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** Boar's father is implied to have been one, as he used brutal methods to train her into an effective fighter, would kill people in front of her to punish her for showing mercy to her opponents, and had no problem beating with her when she messed up. The anime plays this trope straight, with her describing him as "My father, whose discipline and training bordered on abuse." In addition, Boar's mother in the anime was overly concerned with making sure her daughter looked and acted refined due to her status as the future head of the family; Boar describes her as "My mother, whose care for, and reliance on, her daughters bordered on near obsession."

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** Boar's father is implied to have been one, as he used brutal methods to train her into an effective fighter, would kill people in front of her to punish her for showing mercy to her opponents, and had no problem beating with her when she messed up. The anime plays this trope straight, with her describing him as "My father, whose discipline and training bordered on abuse." In addition, Boar's mother in the anime was overly concerned with making sure her daughter looked and acted refined due to her status as the future head of the family; Boar describes her as "My mother, whose care for, and reliance on, her daughters bordered on near obsession."


** Tiger's father took great pride in her because she was intellectually gifted and one of the best students produced by her family's dojo. By the time she returned home after being sent into battle as a teenager, her mental abilities had shriveled up, she was severely traumatized and depressed, she had turned to alcohol to try and forget her actions on the battlefield, and she was reduced to a near-primal state in which she fought on all fours and killed with her bare hands; he promptly disowned his daughter and threw her out, despite the fact that she only became a warrior in the first place because she wanted to make him proud.

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** Tiger's father master took great pride in her because she was intellectually gifted and one of the best students produced by her family's dojo. By the time she returned home after being sent into battle as a teenager, her mental abilities had shriveled up, she was severely traumatized and depressed, she had turned to alcohol to try and forget her actions on the battlefield, and she was reduced to a near-primal state in which she fought on all fours and killed with her bare hands; he promptly disowned his daughter pupil and threw her out, despite the fact that she only became a warrior in the first place because she wanted to make him proud.


** None of the battles are predictable. Circumstance appears to play a bigger role than skill, with some of the less fight-focused participants actually fairing better that the better fighters. The most powerful skill doesn’t have much to do with fighting, nor does it guarantee a good outcome.

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** None of the battles are predictable. Circumstance appears to play a bigger role than skill, with some of the less fight-focused participants actually fairing faring better that the better fighters. The most powerful skill doesn’t have much to do with fighting, nor does it guarantee a good outcome.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to the original Chinese tale, or with other battle royale works such as ''Manga/FutureDiary'' and ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'', the participants aren't people who were randomly forced into a life or death battle. They are all warriors and mercenaries who knew exactly what they were getting into; the whole point is for the greatest killers in the world to fight it out to see who is the strongest. In fact, it's perceived as such a great honor to be selected to fight in the Zodiac War that one participant even murdered her own sister to take her place. Among the "EvilVsEvil" variation, the cast isn't exactly evil, either; sure, they may be warriors, and definitely morally unscrupulous in some cases, but they're all practically [[GrayAndGrayMorality Gray vs. Gray]] since their own individual chapters and Rat's timeline-jumping ability show more facets to them than we see in the main timeline. Even the purest character, Monkey, isn't an actual innocent because she has spent years surrounded by death on the battlefield while working as a mediator. It's established early on that the majority of the characters are horrible people and that there isn't really a "good guy" to root for. With all the focus on the characters, it becomes equal parts war story, ultraviolence, and character study-- a blend generally left more to other genres. The War takes place in a CrapsackWorld, as these stories generally tend to be, but it's considered to be a secret, but very normal feature of the world it is set in rather than a one-off anomaly. While a decent amount of people live normal lives with no clue about what was going on, there is an endless amount of war and violence, 12 extremely brutal families of warriors more or less run a good deal of what happens, and the 12 houses are openly allowed to engage in violence and illegal activities and have the legal leeway to do so. It also turns out that [[spoiler: The Zodiac War is actually a proxy war that draws the geographical and political boundaries of the world, which the 12 families and the warriors themselves are unaware of, implying that the world is in such a bad state with all the wars going on that they need to literally use the betting during the Zodiac War to keep relative peace.]] Overall, the tone is that [[WarIsHell war is awful]] and nothing good can come of senseless violence. In the end, despite the winner getting one wish of their choice, the message is driven home that war has no real winners; the victor [[spoiler:nearly suffers a mental breakdown as a result of realizing that there was no wish without dire consequences and even the most selfless wish would backfire in the end. The strain of participating was so great on him, he eventually settled on wishing to forget that the events of the story ever happened.]]


* DarkerAndEdgier: When the story said there was a war going on, they weren't kidding. Unlike other popular battle royale works such as ''Manga/FutureDiary'' and ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'', the participants aren't people who were randomly forced into a life or death battle. They are all warriors and mercenaries who knew exactly what they were getting into; the whole point is for the greatest killers in the world to fight it out to see who is the strongest. In fact, it's perceived as such a great honor to be selected to fight in the Zodiac War that one participant even murdered her own sister to take her place. Among the "EvilVsEvil" variation, the cast isn't exactly evil, either; sure, they may be warriors, and definitely morally unscrupulous in some cases, but they're all practically [[GrayAndGrayMorality Gray vs. Gray]] since their own individual chapters and Rat's timeline-jumping ability show more facets to them than we see in the main timeline. Even the purest character, Monkey, isn't an actual innocent because she has spent years surrounded by death on the battlefield while working as a mediator. It's established early on that the majority of the characters are horrible people and that there isn't really a "good guy" to root for. With all the focus on the characters, it becomes equal parts war story, ultraviolence, and character study-- a blend generally left more to other genres. The War takes place in a CrapsackWorld, as these stories generally tend to be, but it's considered to be a secret, but very normal feature of the world it is set in rather than a one-off anomaly. While a decent amount of people live normal lives with no clue about what was going on, there is an endless amount of war and violence, 12 extremely brutal families of warriors more or less run a good deal of what happens, and the 12 houses are openly allowed to engage in violence and illegal activities and have the legal leeway to do so. It also turns out that [[spoiler: The Zodiac War is actually a proxy war that draws the geographical and political boundaries of the world, which the 12 families and the warriors themselves are unaware of, implying that the world is in such a bad state with all the wars going on that they need to literally use the betting during the Zodiac War to keep relative peace.]] Overall, the tone is that [[WarIsHell war is awful]] and nothing good can come of senseless violence. In the end, despite the winner getting one wish of their choice, the message is driven home that war has no real winners; the victor [[spoiler: nearly suffers a mental breakdown as a result of realizing that there was no wish without dire consequences and even the most selfless wish would backfire in the end. The strain of participating was so great on him, he eventually settled on wishing to forget that the events of the story ever happened.]]



* LostInTranslation: Some of the killing styles lost their original meaning during the translation. As seen [[https://www.japanesewithanime.com/2017/11/juuni-taisen-taglines.html here.]]
** Rat's can be read as "killing tediously" rather than "killing all", which fits his personality;
** Ox "just kills", as he don't have a specific method and just stab others;
** Horse's "killing mutely" (in the sense that he does not say anything, due to his shyness), became "killing silently" (which imply that he kills stealthily).



** [[spoiler: Just as Ox is about to be brutally ripped apart by the undead Monkey and Rabbit to become one of the living dead, Rat mercy-kills him by throwing one of Sheep's bombs at him. The resulting explosion vaporizes Ox, The reanimated bodies of Monkey and Rabbit, and the body of Tiger (who had died in died in Ox's arms after he killed her so that she wouldn't die from a wound given to her by rabbit and reanimate after her death). ]]

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** [[spoiler: Just [[spoiler:Just as Ox is about to be brutally ripped apart by the undead Monkey and Rabbit to become one of the living dead, Rat mercy-kills him by throwing one of Sheep's bombs at him. The resulting explosion vaporizes Ox, The reanimated bodies of Monkey and Rabbit, and the body of Tiger (who had died in died in Ox's arms after he killed her so that she wouldn't die from a wound given to her by rabbit and reanimate after her death). ]]


** Boar's father is implied to have been one, as he used brutal methods to train her into an effective fighter, would kill people in front of her to punish her for showing mercy to her opponents, and had no problem beating with her when she messed up. The anime plays this trope straight, with her describing him as "My father, who's discipline and training bordered on abuse." In addition, Boar's mother in the anime was overly concerned with making sure her daughter looked and acted refined due to her status as the future head of the family; Boar describes her as "My mother, who's care for, and reliance on, her daughters bordered on near obsession."

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** Boar's father is implied to have been one, as he used brutal methods to train her into an effective fighter, would kill people in front of her to punish her for showing mercy to her opponents, and had no problem beating with her when she messed up. The anime plays this trope straight, with her describing him as "My father, who's whose discipline and training bordered on abuse." In addition, Boar's mother in the anime was overly concerned with making sure her daughter looked and acted refined due to her status as the future head of the family; Boar describes her as "My mother, who's whose care for, and reliance on, her daughters bordered on near obsession."


* AnAesop: Nobody really wins in war. [[WarIsHell No matter the prize, it's never really worth it.]] [[spoiler: Further lampshaded by Rat’s interactions with the duel’s host. There’s a ton of ways he can die AFTER the fighting stops. Also, the host even says outright, Rat is perfectly allowed to wish for more wishes, but for most people, regardless how many wishes they get, its still not enough.]]

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* AnAesop: Nobody really wins in war. [[WarIsHell No matter the prize, it's never really worth it.]] [[spoiler: Further lampshaded by Rat’s interactions with the duel’s host. There’s a ton of ways he can die AFTER the fighting stops. Also, the host even says outright, Rat is perfectly allowed to wish for more wishes, but for most people, regardless how many wishes they get, its it's still not enough.]]


''Juni Taisen: Zodiac War'' (lit. "The War of Twelve") is a Light Novel written by Creator/NisioIsin and illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura. An anime adaptation by Creator/{{Graphinica}} has aired for the 2017 Fall Season, with Nisio stablemate Akira Akatsuki drawing a manga adaptation of the book in September of the same year. Creator/{{Funimation}}'s Simuldub premiered on October 18th, 2017. Watch it [[https://www.funimation.com/shows/juni-taisen-zodiac-war/ here]].

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''Juni Taisen: Zodiac War'' (lit. "The War of Twelve") is a Light Novel light novel written by Creator/NisioIsin and illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura. An anime adaptation by Creator/{{Graphinica}} has aired for the 2017 Fall Season, with Nisio stablemate Akira Akatsuki drawing a manga adaptation of the book in September of the same year. Creator/{{Funimation}}'s Simuldub premiered on October 18th, 2017. Watch it [[https://www.funimation.com/shows/juni-taisen-zodiac-war/ here]].

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* LowFantasy: Yes, this series has fantasy. However it's very downplayed. Sharyuu's mentors are talking macaques, one of Usagi's main ability is to resurrect the dead and Dotsuku appears to be half dog, given that he has dog ears and a tail. The story's main focus, however, isn't fantasy.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A lot of the characters have what amounts to a video game convention.
** Rat benefits from [[spoiler: save scumming]].
** Rabbit is effectively a level grinder.
** Boar’s power is pretty much an ‘infinite ammo’ cheat.
** Horse has something liken to god mode.
** Monkey, Taurus, and Tiger are all skilled players.
** Chicken is sort of a dungeon ninja, in that she has powers, gains boosts from other players, and promptly abandons them.

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** None of the battles are predictable. Circumstance appears to play a bigger role than skill, with some of the less fight-focused participants actually fairing better that the better fighters. The most powerful skill doesn’t have much to do with fighting, nor does it guarantee a good outcome.

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** Anyone who [[spoiler: wins]] the tournament. [[spoiler: The tournament host says outright that Rat can wish for infinite wishes, but it still won’t be enough to achieve any peace of mind.]]


* AnAesop: Nobody really wins in war. [[WarIsHell No matter the prize, it's never really worth it.]]

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* AnAesop: Nobody really wins in war. [[WarIsHell No matter the prize, it's never really worth it.]] [[spoiler: Further lampshaded by Rat’s interactions with the duel’s host. There’s a ton of ways he can die AFTER the fighting stops. Also, the host even says outright, Rat is perfectly allowed to wish for more wishes, but for most people, regardless how many wishes they get, its still not enough.]]


** Played with in regards to the Tatsumi brothers. While they are highly immoral and openly admit to caring more about themselves and money than each other, they are rather close and do appear to care about each other on some level. Dragon, in particular, is highly protective of his younger brother, despite how often he comes close to losing his patience with Snake's carelessness. It's played strait in the novel, which repeatedly and heavily touches on how strong their bond is; Dragon even flat-out admits to missing his brother after Snake is killed by Rabbit, but is openly grateful that his brother was killed off right away so that it wouldn't come down to them having to kill each other. The anime zig-zags this more, as Dragon and Snake appear to care about each other somewhat, but their closeness and Dragon's real feelings about his brother's death aren't shown; the anime even leaves out the emphasis that the book put on them being TogetherInDeath once their bodies are frozen and smashed (through, at least, the final episode shows a moment from a deleted timeline where Dragon is very much pissed off after watching his brother be killed by Ox).

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** Played with in regards to the Tatsumi brothers. While they are highly immoral and openly admit to caring more about themselves and money than each other, they are rather close and do appear to care about each other on some level. Dragon, in particular, is highly protective of his younger brother, despite how often he comes close to losing his patience with Snake's carelessness. It's played strait straight in the novel, which repeatedly and heavily touches on how strong their bond is; Dragon even flat-out admits to missing his brother after Snake is killed by Rabbit, but is openly grateful that his brother was killed off right away so that it wouldn't come down to them having to kill each other. The anime zig-zags this more, as Dragon and Snake appear to care about each other somewhat, but their closeness and Dragon's real feelings about his brother's death aren't shown; the anime even leaves out the emphasis that the book put on them being TogetherInDeath once their bodies are frozen and smashed (through, at least, the final episode shows a moment from a deleted timeline where Dragon is very much pissed off after watching his brother be killed by Ox).


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Rat wins, but both his ability to experience multiple timelines and his win have clearly negatively impacted his mental health. Trying to come up with a wish that wouldn't come with severe consequences eventually drives him to a near mental breakdown and, upon being approached by Duodecouple and ordered to decide, he panics and screams that he just wants to forget everything that happened during the The War. Duodecouple happily obliges the poor kid. Even though this is rather sad on it's own, as it is pretty much as if The War never happened (except for the deaths of its participants) and everything that everyone went through during it was totally meaningless (not to mention the people the dead have left behind now having to move on without them, and the fact that some of the warriors had no one and will likely be totally forgotten except for providing data for future Juni Taisen's), it's heavily implied that, given the nature of war and the morality involved receiving a wish for the death of eleven other human beings, it's the best choice that Rat could have made. In the end, he goes to school and goes to sleep as usual, but he's clearly content and at peace now that his memories have been wiped; he even has a genuinely happy expression on his face as he sleeps.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Rat wins, but both his ability to experience multiple timelines and his win have clearly negatively impacted his mental health. Trying to come up with a wish that wouldn't come with severe consequences eventually drives him to a near mental breakdown and, upon being approached by Duodecouple and ordered to decide, he panics and screams that he just wants to forget everything that happened during the The War. Duodecouple happily obliges the poor kid. Even though this is rather sad on it's own, as it is pretty much as if The War never happened (except for the deaths of its participants) and everything that everyone went through during it was totally meaningless (not to mention the people the dead have left behind now having to move on without them, and the fact that some of the warriors had no one and will likely be totally forgotten except for providing data for future Juni Taisen's), Taisens), it's heavily implied that, given the nature of war and the morality involved receiving a wish for the death of eleven other human beings, it's the best choice that Rat could have made. In the end, he goes to school and goes to sleep as usual, but he's clearly content and at peace now that his memories have been wiped; he even has a genuinely happy expression on his face as he sleeps.]]

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