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Manga: Blood Lad

Otaku vampire and ruler of the East district of Hell, Staz Charlie Blood, falls in love (and bloodlust) at first sight with Fuyumi Yanagi, a Japanese schoolgirl who accidentally enters hell. Unfortunately for the smitten Staz, she is killed while he is fighting an intruder on his territory. Her ghost remains in hell and Staz embarks on a quest to resurrect her by implanting her spirit and bones in new flesh.

The manga tends to subvert or parody some action/battle manga tropes, and various characters are Genre Savvy. A anime adaptation debuted in the Summer 2013 Anime season.

character list.

Not to be confused with Aqua Lad.

Provides examples of:

  • Aloof Big Brother: Braz. A megane bishonen whose motivations are unclear. Does he want to kill Staz for his great power, or did he seal him to save him from power overload? Expect fangirls to turn him into a Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend any day now.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Braz. He's a Manipulative Bastard whose intentions have not been revealed. Does he have good intentions? Think that he has good intentions? Is he just plain evil?
  • Badass Normal: Fuyumi's father is described by Hydra Heads, a MASSIVE three-headed dragon, as the only man he has ever feared.
  • Berserk Button: Calling a certain leader of North Demon World a pig:
    I'M NOT A PIG!!! I'M A BOAR!!
    • Do not mock the Kamehameha or Staz will take you down.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Bell wants to find the guy who stole her magic… so she can make him her "lover boy". Later, after Staz unlocks his power, she realizes that she finds Staz incredibly attractive because of his strength.
  • Bishōnen: Braz D. Blood.
  • Bland-Name Product: Hell has a clothing brand called Oniqlo.
  • Blood Knight: Wolf. He just wants a Worthy Opponent you guys!
  • Bound and Gagged: How Fuyumi is delivered to Staz when he orders his men to bring her to him.
  • Charm Person: Staz can control the minds of mortals with his saliva. Originally, it was used to subdue those he bit but he figured it had other uses and collects it in a spray bottle to instantly mind-control without biting.
  • Clothing Damage: During her fight with Staz, Bell just barely squeezes out of his giant hand but gets the bottom half of her outfit pulled off.
  • Cock Fight: Staz and Wolf fight, with the winner getting Fuyumi.
  • Cool Gate:
    • Bell can create Black Curtains between any two places, not just between Earth and Hell. Papladon Akimu can also create these with his magic rings. Later it is revealed that Bell's brother Knell and father Hydra Heads can also do this.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: After Fuyumi abruptly dies in the beginning, she comes back as a ghost.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Staz can walk in broad daylight (albeit not comfortably), eat garlic, and is unafraid of crosses.
  • Death by Origin Story: Fuyumi gets eaten by a plant monster at the beginning of the story, reincarnating as a ghost who was eventually given a new flesh but also a constant helping of Staz's blood to keep herself tangible.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Bell. A family trait she and Knell inherited.
  • Doppelgänger: A altered take on the myth in what happens when they meet with one of them being from the human world and the other from the demon world. Instead of one of them dying the two fuse together as one being when they meet one another.
  • Dumb Blonde: Knell is pretty ditsy and seems outright dumb when next to his pretty sharp sister, Bell.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Staz and Braz
  • Emergency Transformation: Staz has to give Fuyumi some of his blood when she starts disappearing in the mortal world. This doesn't turn her into a vampire, but does give her the strength to stay tangible and "access to the first level of [his] vampire powers".
  • Everyone Is Related
  • Fanservice: Fuyumi's and Bell's huge bazongas and their frequent outfit changes, and lots of Shirtless Scenes from Staz.
  • Finger-Suck Healing: Inverted: When Fuyumi sucks Staz's finger, it's she who heals.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Fuyumi and Bell actually met when they were kids at the time their moms fused into one. Flashbacks show they even played together for a while.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Papladon Akimu, both figuratively and literally.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Staz thinks the "bloodsucking wannabe noblemen" vampire image is dumb, and doesn't see why he should go terrorizing humans when they make awesome things like anime and video games.
  • Fusion Dance: What happens if you meet your mortal/infernal doppelganger, which is how Fuyumi and Bell wound up as half-sisters.
  • Genre Savvy: Staz at one point asks why he should let Braz unlock his powers so he can fight Papladon Akimu because it will just pointlessly delay him. Mamejiro assumes that Wolf's motivations for conquering all of the territory of Hell are because he wants to regain his place as an aristocrat and fanboys over how "heartwarming" it is, which Wolf promptly subverts by thinking that it isn't.
    • When Staz goes to visit Fuyumi's school, he says he can just pretend he's a transfer student like they do in manga.
  • Gas Mask Long Dress: Liz.
  • Girl Meets Ghoul
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Wolf is half werewolf, surprise surprise.
  • Hell Gate
  • I Just Want to Be You: Shapeshifting Yoshida gets to impersonate his idol Staz while Staz is out of town, so that a territory war doesn't ensue. Yoshida is a little too happy about this, though it's Played for Laughs.
  • Informed Attribute: Apparently all Demons believe that It's All About Me, yet most of the demons throughout the story have engaged in altruistic acts.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Staz is very fascinated with human pop-culture, especially Japanese pop-culture.
  • I Own This Town: Staz and Wolf are Lords of the East and West districts of hell respectively. They collect rent from their tenants and must fight challengers to their power.
  • Just Between You and Me:
    Bell (to Fuyumi): "Just between us girls."
  • Kill the Cutie: Fuyumi, at the very beginning of the story. She gets better, though as a Cute Ghost Girl.
  • Klingon Promotion: Whomever kills the ruler of a district becomes the new one.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Neyn will protect her daughter, even if it means her daughter has to remain as a ghost and Staz has to die.
  • Left Hanging: The anime ends on a cliffhanger leaving several loose ends. An OVA was released, but it does little to resolve anything.
  • The Legions of Hell
  • Large Ham: Due to the nature of the series, most characters will engage in this at least a bit. The most noteworthy ones are Staz, Bell, Papladon Akimu, Sabao and of course Siam Kid, the leader of "Team Fearless." Special mention goes to Chief of Police Goyle of Demon World Acropolis. While normally calm, stoic and respectful, when he gets angry the Ham is so strong that his anger actually manifests as the dragon-shaped "Angry".
  • Long-Range Fighter: Staz.
  • Love Triangle: Both Staz and Wolf like Fuyumi.
    • Another with Staz, Fuyumi and Bell a type 5 with Fuyumi being C, Staz B, and Bell A.
    • Neyn, Heads (Bell and Knell's Dad) and Fuyumi's Dad after the fusion.
  • Mad Scientist: Two! Braz and the lazily-named Franken Stein.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Braz.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Fuyumi gets eaten by one.
  • Meaningful Name: The Blood siblings are vampires. Hydra Bell gives her namesake to Fuyumi as a way of summoning her for help.
  • Megane: Braz and Goyle.
  • Monster Lord: Staz, Wolf, heck, it's easier to list the named characters that aren't Demon royalty of some sort.
  • Ms. Fanservice
    • Fuyumi, of the Reluctant type. She quite literally changes from one sexy outfit to another, as well as getting naked. She usually ends up sucking on something, be it Staz's fingers, baby bottles when sick, etc.
    • Bell is the Shameless type.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: If they want to remain separate people, that is.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Come on, it's a battle manga.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: When Braz removes the bullet he has implanted in Staz's heart to seal his powers.
  • Nosebleed: Wolf gets this after seeing Fuyumi dressed in a Playboy Bunny style costume.
    "Is he getting excited over the girl?!"
    "You can't find that sort of cheesy reaction even in Shounen manga these days."
  • Occidental Otaku: Staz loves Japanese pop culture, but it's slow to filter down to Hell, and he's never been to Japan. In attempt to impress Fuyumi, he dons his hilarious idea of what an average Japanese person wears. The first thing he does when he meets Fuyumi is ask her about manga and games.
    • As a prime example of how outdated his collection is, he's completely shocked to discover that there's more than one Final Fantasy game.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Because some of them are vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, etc. apparently.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They all live in hell as a species of demon, and their powers vary wildly. Staz, for example, can crush a person's heart by clenching his fist, and suck out their demonic energy - "miasma" - to heal himself after he has bitten them, through implanting one of his teeth in the bite. He doesn't have to drink blood and can withstand sunlight and garlic. He can also use Mind Control on people who have touched by his saliva.
  • Papa Wolf: Hydra Heads when it comes to his kids and Fuyumi. Also, Fuyumi's dad, who is the only one that had ever scared Heads. It proves that you don't have to be a man of action to be a papa wolf.
  • Pipe Pain: Wolf's weapon of choice.
  • Playboy Bunny: Fuyumi wears a School Swimsuit with fake bunny ears and a tail during the wrestling match,as she is appointed the "Ring Girl".
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Fuyumi.
  • Power Limiter: The bullet that Braz shot Staz in the heart with
  • Puni Plush: Only the girls' designs, interestingly — the guys are drawn a lot more sharp-edged.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Division Chief Goyle.
  • Romantic Vampire Boy: Staz, albeit one lacking the usual "rich vampire sex god" perks.
  • Sailor Fuku: Fuyumi wears one.
  • Secret Diary: When Bell loses the bottom half of her clothes during a fight with Staz. She's more concerned that he'll find out what she wrote in it, while drunk.
  • Seinen: Is serialized in Young Ace, a Seinen magazine.
  • Shout-Out: Done here and there. At one point Staz dives out of a floating continent in an Astro Boy pose and then fights like Akira from Virtua Fighter while quoting him.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Staz has one with his siblings Liz and Braz.
  • Shapeshifter: Yoshida.
  • Shirtless Scene: Pretty much the entire boxing match between Staz and Wolf, as well as in Bell's room.
  • Species Surname: The Wolf and Hydra clans are werewolves and have a multi-headed dragon as a patriarch respectively.
  • Spell Book: The Book of Resurrection.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": It's not uncommon to see members of the Blood family have their name rendered as "Vlad" in English, despite official material saying otherwise due to both being spelled exactly the same in katakana. The age-old L/R confusion rears its ugly head in regards to Blood T. Liz/Riz, with the most common evidence to the latter is the jumpers worn by prisoners in her private jail having "B-T-R Prison" printed on the back.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted when Staz is kicked before he can finish charging his Kamehameha.
  • Team Pet: Mamejiro, a 3-eyed miniature panda. Yes, really.
  • Third Eye: Satie and Mamejiro.
  • Trapped in Another World: Fuyumi is stuck in hell.
  • Under Boobs: Bell shows these when fighting.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Staz doesn't like to drink blood, though the only reason he gives is "BECAUSE I'M ME!!!". Fuyumi is the first person he wants to drink the blood of, so perhaps he only wants to drink the blood of those he is attracted to. He also wants to rebel from the traditional vampirism of his family, because he hates them, so perhaps that is why.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Episode 3, courtesy of Fuyumi after she meets Wolf for the first time.
  • Weapon of Choice: Exaggerated with Braz. He seems to be obsessed with Revolvers since most of his tools are made to look like one in some way.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime, there's a subplot about one of Staz's models getting broken by his minions while he's away. It's treated as big deal when its brought up, but nothing ever comes of it.

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