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One fateful day, Guri, a girl shrouded in mystery, appears before Seiji Aino, an Ordinary High-School Student. With a mysterious notebook in her possession, Guri reveals to Seiji that his name has been written in it. She explains that unless he kisses her, she will meet her demise, and he will forever remain a virgin! This peculiar cosmic occurrence completely upends Seiji's life, thrusting him into a realm of enchantment and utter madness that he never could have imagined. Not only does it entangle his long-time crush, but also her little sister, his little sister, and a significant portion of their high school population. The chaos has truly begun!

Love Tyrant (Ren'ai Bokun) is a Romantic Comedy manga by Megane Mihoshi, which was serialized in the shonen magazine Comic Meteor from 2012 to 2018. It received an Animated Adaptation written by Natsuko Takahashi as part of the spring 2017 anime broadcasting season. It is available for legal streaming subbed on Crunchyroll here, and dubbed on Funimation here.

This series features examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Akane ends up accidentally ends up walking on Seiji bathing when she hears him screaming.
  • Action Girl: Both Akane and Guri are capable fighters, in contrast to Seiji who's an Ordinary High-School Student and Non-Action Guy.
  • Actor Allusion: Kensho Ono is once again in a series where he has a romantic relationship with a girl named Yuzu.
  • Arc Villain
    • Maoh's the Big Bad of Guri's Myth Arc, manipulating events to cause her to become a Fallen Cupid and go to hell so she can be his heir.
    • Suo is the Big Bad of Akane's Myth Arc, disapproving of her turning soft due to her love for Seiji she keeps Akane locked up and sends assassins after him.
    • Stolas's the antagonist for stories centered around Akua, constantly pursuing her and getting into fights with the rest of the cast.
  • Affectionate Parody: The series spoofs the Harem Genre.
  • Alliterative Name: Akua Aino, Shikimi Shiramine and Tarou Tsuruoka.
  • Amusing Injuries: Most of the time, thanks to the main cast's Complete Immortality, they'll get stabbed and shot and come out of it with only a sense of extreme pain.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Yuzu is initially touched Akane gives Yuzu her umbrella when they get caught in the rain... until she realizes Akane actually just wanted to snuggle with Seiji under his umbrella.
  • Bathtub Scene: Seiji is the one to actually get one, instead of any of the girls. Naturally it gets Interrupted by Guri and he gets walked on by Akane and has a Naked Freak-Out. He gets a particularly mortified when he finds out Shikimi was there all along and saw everything and thinks he has been Defiled Forever.
  • Beach Episode: The cast goes to the beach for one segment, and have a volleyball match, ocean antics, and another battle with Stolas.
  • Blank White Eyes: Guri has these in most of her goofy scenes, often accompanied by a Cat Smile.
  • Born of Heaven and Hell: Guri is the daughter to God and a female demon, which get her and the cast in all sorts of hijinks. Her appearance is a mixture of angel and demon with black angel wings and Cute Little Fangs. She also gets white and black stripe horns and black bat wings as a demon while as an angel she gets a halo and white angel wings.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: God himself is shown to be a laid-back sort of person.
  • Butt-Monkey: Seiji. Poor guy has been through so much...
  • Call-Back: During chapter 6, when Akane and Guri appear in the school roof, it is still broken from Yuzu's shield from chapter 2.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Censor Steam: It's even lampshaded in chapter 7. The audience can't see but Seiji can.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Seiji acts as this for both Guri and Akane, since despite him being an Ordinary High-School Student, he's much more emotionally mature than either of them.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Used by Guri to demonstrate to Seji how the "Kiss Note" works. She writes two politicians names in the note and turns on the TV, and the channel just happened to be broadcast them, showing them now kissing.
  • Complete Immortality: Guri is this due to being an angel, and Seiji and Akane gain it when they're stuck in a Love Triangle with her. This combined to Akene being a Yandere leads to many Amusing Injuries as she tries to kill both Guri and Seiji. But although they're not harmed, it doesn't stop it from hurting.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Guri soon reveals that her outfit is just a costume and not an official uniform or anything like that.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Akane is a deconstruction of Yanderes. She definitely acts like one and is perfectly willing to murder anyone who comes between her and Seiji. But then her character arc happens and we see how she became the way she is. Since she was young she was put into strict training by her mother to become an Emotionless Girl and a cold killer. The fact that she always stabs Seiji when angered or tries to kill any girl that comes close to him is due to the fact that she was taught that Murder Is the Best Solution. The first time she met Seiji was also the first time she felt emotions, hense why she's so dangerously in love with him.
  • Defiled Forever: After Guri, Akane, and Shikimi drop in on Seiji while he's taking a bath, he laments that he'll never become a groom.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Played for Laughs with Stolas. There's no explanation of who he is, where he came from or why he's obsessed with Akua. More amusingly, most characters act like he's a famous entity... except for Guri and Coraly, who despite being supernatural beings themselves, have no idea of what he is.
  • Disappeared Dad: Akane and Yuzu's father went missing when they were younger. He makes an appearance at Chapter 41, where he is finally reunited with Akane, Yuzu and their mothers. Turns out he met with Guri's mom and has been in her imaginary world where time is MUCH slower than the real world (something he didn't know).
  • Dysfunction Junction: Let's put it like this: despite starting off as so madly in love with her half-sister that she pushed her way into already established Love Triangle centered on a guy she doesn't even like just because it improves her chances with Akane, Yuzu is still the sanest, best-adjusted and least problematic of Seiji's Love Interests, hands down.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Akane's yandere tendencies are revealed right in her debut scene.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • The plot of episode 2 involves two robbers. The reaction one of them had when the other tried to shoot Yuzu can be summed up as "what in the everloving Hell?"
    • As much of a Yandere she is, even Akane knows that Shikimi is a psychopath.
  • Fallen Cupid: Guri is not quite there yet, as she's only a dangerously inept cupid who has no understanding of love but the plot gets kicked off when she makes Seiji and Akane into temporary angels, and they all will get be condemned to hell if they don't do proper cupid work. She ends up falling when Seiji tells her off for going missing for a week and not telling anyone.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Akane needs to die of a shock so she can follow Seiji to Hell to get Guri back, so she thinks of the worst possible thing that could ever happen to her: Seiji telling her he cannot love her because he is married to another woman. That kills her on the spot.
  • Festival Episode: A festival serves as the backdrop for a segment, complete with a School Play.
  • Feuding Families: The Hiyama and the Kichougasaki families are this. The Hiyama are a family of killers while the Kichougasaki are protectors. It gets more complicated due to the current matriarchs being in love with and married to the same man.
  • Fiery Redhead: The redhead Akane is very aggressive when it comes to love.
  • First Time Feeling:
    • Seiji trying to protect Guri from Akane awakened romantic feelings from her from the first time, so she decides to stick around so she can understand What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?.
    • Akane's crush on Seiji grew to be so obsessive since he was the first person that actually saw something good in her that wasn't part of her Fake Cutie persona.
  • Forced to Watch: Shikimi plans to torture and molest Seiji in front of a bound Akane in order to break her, but Guri ruins her plans.
  • Formula with a Twist: The series immediately distinguishes itself from other harem anime by throwing in as many absurd cliches as possible. The female lead uses a "Kiss Note" to make couples fall in love, the object of the male lead's affection turns out to be a murderous Yandere, said Yandere has a sister who is also in love with her, as well as a cousin who is a sado-masochist. The premise of the show is that the first four characters have all been unwillingly forced into a harem with each other by the aforementioned "Kiss Note".
  • For Want Of A Nail: If Guri didn't write Seiji Aino's name in her "Kiss Note", she would've never met him nor Akane.
  • Generation Xerox: Akane and Yuzu both look like younger versions of their mothers and also have the same power sets. Akane is mentioned to be just as emotional as her mother in her youth. And both girls fall in love with a man who is mentioned to be very ordinary looking.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Akane is a Yandere who wields Kukris and is very stab/slash-happy with them.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Seiji finds Yuzu crying in the rain after she gets a harsh rejection from Akane.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: When Guri and Yuzu storm the Hiyama household, Yuzu switches to a ninja outfit while fighting. She changes back into her regular clothes when she reaches Akane.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: During flashbacks to character's childhoods, they're shown to have the same hairstyle they have in the present, with the notable exception of Akua, who used to have Girlish Pigtails when she was younger.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Played for Laughs with Akane draws knives on people, including her Love Interest, Seiji, at the slightest provocation though she still maintains a Tranquil Fury facade.
  • Hammerspace: Akane's never seen actually carrying all those kukris she's using. They appear just when she needs them. Subverted when fighting Shikimi. Shikimi manages to steal all of Akane's blades and Akane indicates that she keeps them up her back.
  • Haunted House: In the sixth episode, the protagonists visit a school building at night. They are harassed by the local spirits, among which a painting of Bach and a plaster bust that floats after them, but Guri and Akane beat them into a pulp.
  • The Heavy: While she's never the Big Bad, Shikimi functions as the most prevalent recurring and dangerous antagonist to the main characters for a time.
  • Hidden Eyes: Frequently used when Akane becomes jealous or when Shikimi starts plotting something.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The anime's episode titles follow the format of "[Title] × [Another title]".
  • Immortality Hurts: The Divine protection keeps Seiji from dying, as any inflicted wounds heal quickly. Which helps when Akane goes Yandere on him, but he still feels all the pain…
  • In Love with Love: Guri is infatuated with the idea of being in love but doesn't understand it, which is a problem since she's a cupid.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Seiji is baffled when Akane sees him as a Cuckold since he kissed another girl despite him and Akane not even being together at the time.
    Akane: I really hate to do this, but this is what you get for cheating on me.
    Seiji: Huh? But how am I cheating on you? We're not even dating! Are... we?
    Akane: [pulling her kukris] No not right now, but that doesn't mean we won't end up together in the future. And I don't know a future where I'll ever forgive you for what you've done.
    Seiji: I'm a little freaked by your reasoning and the two giant knives you're holding!
  • Interrupted Intimacy: An intimate moment between Seiji and Akane at his house gets interrupted by Guri coming out of the shower clad in a Modesty Towel, making Akane is livid at the implications.
  • In-Universe Soundtrack: Guru plays Akane's sinister Leitmotif when Akane is talking in Yandere mode so that "everyone knows she's the villain".
  • Killing Intent: Akane gets a red Battle Aura whenever the Yandere side of her manifests.
  • Kimodameshi: Chapter 17 has a test of courage with the twist that it's a dare between two ghosts that fell in love and want to go to heaven together and the rest of the ghosts that are jealous.
  • Kukris Are Kool: Akane's weapon is a pair of kukris she always carries with her and dual wields in combat. Guri starts gushing about how cool they when Akane first pulls them out, shortly before she gets stabbed by them.
  • Lustful Melt: Yuzu melts into a puddle when Akane gives a platonic kiss on her forehead.
  • Lust Object: Akane is this for most boys in school as well as Yuzu and Shikimi.
  • Marry Them All: By the end of the manga, Seiji's confessed and accepted the feelings of nearly everybody in the harem. Nearly, meaning Shikimi escapes without coupling with him, but at the very least the main love interests are secured.
  • Mind-Control Device: Guri has a "Solve-It-Skillfully-Shark" device, which let's her brainwashed Seiji's family into not questioning her presence when she moved into his house.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Seiji is frequently accused of being a cheater for the most innocent situations, usually by Akane or Yuzu.
  • Mood Whiplash: The series flips between serious and comedic without warning. One example is during a tense scene where Seiji is bound by Shikimi and being tortured, Guri walks into the scene wearing a ridiculous shrimp costume.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The 1 on 1 volleyball match between Akane and Guri was so intense that it formed a twister in the middle of the beach in the anime.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Akane tries (repeatedly), but Guri is immortal.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Akane is this due to her good looks, athletic body and sizable chest. She's often the character most played for Fanservice.
    • Shikimi frequently wears provocative and Stripperiffic clothing and is the most sexually forward character in the cast and is even shown to sleep in the buff.
  • Myth Arc: 2 main ones.
    • Akane and Yuzu's backstories and family backgrounds.
    • Guri's desire to learn about love.
  • Netorare: Shikimi deliberately likes invoking this, as she enjoys "stealing" and breaking things others care about, attempting to seduce both Seiji and Kusunoki just to get a rise out of Akane and Mari, and it's heavily implied this habit of hers is the reason why Akane has so many jealousy issues.
  • The Ojou:
    • Yuzu is a Proper Lady and is the "princess" of the Kichougasaki family, having several attendants to dote on her.
    • Downplayed with Akane, who's in the same position in the Hayame family, but is not a Proper Lady and acts much more independently from them.
  • Onee-sama: Yuzu addresses her half-sister Akane as Onee-sama, as are both members of a fairly ancient family of assassins/guardians.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Upon writing Seiji and Akane's names in the Kiss Note pairing with her's, Guri inadvertently makes them angels.
  • No Fourth Wall: The show will constantly point out and make fun of whenever a Harem Genre cliche occurs, usually by Guri acting as the Meta Guy.
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: Guri pulls down Akane's pants in the first episode, to prove to Seiji that she's Invisible to Normals, thinking Akane will just assume a Wardrobe Malfunction happened. But she's shocked when Akane can actually see her.
  • The Peeping Tom: Yuzu peeks at Akane in her underwear at the school's female locker room. Guri joins her and ends up getting both of them caught.
  • Playing Hard to Get: Akane tries to ignore Seiji to try and get his attention. Since this happens right after the Kiss Note gets burned, Seiji comes to the Wrong Assumption that she was only in love with him due to their names being written on it.
  • Playing a Tree: Seiji plays as a tree during the School Play, as fitting for his chew toy status.
  • Plot-Triggering Book: The series begins when Guri accidentally writes Seiji's name in the kiss note — a notebook that makes any pairing who have their names written there immediately become a couple if they kiss each other. She then tells the protagonist that if he doesn't kiss someone she'll die and the rest is history.
  • Psychotic Love Triangle: Seiji gets stuck into a Love Triangle between Akane, himself and Guri when their names get written together in the Kiss Note. Akane being a crazy Yandere who is in Mad Love with him is very displeased with this and often causes her to be violent towards both him and Guri. It becomes more complicated as Guri adds more names to the notebook.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Akane's already red eyes shine even brighter when she becomes a murderous Yandere.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Maoh uses Demon Guri as a replacement for her mother, who he was in love with before she disappeared. He snaps out of it once Guri calls him out on it.
  • Rescue Romance:
    • Guri started to developt feelings for Seiji when he tried to protect her from Akane.
    • Yuzu crush on Akane started when Akane saved her from falling into a pool filled with Piranha.
    • Invoked by Guri when she tries pairing Mari and Mr. Kusunoki together. She wanted to disguise herself as a criminal and hold Mari hostage so Mr. Kusunoki would save her, but it backfires when a real criminal shows up and holds her hostage and Mr. Kusunoki isn't of much help.
  • Sacred First Kiss: When Seiji's first told by Guri about the "Kiss Note", he comes to the Wrong Assumption that he must kiss her and does but is dismayed when she has no reaction to it, and just explains to him he must kiss other girls.
  • Serial Homewrecker: Shikimi has a love of "stealing or tarnishing things other cherish", which includes seducing the Love Interests of other people just to make them feel like a Cuckold. She molests Seiji in front of Akane just to make her suffer and is later caught trying to seduce Mr. Kusunoki, just because she knows he and Mari have feelings for each other and wants to ruin it. It's heavily implied Akane turned into a Yandere Clingy Jealous Girl due to trauma of having to grow up with Shikimi doing this to her throughout her life.
  • Shameful Strip: During their first confrontation, Shikimi gets Akane Pinned to the Wall and cuts her blouse to reveal her bra. She also gropes her to try to get a reaction, but Akane remains cold.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl:
  • Shinigami: Guri is introduced as one but it's Subverted as she's revealed to be a Cupid angel and was merely cosplaying as a Shinigami to mess with Seiji.
  • School Festival: A sports festival between heaven, hell, and earth serves as the final chapter and event of the manga.
  • Shout-Out: Plenty of them.
  • The Simple Gesture Wins:
  • Skyward Scream: Seiji commonly lets out these whenever Akane becomes violent.
  • Slumber Party: When Seiji has the house to himself, Akane comes over because Seiji had a promise to fulfill. Yuzu comes over because she wanted to keep an eye on Seiji and Akane. Shikimi comes over because she wanted to.
  • Stealth Parody: The author intentionally brings to the point of absurdity the majority of tropes Harem Genre, but sometimes it is very difficult to understand whether any trope is being played for parody or just for moe.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Akane and Yuzu look very similar to their mothers.
  • Thriving Ex-Crush: Akane's mother, Suo Hiyama. She has zero tolerance for love in general and attempts to force Akane to break up with Seiji. This is the result of her former husband having moved on from his previous life with her and getting remarried after she decided to prioritize her family's assassination business over what she really wanted, and she became bitter about that. She's later chastised about this by Ameisha, both her rival in business and love as she's the one her ex-husband is currently married to.
  • Transformation Sequence: When Guri first reveals she's an angel, it comes with a sequence where she changes into her angel outfit.
  • Unwanted Harem: Seiji never wanted a harem and then he got stuck with some of the craziest girls in reality. By the end of the manga, he totally gets over that feeling, having Guri, Akane, and Yuzu as his bonafide harem.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Akane. Hurt Seiji or his family and be prepared to face grave consequences.
  • Yandere: Akane is a big one! She's extremely possessive and will go after anyone who even looks at Seiji funny. When she found out that the cupid's contract made them both unkillable, Akane proceeded to stab Seiji quite a bit for being a "homewrecker." She mellows out towards Seiji himself eventually, but morphs into a Violently Protective Girlfriend instead, including beating up two robbers with her bare hands after they grazed Seiji's arm with a bullet.


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Alternative Title(s): Renai Boukun


Yandere Entrance Music

Guru plays sinister music when Akane is talking so "everyone knows she's the villain".

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