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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 1-5 establish the first Story Arc; the Brune Kingdom's civil war, 6-7 covers the Asvarre Kingdom's civil war, and 8+ tells of the inner turmoil going on in the Zhcted Kingdom. A manga adaptation is currently in development by Yanai Nobuhiko which is currently on Volume 3, and an anime adaptation has been announced as well, which will premiere in October 2014.

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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, capable of cleaving through shields, helms, and armor like paper.
  • Accidental Pervert: Tigre's hands seem to be magnets for women's chests.
  • Action Girl: Any of the seven Vanadis count as well as Limlisha.
  • Adipose Rex: Prince Jermaine of Asvarre.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Tigre after the events in Volume 7.
  • Ancestral Weapon: The black bow of the Vorn family which is currently in Tigre's possession.
  • 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 specialty. In fact, he's not skilled 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; however, he failed due to Arifal's wind barrier and Tigre's decisive action.
    • In the second volume, Duke Thenardier sent an assassin group called the Seven Chains to kill Tigre. Their first attempt had six of them die with Tigre killing the first, Lim killing the second and being poisoned in the process and Mira killing four. The last survivor later appeared, but instead of going after the intended target tried to kill either of the two Vanadis after they were exhausted from fighting each other. However, Tigre killed him just in 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 is the most prominent example.
    • 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 seeing anyone go through what the citizens of Alsace had to, as shown in Volume 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.
  • 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. They fight a civil war.
  • Chick Magnet: Tigre, however the romance aspect of the series isn't brought up as much as the focus of the series is more on the wars than any Ship Tease.
  • Civil War: The first five volumes of the series are focused on the civil war in Brune between Duke Thenardier and Duke Ganelon.
    • Asvarre also suffered its own civil war when Prince Germaine and Prince Eliot fought for its undisputed throne from Volume 6 to Volume 7.
  • 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: This is Ellen's style of fighting.
    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.
    • Tigre and Ellen do one at the end of Volume One. Enough to snipe a dragon from the sky.
      • They do it again to destroy the gate of the fortress Mira was held up in.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: The author really loves using these kinds of guerrilla tactics with the heroes usually being outnumbered compared to their enemies.
  • Cool Big Sis: Sophia is this to Ellen and Lyudmila, and Sasha is this to Ellen.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: 5000 versus 25000. The winner? The 5000-man Zhcted army, who curb stomped the entire 25000-man Brune army. The aftermath is also where Ellen meets Tigre.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Teita, Lyudmila and Sasha.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The black bow that Tigre uses can shoot an arrow that can pierce through anything. However, this technique also makes Tigre tired. In fact, his predecessor who used the bow ended up dying because he used his life to fire off a shot.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: The royalty of Brune has become this after Prince Regnas's disappearance and the resulting insanity and illness of the king.
  • Death from Above: One of the applications of Shero Zam Kafa, the Dragonic Skill of Lavias, is to create a massive amount of icicles that 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 to leave Brune with the Zhcted army to assist Sasha because her territory is being invaded by another Vanadis, leaving Tigre without the majority of his forces and his strongest warrior.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Duke Thenardier finds out Duke Ganelon killed Roland just for failing to kill Tigre and Ellen, he was disgusted, mostly because Roland had other uses.
  • Elemental Powers: Each of the Dragonic Tools channels a specific element:
  • Empathic Weapon: Each of the Dragonic Tools has some sentience, and Tigre's black bow later communicates with him through telepathy after he calls on its power to defeat Roland, and after he uses it on its own to escape the ruined catacombs under Artishem.
  • Faking the Dead: Crown Prince Regnas, or to be exact Princess Regin, was thought to be dead when Zhcted had a clash with Brune, aka the start of the story.
  • Fanservice: There's a reason that all Vanadis are female, busty, wear relatively revealing clothing and inevitably gather around Tigre.
  • Fantastic Racism: An odd variation; citizens and nobles of Brune hate people using bows because it's considered cowardly, preferring to use good ol' fashioned swords. And since the protagonist is The Archer, they usually look down on him because he can't use swords. Never mind him racking up a lot of kills, sniping enemies from far away, and being way more competent than them.
  • 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 or Hungary), and Brest corresponds to Mongolia.
  • Foil: Tallard Graham is this to Tigre. While Tigre is an Earl, Tallard is a commoner who rose to his position. Tallard is blond with blue eyes, while Tigre is a brown-eyed redhead. Both are exceptionally skilled with the bow, and both are brilliant military strategists. However, Tigre would risk near anything to protect those is need, and is loathe to sacrificing innocent people, while Tallard is ruthlessly pragmatic when he deems it necessary, is extremely manipulative, and would do anything for the sake of his ambition.
  • For the Evulz: The reason why Ganelon was at a civil war with Thenardier?
    Ganelon: To kill time.
  • 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. Arguably the strongest of the current Vanadis, capable of taking on three Vanadis and winning, yet only able to 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: Why Roland and the Navarre Knights attacked Tigre.
    • Also the reason why the nation of Brune despises bows that badly.
  • Horse Archer: Tigre, being a commander of the Silver Meteor Army, is often on horseback when commanding the troops and fighting with his bow.
  • 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. That and he did forgive them for lending out a flimsy bow. He then becomes Tigre's most important comrade.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Tigre will hit his target no matter what. Even if he's just using a flimsy bow after only practicing with it with two shots.
  • It's Personal: Tigre and Duke Thenardier's duel consists of nothing but this. Tigre's motivation is for the latter's orders to raze Alsace and inadvertently killing Batran, while Duke Thenardier's motivation is for killing his son and his closest aide.
  • Legendary Weapons: The Dragonic Tools from Zhcted and Durandal of Brune.
  • Jerkass: Many antagonists, such as Zaien Thenardier.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Roland in Volume 3.
    • Batran in Volume 5.
    • Sasha in Volume 8. Though to be fair, this was more her succumbing to her fatal disease than actually getting killed off.
    • Many prominent villainous characters Tigre goes to war against.
  • Meido: Teita is this to Tigre.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The civil war of Brune consists of Duke Thenardier, Duke Ganelon, and Tigre's army.
  • 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 when trying to kill multiple enemies and 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 knight Roland who helped the founder of the kingdom of Brune, King Charles. The aforementioned Roland and Charles are named for Roland and Charlemagne (Charles the Great)note . Duke Ganelon and Vice-Commander Olivier are also named for 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.
  • 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: A young Tigre manages to kill an Earth Dragon by burying it in a landslide.
  • 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: A Dragonic tool chooses its 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 Baron: Ellen is known as the Silvfrau - the Wind Princess of the Silver Flash - and the Meltis - the Danseuse of the Sword.
  • 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.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Batran was killed by a cave-in, this was Tigre's mindset when he met up again with Duke Thenardier before Ellen snaps him out of it.
  • Salt the Earth: In Volume 7, Tigre is forced to resort to this to hinder Prince Elliot's invading army of 30,000.
  • Ship Tease: Tigre with Ellen so much, bordering on Official Couple if it weren't for their statuses.
  • Shoot The Arrow: In Volume 7, Tigre shoots Hamish's arrow fired from a longbow with his own arrow while charging towards him on horseback, and shoots Hamish soon after.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Tigre's duel with Duke Thenardier 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.
  • Something Only They Would Say: How Tigre knew that Regin was the crowned prince, well princess, was an incident only the two of them would know. Specifically about him shooting a bird when they were kids and cooking it for her. Both didn't tell anyone because if word got out that the prince(ss) ate a bird from a kid hunter, Tigre would be in a lot of trouble.
  • Summon to Hand: Sophie states that this is a power she can use with her Dragonic Tool Vaht, and uses it in Volume 7 to recover Vaht after it was thrown into the ocean in order to fend off the Muozinel pirates attempting to abduct her.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Is it Ludmila, Ludmira or Lyudmila? Zaien or Zion? Ellenora or Eleanora?
  • Subordinate Excuse: The reason why Teita who was the daughter of a shrine maiden wished to be a maid of the Vorn family is to be 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 had to call their truce after Tigre's intervention.
  • Thanks For The Mammaries: Tigre's modus operandi of Accidental Perverthood.
  • The Social Darwinist: Duke Thenardier is this due to his upbringing by his father. He killed all of his siblings to rise to power, and holds no sympathy for anyone he considers weak besides his son, which is why he decides to raze Alsace to the ground and and levies ridiculously high taxes on anyone he considers useless or weak.
  • 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.
  • Token Mini-Moe: 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.
  • Unwanted Harem:
    • Tigre has been unintentionally developing one over the course of the story as many around him start to show interest.
      • Starts off with his personal maid, Titta, due to their childhood friendship.
      • Gains the Vanadis Eleanora after she witnesses his incredible bow skill.
      • Gains Ellenora's general, Limlisha, after saving her from an assassin's poisoning.
      • Gains the Vanadis Lyudmila after fighting alongside her to repulse an invasion from Muozinel.
      • Gains the lost princess, Regin, after helping her rise to the throne of Brune and ending the kingdom's civil war. Though it could be argued that its because Regin remembered Tigre from their childhood.
      • Gains the Vanadis, Olga, after fighting alongside each other during the Asvarre civil war.
      • Gains the Vanadis, Sophia, after freeing her from the captivity of Prince Elliot.
      • Gains the Vanadis, Elizavetta, after he makes a remark that he finds her heterochromatic eyes "like a cat's" when they first meet. Unlike every other person she had met, who either loathed her eyes or fervently worshiped them, Tigre saw and treated them, and her by extension, as they were.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Gerard from Brune and Rurick from Zhcted.
  • Weapon of Choice:
  • Why Did It Have to Be Insects?: Ellen is terrified of insects.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lyudmila has blue hair, while Olga, the wandering Vanadis, has pink hair.
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