"I do not believe that a murderer could weep so piteously... He cried without making a sound. His tears fell like a soft, quiet rain..."
Crying Freeman, a 1986 manga illustrated by Ryouichi Ikegami and written by Kazuo Koike, follows the story of Yoh Hinomura, an internationally-renowned potter from Japan. A Chinese triad organization known as "The 108 Dragons" kidnapped Yoh and turned into an unwilling assassin: after sticking acupuncture needles in him and implanting post-hypnotic suggestions, Yoh became one of their best assassins, killing for the group whenever he is ordered to. Whenever Yoh kills, he cries out of remorse for his victims (hence the name of the series). When solitary artist Emu Hino witnesses one of Yoh's assassinations, the Dragons order him to eliminate her — but Yoh's love for Hino could become his salvation...Set in the same universe of Kazuo Koike's Duet, and presumeably Mad Bull 34.
Crying Freeman contains examples of the following tropes:
Accidental Pornomancer: Discussed as the reason why no woman will ever be able to kill Yoh: he's just such a perfect man, they cannot bring themselves to get rid of such beauty. The alternative? Sex.
A Man Is Not a Virgin: Seemingly averted, when Emu reveals she's never been with a man, she's surprised to hear Yoh make a similar confession, and amused when he gets a little flustered about her undressing. However, this is contradicted by a later chapter detailing more of his backstory, where the tattoo artist that puts the clan markings on him has sex with him.
Art Imitates Life: Koike intriduced the 108 Dragons as an enemy faction in Duet, only to find out there actually is a namesake gang in Hongkong later. Some gang members asked him if he could make a Rooting for the Empire spinoff and gave him a designer watch, so he outright turned them into the Villain Protagonist s.
Barbie Doll Anatomy: Completely averted for females. Male "equipment" is usually subject to some sort of censoring, but few panels avert even that.
Death by Sex: Subverted. Emu knew Yoh would kill her for witnessing one of his murders, and she didn't want to die a virgin. She asked him to have sex with her as her last wish; however, Yoh couldn't bring himself to murder her — so he made her his partner instead.
Hypocrite: At one point Yoh is confronted by an assassin who cannot comprehend why Yoh cannot be faithful to Emu, and mocks Yoh's definition of "family". The hypocrisy here is that the assassin in question raped somebody in the middle of a job.
Male Gaze: When Emu is waiting for Yoh to come after her, the reader is treated to a full-page spread of her showering, with an insert panel showing a closeup of her nipple. The series continues in a similar fashion.
108: The mysterious organization that employs Yoh is "The 108 Dragons".
The Other Darrin: Averted with the English dub of the sixth OVA installment; Steve Bulen and Edie Mirman, who voiced Yoh and Emu in the first five OVA installments (which were dubbed by Streamline Pictures), reprised their respective roles despite this one being dubbed in Texas by ADV Films.
Rape as Drama: At one point an associate of Yoh's, Dark Eyes, is violently raped in the middle of a job. After saving her and having her injuries tended to, Yoh allows her to face her rapist and kill him when confronted by the man.
Tiger Versus Dragon: Averted because it's the possible motif of Battle Couples in the 108 Dragons. Yoh has dragons tattooed on his body, and Emu gets tiger tattoos later on. Also, Hu Feng Ling has a full-splash of a tiger on the front part of her body and another on the back.