Manga / Dragon Half
Not to be confused with Dragon Pink.

Dragon Half is a seven volume Ecchi fantasy manga, starring the titular half-human, half-dragon teenage girl Mink. It was made into a two-episode gonzo comedy anime. Basically, the story is an Affectionate Parody of fantasy as a genre, with plenty of Fanservice and self-referential humor.

Mink goes on a grand adventure as she pursues the man of her dreams, singing idol Dick Saucer. Unfortunately for Mink, Dick Saucer is a dragonslayer as well as a singer... and further complicating Mink's pursuit of the studly Saucer is Princess Vina, the daughter of the king, who also desires his attention. While a powerful sorceress, the princess has an unfortunate tendency (inherited from her mother) to turn into small blob of intelligent slime at inopportune times.

Prodded by his daughter and seeking revenge on Mink's father (a royal dragonslayer who "betrayed" the king by running off and marrying the dragon he was supposed to slay), the king sets several plots in motion against her, including sending out an assassin, a brain-dead, underfed knight who stores his lightsaber in his head; and hiring Saucer himself to slay the "disguised" dragon. Ultimately, Mink overcomes these obstacles, and finds herself competing in a fighter's tournament just for a chance to meet her idol.

Although the anime is mostly silly, the manga is both silly and epic. It also features some very strong Art Evolution.

This show provides examples of:

  • Accidental Kiss: How Mink first met Dick Saucer her future husband.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Invoked and lampshaded in the anime, which cut out the scenes that would have given Dug Fin an introduction and motivation, but left in his appearance in the battle tournament (where he still promises revenge for something that happened in the cut segment.) When the characters express confusion, he rewatches the previous episode, flips his lid on realizing his introduction was cut, and declares that he'll get revenge on them anyway.
  • And the Adventure Continues
  • All Genes Are Co-Dominant: Mink
  • Art Shift: Accompanied by the voices becoming higher when the characters (bad guys included) go into their chibi appearance.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Rogue's robots are this at best, and flat out useless at worst.
  • Belly Buttonless: Lampshaded when Lufa asks why Mink has a belly button if she hatched from an egg.
  • Big Bad: Azatodeth.
  • Blob Monster: Slimes are small, cute, harmless versions of these.
  • Butt Monkey: It sometimes seems like most of the cast qualifies, but Rosario in particular stands out. Damaramu would, too, but he's completely oblivious.
  • Catch Phrase: Damaramu made a blunder (of a lifetime). Sometimes rendered as "I, Damaramu, shall regret this."
  • Clipped Wing Angel: Princess Vina turns back into a slime when defeated.
  • Clothing Damage:
    • This happens to Mink in the Tournament Arc scene.
    • And lots more in the Manga.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: Very, very little is actually capable of harming Mink; most of the time the strategy used by her allies is to stand behind her while she obliterates everything.
  • Combining Mecha: Damaramu, after getting defeated the first time, managed himself a cybernetic body made with Super Alloy Z and a flying ship he could combine with in UFO Robo Grendizer-style.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure:
    • The heroes defeat Mig the first time by (accidentally) pulling his pants down (see Goofy Print Underwear below).
    • Later, Vina uses a picture of Mig in his underwear as blackmail material, and tends to yank his pants down whenever she feels like it.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment. Mig's torture spells are strangely specific, creating effects like the sensation caused by chugging ten bottles of Tabasco sauce in one go.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Mink
  • Christmas Cake: The Earth General, who freaks out when Mink calls her an old maid on her first appearance.
  • Cyclops: The guy who tests Mink before the tournament has only one eye.
  • Description Cut: When Mink thinks that the four generals now must be happy and imagines them partying together, a cut panel immediately shows three of the generals fighting for the Ralph's affections.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: That bomb Damaramu uses is in an... interesting location.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: ... Master Gill. ... Talks like this.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Three Rogue's robots (Navel 08, Dark Cherry, and Apple) are all named after fruits (Navel 08 is a reference to Cara cara navel oranges).
  • Epic Fail: The escape attempt.
  • Finishing Move: Dick Saucer's Saucer Special. Which he doesn't use, because right as he's about to fire it, he realizes he's late for a concert.
    • In the manga, it's a Zorro Shout-Out that carves a giant S into his enemy. Royce ends up with a similar move that carves a giant R.
  • Flying Brick: Mink is near indestructible.
  • Forgets to Eat: Damaramu
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Mana uses one to punish Royce's Casanova tendencies when she doesn't feel like breathing fire on him.
  • Genki Girl
  • Genre Savvy: Mink, sometimes.
  • Good Bad Translation: The "Godslayer of Hit Points", which was retained for the subtitles on the DVD version.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Mig's Teddy Bear undies, which prove to be his greatest weakness.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Mink, Vina, Pia, Dick.
  • Hermetic Magic: The ritual Vina uses to become human.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Pia's parents, while being held hostage by the demon lord Azatodeth, decide that if they no longer be needed as hostages, Azatodeth will let them go, because he "looks fairly gentle". Azatodeth is quick to dissuade them.
  • Humanity Ensues: The People Potion can turn monsters into humans.
  • Improvised Golems: Vina was able to summon a Golem larger than herself out of the palm of her hand the first time she met Mink.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Everywhere.
  • Interspecies Romance: Where to begin? In the manga, you get: human x dragon, human x Slime, human x naga spider...
  • Killer Rabbit: Mappy
  • Large and in Charge: Azatodeth is bigger than mountains.
  • Laser Sword: Damaramu has one that he ends up getting stabbed through the skull with.
  • Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: Damaramu and Dug Finn are seen still alive, bobbing in the lava around the arena after the fighting tournament.
  • Laxative Prank: Rosario attempts this on Mink... who passes it onto Saucer.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: After being a lecherous butt monkey for the entire run of the manga, Mink's father effortlessly kills one of the most dangerous enemies in the series in one hit when it makes the mistake of trying to take his wife hostage.
  • Leitmotif: Saucer~~!
  • The Load: Rufa, played for humor. She usually doesn't bother to attack or do anything at all helpful. When she does use her magic she inevitably hits Mink instead of the monster, and it isn't always an accident.
  • Magic Wand: Lufa's Lightning Cane with which she usually ends up electrocuting herself every time she tries to use it.
  • Medieval European Fantasy
  • Medium Awareness: Characters occasionally remark that they are in a comic strip. Vulcante in particular knows he can't attack Mink yet as it's the end of the chapter and claims he can't be a minor character, as he gets a dramatic closeup at the top of the page.
    • In the anime, during his fight with Mink, Dug Fin claims he's seeking revenge for something Mink did, and she tells him that those scenes were edited out. He pulls out a VCR and a copy of the tape and watches it.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Happens once to Rufa. She immediately smashes it.
  • Missing Steps Plan: The king's plan:
    Step 1: Kill Mink
    Step 2: ?????
    Step 3: Marry Mink's mother
  • No Accounting for Taste: You'd think being married to an incredibly powerful, jealous dragon who is also an incredibly beautiful woman would be plenty of incentive to stop skirt-chasing, but...
  • Noblewoman's Laugh
  • No Fourth Wall: One character is incensed that he was edited out of the first episode.
  • The Ojou: Vina
  • Organ Dodge: Damuramu survives being stabbed in the head with his own energy blade, because his brain is just that small.
  • Pervert Dad: Mink's father..., along with King Siva.
  • Plot Hole: Parodied with everything regarding Dug Fin, capped by this immortal line:
    Dug Fin: I don't care about story continuity, I'm going to kill you anyway!
  • Prophecy Twist: Mink is told that if she undergoes a second ecdysis, a horrific monster will appear. Everyone assumes that Mink will turn into said monster. Instead, the monster appears as a birthmark on Mink's butt.
  • Punched Across the Room: The final fight during the anime.
  • Refuge in Audacity
  • Ring Out: The final fight during the anime.
  • Rocket Punch: One of the Rogue Fin's robots is equiped with one. Parodied because the robot is so incompetently built that it screams "Rocket Punch!" and shoots its head instead.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Overlord Dead Lie.
  • Schizo Tech: Is a Medieval European Fantasy with TVs, trains, VCRs, CDs, air planes and space shuttles.
  • Schmuck Bait
    • Averted. The king lays a trap for Mink that involves placing Dick Saucer concert tickets on the ground to trigger the trap. When Mink finds the tickets though, she assumes some poor girl dropped the tickets and refuses to take them.
    • And sometimes played straight, like in the Azatodeth's castle. Rufa sees a buffet offering "Help yourself to some refreshing juice. (Especially Mink.)", and immediately gives Mink the juice. Of course, it's a trap.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Pia, in the finale.
  • Shout-Out: Examples go here.
  • Shrunken Organ: One character is undamaged by a sword through the head because his brain is "compact".
  • Stripperific: Does it even need explaining?
  • Super-Deformed
  • Surreal Theme Tune
  • Toilet Humor: Saucer in the Tournament Arc.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Rufa is consistently portrayed as a horrible person with no redeeming features whatsoever. She gets better, but only in the very last chapter.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Damaramu... who also might be too dumb to die.
    • His brain is very, very compact, you see.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: In the manga, one of the villains attacks with spells that cause decidedly specific tortures. They backfire when he uses them on Rufa.
  • Tournament Arc
  • Tranquillizer Dart: Rosario shoots Mink with a knockout dart and she instantly falls. Then Rosario puts two more darts into her right away, setting up a gag where he and the king think Mink died from the overdose. Strangely, at first Rosario accidentally inhaled and got the dart stuck in his tongue, but nothing ever came of this.
  • Unfortunate Names: Dick Saucer? Dick Saucer? On the other hand, if this were porn...
    • And given that Mink's father distorts his name as Dick Sausage...
  • Visible Sigh
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: A major concern for Mink in the last third of the manga, as if she undergoes her second ecdysis, she'll turn into a hideous monster. Rufa frequently cheers for Mink to do this. The second ecdysis eventually happens and the hideous monster is a small birthmark that appears on Mink's butt.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: When Rogue tells Vena that he had taught his younger brother Mig to kiss, Vena imagines the scene and becomes quite interested. Rogue is lying, of course.
  • You Killed My Father: Dick Saucer to Mink's grandfather.
  • Zany Scheme
  • Zorro Mark: Mink's father carves an R into defeated enemies, while Dick Saucer uses an S (one opponent mistook it for a 5).