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* TrainingFromHell: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: Katsu's father beat him, forced him to torture his friend, and psychologically abused him in order to make him a strong ruler. In the end, he left Katsu with enough psychological scars that he couldn't rule effectively and gave up his throne to his brother.]]

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* TrainingFromHell: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: Katsu's father beat him, forced him to torture his friend, and psychologically abused him in order to make him a strong ruler. In the end, he left Katsu with enough psychological scars that he couldn't rule effectively and he gave up his throne to his brother.]]


* StayInTheKitchen: Downplayed with Katsu- he's overprotective of Mei and wants her kept far away from the violence and schemings of court because he's in love with her. This is contrasted with Ryusaki, who also wants Mei safe but ultimately respects her decisions as a soldier and a warrior in her own right.

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* StayInTheKitchen: Downplayed with Katsu- he's overprotective protective of Mei and wants her kept far away from the violence and schemings of court because he's in love with her.her. Considering how real and vile the danger to her is, he has a very good point, except that Mei is unwilling to be kept safe on the sidelines and capable enough to be a valuable asset when she's put in the action. This is contrasted with Ryusaki, who also wants Mei safe but ultimately respects her decisions as a soldier and a warrior in her own right.



* WideEyedIdealist: For all her claims to the contrary, Mei has a habit of seeing only the best in people, which unfortunately doesn't end well for her, as it was [[spoiler:her helping Kozuke hide from the authorities that allowed him to rise to power and create his slave-peddling crime empire, directly leading to the current plot complications.]]

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* WideEyedIdealist: For all her claims to the contrary, Mei has a habit of seeing only the best in people, which unfortunately doesn't end well for her, as it was [[spoiler:her helping Kozuke hide from the authorities that allowed him to rise to power and create his slave-peddling crime empire, directly leading to the current plot complications.]]]] To be fair to her, she was only twelve at the time.


* HobbesWasRight: ZigzaggedTrope. Ultimately violence and raw power ''are'' needed for a monarch to stay in power, but needless bloodshed creates more problems than it solves, and [[spoiler: Kozuke/Yuuta]] is ultimately talked down instead of being slain- the bloodless option causing much less pain to all parties involved. Regardless, in the end being too peaceful or too violent will cause problems, [[spoiler: which is why Katsu, who struggles between being extremely emotional and peaceful and being extremely violent and bloody, gives up his throne to Ryusaki.]]

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* HobbesWasRight: ZigzaggedTrope. Ultimately violence and raw power ''are'' needed for a monarch to stay in power, but needless bloodshed creates more problems than it solves, and [[spoiler: Kozuke/Yuuta]] is ultimately talked down instead of being slain- the bloodless option causing much less pain to all parties involved. Regardless, in the end being too peaceful or too violent will cause problems, [[spoiler: which is why Katsu, who struggles between being extremely emotional and peaceful and being extremely violent and bloody, gives up his throne to Ryusaki.hates being king.]]


* AbdicateTheThrone: Midway through the comic it becomes clear that Katsu and Ryusaki are planning to do a subtle version of this, with Ryusaki acting as Katsu's double until they eventually switch for good. [[spoiler: It winds up happening in an unexpected manner.]]



* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Played with to almost ridiculous extremes when it comes to the main LoveTriangle. Ryusaki becomes infatuated with Mei while she, outside of one brief scene, conveys no romantic interest in him. Mei, meanwhile, takes an interest in the enigmatic Yuuta [[spoiler: otherwise known as Katsu Asukai]], but it's initially unclear whether he truly reciprocates outside some light teasing ([[spoiler:he does]]). Played straight with the ambassador, Hayashi, and Kozuke, all of which Mei has no explicit affection for.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Played with to almost ridiculous extremes when it comes to the main LoveTriangle. Ryusaki becomes infatuated with Mei while she, outside of one brief scene, conveys no romantic interest in him.him [[spoiler: until much, much later]]. Mei, meanwhile, takes an interest in the enigmatic Yuuta [[spoiler: otherwise known as Katsu Asukai]], but it's initially unclear whether he truly reciprocates outside some light teasing ([[spoiler:he does]]). Played straight with the ambassador, Hayashi, and Kozuke, all of which Mei has no explicit affection for.



** Kozuke. As the head of the Hebi Gang, he's the most powerful crime lord in the kingdom and the one responsible for all of the abductions of women [[spoiler: that resemble Mei]]. Mei in particular comes to fear Kozuke after [[spoiler: he physically violates her and threatens her younger brother]].

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** Kozuke. As the head of the Hebi Gang, he's the most powerful crime lord in the kingdom and the one responsible for all of the abductions of women [[spoiler: that resemble Mei]]. Mei in particular comes to fear Kozuke after [[spoiler: he physically violates her by drawing on her while she's drugged and threatens her younger brother]].



* HighClassCallGirl: Ryusaki fell in love with one when he was younger. Shortly after he promised to marry her and take her away from her old life, he received a letter (apparently) from her breaking it off so she could marry someone else. He's been searching for her to get answers ever since.

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* HighClassCallGirl: Ryusaki fell in love with one when he was younger. Shortly after he promised to marry her and take her away from her old life, he received a letter (apparently) from her breaking it off so she could marry someone else. He's been searching for her to get answers ever since. [[spoiler:Turns out she became Kozuke's assassin.]]
* HobbesWasRight: ZigzaggedTrope. Ultimately violence and raw power ''are'' needed for a monarch to stay in power, but needless bloodshed creates more problems than it solves, and [[spoiler: Kozuke/Yuuta]] is ultimately talked down instead of being slain- the bloodless option causing much less pain to all parties involved. Regardless, in the end being too peaceful or too violent will cause problems, [[spoiler: which is why Katsu, who struggles between being extremely emotional and peaceful and being extremely violent and bloody, gives up his throne to Ryusaki.]]


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* RomanticFalseLead: Being a story with a major LoveTriangle, either Ryusaki or Katsu has to be one to Mei. [[spoiler:In the end Katsu is the false lead.]]


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* StayInTheKitchen: Downplayed with Katsu- he's overprotective of Mei and wants her kept far away from the violence and schemings of court because he's in love with her. This is contrasted with Ryusaki, who also wants Mei safe but ultimately respects her decisions as a soldier and a warrior in her own right.
* TrainingFromHell: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: Katsu's father beat him, forced him to torture his friend, and psychologically abused him in order to make him a strong ruler. In the end, he left Katsu with enough psychological scars that he couldn't rule effectively and gave up his throne to his brother.]]


* BigDamnKiss: Mei and [[spoiler: Katsu]] finally share a mutual one at the end of Episode 60.

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* BigDamnKiss: TheBigDamnKiss: Mei and [[spoiler: Katsu]] finally share a mutual one at the end of Episode 60.

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** Kozuke. As the head of the Hebi Gang, he's the most powerful crime lord in the kingdom and the one responsible for all of the abductions of women [[spoiler: that resemble Mei]]. Mei in particular comes to fear Kozuke after [[spoiler: he physically violates her and threatens her younger brother]].


* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Mei's admirer presents her a gift to remember him by... a {{ship|ping}} in a bottle. Cue "I see what you did there!" comments from readers.

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Mei's admirer presents her a gift to remember him by... a [[invoked]] {{ship|ping}} in a bottle. Cue "I see what you did there!" comments from readers.

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* HateSink: It's evident early on that Prince Hayashi was never meant to be likable. He insults Mei on multiple occasions, drugs her in an attempt to initiate DateRape between her and Ryusaki, and strong-arms his sister into marrying a man she no longer loves [[spoiler: and may not have been in love with at all]].

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* BigDamnKiss: Mei and [[spoiler: Katsu]] finally share a mutual one at the end of Episode 60.


* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Played with to almost ridiculous extremes when it comes to the main LoveTriangle. Ryusaki becomes infatuated with Mei [[spoiler: albeit only superficially]], while Mei, outside of one brief scene, conveys no romantic interest in him. Mei, meanwhile, takes an interest in the enigmatic Yuuta [[spoiler: otherwise known as Katsu Asukai]], but it's initially unclear whether he truly reciprocates outside some light teasing ([[spoiler:he does]]). Played straight with the ambassador, Hayashi, and Kozuke, all of which Mei has no explicit affection for.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Played with to almost ridiculous extremes when it comes to the main LoveTriangle. Ryusaki becomes infatuated with Mei [[spoiler: albeit only superficially]], while Mei, she, outside of one brief scene, conveys no romantic interest in him. Mei, meanwhile, takes an interest in the enigmatic Yuuta [[spoiler: otherwise known as Katsu Asukai]], but it's initially unclear whether he truly reciprocates outside some light teasing ([[spoiler:he does]]). Played straight with the ambassador, Hayashi, and Kozuke, all of which Mei has no explicit affection for.

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* HighClassCallGirl: Ryusaki fell in love with one when he was younger. Shortly after he promised to marry her and take her away from her old life, he received a letter (apparently) from her breaking it off so she could marry someone else. He's been searching for her to get answers ever since.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Ambassador's name has never been revealed. In a non-canon omake comic, he claims that "Ambassador" is his actual name and that it's a common baby name.


* AboveTheInfluence: When Hayashi drugs Mei with a inhibition-loosening drug (essentially turbo-alcohol), she all but strips herself bare before Katsu, who, despite the temptation, ends up doing nothing more than laying in bed next to her.



* ArtEvolution: A little more subtle than many examples, but still in effect. Compare especially Mei in the first chapter to her flashback doing the same job in chapter 64.



* {{Deconstruction}}: Of HaremGenre, in a way. Yes, Mei is surrounded by hot guys all interested in her, but the experience of being courted by all of them, along with the lengths they're willing to go to in order to get her, is incredibly taxing for her psyche.



* HeroicBastard: Ryusaki is of the "somewhat morally gray" variety, but nonetheless cares about the empire. [[spoiler:If Ryu's implications about Katsu's mother are true, Katsu is a more straightforward variety.]]



* LoveTriangle: Mei is caught between the elegant Katsu Asukai, and bad boy Ryusaki Hayate. Subverted when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Ryusaki never actually cared about her as anything other than a pawn to further his own goals]].

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* LoveTriangle: Mei is caught between the elegant Katsu Asukai, and bad boy Ryusaki Hayate. Subverted when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Ryusaki never actually cared about her as anything other than a pawn to further his own goals]].goals]], and then double-subverted when he declares that [[spoiler:he'd give up his life to protect her, along with a flashback that seems to support it]].


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* MysticalWhiteHair: Yuuta/[[spoiler:Katsu]]. The first time Mei sees him, she thinks he's a ghost haunting the palace grounds, owning partly to his white garb and white hair.


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* UnsoundEffect: *sheathe* makes an appearance in chapter 64.
* WideEyedIdealist: For all her claims to the contrary, Mei has a habit of seeing only the best in people, which unfortunately doesn't end well for her, as it was [[spoiler:her helping Kozuke hide from the authorities that allowed him to rise to power and create his slave-peddling crime empire, directly leading to the current plot complications.]]


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* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Mei tells Katsu that he is a good man, for all he's trying to paint himself as a tyrant.


* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Played with to almost ridiculous extremes when it comes to the main LoveTriangle. Ryusaki becomes infatuated with Mei [[spoiler: albeit only superficially]], while Mei, outside of one brief scene, conveys no romantic interest in him. Mei, meanwhile, takes an interest in the enigmatic Yuuta [[spoiler: otherwise known as Katsu Asukai]], but it's initially unclear whether he truly reciprocates outside some light teasing ([[spoiler: he does]]). Played straight with the ambassador, Hayashi, and Kozuke, all of which Mei has no explicit affection for.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Played with to almost ridiculous extremes when it comes to the main LoveTriangle. Ryusaki becomes infatuated with Mei [[spoiler: albeit only superficially]], while Mei, outside of one brief scene, conveys no romantic interest in him. Mei, meanwhile, takes an interest in the enigmatic Yuuta [[spoiler: otherwise known as Katsu Asukai]], but it's initially unclear whether he truly reciprocates outside some light teasing ([[spoiler: he ([[spoiler:he does]]). Played straight with the ambassador, Hayashi, and Kozuke, all of which Mei has no explicit affection for.


* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Played with to almost ridiculous extremes when it comes to the main LoveTriangle. Ryusaki becomes infatuated with Mei [[spoiler: albeit only superficially]], while Mei, outside of one brief scene, conveys no romantic interest in him. Mei, meanwhile, takes an interest in the enigmatic Yuuta [[spoiler: otherwise known as Katsu Asukai]], but it's initially unclear whether he truly reciprocates outside some light teasing ([[spoiler: he does]]). Played straight with the ambassador, Hayashi, and Kozuke, all of which Mei has no explicit affection for.



* LoveTriangle: Mei is caught between the elegant Katsu Asukai, and bad boy Ryusaki Hayate. Subverted in later chapters when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Ryusaki never actually cared about her as anything other than a pawn to further his own goals]].

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* LoveTriangle: Mei is caught between the elegant Katsu Asukai, and bad boy Ryusaki Hayate. Subverted in later chapters when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Ryusaki never actually cared about her as anything other than a pawn to further his own goals]].

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