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YMMV: Kekkaishi
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The soundtrack is done by Taku Iwasaki
    • The most notable being "Get Away From Here", "Hit the Monsters" and "Take Over Destiny"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Madarao's popularity despite his decreasing appearances as the series, is due to the fact he had one of the coolest fights in the series.
  • Evil Is Cool: Kaguro, Byaku and most of the Kokoboru in general
  • Evil Is Sexy: Shion, at least in her human form.
    • Aihi subverts this, as she's not truly evil, but still very good looking in her her human form also.
  • Foe Yay: Kouya and Madarao, what with the way Kouya really wants Madarao back, and the way Madarao left him for Yoshimori's predecessor.
    • Kaguro has this to everyone he gets involved with, especially Gen and Yoshimori
  • Growing the Beard: The Kokuburou arc is where the story drops its Monster of the Week gimmick and becomes a much more detailed story
  • Moe: Yuri.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Kaguro killing Gen by stabbing him from behind, leading to his death
  • Replacement Scrappy: After Gen dies, Sen and Souji as his replacements, the former is a sissy Dude Looks Like a Lady and the latter isn't as emotionally engaging (makes sense his emotions are even more low key than Gen's) and a great deal of the last part of the plot is focused on him rather than the more pressing matters of the Shadow Organization.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Of the "Will They or Won't They?" genre, a lot of the later plot focused on the clumsy one sided romance from Yoshimori. It's not nearly as bad as let's say a Rumiko manga but it's still very distracting
  • Shocking Swerve: The return of Hazama Tokimori in Chapter 296.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The third ending. In addition to having the casts' chibified heads floating around, it also includes dancing shikigami.
  • Too Cool to Live: Gen Shisho, Most of Kokuborou, especially Gagin and Kaguro, Mudou and Koya And most of the higher ups of the Shadow Organization.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The gender confusion over Madarao because he used Japanese feminine pronouns was bad enough that the creator had to step in and set things straight for the readers. The translators of the official English publication of the manga were the biggest victims.
    • He uses Japanese feminine pronouns in the original manga. In translations and the anime it's clear he's a guy.
    • The mangaka originally intended for Madarao to be female, but she never specifically said so and the anime used a male seiyuu. So she went with it and Madarao is now officially male.
      • Actually, an omake the author revealed that he was intended from the beginning to be gay
    • There was some confusion over Okuni, a member of the Urukai council who was clothed head to toe and switched gender pronouns at least three times over the course of the fan translations she was eventually confirmed to be female in the official one.
    • In Sen's first background appearance, before it was revealed he was a male, a number of readers assumed that he was female because the Dude Looks Like a Lady.

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