Manga: Those Who Hunt Elves
Left to right: Celcia old-self, Celcia current-self, Airi, Junpei and Ritsuko. (Mihke is missing)
"Ready, set... strip!"
— American cover for the first DVD
It's a show about three random people
who strip elves naked. It's not a porno
The three characters in question are Junpei (a thick-headed martial artist
), Ritsuko (a tomboy
and gun enthusiast
) and Airi (an award-winning actress
). They've been accidentally teleported from Japan to a High Fantasy parallel world
, and when the spell to send them back home is interrupted, the magic goes berserk and manifests itself as five arcane sigils tattooed onto five elves across the land.
Of course, there is no way of knowing which
elves have the sigils. So with no lack of misplaced determination and the help of an elven sorceress called Celcia (who is technically responsible for the mess in the first place), the trio vow to hunt down every female elf they can and strip them bare
to inspect their bodies and retrieve all five fragments
. Hilarity Ensues
That's basically it. It's a comedy, and it also includes a tank animated by the ghost of a cat
. There's not as much senseless Fanservice
as the synopsis implies, as the story focuses more on Character Development
, Rule of Funny
and the sheer ridiculousness of their situation.
There is a Manga and Anime series. Even if it sounds familiar, it has nothing to do with He Who Fights Monsters
You can find a playlist of the series here
This series has examples of:
- Anachronism Stew: Justified in that Celcia's spell summons objects from our world to hers (so having a tank makes perfect sense and is awesome), but also played straight in the pop culture references and the many religious profanities used. And Elf Mc Burger. You cannot escape Mc Donalds.
- This eventually becomes a plot point.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Creative use of an enlargement potion in an absence of Magic Pants makes for instant nudity. It also makes for an angry giantess who punches out a dragon that is threatening her town.
- Badass Crew: For better or for worse, Junpei, Airi, and Ritsuko and later Celcia are a team.
- Badass Longcoat: Judge
- Badass Normal: Junpei, Airi, and Ritsuko all qualify, since many of their opponents are supernatural or magical in nature.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Present in the anime, averted in the manga.
- The Big Guy: Junpei, played completely straight.
- Black Comedy Rape: Only just averted, invoked as well.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sometimes it happens during episodes. A good example is the first 5 minutes in episode 8:
Junpei: Wait a minute. Something's not right. It's only been thirty seconds since the episode title and we've already found an elf.
- Later during the explanation:
Junpei: Weren't you afraid of ghosts in the last episode?
Ritsuko: Then was then. Now is now.
Junpei: Boy, I hate fantasy stories!
- Junpei's catch phrase:
Junpei: "This is why I hate fantasy stories!"
- Episode 9:
Junpei: Man this series sure uses a lot of screwball comedies.
Celicia: Fantasy series Junpei, fantasy series.
- Butt Monkey: If there is anyone who has earned this title for the sheer amount of Epic Fails alone, it is Cecelia.
- Can Not Spit It Out: Seriously, people. "Hey, my friends and I are looking for the fragments of a very powerful and important spell that has imprinted on five random elf women. You don't happen to have any odd marks that popped up recently, do you?" IS THAT REALLY SO HARD?!
- They've tried. It didn't work. Elves can be such snobs.
- Catch Phrase: At least in the dub, Junpei says, "This is why I hate fantasy stories!"
- In the original manga, and it's "Freaking fantasy world!".
- "Forgive me for stripping you!"
- Censor Steam: Even during the initial fantastic tearing of clothes, the camera rarely catches inappropriate elf bits.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Junpei has incredible strength and speed from all his training.
- The Chick: Airi. Not that she's ineffectual. She just doesn't do a lot of the fighting.
- Clingy Costume: Millia from episode 10 ended up with an indestructible armor she cannot remove after trying to save her village from a giant. This ended up ruining her life, seeing how the armor comes with a pair of absurdly sharp blades she can't even stop wielding, making her unable to raise her hands without almost killing people. She got so desperate about it, she actually approached the protagonists and begged them to strip her naked. By the end of the episode, they do succeed in removing the armor, much to her delight, but she ends up putting it back on when she realizes wearing a Nigh Invulnerable amor and wielding two Cool Swords is kind of awesome.
- Cool Tank: The Type 74 tank, practically a character in its own right. Later on, it actually does become a character, when the cat spirit Mike (mee-kay) possesses it.
- Critical Failure: Celcia, a lot. She screws up the spell to send the trio home not once, but twice. Not only that, but she's the one who cast the spell that summoned Junpei, Ritsuko, and Airi to her world in the first place! Despite exemplifying this trope for the sake of the plot, she's reasonably competent when the stakes aren't returning the heroes home.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Be very afraid when Junpei finally stops fooling around and fights seriously.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The fighting in this series pitch the residents of a typical high fantasy setting against a second generation main battle tank.
- Cult: At one stage, Airi founds a religious organisation who pray stark naked. Unsurprisingly this is mostly marketed at elves.
- Curse Cut Short: In the first episode, one of the shark creatures lets out a 'What the fu-' in the English dub before being attacked.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: A dragon makes the mistake of perving over a stripped elf.
- Played very straight in the Christmas episode. Junpei kicks Satan up a chimney when he offers the group a deal.
- Dismantled MacGuffin: Our heroes have to search for a series of tattoos that were originally on Celcia's body, and thanks to a failed spell, now scattered all around the land.
- Dirty Old Man: Celcia's advisors are perhaps a little too eager to help the Elf Hunters in their quest to return home. And Millia's grandfather having a potion that makes elves take off their clothes?
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Millia, from episode 10. Comes complete with World Of Card Board Speech.
- Dracolich: There is one Dracolich in episode 3.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks
- Fanservice: Comparatively little, considering the plot.
- So little in fact that we Yanks got away with slapping it with a PG rating because of the violence. Even though the plot involves people stripping Elves down to their birthday suits!
- Friendly Sniper: Ritsuko.
- Guile Hero: In addition to being a Master of Disguise, Airi is skilled at reading people and controlling them. She can often do more with a few words than the others can do with magic, bullets or fists.
- Guns Akimbo: Ritsuko. She is a military otaku.
- Idiot Hero: Junpei. Good God, Junpei.
- I Gave My Word: Junpei takes his fighter's honour very seriously.
- I Have the High Ground: Judge again. He seems to enjoy pretending to be Tuxedo Mask.
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Junpei.
- Leitmotif: The tank is represented by an electric guitar riff.
- Lightning Bruiser: Junpei.
- Magic Misfire: Celcia disguises herself as a doglike creature to try to help them find the spell fragments without being recognized. However, when they find the first fragment and she transfers it to herself, it causes Shapeshifter Mode Lock until they have all the fragments. Her increasingly ridiculous appearance as the spell fragments transfer to her become a Running Gag.
- Master of Disguise: Airi, justified in that she is an award-winning actress.
- Mega Neko: Once the tank is inhabited by a cat spirit.
- Mirror Match: Used by Judge to weaken the heroes to arrest them.
- Naked Freakout
- Naked People Are Funny: enough said.
- The Noun Who Verbed: The title.
- The Nudifier: The potion which will make any elf naked.
- The One Guy: Junpei.
- Our Elves Are Better: A notable aversion. They all look good, but otherwise their society seems to have integrated well into that of human's.
- Our Mermaids Are Different
- Paper Fan of Doom: the women in the main cast, usually directed at Junpei (or any male too obsessed with the Elf Hunters quest), although Junpei himself uses it to prevent an uncomfortable old man homoerotic moment.
- Pimped-Out Dress: The Dances and Balls episode.
- Playboy Bunny: Junpei accidentally bursts into a room where girls are dressing into them.
- Potty Dance / Potty Emergency: Junpei, Season 2 Episode 2, complete with a graph and flashing alarm showing his current state. His dilemma leads to some uncomfortable images. Ends with the discovery of a teddy bear that can excrete toilet paper, in perfect rolls, complete with cardboard tube.
- The Power of Acting
- Pretty in Mink: A few outfits.
- Sexy Santa Dress: All the girls who act as Santa for temp jobs.
- Sapient Tank: The type 74 "Mike" after being possessed by a cat.
- Save Both Worlds: Brought up explicitly near the end of the first season is the idea that both Earth and the magical world to which the cast has been sent are fundamentally connected and in danger of some sort of magical cataclysm if the cast are not sent back to Earth. Then averted, or maybe just forgotten by the writers, because it's never mentioned again.
- It's possible that the worlds' combining only happens to a limited degree when one casts the summoning spell, and the additional combination witnessed during the first season was a combination of our heroes Walking the Earth and Annette's use of the summoning spell.
- Schizo Tech: There isn't really much of a difference from the real world other than that everything runs on magic instead of technology. Yet for some reason police and guards still use swords when there should logically be some kind of magical firearms technology.
- Shameful Strip: Multiple examples.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: More details below, under Voluntary Shapeshifting.
- Shout-Out: "Those damn dirty humans!"
- The whole point of the series is to poke fun at pop cultures and conventional fantasy tropes.
- In Episode 1 Airi disguised as an Elf, gives a Cutey Honey Speech and even coins the phrase Lovely Warrior.
- A certain landmass supported on the back of four elephants and a turtle appears often.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Junpei and Celcia, believe it or not. Junpei sure doesn't. As in, he's completely oblivious even when Celcia confesses to him. Which leads to Epic Fail number two.
- The Smart Girl: Airi, lacking muscles, magic, and guns, relies solely on her brain and her acting skills to support the group.
- Spanner in the Works: The elf hunters become this when an evil sorceress holds the entire world hostage as her magic, which can burn anyone at whim, does not work on those from the outside world.
- Spiritual Successor: Those Who Hunt The Butterfly, aka Ageha O Ou Monotachi, which is basically Junpei as an ex-prison guard trying to hunt down Airi while she hides in plain sight (IN SPACE!...), by simply stripping everyone naked he can and checking for a tattoo. Unlike Elves, though, Junpei tends to end up arrested/beat up/etc for his trouble.
- Stable Time Loop: It turns out that the Big Bad whom Celcia casts a protagonists-summoning spell to defeat is amnesiac Celcia from the future.
- Summon Everyman Hero: The back-plot of the story: to defeat the Big Bad, Celcia casts a spell which summons the protagonists. Less than a minute later, the Big Bad is only mostly dead, thanks to Ritsuko blasting it with the armored tank that the spell also brought along.
- Tank Goodness
- Team Pet: Celcia, for most of the series.
- This Is My Boomstick: As this world does not have any equivalent to firearms and tanks, the average citizen or villain tends to assume that these weapons are magical.
- Unscaled Merfolk
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Celcia can transform into whatever she wants with her ring. However, played with in that she always ends up transforming into animals (hence she is considered Team Pet) and cannot transform back once she absorbs any one of the spell fragments. She can only change back once she gains all fragments or lose them all. The fact that the spell fragments, which manifest visibly in her body as she gains them, make her look ridiculous◊ does not help. For those who don't understand the image, the dark lines on the big bird are the spell fragments that manifest on Celcia's body. And that big bird is only one of the forms that she ends up not so willingly taking throughout the whole comic.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In one chapter of the manga, Junpei states that "you can't go by in a fantasy world without knowing a spell or two", and thus sets out to train in the arcane arts in his very own way. Hilarity Ensues.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Airi's purple hair.