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Not particularly good at sports, not very popular, and not very good at school, Naoki's middle school years are filled with video games and erotic books. Little does he know that he is destined to create magic and take over the world in the future. Then he gets Drunk with Power, decides to marry 500 women, and that gets him thrown out of power and get sentenced to death. With the power of magic, there still is hope, though, and one of his daughters, Iroha, goes back to the past in hope of saving her father from this cruel fate.

Yet another screwball action-comedy manga from Inoue Kazurou. The manga ran in Shonen Sunday Super from 2009 to 2012.

Tropes in Mahou no Iroha

  • Abusive Parents: Future Naoki is a jerkass on the highest level to his children when he does pay attention to them. Subverted that most of it is an extreme facade.
  • Action Girl: All of Naoki's daughters seen thus far.
  • Almost Kiss: Naoki and a couple of his daughters.
  • Amusing Injuries: Naoki gets hurt quite a bit, and the delinquents in the first chapter seem no worse for wear after suffering the wrath of Iroha.
  • Astral Projection: Future Naoki can send himself into the past while he is in prison. He's visible, and of the Made of Air verity. He can still use magic, though, and be tangible when he wants to be.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Completely averted with Reika, which is a little shocking considering that there has never been even a panty shot or any other real fanservicey tropes before that.
  • Bad Future: Played with in an interesting fashion where the Evil Overlord has already been defeated and the future that the time travelers are trying to prevent is his eminent execution. Then it's revealed that after Iroha returned to the future, she came back 6 years later, because Naoki is fated to miss finding magic, but find another power instead, ESP, from bumping his head in his new horrible life, and repeat the same mistakes that the previous Future!Naoki once did.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Iroha could be this considering her utter devotion and willingness to do anything for Naoki.
  • Darker and Edgier: Subverted. Inoue Kazurou nearly turns this manga into a hell of a Puella Magi Madoka Magica Madoka style massacre. In the penultimate chapters, Future Naoki summons an grotesque monsters, Saki and Reika get eaten alive and the present Naoki commits suicide in order to defeat his future self. However, it turns out that all the events that are happening are all illusions.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: The first few pages of the series. His game avatar is his evil future self.
  • Delinquents: They show up quite a bit in the first chapter to beat up Naoki and then get defeated by Iroha.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Naoki was bad at sports growing up, so he blew up sports stadiums when he got power later on in life.
  • Evil Plan: A weird version. The typical Take Over the World plot has been achieved and then reversed before the story even starts. The main plot is the villain's daughter trying to save him from execution by going to the past before any of that happens.
  • Evil Overlord: Future Naoki is of the Sorcerous Overlord type.
  • Fake Memories: Iroha uses magic to make Naoki's parents think she is their niece so that she can live with them and Naoki.
  • First Law of Gender Bending: Future Naoki's spells are nearly impossible to break except by him, including the one that turned Saki into a girl. By the time Saki shows up in the story, he's been female for more than half his life. Inexplicably, even after Future Naoki's Heel–Face Turn and in another timeline where Naoki obtains ESP, Saki is still female.
  • Flying Broomstick: Reika's weapon and mode of transportation.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Future Naoki is not a good man at all. He has reasons for some of his actions, though.
  • Gender Bender: Ichinose Saki was male until the age of six, but soon as his father found out one of his many children was a boy, he immediately decided to turn him into a girl without explanation.
  • Gender Bender Angst: Despite usually passing as a guy, Saki hated getting turned female. He's perfectly willing to kill his father in the past to undo it, not really caring if the Grandfather Paradox will result in him being erased from history as well. Once the present-day Naoki saves Saki's life, Saki calms down considerably, but would still rather he changed back and considers himself a boy.
  • The Glomp: Iroha's introduction, and many other times. Reika gets in on the action too.
  • Golem: Iroha makes one as part of a zany scheme.
  • Harem Seeker: Future Naoki, with great success until his success starts a revolution. Subverted when it's revealed that those girls are "tributes" from various countries and companies that fear him.
  • Healing Hands: Iroha knows healing magic as well.
  • Here We Go Again!: The story ends with Iroha coming back to the past to prevent Naoki creating another bad future.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Iroha doesn't seem to not understand that she and Naoki are the same age right now, and that he may find it strange to bathe with her.
  • Jerkass: Future Naoki
  • Large Ham: Future Naoki
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Another of Iroha's talents. Useful for when she messes things up.
    • After the first few times, Naoki stops letting Iroha do this because it's wrong to mess with people's minds.
  • Loser Protagonist: Naoki does not have much going for him at the start of the series.
  • Love Interest: Nanako is Naoki's. It is uncertain if she returns his affections as of this point in time. Although it does seem promising.
  • Love Potion: Most likely a spell, but Nanako seems convinced that she could make Nanako fall in love with Naoki with a spell. Naoki immediately and angrily informs her that using magic to make her fall in love with him is wrong.
    • In chapter two, she makes him irresistible to both men and women.
    • Later on, Ichinose Saki proves that one can do this by manipulating Nanako.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Some of Naoki's kids.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Reika went back just to try and marry Naoki so she could be in control.
  • Magic from Technology / Magitek: We know that Naoki invented magic in the future, but how that happened or why magic works is still a mystery to us. It should be one of these two tropes though.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: All of Naoki's daughters we have seen thus far.
  • Magical Incantation: Many times.
  • Magic Wand: Iroha has one.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future…: Iroha gets updates on Naoki's upcoming execution date. The further away it is, the better she is doing.
  • Naked on Arrival: Reika,except for her head band.
    • Also the golem Iroha creates. It's a girl, as well.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Reika.
  • Offing the Offspring: Future Naoki threatens this, but aside from a few nonlethal attacks makes no real attempt to do so. Until chapter 15. In the end, he didn't mean it all along.
  • Ordered to Cheat: Iroha uses her magic to make Naoki be good at sports. Naoki is first over joyed at his sudden success and popularity until he sees the effect it has on the people who actually worked for the ability. Then he makes Iroha remove the magic and still tries his best and loses, but he learns the value of trying your best, and likes sports a bit better.
  • Ordinary Middle School Student: Naoki
  • Otaku: Naoki is a RTS otaku at the story's start.
  • Papa Wolf: Naoki is in the larvel stages of this trope. He certainly tries, but all of his kids are stronger than him. It does serve to endear him to them, though.
  • Parental Abandonment: Future Naoki's modus operandi. It got more complicated than that.
  • Parental Incest:
    • Naoki is attracted to his daughters from the future, much to his chagrin, but knowing they are his daughters has kept him from making a mistake.
    • Reika wants to marry Naoki so that she can have all the power she wants in the future.
  • Patricide: Ichinose Saki went to the past to kill his father.
  • Playing with Fire: Iroha's summon Ifrit.
  • Poly Amory: Future Naoki, by having 500 hundred wives and an undisclosed number of children. Bizarrely played for drama when this is the reason the world revolts against him. The real truth is a bit more complicated.
  • Resistance Is Futile: Iroha, word for word.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: According to Iroha, Naoki was this when he first took over the world. In reality, barring his jerkish phase when he lashed out against the world, he is one all along.