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Manga / Candy & Cigarettes

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Candy & Cigarettes is a manga by Tomonori Inoue, of Coppelion fame. It ran in Young Magazine the 3rd from 2017 to 2021.

Hiraga Raizou has just entered retirement from the Japan Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). But hearing his grandson is afflicted with a rare disease costing a million yen a month in treatments, he resolved to raise the necessary money for his grandson's sake. Seeing a job ad seemingly tailored to his skillset brings him to the 'Desperado' used books store, and he is sent for a trial work... as Cleanup Crew for the assassin employed by the organization, the little girl Suzukaze Miharu.


  • Badass and Child Duo: Played with in that Hiraga himself is a badass, but it's the kid Miharu who pulls the trigger most of the time.
  • Big Bad: Musou Saburou, the leader behind The Greatest Bond. Overlaps with Diabolical Mastermind.
  • Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: Known as 'The Greatest Bond' in the underworld, it comprises Dirty Cops, Corrupt Corporate Executives, Corrupt Politicians and more within its ranks.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Director Kinume's expression barely changes from 'disinterested look'. Not even when she approves the hit on her own biological father.
  • Enfante Terrible: Miharu is Desperado's primary hitman. At one point her would-be-victim called her a 'murderous demon-child', and her response is for him to keep talking as it 'makes her tingle'.
  • Healthcare Motivation: Raizou takes the job to earn money for his grandson's medical treatment.
  • Murder, Inc.: The Desperado used books store is a front for the SS Agency, a government-sanctioned (or so they claimed) extralegal entity seeking to bring 'justice' to those who would otherwise evade it.
  • Putting on the Reich: The assassin agency is called "SS", and its logo looks very close to a stylized swastika. And they're the good guys (for a given value of "good")!
  • Retired Badass: Raizou is a retired officer whose training comes in handy for his new career.
  • Reused Character Design: Hiraga is basically Dr. Coppelius minus the cracked glasses.
  • Revenge: Miharu's prime motivation of becoming a hitman. Her father knew too much and The Greatest Bond eliminated him and his family. Miharu missed the hit and swore vengeance to all of them.
  • Shout-Out: Henry Magritte wears a bowler hat and carries an apple, which is briefly in front of his face, just like The Son of Man by his namesake René Magritte.
  • Stab the Scorpion: At first, it seems like Governor Okita is Miharu's next target, with her pulling out a gun and pointing it at her, but then she shoots a guy behind the governor, who had just pulled out a knife.