Maoh: Juvenile Remix
is a manga published in Shonen Sunday (the same people that licensed Flame of Recca
.) The original story was written by Kotaro Isaka. The art and current story are done by Megumi Osuga.
The story takes place in a fictional Japanese city. Recently, the Anderson Group
has moved into town and has been launching a bunch of big building projects. The only problem is that they're taking away a lot of the locals' jobs. To top it all off, there's quite a bit of gang violence in the city. But to the people's joy, someone steps up to the plate to stop them: Inukai. He and his vigilante group, Grasshopper, want to clean up the city and put an end to the Anderson group's tyranny once and for all.
You'd figure that the story would be about Inukai's exploits, right?WRONG!!!
The story is about Ando, a high school student who has the power to make others say out loud what he’s thinking. Initially, he thinks that Inukai is really cool. When he thinks that Inukai is about to be attacked, he follows him and tries to help. It's then that he sees Grasshopper's dark side. He then notices that Grasshopper is easily manipulating the people of the city and changing his friends. When no one else will, Ando decides to take matters into his own hands.
This series provides examples of:
- Black and Gray Morality: The Anderson group is shamelessly taking away peoples' jobs in order to expand, but Inukai is manipulating the people and making them perform brutal acts to stop them.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Inukai.
- Ando falls under this trope at times as well.
- Semi also falls under this trope sometimes.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Ando has several strange dreams that seem to nod towards future events.
- Hypocrite: Some students at Ando's school harass a student who's father has a low-management job with an Anderson-group owned company. They say that his father is helping to take away people's jobs. So, should he get his dad to give up his job an only means of supporting his own family? The same thing goes for when they bully the son of the owner of the Anderson group, who's a genuine Nice Guy, only wants to teach Japanese people English for a living, and doesn't have much to do with his father. The way they treat him, they'd only be satisfied if he abandoned his father—the source of his home, money, and food—for the sake of their warped justice.
- Local Hangout: Ando, Inukai, and several of his closest followers often frequent an unnamed bakery.
- Manipulative Bastard: Inukai definitely counts.
- Punch Clock Villain: Semi seems very nice to Ando when he is off work
- Psychic Nosebleed - Much worse than a nose bleed...
- Rousing Speech: Is used to stop a riot... by starting a riot...
- Shaming the Mob: Ando turns a Rousing Speech into a bucket of cold water on those peoples faces.
- The Hero Dies: Ando tries to stop Inukai halfway through the series but dies from overuse of his ability. Fortunately, his more powerful younger brother takes over and is hellbent on revenge.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Everybody LOVES Inukai!
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Inukai.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Ando's ability is to make people say things he wants them to say. and if he overuses it, he could collapse, or possibly die.
- It's ultimately averted, though. Ando winds up getting out of quite a few pinches with his powers despite their limited nature.