Manga: Tetragrammaton Labyrinth
Angela looks like a little girl but is an immortal who longs to die so her soul can reach the afterlife. Her partner is Meg, a 17 year old Anglican nun who has holes in her memory. Angela is very close to Meg and says that she can live only as long as Meg needs her.
Together, they belong to a mysterious organization whose mission it is to hunt demons: creatures that possess humans
as well as prey on both humanity's corruption and innocence. What sacrifices will be called upon humanity for this war? Can this war versus demons even be won?Tetragrammaton Labyrinth
is a violent
gothic tale in six manga
volumes. The story has been translated and published into English by Seven Seas Entertainment
Tetragrammaton Labyrinth contains example of:
- Absolute Cleavage: Trude
- Action Girl: Most of the cast members, Angela and Meg stand out the most though.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Demons, most of which are barely sentient and hunger for ether. They possess humans and consume their souls just so they can have a material body to continue their hunt more efficiently by eating living flesh directly.
- Ambiguous Ending: It's never made clear whether Meg and Angela and survive though the ending seems to indicate that at least the world wasn't destroyed.
- Anyone Can Die: The only main characters who (might have) survived are Meg and Angela.
- As the Good Book Says: Meg recites Bible quotes to cast spells.
- Back-to-Back Badasses
- Beware the Nice Ones: Most evident in Gertrude.
- Black and Grey Morality: With the exception of The Demon and The Crimson Prayer story arc, which was Grey and Grey Morality.
- Body Horror: Actually doable due to Healing Factor. Angela is unarmed. What do you mean unarmed? She chopped it off to use as a weapon. Yes, she uses a removed rib as a weapon once.
- Bury Your Gays: Inverted as Meg and Angela are the only named cast members to end the story alive
- Captain Ethnic: Hisame. Ironic considering where the manga was made.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Averted in that the series acknowledges Meg and Angela work for an organization within the Church of England, and that the Anglicans and the Vatican aren't particularly close. The casual reader could be forgiven for forgetting this, though, given that the Anglican Church has a lot of Catholic trappings left over even today, and the series plays them up.
- Church Militant: Meg and Angela. An army later turns up to quarantine the town that the demons ravaged though all they end up doing is mopping up the demons after the heroes end up taking the Big Bad out.
- Clothing Damage
- Cursed with Awesome: Angela's curse leaves her immortal, regenerating, and with no soul/ether. It makes her the perfect demon-slayer, and immune to possession.
- Cute Bruiser: Gertrude
- Dark Action Girl: Angela
- Deal with the Devil: Meg's dad allowed himself to be possessed to save his daughter.
- Demonic Possession: Demons need to this to manifest in the real world. Usually.
- Demon Slaying: Naturally
- Dirty Old Man: Doctor
- Dying as Yourself: Most of the possessed characters, notably Meg's dad who couldn't bear killing his own daughter.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Angela of course.
- Emotionless Girl: Angela. After centuries of life plagued by countless horrors, it's the only way not to go mad.
- Empathic Weapon: Both Agla and Anathema
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink
- Functional Magic: Rule Magic - all magic, no matter the tradition, is powered by "ether," which only living souls possess and demons desire.
- Furo Scene
- Gainax Ending
- Girls with Guns: Meg and Trude.
- The Glasses Come Off: Trude
- Gratuitous German: Half the manga does take place in Germany after all.
- Guns in Church: Not just guns, either.
- Heroic Sacrifice:Detective Edward, Trude, Gertrude and Hisami to kill Gilles de Rais's subordinates.
- Historical-Domain Character: Lord Gilles de Rais (Bluebeard) and Joan of Arc.
- Hollywood Cyborg: Gertrude is a Clock Punk version.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Edith
- Hot Scientist: Trude.
- Improbably Female Cast: A total of two male characters with a significant amount of speaking lines and only one who is named.
- Intimate Healing
- Kill the Cutie: Happens a lot.
- Lets You And Her Fight: The fight between the nuns and Hisami.
- Life Energy/Mana: "Ether," which powers magic and which demons love to consume. It's basically soul energy, and only living beings have it. If a person loses all their ether, they will die. Demons like to possess ether-rich people with low defenses, consuming their souls and taking over their bodies. Those bodies are then twisted and warped into nightmarish forms so the demons can consume living flesh from which to drain ether directly. Part of Angela's curse that makes her an effective demon-slayer is that, despite still being alive, she has no ether to lose.
- Little Miss Badass: Angela and Gertrude. Meg was also like this when she was younger.
- Lovely Angels: Meg and Angela naturally.
- Love Makes You Evil: Gilles de Rais who was driven mad by his love for Jeanne d'Arc.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Trude. Her sister Gertrude is a cute version. Luckily by the time we meet them, the mad scientist is already dead.
- Magic Skirt: Meg's
- Marilyn Maneuver
- Mayfly-December Romance: Meg and Angela.
- Meaningful Name: The demon-slaying scythe AGLA, which is (according to Bonus Material) actually a Kabbalistic acronym for a phrase praising God ("Athah Gabor Leolam Adonai" - "Thou art powerful and eternal, Lord") and thus a powerful word by which to banish and control demons.
- Miko: Hisami
- Morality Chain: Meg to Angela.
- Naughty Nuns and Nuns Are Mikos: Meg
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The main characters practically enable the villains plans by bringing Anathema to the seal thus breaking it. To make things worse, the villains couldn't actually touch Anathema.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: Angela who just wants to die until she finds her reason for living in Meg.
- Not So Different: Angela and Gilles de Rais in that they will do anything for their love.
- Of Corsets Sexy
- The One Guy: Detective Edward
- Panty Shot
- Playing To The Fetishes
- Public Domain Artifact: Angela's second scythe turns out to contain a nail from the crucification of Christ.
- Rapunzel Hair: Angela
- Really 700 Years Old: Angela who's been around since the 1400s after Gilles de Rais took her soul. She's also the one who founded the demon-hunting order within the Anglican Church, and isn't just their weapon.
- Religion Is Magic: Meg uses religion to focus and channel her magic.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Angela and Meg.
- Shrinking Violet: Gertrude
- Sinister Scythe: Both of Angela's weapons
- Stocking Filler
- Stuff Blowing Up: Detective Edward's primary weapon is gunpowder.
- Summon Magic: This is one of Hisami's weapons.
- Tsundere: Hisami
- Vagina Dentata: A demon from the first volume.
- Witch Hunt: Nepalese villagers organized one of these kill Meg's dad in her backstory after he became a demon with the standard Torches and Pitchforks. Not that it actually achieved anything.
- Yuri Genre