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Green Blood is a Seinen
series by Kakizaki Masasumi. Set in Industrial Age New York
after the American Civil War, specifically the vicious and lawless slum of Five Points, Green Blood is essentially Gangs of New York
in manga form. The series follows the lives of two Irish-Catholic brothers, Luke and Brad Burns who are trying to survive the best they can in a world where gangs run everything and everyone's corrupt. Luke is young and idealistic while Brad...well, Brad is an assassin for one of the biggest gangs in Five Points.
- Archnemesis Dad: Edward King, the father of Brad and Luke and the series' Big Bad.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: The good and seemingly pure Luke points a gun at his brother's Boss to defend Brad.
- Berserk Button: Don't harm Luke, if you know what's good for you. Brad will find you.
- Don't ever say to Kip that his size is "cute". He'll do nasty things to you.
- Boom, Headshot: How Raymond kills some people who caused a ruckus in the Iron Butterfly as well as JJ.
- Big Bad: Edward King.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Kip.
- Big Brother Instinct: Brad for Luke.
- Blood Knight: Special nod to Dodo of the Crimson Gang.
- Break the Cutie: Brad was broken hard as a child. Then Luke was. Jenny Macy gets it when her mother dies, and Ned Huddleston later on. However, all of them become stronger people for it.
- Bullying a Dragon: Yes, Kip, go up to Brad and tell him just how you had the Iron Butterflies kidnap Luke to lure in Brad. Only reason the little twit survived was Brad had more important things to do.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played with. King outright admits he has so many enemies he can't possibly remember them all. But he's quick to pick up on Luke's reminder and understand who he is.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Edward gets a lot of (deserved) hate from his sons.
- Cold Sniper: Eagle, the Sniper of the Crimson Gang is this in spades. Bonus points in that he never speaks a single word.
- Combat Pragmatist: Brad doesn't believe in a fair fight.
- Compensating for Something: The gang war arc is kicked off when Kip hurls a prostitute out a window after she commented his size was "cute."
- Cooldown Hug: Brad gives one to Jenny after her mother's murder.
- Cool Old Guy: One Horn of the Sioux.
- Cruel Mercy: Sparing Kip when all he has to look forward to without his father's protection is a life of misery as a bum on the streets.
- Death by Origin Story: Brad and Luke's mom was murdered by their father.
- Death by Sex: JJ. A very Rare Male Example.
- Destination Defenestration: Karen.
- Determinator: Cut Brad and Luke to pieces, shoot them, smash them, do whatever you want. They will never, ever, ever quit.
- Dirty Coward: Kip.
- Gene McDowell constantly berates Edward King for having fled NY "the tail between the legs".
- Disappeared Dad: Edward King, Brad and Luke's dad, left NY years ago, after seemingly killing his their mum.
- Dissonant Serenity: Raymond's default mood. It's creepy as hell.
- The Dragon: Raymond for the Iron Butterfly.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After all the pain and bloodshed, the brothers succeed in their quest together and are able to embrace a future in which they're happy. Brad passes away peacefully decades later after returning to New York-and probably Emma, while Luke as an old man has children and grand children, who resemble Jenny Macy.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Gene McDowell may despise his son, but he won't allow him to be killed and will even risk his life for his sake.
- Utterly averted with Edward King who doesn't give a shit about Brad's mother or Brad himself. He doesn't even think of him as a threat and makes a very offensive comment the first time he talks about them.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Raymond doesn't understand why would Brad risk his life and career with the Grave Diggers after he kidnaps Luke. Even after Brad explain his reasons, Raymond still refuse to believe it.
- Evil Counterpart: Raymond is the eviler counterpart of Brad. He wears white, is usually cheerful and smiling. He also has no sense of honour or mercy, is a Manipulative Bastard, with quite the ego, and has not even the tiniest bit of humanity left.
- Eye Scream: Plenty. Edward especially gets his eye shot out by Luke.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Charles Howard has a reputation as a kindhearted man and an economic hero of the town, but in reality, he's a Glory Hound and egomaniac who has no issues having an innocent woman murdered for refusing to sell her farm to him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Don't let Raymond's benign look and constant friendly smile fool you. He's utterly ruthless and won't hesitate to kill a kid in cold blood to get what he wants. Edward is the king of this, though, and many of the Crimson Gang act like fully functioning human beings.
- Gatling Good: Ed King sells one to Kip when he comes back to New York. Subverted, though: it is ultimately of no use against Brad.
- Used again by Edward King's man Parrot against Native Americans.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Kip, very much so.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Black Horse of the Sioux dies to save his people and give them hope. Brad and Luke try this for the other at times, but never quite pull it off.
- Hitman with a Heart: Brad.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Emma.
- Implied Love Interest: Emma and Jenny to Brad and Luke respectively.
- Infant Immortality: Nope. Poor JJ.
- In-Series Nickname: Brad is called "The Grim Reaper"
- Jerkass: Edward King, very much so.
- Jerkass Fašade: Gene McDowell deeply cares for and respects Brad underneath his cold demeanor and he has always wanted to protect the Five Points.
- Jive Turkey: The black cattle thieves were given appropriate dialect for the day, but they're all intelligent and pretty good hearted people who're just tired of being trampled on.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Brad.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Luke. Until the end of chapter fifteen.
- Mad Bomber: Dodo of the Crimson Gang is their 'bomber.'
- Missing Mom: See Death by Origin Story above.
- Morality Chain: Luke, to Brad.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Black Horse briefly experiences this when One Horn forces him to see the widows and orphans of his tribe: a result of war.
- Nightmare Face: Kip has moments where he looks positively inhuman.
- Nom de Mom: Brad and Luke use their mother's surname, Burns, instead of King.
- Nothing Personal: With the exception of the guys who hassled Luke in the first chapter, Brad says this to his targets.
- Offing the Offspring: Edward King certainly has no qualms about trying to do this.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Edward King has very little use for women. While he himself never demonstrates much racism, his gang are vehemently racist against blacks and Native Americans as well, especially Swallow the Lariat.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Black Horse of the Sioux.
- Psycho for Hire: The whole Crimson Gang, but "Fast-Draw" Hawk earns a special notice.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Really, for a brutal gangster, Gene isn't that bad a guy. he's protective over the prostitutes who work for him, and his gang as well and the only reason Kip survived after the shit he pulled was Gene loving him as his son even as much as he thought Kip was a loathsome little beast.
- Refuge in Audacity: Say what you will about Edward King, but his plot at the end to rob a bank in Kansas City, using his own capture and execution as a distraction and holding the city hostage with a stolen navy warship is as ballsy as it is crazy. Especially as if Eagle had been one millisecond off on timing in shooting the hangman's rope, a man as heavy as King would've had the rope snap right there.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: there's nothing subtle about the way Brad rescues Luke from the Iron Butterflies.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Two mooks (one from the Grave Diggers, another from the Iron Butterflies) flee in terror after Brad managed to kill their respective parties even if he was encircled.
- Sibling Team: Brad and Luke, after both of them decided to leave Five Points and hunt their father down.
- Spoiled Brat: Kip McDowell, explicitly named so by Raymond....and his own father.
- Stepford Smiler: Raymond is almost constantly smiling. He's also a brutal hitman.
- Teeny Weenie: Kip. Call it "cute" at your own peril.
- Theme Naming: Hawk, Swallow, Eagle, Dodo, Parrot...Edward King seems to have a thing for birds.
- Took a Level in Badass: Luke, after the Time Skip. Oh, so much. He's an even better marksman than his brother.
- In the final chapters, Luke single-handedly takes down every member of King's gang that's present minus Eagle.
- Tragic Keepsake: Edward King's old watch with photo of him and Gene that Brad keeps as a memento that he has to kill King one day.
- Tsundere: Jenny Macy. And how!
- War for Fun and Profit: Edward King's MO. he loves selling deadly weaponry, as well as his and his gang's deadly services.
- We Have Reserves: A very, very rare heroic example. the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors throw themselves against the Gatling Gun wielded by Parrot of the Crimson Gang, willing to hurl their lives away until he's out of ammo.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The final chapter ends with an elderly Luke, with his daughter and granddaughter, visiting Brad who is buried next to their mother, and whose grave shows that he lived to the age of 68.
- Why Won't You Die?: Said almost word for word by Kip after Brad somehow manages to not to be killed by his Gatling.
- Would Hit a Girl: Kip. Also, Edward King killed Brad and Luke's mother.
- Would Hurt a Child: Raymond would shoot one in the head.
- You Have Failed Me: Interesting variation. Edward doesn't seem too mad Swallow failed his mission before killing him. It's more that his failed henchman was helpless and King just took the chance to murder someone.
- Zerg Rush: Black Horse and the Sioux & Cheyenne at the battle of Hayfield. As noted in We Have Reserves, the white men have a gatling gun, the Native Americans have nothing of the sort. They get through and win only because there's so many of them that the gatling runs out of ammo before it can kill them all.