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A light novel written by Ishio Yamagata, the author of Book of Bantorra. When the Demon Lord awakes, the Goddess of Fate chooses six Heroes and gives them the power to defeat him. The six heroes are marked by the crest of the Six Flowers, and are meant to convene at a certain location. As the day of the Demon Lord's revival nears, Adlet Mayer, a boy who calls himself the strongest man in the world, is chosen as one of the "Six Braves". Upon reaching the meet-up location, however, he discovers that there are seven Braves in total- meaning that one of them is a spy. The series follows Adlet and his interactions with his fellow Braves.

The series has run since August 25, 2011, is published under the Super Dash Bunko/Dash X Bunko imprint, and currently spans 6 volumes and one spin-off volume. A manga adaptation, published in Super Dash & Go!, had run from February 25, 2012 to November 20, 2014, and presently spans 4 volumes.

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A 12-episode anime adaptation by Passione premiered as part of the Summer 2015 Anime lineup, which covers the entirety of the first volume of the light novel.

Due to the suspense and mystery nature of the story, be wary of spoilers.

The light novels and manga have been licensed and released by Yen Press.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Action Girl: The female heroines. Potentially all the Saints, since they're all women and all could possibly be tapped to become one of the Six Flowers.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime expands the beginning of the series to include a greater introduction to Adlet and Nachetania, as well as the meeting with Fremy. The manga starts with the group already on the way to the temple, with the mark of the braves, skipping the entire introduction and travel arc.
  • Always Save the Girl: Adlet will protect Fremy, even if he needs to sacrifice himself, his companions, and the world to do it.
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  • Animal Motifs: Rabbits for Nashetania, cats for Hans, cows for Rolonia.
  • Anti-Hero Team: The entire main cast. It's telling that Adlet is one of the MOST heroic of the lot, given his behavior and personality.
  • Badass Normal: The males of the team, Adlet, Goldof and Hans, as a result of women being the only candidates for Sainthood.
  • Badass Boast: Adlet's Catch-Phrase.
  • Badass Crew: The heroes are the strongest warriors in the world.
  • Batman Gambit: The series is more or less made of these. In each book the heroes are caught in one and they have to figure out what's really happening before it's too late. Characters often run their own Gambits to stop it or get information.
  • The Beastmaster: Chamo uses her powers to fight with the help of Kyoma.
  • Blade on a Stick: Goldof fights with a spear.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Goldof to Nashetania.
  • Catch-Phrase: "I am the world's strongest man" and some variations by Adlet.
  • The Chosen Many: Six of them. Exactly six. Not seven. And DEFINITELY not eight.
  • Cliffhanger: Episode 11 ends on one, with Adlet figuring out more clues as to what happened. The ending credits begin playing just as he attempts to name who he thought was the Seventh Brave.
  • Closed Circle: The cast is trapped within a forest by a magical barrier, and cannot leave until they solve the mystery.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Along with his Hidden Weapons, it's the only way Adlet can keep up with his companions.
  • Conceive and Kill: Fremy says her human father was killed after that her Kyoma mother became pregnant.
  • Consummate Liar: Tgurneu all the way.
  • Crazy Enough to Work:
    • Mora's plan in Volume 2 to save her daughter without killing one of the heroes.
    • Adlet pretending to be the imposter to elicit the help of a Kyoma lieutenant to save Fremy and reestablish his own credibility in Volume 5
  • Creepy Child: Chamo is very unstable.
  • Declaration of Protection: Adlet promises Fremy to protect her shortly after meeting her, to her great confusion.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Fremy.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Adlet is one but is not the strongest of the group.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Chamo can eat anything.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Averted; guns were created thirty years prior to the story but were ineffective beyond tower defense because of their insanely long reload speeds. The Kyoma capitalize on this by creating a saint assassin with the specific ability to materialize full-cartridge bullets out of gunpowder in the air, which is super effective; Fremy has killed over 10 masters in their prime.
  • Gambit Pileup: There is a tendency for individual characters to counter other plans by making their own. It helps that the main character is something of a Guile Hero.
  • Gambit Roulette: Starting with Book 2, many of the plans come off as this as they rely on on a specific person becoming one of the Six Heroes. There's no real way to predict this happening (although one planner does try to stack the deck in favor of their chosen candidate).
  • Genre Shift: Initially the series seems to be a typical fantasy adventure. It's really about complex plans that wouldn't be out of place in Death Note.
  • Guile Hero: Adlet is very smart and has a good scientific knowledge.
  • The Gunslinger: Fremy, the Saint of Gunpowder.
  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • Fremy is half Kyoma.
    • Nashetania was fused with several Kyoma, granting her their powers and a Healing Factor.
  • Hate at First Sight: When Adlet and Fremy run into Nashetania and Goldof, she is immediately attacked by the latter two. She even repeatedly warns Adlet before this that she would end up clashing with the other Braves, but he doesn't listen.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Tgurneu's second significant power is making people fall in love. His Batman Gambit with Adlet and Fremy hinges entirely on it.
  • Hero Protagonist: Adlet, as The Hero and The Protagonist.
  • Hero Killer: Fremy is the infamous Six Flower Killer who killed several potential heroes.
  • Horned Humanoid: Fremy used to have a horn on the right side of her forehead, that she cut off after she was betrayed by the Kyoma.
  • Hostage Situation: Adlet does this to Fremy in episode 6 after he's painted as the most suspicious of the current Braves. He stabs her with one of his poisoned needles, then uses a flashbang to escape while carrying her. Unfortunately Hans manages to hit him in the back with one of his knives, though Adlet throws some spikes down to slow their pursuit of him.
  • A House Divided: Used throughout the show:
    • At the end of episode 5 and first part of 6, Hans starts poking all sorts of holes in Adlet's story about how he was able to enter the temple without opening it properly. Even several of the other Braves starts getting suspicious of him, with Nashetania being the only one who says he's innocent. Unfortunately Goldov attacks him, and he's forced to take Fremy as a hostage to escape.
    • In episode 8, after Adlet proves his innocence to Hans, Chamot doesn't seem to care. Instead she proceeds to attack both of them, and tells Hans to kill Adlet, stating that if the barrier disappears, she won't kill him. And if it doesn't disappear, she would keep killing the other braves until the barrier was lifted, and says she's strong enough to take on the demon lord by herself.
  • Interspecies Romance: The romance between the human Adlet and the Kyouma Half-Human Hybrid Fremy.
  • Intimate Healing: To save Adlet from his injuries, Fremy gives him a tonic through her mouth via a kiss.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: In episode 12, just as Fremy is going to give Adlet an Intimate Healing kiss, Adlet passes out and the camera fades out.
  • The Leader: Mora is the leader being the oldest of the seven and being the leader of the saints as well. Adlet replaces her starting from the second volume.
  • Locked Room Mystery: Evidence points at Adlet being the only one who had the opportunity to activate the barrier, because he was the first to open the door and it activated shortly afterward. The viewer can see that he was not in the activation room, but because he was alone at the time, he has no alibi. The question then, is who really activated the barrier, and how?
  • Manchurian Agent: Adlet turns out to be the second Mole. When he was a child, Tgurneu brainwashed him into falling madly in love with Fremy the moment he met her so he would protect her until Fremy could fulfill her role in his plans.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: After the Seventh Brave is revealed, they mention that there would be a tiny amount of casualties in order to achieve their goal. Once the others hear that said "tiny amount" is actually five hundred thousand deaths, the real Braves don't hesitate to kill the imposter.
  • The Mole: There are supposed to be six heroes. Seven people show up claiming to be one of them. The end of volume one introduces the EIGHTH hero, meaning there are TWO traitors. It goes without saying that the series runs on Betrayal Tropes. In the first book, it is revealed the mole is Nashetania, but she's not on the side of the Majin. She's more of a Wild Card trying to create peace between humanity and the Kyoma.
  • Odd Friendship: Between Chamo and Hans, later Fremy and Rolonia.
  • Older Than They Look: Mora is in her thirties but looks younger.
  • Opposites Attract: The brash, Hot-Blooded hero Adlet and the cold Emotionless Girl Fremy.
  • The Power of Love: Maliciously invoked and exploited by Tgurneu as part of his Batman Gambit. And then his backup plan. And then his ACTUAL plan.
  • The Power of the Sun: A saint of the sun exists. And was part of the mole's plan to trick the heroes.
  • Power Tattoo: The crest of the Six Flowers.
  • Relationship Reset Button: Over the course of the story, Adlet and Fremy become close and develop feelings for each other. Then later in the light novels, it's revealed Adlet only developed those feelings because Tgurneu brainwashed him. Once Tgurneu dies, Adlet's feelings disappear and his relationship with Fremy goes back to the start.
  • Revenge: Why Fremy is part of the six heroes. She hates the Kyoma for pretending to love her when they were just using her. She wants to destroy everything they believed in for revenge.
  • Salt Solution: Welynn, the Saint of Salt can change anything she strikes into clump of salt.
  • Shock and Awe: One of Dozzu's abilities.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Chamo is the strongest of the heroes but her lack of experience tends to reduce her effectiveness.
  • Slashed Throat: Subverted. One is done in episode 8 on Adlet by Hans, but it turns out to have been a very convincing illusion.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some names on the anime site are different from the ones in the light novel: Nachetanya or Nashetania, Flamie or Fremy.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Subverted. Adlet's sword is spring-loaded, and he ejects it at Hans after running out of options. However, he misses, and only knocks one of Hans' blades out of his hand. He then tells Hans that he deliberately missed because he didn't want to kill a fellow brave. Hans then proceeds to utilize What You Are in the Dark on Adlet.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: As it turns out, Adlet isn't a Brave like he thought he was, and his personality had been fabricated whole cloth by Tgurneu. He had brainwashed him from an early age to fall in love with Fremy so he could further his own plans.
  • To Win Without Fighting: Adlet attempts this on Hans in episode 8, knowing that he was outmatched. He instead continues to try and convince Hans that he's not the seventh. Hans pulls a What You Are in the Dark move on Adlet, though this just verifies that Adlet isn't the seventh brave.
  • Undying Loyalty: Goldof is completely devoted to Nashetania.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • Rolonia has been trained for years by Mora for a precise goal, so that she could kill a hero and revive him later.
    • Adlet is the unknowing traitor and was manipulated to fall in love with Fremy.
  • Verbal Tic: "Meow" and some variations for Hans. He speaks like that because he respects cats.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Chamo vomits her "pets" that live in her stomach.
  • Walking Armory: Adlet carries several types of weapons on him. And poisons. And acids. And drugs. And...
  • Weak, but Skilled: Adlet.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Nashetania plans to kill the Majin too but according to her plan, the death of some heroes are necessary, as well as the death of more than 500,000 people.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Fremy is falling in love with Adlet, but when asked by Mora she answers that she doesn't know what that is. Fremy finds the sensation unpleasant because she is constantly worried about him.
  • What You Are in the Dark: A variation of this is used on Adlet by Hans in episode 8. The latter says he's the seventh brave, and proceeds to attack Adlet. Though Adlet's throat appears to be slashed, it turned out to be an illusion created by Hans. The latter, having assassinated countless people before, states that the look on men's faces right before they die never lies. And the one on Adlet's face upon hearing Hans claiming to be the seventh proved that he wasn't the imposter. Hans apologizes for accusing him in the first place.
  • Whip It Good: Rolonia's weapon.
  • World's Strongest Man: Adlet certainly claims to be this. He's not, but he could probably beat the people who actually could claim to be. However, Tgurneu is inclined to agree, as is Hans, eventually.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Nashetania's father was noted to be something of a mediocre king, but when she was a child he took a turn for the worse by loudly proclaiming that there was a devil worshiping cult within the kingdom and tried to lead a bloody purge. Nashetania got caught up in the mess even though she was just a little girl and had to flee for safety. Trouble is, he was almost right. Dozzu doesn't work for the majin anymore, but he was running a cult in the kingdom and even Nashetania and her mother were part of it. His power was stripped as a result, leaving him a figurehead while a prime minister actually leads the country at least until Nashetania is old enough.
  • Younger Than They Look: Goldof is only 16 years old, but looks older because his Heroic Build developed at a young age. The only part of him that looks his age is his face, which is noted to be quite at contrast to the rest of him.

Alternative Title(s): Rokka No Yuusha

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