fight a civil war.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Averted. But only because none of the Vanadis BOTHER with armor for their battlewear, preferring normal clothing instead. Lim wears proper armor in the novels, though.
  • Chick Magnet: Tigre. Rarely a focus, since romance takes a backseat to the wars.
  • Civil War: The first five volumes of the series are focused on the civil war in Brune between Duke Thenardier and Duke Ganelon.
    • Asvarre has its own civil war between Prince Germaine and Prince Eliot, after the former murders his siblings. Volume 6 though 8 are about that war and its aftermath.
    • The third arc has a very small one between Zhcted's new heir and the man passed over for the job, (though that one is due to an assassination attempt on the latter by a third party). Interestingly, the aggressor makes a point of avoiding all-out war, instead choosing just to attack with his own troops.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Ellen shows increasing shades of this toward Tigre as time goes on. Lyudmila takes on some of this behavior toward Tigre as well after Volume 4.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ellen, at least on the tactical and strategic level.
    Ellen: I fight to win. I don't bother choosing a specific method, nor am I burdened by such useless things.
  • Combination Attack: Tigre's bow seems to be able to take the power of the Dragonic Tools to combine with the arrow fired.
    • At the end of Volume One Tigre and Ellen snipe a flying dragon.
      • They do it again to destroy the gate of the fortress Mira was holed up in.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: The author really loves David And Goliath situations that the heroes overcome through a combination of this and guerrilla tactics.
  • Cool Big Sis: Sophia is this to Ellen and Lyudmila, and Sasha is this to all the Vanadis.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: 5000 versus 25000. The winner? The 5000-man Zhcted army, who curb stomped the entire 25000-man Brune army.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Teita, Lyudmila and Sasha.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Sophie adores Lunie, Ellen's dragon pup. Lunie knows enough to flee when she's around.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The black bow can shoot a Magic Missile. Firing one drains Tigre, leaving him tired, and has killed at least one previous wielder.
  • Death from Above: Shero Zam Kafa, the Dragonic Skill of Lavias, can create a massive number of icicles to rain down on the enemy.
  • Died Standing Up: Roland after being stung by death bees.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: At the end of Volume 3, Ellen has leaves Brune with most of her forces to assist Sasha when the latter's territory is invaded by another Vanadis. This leaves Tigre down a huge chunk of his forces and his strongest warrior.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Thenardier finds out Ganelon killed Roland just for failing to kill Tigre and Ellen, he is disgusted. It's mostly because Roland had other uses, though.
  • Elemental Powers: Each of the Dragonic Tools channels a specific element:
  • Empathic Weapon: The Dragonic Tools has some degree of sentience; Tigre's black bow goes one step further by being a direct line to the goddess of death.
  • Exact Words: Tir Na Fal tells Tigre she prefers to be invoked at midnight, on top of a mound of corpses. When he's lost at sea during Torbalan's attack, the conditions are met. She never said it had to be on land, or that Tigre had to have participated in the killing.
  • Faking the Dead: Crown Prince Regnas, or to be exact Princess Regin, was thought to be dead after Zhcted's clash with Brune at the start of the story.
  • Fanservice: The real reason that all Vanadis are female, wear revealing clothing and inevitably gather around Tigre.
  • Fantastic Racism: Cargo variation: the people of Brune hate bow users and archery, considering it cowardly. Since the protagonist is The Archer, he gets no respect from the majority of his countrymen, no matter that he's got more and bigger achievements than any other character.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Asvarre corresponds to Britain, while Muozinel represents the Middle East and North Africa. Brune seems to be either France or the Holy Roman Empire, Zhcted resembles Germany or East European countries (specifically Russia, Poland or Hungary), and Brest corresponds to Mongolia. And Tigre figting Muozinel reapeats Jan III Sobieski tactics used in Battle of Lwów in 1675 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lw%C3%B3w_%281675%29.
    • Tigre's territory of Alsace resembles Alsace-Lorraine, territory once disputed between France and Imperial Germany (taken by Germany in the Franco-Prussian War and returned after World War One). Alsace is a territory at the edge of Brune that Elleanora of Zchted lays claim to due to capturing its lord.
  • Foil: Tallard Graham to Tigre. Tigre is an Earl, Tallard is a commoner who rose to a generalship. Both are exception archers, and both are brilliant military strategists. However, where Tigre would risk near anything to protect those is need and is loathe to sacrifice innocent people, Tallard is ruthlessly pragmatic and would do anything for his ambition.
  • For the Evulz: The reason why Ganelon was at a civil war with Thenardier?
    Ganelon: To kill time.
  • Foreshadowing: Zhcted's founding myth tells of a man claiming to be the incarnation of the Black Dragon, who gave his seven wives weapons that made them Vanadis. Another story talks about a man who received a black bow from a goddess and used it to become king. Tigre's bow is tied to the goddess of death, all seven Vanadis are falling for him, and Zhcted's current ruler is very old.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Although they do not get along now, Ellen defended Elizavetta from childhood bullies before either of them became Vanadis, inspiring Liz to become strong and independent. The latter is the only one who remembers.
  • God Was My Copilot: The black bow may or may not be the Avatar of the local death goddess.
  • God of Evil: Tir na Fal, goddess of death, darkness, and night. Possibly archers and archery as well. Subverted in that she's married to the God of Good, and that the two of them uphold up the Balance Of Good and Evil. Also subverted in that she's actively aiding Tigre.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: This is somewhat inverted. While most of the men do fight in close quarters, the main character Tigre fights exclusively with a bow, and the female Vanadis who surround him fight exclusively with close combat weapons such as swords, spears and staffs.
  • Handicapped Badass: Sasha. While she's the strongest of the current Vanadis who once took on three Vanadis and won, she can only fight at full strength for half an hour due to a debilitating illness.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Tigre, very much so. This combined with his Thanks for the Mammaries tendencies is mainly responsible for his Accidental Pervert status.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Averted. Tigre exclusively uses a bow in battle, and has no skill with the sword or other weapons.
  • Heroic Albino: Ellen.
  • Honor Before Reason: Out of all the knights and nobles in the series, the person most guilty of this? Tieta, who stays in Tigre's manor house when the town is being attacked by an enemy army, despite the local shrine guaranteeing sanctuary. Why? Because Tigre told her to watch the house for him.
  • Horse Archer: Tigre, despite being a commander of the Silver Meteor Army, often takes to the field to snipe enemy commanders from horseback.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Played with. Ellen tells Tigre she'd be okay with letting him marry Lim, whom she's quite protective of otherwise.
  • Ill Girl: Sasha, who's usually bed-ridden thanks to her illness. Valentina as well but she's faking it.
  • Important Haircut: Rurick had long hair until he shaved it bald because he was deeply humbled by Tigre's skill. And because Tigre's request to not punish the persons behind the shoddy bow saves Rurick's life. He later becomes Tigre's most important comrade.
  • Improbable Age: Many of the current Vanadis assumed their position around age 14, and they're all excellent combatants as well as administrators. Possibly averted since the Viralt choose their wielders, meaning the weapons take care to find wielders with both skill sets.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Tigre will hit his target, always. Even with a flimsy bow he's only fired twice. Even if he's shooting multiple arrows at once. Even if he has to angle the shot to rebound (though he's yet to do that in battle).
  • Irony: Duke Thenardier takes advantage of the king's grief over the death of the royal heir to try and claim the throne. Duke Thenardier's defeat comes about because he leaves a nigh-impregnable position to seek revenge for his own son's death.
  • It's Personal: Tigre and Duke Thenardier's duel is this on both sides. Tigre's angry about the attempted razing of Alsace and Batran's recent death, while Duke Thenardier wants revenge for his personal assistant and son.
  • Jerkass: Many antagonists, starting with Zaien Thenardier, are not just in opposing armies but are complete pricks.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Roland in Volume 3.
    • Batran in Volume 5.
    • Sasha in Volume 8. Though to be fair, it's her inherited condition that kills her, not the demon she fought.
    • Most of the leaders Tigre goes to war against.
  • Legendary Weapons: The Dragonic Tools from Zhcted, and Durandal of Brune.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: The black bow is another Legendary Weapon, but one so old that the stories about it have long since faded out of history.
  • Love Hurts: There are some surprisingly poignant discussions about the pain of loving someone of a different social class or nationality. Most obviously, Ellen and Tigre have some real UST but they're too aware of their roles and responsibilities to act on it.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Ellen waking Tigre up by jumping on his bed and sticking her sword in his mouth. His maid, Teita, is just as baffled and alarmed after the explanation as before it.
  • Meido: Teita, for Tigre.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The Brune's civil war. The sides are led by Duke Thenardier, Duke Ganelon, and Tigre.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Liz. It's her defining physical feature, and unfortunately she's somewhat traumatized by it.
  • Morph Weapon: The Dragonic Tool Muma, which can grow and shrink in size and change the shape of its blade.
  • Multishot: Tigre can do this without losing much force behind each arrow.
  • Naked First Impression: Tigre meets Sophia while she's bathing in a river, she trips and falls, he tries to catch her, and... .
  • Named After Somebody Famous: In-universe, Roland is named for the Roland who helped King Charles found the kingdom of Brune. Both pairs of Roland and Charles are named for Roland and Charlemagne (Charles the Great)note . Duke Ganelon and Vice-Commander Olivier get their names from the Ganelon and Oliver from The Song of Roland. Duke Thenardier is named for Monsieur Thénardier from Les Misérables.
  • National Weapon: Durandal for Brune. The Dragonic Tools for Zhcted.
  • Nice Guy: Tigre is a relaxed, thoughtful, kind young man... in a world that's lousey with civil wars, political maneuvering, and assassinations. His survival is directly attributable to his Nice Guy tendencies impressing the right people, and his bow skills actually being that good.
  • Nom de Guerre: Ellen is known as the Silvfrau and the Wind Princess of the Silver Flash, as well as the Meltis or the Danseuse of the Sword.note 
    • Tigre picks one up in volume five: Silvrash/Silver Flash, or "Star Shooter". It's given to him by the commander of Muozinel's army, and it turns out it's a title given to that country's best archers.
    • All of the Vanadis have names in the same vein, that either describe them personally or are associated with their Dragonic Tool.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Played with when Teita walks in on Ellen sitting on top of Tigre in bed with her sword down his throat. No, she wasn't trying to kill him, but what she was actually doing was even more bizarre and difficult to explain.
  • Ocean Awe: Played with. While Tigre never had an overwhelming fascination with the sea or desire to see it; upon doing so in Volume 6, he is struck speechless for a half hour.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Young Tigre managed to kill an Earth Dragon with a normal bow and arrow.
  • One-Man Army: Each Vanadis, capable of slaying a thousand men singlehandedly, as well as Roland qualify for this.
  • One Name Only: Only nobility are allowed to have last names.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Dragonic tools choose their master who then becomes the Vanadis of Zhcted.
  • Perma Stubble: Kind of weird to see Tigre sporting one of these in volume 8. Part of this is due to the volume artist changing hands sometime after Volume 5, which is why Volume 6 doesn't have any pictures apart from the volume cover.
  • Power Trio: For the Asvarre arc, it's Tigre, Matvey, and Olga of the Big, Thin, Short Trio variety.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Durandal.
  • Razor Wind: Ley Admos, the Dragonic Skill, or special technique, of Arifal.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Tigre.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming:
    • The name "Vanadis" comes from one of the names of Fryja from Norse Mythology.
    • From Slavic Mythology:
      • Zirnitra the black dragon.
      • Duke Thenardier's fortune teller's name Drekavac.
      • One of Ellen's villa in Vosyes Mountains, Kikimora Mansion.
      • Drekavac's associate Vodyanoy, a frog demon.
      • Torbalan
    • Bayard from Chanson de geste (song of heroic deeds)
  • Retractable Weapon: Lavias's haft can grow in length from its standard short size. Furthermore, the anime gives each Dragonic Tool a default rest mode that they leave once activated, and also does so for the legendary weapon Durandal.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Duke Thenardier's eventual defeat is directly caused by his need to avenge his son. He even recognizes he's committing a tactical error, but cannot bring himself to act in any other way.
  • Salt the Earth: In Volume 7, Tigre is forced to resort to this to hinder Prince Elliot's invading army of 30,000.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Many of the Vanadis, due to considering themselves superior to humans.
    Lyudmila: Would you be upset if a dog saw you naked?
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: All of the Vanadis are gorgeous, self-confident women, even the ones on the tomboyish side. When any of them feel the need to dress up, the results are never less than stunning.
  • Ship Tease: Tigre with Ellen so much, they'd be the Official Couple if it weren't for their statuses.
  • Shoot The Arrow: In Volume 7, Tigre shoots Hamish's arrow with his own while charging on horseback.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: The duel with Duke Thenardier invokes one, and ends with Tigre's arrow in Thenardier's forehead.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Ellen and Lyudmila are this to each other due to their differing backgrounds before becoming Vanadis.
  • The Social Darwinist: Duke Thenardier was raised as one. He killed all of his siblings during his rise to power, has exactly zero sympathy for anyone he considers weak (besides his son), and levies ridiculously high taxes on anyone who isn't somehow useful.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Tigre recognizes Brune's missing heir apparent when the latter tells the story of how the two first met, which neither of them have spoken about since then.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Ludmila, Ludmira or Lyudmila? Zaien or Zion? Ellenora or Eleanora?
  • Standard Hero Reward: In recognition of Tigre's heroics, the king awards Tigre an honorary knightly title. The prime minister is horrified, since the first, last and only person to receive the title married the princess and took the throne.
  • Summon to Hand: Most of the Dragonic tools. Tigre's bow can reconstruct itself under the right circumstances.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Teita is from an ancient priestly family. She remains a maid of the Vorn family to stay close to Tigre.
  • Suck Out the Poison: Tigre has to suck out the poison from Limlisha when a snake landed on her. Where did the snake bite her? Well...
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Regnas, the prince of Brune, is actually Regin, the princess of Brune, as Tigre discovers in Volume 4.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Elizavetta has heterochromatic eyes: one yellow, one blue.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: During Volume 5, Ellen and Lyudmila and their armies work together in the Silver Meteor Army for Tigre.
    • In Volume 9, Ellen and Liza grudgingly call a truce at Tigre's insistence.
  • Thanks for the Mammaries: Tigre's most common expression of Accidental Perverthood.
  • Title Drop: Near the end of Volume 1, Lim mentions a legend in which a man received a legendary black bow from a Goddess which made him undefeatable in battle. The man went on to become King, and was known as the Madan no Ou, or the King of the Magic Bullet.
  • [1]: Olga, the seventh Vanadis who travels the world and meets Tigre in Volume 6.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: For Lyudmila, this is tea. She carries a jar of it along with jam everywhere she goes.
  • Tragic Dream: The mercenary leader who raised Ellen and Lim had one. Only two people ever took him seriously, Ellen and Figneria. The latter killed him on a random battlefield.
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: Largely averted due to all the Vanadis being Shameless Fanservice Girls.
  • Unwanted Harem: Tigre. Volume 1 has Ellen and Lim teasing him by asking how many women he's seduced. He breaks double digits before the books do.
    • His personal maid, Titta, has been in love with him since childhood.
    • The Vanadis Eleanora falls in love at first sight, no matter what she says about "bow skill".
    • Limlisha warms up to him over time, but saving her from an assassination attempt (via sucking out the poison) is what crystallizes it.
    • Lyudmila initially expresses interest to get under Ellen's skin, but by the end of Brune's civil war she's come to admire his good qualities.
    • Brune's secret princess has an understandable admiration for the person who secured her throne, but it's implied she's carried a torch since their first meeting.
    • Olga falls in love with Tigre's chivalrous nature after he refuses to compromise his sense of honor time and again. She's the first girl to tell Tigre that she's in love with him.
    • Crosses that suspension bridge with Sophia, after rescuing her from Prince Elliot. Actually the Muozinel kidnappers whom she'd been sold to, but same difference.
    • An innocuous comment that Elizavetta's heterochromatic eyes are "like a cat's" makes him the first person to recognize that her eyes are just eyes and not anything mystical or symbolic.
  • Uriah Gambit: King Victor of Zchted is fond of these regarding the Vanadis, and the Vanadis know it.
    Elen explained about the fact that King Victor often ordered the dispatch of troops in order to chip/weaken a Vanadis’ power.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Gerard from Brune and Rurick from Zhcted.
  • Weapon of Choice:
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: The black bow has obliterated an entire city at least once before.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Sasha. Stands out because of how important they were to several other characters and arcs.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Insects: Ellen is terrified of insects.
  • World of Buxom: Most of the female characters have larger than average chests. This causes some consternation in those who do not.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lyudmila has blue hair, while Olga, the wandering Vanadis, has pink hair.

Alternative Title(s):

Madan No Ou To Vanadis