Manga: Gangsta

Handymen, at your service.

Gangsta. is a Seinen action manga written and drawn by Kohske. It's set in what appears to be a Mediterranean country and follows the exploits of two Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters, Nicolas and Worick. You see, Nicolas and Worick are "Benriya," ("Handyman") bodyguards-for-hire. They take jobs from gangs to prostitutes to cops and everyone in between. While on a job, they cross paths with Alex, a former prostitute and hire her as their secretary.

A character page is still in the works. Additions are welcomed.

An anime adaptation by Manglobe began airing in July as part of the Summer 2015 season.

Not to be confused with Gangsta Rap, Gangsta Style, Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters or Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster , though that pops up quite a lot.

Has its own wiki.

Gangsta. includes examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Worick's father put a lit cigarette out in Worick's eye. It's implied that Nicolas killed him for it.
    • Nicolas' dad doesn't think of him as human, and treats him like he's eventual garbage to throw away.
  • Adults Are Useless: Or big fat speciests to Nicolas during his childhood. Or just out and out villains.
  • Affably Evil: Most of the gangsters we see.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Most people do not like the Twilight species. Not helped by the fact that most of the Twilight we've seen have been violent, if not just jerks.
  • Audience Surrogate: Alex. Also, the Unfazed Everyman.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Worick Arcangelo.
  • Ax-Crazy: Nicolas and many other members of the Twilight.
  • Badass: Nicolas, for sure. Worick also has his moments.
  • Bad Boss: A B-level Twilight smashes one of his underlings into a wall when he tells him some bad news.
  • Bad Dreams: Daydreams, Alex is having them, thanks to Psycho Serum.
  • The Baroness: Gina Paulklee has this vibe.
  • Berserk Button: Badmouthing Nicolas is one way to make Worick consider attacking an unarmed woman.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: Right as Alex is about to turn an alley during her search for one of Worick's clients' missing cat, she hears the threats and beatings of a bunch of men to a homeless, half-starved-looking Twilight girl, and just as they begin talking about doing worse to her, Alex suddenly leaps out to smash the man saying so in the face with a steel pipe. Definitely awesome.
  • Boobs of Steel: Ginger.
  • Broken Bird: Alex, being a former prostitute.Though considering her daydream nightmare about Barry, there's more to it than that.
  • The Chick: Alex.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: The Cristiano family is led by Loretta Cristiano Amodio, who is 14 years old.
  • Child Soldiers: Nicolas.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Worick. It's one of the reasons he convinced Nicolas to spare Alex.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Dr. Theo trying to stab Nicolas with a poisoned syringe for letting his hospital get damaged by the black Twilight man.
  • Cool Old Guy: Chad the police officer and Monroe the mafioso.
  • Cool Old Lady: Big Mama Georgiana, the head of the Corsica brothel. She's even nice to Nic.
  • Creepy Child: Mikhail, who began the most recent Twilight Hunt that has led to the escalating violence and massacres against Twilights, has no sense of the height of what he's done besides "wanting [their] dog tag," and seems to have enjoyed slaughtering those he had already done so, possibly due to being raised and twisted into thinking that way, considering his young age.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Deadly Doctor: Dr. Theo may be missing a few fingers but he is not to be messed with. And stay away from Nina.
  • Defrosting Ice King: It's been a while since Nic has been around a woman for long stretches of time and it shows.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Doug, a Twilight wielding kukris, who (of course) isn't actually a child.
  • Dope Slap
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Galahad of the Cristianos, one of Loretta's enforcers.
  • Dynamic Entry: Hi, Nic.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Gina and Ginger make a very brief cameo in the first episode of the anime, seen only in shadow.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Remember when Nic beheaded someone in the first chapter? Yeah, so do I.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Worick.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Mikhail.
  • Fantastic Racism: It's solidly established that Twilights are second class citizens at best, and considered vermin to be exterminated at worst. Systematic oppression is everywhere: they're marked from birth with tags, legal slavery only recently ended, Ergastulum was established as a Twilight ghetto, only one clinic in the entire city helps Twilight orphans, and they're erased from city records immediately after death (not to mention that they don't even have single graves with headstones).
  • Feel No Pain: Nicolas sometimes takes an overdose of his Twilight meds to give himself an edge over his opponents. This is also a sign of imminent death among Twilights.
  • Female Gaze: Hello, Nicolas and Worick.
  • Fingore: Happened to Dr. Theo at some point, as he's missing his pinky and ring finger on one of his hands.
    • When Connie's left arm is discovered, her ring finger is missing.
  • Foreshadowing: In chapter 12, Worick can be seen reading Hamlet.
  • The Gadfly: Worick and Nicolas sometimes just delight in annoying people.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Paulklee, the head of the city's Twilight guild, is a woman. Though as it turns out, "Paulklee" is her surname. Her first name is "Gina."
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Worick has to headbutt Alex to keep her from going into hysterics as a result of her Psycho Serum.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Doug is a Boy with a Psycho Weapon.
  • The Gunslinger: Worick, despite his handicap.
  • Harmful to Minors: Alex is annoyed that Nina knows EXACTLY what Worick's day job is.
    • Speaking of Worick, he's been doing it since he was THIRTEEN YEARS OLD. Not to mention he's an orphan whose family died horribly.
    • Nicolas is a former child soldier.
    • Being born a Twilight tends to cause this.
  • Hand Signals: Nicolas communicates almost entirely in sign language. Alex and Nina are currently learning it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Nicolas and Worick have been together for about 20 years. Not even the most traumatic of events can separate them.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Alex used to be this. Gender-inverted in Worick; he's a Gigolo with a Heart of Gold. He's quite popular too.
  • Hollywood Silencer: in the second episode of the anime, Worick shoots a couple of criminals with a silenced pistol, needless to say, it plays this trope straight.
  • Ill Girl: The Twilight girl Big Mama is housing at the brothel.
  • In a Single Bound: Twilights are fond of doing this.
  • Inscrutable Oriental: Nic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nicolas.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Nicolas wields one.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The plot finally arrived when Doug showed up.
  • Kukris Are Kool: Doug the Twilight.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Twilights are most often the children and descendants of Celebrer users. Celebrer was a body modification drug created during wartimes to enhance strength, speed and agility, all of which it did, at the cost of being mostly toxic in large or repeated dosages. Besides gaining physical strength similar to their parents, Twilights are most often affected by genetic, mental and physical deficiencies and are not particularly long-lived (hence the name "Twilight"). Because a Twilight must take Celebrer to control their withdrawal symptoms, it's assumed that if a Twilight has children, they will also be Twilights.
    • It's revealed that half-Twilights live longer than full-blooded Twilights, and that half-Twilights with Twilight mothers and normal fathers are less healthy than Twilights with reverse parents.
    • Often invoked. See "Rape as Drama."
  • Lethal Chef: Do NOT let Nicolas in your kitchen.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Loretta, to go with her Nerves of Steel.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Worick.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: In print form, anyway. Provided by a beatdown of Anti-Twiight attackers to "Stand By Me".
  • Made a Slave: Back when Nicolas was a child, people took to finding young, stray Twilight children and making them into Tyke Bombs. Apparently, it was legal until the three principles were established.
  • The Mafia
  • Male Gaze: Planted firmly on Alex.
  • Meaningful Name: Many, but the name of the city the Benriya lives in stands out—Ergastulum, derived from a term for the dark confines whereupon Roman slaves were chained up and/or punished by way of back-breaking work.
  • The Medic: Dr. Theo and Nina.
  • Meganekko: Ginger.
  • The Mole: Ivan Glaziev for the Corsica Family. Subverted when we find out that his boss is also in on the Twilight extermination plan.
  • Monochrome Casting: Averted; so far we've seen black, white and Asian people in the cast and throughout Ergastulum.
  • Morality Pet: Nina to Nicolas.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Worick. Also Nicolas, to a certain extent.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Alex.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: Cody the police officer.
  • The Napoleon: While not a midget, Nicolas is shorter than most of the other men in the manga. Mentioning it doesn't send him into a violent rage but it does annoy him. He certainly doesn't like women taller than he is.
    • Doug, the kukri-wielding Twilight, turns out to be an adult with a body that hasn't aged properly since he was 12 (although his larynx seems to have developed). Either way, he's a total badass.
  • Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters: Everywhere, including Worick and Nicolas.
  • Older Than They Look: Nicolas points out that he hasn't changed much physically since he was 17.
  • Omake: So far, about the cast taking care of a baby sparrow.
  • Oo C Is Serious Business: Did Nicolas just speak? Has Worick stopped acting like a Handsome Lech? SHIT JUST GOT REAL.
  • Photographic Memory: Worick. After flipping through a book of crime scene notes, he proceeds to rattle off various details about the people in them shown dismembered.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Nicolas is the most powerful member of the main cast. He is also one of the shortest men in it.
  • Posthumous Character: Worick's wealthy family.
  • Psycho Serum: What goes into making a Twilight it seems, making them more or less super-powered ill girls and boys.
    • Barry used this to control his prostitutes, notably Alex.
  • Rape as Drama: Horrifyingly enough, it was common back in the day to rape female Twilights in order to obtain more Twilights.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: So far... Chad the police officer, Daniel of the Monroe family, Big Mama Georgiana the madame and Loretta of the Cristianos.
  • Red Right Hand: Tagged people and their...tags.
  • Scary Black Man: The B-level Twilight. He also has Super Strength.
    • Galahad is a heroic one.
  • Sexy Secretary: Alex's job.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Inverted. When Alex goes out on a errand with Nic, an old lady asks why she (a former hooker) is still hanging around with Benriya. Nic says because "She's my woman." He's lying for the sake of simplicity though.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: In chapter 20, a Twilight is forced to attack the heroes to save his family. He ultimately fails and dies in his mission but as it turns out, his family was killed (brutally) before he even made it to his destination. Harsh.
  • Shrinking Violet: Nina, awwwww. Also Ginger the Twilight, but she's still a Twilight.
  • The Silent Bob: Nicolas, who usually communicates using sign language and hand gestures. He can talk but being deaf, he'd rather not.
  • Silent Snarker: Nicolas, constantly.
  • Slasher Smile: If you see either Worick or Nic sporting one, that's your cue to run. Run fast.
    • Mikhail's is especially frightening because he is a 10 year old CHILD.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Nicolas again.
  • Son of a Whore: Lots. Nicolas and Loretta are two of many.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Dr. Theo, unless you damage his hospital.
  • Super Speed: All Twilights to some degree, along with Super Strength. Ginger seems to be known for her speed.
  • Tattooed Crook: Worick and Nicolas have tribal tattoos on the back of their necks.
  • Team Dad: Chad. We even see him patching Nicolas up in a flashback, just like you'd expect a father to.
    • Monroe is this to his group, the Cristianos.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Worick and Nicolas before Alex came along.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill Muggles: The cornerstone of the "Three Principles" that all Twilights in the city live with.
  • Three-Laws Compliant: Non-robotic version, the "Three Principles" for Twilights that Danny Monroe set up.
    • Twilights must not intentionally kill humans.
    • Twilights must obey an order given to them by a human, so long as it doesn't conflict with Article 1.
    • A Twilight has the right to defend its own existence, so long as it doesn't conflict with Articles 1 and 2.
  • To the Pain: Told to a Twilight about his family.
  • Two Guys and a Girl
  • Tsundere: Alex, Type B. Mostly to Worick.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When the B-level Twilight threatens Nicolas. Nicolas is, for the record, an A-level Twilight. Guess what happens.
    • Doug underestimates Delico, who is a D-level Twilight because Doug himself is an A-level. This is played with because while Doug is mostly right, Delico manages to disrupt Doug's attempts on Monroe's life long enough for Nicolas to show up.
  • Where The Hell Is Ergastulum?: In the beginning it seems as though all the action is happening in a Mediterranean country, with Italian (especially) and Greek naming conventions prominent; however, there are odd names out, such as Cody, and in chapter 8 a man is seen passing what look like American hundred dollar bills, with the vague profile of Ben Franklin on them. Then it's finally revealed that Ergastulum is its own city-state on/by an unnamed continent, with its own history. Not long after that, it's heavily implied to be either part of an alternate history or possibly even part of a completely different world from Earth (this is not entirely clear from the get-go, considering the otherwise realistic backdrop).
    • It seems likely to be an alternate history (or perhaps future?), since there's mention of Alex possibly being part Chinese as well as black. Which would be an acknowledgement of China existing in the world.
    • In episodes three and four of the anime, Italy is mentioned in newspaper articles, reinforcing the alternate history theory.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Evil Sounds Deep, doesn't it, Doug?
  • The Watson: Alex, again.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: At work with the Twilights, though technically they ARE human too.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Loretta.
  • Wretched Hive: Ergastulum is not a happy place to live.
  • Woman in Black: Alex, when she goes out with the boys on official assignments.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Nic suggested killing Alex in the first chapter. Worick talks him out of it. Implied to be what happened to the Twilight girl Veronica.
  • Would Hurt a Child: A rather disturbing amount of people in the manga show a willingness to hurt children, innocent or otherwise. Often for no reason at all other than the child in question being a Twilight usually.
  • You Have Failed Me: The B-level Twilight is killed by his boss for failing to kidnap Dr. Theo.