main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Literature: Expiry Date
A Web Serial Novel by Magic Conan 14 (aka Courage's admin) that can be read here. However, in the spirit of Tumblr, the latest chapters appear first. It's a story which was first published in 2013.

In 2014, there are creatures called Barcodes which are released to keep the inhabitants of Sezaria under control. Kieran and Dawn, the two protagonists, defeat the Barcodes and relieve the citizens of their fear.Some of the citizens, including Dawn's father and Kieran, are the Dated - their wrists have their expiry date on them. So, Dawn and Kieran try to live their lives as much as they can before the latter dies. However, Kieran's sister Electra, who's one of the Barcode creators for a group called Alkahest, won't make it an easy task...

Expiry Date contains examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Hideaki and Haruka get theirs in a side story called Different. Dawn receives a less extreme version in the first chapter and Daisuke gets his less extreme version during the fight focussing on him.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: ...everything but the "gentle" part works, because Dawn's an Action Girl who actually hogs the spotlight during the first Barcode battle.
  • Captain Obvious: The creatures are called Barcodes because they have barcodes on them. See Temporal Theme Naming for another example.
  • Cat Girl: Miyano-sensei, who was an experiment of Alkahest before becoming a teacher for the Dated.
  • Dual Tonfas: Dawn has a pair.
  • Humanity Ensues: Daisuke the bird can become human. Noting that he's very small as a bird, it's quite understandable.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Daisuke uses a laptop in combat - not by hitting people with it, but by typing commands with it.
  • Magic Pants: Averted with Daisuke, who has to gain his clothes from "who-knows-where" and dress himself before anything happens.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: Except for the Barcodes and the Dated, it's pretty much the same as the present - the end of the first chapter even mentions they still have to go to school. The world must have changed a lot in 2013.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Averted, big time.
  • Part Time Hero
  • Royal Rapier: Kieran has not one, but two dual wielded.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Kieran's name, depending on source, will vary in meaning but will always have one thing in common: the word "dark" - obviously referring to a darker time of day like dusk. Dawn is...well, dawn.
  • Title Drop: In the first Barcode battle. A bit ironic, if you observe it.
    Barcode: Your exss-piry date is today.
    Kieran: (after finishing off the Barcode and glancing down at his right wrist) Nope, it's your expiry date.
  • Triple Shifter
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Hey, wait a second...some of these tropes seem familiar...
Eternal BushidoWeb Serial Novel2001: A Space Odyssey

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy