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Manga: Muhyo And Roji

Muhyo and Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation is a manga by Yoshiyuki Nishi that ran from late 2004 to 2008. Don't be fooled by the cutesy art style—this manga isn't for the faint of heart.

As the title says, this manga follows the adventures of Muhyo and Roji and their bureau of supernatural investigation as they confront spirits, traitors, and, quite often, each other. But they don't just banish ghosts. They sentence them with magic law, which is pretty much what the entire manga revolves around. Magic Law was established as a way to prevent the rising rates of crimes committed by ghosts, through sentencing them to various punishments for their crimes, and through those sentences, sending them to heaven, hell, or anywhere in between. While it starts out as your basic episodic manga, albeit a very engaging one, the plot develops quickly enough not to leave the reader too bored.


This manga provides examples of:

  • Almighty Janitor: Roji eventually becomes one, having skills beyond those of a lowly second clerk. It's also pointed out that his job as Muhyo's assistant is something that ordinarily, only a Judge (one rank below Executor, three ranks above him) could have.
  • Always Second Best: Enchu.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Roji.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: 500 people die when Vector attacks Magical Law Headquarters in the north, and it gets less follow-up than other character deaths, with only a few panels of memorial services going on.
  • Analogy Backfire: Page mentions that a “golden thread” is binding Muhyo and Roji together, and Lil and Maril mock him for saying that it’s golden, noting how soft gold is and how easily it breaks.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Nana's father hits her when she photographs a bank robbery for money, leading to an argument over who will support the two and how, which turns out to be their last.
  • Anti-Villain:
    • Type II: Enchu. Roji ultimately realizes that rather than hating Enchu, he was burdened with sorrow. Enchu's accomplice Rio, who turned to Ark under similar circumstances, also fits.
    • Type IV: Panza. Muhyo notices that she's not evil like the rest of Ark, and sends her to Heaven.
  • Asshole Victim: (Two Magic Law practitioners whom Enchu killed. One of them made Rio wear revealing clothes to class, the other mocked her for doing so, and both refused to save her mother).
    • Also, Ziglo, Ivy's first victim at M.L.S.
    • Jude and Iris Cortlaw turn out to have died resisting arrest by the MLS after turning down a fairly lenient deal
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Isabi can change his size to five meters tall.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: Goryo's Maneuver 108.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Panza's infatuation with Roju was due to him showing her some kindness when she arrived in MLS. Though she took it the wrong way.
  • The Bechdel Test: Passes from the first chapter, which concerns a girl's efforts to reconcile with the spirit of her dead female friend.
  • BFS: Mick's sword. It can change length and even bend while attacking.
  • Big Bad: Teeki
  • Bishōnen: Goryo and Isabi, at the very least.
    • Don't forget Roji, Julionil and Mick Courtlaw of the Ark. Kid might count, even though he's more of a shota.
  • Book Dumb: Yoichi and Biko had terrible grades at school, despite their skills in other areas of magical law.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy / More Than Mind Control : Despite everything that's happened, Page hopes that this is really what happened to Enchu (that or replaced by a puppet), but it is not the case.
  • Break the Haughty: Goryo. And how.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Muhyo. When asked what would be the first thing he'd do as an Executor, he responds that he'd "quit and give the job to Enchu."
  • Broken Pedestal: Rio, for Biko.
  • Call Back: The duo’s first client is shown boarding a train near Roji in the last chapter.
  • Cast From HP: Forbidden Magical Law often requires part of the soul when the user does not have much tempering. People can make blood pacts instead of tempering pacts to turn summoned people into inanimate material.
  • Child Prodigy: Muhyo, at MLS.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Roji's disguise in the first chapter.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Goryo, for the Magical Law business.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Teeki to MLS when, back in the less then formal days of the organization, he was thrown out and vowed revenge against them.
  • Creepy Child: Face-Ripper Sophie.
  • Creepy Twins: Lili and Maril.
  • Crossover: One of the omakes has characters from Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro (a fellow Jump series) visiting Muhyo and Roji at their office.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Roji, and Umekichi, to an extent.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Several magical techniques shorten the users' lives or result in them being injured.
  • Deal with the Devil: Forbidden magic law.
  • Death World: Elysium (think the world of Nausicaa meets Pandora with the occasional sand dune).
  • Defeat Means Friendship: By defeating an envoy, an Executor can form a contract and enlist its help in carrying out sentences.
  • Deus Exit Machina: During Page's Training from Hell. Page could have easily taken Bellocent down by himself, but Bellocent cut the power and locked him out of the building. By the time he got in, Roji had already handled it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Mick and Ivy's beef with M.L.S, granted it understandable they would want revenge for the death of their parents whom M.L.S seemingly slaughtered mercilessly for using forbidden magic but then we find out from Goryo that they actually tried to reason with their father first. His answer however was to proceed to kill the agents left and right before eventually being taken down.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Many of the evil ghosts if they have no empathy in the series. Becomes the ultimate fate of Teeki as well.
  • The Dragon: Enchu to Teeki until his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Driven to Suicide: Some of the ghosts, including "Mr. Overtime" and Yuki Otada.
  • Energy Absorption: Vector can do this on a wide area with his spirit roots.
  • Establishing Character Moment
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Umekichi rolls down a spiral staircase, spinning all the way to increase his speed by a factor of several hundred, killing Mick when he hits him with his Dragon Wheel
  • Evil All Along: Rio. Though in this case she was manipulated.
  • Eviler than Thou: Tomas compared to Goryo, as he thwarts Goryo's attempt to defeat Ark, destroys the group's headquarters and kidnaps Goryo.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Faking the Dead: Muhyo pulls one during the Panza fight in order to set up for an attack. As he tells Roji later "I don't die that easy!".
  • Fanservice: Quite unfortunate example in-universe. Rio's boss makes her wear revealing clothes to class in order for her to be able to sell her tools.
    • There's also some involving Imai—there's a part towards the end of the series where she literally shoves her hand up Busujima's shirt.
  • Fat Bastard: Ebisu
  • Fictionary: Underspeak, the language spoken by the residents of Hades. All Executors are required to know this in order to communicate with their envoys, although every speaker has a distinct accent (ie. Muhyo's Underspeak consists of a lot of ro's while Page's Underspeak contains quite a few more j sounds).
  • Five-Bad Band
  • Foil: Muhyo and Enchu during their MLS days. Muhyo was (and still is) a Brilliant, but Lazy Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Enchu was nicer than Muhyo, and was working hard to help his sick mother.
  • Freak Out: Enchu, after the collective stress of incredible amounts of studying, his mother's death, and his failure to become an Executor.
  • Funetik Aksent: The Seven-Faced Dog.
  • Gag Boobs: Busujima, who uses them to hide vials.
  • Godiva Hair: Isabi, although he's male. We think.
  • Golden Thread of Fate: Binds Muhyo and Roji together, according to Page, although he could have used a better adjective to describe it.
  • Gonk: Ebisu, particularly what looks like a clown nose.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Muhyo suspects Jyo's politeness toward the two regarding the kidnapping case is the "good cop" act rather than sincere belief in Magical Law. It turns out that he's desperate enough to solve the case to turn to them.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Muhyo, in spades.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Iwamoto's death at the hands of Sophie.
  • Grand Theft Me: Teeki to Enchu.
  • Handsome Lech: Yoichi.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: In his school days with Muhyo, Yoichi, and Biko, Enchu was shown to be an incredibly hard worker, going to insane lengths to become an Executor and support his sick mother. However, although Muhyo spent all his time slacking off, he ended up getting picked to be an Executor over Enchu. Partly justified in that Page notes that the people responsible for the decision were concerned about Enchu's preoccupation with his mother, and saw that he, unlike Muhyo (who immediately suggested giving the position to Enchu should he be chosen), did not think of others.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Rio.
    • Although he wasn't exactly evil in the first place, Goryo probably counts.
    • Enchu.
  • Hell Hound: The Raindog and some literal Hell-hounds.
  • Heroic RROD: Muhyo, after sentencing Face-Ripper Sophie.
  • Hetero Sexual Life Partners: The titular pair, as well as Goryo and Ebisu.
  • High Heel-Face Turn: Panza gets Redemption Equals Death. Rio, partly the result of realizing that Teeki killed her mother.
  • Hot Springs Episode: The group goes to one on a case and has to help a writer deal with the spirit of another writer.
  • Huge Schoolboy: Yuki Otada, who is Driven to Suicide and comes back as a haunt as a result of his classmates cruelly falsely apologizing to him and giving him fake addresses.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: "Article" instead of "Chapter," which is a reference to the many articles of magic law.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Ebisu tries this on Goryo in Article 62. It doesn't work
  • Immortality Immorality: Ark's goal is to achieve immortality.
  • Improbable Age Muhyo and Biko.
  • Instant Runes: Played with in the Curse Wheels, which serve to lay down the "Hundred Curses" as they pass.
  • Insufferable Genius: Muhyo. You ARE this Trope!
  • Jerk Ass: Goryo.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ebisu manages to give Roji some useful advice about how best to support Muhyo when talking about his criminal past and service to Goryo.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Muhyo appears very cold and pitiless, but often talks the envoys he summons into giving ghosts a lighter sentence, and he really does care about people, to the point of being determined to bring back Enchu or give his life in the process. He just has a funny way of showing it.
  • Kick the Dog: Shortly after his introduction, Goryo is shown telling one of his employees to have an old lady possessed by a ghost because she couldn't pay his exorbitant fee. Another instance has him laughing at a mother who lost her child in a tragic accident.
    • "It was only one child. Why, she could have found a new man, made another one."
    • Tomas relating, with boredom and disdain, his killing a MLS agent while he was writing the first letter to his wife in years. It's also his Establishing Character Moment,
  • Kids Are Cruel: Yuki Otada commits suicide after being bullied for his size, and after they falsely appear to make amends.
  • Kuudere: Goryo to a T, at least pre-8.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Goryo, after he attempts to take down Ark one too many times.
  • Last Name Basis: More than half the cast. A sign of Roji's familiarity with Muhyo is just calling him "Muhyo" rather than "Executor Muhyo".
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Quite a few characters are in the cast, and typically, each volume except for the last has at least one or two new characters who get character profiles.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Muhyo does this to Yuki Otada, both as a way of tricking him into releasing the people he's kidnapped and making his descent into Hell easier.
  • Loveable Sex Maniac: Yoichi
  • Love Makes You Evil: Most of the members of Ark are largely doing what their doing because they lost a loved one and think they can get them back using forbidden magic. Doesn't help their being used as pawns by Teeki
  • Manipulative Bastard: Teeki, in spades.
  • Manly Tears: Nearly every male character in the series gets at least one of these moments.
  • Marionette Master: Panza and Buhpu.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Back when Goryo was still a jerkass, he managed to beat Muyho in their contest by killing the last ghost. However Muyho was the one ultimately appeased the bigger threat controlling said ghosts and even reunited it with her daughter. Goryo may have won Muhyo's office, but can't relish the victory because he knows, in the large scheme of thing, Muyho is still the better executior and he only won on a technicality.
  • Missing Mom: Rio and Enchu.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: Part of Roji's "Super-Fab Tech."
  • The Mole: Rio.
  • Monster of the Week: At first.
  • Name and Name
  • Necromantic: Ark's other major motivation, especially for the Cortlaw siblings.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Nana to her father, who died of a heart attack just after she stormed out of an argument with him. Subverted when he comes back as a ghost and she finally does get to say goodbye to him as he's dragged down to the river Styx.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Rio Kurotori, while serving as The Mole, tells Roji a story about herself shielding Biko from an exploding potion, and comparing it to the way Muhyo is exerting himself for Roji's sake, causes him to come to an epiphany and be able to use his wards effectively against Face-Ripper Sophie. She lampshades this to a degree when she points out that she had to seem cooperative.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Julio is typically quite lazy and notes that Teeki never had to work on him as a result, but once his curse activates, the heroes are unable to move, and thus in dire straits.
  • Odd Friendship: Imai and Busujima.
  • 108: Goryo's maneuver of the same name.
  • One-Winged Angel: Some of the Ark members and Isabi.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Roji, aka Jiro Kusano.
    • Also, Yuu Abiko, more commonly known as Biko.
  • Parental Abandonment: Nana's father is dead and her mother left after divorcing him
    • Literal version with Panza whose family literally pushed her out the door once they found out about MLS and made it very clear they didn't want to see her again. All because she could see ghosts.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Muhyo and Roji, as a result of not having many cases and being a small and not very well-known Magical Law office. Muhyo wants to keep the office small, as he notes "Go public and you'll end up like Goryo."
  • Pet the Dog: Goryo: "You went the wrong way?! Now Ebisu would never — ...Driver, this conversation never happened."
  • Playing with Fire: Rio's favored method of attacking with forbidden magical law.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Enchu to Page.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Chief Inquisitor Page.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A lot of the problems in this series could've been solved before they even begin if the characters bothered to listen to one another. For example, Enchu went down his path because he though Muyho was honestly trying to steal the Executior spot from him If anything, Muyho was trying to help him as he knew how badly he wanted to help his mother. And it isn't till he's nearly too far gone and has killed people that he finally listens.
  • Post Script Season: After Teeki's defeat, the following stories really feel like this.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Roji lashes out at Muhyo at one point, angrily asking him why he doesn't teach him anything despite his efforts to be a good assistant, and asks if it's because he doesn't trust him. Muhyo coldly tells him that his actions during the competition were to force Roji to show him what he could do, but now that he didn't deliver, he intends to put him on leave so that he can realize what he must do.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Muhyo frequently gives these. Page gives a brief one to Enchu after he coldly reacts to seeing an unconscious Yoichi, and tells him that Yoichi has been putting all his effort into investigating him and bringing him back despite his evil deeds.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Panza
  • Retirony: Two guards who are engaged and planning to move away from the Arcanum get killed by Face-Ripper Sophie, who assumes the female guard’s identity.
  • Rival Turned Evil: Enchu.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Biko.
  • Save the Villain: Muhyo and Enchu
  • Secret Test of Character: Page, with Roji. He offers to take Roji on as his assistant, but Roji insists firmly that he'll stay with Muhyo. He passes, of course.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: One of the envoys uses this theme, attacking with seven barrels that each possess a certain animal on them and correspond to one of the sins.
  • He is Not My Boyfriend: Imai gets angry and chases Busujima down when she refers to Roji as her boyfriend.
  • Ship Tease: Roji and Imai, at various points, such as when Busujima suggests he's Imai's boyfriend.
  • Shout-Out: Roji's first visit to MLS is a lot like Harry's first visit to Diagon Alley.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Roji declares that he refuses to believe that people's fates cannot be changed, and that Enchu merely couldn't deal with his grief, and dispels the curse technique, allowing the heroes to move again. Likewise in the final battle he chews out Enchu stating all the pain and suffering Muyho went through in trying to save him and, though he understand Enchu's reasons, he's being stupid in his vendetta and it's not helping anyone, least of all Enchu himself..
  • Slasher Smile: Muhyo and Ebisu.
  • Smug Snake: Goryo, to the core.
  • Soul Jar: Teeki has a mark on Enchu in the event his body is destroyed. His spirit transfers to Enchu's body and slowly takes it over.
  • Spell Book: The magic law books owned by Executors. They also come packaged with a convenient Self-Destruct Mechanism.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Averted in a one-shot chapter, where a ghost of a boy had been said to be "stalking" a girl in life, but he merely wants to be friends with her. Played straight with Panza, for Roji.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad: Ark.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl
  • The Stoic: Muhyo rarely shows any emotion besides calm detachment, slight annoyance or amused disdain, even when he's fighting against former friends or particularly evil ghosts.
  • Suck Out the Poison: Rio does this for Biko, but subverted in that it doesn't work.
  • Summon Magic: The series is built with Summon Magic.
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: Enchu desperately wanted to become an Executor, while Muhyo was apathetic about it, to the point of saying he'd give it to Enchu if he was chosen. Muhyo is chosen for "thinking of others", and because of Enchu's preoccupation with his sick mother being a point against him (which becomes true given that Teeki killed his mother to drive him over the edge).
  • Synchronization: Referred to as "syntony." A side effect of forming a flesh and blood contract.
  • Taken for Granite: The Gingko Hag's ability.
  • Taking the Bullet: Yuuri for Muhyo. Later on, Panza for Roji.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: “That’s Miss Q-La to you.”
  • Think Nothing of It: Goryo, when he gives Muhyo and Roji back their bureau.
  • This Loser Is You: Roji, although he improves.
  • Together in Death: Kid thinks this about his family in his dying moments.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Roji. Quite often, actually.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: Between Muhyo and Roji.
  • Tsundere: Imai typically is fairly stern and often gets irritated by her best friend Busujima’s antics, but often shows a softer side, like when she cries after Roji fails the advancement test that would let him stay as Muhyo’s assistant.
  • Unexplained Recovery
  • The Unfavorite: "Face Ripper" Sophie in life, was left out of many social events for how she looked, and responded by killing her sister and tearing off and wearing her face. Then again said sister did have it coming.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Busujima hides tempering medicine between her breasts to prevent Imai from finding out how reckless her magic use is.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Both Teeki and Enchu in the final battle The former when he realizes that the heroes have him cornered and he's on his last legs trying desperately to keep himself bound to Enchu to avoid being killed. The latter when Muhyo and Roji slowly whittle away his evil resolve by revealing Teeki's true scheme and help him come to terms with his mother's death.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Seven-Faced Dog.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Yoichi.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Played straight with Rio.
  • Wham Line: Rio revealing that she's in league with Enchu.
    • Also Muhyo's response to the outcome of the contest between him and Goryo.
    Muhyo: Who said we won?
    • Muhyo's decision after losing to Goryo
    Muhyo: (to Roji) I suppose now's as good a time as any. I'm putting you on leave until further notice.
    • Near the end of the manga, a long-forgotten wrinkle in Roji's provisional rank comes up.
    Muhyo: So you're happy with getting fired?
  • Whole Episode Flashback: How Muhyo and Roji first met.
  • Wizarding School: The Magic Law School, more commonly referred to as MLS.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Vector, a cursed half-ghast child whose curse activates if he fulfills basic needs like food or companionship, and who, merely by sitting still, sets up spirit roots that drain many people's souls.
    • Also Yuki Otada, who is sympathetic enough that Muhyo gives him a Lotus-Eater Machine while sending him to Hell.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: A particularly cruel version happens to Yuki Otada, when the kids who had bullied him falsely apologize offer him their contact information to stay in touch. After trying to contact them and discovering the information was false, he is Driven to Suicide.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Teeki makes a Hannibal Lecture to this effect when his victory seems certain, noting that Enchu is a prime example.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Enchu.
    • And Rio seems to dye his hair pretty often, from blond to green.
  • You Have Failed Me: Ark isn't afraid to kill one of their own if they fail in a fight against the heroes. So much for unity.
  • You Killed My Father: The Cortlaw kids and Rio's main grudge against the MLS.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: After Face Ripper Sophie is defeated, Rio reveals that she deliberately released ghosts from the Arcanum and is a member of Ark.

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