YMMV / Tokyo Babylon

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Seriously, one can write an entire thesis over Seishirou's character, especially after his actions in X1999. His reason for letting Subaru live after the boy witnessed his murder, and made the bet over if he could learn to love him; wherever he's really evil or just a result of his Sakurazukamori upbringing and wherever he actually loved Subaru but couldn't recognize it or was in denial are mayor themes of analysis.
    • Subaru also is a close contestant, as one can write essays about him, especially after his development in X1999, particularly in the manga where he became a Dragon of Earth after inheriting Seishirou's position as the Sakurazukamori.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Seishirou and Subaru are set up to be this way, both physically and mentally. And in the end, it isn't deconstructed - just made even MORE apparent!
  • Base-Breaking Character: Seishirou, in all of his forms. You can't help but Love to Hate him.
  • Cry for the Devil: Most of the "bad" people Subaru encounters are just normal people that were very, very broken to the point of lashing out, and the main lesson Tokyo Babylon teaches is that nobody should judge people's suffering but instead try to understand them and their reasons. The "Start" annex provides the quintessential quote.
    "Maybe people who do bad things...are just really lonely."
    • And yeah, it does include Seishirou.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Many fanfics downplay Seishirou's flaws and turn him into a possesive yet loving Bastard Boyfriend, instead of a downright possesive, evil Magnificent Bastard with more than one conflict.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Oh yes. There's something on Sakurazukamori!Seishirou that is just so damn alluring.
  • Growing the Beard: The first chapter barely touches social themes and comes across as a comedy. However, the beard appears next chapter.
  • Ho Yay: See CLAMP for details.
  • Idiot Plot: Any reader unwilling to enter CLAMP's game of relationships can realize how improbable is the situation of two people living with someone they know to be their nemesis and doing nothing about it because one doesn't want to believe it and other wants them to hook up. It's only due to a bizarre personal bet by said enemy's part that the manga doesn't end in its first volume with two new Sakurazukamori kills.
  • It Was His Sled: Seishirou is the Sakurazukamori, the man Subaru met nine years ago, a murderous sociopath, and Hokuto's killer. The first two aren't much of a twist, but the last two make for one hell of a Wham Episode.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Seishirou turns out to be a massive asshole. But he's one very, very stylish and efficient SOB. And if anything, he becomes even more of a Magnificent Bastard in X1999.
  • Memetic Molester: Seishirou, thanks to a certain annex and his tendency to be... well, Seishirou.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Love is what makes a Subaru, a Subaru".
  • Mind Game Ship: An one-sided one. Or so it seems.
  • Narm: You either laugh or facepalm with the OVA theme song "Kiss Kiss." It repeats the same Engrish words over and over.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The manga drops more than a few anvils directed at Japan (at the time the manga was written) specifically, relating to how Japanese society handles bullying, the mentally ill, rape victims, older people, and immigrants. They don't really propose solutions all of the time, but the idea is put out there, and it, coming from an also Japanese author, is really notable.
  • The Woobie: Subaru goes trough hell in this manga alone.