Manga: Hokenshitsu no Shinigami
aka: Houkenshitsu No Shinigami
Let's just say it's complicated.
A manga by Aimoto Shou that ran in Weekly Shounen Jump from 2009-2011. The story revolved around Hadesu Itsuhito, a school nurse with a unique power to get rid of "disease demons" - mysterious, emotional-based creatures that take control of their host in different ways. Hadesu-sensei's power comes from perpetually being infested by one of those creatures.
The series started off using a Monster of the Week
format, with mini arcs sprinkled in between, and finally brings in a Big Bad
and a Quirky Mini Boss Squad
Now complete with a Character Page
Provides Examples Of:
- Action Girl: Kaburagi
- Adorkable: Keiichi and Hadesu-sensei
- Ambiguously Brown: Keiichi
- Animal Eyes: Niburu has snake-like pupils.
- Badass Teacher: Obviously Hadesu-sensei. Also Mitogawa.
- Berserk Button: Threatening people in front of Hadesu is not a good idea.
- Big Fancy House: Fuji lives in one.
- Bishounen: Fuji is canonically the handsomest kid in school.
- Hadesu also fits this trope when his hair is black
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: The president of the School Newspaper tries to blackmail Fuji, Senoo and Kaburagi.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In chapter 29, when Fuji asks Hades what happened, he says that they're 'out of pages this week'.
- In the next chapter, Ashitaba can be seen covering up curse words in the text bubbles of other characters.
- Catchphrase: Hades-sensei's "assimilation complete".
- Class Trip:
- Delinquents: Senoo
- Demonic Possession: Sort of the premise of the series.
- Driven to Suicide: One of the side characters committed suicide, and her mother refused to accept it, leading to a rather nasty disease demon gaining control...
- Ecchi: The series veers off in this direction sometimes.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Mitogawa dresses like she just stepped out of the Victorian era everyday.
- Eyes Always Shut: Fuji's older brother Sanzou keeps them closed most of the time and only opens them in surprise/to bitch out Fuji.
- Fanservice: The author tends to insert some fanservice in more humor-based chapters.
- The Faceless: Mitogawa in the early chapters.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: There was a disease demon that caused this in one chapter.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: The disease demon would rewind a specific period of time until its host "perfected its rehearsal".
- Healing Factor: Subverted. In chapter 31 it is mentioned that Hadesu can't use his dominant arm for a while as a result of the wound he sustained to his shoulder in an earlier chapter.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Senoo. He's better about it now, though.
- Hostage Situation:
- Lethal Chef: The kids mistake Kaburagi's chocolate for coal.f
- Literal Split Personality: One disease demon's effect; in this context the victim's emotions are split and driven out while the victim's real self is put to sleep. This poses a problem for Hadesu-sensei when Fuji contracts it, because he can't immediately use his power to help while Fuji's real self is empty and devoid of emotion.
- Love Letter Lunacy: Played with during the Valentine's Arc. Fuji's desk was buried beneath the chocolate and flowers.
- Monster of the Week: Starts off as this until the final arc.
- Mysterious Past: So, how did Hadesu-sensei come to possess a disease demon?
- Not What It Looks Like: Most interactions between Hadesu-sensei and Saizaki-sensei center around this.
- Older Than They Look: Mitogawa-sensei.
- Hadesu remarks in a chapter that 'her appearance hasn't changed at all for the past ten-odd years'. He seems find this perfectly acceptable and just says that 'women are really unbelievable'.
- Onsen Episode: Not quite an onsen, but it was a bath scene, complete with a peeker.
- Oh, and did this troper mention that there was a Skinship Grope going on above the peeker's head where he couldn't see?
- Ordinary High-School Student: Actually middle school students.
- Otaku: Yasuda would do anything for his idol love, Atsuko.
- School Newspaper Newshound: Yamada and Yodobashi have a tendency to bend the truth a little.
- Painting the Medium: During Mimasaka's encounter with Melancholy Rousuke in chapter 27, the latter decides that using kanji while talking is annoying and asks if it's all right to speak only in hiragana from then on. He does it anyways, and his text switches to all-hiragana. (In English, it'd be visually similar to squishingtheletters together, like so.)
- Puppeteer Parasite: A lot of the disease demons are like this.
- School Nurse: Hadesu-sensei is an uncommon male example.
- Ship Tease: In chapter 53, we got Kishibe Kagerou whom look A LOT like black-haired Hadesu crushing hard on his childhood friend, Midori whom just look like mini-Saizaki
- Shout-Out: Several-
- Shrinking Violet: Hanamaki.
- Snowball Fight: Suberted. Mimisaka tried - however the arrival of a certain something had him and everyone else fleeing for their lives...
- Skiing for their lives, more like it.
- Strangely Effective Disguise Hadesu and Mitogawa promoting a pachinko parlor. Surprisingly, no one said anything.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Kaburagi's (thankfully unrequited) crush on Hadesu-sensei.
- The Slacker: Fuji makes it his mission in life to put in as little effort as possible.
- Tomboy: Kaburagi. Predominantly as a child but she still has tendencies.
- She really tries to be more feminine, though usually without any result. She still follows karate lessons, or 'piano lessons' as she often dubs them.
- Tsundere: Saizaki-sensei
- Weirdness Censor: Averted with everyone panicking over the white hair of Hades, and realizing something is going on whenever a disease demon strikes.
- Who You Gonna Call?: Hadesu is often called upon by students and the principal to solve problems. Justified in the fact he's one of the few people who can handle it, and he was hired for that reason.
- Yandere: Motoyoshi