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Top to bottom, right to left: Satoshi, Daisuke, Dark, Risa, and Riku.
You've heard the stories of the legendary phantom thief Dark...whose real identity is unknown. Well, now it's your turn to inherit that identity, Daisuke...I mean, Dark.
Emiko Niwa

Daisuke Niwa was just your average middle schooler pining away after his unrequited love. Well, average except for the odd training his mother put him through, planting traps for him when he returned from school to test his agility and problem solving. But that all changed on his 14th birthday, when, after being rejected by his crush Risa, he suddenly transformed—appearing much older, and his hair color changing to purple. His mother happily informs him that this is normal—for hundreds of years, every generation of males in his family undergoes a transformation into the "legendary phantom thief, Dark" when they experience the feeling of love, thanks to a unique "genetic condition". Until the girl he loves returns his feelings wholeheartedly, Daisuke must transform into Dark and steal cursed pieces of art to cleanse them.

To Daisuke, it seems like the end of the world—he has to avoid getting overly excited when he sees his crush so he won't turn into Dark, and Dark himself just happens to have a Handsome Lech personality and happily hits on any female that crosses his path. Then Risa Harada, his crush, announces that her ideal man is just like Dark—which means he has to compete with himself for her affection! To complicate matters even more, Daisuke's mysterious classmate Satoshi Hiwatari starts to suspect Daisuke's secret identity—and just happens to be the commander of the police working on the Dark case.

An anime and manga series that seems determined to prove to you that your own teenage years weren't nearly as bad, D.N.Angel would probably never be called a masterpiece of its mediums, but it's still an entertaining romp through Shōjo tropes. Sometimes called a "magical boy" series, it generally has a lighthearted, romantic comedy/fantasy feel, although occasionally there's hints of darker mysteries and backstories lurking in the shadows.

The manga was started late in 1997 by Yukiru Sugisaki, and throughout the manga's run had an on-again-off-again serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Asuka magazine. It first ran consistently for 11 volumes before being put on a two-year-long hiatus in 2006; then resumed serialization again in 2008 before another one year hiatus in 2009; then resumed again for the January 2010. Stage 4 Volume 14 marked the end of Part 1 before another hiatus began, this time to focus on the 6-month serialization School Girls Pin-Up. But finally, in 2019, the series was announced to conclude, with a 10 volume re-edition following shortly after. It premiered its last chapter in January 2021.

Most of the manga has been brought over by Tokyopop and later digitally via Viz Media, but both licenses expired and only reach up to Volume 13.

The anime aired in Japan in 2003, and was released in the US by ADV Films. The anime and manga differ on some details, particularly which Harada twin Dark happens to have a thing for in the beginning. The anime also ended with a Gecko Ending (although with the way Sugisaki had been going on and off hiatus with the series, it seemed like the anime ending would be, for a long time, the only resolution available).

If you're a fan of fantasy shojo (or Bishōnen!), both are worth a look—if only to spot the many tropes the series makes use of.

D.N.Angel provides examples of:

  • Action-Hogging Opening: The opening shows far more action than most episodes, due to the romantic nature of the show rather than its focus on action all the time.
  • Action Prologue: The first episode of the anime opens on a fight between Krad and Dark that is actually the final climactic action sequence of the last episode.
  • Advance Notice Crime: Phantom Thief Dark will send a note to the media and authorities announcing his intention to steal a valuable piece of artwork. Or, in reality, the mother and grandfather of his current host, Daisuke Niwa, will send out a note, and Daisuke will then have to transform into Dark and successfully steal the item to resume his own form.
  • Allergic to Love: All right, so Daisuke doesn't get ill, per se, but he certainly has a genetic condition that makes loving someone a pain in the neck.
  • All Up to You: One plot involves Daisuke having to save Dark after Satoshi traps him inside of a dream world.
    • Flipped with Dark having to save Daisuke in the "Ice and Snow" arc.
  • Angels in Overcoats: Dark Mousy, the angelic alter-ego of Daisuke Niwa, usually is seen with various type of black clothes, various of them are overcoats and trenchcoats. Also Krad, Dark Mousy's Evil Counterpart is also seen with a white trenchcoat, usually more seen in official artworks and the manga than the anime.
  • Anime Theme Song: Written for the show and sung by a teenage boy (probably in reference to Daisuke). Vic Mignogna has also recorded a version in English (although he did it independently and it wasn't included in the official DVDs).
  • Art Evolution: The series has been drawn off and on since the '90s, and the change in the artist's style is pretty obvious if you compare an earlier volume with one of the later ones.
  • Art Initiates Life: The cursed artworks that Dark steals were given life by their creators' emotions.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Riku and Risa, when they get past their differences and sibling rivalry, are actually really close to one another.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Kyle wishes for the Second Hand of Time to Murder the Hypotenuse. His actions result in both Elliot's and Freedert's death and the guilt drives him mad.
  • Become a Real Boy: Rokuto/Insomnia's goal is to replace Daisuke and become real.
  • Birthday Beginning: The series opens on Daisuke's 14th birthday when he inherits the legendary phantom thief Dark as his alter ego.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The manga ends with Daisuke and Dark successfully saving Satoshi from Krad, but it comes at the cost of Dark's existence and almost everyone's memories of him and all their artwork friends have turned to stone as a result of the Hikari magic disappearing. Risa ends up crying in Satoshi's arms because she can't remember the person she loved, while Daisuke is able to finally tell Riku that he loves her. Though Wiz waking up and Daisuke hearing Dark's voice in the final pages imply things might not be as grim as they seem.
  • Book Ends: The series opens with a scene that's later repeated in the last episode.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In a jibe at the series' own eyecatch, episode five uses the feather-and-logo eyecatch not only before and after commercials but also between every major scene change. This results in at least half a dozen appearances of the eyecatch in one episode alone, prompting Risa and Riku to yell, "Enough already!"
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Daisuke can't seem to tell Riku that he turns into Dark—but unless she knows and loves every part of him, he'll continue to transform into Dark.
    • At first, Riku is unable to tell Daisuke that she's starting to suspect that Daisuke and Dark might be the same person. When she finally confronts him about it, he convinces her that he's not Dark.
    • Dark can't admit to his growing feelings for Risa, knowing full well that he'll someday disappear and can't be with her.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The story gets much darker around the Second Hand of Time. Previously, the manga was light art of the week format. The Second Hand of Time introduces the idea that the art Daisuke steals is dangerous and must be sealed away lest they cause death and suffering. Neither Freedert, Elliot nor the Hand survive, no matter what Daisuke does.
  • Class Trip: There's a major arc that takes place during a class trip, where Daisuke tries to steal a piece of art on a lighthouse while there. Things don't go as planned since Satoshi has attended the class trip as well. In the manga, this is also when Krad makes his first appearance.
  • Cliffhanger: The two big breaks—the one after Volume 11 and the one after the end of Volume 15—come to mind.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Averted both times. In the first, it cuts away just as Satoshi is about to perform the actual act, and only cuts back when "Daisuke" is turned back into With. The second time, Satoshi is about to give CPR to an unconscious Daisuke, but then Dark takes over his body, wakes up hacking and coughing, and proceeds to wonder what would happen if he had woken up one panel later. Damn you, Sugisaki.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Used in the anime during one of Satoshi's transformation scenes.
  • Cute Clumsy Guy: Daisuke. Especially odd, seeing as he's had his reflexes conditioned since birth to be a successful thief. The end result is that he often trips, immediately performs an complex, acrobatic save...and then flubs the landing.
    • Subverted in that this is deliberate. Daisuke has to pretend to be clumsy in order to avoid giving away the fact that he is training to be a thief.
  • Curse Escape Clause: The only way for Daisuke to be freed from his curse is for him to find true love, his "Sacred Maiden", and for that true love to love him back, demonstrating that love in some way. How is not specified, but such things as a True Love's Kiss or Love Confession have been seen to work. However, the "Sacred Maiden" must also learn of the curse and still love him regardless of that. Until then, the feeling of the unrequited love will act as a trigger which will turn the host into Dark and vice-versa.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Literally. It's the angelic-looking one you have to watch out for.
  • Decoy Damsel: Risa pulls one off to distract a policeman so that Riku can sneak in
  • Disappeared Dad: Subverted: Kosuke, Daisuke's father, is rarely mentioned in the beginning of the series, to the point where it seems he must be either dead or deadbeat. He isn't—he was just off on a trip related to the Niwa's "family curse", and happens to be a very devoted and loving father and husband.
    • Kei Hiwatari is Satoshi's adopted father. There has been no word on his real father.
  • Disguised in Drag: Satoshi crossdresses to distract Dark during a heist. He's very convincing, and Dark nearly kisses him before he realizes who he's talking to.
  • Disneyfication: An In-Universe example. During the Cultural Revolution, the tragedy "Ice and Dark" was found to be too dark and changed into the much more bittersweet "Ice and Snow".
  • Disturbed Doves: Occurs when The Second Hand of Time/Freedert tells Daisuke that his paintings might have the ability to prolong their life.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The "pendants of eternal friendship" that Mio gave Riku to use with Daisuke. Especially with such lines as "This is the first time I've done this..." when putting them together.
  • Doting Parent: Daisuke's mother, Emiko...for some definitions of "doting".
  • Dragged into Drag: Daisuke arrived to school late because he had a cold, and learned that he was voted to play the female lead in the school play. Not only that, but Satoshi plays his love interest, leading to much Ho Yay. It didn't help that even his own girlfriend thought that he was cuter than her.
  • Dramatic Irony: This is responsible for an enormous chunk of the suspense in the story, as the two-person love triangle causes a great deal of problems for Daisuke.
  • Dropped Glasses: There are several moments where Satoshi drops his glasses in the series. Since he doesn't need them to see, this isn't so bad. Except that the glasses are somehow keeping Krad at bay, and Satoshi often gets sick, faints, or succumbs to Krad when he doesn't have them on.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the anime, Krad fights Dark in the opening scene, but isn't properly introduced until several episodes later.
  • False Start: Daisuke tries to tell Risa his feelings in the first episode of the anime, but loses his nerve at the last minute. (The manga version has him successfully give her a love letter, but she rejects him because he's "not her type".)
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Subverted with the Harada twins, where the tomboy Riku is a much better cook than her more feminine sister Risa.
  • Fictional Document: The fictional fairytale "Ice and Snow"—which is a Bowdlerized version of the original, "Ice and Dark".
  • Forceful Kiss: Dark kisses Riku to stop her from screaming when he accidentally makes a pit stop in her room. Of course, this makes Riku think of Dark as a pervert (and, to be fair, she's not exactly wrong).
  • Gentleman Thief: This is Dark to the very core, if you look at it. He only goes after the hardest-to-get targets, which are very rare themselves, AND he alerts the police, all core elements of the trope.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Risa isn't attracted to Satoshi at all, even though the other girls all adore him. Then she realizes that he's cute without his glasses.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Riku and Risa. Though they really do love each other, Risa still considers her sister her Arch-Enemy, and is glad that she was born "the cute one". Save for a difference in hair styles (and a slight hair color change for Riku in the anime), they're identical twins.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Inverted, just like most of the dark/light tropes, with Dark and Krad.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Dark's goal (and the Niwas') is to steal the pieces of art created by the Hikaris.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Later in the series, Riku starts to be jealous of Risa, because she starts to love Daisuke and she knows that he had a crush on Risa. Even after they get together, she has doubts.
  • Hereditary Curse: The Niwa and Hikari families each have a hereditary curse created by what essentially amounts to an magical accident. The Hikaris seem to have gotten the worst of it, as their curse creates a Superpowered Evil Side who tends to act without much regard to his "host", causing cursed members of the Hikari family to all die young.
  • Hooked Up Afterwards: Heavily hinted at in the anime. In the climax, Daisuke tells Satoshi that he can't kill himself to destroy Krad because he still has to find the person he'll fall in love with. At the end, Satoshi and Risa then exchange glances and quiet smiles with each other.
    • Subverted in the manga where there has been hints of Satoshi slowly growing romantic feelings for Risa from way back in Vol 3. However, he keeps his distance from her (and everyone else) because he is afraid of triggering Krad within his body. At the end of the manga, after Krad disappears, the first thing he does is to seek out Risa, then hugs her while she cries about Dark.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Early chapters in the manga have titles that read "A Warning of _____", referencing Dark's warning letters. (This practice was dropped later in the series.)
  • Inconsistent Spelling: Daisuke's cute familiar is called "Wiz" in Tokyopop's manga translation and "With" in ADV's dub of the anime.
  • Inner Monologue: Daisuke and Dark sometimes take advantage of their shared body and use this to communicate to each other.
  • Inspector Javert: Inspector Saehara. Dark is a thief, but he has a very good reason to steal.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Satoshi has other reasons for being distant from others, but his intelligence (he's already graduated from college) certainly doesn't help matters.
  • Just Friends: What Risa asserts they are to Daisuke's face, just moments before he decided on confessing to her.
  • ISO-Standard Urban Groceries
  • Kiss of Life: Daisuke (or, if you're reading the manga, Wiz/With disguised as Daisuke) nearly drowns in the school pool...which means Satoshi has to step up to the plate and give Daisuke mouth-to-mouth. The yaoi fangirls were pleased.
  • Light Is Not Good: Krad, Satoshi's alter-ego and the villain, looks like a blond angel, complete with Creepy Crosses.
  • Living Crashpad: Daisuke turns into one for Riku when they both fall off a cliff during a school trip.
  • Locked in a Freezer: At one point in the anime, Daisuke and Satoshi get trapped in the school's freezer when Satoshi deliberately sabotages it, in an attempt to force Daisuke to reveal himself as Dark. He does, but this also sets off Satoshi's transformation into his alter-ego, Krad.
    • This also provides an excuse to have Daisuke and Satoshi huddling together for warmth to up the Ho Yay quotient even more.
  • Love Dodecahedron: A pair of twins combined with Loves My Alter Ego just for a starter.
  • Love Hurts: When being near your crush causes you to transform into somebody else...
  • Love Letter: In the very first chapter, Daisuke gives Risa a love letter, but she turns him down.
  • Love Redeems: Sort of. True love is what's needed to break the curse and separate Dark from his host in all generations, but it also has some similar effect on Risa Harada. Risa fell for Dark because he was a sexy and cool badass, while she completely rejected Daisuke, who's more of a dorky Nice Guy. This made her a non-candidate for breaking the curse since its ultimate requirement is that the breaker must truly love Dark's host, whether he comes with Dark attached or not. By the end of the day, though she doesn't end up with Daisuke, Risa figures out that she has to love a guy for him, not his danger.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Risa, who rejects Daisuke when he tells her his feelings because she wants someone mature and cool—which fits Dark perfectly in her eyes. Later inverted when Riku begins to date Daisuke, but can't stand Dark. Though on some level she connects the two since the very beginning when Dark kissed her.
  • Meaningful Name: Daisuke's name is pronounced the same as the Japanese word "Daisuki" which means "I love you". Given the conditions of the Niwa curse, it's a fitting name for the hero.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Used whenever a character is under a spell.
  • Missing Mom: Rio Hikari, Satoshi's mother. According to Kosuke, she died 15 years ago. Satoshi just says she "died young".
  • Muggle and Magical Love Triangle: Risa rejects Daisuke's advances, regarding him as "too ordinary". Instead, she falls for Dark.
  • Mukokuseki: There's quite a few strange hair colors on display, which combines with the setting to be downright surreal—all of the characters have Japanese names, but the town looks European. In fact, looking at this article (town no. 5), the town is based on the Italian town of Manarola.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Subverted with Dark. Possibly played straight with Krad.
  • Not a Morning Person: Satoshi, as shown in one of the omake in the manga.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Daisuke. More like Obfuscating Klutziness, but whatever.
  • Older Alter Ego: Daisuke, when you get right down to it, is a Were-Bishōnen.
    • Dark is also counts as a Sexier Alter Ego for Daisuke, in the eyes of most of the girls in the story.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Middle school. Same difference.
  • Painful Transformation: Satoshi's, partially because he tries to fight it, and (in the manga) partially because he uses "the wrong emotion". Daisuke has a few times when it's painful for him as well, in the manga because of the aforementioned "wrong emotion" and in the anime when he grows wings himself.
  • Perky Goth: Towa looks like an Elegant Gothic Lolita, but has the personality of a hyperactive Genki Girl.
  • Perpetual Molt: To say Dark and Krad shed feathers all over the place is the understatement of the year. It can be said without exaggeration that there's times when they shed thousands of feathers all at once.
  • Phantom Thief: Dark, obviously.
  • Poirot Speak: Mio Hio.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Riku and Risa.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Daisuke faints after a fight with Krad.
  • The Power of Love: A major theme in general, most noticeable in that this is what triggers Daisuke's transformation to Dark (and vice-versa).
    • Argentine wishes to get a Heart to save another artwork, "Transparent Shadow" or "Quolia". Of course, he kidnaps Risa to try and do so...
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Satoshi doesn't need his glasses to see, and admits it to people when his glasses fall off or are broken.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Argentine. His eyes also lack depth/highlights most of the time, making him even creepier. Subverted slightly in that he never meant to harm Risa, he just wanted to get a "heart" so he could "fix" Quolia. D'awww.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Daisuke has red hair and eyes and is energetic and friendly. Satoshi has blue hair and eyes and is calm, intelligent, and mature to the point that it's a little creepy for his age.
  • Remember the New Guy?: In a later manga chapter, some guy pops up out of nowhere in the classroom and acts as if he and Daisuke know each other pretty well, on a suffix-less first-name basis even. Daisuke doesn't know who the hell he is either, until...suddenly he does. Eeriness ensues.
  • Returning the Handkerchief: Yet another Ho Yay moment for Satoshi and Daisuke.
    • In Volume 3 of the manga, Satoshi finds Daisuke's white ribbon (that he meant to give to Risa), but assumes that the owner of the ribbon is Risa because she walked past him when he found it. He spends two chapters looking for her, and, when he finds her, she's crying to Dark after getting upset over seeing Daisuke (and Riku together). Satoshi ends up standing by a wall nearby them, staring at the ribbon. Aww.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Wiz/With.
  • Say My Name: The very first line in the anime is DAAAAAAAAAAARK!!!, just to give you an idea of how much this trope is used.
    • Also a bit between Argentine and Quolia.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Satoshi, as well as his father.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: Daisuke's best friend, Saehara. He often looks for scoops on Dark, which just makes Daisuke's life even more complicated.
  • School Play: Daisuke's class puts on a play of a fairytale unique to the series' world (which just happens to be integral to a story arc). The class decides to put on an all-male version of the story...and just happens to cast Satoshi and Daisuke as the romantic leads. Did we mention this series has a lot of Ho Yay?
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Krad = Dark.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: The anime ends this way, with a kiss between Daisuke and Riku.
  • Second Love: Daisuke initially had eyes for Risa, but he ultimately ends up falling in love with and getting together with Riku.
    • In the manga, Dark's first love is Riku, but later manga chapters have him beginning to reciprocate Risa's feelings.
    • Initially Daisuke was the trigger for Satoshi to transform into Krad and vice versa. However in the later chapters, he acknowledges that his reason for transformation has changed to Risa instead.
  • Secret-Identity Identity: An interesting case with Dark and Daisuke—one is the secret identity of the other, but they're also independent of each other. Seems to be invoked with Dark constantly telling Daisuke "I am you," along with Daisuke wondering constantly if that's really the case and whether "coexistence" is possible. Gets complicated in the last few chapters of Stage 4, where Daisuke can't tell who's feeling what for Risa, and he learns that, should he become one with Dark, he may be the one to disappear—leaving the "mask" in control.
  • Ship Tease: Everyone tends to get their share of it. Daisuke/Risa, Daisuke/Riku, Daisuke/Satoshi, Dark/Risa, Dark/Riku, Satoshi/Risa, etc., etc.
  • Shonen Hair: Nearly all of the male cast. In fact, it'd be easier to list who doesn't fall under this trope.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Satoshi is a male example, although he's not so much "shy" as he is "emotionally distant".
  • Sibling Triangle: Daisuke likes Risa, who doesn't think of him in a romantic way at all, while her sister Riku likes Daisuke. Complicating matters is that Dark is infatuated with Riku, who thinks he's a pervert and a criminal, while Risa is infatuated with Dark.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Risa and Riku Harada. One is feminine and obsessed with her image, and is infatuated with Dark because of how badass and handsome he is. The other is a tomboy who (outwardly) couldn't care less about fitting in, and thinks Dark is nothing more than a pervert, instead preferring the nice and normal Daisuke.
  • Slipped the Ropes: Dark and Riku have been captured and handcuffed because Dark surrendered the moment they were confronted. Riku is furious and begins yelling at Dark, at which point he reveals he has easily escaped.
    "You were saying...something about handcuffs?"
  • Special Occasions Are Magic: Daisuke inherits a magical alter ego known as "Dark" on his 14th birthday and suddenly finds his body physically transformed into Dark's.
  • Speech Bubbles: In Tokyopop's release of the manga, Dark's speech is printed in a fancy, curly font, while Daisuke's speech bubbles are black when Dark is the one in control.
  • Stacy's Mom: Saehara apparently feels the need to tell Daisuke that he's got one ("Your mom is so damn hot").
  • Superpowered Alter Ego: Dark and Krad.
  • Tarot Motifs: Used in the Ending Theme of the anime.
  • Teen Genius: Satoshi finished college by the time he was thirteen. The reason he returned to middle school was so he could "get closer to [Daisuke]."
  • Together in Death: Freedert and Elliot.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Riku and Risa, respectively.
  • Tsundere: Riku. Emiko also appears to have been somewhat like this when she was younger, as well.
  • Twin Switch: Used in an episode of the anime.
  • Two-Timer Date:
    • At one point in the manga, Daisuke has a date with one of the Harada twins, while Dark has a date with the other... at the same time. The interesting part is that Riku, the Harada twin meeting up with Daisuke, deliberately set it up this way to see if he was connected to Dark in any way.
    • Purposely done in a chapter between Daisuke with Riku and Risa. Riku purposely rejects Daisuke to the school's masked ball because she knows Risa will be alone at the dance as she cannot ask Dark to go, so Risa solves it by both of them being Daisuke's dates (while switching as each other).
  • Valley Girl: Mio Hio in the English dub. This is, of course, most likely to accentuate the "American-ness" of the character, as the original dub did this by having her sprinkle her speech with English.
  • Wham Episode: "Stage 4 Volume 14" could probably count as one, seeing as the thing Daisuke's been trying to avoid—Riku finding out about him and Dark—has just come to a head with Riku seeing both him and Satoshi transform right in front of her. This Wham Episode also happens to be the end of Part 1 and a Cliffhanger to boot.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The setting is architecturally a mix of Japanese, Italian, French, and German, and the town is possibly based on the town of Manarola, but the characters have Japanese names and Japanese educational and social customs. Ruins around the town include Romanticism-era German castles, Roman-like temples, and old Gothic medieval churches. To make matters worse, Dark can occasionally be heard to chant Gratuitous German when sealing artwork in the anime. It doesn't help that the name of the town itself is "Azumano", which can literally translate to "Eastern Japan." One of the audio commentaries on the English DVDs has Vic Mignogna and Kevin Corn expressing confusion on where the series is actually set.
    • Even the time period is ambiguous. While they appear to have some modern technologies (touch-activated security systems, trip beams, computers, cameras, and security passcodes), much of the clothing and lifestyle is extremely dated. Flashbacks from only thirty or forty years ago look as though they were from the Victorian era at the very latest (with Gorgeous Period Dress, lavish garden parties, large German castles, small and poorly insulated rooms and windows, candle lighting, carriages, the works). While the main characters wear modern clothing, background adult characters often dress in old-fashioned styles (Inspector Saehara even wears a Victorian tiered cloak while on the job). Even the flashbacks aren't consistent with time and place themselves; some have people wearing Japanese kimonos and robes, others wearing European ball gowns and tuxedos from varying eras—usually in the same scene and shot.
  • Winged Humanoid: Dark and Krad.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: In a later chapter of the manga, Satoshi confided in Daisuke that the Hikaris rarely live very long, thanks to their family curse. His mother died very young—and he tells Daisuke that he believes his own death is fast approaching, as well.

Alternative Title(s): DN Angel