Manga: Servamp

From right to left: Kuro, Mahiru, Tetsu, Hugh, Lily, Mikuni, Jeje, and Misono.

Servamp follows Shirota Mahiru, the kind of guy who likes to keep things simple and hates dealing with complicated issues. One day, he picks up a stray cat he found starving on the street. The next day, when he comes home, he finds a person eating his food and watching his TV in the cat's place. A person who can transform back into a cat.

This person is Sleepy Ash, and is actually an incredibly powerful, shapeshifting vampire—one of the Seven Vampires of the Deadly Sins. The only problem is that he's the vampire of Sloth, and is incredibly lazy. However, after drinking Shirota's blood and donning the name Kuro, he becomes his servant and must fight against the mysterious eigth sin 'Melancholy' who wants to start a war between the vampires.

This work contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Family: The Alicein family. Their first names all start with the syllable "Mi": Mikage, Mikado, Mikuni and Misono.
  • All-Loving Hero: Mahiru doesn't really want to fight, let alone kill anyone - not even Tsubaki himself.
  • Animal Motifs: Each one of the Servamps has an animal form that they're associated with. Kuro's a cat, Tsubaki's a fox, Lily's a butterfly, Jeje is a snake, Hugh is a bat, and Lawless is a hedgehog. The others have yet to be revealed.
  • Backstory: Reason why Misono hates his brother Mikuni so much, as well as the reason why the latter doesn't live with the rest of the family anymore
  • Battle Butler: This is what all the Servamps were apparently created for, but Lily deserves special mention.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason why people flock to both Mahiru and Tsubaki.
  • Berserker Tears: Tsubaki when he captures Lawless/Hyde after the latter killed many of his subclass.
  • Big Fancy House: Misono's house.
  • Brains and Brawn: Misono (brains) and Tetsu (brawn) have this dynamic, especially in later chapters.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Both Misono and Hugh have shades of this.
  • Butt Monkey: Tsuyuki seems to attract bad luck. He knows how to deal with it though.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: The vast majority of the cast is male. The female characters in the series can be counted on one hand.
  • Catch Phrase: Almost every named character has one.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Kuro.
  • The Chessmaster: Misono.
  • Chick Magnet: Kuro in cat form. Lily is implied to be one too.
  • Childhood Friends: Mahiru and Sakuya. Turns ot they weren't.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Mahiru. No matter what, he's always trying to help and save everyone - even his enemies.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The entire cast to varying degrees - except for Mahiru.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Mahiru's parents are dead, and his uncle isn't at home a lot. He's glad about it when he brings Tetsu and Hugh home and wonders how he should have explained all that weirdness.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Tsuyuki.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Mahiru (brown eyes and hair) and Misono (purple).
  • Cute Kitten: Kuro in cat form. He also tries to use this to calm Mahiru down, but it doesn't work.
  • Dumb Muscle: Tetsu is amazingly strong, but he admits that thinking isn't really his forte.
  • Emotionless Girl: Otogiri.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Tsubaki is shown to care about his subclass a lot. In one scene he is even shown crying and apologizing to the ones that were killed by Lawless. He then proceeds to personally seek revenge. Mahiru also notes that he always shows up to save one of his subclass, no matter how insignificant they may be.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Kuro is never seen without them.
  • The Faceless: Jeje's face is always hidden under three paper bags with smiley faces on them. Yes, really.
  • Fake Memories: Mahiru thinks he's been friends with Sakuya since their childhood. In reality, he's only known Sakuya for a year, but Sakuya altered his memories to make him think they were Childhood Friends.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Misono doesn't want to have anything to do with Mahiru at the beginning and the two often bickered, but it got better.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • The Gadfly: Mikuni sure likes messing with people. Especially Jeje and Tsuyuki.
  • Gentle Giant: Tetsu and Lily, the two tallest members of the main cast and probably the nicest (along with Mahiru).
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Kuro's entire attitude.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mahiru and Kuro, Misono and Snow Lily, actually all Eves with their Servamps count.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Finding out about Tsubaki's true motives is a major plot point.
  • Hikikomori: Kuro is a self-proclaimed one.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Tetsu watches a soccer game on TV and starts cheering, Hugh declares that a real vampire doesn't get excited over sports like that. The next panel has him sitting on Tetsu's shoulders, cheering even louder than his Eve.
  • Idiot Hair: Misono. Some characters even call him that as a nickname. His personality is the exact opposite of the stereotype though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kuro. No matter how often he states that he's too lazy to do anything, he's always there to protect his friends - especially Mahiru.
    • Licht, too. He doesn't look it, but Higan observes that he gets stronger when he has someone to protect.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Everywhere, usually courtesy of Mahiru or Kuro.
  • Large Ham: Berukia, Tsubaki and World End.
  • Lazy Bum: Kuro.
  • Missing Mom: Mahiru's mother passed on before the manga proper.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Snow Lily aka the Servamp of Lust. His constant undressing is a Running Gag.
  • The Napoleon: Misono - short, smart and a Tsundere.
  • Nice Hat: Hugh wears one. It's almost as tall as he is.
  • Older Than They Look: Shuuhei/Tsuyuki is in his early twenties but can pass as a high school student.
  • One Bad Mother: The Servamp of Wrath's alias is The Mother. Subverted because while she is a Perpetual Frowner to the point of a Death Glare (and Lily is terrified of her), she actually seems to be kind of nice.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: All Servamps are referred to by their nicknames instead of their pseudonyms except for Lawless - until his nickname is revealed to be Hyde.
  • Only Sane Man: Mahiru is often referred to as the sole tsukkomi of the series.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Mahiru.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The most powerful vampires must each serve a human whose blood they drink, and have other weaker vampires under their control.
  • Pungeon Master: Mahiru's uncle.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The vampires, naturally.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: All vampires have red eyes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lots of them. Some of the pairs include:
    • Mahiru (red) and Kuro (blue).
    • Misono (red) and Tetsu (blue).
    • Licht (blue) and Lawless/Hyde (red).
  • Running Gag:
    • Misono falling asleep at nine o'clock sharp every evening, often mid-sentence. He later learns to stay awake until ten.
    • Kuro trying to calm Mahiru down by going all Cute Kitten on him, failing and getting hit. The next panel usually shows him in human form, complaining that Mahiru can hit such a cute cat.
    • Lily's constant attempts to undress.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: The entire theme of the Servamps.
  • Shared Family Quirks: When Mahiru first sees Kuro in his human form, he tries to chase him out with a broom. When his uncle comes home and also sees Kuro, he does the exact same thing - even saying the same words as his nephew!
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Misono and Hugh are the shortest members of the main cast and also the smartest.
  • Significant Birth Date: Misono is born on Febuary 14th, aka Valentines Day, as he was an illegitimate child of his influencial father and his brother's teacher
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Misono's last name. Arisuin? Alisuin? Alicein? According to the official translation, it's the last one.
    • The latter depends on the country as in the German and French translation it's Alisuin.
  • The Stoic: Nothing ever unsettles Tetsu. When asked about his dislikes in his character sheet, it even states that he can't think of any.
  • Super Strength: Tetsu. It's never explicitly stated, but no normal human should be able to throw a coffin with Mahiru and Kuro on top on the roof of Misono's Big Fancy House.
  • Tsundere: Misono. He gets better.
  • Undying Loyalty: Mahiru to his friends. Also Tsubaki's subclass to Tsubaki.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mahiru and Kuro care about each other a lot. Doesn't keep them from bickering nearly all the time.
  • Yandere: According to Word of God, Sakuya is this.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Many characters (including humans) have blue, purple, green or pink hair. Nobody seems to mind.
  • You Watch Too Much X: Happens in the first fight against Berukia.
    Mahiru: Take him down!
    Kuro: You've read way too much shounen manga...
  • Younger Than They Look: Tetsu is 14 but commonly mistaken for a high school student.