Manga / Murciélago

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Ex-mass murderer turned hitwoman Koumori Kuroko lives in a city overflowing with heinous crimes and violence. Even though she is now a hired assassin by the Japanese police force, she has a record of murdering 715 people in the past since her childhood. Now, she partners with Tozakura Hinako—a wild, lighthearted and innocent yet bold girl who drives like an absolute maniac—to destroy other mass murderers who are deemed unstoppable by normal means. And just because she's got a job to do, doesn't mean she can't have a good time with the ladies...

Murcielago provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adult Fear: The "Gap Between the Sky and I" Arc revels in this. The villain of this arc abducts little girls on rainy days and strangles them to death. The mother of Sora, the most recent girl taken, is beside herself when she sends her daughter on an errand, and her daughter doesn't return...
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous:
    • Kuroko doesn't seem interested in relationships, just lots of sex. As such she has many partners to choose from.
    • Averted with Chiyo, who actually happens to be Kuroko's girlfriend. She's very aware of how lecherous Kuroko is, and would very much prefer it if she were more faithful to her. She doesn't seem to mind enough to dump Kuroko, though.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The five Murderer Party survivors include a mass murderer, a serial killer, a killer-for-hire, a probable high-functioning psychopath, and one repentant shoplifter (though it's implied that there's more to her than she appears, so this may be a subversion).
  • Awesome by Analysis:
    • Conrad is a physics professor which comes in handy quite a lot when it comes to laser array death traps.
    • Koumori is this as well. She's repeatedly proven to be exceptionally skilled at psychoanalyzing other criminals and manages to learn how to control a room full of traps via motion sensors just by watching someone else do it a few times
  • Batman Gambit: One of the early targets is a professional wrestler who is so pumped full of steroids he's now more monster than man. He's too physically powerful to take head-on, but he's also hallucinating that he's in a wrestling match where he is the Face. Kuroko tricks him into stopping a direct hit from a car, breaking both arms in the process (since it's the face's job to absorb the heel's assault,) and caps him when he's defenseless.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Kuroko is fast and strong enough to catch blades between her fingers.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A feature of Kuroko's default outfit, courtesy of high-waisted jeans that she keeps mostly unfastened and folded under her belts.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Of the five initial Murderer Party survivors, the loud-mouthed martial artist is the only one to die by the end of the arc. And then it's eventually revealed he survived, though he's lost his memories.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Koumori and Murcielago both mean "bat" in their respective languages.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Happens to a girl at the start of Chapter 16.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Terumi is a martial artist who regularly fights to the death in underground tournaments and seems very gung-ho most of the time.
  • Buxom Is Better: Kuroko definitely has a type.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Kuroko will drag any good-looking woman to bed the moment she comes within viewing distance, but she seems surprisingly restrained around Hinako, given how much time they spend together (and despite Hinako not even minding her rare advances).
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Kuroko and Hinako hardly even pay attention to mundane dangers like a mugger pointing a gun at them.
  • Car Fu: Hinako is a very skilled driver, almost supernaturally skilled, and she won't hesitate to use them as a weapon. If you are so unlucky to waken her other side headlights will be the last thing you ever see, no matter where you are.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Terumi can literally punch his way through death traps.
  • Cold Sniper: Reiko.
  • Cool Car: Hinako's Lamborghini Murcielago, which the series is named after.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Played for Laughs in one scene where it turns out Kuroko always has flowers hidden in her bosom in case she comes across a cute girl to woo.
  • Da Chief: Tsuru.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In one Wham Line, Hinako reveals that her parents were "terrible people" who were killed by Kuroko.
  • Eldritch Abomination: One of the arcs takes place in an amusement park with these as the theme.
  • Expy:
    • Kuroko looks rather a lot like Rip Van Winkle from Hellsing. Especially when dressed for parties. Though in action and overall personality she is a lot like Alucard.
    • Yukari is an implacable Ninja Maid devoted to her master and driven by vengeance, who ends up severely mutilated—not unlike Roberta from Black Lagoon.
  • Feel No Pain:
    • The maid Yukari does not feel pain, best seen when her only reaction to having an arm and leg hacked off is surprise.
    • The drug Cesare not only makes you inhumanly strong, but also lets you ignore pain to the point that users can shrug off bullets.
  • Godiva Hair: Frequently used as a Scenery Censor to tone down the nudity.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kuroko and Hinako live together, eat together, work together, and hang out together, but despite some UST between them, Kuroko prefers to sleep with other girls, and Hinako seems oblivious to romance in general.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Chiyo denies that she's a lesbian, claiming that Kuroko's a special case.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: The inevitable result of Kuroko putting her tongue to good use. One chapter ends with Hinako yelling that Kuroko and Chiyo are keeping her from being able to sleep.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Emphasis on ''extreme prejudice'.' Kuroko makes sure the murderer of the "Gap between the sky and I" arc suffered both physically and mentally before she rammed a steel girder through his back.
    • The fate of those who graduate from the Virginal Rose is to be skewered by a sickle-like blade on a track.
  • Killing Intent: For a split second right before Kuroko gets serious with fighting Yukari, Yukari sees a vision of a multi-armed skeleton tangled around her with a scythe around her neck and Kuroko's trademark giant tongue sticking out of its mouth.
  • Knife Nut:
    • Conrad is scarily proficient with his knives. This is best shown when he uses his knives to break the laser devices in one of Satori's trap rooms.
    • The main antagonist of the Domestic Killer arc is also inhumanly good with high-tech 'vibrating blade' knives.
    • Rinko, when in her bunny-masked alternate personality, dual-wields knives and is very good with them.
  • Nasty Party: The "Murderer Party" arc features one of these, courtesy of Satori Hyoue. Almost everyone at that party is killed by the traps set up in the manor.
  • Ninja Maid: Yukari from the Murderer Party arc kicks ass perfectly well in full Meido attire.
  • Not Quite Dead: Terumi Momoyama, the martial artist that first appeared in the Murderer Party arc, is presumed killed by a trap set up by Miyuki. He is later revealed to have survived but has lost his right arm, his memories, and his ability to feel pain and is now working with Reiko.
  • Overly Long Tongue: As if Kuroko wasn't unnerving enough. (Her girlfriends seem to enjoy it, however...) The snake-like imagery goes even further after Kuroko doesn't dodge a sword enough and gets the tip of her tongue split.
  • Potty Failure: Chiura loses bladder control twice after running into Rinko. The first time was after seeing Rinko kill someone, the second was just in fear of her.
  • Primal Scene: Hinako walks in on Kuroko having sex with one of her lovers. She seems to only be slightly unnerved by it and it's implied that this isn't the first time it's happened.
  • Psycho Serum: Cesare, a performance enhancer that heightens physical strength and concentration, with the side-effects of causing hallucinations and inability to feel pain. It mainly shows up in the fight with the wrestler, but several other chapters have plot points that are tied to it.
  • R-Rated Opening: Chapter 1 opens up with Kuroko having sex with Chiyo (who has yet to be properly introduced) towards the beginning.
  • Rape as Backstory: The genesis of the cult featured in the Rose Colored Prison arc was Gold Marie-sama being raped; she dressed her brother in drag to lure her rapists into a trap, killed them, and later emasculated her brother.
  • Razor Wire: The antagonist of the pilot chapter uses this as his Weapon of Choice.
  • Really Gets Around: Kuroko is a serial womanizer and has slept with quite a number of them as well.
  • Sequel Hook: The Murderer Party arc contains several hooks for future plots, such as Kuroko promising to encounter Reiko again, the mansion's owner recognizing Miyuki, and Yukari receiving a strange visit at the hospital.
  • Slasher Smile: Kuroko frequently has a large, unsettling grin when she's feeling her most murderous.
  • Shout-Out:
  • There Was a Door: Hinako, aside from being a rather impressive driver, has a knack for making grand, destructive entrances, and not only with cars.
  • Tragic Monster: The pro-wrestler antagonist wanted to get stronger for the sake of his fans, hoping that they will come back to watch him perform. Unfortunately, he turned to doping using a Psycho Serum.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Happens at the climax of the Rose Colored Prison arc. Turns out Rose Maria-sama is actually Gold Marie-sama's brother, altered to have a female body and emasculated by Gold Marie-sama, whose mind was apparently broken by her rape and could no longer see her brother as male after seeing him in women's clothes.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Sora's mother gave candy to a down-on-his-luck man when she was a young girl. However, that act of kindness turned that man into the The Rainy Day Killer, who in his insane quest to find and thank the one girl who was kind to him, kidnapped and murdered hundreds of girls throughout the years until the present.
  • Vibroweapon: One of the villains wields a high-frequency blade. Kuroko wants to get her hands on it.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: How Kuroko even fit a wrestling bell and hammer in there is a mystery.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend:
    • Point a gun at Hinako, have your arm sawed off by Kuroko.
    • Chiyo as well towards Kuroko. When Kuroko infiltrated the Virginal Rose cult during the Rose Colored Prison arc and forgot to contact Chiyo for a week, the latter decided to visit the cult in order to confront her. Chiyo's sheer anger when she sees Kuroko "brainwashed" is what made her decide to stop playing nice and pull out the sword she brought with her.
  • Vomiting Cop: Mukoujima empties his stomach after witnessing the handiwork of the Domestic Killer arc's villain.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Children are no safer than anyone else. The "Gap Between the Sky and I" arc has this as a focal point, as the antagonist is an insane homeless man targeting young girls; the arc's first chapter opens on the aftermath of one victim and murder of another, both 8 year old girls.


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