Manga: Murciélago

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 that drives like an absolute maniac, to destroy other mass murderers that 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 Child: Hinako is a high school student, but acts more like a preschooler. Even when people are dying around her she seems to remain blissfully ignorant to everything.
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Kuroko doesn't seem interested in relationships, just lots of sex. As such she has many partners to choose from.
  • Anti-Hero: Kuroko, either of the unscrupulous or nominal variety.
  • 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, to 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kuroko in spades.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Boobs of Steel: Kuroko has massive chest (I-cup), and even bigger fighting skills.
  • Butch Lesbian: Kuroko is definitely more masculine in general, and tends to dress the part, despite her very long dark hair and svelte and buxom figure. She even wears suits for fancy parties.
  • 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.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Terumi can literally punch his way through death traps.
  • Cold Sniper: Reiko.
  • Cool Car: Hinako's 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.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Hinako can somehow go Roof Hopping in her convertible.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Kuroko can be more than a little creepy looking most of the time.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Homosexual 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.
  • Knife Nut: Conrad is scarily proficient with his knives.
  • Nasty Party: The "Murderer Party" arc features one of these, courtesy of Satori Hyoue.
  • Ninja Maid: Yukari from the Murderer Party arc kicks ass perfectly well in full Meido attire.
  • Plucky Girl: Hinako is pretty much unstoppable when she puts her mind to it.
  • Psycho Lesbian: One of the few instances where the two are probably not interlinked.
  • Psycho Serum: Cesare, a performance enhancer that heightens physical strength and concentration, with the side-effects of causing hallucinations and inability to feel pain.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Kuroko, combined with being very tall and curvy.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Kuroko's reaches past her knees, which considering her height means her hair is longer than some women are tall.
  • R-Rated Opening: Chapter 1 opens up with Kuroko having sex with Chiyo (who has yet to be properly introduced) towards the beginning.
  • Razor Wire: The antagonist of the pilot chapter uses this as his Weapon of Choice.
  • Really Gets Around: Kuroko has a laundry-list of sex-friends to call on as is, and is always looking to add more.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: Kuroko would be on death row, but she's allowed to act on the police's orders to kill other psychopaths.
  • Sequel Hook: The Murderer Party arc contains several hooks for future plots, such as Kuroko promising to encouter Reiko again, the mansion's owner recognizing Miyuki, and Yukari receiving a strange visit at the hospital.
  • Shout-Out: There is an amusement park called Tekeli-li Land.
  • Spider-Sense: Kuroko can anticipate death traps and attacks with seemingly perfect accuracy. She even goes so far to claim it's precognition.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Kuroko.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vomiting Cop: Mukoujima empties his stomach after witnessing the handiwork of the Domestic Killer arc's villain is discovered.