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Hundred is a light novel series written by Jun Misaki and illustrated by Nekosuke Okuma.

Mysterious lifeforms called Savages are attacking earth. The only weapon capable of countering them are Hundreds. Hundreds are battle suits wielded by a select few people known as Slayers.

Hayato Kisaragi wants to become a Slayer so he can earn money for his ill sister's medical treatment. To do so he enrolls in the marine academy city ship Little Garden. Day one and things aren't going well for him. Not long after meeting his roommate, Emil Crossford, who is strangely familiar with him despite the two having never met, Hayato finds himself being challenged to a duel by Claire Harvey, the Student Council president and strongest slayer on campus.

The series concluded in October 2018, with the release of its 16th volume.

The anime adaptation covers the first four volumes of the light novel, found on Crunchyroll, and Funimation. The light novel after Volume 4 is currently being translated here.


Tropes in the series:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Claire, the Student Council President, immediately orders the expulsion of two girls who were supposed to pick up Hayato at the airport, but failed because he hid from them. When Emil protests, Claire says that in battle, an order not obeyed could have fatal consequences. Hayato is then forced to duel her in order to spare the girls' expulsion order.
    • Also justified as the Student Council are "Selections," who are employed by the U.N. to hunt down Savages.
  • Ambiguously Brown: The Japanese Hayato has noticeably tan skin compared to his sister Karen. Liddy, who is from the United States of Liberia like Claire, also has very dark skin. Less ambiguous with the Olfred siblings, who are Middle Eastern.
  • Arc Villain: Vitaly Tynyanov manipulated the Olfred siblings into gathering Savage cores and Variable Stones for her so she can use them to build a biomechanical army to attack Little Garden. However, she dies at the end of the season, which doesn't cover the entire series, thus disqualifying her for Big Bad status.
  • Babies Ever After: The light novel series ends with the introduction of Emilia and Hayato's children, a son and daughter.
  • Beam Spam: Claire is capable of this thanks to having multiple guns on her Hundred suit. Emilia can also pull this off with her Morph Weapon.
  • BFG: Claire's multiple guns can combine into a large one.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Sakura and Emile are arguing over who has the better rights to this until Karen one ups them by pointing out she has known Hayato all her life.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Emil gets rather upset any time Hayato is spending time with another girl. Or if another girl shows interest in him. Clair and Sakura also have their moments. As do Erica and Liddy about Clair. Karen is the most subtle about it.
  • Clothing Damage: Emil suffers this in episode three, which also doubles as an Unsettling Gender-Reveal to Claire, who thought she was a boy up until this point.
  • The Corruption: A virus spread by Savages can turn those fortunate enough to survive into Variants, who have exceptionally high potential as Slayers, but they can lose themselves to the power.
  • David Versus Goliath: Hayato has only had his Hundred for two days and he has to fight against Clair who's considered the best Slayer in the academy.
  • Delicate and Sickly: The main reason Hayato wants to be a slayer is so he can get money to take care of his sister, Karen, who is suffering from a disease that requires her to be hospitalized and wheelchair-bound.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Claire nearly expels two girls for being late for her entrance speech. Her justification being that mistakes no matter how small should not be tolerated in the academy because on the battlefield even a small mistake could be fatal.
  • Disqualification-Induced Victory: A variant that results in a tie rather than a victory. Although Claire defeated Hayato in their match, due to his Superpowered Evil Side taking form, she self-admits that she violated the rules she set for herself to do it.
  • Dragged into Drag: The maid cafe in the Garden Festa believe they're doing this as they quite literally drag off "Emile" to wear a maid outfit. Only Erica knew the truth, but she wanted revenge for Emilia taking a picture of her in a maid outfit.
  • Dragon Their Feet: The Olfred siblings continue attacking Little Garden even after Vitaly is already taken care of by Judal. Thankfully, however, they manage to make a Heel–Face Turn through Hayato.
  • Expy: The U.N. Council is reminiscent of SEELE, only communicating through monitors with distorted voices and conspiring with Judal.
  • First Girl Wins: Hayato ends up with Emilia, who was the first girl he met both in the past and at the academy.
  • First-Name Basis: Sakura insists that Hayato call her by her first name. When he starts casually mentioning it to the other girls, such as Claire and Emil, both of them get rather upset that he's apparently already friendly enough with her to do this, while they're still on a more professional Last-Name Basis with him.
  • For Want of a Nail: If Hayato hadn't sneaked past the two girls that were escorting him to Little Garden, Claire wouldn't have expelled the two girls for being late to her speech and challenged Hayato to a duel.
  • Gag Boobs: The first shot of Miharu, a nurse assigned to take Karen, is of her huge breasts. Hayato gets extremely flustered at the sight of them. Claire's large bust has also suffered several mishaps involving Hayato.
  • The Glomp: Hayato first meets "Emile" when she pounces on him.
  • Gratuitous English: Slayers shout "Hundred On!" to equip their battle suits.
  • Harem-Powered: The trope is Played With, in that Hayato gains a Power Limiter through his harem because he's a "Variant"—a Half-Human Hybrid caused by his DNA being infected with the Savage virus. Using too much of his Variant power can cause him to go berserk, unless the Savage virus is put under control. He can do this by "giving" some of the virus to someone else, via a kiss. If the person wasn't already a Variant themselves, they will become one by kissing him. In addition to this, two other women in his harem (Sakura and his little sister Karen) can also calm out-of-control Variants with their music.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Hundreds take a multitude of forms and weapons depending on the individual. Naturally our main hero's Hundred comes with a sword.
  • Improbable Age: Charlotte, who's the academy's chief researcher of Hundreds with a doctorate under her belt yet doesn't seem to be out of middle school.
  • Instant Armor: Slayers can manifest a full-body armament when they get serious.
  • Instant Expert: After a mere two days of owning a Hundred and Hayato can already use its full body armament and deploy an n-barrier, things not a lot students know how to do. He overwhelms and nearly defeats Claire, who's considered the strongest Slayer in the academy. Granted, he was definitely not himself while doing those things.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Since Hayato has barely any experience with a Hundred, for their duel Claire promises not to use her full body armament and allows Emil to help him.
  • Lover Tug of War: Shortly after Sakura joins Little Garden, Hayato winds up with her clinging to him while Claire tries to pull her off and Emilia trying to pull him away from both girls.
  • Magic Kiss: Kissing can apparently transfer active or inactive Variant viruses to people; the active version gives Slayers a power boost, while the latter can stabilize them if their Variant powers go out of control.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Emil is very clingy toward Hayato. Hayato is largely indifferent about it but from an outsider perspective they look like a couple. Karen even asks Hayato if he's interested in guys.
  • Morph Weapon: Emil's Hundred can change into many weapons from lance, swords, cannons.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Claire Harvey, oh so very much. She has a well-endowed body that Hayato often finds himself landing on top of and gets a topless pool and beach scene alongside a scene of her relaxing naked in a lake.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Had Hayato just met the two girls who were waiting for him at the airport, he could've avoided the mishap with Claire trying to expel them for failing to bring him to the school.
  • Oblivious to Love: Several of the girls are interested in Hayato, but naturally he's too dense to realize it.
    • In the anime at least, he definitely realizes it, but wants to focus on getting his sister healthy. Plus, he's more than a little uncomfortable and unsure.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The United Nations Council
  • Pervert Revenge Mode:
    • Hayato walks into his dorm room unaware that Emil is his roommate. When he sees her with just a towel on, Emil gets flustered and throws among other things, a suitcase at him.
    • In his duel with Claire he accidentally gropes her causing her to lose her cool with him.
    • When Claire is sunbathing and forgets that her top is undone, she sits up and accidentally flashes him. In this case, it is her two underlings who attack the poor guy.
  • Power Crystal: Variable Stones, small crystals used by Slayers to summon their Hundreds.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Down Played with Emile's Unlucky Childhood Friend Claudia who is a bit obsessed but mostly harmless.
  • Redemption Demotion: Although free from Vitaly’s control, the Olfred siblings only regain 80% of their original power.
  • Rescue Romance: When they were children, Hayato saved Emilia from a Savage, which caused her to develop a crush on him.
  • Sarashi: The novels explain that Emilia wears one to hide her breasts while crossdressing.
  • Shipper with an Agenda:
    • Claudia tries to get Hayato alone with Claire so that she can have Emilia to herself.
    • During the festival, Erica dresses Emilia in a maid outfit and pushes her toward Hayato.
  • Show, Don't Tell: Much of the action in the show is shown, rather than simply explained. For example, the student council explains what their job as Slayers entails, and easily disposes of the first Savage during Hayato and Emil's first combat mission. Naturally the next one then puts up a fight which then requires the entire group to defeat. Also, during Hayato's first training session with Emil, she has to explain to him the various things that's going on, such as him putting up a defensive shield to block incoming attacks.
  • Suggestive Collision: Less than a second into his duel with Claire and Hayato crashes right on top of her and even accidentally gropes her.
  • Sensual Spandex: Variable suits may as well be second skins as they don't leave much to the imagination.
  • Sneeze Cut: In Episode 4, Hayato asks Claire to get Karen a ticket for Sakura’s concert. Karen, who didn’t have the best first impression of the “drill-haired blond”, admits that Claire is nicer than she thought. Cut to Claire sneezing.
  • Suck Out the Poison: Years ago, Hayato attempted to save a girl (actually Emilia) who had been slashed on the chest and infected by a Savage by sucking out her blood. This resulted in him getting infected too, but they both survived to become Variants.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Anyone with the Savage virus acting up will get these along with Hellish Pupils, with a likely dose of crazy if it's not kept under control.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: During Hayato's duel with Claire something inside him snaps causing his eyes to yellow, and become much more proficient and ruthless with his hundred. It is later explained that he was exposed to Savage blood when he was a kid, increasing his Hundred score. With help from Emilia, he learns to control it.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Emilia disguises herself as a boy named Emile Crossfode.
  • Thanks for the Mammary:
    • After crashing into Claire, Hayato tries to get off of her only to accidentally grope her chest.
    • Hayato is egged into groping Emilia's breasts while she "crossdresses" as a maid, convinced that they're merely towels. After getting shoved on her, Erica shows off the towels that were supposedly stuffed in while Emilia sheepishly explains that he's groping her actual breasts.
  • Tournament Arc: Volumes 7 & 8, respectively called the "World Martial Arts Tournament."
  • Trailers Always Spoil: the advertising poster, as seen on the page image above, shows Karen in a Variable Suit with her Hundred active. An alternate version on Crunchyroll's website doesn't even hide her as much behind Claire. Also it is quite obvious that "Emile" is female.
  • Training from Hell: Hayato doesn't have a lot of time to be eased in with his Hundred before his duel with Claire so Emil just goes all out on him to force him into becoming used to it.
  • Trial by Combat: Claire challenges Hayato to a duel where if he wins she'll revoke her order to have two girls and Emil expelled.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: During Hayato's first proper fight with a Savage, Emilia gets her Variable suit slashed open, exposing her breasts to a flabbergasted Claire. She had already shown her chest to Hayato in the light novels, and in both media, he's much more concerned with the scar indicating that "Emile" was the girl he tried to save years ago.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Hayato has a high Hundred aptitude thanks to having Variant viruses, but is a complete novice at using it, though he learns quickly enough to at least fight alongside his seniors.
  • Unwanted Harem: Whether he likes it or not, Hayato has a lot of girls interested in him.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: After landing on Little Garden, Hayato was supposed to be escorted to the academy by two other students but the way they called out for him was a little embarrassing so he sneaks pass them and goes to the academy by himself. This causes them to be late for Claire's speech and nearly expelled.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Sakura proposes a marriage to Hayato once they're alone in her hotel room, mostly because of the fame surrounding him after defeating a Savage. He's naturally hesitant, but goes with the flow anyway, which then throws her off as she was probably just teasing him, and didn't expect a serious answer.
  • Willfully Weak: For her duel with Hayato, Claire states she will not to use her full body armament as that would end the fight in seconds. Proven true after the duel starts to turn in Hayato's favor and she had no choice but to use it which wins her the duel.
  • Woman Scorned: Vitaly attacks Little Garden out of spite for Judal, who used her for his own ambitions and threw her away.