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Manga / Green Blood

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Green Blood is a Seinen series by Kakizaki Masasumi. Set in Industrial Age New York after the American Civil War, specifically the vicious and lawless slum of Five Points, Green Blood is essentially Gangs of New York in manga form. The series follows the lives of two Irish-Catholic brothers, Luke and Brad Burns who are trying to survive the best they can in a world where gangs run everything and everyone's corrupt. Luke is young and idealistic while Brad...well, Brad is an assassin for one of the biggest gangs in Five Points.

This manga contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Edward cares little for his two biological children, Brad and Luke, and sadistically engages them in combat upon being confronted.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Edward King, is the father of Brad and Luke and the series' Big Bad, being the one responsible for the massive bloodbaths that occur throughout the story. He's more specifically Brad's archnemesis as he killed Brad's mother right in front of him.
  • Badass Boast: "I am Black Horse. I strike fear into the hearts of all white men!"
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: The good and seemingly pure Luke points a gun at his brother's Boss to defend Brad.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: Brad has a long unkempt mane that flails around whenever he fights, fitting given that he prefers fighting up close and personal like the warriors of old.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't harm Luke, if you know what's good for you. Brad will find you.
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    • Don't ever say to Kip that his size is "cute". He'll do nasty things to you.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Raymond kills some people who caused a ruckus in the Iron Butterfly as well as JJ.
  • Break the Cutie: Brad was broken hard as a child. Then Luke was. Jenny Macy gets it when her mother dies, and Ned Huddleston later on. However, all of them become stronger people for it.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Yes, Kip, go up to Brad and tell him just how you had the Iron Butterflies kidnap Luke to lure in Brad. Only reason the little twit survived was Brad had more important things to do.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played with. King outright admits he has so many enemies he can't possibly remember them all. But he's quick to pick up on Luke's reminder and understand who he is.
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  • Calling the Old Man Out: Edward gets called out by his children whenever they confront each other throughout the story. It's completely justified given their grievances are with how much of a sadistic monster he is. Not that Edward particularly cares what his children think about his children think of him.
  • Compensating for Something: The gang war arc is kicked off when Kip hurls a prostitute out a window after she commented his size was "cute."
  • Cruel Mercy: Sparing Kip when all he has to look forward to without his father's protection is a life of misery as a bum on the streets.
  • Determinator: Cut Brad and Luke to pieces, shoot them, smash them, do whatever you want. They will never, ever, ever quit.
  • Dirty Coward: Gene McDowell constantly berates Edward King for having fled NY "the tail between the legs".
  • Disappeared Dad: Edward King, Brad and Luke's dad, left NY years ago, after killing their mum.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After all the pain and bloodshed, the brothers succeed in their quest together and are able to embrace a future in which they're happy. Brad passes away peacefully decades later after returning to New York-and probably Emma, while Luke as an old man has children and grand children, who resemble Jenny Macy.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Gene McDowell may be a ruthless gang boss who trained a little boy as an assassin and used him as a killer, but while he may despise his son, but he won't allow him to be killed and will even risk his life for his sake. He is also disgusted by his former friend Edward's pointless cruelty.
    • Utterly averted with Edward King who doesn't give a shit about Brad's mother or Brad himself. He doesn't even think of him as a threat and makes a very offensive comment the first time he talks about them.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Raymond doesn't understand why would Brad risk his life and career with the Grave Diggers after he kidnaps Luke. Even after Brad explain his reasons, Raymond still refuse to believe it.
  • Evil Counterpart: Raymond is the eviler counterpart of Brad. He wears white, is usually cheerful and smiling. He also has no sense of honour or mercy, is a Manipulative Bastard, with quite the ego, and has not even the tiniest bit of humanity left.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Charles Howard has a reputation as a kindhearted man and an economic hero of the town, but in reality, he's a Glory Hound and egomaniac who has no issues having an innocent woman murdered for refusing to sell her farm to him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Don't let Raymond's benign look and constant friendly smile fool you. He's utterly ruthless and won't hesitate to kill a kid in cold blood to get what he wants. Edward is the king of this, though, and many of the Crimson Gang act like fully functioning human beings, only to reveal the bloodthirsty maniacs they really are when pressed.
  • Gatling Good: Ed King sells one to Kip when he comes back to New York. Subverted, though: it is ultimately of no use against Brad.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Black Horse of the Sioux dies to save his people and give them hope. Brad and Luke try this for the other at times, but never quite pull it off.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Gene McDowell acts like a jerk but deeply cares for and respects Brad underneath his cold demeanor and he has always wanted to protect the Five Points.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Emma is a prostitute working at a brothel. She is also a loyal friend (and lover) of Brad's and deeply cares for her friends.
  • Jive Turkey: The black cattle thieves were given appropriate dialect for the day, but they're all intelligent and pretty good hearted people who're just tired of being trampled on.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Edward King has very little use for women. While he himself never demonstrates much racism, his gang are vehemently racist against blacks and Native Americans as well, especially Swallow the Lariat.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Really, for a brutal gangster, Gene isn't that bad a guy. he's protective over the prostitutes who work for him, and his gang as well and the only reason Kip survived after the shit he pulled was Gene loving him as his son even as much as he thought Kip was a loathsome little beast.
  • The Red Baron: Brad is known as "The Grim Reaper".
  • Refuge in Audacity: Say what you will about Edward King, but his plot at the end to rob a bank in Kansas City, using his own capture and execution as a distraction and holding the city hostage with a stolen navy warship is as ballsy as it is crazy. Especially as if Eagle had been one millisecond off on timing in shooting the hangman's rope, a man as heavy as King would've had the rope snap his neck right there.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Two mooks (one from the Grave Diggers, another from the Iron Butterflies) flee in terror after Brad managed to kill their respective parties even if he was encircled.
  • Sibling Team: Brothers Brad and Luke, after both of them decided to leave Five Points and hunt their father down.
  • Stepford Smiler: Raymond is almost constantly smiling. He's also a brutal hitman.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Edward King's old watch with photo of him and Gene that Brad keeps as a memento that he has to kill King one day.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Okay, how did Raymond survive Brad chopping off his arm, shooting him in the face and leaving him in a burning building?
  • War for Fun and Profit: Edward King's MO. he loves selling deadly weaponry, as well as his and his gang's deadly services.
  • We Have Reserves: A very, very rare heroic example. the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors throw themselves against the Gatling Gun wielded by Parrot of the Crimson Gang, willing to hurl their lives away until he's out of ammo.
  • The Western: A very rare example of a Western manga that is actually a straight Western. Previous attempts in the genre have been either mixed with Fantasy or Science Fiction.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The final chapter ends with an elderly Luke, with his daughter and granddaughter, visiting Brad who is buried next to their mother, and whose grave shows that he lived to the age of 68.
  • You Have Failed Me: Interesting variation. Edward doesn't seem too mad Swallow failed his mission before killing him. It's more that his failed henchman was helpless and King just took the chance to murder someone.
  • Zerg Rush: Black Horse and the Sioux & Cheyenne at the battle of Hayfield. As noted in We Have Reserves, the white men have a gatling gun, the Native Americans have nothing of the sort. They get through and win only because there's so many of them that the gatling runs out of ammo before it can kill them all.

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