Five years ago, Kakeru Satsuki's older sister committed suicide. Since then, his right eye has become a shade of gold, and he wears an eyepatch to cover it. The only person he's friends with is his childhood friend Yuka and classmates Kaori and Tadashi. But inside, he has no interest in anything. While walking home with Yuka one day, the world suddenly changes. The sky becomes red, the moon becomes black and Eldritch Abominations called Larva roam the street. This is just the beginning of what is about to unfold.A unique feature of the game is the Cross Vision mode, which allows the player to see events that have already happened from a different character's perspective. This is necessary, since Kakeru's narrative alone can't capture the whole story.11eyes -Sin, damnation and the atonement girl- is a Visual Novel released by Lass in early 2008. In early 2009, a second story was created, titled 11eyes -The Story of Another side-. The second story has an almost entirely new cast, and promotes minor characters like Shiori and Kaori to main character status. These two stories were grouped together into an Updated Re-release for the Xbox 360 titled 11eyes CrossOver.The series also has a Gaiden Game, 11eyes -Resona Forma-.The game is a indirect sequel to 3days, an earlier novel. Several characters between the games are related.An anime adaptation, covering Sin, damnation and the atonement girl's story, aired in the fall of 2009 and is now playing on the Anime Network.Can also be viewed legally at Crunchyroll here.
This visual novel provides examples of:
Abusive Parent: Takahisa and Ema have the best trope from 11eyes. His father abused sexually Ema, his younger sister. Their mother seemed caring in Takahisa's After Story but it implied that she did nothing to protect them in the past, which is probably the reason why Takahisa is so cold toward her during their meeting.
Somehow in Misuzu's case. She thought her father was indifferent to she and her mother and exiled them after Misuzu amputated him during a duel. However, in Misuzu's After Story, it's revealed that her father cared for her and their relationship improved.
Affably Evil: Kanae. She could offer you a cup of tea and try to kill you afterward.
Almost Kiss: When Kakeru and Yuka think they're the only ones left the first time they enter the Red Night, this takes place. It's broken only by their sudden return to the real world. When Yuka tries it again, Takahisa arrives.
Ambiguously Evil: In the anime, until it's revealed that Liselotte is the true Big Bad, all of Black Knights can fit with this trope, due to their sadism toward Fragments, especially the ones who have a more important role like Ira or Superbia.
Especially if we ignore the fact that the anime has really messed up everything. In the game, the Black Knights are more developed than in the anime and except their cruelty toward Fragments, they aren't really evil or even sadistic. Their background in Before Story arc shows all of them are even kind people (even if in Acedia's case, it's a bit uncertain).
Anti-Magic: Yuka's late blooming ability. Problem is, it cancels out her friends' powers too. She decides to call it "Hands of Glory". Though she doesn't actually know what that means...
May count as a Stealth Pun, considering that a "Hand of Glory" was an obscure piece of magical folklore: A talisman made from the hand of a hanged man, used by burglars to keep the members of the household from waking up.
Battle Couple: Misuzu and Kakeru (literally if her route is chosen) as well as Yukiko and Takahisa in the game.
In Before Story, there are many example of this during the battle. The literal examples are Georgius and Misao (toward the end) and Sebastianus and Irene.
Samson and Misao can somehow works as Samson is in love with her but isn't really a couple. Subverted with Benedictus and Scholastica who are more a Sibling Team.
Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Major revolutions in history, like the two World Wars, the French and Russian Revolutions, etc., were caused by Liselotte Werckmeister. Liselotte was even an acquaintance of Hitler.
Famous holders of the Eye of Aeon include Teucer, Cyrus the Great, Rollo and Solomon.
Kakeru seems to lose it when Yukiko is killed in front of him.
Beware the Nice Ones: Kukuri, at the end of the game, you'll see some explanation for who is the most powerful of the cast.
Applies to Yukiko later on.
Big Bad: You'd think it was the Dark Knights, but in actuality, it's the girl in the crystal.
Big Brother instinct: If her route isn't chosen, Yuka could be viewed as one. Not in the anime however, as Kakeru is in love with her.
In the game "Resona Forma" There are two examples of this trope:
In Takahisa After Story, Takahisa towards Ema. It's revealed the reason why he ran away from his family was because he burnt alive his father who abused Ema sexually. He also ran away from her for her safety. When they reunited, he acted as an overprotective brother towards her again and had been furious when he thought Kakeru was interested in Ema.
In Before Story, there is Benedictus, one of apostles. He seems to be an Aloof Big Brother to his younger sister Scholastica. Even under his Acedia's form, he became enraged when she is cut off by Misuzu in the game. Misao had also this role toward Scholastica even if she isn't related to her.
Kukuri of course. She could smash you with a car if you touch Kakeru. In the game it's possible that she was this way with her younger brother in her parallel world. She actually went berserk when she learned that he died and killed the scientists charged with his death.
Big Damn Heroes: Almost all of the main characters invoke it at least once when saving their friends from the Dark Knights.
Bittersweet Ending: by the end of the anime Yukiko, Takahisa, Shiori and Saiko are dead. Even if they seem to be alive, those are not the same characters as the ones we're familiar with. But at least Liselotte is defeated.
Misuzu in the anime, after having learnt the truth about Fragments.
Also the scene where Kakeru rejected her love as he loves Yuka.
Broken Bird: Practically all of the main female characters. Some are worse than others, but they all have a tragic backstory.
Bromantic Foil: Tadashi. He never gets involved in the plot in any meaningful way, and is the Butt Monkey of the story. In Story of Another side, that changes a bit.
BrotherSisterIncest: Kukuri of course. Subverted in the anime, but in the game she has her own route, which is also actually the True Ending of 11eyes, however in Resona Forma Kukuri is from another world and it is revealed that they aren't related.
In Before Story, there wasn't really any incest between Benedictus and Scholastica but it's invoked when Liselotte forced Benedictus to rape Scholastica in an illusion.
The Brute: Gula, one of the Black Knights. He uses a massive club and attacks with strength alone. However, he is the first to fall.
Lisette who was actually The Big Bad seems more sympathetic after everything she endured during the crusade and became even one of the most popular girl after her role in her If Story. Verard seems nicer in If Story than in the original.
If you didn't have sympathy for Black Knights, you'll have it after having played to Before Story.
By episode 9, she's well on her way to becoming a yandere.
Club President: Yukiko creates the Modern Society Studies Club and ends up roping every one of the chosen ones into it.
Conveniently an Orphan: Everyone, to a degree, though Misuzu's mother is still alive and Yuka is living with a nice adopted mother and father. Takahisa is a Self-Made Orphan. Life was not kind to the six chosen ones.
Continuity Nod: Misuzu is descended from Ryuuichi Kusukabe, a character who first appeared in 3days. Yukiko makes a reference to Tsukiko, her older sister, who also appeared in 3days.
Driven to Suicide: Kakeru's sister in the very beginning. Turns out there are parallel worlds, and in at least two of them, Kakeru's sister, Kukuri, knew about Liselotte's plan, which needed Kakeru's golden eye to succeed. So in one world, she had the spirit of Abraxas, which had a chain whip attack, which she used to kill him, then herself. But that world didn't have the golden eye, and instead the Kakeru in Yuka's universe/world had it, while Abraxas didn't exist in that version of Kukuri. So instead of killing both of them, Kukuri in Yuka's world only killed herself since she lacked the chain-whip attack of Abraxas. Yeah, it's kind of confusing.
Early-Bird Cameo: Early on in the anime, you can see at least one instance of a pillar of flame lighting up in the background while Kakeru/Yuka are in the Red Night area. Takahisa can also be seen in the school and in the Red Night area, but we're not introduced to him properly until about episode 4.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Episode 12 can be viewed as this. Episode 11 can be considered "the bad ending", and is probably what Kakeru saw at the beginning of episode 12 had he done what he did in episode 11, where everyone ends up dying.
Enemy Mine: After learning the truth about Liselotte, the girl trapped in the crystal, the main characters help the surviving Dark Knights to fight Liselotte. They fail in episode 11, but succeed in 12.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Liselotte is very lovey-dovey toward Verard. Subverted finally in the anime, where she refuses to listen to him.
Nearly all the Black Knights even though they actually aren't evil have a lot of examples of this in the game.
Superbia loves Avaritia from the bottom of her heart and it's the reason why she accompanied the others in the mission.
In the game, Invidia can be really cruel but she is actually in love with Ira. And she breaks down when he's killed, Subverted in the anime, where she doesn't give a damn about his death.
It's also hinted enough that Acedia cares about his younger sister a lot and he is furious when she is killed.
Kanae seems really admire Liselotte and supports her but their relationship is still complicated.
Even Evil Has Standards: Kanae in Crossover. Although she is actually the Mastermind behind Crossover's events, she doesn't want Liselotte to destroy the world. However, her goal is to suppress every form of magic in the world so that Thule could dominate the world. So her goal isn't really more enjoyable than Liselotte's.
Expy - Lieselotte strikingly resembles Suigintou from Rozen Maiden. Kakeru Satsuki bears more than a passing semblance to Minato Arisato from Persona3. And someone capitalized on the fact that Misuzu resembles Mitsuru, and came up with this. (Warning Danbooru link)
First Name Basis: Yuka worries about this between Kakeru and Misuzu in the anime, noting a change in dynamics between them.
Genki Girl: Yukiko Hirohara. Kaori is the one from Crossover.
Good Is Not Nice: Yuka at the end of the anime. It's however kinda subverted in the game. Can be applied to Takahisa at the beginning.
Somehow Shuu in Crossover but he had a good reason to be so cold toward everyone.
Can be applied to the Black Knights. They want to save the world but their actions toward Fragments aren't really viewed as good.
Gory Discretion Shot: Played straight for many of the characters that get killed. Strangely averted for Yukiko, we get to see Superbia rip the fragment out of her, and get to hear her scream and die. Probably why Kakeru loses it and charges Superbia before Yuka "intervenes".
Gotta Kill Them All: The Black Knights appear to have this goal for the heroes. The reason is because each of them (except for Kakeru) holds a fragment of Liselotte's soul or to be exact, a smaller fragment of Liselotte's fragment of the Emerald Tablet.
Gratuitous Hungarian: In the anime version; the most noticeable location being the episode titles, which get worse every episode. The opening narration though is really good, thanks to being voiced by a Hungarian, András Faragó. Which begs the question why no one asked for his opinion on the translations.
There's also a bit of Gratuitous Italian in episode four when Tadashi is trying to get close to Shiori and failing horribly.
Greyand Gray Morality: In the visual novel, it's shown that no character is truly good or evil. Actually, It looked like a Black and White Morality first but the Black Knights weren't all bad actually, and some of them had a particular goal to act like this toward Fragments and still kept some human qualities. Furthermore, even Liselotte isn't all bad either.
Healing Factor: Yukiko shrugs off some pretty serious damage during the course of events. That she was a child soldier who had this ability exploited really reveals what she's gone through.
Healing Hands: Another of Kukuri's powers. She even equates it to an RPG.
Heel-Face Turn: Velad in episode 12, after seeing Kakeru talk about how there can be hope for a better future, and ends up helping to banish Liselotte.
Heroic Sacrifice: Avaritia holds Liselotte from behind in episode 12 to ensure that she gets banished to an alternate dimension where she hopefully can't escape. Unfortunately he gets sucked in as well.
Subverted with Sebastianus in Before Story. It's a Stupid Sacrifice but heroic anyway.
Hot for Student: Saiko-sensei, the school nurse, who smokes, drinks and is frequently sniffing around for virgins. Kakeru wonders how she became the nurse in the first place.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In episode 11, after learning Yuka may still be alive, Kakeru vows to find her. Then Misuzu mentions this trope in her mind.
It's subverted in Yuka's case.
Jerkass: In the anime, there is Yuka who is surely a real Bitch in Sheep's Clothing toward the end. She was nice at the beginning, but finally when the madness leads her towards Yandere, she didn't care for Yukiko or Takahisa when they are killed and tried to kill Misuzu herself. She even freed Liselotte herself to have Kakeru for herself. And she still ends up with Kakeru though. Subverted in the game.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Johanna. She only saved Shiori in her trial because she was just viewed as interesting. To Johanna, it's really a miracle.
Karma Houdini: Incoming apocalypse be damned, how can someone get away with brutally murdering three of the most sympathetic characters, one of whom was completely innocent. Well, Misao managed to pull it off somehow.
Despite becoming overly clingy, putting a razor blade in another of the cast's tea and willingly unleashing the Big Bad, Yuka somehow gets out of punishment without one single character calling her out.
Michel Maximilian. He is the one who transformed Lisette into Liselotte and yet, Nobody knows what's happened to him and he doesn't seem to have paid the price for his actions.
Light Is Not Good: The girl in white trapped in the crystal seems like an innocent person, but in actuality she's Liselotte, a pretty evil person bent on destroying all of mankind due to losing her lover. Doesn't help that the Dark Knights look evil and continually attack the main characters without bothering to tell them why.
Can be applied to Johanna. She is supposed to be the Pope of Index but she is far from being a saint as she actually willingly sent the Punishement Squad to their deaths in the battle against Liselotte. Her real role is watching the events and Sophia herself even calls her a sadist.
Mood Whiplash: "Kakeru-kun, I've made you lunch and FREAKY MASK BLOBS!!"
Multiple Endings: Interestingly, episode 11 is a "What if" bad ending, and is pretty damn depressing. Episode 12 can be viewed as an "alternate/happy" ending, or maybe at the start of episode 12, Kakeru used his foresight ability to see what would happen in episode 11 if he took the action he did in trying to save Yuka.
My Sister Is Off Limits: In Yukiko's after story, Ema's thanking Kakeru for all the help in getting the school festival ready. Takahisa becomes furious.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: After all but two of the Black Knights are defeated, it turns out they were the ones who were trying to stop the world from ending, not cause it.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: After the Dark Knights take the fragment out of Yukiko, Yuka suddenly shows up and throws it into the crystal seal holding the witch. So from the POV of the Dark Knights, the "bad guys" just released the Big Bad, while from Yuka's POV, she was helping to release an innocent person, and also, "protecting" Kakeru since the Dark Knights were attacking him.
Not What It Looks Like: In episode six of the anime, Yuka walks in on Kakeru and Misuzu in what looks to be a compromising position. Some Intimate Healing was involved after the Eye of Aeon was used for the first time.
Official Couple: Unless her route is chosen, Yukiko and Takahisa end up together. Tadashi and Kaori become one in Resona forma.
In Before Story, Sebastianus and Irene. And in If Story, Verard and Lisette.
Not really in Kakeru's case, as the couple is official according to the player's choice in the game. However, in the anime, Yuka and Kakeru end up together and in the manga, he ends up with Misuzu.
Ominous Latin Chanting: The OP ("Lunatic Tears...") has ominous chanting of the Seven Deadly Sins. Until it's revealed that these are, in fact, the names of the Black Knights. Theme Naming runs among them. Ominous Chanting is present in CrossOver's OP ("Endless Tears...") and the anime's OP ("Arrival of Tears") as well.
One-Man Army: Verard. Though he has some help for the second one.
First, there is Takahisa who appeared at the beginning as a real jerkass toward Kakeru and his friends. However, he is really sweet and friendly toward Yukiko and supports her despite her being a cold-blood killer.
Shiori has one, with a cat.
In the game, there is Verard. He wanted for the destruction of the world and thought it deserved to be destroyed. However, in his If Story, he shows his true love toward Lisette, saving her from being raped by killing 90,000 crusaders for her sake.
Sophia in Shiori After Story. She is actually a Mad Scientist but she really cares for Shiori as her daughter.
Nearly all Black Knights have a Pet the Dog moment. Superbia in the anime is cruel as hell toward the Fragments but she really loves Avaritia. In Before Story, she also has a Pet the Dog with Scholastica when she taught origami to her.
In Before Story, Georgius can be cold at times but he seems really care for his comrades.
In Before Story, Benedictus is shown as unsympathetic by his Jerkass nature at times. However, he really cares for his younger sister and tried to save her somehow in the battle. He also has one with his father at the beginning.
Johanna has a Pet the Dog moment toward Shiori After Story's end as she decided to help Shiori in her trial. However it's kinda subverted as she only did it because she found her as a very interesting individual. She is still a monster though.
Kanae has many examples although she still the Big Bad from Crossover. At times, she answers to students's questions when she is in the library, as she did for Shuu when he searched for Doppelganger. She also has a Pet the Dog moment with a cat during a meeting with Shuu.
Pinch Me: Episode 11 is what might have happened had Kakeru not been prepared. His vision comes to an end just after the credits, leading to him snapping back into action.
Phantom Zone: Time comes to a halt during the Red Night, and any property damage that occurs there doesn't transfer back to the real world.
Rape as Drama: In every case where this is shown, it leads to drama for the character. Lisette can say this very well after having been captured by crusaders who destroyed her village, she is raped by them many times and nearly killed. That event leads her to her hatred for the world as well as her transformation in Liselotte.
Ema, Takahisa's sister is said to have been raped by her abusive father. It lead to Takahisa to burning him alive then living in street where he fortunately met Saiko who took him under her wing.
In Before Story Benedictus is forced to see tentacles growing from his own body which raped his sister Scholastica before tearing her apart. It made Benedictus mad and apparently lead to his own death.
Redemption Equals Death: Verard could be viewed as one. He spent all the time to wish the destruction of the world and is charged of Liselotte's actions. Even if he was already died, he helped Kakeru through Eye of Aeon to fight her before the Eye is absorbed by Demiourgos. In If Story, he came back to the past to protect Lisette from her fate too and died afterward.
Shipper on Deck: Saiko, the nurse, seems a bit too interested in trying to hook up Kakeru and Yuka. She gets mad at Takihasa when he didn't come home, until she thinks he spent the night with Yukiko, then seems okay with it, much to his dismay.
Shout-Out: There is a room full of shout outs in the visual novel. Here's the image .
Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: In episode 12, Kakeru, having forseen the future had he done what he intended in episode 11, instead threatened to commit suicide, and thereby killed the lover Liselotte was trying to meet up with again.
Supernatural Gold Eyes: Known specifically as the Eye of Aeon, it allows Kakeru to see the future. The real value of the eye is that it allows the user to assimilate previous users' experience, memories and above all, to see different possibilities of the future and realize the one that the user desires.
Take a Third Option: Instead of trying to do the episode 11 Bad End plot, Kakeru pretty much stabs himself in episode 12. It ends up working and he recovers later.
Taking You with Me: Invidia plans to kill everyone in Kakeru's gang by exploding herself, but she fails due to Yuka's power awakening.
Talking in Your Dreams: Verard, a knight with the same kind of heterochromia s as Kakeru, appears in his dreams every time that the Red Night occurs.
Villainous Friendship: Between the Black Knights although they aren't the Bad Guys Avaritia and Superbia are the Type I in the anime,as Avaritia protected Superbia from Shiori's attack. However it's kinda subverted as Avaritia is really The Dragon and Liselotte is really the Big Bad.
In Crossover, Kanae and Liselotte who were Thule Members are type III. Kanae really admires Liselotte although she doesn't want her to destroy the world but Liselotte didn't care for her and was just interested in the destruction.
However, between Liselotte and Fu Manchu are more or less the type IV. Liselotte as for Kanae saw just Fu Manchu as a pawn for her destruction of the world and Fu Manchu in return mocked openly Liselotte and even revealed her intentions to Georgius.
Between Liselotte and Walter, the main antagonist of 3days, a prequel of 11eyes, have a relationship which could be more of Type IV but Liselotte after having discovered that Walter was the only one who infiltrated the Index Underground Library gained some respect to him and their relationship could be viewed as type II as Walter thinks Liselotte as weak and would like to be Thule's leader instead of her.
Weird Moon: The moon is black, three times larger than normal, and once Kakeru and Yuka leave the strange otherworld, still visible.
Wham Episode: Episode 9. Things are not the same any more for the main characters after that.
What the Hell, Hero?: Interesting trope for this series. Turns out that the main characters are actually "the bad guys", and the Dark Knights are the "good" ones, trying to keep the evil witch from achieving her goal to collect the fragments within the main characters and destroy humanity. However, a lot of it probably could have been avoided, had the Dark Knights not attacked them and continually told them "we need to kill you", which justified the main characters in defending themselves and killing the Dark Knights, so this trope applies to both sides if you think about it.
Yandere: Yuka. Specifically, episode 10 of the anime, with her handing that cup of tea to Misuzu with the razor blade at the bottom of it, and how she corrects Kakeru gently about using Misuzu's last name.
In the game, Yuka even tried to make a world where Kakeru knows just herself. However, in this case, she is more a dorodere case as she especially hated herself for her orphanage's event. Her personality was a bit different from the anime.