One day, without warning, a huge hole appeared in the world
And from it, emerged many demons
And then this happened, and then some other stuff happened, then this other crap
Huh? What's with this? Who even cares? It's not important.Man I'm hungry... Maybe I'll try some triple veggie garlic ramen later; haven't had that in a while.
"I'll treat you, I'll treat you, so please do the narration!
begins after the world is thrown into chaos by the arrival of numerous demons, prompting the king to send the descendants of the great hero Creasion, who a thousand years ago sealed away the Demon King Richmedes, to defeat them... All 74 current possible descendants, that is.
But the hero we follow is Alba, who on this great and perilous journey will seek to slay the Demon King, risk his life to save...the Demon King...and wind up being thrown in prison for a number of episodes for a completely unrelated reason! Yeah
Also, he has a bad habit of magnetically drawing towards him all the weird people
that exist within a 10 mile radius from him.
A unique form of gag-based manga (and its continuations) by Haruhara Robinson, watchable on Nico Nico
Seiga and later serialized under Shueisha's Jump SQ
has recently been adapted for the Winter 2013 Anime
season, with 13 five-minute episodes planned. A second season has been confirmed for July 2013
This show provides examples of:
- Abandoned Area: Justified concerning the prison they were sent to after Ros kicks Feburar through ten sets of cell walls in between them by Ros commenting that she must have wiped the place clean after entering the premise.
- Accidental Pervert: What lands Alba in jail after the Demon King presses charges...for a greater amount of episodes than out of it (after he winds up in jail again for harboring the Demon King at his side once she drops the charges). Hey, drawing that prison outfit is easier on the animation budget than his armor ever was!
- Adaptational Attractiveness: While not "adaptational" per se, since Alba already looks cute in the manga, (but unless it's a case of Art Evolution that occurs later on in the manga) his looks come off as more boyish in the anime due to his black eyes in the manga becoming larger brown eyes in the anime, with light actually shown reflecting off them.
- All Your Powers Combined: The shapeshifter of the chosen 12 can copy his fellow demon's powers by changing into them wholly, or just one appendage.
- Amusing Injuries: Broken ribs, injured larynx, heavy beatings from an overblown Tsundere, being dramatically sliced through by the second of the 12 Chosen Ones...ain't nothing for the likes of Alba and Co.! Although unlike many series, the injuries stick (more or less), leading to Alba complaining about his broken ribs several episodes after he initially broke them.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: The King seeks to unleash the Demon King just for the glory of having him sealed again. Unfortunately since most people don't know about his actions, Alba gets sent to prison for thirty years for punching him.
- Art Shift: Goes from the normal style to hyper-masculine old school shounen style to blob world style to normal again without wasting a single beat in some episodes.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Ros might sadistically torment Alba, but the two do care about each other as shown when Ros is sad that Alba isn't around, shocked when he temporarily got killed, and gives him helpful advice mixed in with his insults, while Alba will try to help unseal the demon king in order to let Ros be free.
- Badass: Anyone who isn't Alba, generally. Helps that the majority of the cast are super-powered demons.
- Badass Crew: Did we mention the super-powered demons already? Introduced thus-far are Janua Ein and Februar Zwei, out of the 12 Chosen Ones.
- Badass Grandpa: Rudolf, who gets up after being stabbed in the stomach to (initially) beat down Foyfoy, and manages to somehow survive an assassination ordered by the king.
- Badass Normal: Ros, who sends one of said super-powered demons crashing through like, twenty (empty) jail cells into the outside world without breaking a sweat. Also, just about any hero who isn't Alba.
- Baleful Polymorph: Samejima's Manly Energy Beam temporarily changes the target into a hyper-masculine version of themselves.
- Believing Their Own Lies: Ares was lying about being one of the Hero's Creasion's descendants when journeying with Hime. Only to be completely shocked when Ros says he doesn't have any kids after calling him grandpa.
- BFS: The most badass man gets the most badass sword. (It's Ros.)
- Blatant Lies: Episodes 13 ending narration.
Narrator: And thus the world was saved. Thank you, Hero Alba! We will never forget you!
Alba: The world's not saved!
- Blob Monster: The story opens up with Alba defeating a slime monster. Immediately followed by Ros asking if he's a pervert with a slime fetish.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Janua after Februar uses one of her seemingly created-from-darkness whip-like weapons still buried inside his body to control him.
- Came Back Strong: Red Fox
- Cardboard Prison: Janua apparently could have busted himself out at any time...but he still hangs around in prison, because that's where the "plot" is.
- Cerebus Syndrome: In season 1 episode 13, the first major plotline in the series is at last fully revealed to the viewer and (for the first time) Alba, which sets a much more serious tone to the (still pretty humorous) episode than any episode before it. (Prior episodes had also given brief indications to the fact that—despite the narrator's airy dismissals in episode 12—the Excuse Plot would turn out not to be a true Excuse Plot after all.)
- Things get even more serious partway through season 2; this is lampshaded by the narrator: "Where are the jokes? Is this really Senyuu?"
- Combat Pragmatist: Oh, sorry, uh, were you calling out your attack Foyfoy? Just gives Ros time to send you off blasting.
- Combat Tentacles: Zwei uses them.
- The Chew Toy: Alba. Both for everyone around him, as well as the universe in general as he tends to get sucked into things that makes his life suck just when it starts to hit an upswing. Nowhere is this more obvious than what happens between Chapters 2 and 3
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ros defeats Dezember and Juli easily when he activates his magic power, leaving Dezember shocked at his power.
- Dark Is Edgy: Dezember
- Deadpan Snarker: When he's not trolling Alba or anyone else he feels like, Ros fits this to a T, although Alba often gets in on it as well to keep some measure of sanity in the skits.
Rchi-chan: This guy's supposed to be a hero, but he's just spent all his time snarking...
- Death from Above: Juli tries this on Ros and company
- Defeat Means Friendship: More like Defeat Means They'll Stop Trying to Kill You For Now, Probably, and Just Hang Around Getting Caught Up in the Ever-Escalating Chaos Surrounding the Hero, Alba.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Janua trips and brings a whole three-story McDonald's rip-off down with him. Which lands him in jail.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Ros probably rivals Okita Sougo in the Prince of the Planet of Sadists department, up to his incredible casualness towards his messing with anyone he feels like. People rarely acknowledge it, although Alba's acutely aware of it.
Janua (a demon): What is he, a demon?
- The Dragon: Juli Sieben to Dezember Zolf. Literally as well since he can turn himself into a dragon.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Ros can't use his full magical power or else Rchimendes will be freed.
- Drop the Hammer: The Hero actually chief maid Ares.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Even the Narrator is falling for Samejima.
- Evil Duo: Februar and Zwei are actually two demons that come as a pair.
- Evil Old Folks: Februar is one though she looks like a little girl, but has all the problems some elderly people have including back pain and dentures.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Hime is the King's daughter.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Dezember has dice for irises. Neun has a star in his left eye, and the sealed Demon King has Creepy Crosses.
- Expy: Ros's character design is basically a "dark" palette swap of Cloud Strife's; he even has a BFS and similar competence to back it up. Hell, it's to the point that even his personality can be considered a more...upfront...version of Cloud's (after the latter's Character Development, at least).
- Face Framed in Shadow: The leader of the 12 Chosen Ones, Dezember Zwolf, who's first seen giving orders to The King.
- Baffles Michel when this holds true even when Dezember is in broad daylight. Then he puts on shadow like it's a mask.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: In-universe; Rchi-chan considers her grandfather's choices of clothes as this.
- Foreshadowing: "Even if I save the whole world I'll never be forgiven!" *
- Funny Animal: Miichan.
- The Gadfly: Ros, who spends about 75% of his energy screwing around with Alba and other dudes because it amuses him. The other 25% is spent hanging around snarking or not doing anything at all because he doesn't feel like it's worth the effort.
- Gender-Blender Name: Ares is a girl.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Samejima teleports into the dimensional rift solely to punch some sense into Janua and free him from Zwei's control.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The left of Janua's mismatched eyes glows creepily when controlled.
- Go Karting with Bowser: Janua, Ros, Rchi-chan, and Miichan, in the midst of fighting and arguing, spontaneously start playing dodgeball. Alba attempts to bring attention to this, to no avail.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Inverted; completely sane guards sometimes interact with the mind-bogglingly irrational heroes. See Insane Troll Logic below.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Red Fox prior to coming back strong.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Mostly Ros, who has a tendency to be an unhelpful sidekick to the hero, to the point that his actions are what lead Alba to get in trouble. He also has no problem at the thought of daydreaming about Alba being hunted as a fugitive.
- Ares apparently finds it hilarious that Februar unleashed her Combat Tentacles right through Hime's visor and likely, face, causing Hime and her armor to fall over supposedly dead. She gets up again, but still. She stabs Foyfoy and frames Alba in season 2 in a improvised plot to enter the city Turtle.
- Heel-Face Turn: Feburar pulls one. Doesn't help much though.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Alba, though he's disarmed before it gets much use.
- Horrifying the Horror: Ros is powerful enough that he scares the Demon King Rchimedes and has made him his Butt Monkey in the few scenes he has on screen.
- How Do You Like Them Apples?: Apples appear prominently in Ross' backstory.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: With a Non-Action Guy hero like Alba, Ros has to be. (If he feels like it.)
- I Didnt Mean to Turn You On: Miichan the masochist really "enjoys" being kicked by Rchi-chan, getting insulted by Ross, and pretty much anything that involves inflicting him pain be it emotional or physical.
- Innocent Inaccurate: Played for Laughs as Rchi-chan calls the seemingly-Token Mini-Moe actually-old-granny Februar Zwei "over a 100 years old"note and becomes excited over the proof of her "curse" that leaves her doubling over in pain after moving too quickly.
Alba: Rchi-chan, that's called being old.
- Insane Troll Logic: All over the place. An especially wacko example is when Elf disguises himself as Alba and himself—Alba on the right half of his face, Elf on the left—because he thought this would trick the guard into thinking neither of them had escaped prison. The guard doesn't fall for it.
- In-Series Nickname: Demon King Rchimedes' young successor Demon King Rchimedes, called Rchi-chan by Alba, Rchi by Ros, and...Rchi-tan...by Rudolf, etc.
- Mii-chan's real name is Michelajul Lortelia. Probably says something about Janua's (or possibly his) naming sense.
- Japanese Delinquents: The demon Samejima dresses like one.
- Jerkass: Ros. An out-and-out sadist, the dude seems to more than relish the thought of purposefully setting up Alba's downfall, and doesn't try to hide it, either. He'll willingly screw around with every other easily-riled person around too, if the opportunity presents itself.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Hime.
- Knife Nut: Red Fox
- Knight of Cerebus: Dezember in a big way.
- Large Ham: Almost every character who has the chance to move from a mudane topic to SUDDENLY YELLING SOMETHING RIDICULOUS...!! But Janua likes this trope a lot.
- Latex Perfection: Not quite as Elf's eyes are still clearly grey, and his voice is still vaguely recognizable, but his general proportions do change when he puts on his disguise.
- Lazy Bum: Teuful Diabolos, the head butler in the Kings Castle is one. He'll try to do as little as possible to the point the King wonders how he became the head butler.
- Lemony Narrator: The narrator gets increasingly bored and fed up with having to narrate the introduction sequence at the beginning of each episode, as showcased in the synopsis (taken word-for-word from his episode 12 narration).
- Literal Split Personality: Dezember Zolf.
- Lolicon: Rudolf, which grosses Alba (and the audience) out with his fawning over young Rchimedes more than once.
- Luminescent Blush: Right through a suit of armor!
- Magic Knight: Ros, who's initially shown only as a competent warrior, only to later subtly reveal that he is adept at healing (and in episode 13, combat) magic as well, which comes in handy in several crucial situations (situations that don't involve Alba's broken ribs, unfortunately).
- Manchild: Janua, the ninja demon with the strength to destroy 4 Tokyo Domes and an apparent magical power level of 530,000 introduces himself thus:
Janua: Arm Clone Jutsu!! *spins arm really fast*
Alba: ARE YOU AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KID OR SOMETHING!?
- Master of Disguise: What Elf presents himself as to Alba
- Meaningful Name: Hime because she's a princess.
- Mini Mecha: Hime is riding one in the shape of a knight.
- Meaningful Rename: The hero Creasion took on a name more befitting his loss of purpose.
- Mood Whiplash: There's a lot of this once the Cerebus Syndrome kicks in.
- Mr. Exposition: Foyfoy kindly takes it upon himself to explain to Alba how they'd all been had by the King and the demons on his side, who seek to bring back the originally sealed Demon King, Rchi-chan's grandfather (she herself is manipulated as well; see below) in a really cool manner. Then he tries to stand on numb legs and smashes his hardheaded face on the floor with his butt up in the air while doing so.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Alba can sense when someone needs his aid.
- Naked People Are Funny: Janua when he first pops up on earth.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Rchi-chan unleashed demons upon the earth while trying to make popcorn. Turns out to have been planned by her fellow demons to release her grandfather.
- No Budget: Parodied often. One episode skips the intro due to lack of budget, even though this increases the cost.
- Nonindicative Title: "The Hero" Alba, who does a lot more Only Sane Man snarking than actual heroism. Or fighting at all. But no worries; the latter part is taken care of by practically everyone else.
- No Respect Guy: Alba. Rchi-chan the Non-Action Token Mini-Moe Demon King replacement has laughed at your utter ineffectiveness at heroism (and life in general), Alba. She and Ros tend to make fun of him over this a lot.
- No Sense of Humor: Dezember and he gets frustrated when people are joking around.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Samejima, which shows off his abs.
- Older than They Look: Rchi, and indeed most demons, and The Hero Creasion.
- Only Friend: Miichan in Janua's heartwarming story, although when he turns out to be a masochistic talking cat, it creeps Alba out.
- Only Sane Man / Straight Man: Without Alba's precious vocal cords (oft made to shriek like a harpy at the madness that has a tendency to erupt about him), this show would be in ruins. Also Ros wouldn't be able to watch Alba get hunted down as a fugitive for harboring the Demon King at his side.
- Our Hero Is Dead: Alba gets bifurcated.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Rchi-chan spends an entire episode cycling through this, to humorous effect.
- Only in It for the Money: Foyfoy tries to kill the Token Mini-Moe Demon King for it...
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: ...Only to fail, and come back with something like this in mind against Ros several episodes later. Until he becomes alienated by the ongoing, several-episodes-long scenario that he'd been outside of.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The bounty hunter Elf wears a outfit that barely resembles Foyfoy. Then he dresses like a Centaur
- He does a much better job disguising himself as Alba since he's seen and heard him up close.
- Parental Neglect: The King doesn't even notice his daughters missing for two weeks.
- Pet the Dog: So far, Ros's Jerkass status has been played only for laughs, and he's done a far better job saving people (including Janua when Freburar Zwei brings him down) than Alba has, to said hero's speechlessness. He's shown slaying Nisepanda in the second chapter of the manga and giving some good advice to Alba afterwards about how he can't depend on others.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: These heroes sure are spending a lot of time being ridiculous in jail... There's even an episode or two dedicated to the main trio (and Janua) doing nothing at all in said jail.
- Portal Door: Rchi-chan can create these. But it's not designed for humans, so every time Alba goes through a portal, it breaks one of his ribs.
- Psychotic Smirk: It's part of Ros's very heroic forte (pages 31 - 34).
- Reality Warper: Strong demons like the 12 Chosen Ones are able to warp the area around them just by their mere presence. Rchi-chan won't because she's weak.
- But they're no match for Ros, a.k.a. "Creasion," who describes his powers as "anything I want." He demonstrates this by killing Dezember (after turning his hair into an afro), summoning Rchimedes, inflicting pain on Rchimedes, and sealing him away, all in a matter of seconds without expending any effort.
- Really 700 Years Old: Frebruar Zwei. Her dentures even fly out of her mouth. And she has back problems. Subverted with young Rchimedes, who's 100 years old but psychologically only 10, and only took up the role of Demon King recently.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Rchi-chan's grandfather Rchimedes is this. The King and several of the Twelve Chosen Ones are trying to release him.
- Razor Floss: Neun
- Readings Are Off the Scale: Rchi-chan when reading Samejima's magic power, but only because she hasn't learned how to multiply numbers yet.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Utilized by Ros and true for a number of demons, including Februar and Dezember. Averted for Janua (unless brainwashed and crazy) and Red Fox.
- The Reveal: Ross is in fact the hero Creasion.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Hime-chan who is, in fact, a princess.
- Running Gag: Alba constantly getting sent back to prison for crimes he unintentionally committed or framed for.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Played straight by one of the 12.
- Slapstick Knows no Gender: Gender doesn't stop Ares from being accidentally beaten up by the violently tsundere Hime-chan after she spills about her "secret" crush on Foyfoy.
- Skewed Priorities: Alba feels that Ros should prioritize healing Alba's broken ribs above healing his vocal cords. Ros feels differently.
- Smug Snake: Dezember and he learns the hard way once he sees how strong Ros is.
- Some Kind of Force Field: One surrounds Demon King Rchimedes in the dimensional rift and hurts anyone who comes in contact with it.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: The show is a rapid-fire Random Events Plot comedy. The first ending theme, inexplicably, is a slow-paced ballad.
- Spell My Name with an S: Ros (Crunchyroll's spelling on the first episode) is often rendered "Ross," "Rchi-chan" is also otherwise transliterated as "Ruki-chan," etc. Crunchy also writes the title of the series as "Senyu" (one u, no period) instead of "Senyuu.".
- The Southpaw: Alba
- Stepford Smiler: Elf November a type C.
- Stopped Caring: Alba at the beginning of season 2. He's started caring again by the next episode.
- Talking Animal: Miichan after being affected by Janua's power. He also became a masochist.
- Talk to the Fist: When Dezember is getting mad over Alba interfering and saving Ros, Ares runs into Dezember with Hime's transformed armor.
- Dezember does this when everyone is joking around and when Zwei and Februar are too busy talking instead of attacking him.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Janua can use teleportation magic.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Samejima explains that a real man can come to a friend's aid no matter where they are and can punch the brainwashing out of them. He then starts doing this to explain other illogical things that can be done by a real man like making one look taller than they appear and making everyone save Alba believe it makes sense.
- Temporal Theme Naming: The 12 Chosen Ones, each named after a month in a Germanic-sounding fashion (Janua, Februar, Dezember, and so on).
- Time Master: Ros magic power Time Control and uses it undo Alba's death when he actiavates it.
- Transformation Ray: Samejima's Manly Energy Beam.
- Tsundere: Hime-chan, if that's what they're calling it these days...
- Ros acts tsundere after stabbing Alba with a dagger he bought for him. He does it again after being reuinited with Alba where he genuinely smiles before he starts insulting Alba.
- Villainous BSOD: Janua when under Zwei's control has one at the beginning of season two since everyone calls his jutsu's magic.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Juli can change any part of his body into that of a dragon.
- Void Between the Worlds: Ross and the others who got transported in the teleportation spell made by Janua end up in the dimensional rift where Demon King Richmedes is sealed.
- Wanted Poster: Alba gets a very nice one once the King finds out that he's "on the side of" the Demon King. More specifically, he's "WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE | REWARD: 50,000,000-"
- Weaksauce Weakness: When Alba arrives he's the only one who can point out that what Samejima says doesn't make sense, causing Samejima to have a Heroic BSOD.
- Weirdness Magnet: Alba.
- Weirdness Search and Rescue: Turns out the Demon King released all the demons on accident and they're all stranded (including herself). Time for her, Alba and Ros to shove them back into their world! ...Not. Nonetheless, it's their current objective, and it's not like they haven't tried at least once (at an inopportune moment).
- Widget Series
- Wild Card: Elf November falls somewhere between Manipulative Bastard and It Amused Me, on the one hand he helps Alba reunite with Ares and co. even staying in jail for his sake. This leads to Alba preventing Juli's attempt to off Ros, and all of Dezember's initial plans in the long run for no clear reason. On the other hand he's a big fan of Break Them by Talking and Is the Big Bad in Chapter 3
- Wham Episode: No, really. Episode 23 ends with Alba being bisected by Dezember.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never shown what happens to Nisepanda in the anime. He's slain by Ross in chapter 2 of the manga.
- Who Is This Guy Again?: Although he's a main character, unlike everyone else, Ros's name and job (as Alba's accompanying "Royal Guard") is practically never brought up again after his introduction card. Alba even calls him "Royal Guard" once or twice, not by his name.
- Who Names Their Kid Foyfoy?: Brought up constantly and mercilessly by the main cast at Foyfoy's introduction, poor man.
- Year Outside, Hour Inside: Time flows faster in the dimensional rift.
- Zero-Effort Boss: The Bounty Hunter Elf ends up defeating himself.