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Manga: 07-Ghost

07-Ghost (Seven Ghost) is a fantasy manga written and illustrated by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara. It is currently serialized in the monthly shōjo manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum published by Ichijinsha. Thirteen bound volumes have been released as of March 2012.

07-Ghost takes place in a fantasy world where Zaiphon is the primary form of magic. The ability is to use it is very rare and therefore highly prized. Each of seven districts has a House of God that is protected by one of the 7 Ghosts, a human with such extraordinary abilities in using Zaiphon that they are believed to be blessed by God. Teito Klein, a former combat slave, is sent to attend the Barsburg Empire's Military Academy due to his ability to use Zaiphon. Teito is an amnesiac and doesn't remember anything of his origins; what he does learn of his past comes from his recurring and often traumatizing dreams.

While delivering one of his assignments to a teacher one day, he comes across the high-ranked official Ayanami and recalls that he killed his father. In a blind rage, he attacks Ayanami, only to wind up in jail. It is only thanks to Mikage, his best friend, that Teito escapes and comes across three priests of the District 7 Church, Frau, Labrador, and Castor.

The manga had its license rescued by Viz Media after Go! Comi went under. 07-Ghost has been adapted into a few drama CDs. An anime adaptation of 07-Ghost was produced by Studio DEEN and premiered in April 2009.

07-Ghost provides examples of:

  • The Abridged Series: 07-Ghost Abridged. You can check it out on this Abridged Series Wiki link and on this Youtube link.
  • Alien Lunch: The Church has some interesting foodstuffs, most prominently the eyefish.
    • And we mustn't forget the delicious-looking winkhobs.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Possibly one of the reasons why Frau and Ayanami are very popular with the series's predominantly female fanbase. Some fans also felt that Mikage was sexier when he was being controlled by Ayanami.
  • Alpha Bitch: Shuuri Oak.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Kuroyuri says "It's a secret <3" when his/her gender is questioned in an omake in the manga.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Teito recovers the memories of Ayanami killing Father in the first chapter.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The Eyes of Michael and Raphael.
  • Anachronism Stew: For example, we have a German-like soldier Hyuuga (who by the way is named after a Japanese battleship of the early 1900's) going around with a KATANA, iconic of the Muromachi Period of Japan (~1400-1600's)...then again, this series does takes place in a fantasy world
  • Anime Catholicism
  • Art Evolution: Compare the manga art from the 1st volume to the manga art of the 9th volume here
  • Arranged Marriage: A common practice among the royalty and nobility in the series. The marriage between Teito's father and stepmother is just one example.
  • Badass Adorable: Teito, with his short stature and Tsundere attitude. Labrador also counts.
  • Badass Army
  • Bad Habits: When the Barsburg military people infiltrate the Church.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Konatsu, to Hyuuga's Mean Boss
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Castor can be as nice as can be, that is unless, he finds out that Frau has been secretly stashing porn magazines around the Church, and if anyone comes and threatens anyone in the Church. Teito is also attributed to this. As much as he can be a bit cold to others, he really cares for them, and he will really go into berserker rage if you hurt any of his friends. Little Teito is never happy if you get in his way, either.
    • Let's not forget about Labrador either, what with his Wars-eating flowers slowly weakening Haruse.
  • Big Eater: Mikage's obsession with yakisoba.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Hakuren and Shuuri Oak (it runs in the family). Also, Bishop Lance.
  • Bishounen: Everywhere you look.
  • Black Cloak: The default clothing of Verloren and the Seven Ghosts. Understandable, since they're death gods.
  • Blank White Eyes
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three sisters, kinda.
  • Blood Brothers: Mikage and Teito. They even make a pact early on in the series.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Pretty much Teito's Back Story, the fall of Raggs Kingdom.
  • Body Snatcher, of the People Puppets variety: Ayanami.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Most of the bishops in the main cast. Frau is a pervert, Castor is a doll otaku, Labrador listens to plant life, and Lance is a superstitious narcissist. They're all still quite impressive when they get working.
  • Brainwashed: Teito's brainwashed into becoming one of Ayanami's loyal subordinates
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: You can count the prominent women in this series on one hand. The bishies, on the other hand (no pun intended)... The only major female character appears in chapter 48 of the manga.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Subverted. In a show such as 07, one could expect Ayanami would be really angsty inside... He could care less about it, actually.
  • Chained Heat: Teito gets a slave collar put on him, which is accidentally activated by Frau. Now the collar has to hear Frau's voice at least once a day, or it will explode. Until he gets caught by Ayanami, who places a new collar on him, binding Teito to him. Ayanami then ups himself by brainwashing Teito into becoming one of his loyal subordinates. Fortunately Frau helps Teito break free of the brainwashing
  • Child Soldiers: Teito
  • Church Militant
  • Cloning Blues: Ouka is the only successful clone of the real Ouka, who died several years ago.
    • [[Subverted Trope: Her soul is that of the real Ouka, so while it may not be her original body, it is her soul.]]
  • Corrupt Church: There's one that appears in the manga.
  • Crapsack World: The Empire is corrupt and approves of slavery, and human souls can be devoured by Wars and Kor. Nobles and Royalty are horrible people with few exceptions. Even if you're lucky to be born with the ability to use Zaiphon, you'll only be a bigger target for slavers or the military.
  • Creepy Child: Kuroyuri
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The local religion is almost identical to the Roman Catholic religion, except that in addition to God they worship seven 'ghosts' that are more like crosses between saints and angels.
  • Cute Mute: Kurena and Razette.
    • But the last one is able to sing!
  • Dead All Along: All the characters who are Ghosts; also, Yukikaze, someone significant to Ayanami. Technically Ouka's real body died years ago, but one of the Ghosts moved her soul to the clone's body.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Teito. He lost his Father, his kingdom, his memories, his best friend, was turned into a slave, worked for the people who wronged him, was hated by everyone and their moms... not necessarily in order.
  • Dream Melody: the Raggs Requiem.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: The Krat's family specialty... and ALL of their predictions come true...
  • Distaff Counterpart: Ouka (intentionally). She has the Eye of Raphael to Teito's Mikhail, is a member of royalty, and also has a Fyulong dragon companion.
  • Drill Hair: Bishop Lance's side curl.
  • Empathic Weapon: Frau's ( Verloren's, really) scythe, the Eyes of Michael and Raphael.
  • Enemy Within: Teito is Pandora's Box. Frau wields a practically sentient scythe, and he comes close to losing control of it on more than one occasion.
  • Erotic Eating: Those candy things Castor gives Teito and Razette in episode 4... why must the animators emphasize it so, as in this set of screenshots?
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Considering the amount of Ho Yay in the series, this trope applies to almost all the major male characters, but Ayanami and Teito are arguably the most prominent examples.
  • Evil Uncle: Both played straight and subverted with Ayanami towards Teito. Ayanami has abused Teito a lot, but as manga chapter 98 revealed, he does genuinely care for Teito.
  • Fanservice: Pretty usual, since the creators are known for drawing yaoi doujinshi.
  • Fantasy World Map
  • Flashback Nightmare: Constantly towards the beginning episodes.
  • Fun with Subtitles: Dattebayo's troll episode 26.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ayanami/Verloren and Emperor Wolf, read Love Makes You Evil below.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Kuroyuri may or may not be a girl...but "she" certainly looks like one these tropes on this picture.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Ouka.
  • Good Parents: Krom and Millea, Teito's parents. Emperor Wolf turns out to be this when he breaks free of the "Shadow Man"'s influence. Capella's mother is also revealed to be this.
  • Gratuitous German: Lots, between character names (Frau, Verloren, Kreuz) and setting terms (Sklave, Begleiter).
  • Green Thumb: Labrador, both friendly and not so friendly types.
  • Hair Reboot: In episode 22 when Razette swims Teito and Hakuren from one place to another, you barely even recognize they were submerged under water for any period of time once they return to the land (Teito and Hakuren, I mean).
  • Handsome Devil: Ayanami
  • Handsome Lech: Frau
  • Harmful to Minors: Pretty much most of Teito's Back Story.
  • Head Pet: Mikage
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Hakuren Oak makes clear that he does not like women. He makes exceptions with his mother (who is, well, his mother, so she doesn't count) and Razette (whom he considers a girl rather than a woman, to Castor's annoyance).
    • Hakuren eventually explains why in chapter 63, admitting it's the result of childhood trauma from being constantly bombarded with albums filled with pictures of prospective brides on a daily basis.
  • Hero Secret Service: the trio of Bishops/Ghosts.
  • Ho Yay (Anime): See the relevant page.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Frau, Teito and Capella get warm hospitality from some sketchy establishments.
  • Hot God: It's explicitly stated that the Chief of Heaven gave Verloren a beautiful face on purpose, and the Seven Ghosts tend to be reincarnated as gorgeous young men.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Possibly Haruse and Kuroyuri
  • I Am Who? Teito is the hidden prince of/current heir to Raggs Kingdom.
  • Keet: Mikage; he's talkative, always cheerful and energetic. Contrasts quite a bit with Teito at the start of the series.
  • Kid with the Leash: Teito and the Eye of Michael.
  • Kill the Cutie: Mikage. It's a little easier to bear when they bring him back in a cuter form.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Despite being goofy-looking and having a sense of humour, as the manga goes on and on the apperance of Hyuuga indicates that many people are going to die. See chapters 64 and 65 for the most recent examples.
  • The Klutz: Sister Rosalie in the anime.
  • Loadsand Loadsof Characters: The main cast is fairly small, but there are so many minor characters that the total number of characters in the series exceeds 100.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Verloren. The inciting incident behind his fall into darkness was losing the woman that he loved.
    • Emperor Wolf, Ouka's father who sided with the "Shadow Man" to bring back the love of his life, Millea, Teito's mother
  • Love Triangle: Two plot-important ones centering on the Raggs and Barsburg families. Funnily enough, both triangles only have a difference of one person.
    • Millea (Teito's mother) <-> King Krom Raggs <- Vanessa
    • Emperor Wolf Barsburg -> Millea <-> King Krom Raggs
  • Made a Slave: Teito. That circular brand mark on his back proves all, sadly.
  • Magically-Binding Contract: Teito's collar, that binds him to Frau. And now, Ayanami.
  • Magnificent Seven
  • Meaningful Name
  • Mega Manning: Ayanami gains the ability of all the 07 Ghost he devours.
  • Memory Gambit: Set up by Fia Kreuz, on Teito. Once he leaves the church, his journey follows this setup.
  • Mineral MacGuffin
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Teito, on the final part of the bishop exam.
  • The Napoleon: Teito.
  • Necessarily Evil: Bastian, who murdered criminals because he couldn't live with the fact that they went unpunished.
  • Nice Guy: Mikage.
  • Nice Hat: Ayanami's peaked cap, which he is almost never seen without.
  • Noble Fugitive: Teito.
  • Nuns Are Funny
  • Older than They Look: Teito.
  • Only Sane Man: In Ayanami's crew, Konatsu is the only one who looks sane enough.
  • Oracular Urchin: Labrador.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Teito. Explored in a Flashback chapter where he sees one of the house's maids as a mother figure.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: And fluffy!
  • Our Ghosts Are Different
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The noel mermaids. They can mimic the appearance of any face, and can sing despite their lack of speech.
  • Parental Abandonment: Most main characters, but especially Capella. Capella does later reunite with his mother, though.
  • Parental Substitute: Frau to Teito, if you don't view their relationship with Ho Yay Shipping Goggles. Frau himself had a parental substitute: Guido, the previous Zehel. Guido's relationship with Frau is implied to be similar to Frau's relationship with Teito.
  • People Jars: They contain clones of Ouka... the real, deceased one.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The hosts of the Eye of Michael and Eye of Raphael.
  • Pet Baby, Wild Animal: Mikage. It is addressed later that Mikage's development is impaired for lack of interaction with other dragons.
  • Psychotic smirk: Ayanami.
  • Physical God: Verloren, the Ghosts.
  • Porn Stash: Frau keeps the porn he can't hide in his room in the Church library.
  • Purple Eyes: Ayanami, Labrador, Hakuren...
  • Quest for Identity: Half of the plot is driven by Teito's quest to recover his memories.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Black Hawks embody this trope. Their quirks drive Konatsu crazy, and his over-the-top reactions are a quirk themselves.
    • Also, Carl and his band of slaver traders.
  • Rags to Royalty / Secret Legacy: Teito, the prince of Raggs. The Heroes Journey that begins after the exam arc is about him exploring his past.
  • Redemption Equals Death: It was the only way for Bastian.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning / Glowing Eyes of Doom: Teito using the Eye of Mikhail.
  • Reincarnation: Mikage reincarnates as a dragon to be able to be with Teito, Bastian as a tree.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Mikage. Burupya!
  • The Rival: Teito and Hakuren's first impression of each other. Hakuren ends up quite soon in Teito's True Companions group, though.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Teito has the Death God Verloren sealed inside him.
  • Secret Test of Character: The last question on the bishop examination's written test.
  • Sexy Priest: If a character plays an important role in the series and is a bishop, he will be beautiful.
  • Sinister Scythe: The Ghosts' weapons, Frau's especially. It can outright cause him to attack someone without his accord.
  • Sinister Shades: Hyuuga's never seen without them.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Frau. Later on we learn that he's actually trying to emulate his past mentor.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Razette/Razet/Lazet/Lazette, Mikhail/Michael/Mikhael, etc.
  • Split Personality: Teito and the Eye of Michael.
  • Spoiled Brat: Shuri Oak, thanks to his doting father. Gets a harsh wake up call when he's thrown onto the battlefield.
  • Stepford Smiler: Hyuuga. He's always smiling. It's pretty unsettling...
  • Stoic Spectacles: Castor, unless you get on his nerves too much. Also, Hakuren every once in a while.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Ayanami rarely shows emotion, but he is kind to the Black Hawks. He also genuinely cares for Teito, and being Verloren's reincarnation, is deeply in love with Eve. The Ghosts can go from ruthless reapers to gentle and caring men within seconds.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Zaiphon seems to work like martial arts and zaiphon combat is taught at the military academy. It comes in three different types, which depend on the nature of the user: offensive, healing, and manipulation.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: The Eye of Michael, even though he's not exactly evil. Just overprotective.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Ouka is the only female member of the main cast, unless you count Kuroyuri. The Profe before Labrador was the only female member of her generation of Seven Ghosts, and the only female Ghost seen so far.
  • Title by Number: There are 7 guardian angels identical to the Grim Reaper, which includes Frau and the other Bishops.
  • Tragic Monster: When Teito has to fight a possessed Mikage who has had half his soul stolen.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Frau, who lost almost all his friends in the war. Teito's also had a rough past but he gradually gets better.
  • Tsundere: Teito (mostly around or because of Frau).
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Mikage, Yukikaze and Eve.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: It's implied that Emperor Wolffram Barsburg and Millea knew each other from childhood.
  • Villain Episode: Konatsu's Back Story chapter.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Turns out one of the Ghosts was behind sealing Teito being turned into pandora's box in order to get Velorin's power and get rid of both love and hate for a world of peace...he also killed all the Ghosts of the previous generation (barring the ones Ayanami got) with the exception of his friend Ea, whose eyes he took while trying to do so.
  • You Are Number Six: Back in Teito's slave days.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Haruse.

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