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Manga: Kurosagi
When he was fifteen, Kurosaki's father was swindled out of all his money and, feeling he had no other options, his father murdered his wife, daughter, and then himself. Six years later, Kurosaki decides to take his revenge on all swindlers by becoming a Kurosagi (a "black swindler"). Under this guise, he cons other swindlers and returns the ill-gotten money to the innocent victims. However, his mission gets steadily more difficult when a young law student moves into his building and a determined police officer sets his sights on him.

The manga is still ongoing, but it was made into a live-action drama series of the same name in 2006. The drama was popular enough to solicit a movie follow-up in 2008.

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  • Cruel to Be Kind
  • Downer Ending: The first Kurosagi manga ends with Kuro failing to avenge his family when he confronts Mikimoto. Mikimoto ultimately finds a lawful loophole to protect himself with, which leads to Kashina for once being pissed off with something in the law & disgusted with himself for protecting the guy. After that, Kuro losses it. He goes about destroying all the information files he acquired on Mikimoto while laughing then contemplates killing Katsuragi by getting a gun and shooting him in the head, knowing it would result in himself getting killed too. He ultimately decides against it though. It's all capped off with him returning home, Tsurara asks him how things went, he snaps at her first telling her to just get one of her lectures about why what he does is wrong, she hugs him instead, he then just starts breaking down crying on her shoulder.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mikimoto in Shin Kurosagi.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: Kuro forces Tsurara to do this with him to avoid his face being seen.
  • Exposition Diagram
  • Implied Death Threat
  • Meet Cute: "You're stepping on my money"
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Kurosaki's only form of disguise in the manga. Though in the drama he's a little more creative
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Kurosaki is constantly sucking on a lollipop
  • Undercover as Lovers: Kuro tricks Tsurara into doing this by playing on her legitimate feelings and her not realizing the truth until later on. She is understandably pissed about this.
  • Wham Episode: Mikimoto committing suicide, bringing Kuro's revenge against him to an end.
    • Kurosagi quits working for Katsuragi at the end of Shin Kurosagi, turning him into an adversary. This leads to Kuro moving out of his apartment, going into hiding, and being more covert about his location as he's being hunted down by a hitman.
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