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The first of Ryuunosuke Akiyama's series of stories set in a fantasy world called Izinia, A Terribly Dangerous Coat follows the adventures of two children, Luran and Ishiria, as they take a trip through time and space, and encounter a few remarkable people doing so. Serialisation began on Akiyama's website 2 April 2016, and ended 7 May 2016, and has a total of six chapters. The spotlight is shared between young, plucky Tomboy Ishiria, who accidentally travels back in time by means of a magical coat, her overly-imaginitive friend Luran, and her Uncle Tomokizu, the owner of the coat, and also some sort of ill-defined government agent.


Ishiria has a nice, pleasant visit to the past, while Luran and Tomokizu, in their pursuit, meet with several obstacles, though there is, overall, No Antagonist. The whole has the air of a classic fairy tale, and takes many cues from Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century children's literature.

The full text could originally be read here, but the site has shut down.

Tropes Employed in A Terribly Dangerous Coat

  • Adult Fear: Your child is sent back in time under the watch of your sibling, who continually botches his efforts to rescue her, and is more concerned with covering it up than getting her back.
    • Same adult allows somebody else's child to ALSO travel back in time, when he could have simply left said other child at home.
  • Adults Are Useless: Uncle Tomokizu has both let Ishiria be sent four thousand years in the past, and then her friend Luran run after her. Also seems to be more afraid of Ishiria's mother finding out about his having done so than anything else.
    • Subverted when Tomokizu is finally shown in action.
  • Animorphism Discussed; apparently not possible with Izinite magic, though Luran wishes it were.
  • Animal Motifs: Again, Luran with birds.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Akiyama's usual narrative style.
  • An Ice Person: The briefly-shown soldier Zijate.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Akiyama seems to like these.
    • Rukimara Castle
    • The Palace of the Great Gates
    • Presumably, the briefly mentioned Palace of Iviri i Isparies
  • Bittersweet Ending: Everybody is all right at the end, but Alivia and Ishiria never get to continue their budding friendship.
  • Blow You Away: Ishiria's speciality, though Luran can also do it.
  • Blue Blood: Kapori i Luran comes from a wealthy, powerful family that appears to exercise a great deal of power in Rukimara City.
    • Later shown are Alivia, her father Rashitozeo, her distant descendant the Augustness, and the soldiers Sava and Zijate.
  • Bumbling Dad: Though not a father himself, Tomokizu resembles one for most of the story.
    • Kapori i Imaro might be a straighter example, but never actually appears.
  • Conlang: Implied to exist in the text of A Terribly Dangerous Coat; some blog posts on his site also deal with this.
  • Cheerful Child: Both Luran and Ishiria.
  • Child Prodigy: Ishiria; Luran is a possible case, but more because he is an at least semi-supernatural being.
  • City of Adventure: Rukimara City might be one; it happens to be ruled by a supernatural being whose son freely walks the street, and which is often visited by a barely-competent Time Master.
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  • City of Gold: The Clockwork Garden resembles one.
  • Cool Car: Both Uncle Tomokizu and an unidentified woman have them.
  • Court Mage: Izinia has entire government offices dedicated to magic. Tomokizu is also described as a secret agent, but his precise duties are never detailed.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When outmatched physically by three soldiers, two of whom are jöriz (members of the local Witch Species), he freezes them in time.
    • Two of the three soldiers, despite being very minor characters, are shown to be very magically powerful.
  • Cute Bruiser: Subverted with Luran, who runs as fast as he can from real danger.
  • Cute Witch: Ishiria resembles one, and flies on a broom no less.
  • Damsel in Distress: Tomokizu and Luran think Ishiria is one; she isn't.
  • Elemental Powers:
    • Ishiria has a pact with a spirit of wind; Luran has similar innate magic.
    • Luran can also make bubbles that allow him to breathe underwater.
    • The soldier Zijate is An Ice Person.
    • Tomokizu is actually a very competent Time Master and also a decent Barrier Warrior when called upon to be.
  • Eternal Engine: The Clockwork Garden.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Some characters don't have names revealed until the end:
    • Alivia's father's name is Izujoto i Rashitozeo.
    • Likewise, the lion-dog's name is Tenbo.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Uncle Tomokizu's coat makes Ishiria disappear when it lands on her. It is later revealed to be able to send people through time.
    • A lion-dog is a large dog that looks rather like a lion.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Played with: Luran sets himself up as the hero of a story; he runs when he meets adversity.
  • Fantastic Honorifics: The term Mijato or Mijata (following the surname) is used apparently like Japanese -san.
  • Fantastic Naming Convention: in addition to the inversion of family name and given name, some Izinite surnames tend to place i between them, apparently as an indication of nobility (as with French and Spanish de, Italian di, German von, &c.).
    • The names all use a language that resembles a cross between Japanese and Farsi.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Izinia, the setting of the current ongoing serial, has a vaguely European feel to it, though the characters' names tend to sound vaguely Japanese, and give the family name first (Kurino Shorau, Kurino Ishiria, Shanshü Tomokizu, Kapori i Luran, Kapori i Imaro).
    • Further confusing matters, the three soldiers encountered by Tomokizu have vaguely Yakuza-style tattoos.
  • Fashions Never Change: Both averted and played straight in-world; Ishiria briefly remarks that there are some differences between how Alivia's father dresses and how her uncle and his associates do; however, she also remarks that similar coats are popular in both times.
  • Floral Motifs: Unknown flowers appear frequently in the Palace of the Great Gates.
  • Flying Broomstick: Ishiria has one.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: Alivia
  • Free-Range Children: Luran and Ishiria both seem to have a fair amount of freedom in spite of their ages.
  • Girl in the Tower: Ishiria is a subversion; she's found in the highest part of a castle, but is there having tea with her friends, and was invited, not abducted.
  • Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Subverted; it appears on native words, but would presumably have a meaningful distinction.
  • Hero of Another Story: Alivia, Sava, and Zijate.
  • The High Queen: The ruler of Izinia, titled the Augustness.
  • Human Aliens: The characters appearing in fiction set in Izinia are probably this. Overlaps somewhat with the Witch Species below.
  • Kid Hero: Luran imagines he is one until he meets the lion-dog.
  • Last-Name Basis: The soldiers encountered by Tomokizu use clan names.
  • Lemony Narrator: Akiyama sometimes points out that his characters are doing something silly, but mostly tends towards elegant narration filled with Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.
  • Liminal Time: The past scenes appear to take place just before an important in-world event called the Departure separating the "Old World" from the "New".
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Both Luran and Alivia avert this.
  • Magically Binding Contract: Uncle Tomokizu claims to be under one.
  • Magic Is Mental: Ishiria uses a mnemonic to remind herself of a train of thoughts necessary to raise winds by magic.
    • Though Tomokizu appears tired after using strong magic; he's also just scaled several castle walls while avoiding the three soldiers.
  • Magitech: The Moonrise Canon, a literal Magical Computer.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Lion-dogs.
  • Modest Royalty: The ruler of Izinia, at least, is reportedly more amused than insulted by the bad table manners of Luran's father.
    • Later shown with Alivia and her (currently unnamed) father, who act like fairly normal people.
    • The Augustness herself makes a brief appearance at the end. She acts like an ordinary woman.
  • Mr. Imagination: Luran.
  • No Antagonist: The closest that appear are the lion-dog and the soldiers Zijate, Sava, and Kurino. All are merely brief impediments not actively working against any of the protagonists.
  • Non-Idle Rich: All the major characters are this. Two of the soldiers briefly encountered by Tomokizu are supernatural beings, and are mentioned to come from ancient clans.
  • Not Quite Human: Luran, a jöriz, can use magic on his own, but otherwise appears to be a normal (but somewhat larger than average) boy.
    • We later encounter the soldiers Zijate (who seems to be some kind of ice spirit) and Sava (of unspecified element, but capable of using teleport magic, which surprises Tomokizu).
    • Alivia and her father are likely also something supernatural.
  • One of the Kids: Ishiria thinks of her uncle this way.
  • One World Order: Izinia appears to be ruled by a person known as the "Augustness", though various "lords" seem to have local authority of some sort. It is later explained that the world was created by Alivia and her father, presumably the ancestors of the present "Augustness".
  • Our Time Machine Is Different: Ishiria goes back in time via coat.
  • Power Nullifier: Lion-dogs can't prevent magic or make it impossible to use, but they're apparently good at resisting it.
  • Puppy Love: Beginning to be implied between Luran and Ishiria.
  • Protective Charm: The bells Tomokizu gives to Luran.
  • Random Transportation: Tomokizu's coat does this when it covers somebody.
    • The soldier Sava averts this with his teleportation magic.
  • Reality Ensues: Luran, though fancying himself a child-knight, runs as fast as he can rather than fighting the lion-dog.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The ruler of Izinia appears to be this. Luran's father, the lord of Rukimara City, also appears to perform important functions.
    • Alivia and her father, once they appear.
  • Rule of Three: Several examples:
    • Three children appear in the story — Luran, Ishiria, and Alivia.
    • Three soldiers try to stop Tomokizu — Sava, Zijate, and Kurino.
    • Three members of the August family — Alivia, Rashitozeo, and the unnamed present Augustness. All three have been ruler at one point or other.
    • Luran flies to three places on his glider before it crashes.
  • Secret Identity: Luran does not reveal his true surname (marking him as the near relation of a great lord) to Ishiria's mother because he thinks she is an annoying Social Climber who would try to take advantage of his friendship with her daughter. She has not yet been shown on-screen, so how accurate this is is unclear.
    • Averted with the Augustness, once she gets the chance to introduce herself.
  • Screw Learning, I Have Phlebotinum!: Averted; Tomokizu tells Ishiria to learn simpler magic before she tries something very complicated; magic being presumably something that requires serious study.
  • Shirtless Scene: A non-sexualised example: Luran is remarked to strip to his underwear when he has to go swimming to proceed. Becomes a Walking Shirtless Scene when he only redresses part-way. Seems to be a part of his fantasy of becoming Ishiria's hero.
  • Schizo Tech: Izinites have ambiguous-era automobiles, airships, and at least one supercomputer called the Moonrise Cannon; clothing seems decidedly odd, involving loose coats and jackets, shorts, and men regularly going shirtless.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end, mentions that Luran and Ishiria have other adventures, but leaves them for another day.
  • Social Climber: Kurino Anfira, at least according to her daughter, seems to be this. She never makes an actual appearance in the story.
  • The Quest: Tomokizu and Luran go on one to rescue Ishiria; a bit of a subversion, in that she was never in any danger.
  • Tagalong Kid: Tomokizu is worried about Luran doing this; instead, Luran Jumped at the Call.
  • Talking Animal: Played with: Tenbo is incable of actually speaking, but understands human language.
  • Teleport Cloak: Tomokizu's coat is a variation, albeit an apparently uncontrollable one.
  • Threshold Guardian: Both the lion-dog Tenbo (for both Luran and Tomokizu) and the three soldiers (for Tomokizu)
  • Time and Relative Dimensions in Space: Tomokizu's coat appears to be a sort-of time and location randomiser; Tomokizu's distilled time is more precise, but can still be some distance, or some minutes or hours, off with individual uses.
  • Time Travel: Ishiria is sent to the past by the titular dangerous coat.
    • Stable Time Loop: She ends up creating one when she mentions the name of the place in which she finds herself... before it has been named that.
  • Tomboy: Kurino Ishiria has shades of this.
  • Translation Convention: Izinite characters presumably do not speak English, though no dialogue in their native language other than a few terms specific to the world, and character names, is ever heard.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The lion-dog crashes through several of Tomokizu's magic barriers as if they were paper.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Uncle Tomokizu is remarked to wear nothing under his coat, and to be broad and muscular. A friend who resembles Alivia's father also does this.
    • Izinite soldiers in general are this, judging from the fact that the three encountered by Tomokizu are barechested.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The eventual fate of the three soldiers is not revealed.
  • World of Muscle Men: Ishiria briefly ponders the fact that adolescent boys tend to show significant gains in muscle when they begin to physically mature.
    • Luran appears to be well on his way to joining them.
    • The three soldiers and Alivia's father further solidify the matter.
  • Witch Species: Sort-of; Kapori i Luran (and his near relations) are something called jöriz, which appears to be a subset of people who can use magic on their own, while others seem to rely on contracts formed with spirits. Functionally, not enough has been shown to tell if there is any major practical difference.
    • Two other jöriz, the soldiers Sava and Zijate, both also appear.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: Inverted: No time has passed at all when Luran, Ishiria, Tomokizu, and (unintendedly) Tenbo return to the present.

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