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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Lucia goes anywhere from pure evil to Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds depending on how you choose to interpret his past. There's no question which one child Lucia is, though.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: The Japanese cover of the first volume has Plue eating a candy with several characters beside him. The North American and European box art has Haru wielding the Ten Commandments. Almost the opposite of what happened with the anime.
  • Ass Pull: Niebble. He isn't referenced once until Sieg needs help breaking out of prison, and is treated by Sieg as a regular character we should already know.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Ogre is a psychopathic brute defined by his violence, lust and thirst for power. He steals a giant battleship called the Silver Ray, destroying the reputation of its creator and using it to try to annihilate an entire continent. The hot-tempered Ogre will frequently fly into a rage and go on killing sprees of anyone in sight, as well as sacrifice his minions without a second thought. Additionally, he plans to turn every women in the world into a sex slave, as well as kidnaps Elie to rape her.
    • Shakuma Raregroove is the former sorcerer-king of Raregroove and by far the most evil member of his family. He started a war with the kingdom of Symphonia purely for fun, destroying both countries and all their citizens. He killed Haru's grandfather, the king of Symphonia, with a deadly curse. He abondoned his son (King) Gale so he would spend his life enduring so much suffering until he became a world-destroying nihilist. He allows his magical student Haja to initially believe that he merely wants to take over the world, before killing him and revealing that his true plan is to destroy all of reality out of nothing more than hatred and sadism.
  • Crazy Awesome: Let turning into a massive dragon during the Final Battle.
    • The fight with Doryu basically runs on this.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The English Opening Theme, as mentioned below.
  • Cult Classic: While one of the less well known series, its original story and well established background is what attracts its audience.
  • Ear Worm: You listen to this song and tell me that it doesn't stick with you all day.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Let, enough to pull a Heel-Face Turn and become a hero.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Reina, although she turns out to be not so evil.
    • Jiero, Lillith and Leopard play this straight though.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The Dark Bring corrupt people and turn them into destruction crazed maniacs because they're part of Endless, who's sole purpose is to destroy the world.
    • Raregroove can also be transliterated as Realglobe.
    • Remember when Haru was defeated by Oracion Six and tried to protect Elie with his own flesh? It was identical to the death of Haru's mother.
  • Fridge Logic: How is it possible that Shiba survived an explosion that destroyed one-tenth of the world, when he was right at the epicenter?
    • The Overdrive wasn't as powerful as everyone says it is. And as for how he survived being in the middle of it, that's hardly the single most fatal thing a main character has survived in this series. If anything, Shiba's survival at the very beginning sets the tone.
      • The very first chapter shows Plue saved Shiba using the combined powers of the Rave (or something).
    • Here's a better one. How is it that in the year 0015 about half of the world (at best) was known, causing that 'destroyed 1/10 of the planet' myth listed above. But in the year 0066 they not only discovered the rest of the world and built thriving cities all over it but developed highly advance air ships?
  • Growing the Beard: Many would point to Haru's battle with Sieg Hart as the moment.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sieg Hart complimenting the skeleton guarding Resha Valentine's grave, which wraps right back around into a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment.
  • Ho Yay: Two words: Mermen Harem.
    • Celia also believes Haru and Musica are in love.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Reina and, in the fifth arc, Sieg Hart.
    • Doryu, King and especially Lucia.
  • Les Yay: Julia defeats Juria/Jiero by kissing her. However, this is because Juria/Jiero is An Ice Person, so her skeleton is made of ice, so the kiss allows Julia to breathe fire into her body.
    • For a friendlier variety, there's Elie and Celia the mermaid, who go from rivals in love to very close friends.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Juilus seems to kill Griff, only for the latter to explain his Bizarre Alien Biology which negates the killing.
  • Macekre: Not as bad as, say, a 4Kids dub (they didn't do this one), but yeah, the English dub has a few unnecessary edits, painfully unfunny puns and ad-libs.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Played with. King normally would've crossed it when he killed Sakuya, Haru's mom and Gale's wife by proxy and made him into a bomb so he wouldn't ever be near his family; but since this came right after his wife and his son (who was later imprisoned for ten years) was gunned down by an ambitious officer hired by his best friend. It makes it all the more tragic.
    • The one who really crosses it is Slade, a soldier from The Empire who has King's wife gunned down and then has his son imprisoned for ten years for being related to his father under the pretense he was dead despite Gale specifically telling him not to, all for a promotion. Despite being a minor character in the long run, it makes you consider a genocidal terrorist leader bent on making a former friend's life a living hell the lesser evil in the latter's flashback.
    • Doryu when he kills Lilith. But to be fair, he warned her first.
    • Ogre when he reveals that he ruined Reina's life by having his theft of Silver Ray be placed on her father.
    • The Blue Guardians when they torture Nagisa.
    • Shakuma is shown to be a horrible person when he kills Jegan just when he redeemed himself and destroys Sieg's skeleton, but truly crosses it when he does three things: 1.) He was the one who started the war 50 years ago For the Evulz. 2.) When he had the King of Symphonia and Haru's grandfather be cursed to a slow death while deeply enjoying it and 3.) When he is revealed to be King's father and admits that he abandoned him without any care for his well being despite his immense powers.
  • Narm: We get it Doryu, you're the dark lord of darkity darkness who hates humanity and wants to destroy the light. Now shut up and fight Haru already!
    • The Art Evolution that happened in the Blue Guardians arc that it very similar to One Piece in style has a lot of extremely, ridiculously exaggerated expressions in people's faces that destroys some of the dramatic impact of the story.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Sieg Hart uses this on his enemies to send them to a nightmarish world. When Haru got trapped in it, he watched his mother set herself on fire (which burned him as well) and his sister slit her wrists so she could "give him something to drink".
    • Also when Deep Snow uses his Dark Bring/Shadow Stone to contort people.
    • King going One-Winged Angel and becoming a mindless monster.
    • Asura's One-Winged Angel form.
    • The Bug Monster sent by Blue Guardians.
    • The Endless. Just... The Endless.
  • The Producer Thinks of Everything: The first volume's cover already had King and Lucia. Futhermore, in the first chapter Shiba wonders where he first heard Haru's name. Thirty volumes later... Haru travels to the past and Elie yells his name in front of a young Shiba.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Lucia for King. While the latter was Evil Is Cool incarnate of Badass who was very Love to Hate especially to what he did to Gale Glory after killing his wife, the former combined with some heavy heaps of Villain Decay comes across as whiny brat with a huge Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum because mommy's not there anymore.
    • Niebble isn't nearly as cool as Sieg, being a Creator's Pet that appeared with little foreshadowing does not help his case.
  • The Scrappy: Griff has no skills except being a navigator, which is by itself is useless since they travel to areas and later other realms that makes those skills useless. Aside from his Covert Pervert traits, he has no skills to offer the group. And ruins a villainous moment for Julius by returning to life which just screams Ass Pull.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: If you had any sort of dislike towards Lucia for his actions then Haru's early No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on him will bring you a smile.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Jade has a lot of build up despite not doing anything major in the end despite being Jegan's brother and therefore a Dragon Race like Let.
    • The Palace Guardians (Let excluded), Orochi and the Five Demon Lords, especially Ashua, the holder of the fifth Sinclair piece don't do much much other than fight the enemies with little to no backstory at all
  • Too Cool to Live: Gale Glory, King, Reina, and Sieg Hart, to name a few.
  • Villain Decay: Lucia started off as a major threatening force in his first appearance, with further cameos building up his level of threat, then cue the results of his first real fight with Haru, in which he both loses and becomes pitied. Thus, when when he finally decides to change his motives from world domination to universal destruction due to the fact he lost his mommy, he becomes less a threat and more of an annoyance. Even his One-Winged Angel isn't nearly as scary as his dad's.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Elie a.k.a Resha.
    • Gale Glory, too.
  • Woolseyism: Even if this is just a change from manga to anime, it still worked. The "Dark Bring" were called the "Shadow Stones", "Demon Card" was called the "Shadow Guard", and the "Sword of Ten Powers" was called the "Decaforce Sword". They actually roll off the tongue a little better.
    • Except for the fact that there was actually a reason behind Demon Card's name, and that the insignia the DC members wear is actually a stylistic version of the DC initials. Shadow Guard still works, but it detracts a bit from it's founder's past.
    • Also the Ten Commandments > the Ten Powers. Less grand, but more fitting.

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