Manga / Cyborg Kuro Chan

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Huh? Those burning buildings in the background? Yeah, that happens a lot.

"The Strongest Cat Arrives!"
Kuro or mostly known as Kuro-chan is a watch cat, that protects his senile masters, from petty thieves, and generally acts like a normal kitty, who takes occasional naps.

One day, he embarks to confess his undying love... For a dog, but suddenly finds, that an arrow had been shot through his head...

Things get weird from there.

From cyborgs and robots, to aliens and demons, an ordinary watch cat turned cyborg, finds himself going on all sorts of wild adventures, with his friends and enemies, all while keeping the guise of a normal cat to his masters.

Oh, he also has a tendency to shoot things with his gatling gun. When that doesn't work, he uses his BFS instead.

The Manga series was created as a Shōnen in 1997 by Naoki Yokouchi, and was known for its quirky sense of cartoon style, frequent use of comedic violence, and gags. It was even said to be "like Astro Boy and Felix the Cat on acid."

It was later adapted into an Anime series, which in comparison with the original, was made more kid friendly, as in the deaths and blood of any kind were taken off.

Tropes:

  • Aliens Are Bastards:
    • The cyclops alien and the ancient cyclops aliens from the underground.
    • Romeo and Juliet fall into this sometimes, Shooting bullets at their friends while playing a game of Hanetsuki (Japanese Badminton without the net), Romeo kidnapping Mi and holding both Go and Kuro's masters hostage to okay a game, and threatening them with world destruction via their own child. See Enfante Terrible.
  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • There was a purple female cat in the anime version named Fukakyon who was overweight and had a thing for Kuro before moving onto Mi-Kun after a wild chase scene.
    • Hirosue also counts for this. She was suppose to be a robotic love bot dog made for Mi-kun's love sickness but obviously he didn't reciprocate...
  • Anti-Hero:
    • Kuro can be seen as this, as not everything he does is good and sometimes for his own benefit.
    • Dr. Go is considered the main antagonist in the beginning, but shows qualities of being one.
    • Mi as well.
  • Ax-Crazy: Pretty much all main characters show this, but Kuro, Matatabi, even Mi-kun sometimes take the cake.
    • Chieko as well, she nearly killed Kuro for ruining her relationship with a boy, kills a dog for scaring her- in the manga of course, and will use her powers to hurt/threaten those who annoy her.
  • Badass Adorable:
    • Kuro, Matatabi, Mi.
    • Nana can be considered one as well when she uses her bomb skills for a Die-Hard parody and a prison break.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Matatabi may not be a cyborg, but he has been able to par with Kuro and hold his own in fights, and is a carpenter that can make houses in one day.
    • Suzuki is considered to be one at times due to the multiple feats he goes through, even if he is abused a lot.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even Nana has her limits with Kuro, and will not hesitate to fight back with him.
  • Big Brother Instinct: As kittens, Matatabi inspires this in Kid (Kuro).
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them:
    • Despite disliking Nana's constant affections and being outright cruel sometimes, Kuro has displayed many times that he would rescue/protect her without a thought and worries about her, even if he does continue being sometimes mean to her anyway.
    • Kuro may pick fights or try to kill Matatabi (likewise with him) sometimes, but it is shown that he cares for him to a degree, they were close after all as kittens- almost brothers even.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: To be expected of Kuro, Mi and Matatabi sometimes too.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Both Kuro and Matatabi do this a lot, they default to normal kitties when playing nice.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Nana falls into this but only in the original. She was jealous of Megumi (who is human) when she held Kuro.
  • Creepy Child: Chieko was viewed as this by other girls in her old school.
  • Cool Pet: Kotaro has Dunk, a lion friend that is turned into a cyborg later in to save his life.
  • Cyborg: The main character as well as other cats, dogs, mice and a rat. Plenty of more where that came from.
  • Darker and Edgier: In some situations, the series is definitely more so like this in the original than in the anime.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Kuro known as Kid during his days as a kitten and Matatabi. From cat poachers, fighting off crows as well as cat gang fights that ended in a draw in the anime. Mi and Dr. Go as well.
    • Up to Eleven in the the original version, those poachers were just plain sick murderers that killed the cats for fun who were then shot dead by Kid (Kuro) instead of dying by rocks falling on them. There's also the crows literally mutilating and mauling the cats to death instead of just injuring them and finally Kid (Kuro) having to come back to a mess of dead cats after a violent gang fight instead of a draw. Yeah, tragic.
      • Mi as a little kitten had to watch his mother be torn apart by a dog literally, and eventually get his limbs torn apart from his body himself after trying to get revenge.
      • Go also had his hand torn off by the same creature more noticeably in the original than the anime in his and Mi's past.
      • Goro who is only in the original has this too, his drunken father abuses him and even abandons him under a tree when there's a fire, forcing Chieko to transfer his soul into a medium to save his life and lives as a robotic child for the remainder of the series until the final volume.
  • Enfante Terrible:
    • Romeo and Juliet spawn a small ball formed child that is able to conjure lasers capable of destroying buildings with a clean swipe and can go as far as into space and destroy a satellite, have sneezes that can cause small explosions and a demonic laugh and smile to boot.
    • There are 5 of them now after Suzuki pulled on its antenna.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Unintentionally, Kid (Kuro) gourged out Matatabi's eye with his claw in a struggle after he tried to stop him from going to his death in a fight with another group of cats after they had killed Riki (who was only injured in the anime) and wounded Grey, the surrogate father figure to both of them.
    • In addition, another flashback chapter had Kid clawing out a grown dog's eye in defense of Marie.
  • Fanboy: Kotaro. He even wears a costume that looks like Kuro. No, it's not what you think.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Mi can fall into this sometimes.
  • Heroic Fire Rescue: Megumi does this often, after all it IS her job.
  • Hyper Space Arsenal:
    • Although his default may be the boomerang and sometimes chainsaw, Matatabi has a whole stash of weapons that are impossible for a small cat to be carrying from within his cape.
    • He even uses an indestructible toothpick to destroy Kuro's Gatling gun, by shooting into it from a distance with his mouth, in the anime version.
  • Interspecies Romance: Mi-kun and Lily, though it ended in a farewell. Kuro and Pooly as well, but it was one-sided on his part, considering that we never really get to see what she thought.
    • In volume 8 on a camping trip, it's implied Kuro still had feelings for Pooly, after saying out her name in his sleep. Of course Nana is displeased, and demands to know who she is.
    • It's questionable how either romances could have worked out, though considering that both male cats were shorter, than the taller female dogs, and not to mention cyborgs.
  • Jerk W Ith A Heart Of Gold: Although Kuro's temper is awful, he's got a heart of gold, and will rescue his friends out of pinches.
  • Kick the Dog: Cats are no exception, but a lot of dogs are killed in the original version, mostly male dogs.
    • Pooly is badly injured by one stray arrow, in an ambush meant for Kuro, and Lily is abandoned by her owner, and nearly killed by a gang of stray dogs.
    • In the 4th chapter a whole multitude of cyborg dogs created by another evil scientist named Dr. Whitewoods, are dismantled by a trigger happy Kuro. The others are driven to insanity, by cyborg kittens who electrocuted them, and then urinated and defecated, inside their heads soon after. Only one of those things happen in the anime, guess which.
    • Chieko uses her ESP to kill a dog for barking at her, in the anime the dog only gets a threatening glare.
    • In the last volume, Kuro's surrogate mother Marie, was killed by a dog gang leader. In the same flashback chapter, many dogs were killed, or horribly mutilated by him, and Matatabi when trying to defend Marie, and also more when getting revenge for her death. The leader is eventually also killed by Grey.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Suzuki's students: A girl named Yoshino and a boy named Kazuma, display this with Suzuki, when they're about to get eaten by ancient aliens.
  • Lighter and Softer: Although the anime still has the same comedic violence, just compare it to the multiple deaths, injuries, and amount of blood shown the original has.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Kuro and Nana argue a lot like one.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Go, Dr. Whitewoods, and Tendo. They all use only animals (mainly cats and dogs) for their work.
  • Melodrama: There was a spoof of one in Episode 35, Kuro seems to like watching them.
  • Oedipus Complex: It's implied that Kuro as a kitten, may have had a crush on Marie (who is a dog). In the last volume in a flashback, while in the final battle, kitten Matatabi outright accused Kid (Kuro) of having one for his surrogate dog mother figure, before laughing out loud.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Before getting litteraly stabbed in the back (in the original only), Matatabi as a kitten used an angle plate corner brace, to behead several kittens to save Kid (Kuro) from getting killed.
  • Psychic Powers: Chieko has ESP, and is able to make people lose their bladder control, conjure up fire, and cause things (even animals and people) to explode.
  • Ret Gone: Pooly from the first chapter disappears and isn't seen again. Her name is referenced by Kuro in volume eight, but other than that... At least in the anime her disappearance was explained. However, she appeared in Extra Battle, a spin off of the manga.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The only three female dogs Pooly, Lily, and Marie (manga only), shown in the series fall into this, comparing them to the males.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: Nana proclaims herself to be Kuro's girlfriend / wife despite his objections. Let the games begin.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Kuro in regards to Nana, everyone else teases him about it to his fury. It is made clear, that Kuro does not share the same feelings for Nana, but he does care for her anyway. It's almost like another relationship.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: The two aliens Romeo and Juliet as their name implies, fall in this trope very much.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender:
    • It doesn't matter if you're a girl, if you annoy Kuro enough he'll bite back. Nana sometimes gets this treatment.
    • Even if Hirosue is a fem bot, Kuro and Mi had no qualms, over trying to beat her to a pulp.
  • Stalker with a Crush: In the anime version, instead of talking to Pooly, he always watched her from afar from a fence, until that one day where he was going to confess... But was interrupted.
  • Take Over the World: Dr. Go and his cyborg army of Mi, and the Nyan Nyan Army. He and Mi don't really seem to plot anymore as much, to the Nyan Nyan Army's fury.
  • Talking Animal:
    • Kuro and Mi due to cybernetics. Matatabi although still a "normal" cat with no cybernetics is able to do this too. Fukakyon as well, who showed up for one episode in the anime.
    • Dunk could qualify but he doesn't speak, he communicates through words on a board, that come from his head.
  • Those Two Guys: Yoshino and Kazuma are the only two out of Suzuki's class (until Chieko comes along), who are seen more frequently than the others. They appear together in the last chapter of the manga as well before it ended.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Kuro as a kitten named Kid, used to be more naïve like than anything. Before his first two shots of a gun that is.
    • Mi as well, though he's nicer than Kuro he still has his moments too.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
  • Kuro had a moment with Nyan Nyan Army No. 3 before beating him up like the rest.
  • Nana and Megumi are friendly with one other, but in the original Nana initially disliked Megumi. Both also have no problem with ramming their vehicles, into each other in what used to be a simple snowball fight. The anime has none of this though.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Nana. When she thought Kuro was in danger, she rammed her bus into Megumi's firetruck, causing it to crash into a train stairway. Yikes.
  • Weaponized Animal: Every cyborg in the series, this is apparent in the first chapter / episode.
  • Wild Hair: Chieko has voluminous hair, she is teased at first for this.

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