The Bloody Rose fanfiction series is a metaseries of various fanfictions in a shared multiverse featuring members of the AKB48 Group. The different series in the Rose-verse share supernatural fantasy elements, with vampires, demons, and magic being central elements. Each series is either an Alternate Universe of one another, or an Alternate Timeline within the same universe.
The main series, titled Bloody Rose, follows Takahashi Minami as a half-angel who joins the titular organization whose task is to hunt down demons and rogue supernatural creatures to keep peace between the humans and supernatural beings. As of now, the series is on hiatus.
The Black Rose focuses on Matsui Rena and her relationship with Black, a vampire who has infiltrated the hunters base disguised as a human with the intention of redeeming herself. This series was completed in July 2017.
(Click here for the page on Bara No Toge.)
Fruits of a Rose, or Bara no Kajitsu, based off the AKB song of the same title, takes place in the future with a group of vampire girls secluded in an abandoned school building and an ongoing feud between them and human hunters. This series was completed in August 2017.
The Black Rose and Fruits of a Rose originally werent intended to be part of the shared multiverse, but were added in due to their similar elements.
Ruka Kikuchi, the writer of this metaseries, has also expressed desire on her Tumblr of wanting to create an official Bloody Rose TV series, and for the Bloody Rose universe to expand its world, as well as plans for adapting Bara no Toge and publishing it as a light novel series.
- Alternate Universe: In every series, supernatural creatures such as vampires and faeries live among humans and things like magic are common.
- Bad Moon Rising: While shown to be harmless in Bara no Toge, in Fruits of a Rose, the Blood Moon has been shown to alter vampire's mental states and send them on a blood rage.
- Darker and Edgier: Black Rose, in terms of some of the action sequences, and Fruits of a Rose in regards to the overall tone.
- The Fair Folk: Faeries appear in Bloody Rose.
- Flower Motifs
- Roses, obviously.
- Bara no Toge is filled with flower symbolism!
- Two schools are both named after flowers; Tsubaki (Camellia) Academy in Bara no Toge and Magnolia Hunters' Academy in Fruits of a Rose.
- The Main Characters Do Everything
- Ship Tease: Of course.
- Atsuko and Minami in Bloody Rose is a good example.
- Weird Moon: The Blood Moon.
- Changeling Tale: Somewhat subverted. Yuki was abducted by shapeshifting Changelings as a baby.
- Friendly Ghost / Cute Ghost Girl: Atsuko becomes this in the prologue.
- Glamour: It's likely the Changelings did this.
- Government Agency of Fiction: Bloody Rose.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mayu and Yuki.
- I Am Who?: Minami has lived her whole life unaware that she is a Nephilim, until she meets Haruna.
- Land of Faerie: We briefly learn of Mayu and Yuki's home.
- Curse: Rena and Yuki were cursed in a past life by a demon into an endless cycle where they meet, fall in love, die, and are reborn for it to start over and over again for hundreds of years.
- Evil Sorceress: Yuki's mom.
- HeelFace Turn: Black/Yuki wishes to change her ways.
- Incest Subtext: Rena and Jurina.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Black/Yuki uses this on everyone at the hunter's base to make them forget who Black is. The only ones able to resist her hypnosis and remember are Rena and her sister, Jurina.
- ...Or so we're lead to believe. Takamina Knew It All Along.
- No Such Agency: Turns out there's a secret agency called Walpurgis, who is responsible for dealing with demon curses or cases relating to witches (hence their name). No one knows they exist, and their existence is even kept secret from memory, so even if you meet someone, you immediately forget about them... wait, what was I saying?
- Ascended Extra: THREE of them in this case; Akane, Jurina, and Rena. They became more prominent in the later half of the series, as well as a special chapter, "Chapter 0", as an Origin Story.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: The hunters who kidnapped Rena as a child brainwashed her to make her forget her true nature and fight for the humans.
- BrotherSister Incest: Rena and Jurina.
- Crapsack World: It's bad enough we've got vampires and humans in an unending war, to the point in which both are near extinction... but there's also demonic monsters called Fallen.
- Origins Episode: Rena's flashback in Chapter 12, and all of Chapter 0, for Akane, Jurina, and Rena.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The vampires here are slightly different from the others across the series, mostly due to the inspiration taken from the play, Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki. Much like the vampires in that play, the girls are transitioning through their "Cocoon Period" and have to take medicine to regulate their symptoms.
- Really 700 Years Old: The girls are all centuries old. Then there's Nana, who's been asleep in a coffin for 1000 years!
- Separated at Birth: Rena and Jurina were separated shortly after Jurina was born.
- Tears of Blood: Implied to have happened to Rena in Chapter 0.
- Twenty Minutes In The Future: Takes place about 200 years in the future.