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Manga: Strange+
Strange+ is a comedy manga series with an anime adaptation that started airing in the Winter of 2014.

The plot (such as it is) goes that Kou is searching for his older brother Takumi and finds him working for a detective agency. Kou gets dragged by Takumi into the business and, together with Masamune and Miwa, take whatever jobs come their way, not all of which have necessarily to do with detective work, but all have the commonality of being incredibly bizarre.

The anime adaptation foregoes Kou and Takumi's backstory entirely and drops the viewer into the dynamic of the already established team. Episodes are about four minutes long.

A second season is set to premiere in Summer.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Masamune is implied to like yaoi.
  • Ass Kicks You: Butts made of plastic being used as weapons is a Running Gag.
  • Ass Shove: Dr. Ozu gets a bamboo shoot sprouting from the earth up his ass in episode 10.
  • Bad Luck Charm: Episode 10 is about the detectives being hired to guard one of these. Pain and hilarity ensue.
  • Bishōnen: Takumi definitely has a girly look to him. Kou is an understated example.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Many times, as expected of a Gag Series.
  • Don't Try This at Home: Takumi claims his body survived getting splashed with acid because he had eaten natto before and it made his body alkaline. Masamune holds up a card quoting the trope.
  • Fanservice: At the beginning and end of each episode, there are cards showing characters in fetish-y situations.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Takumi and sex criminal Baron Eros. The Baron chases him wholeheartedly and Takumi gets mad when he chases someone that's not him.
  • Gag Series
  • High-Pressure Blood: In episode 4, Masamune gets hurt and his blood gushes out like a geyser, allowing Takumi and crew to climb on it and overcome a wall in their way.
  • Indy Escape: Happens in episode 1.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Rusty Nail claims to take from the rich to give to the poor. Yet she attempts to rob the forever poor detective agency.
  • Lolicon: Dr. Ozu is a pedophile not just for girls, but boys too.
    Kou: Why is Nii-san in your lap?!
    Ozu: This is the little boy character healing method.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Kiyoko's first friends are the guys hired to protect her.
  • Mushroom Samba: Much of episode 6 is Rusty Nail's allucination caused by touching a mushroom that was growing in Takumi's leftover ramen.
  • Older than They Look: Takumi looks about 12 but is older than his brother Kou who's 18 and looks his age.
  • Only Sane Man: Out of the team, Kou is the one most likely to act sensible when needed or to call his colleagues out on their antics.
  • Otaku: Masamune and his rival Kyouya.
  • Out of Focus: Miwa doesn't have an episode dedicated to her and generally has less screentime than her colleagues.
  • Perpetual Poverty: The detectives. They are poor by definition, and they often have to give up their payment because of the destruction they cause.
  • Phantom Thief: Rusty Nail.
  • Private Detective: Is the base of the setting, though it's not taken seriously or played straight at all.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe. In episode 12, during the street performance of Bloomoon, the crowd roots for the bad guys because the heroes are being played by complete sociopaths (i.e. our pprotagonists).
  • Shameless Fanservice Boy: Takumi likes to strip in the middle of a mission to distract people.
  • Ship Tease: Kou and Kiyoko.
    • Uptown Girl: She's a rich girl and he is an incompetent detective (?) forced to commute with 3 other people.
  • Shout-Out: In episode 2, when confronting Kiyoko's attackers, Masamune says "In the name of the moon, I will punish you!" and strikes the pose. Also, the entirety of episode 12 is a parody of Sailor Moon, where the main characters are hired to act in a street performance of it.
  • Smoke Out: Parodied when Kyouya throws one as a grand departing gesture, but the smoke clears away in time for the gang to watch him leave through the door.
    Kou: What was the point of that?!
  • The Smurfette Principle: Miwa is the only girl in the detective agency. She still manages to be manlier than Kou, Takumi and Masamune.
  • This Is Reality: In episode 5...
    Takumi: Don't compare this to some spy movie! This is 100% reality!
    Masamune and Miwa: It is?
  • Those Two Guys: Kaori and Mera, buddy cops.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Parodied at the end of Kyouya's introductory episode. The narrator boredly says "After that, he kept appearing for some reason".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Takumi is often put in feminine clothes.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Takumi.

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