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Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth where monsters and magic are the rule of the day, the main setting is the kingdom of Metallicana, threatened by a vast army of mages and their pawns who are trying to wake the sleeping god of destruction, Anthanthraxus.This series is centered on the virginal (this is a plot point, in fact) priestess Tia Noto Yoko and her adoptive brother, Luche Len-Len. What she finds out is that Luche contains within him the spirit of one of the most powerful sorcerers of all time, the infamous Exploder Wizard... Dark Schneider! Only a spell capped with a kiss from a virgin can unlock the spirit within Luche and save the kingdom!Now, this all sounds pretty much standard fantasy fare. The fun comes from some of the differences from the standard. Dark Schneider, when released, explains that he was killed by Yoko's father, and will kill the man in return. He also is the quintessential egomaniac — one of his better speeches is:
Dark Schneider: There is an invariable rule in men's battles, it states: 'An ugly, macho guy can never beat an intelligent, popular, slender and handsome hero.' Your fate was sealed when you showed up with your ugly face.
Dark Schneider is ruthless, promiscuous, arrogant and unstoppably powerful, but he's really less a Manipulative Bastard than a force of sheer chaos.Add in the other villains who turn into antiheroes when defeated by Dark Schneider, and the amusement value of many of the spells and locations which are named after 80s metal bands (Dark Schneider himself was named after Udo Dirkschneider from Accept, the country of Judas Priest, the samurai of the Iron Maiden who are fighting to avenge King Harris, knights named Bon Jovina and Lars Ul Metallicana, the extremely powerful spells Exodus and Megadeath...) and you get a romp. It's six episodes long, and only goes through the first three collections of the manga (which is currently up to volume 26), so it ends with a "hey, what now?" (Because of a potential blatantly ludicrous licensing fee to use them all, these names had to be all changed in the American release.) However, the manga has also been released in the US (with quite a good translation) up to volume 19 (Though at present, it seems Viz Media has abandoned the series).
This show provides examples of:
Aborted Arc / Missing Episode: Apparently, the drafts for several arcs were damaged/lost, so Hagiwara just skipped ahead. Volume 18 ends with DS fighting Porno Diano and a bizarre interlude with a host of angels watching the gates of Hell break open (IN SPACE). Volume 19 jumps ahead 4 years with DS and the Angels battling the Demons. It's very disconcerting. Hagiwara is slowly redrawing the missing arcs for the complete version.
The missing arcs are finally being released as of 2010.
It should also be known that the 6 episode series was supposed to be a full 8 covering the completion of the first arc and a battle between DS and Kall Su. Something about running low on money and someone important to the project going to jail... I don't recall exactly why the last two were cut.
After the End: The setting is 400 years after the destruction of our modern world because of the Apocalypse. Yeah, the biblical one.
Anti Anti ChristDS appears to have become one; he's certainly not on Satan's side.
Anti-Hero: Dark Schneider. Gara and Arshes Nei are Type V.
Nearly every female in the cast counts, really, but Porno Diane, Hell Lord Astaroth in her adult form, Michael and Gabriel stand out even in such a well endowed cast.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Porno Diane. She's actually the Archangel Gabriel, who lost badly to Satan in the backstory and was captured and turned evil. Dark Schneider snaps her out of it and she develops a huge crush on him as a result
Dark Schneider: Diamon, you bloodless fool, you forgot the most important rule of combat! You're the ugly, macho bad guy! Everyone knows the macho bad guy can't win, especially when he's fighting the exceptionally handsome and popular main character!
Gara also mentions during the cyclops battle in the anime that he can't just kill the enemy while off screen, then looks at the "camera" and tells the audience to "Watch this!".
Brother-Sister Incest: Nothing explicit is stated, but Uriel really, really loves his sister Amrael. Darsh even says outright: "It's like you're in love with your sister". And judging by their past, it wouldn't really be all that unexpected.
Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The 7 jeweles of Judas Pain. By activating them DS can become stronger than a Demon King, but he risks destroying his soul by using them, not mentioning that it's supposedly incredibly painful.
Dark-Skinned Blonde: Michael the Archangel. She most definitely does NOT have the associated stereotypical personality, though.
Defeat Means Friendship: Played with in a couple directions; the people he defeats and befriends in the anime and first part of the manga are former friends (he'd been dead for a while.) Some of the people he defeats he befriends, others he blasts in ludicrous gibs.
Groin Attack: The second episode had a ninja master named Gara infiltrate the castle of where the protagonists were currently staying from. Upon entering into the room of where both Luche and Yoko were sleeping in, Gara is quite surprised to see that Yoko is able to detect his presence and that he decides to introduce himself to her in an instant, but Gara is immediately cut short of his own introduction speech when Yoko throws a quick back mule kick to his groin from within an unexpected and surprising manner.
Hammerspace: Used extensively, the most obvious example being Dark Schneider's ability to produce full suits of clothes from nowhere. High ranking Angels and Devils can also regenerate clothing.
Megaton Punch: All four Archangels have a variant. Conrone has a literal Megaton Punch, with his ultimate attack having the power of an atomic bomb(which, despite what such a description might imply, seems to be one of the weaker attacks in the series, compared to the main character, who can destroy galaxies).
Nigh Invulnerable: You need some serious firepower to take down even mid-ranked Angels/Devils. Then there's the title character himself, who took this trope and ran a triathlon with it. His primary means of defense seems to be a shield spell called "Dispel Bound", which produces a number of shields to block any attack aimed at him. Each shield can take up to the force of a nuclear blast before breaking. And they can only be targeted one at a time. And they auto-regen. And he can repair them manually at positively absurd speeds. And in the unlikely event that you manage to get through that, you have to deal with his durability which allows him to take attacks that can destroy galaxies. And should you somehow manage to pierce these defenses, he possesses obscenely powerful healing abilities (of the sort that makes Wolverine look like a girl scout) and finally, he still can't be killed unless you destroy his body, spirit and soul in three different dimensions at the same time. What's truly scary is that there are people powerful enough to accomplish this (such as the Dragon Knight that killed him in the Back Story).
One-Winged Angel: Most high level Angels and Devils have an Augoeides, a powerful war-form capable of tremendous destruction. They require a lot of energy to maintain, however, and are used only as a last resort. The Dragon Knight was built specifically to fight them.
Powerata Price: Using the The Dragon Knight Lucifer takes a severe toll on Dark Schneider's body, spirit and soul. Overuse of it will completely destroy him, leaving nothing left, completely erasing him from existence.
Punny Name: Dark Schneider, named after Udo Dirkschneider, a German heavy metal singer. Most definitely not a Meaningful Name - while "Schneider" does mean "tailor" in German, it's also a perfectly normal surname.
Red Baron: "High King of Ice" Kall Su, "Thunder Empress" Arshes Nei, "Prophet of the Underworld" Abigail among others.
Refuge in Audacity: Dark Schneiders main modus operandi, and an example: During his battle with Porno Diane he let her rip his heart out, only to get close enough to kiss and fondle her boobs. And to check if she's a virgin (which she is if you're interested). Dark Scneider, the only man who can cause Demon Kings to have a Face Fault. Multiple times.
Satan Is Good: Well, not the guy named Satan, But rather Lucifer, who's not the same individual and by all accounts so far was a swell guy. And who also happens to have reincarnated as DS's sealed can, Lushe Len-Len. Yes, really.
He also used a sharingan in his fight with Porno Diane.
And around volume 19, Uriel transforms itself to fight a demon. An effect of that transformation is one half of his body change colour. Dark Schneider starts mocking him, calling him -among other things- a Baron Ashura rip-off.
Smug Snake: Many of the early villains fall into this category, which makes it all the more satisfying when Darsh kills them. May also describe Beelzebub, who falls to pieces after his plan to kill DS fails abysmally.
DS himself. I mean, come on, didn't you read the quotes in the article? Possibly justified since he's 400 years old, explodes things/people on a whim, and has yet to find a virgin he can't deflower. Also, the most epic mullet of all time. Ever.
Virgin Power: The seal on Dark Schneider can only be released through the kiss of a virgin.
Well, 80% virgin.
Vitriolic Best Buds: DS and Gara. Constantly Volleying Insults (DS calls Gara "Gorilla" and Gara never misses an opportunity to laugh at the wizard's misfortune especially if it involves Yoko) yet DS thinks of Gara as his little brother and Gara is willing to give his life for DS.
What the Hell, Hero?: In the first story arc of the manga (and in the anime), DS gets this a lot, and with good reason. While he's generally always one step away from being a Villain Protagonist, he causes ludicrous amounts of collateral damage to the castle and city he's supposed to protect. In the manga he goes as far as defeating a mutant cyclops with Healing Factor by vaporizing it with the magic equivalent of a hydrogen bomb, taking a good chunk of the city with it. In Yoko's words, "We were better off with the cyclops at this point!"