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YMMV: Descendants of Darkness
  • The Chris Carter Effect: Affected a lot of fans. What was Sagadalius talking about in the Devil's Trill arc? What does Konoe have to do with it? What happened to Ruka? What was up with the hints of incest in volume 2 of the manga? If not a human, what the hell is Tsuzuki? Is the child in his head a real entity or was he just imagining it? Why doesn't he remember anything about his stay in the hospital? How did he manage to actually die after failing so many attempt because his body was just indestructible? What was the significance of the panel where they show some of the Count's face in the manga? What's the deal with Tatsumi's mom? What's the story behind Tatsumi and Tsuzuki's first meeting? Is Enma evil or not? Complete anime series and we're at volume 11 of the manga, and none of these questions have been answered yet, and they keep building as we continue through the latest arc. After nearly a ten year hiatus, some fans have abandoned ship.
  • Complete Monster: Muraki, too. While many of the villains in the series are utterly despicable (Demon Sangatanus and Mother Wong being particularly prominent), none of them compare to how nasty and horrific Muraki is.
  • Creepy Awesome: Muraki.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The OP of the TV series, To Destination's EDEN.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Hisoka is bashed often by Muraki x Tsuzuki fans.
    • Ironically, Tsuzuki has been bashed on more than one occasion by Muraki x Hisoka followers.
    • Ukyou Sakuraiji, Muraki's fiancee/girlfriend in the manga, gets the bashing she does not deserve.
    • And Tsubaki. Dear Gods, poor Tsubaki.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Some fans tend to ignore Muraki's worse traits to pair him up with others, like the whole mentally and physically raping Hisoka and making him die a horrible death thing.
  • Fridge Horror: May be a case of YMMV. You'll notice that when Muraki kidnaps Tsuzuki in volume 8, he's wearing his suit. When you see him next (still in Muraki's clutches), he's wearing a yukata...
    • From Bad to Worse you recall that by typical rights of succession, Nagare's older brother Iwao should have been clan head. His father simply hated him enough to appoint him head of the family so he would be doomed to this fate. And here's some extra Fridge Horror, for good measure: Had Hisoka lived, he would have been next in line to house Yatonokami. Essentially, he was doomed to being raped and an agonizing death no matter what. Like Father, Like Son, I guess.
  • He's Just Hiding: Muraki, after the Kyoto Arc; he makes a couple spectral cameo appearances in the manga which lead some to suspect he's capable of astral projection.
  • Ho Yay: ... and how.
    • Oh boy... where to begin... Everybody wants Tsuzuki. EVERYBODY.
      • Let's see, there's Hisoka, Muraki (the most blatant one), Hijiri, the Count (just as blatant as Muraki), Tatsumi, Watari (a one time Stupid Sexy Flanders case), even his Shikigami... Yup, everyone's gay for Tsuzuki.
    • And then there is a particular Shinigami, Terazuma, that is 'allergic to girls' turning him into a "Giant Afghan Hellhound" if touched by them. Hell, just looking at 'girly' Hisoka set Terazuma off!
      • Not just looking, attempting to kiss. It was a contest.
      • And he never stood a chance, especially while trying to imagine him as a flat-chested girl.
    • Les Yay: Self-identified lesbian Rika seemed to have a thing for Chizuru, while Saya and Yuma go around groping each-other in onsens.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Nagare. It's true he was negligent of, if not downright abusive towards Hisoka in ways, but it can't be denied that the dude's life has sucked.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: See Ho Yay above — everyone, but especially Tsuzuki. There's enough backstory, mental trauma, and suggestive panels in this series to give canon backing to pretty much any ship. Take your pick. There's Hisoka, Muraki, Tatsumi, The Count, Hijiri, Byakko, Touda, Suzaku...
  • Lawful Good: Chief Konoe
  • Magnificent Bastard: Muraki is either this or a very charismatic and efficient Smug Snake.
  • Marty Stu: One could make a case of this for Tsuzuki; he has a Dark and Troubled Past that's played up as being even darker and more troubled than any of the other characters, has an unusual eye color, is extremely powerful, is nice to everyone, has almost otherworldly handsomeness and is loved by everyone (even the villain!). That being said, his derpiness seems to balance this out a little.
  • Memetic Molester: Muraki.
  • Mind Game Ship: Any relationship involving Muraki, played fairly canon with Tsuzuki.
  • Moe: Tsuzuki.
    • Hisoka's no slouch either.
    • Hijiri and Kazusa. Especially together.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Muraki crosses it so many times that it's hard to keep track. But raping and murdering Hisoka is a good start...
    • Maria Wong's stepmother crosses this when she has Muraki bring Maria back from the dead despite the fact that Maria committed suicide to escape from her stepmother's abuse, and did so just so that she could abuse her more.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Yes, Nagare Kurosaki never was a good father to Hisoka. He is still not the horrible and heartless bastard that overprotective Hisoka fans think he is.
  • Wangst: Tsuzuki wangsts a bit much over every single person's death considering that he's an ancient god of death. This is actually explained in canon: he feels so much pain over each person's death because he doesn't think that someone who committed suicide has the right to end the life of someone else who wants so much to live.
  • The Woobie: Most main characters qualify to some extent. Except Muraki.

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