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YMMV: Peacemaker Kurogane
  • Foe Yay: Suzu and Tetsunosuke. Come on, Suzu even pretty much comes out and says, after another character asks him why he hates and obsesses over Tetsunosuke so much, that "this isn't hate - this is love."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Tetsu wanted to become a watcher like Susumu, a oniwabanshu or shinobi/Ninja). Guess what he is five to six years later.
  • Ho Yay: It's almost as bad as Get Backers.
    • Oh god, where to start? The whole series is like the living incarnation of Ho Yay. Okita and Hijikata, Suzu and Tetsunosuke, Susumu and Tetsunosuke, Tatsunosuke and Tetsunosuke, Suzu and Yoshida, Heisuke and Shinpachi, etc. Most of the Ho Yay appears to be on purpose, however.
    • This doesn't actually seem too far off if you consider that homosexual relationships were common during that era, especially with the men from the Shinsengumi. Heck the Japanese even had a term for two male samurai having sex, just look up shudo.
  • Moe
    • Tetsu really is an adorable little thing.
    • Also, the ever-smiling, childlike Okita Souji (at least until the swords come out).
    • Kogoro Katsura, a politician working against the Shogunate, is depicted in the manga as a small man with large eyes who tends to cry a lot. Ryoma even puts a pair of little dog-ears on him to complete the Moe-factor.
    • And Saya.
  • The Scrappy: Hotaru for being a wimpy girl who has a crush on Okita as well as being very clumsy. Tetsu and Tatsu for being attention-hogging protagonists despite being cowardly, impulsive and down right argumentative/ disrespectful to everyone including themselves.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Every single outwardly gay character is an Ax-Crazy Depraved Homosexual. Most notably Suzu, who was originally a good person when he was straight - however, once he goes crazy, his behavior becomes very flamboyant and he gets gay whenever Tetsunosuke is concerned.
  • Wangst
    • The whole series is pretty much compromised of a bunch of pretty samurai crying and confessing to each other their deepest and innermost feelings of sadness. Oh, and killing people.
    • Well, except that the terrorists they're fighting kill their friends and family, are trying to destroy their capital, and yet actually believe in the same ideals as them. And that Okita's dying of tuberculosis. And that Kondo, Hijikata, Yamanami, and Okita had to assassinate Serizawa because he used his power for racketeering just a year before the series begins. And the fact that, for them, the penalty for any violation of the Shinsengumi rules or Bushido in general, was ritual suicide. So, no, that they manage to be as cheerful as they are is actually quite impressive.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The "symbolism" of the cats and bells in the anime adaptation. It was never explained. (Though it was explained in the manga.)
    • The character for suzu means bell, and can also be read as "rin".
  • The Woobie: Tetsunosuke, Suzu, and Okita.

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