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Hiwatari Akitsune just wanted a quiet, lazy life. Despite loving antiques, he was not disappointed when his parents' antique store closed, because it meant less work for him. And then he did a good deed for a little girl, and accidentally switched bags with her. Instead of his lunch, he found himself in possession of Aschnputtel, a magic watch with the power to turn back time for a person or object by 24 hours and the inspiration for the Cinderella story (Grimm Brothers version). After the watch fuses to his wrist, his lazy life is subsumed by the search and battle for the rest of the Grimm artifacts. Fortunately, the girl from whom he took the watch, the titular List, is an expert on the objects and becomes his first ally.


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This manga provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The wolf from this manga's interpretation of The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats just wanted to be friends with the kid, and only killed them after their continued rejections.
  • And I Must Scream: The "Rapunzel" tool has the power to isolate people in an Alternate Dimension where they can see and hear their surroundings, but nobody else can see them. They can't die of hunger/thirst either, so the people trapped there by themselves will be an immortal ghost who can't affect their surroundings.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Akitsune finds List annoying because she constantly disrupts his sleep and forces him to work when he'd rather just slack off.
  • Artificial Human: List was originally a drawing made by Akitsune's grandfather that is brought to life because he drew it using a magic wish-fulfilling pen.
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  • Boisterous Bruiser: Takanashi is very loud and energetic Lightning Bruiser who dreams to become a superhero.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Akitsune is a Lazy Bum who almost never attends his classes and would most likely sleep through the lectures even when he does come. He still manages to get decent grades.
  • Easily Forgiven: The Golden Keys are a bunch of sadistic brutes harms others for the sake of collecting tools. The higher-ranked members actually conduct painful experiments on human beings to fuse them with tools. But at the end of the story, everyone either gets a Defeat Means Friendship with the protagonist or Redemption Equals Death, their atrocities are completely glossed over and resentment/bitterness on them are non-existent.
  • Fairytale Motif: A literal enforcement of this trope, as the main characers' quest revolve around finding magical artefacts based on the Grimm's Fairy Tales. The author has mentioned receiving request to see various fairy tale items that he couldn't incorporate into the manga because they're not written by The Brothers Grimm.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The chapters are named after the type of item that appears; "The Watch", "The Music Player", etc.
  • Improbable Age: At 9 years old, List is traveling the world, hunting for the Grimm items.
  • Mysterious Waif: List is a 9 year old girl who seem to possess unlimited wealth and is travelling alone to collect the mysterious Grimm's "tools". Even after 6 months befriending Akitsune, he still knows next-to-nothing about her.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Akitsune's relationship with List plays out like a typical Boy Meets Girl scenario, and Akitsune's parents actually encourages their romance, regardless of their age difference. However, they end up being Like Brother and Sister, and Akitsune's true Love Interest is Anbe.
  • Parental Abandonment: After List buys the Hiwatari family antique store (for an obscene amount of money), Akitsune's parents take an extremely extended vacation, leaving the two of them alone.
  • People Puppets: The second power of Hansel & Gretel.
  • Power Limiter: The collar Brother & Sister prevents anyone wearing it from using items to their full potential, or in some cases, at all.
  • Super Strength: The power of The Bremen Town Musicians enhances the user's strength and speed based on the volume level of the mp3 player that the user is playing.
  • Telepathy: The power of The Singing Bone allows the user to read other people's thoughts.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: List is only 9 years old, but she's an expert on the artifacts.
  • Yandere: Shishikawa fell in love with the Little Red Riding Hood and is willing to betray, kill and even distort reality to make her exist in reality. When this fails because Little Red Riding Hood can't exist in the same reality with List, and the former refuses to live at the expense of another person, Shishikawa decided to write himself into her fairy tale world, at the cost of his real existence.

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