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Manga / Mother Keeper

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"This fleeting golden age has ended, and has become nothing more than a dream. People have begun to search for the next dream. Peace... Searching for a steady life... and just a bit of happiness... For the sake of these things, people have begun to move. Despite this, the war continues."

Mother Keeper is a shounen action drama manga with some sci-fi and slight comedy by Sorano Kaili. The manga was serialized in Blade Comics from around 2006 to 2014.

The manga takes place in and around the city of Eden, which is closed off from the rest of the world. Within Eden, it is a total paradise. However, Eden isn't big enough for everyone, and some people are forced to live in what is a near wasteland outside it. People in the slums of the outside are finding that Eden is making their lives worse and attempt to form resistance groups. Ricalna Forde is a member of one of the groups known as COSMOS and their goal is to take down Eden's central CPU which controls Eden.

This manga provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Syal and Lennard.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Zelik and Silas both come across as this, especially with the way Silas talks to Zelik (though he is supposed to be suggesting entering him as a fighter in an illegal deathring)
  • Art Evolution: Sorano Kaili's art improves a ridiculous amount.
  • Artificial Limbs: Zelik gains a new arm eventually, though it doesn't seem to make him that much more powerful.
  • Asshole Victim: Silas
  • Author Appeal: Graham and Zelik seem to be this as, in one of their previous works, Sorano Kaili mentioned preferring older men (but not beeing able to draw them), also for younger Zelik as there were mentions towards his good-looks.
  • Balcony Speech: Graham gives one of these in the Chaos Tide base, in order to cause Chaos Tide to join up with Cosmos and presumably the cocytus.
  • Black Market: The Cocytus.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: During Graham and Lint's fight, Graham manages to do this to stop him killing Lennard.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: As of volume 8, though there was some gore before that.
  • Blood Knight: Turkes
  • Boom, Headshot!: Allen's death. Later Graham saved Zelik's life by managing to shoot his would-be executor just in time.
    • He later did this to Silas, too.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Syal is this in a way when she enters insanity mode.
  • Break the Cutie: Syal's backstory.
  • Children are Innocent
  • Child Soldiers: Most of Cosmos appear to be in their teens-early 20s.
  • Combat sadomasochist: Turkes Verafoult.
  • Cool old guy: Graham Gregson and Zelik Lindemann
  • Crapsack World
  • Cry into Chest: At the end of the first chapter, Lennard cries into Graham's chest after she recieves news of her brother's death. Towards the end of Hunter part 2, Graham catches the injured Zelik just before he collapses and Zelik starts crying into his chest while Graham pets his hair.
  • Cyborg: All the mother keepers and Turkes
  • Domed Hometown: Eden is within a dome.
  • Dystopia
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Mother
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: The finale kills off most of the characters and a good chunk of Eden, including the protagonist and his entire team. By the end, the only major surviving characters are Mother and Rena.
  • Emotionless Girl: Mother
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Allen and Silas as well as two kids seen briefly get particularly unfriendly deaths.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: By chapter 2 you'll be seeing the insides of guys' chests. The blood and gore gets progressively more and more serious.
  • Fanservice: Mostly in early chapters, Syal and Jim are used to attempt fanservice but later it seems to progress more towards getting the guys shirtless.
  • Fiery Cover-Up: Graham does this after killing Silas
  • Foe Romance Subtext : Turkes has a very obvious one-sided crush on Ricalna, though he may try and pass it off as mere interest. Starting with his comment of wanting Ricalna to be his man (though questionnable if he understood what he was implying). Adam mentions it to be a rare occasion that Turkes takes interest in others and Turkes outright admits that Ricalna makes him 'excited'. Turkes also suddenly takes to giving Ricalna information on what the rebels in the slums are doing, despite the fact he could be risking everything they worked for.
  • Friend in the Black Market: Zelik to Graham and Silas.
  • The Future
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality
  • Handicapped Badass: Zelik has one eye and one arm but it's a stupid idea to mess with him as he seems capable of punching a cyborg to death. Graham later becomes this after losing his hand in a fight against Lint. Ricalna becomes this too after sawing his arm off to free himself.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Graham and Zelik have known each other for around 30 years and are still going strong. Graham has saved Zelik's life and Zelik seems to be the only person to ever get a discount at Zelik's shop.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: After Jim recovers from Syal stabbing her, she offers to show Ricalna the scar on his stomach. Ricalna makes it very clear he isn't interested
  • Kick Chick: Syal is partially this though she does appear to vary in styles from fight to fight.
  • Lady of War: Syal
  • Leave No Witnesses: When the real Graham Gregson was killed, Graham made sure to kill any witnesses and Graham Gregson's entire family, sparing no one.
    • He later does this again, he kills everyone working for Silas before killing Silas himself.
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: Final part of Hunter, lights go off and suddenly everyone working for Silas drops dead.
  • Little Miss Badass: Syal and Lennard to an extent.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Ricalna and Lint.
  • Luminescent Blush: Ricalna in chapter 1 when Graham pats his head.
  • Mad Scientist: Adam
  • Master Computer: Mother
  • Multiple gunshot death: Lint
  • Mysterious Past: Zelik's life before the Cocytus seems to be so mysterious that even Graham, who's known him for 30 years, doesn't know anything about it. Lint as well, he's mentioned to be a dangerous serial killer, his wife got mad at him for being apathetic and died in a big case. We know nothing about the specifics.
  • No Ending: Most of the protagonists and villains die and the precursor doomsday weapons have been destroyed, but nothing has been resolved and anyone who could change the course of history is dead. Rena decides she doesn't have a clue about what she could do next, and Mother currently isn't needed; the conclusion of this tale depends on the newtypes and the wastelanders, whose tales we don't get to see.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Turkes, at least when it comes to Ricalna. He has their noses touching at every oppurtunity.
  • Non-Action Guy: Lint, he acts like he's a great fighter but he very rarely actually does anything to help and seems to just act like he's helpful.
  • Older Than They Look: Jim, Adam, Turkes and Lint are all this. Lint and Turkes are both cyborgs so it's understandable why they haven't aged, however Jim would presumably be about 60-70 if she made Lint yet she doesn't look older than her 30s. Turkes makes a mention to the fact he's known Adam 20 years and he hasn't aged at all either
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Syal and Ricalna, Ricalna mentions seeing her as being like a sister to him and is willing to be there for her like he would with Lennard.
  • Prison Rape: Silas threatens Zelik with this.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Silas is revealed to have red eyes in Volume 7.
  • The Reveal: Adam explains EVERYTHING: Adam and Jim are actually the first Newtype humans (codenamed Adam and Eve) created by the Mother system, Mother was designed to destroy humanity so the world could start over (her parents were driven insane by the death of their firstborn daughter), and Adam wants to destroy his Newtype descendants (the inhabitants of Eden) because compared to the human settlers who were descendants of the survivors of the apocalypse, they're decadent idiots (they plan to expand Eden, which already causes mass pollution and drains huge reserves of energy, for no real reason other than population growth). Adam believes he can't just force the Newtypes out of Eden because their bodies are incapable of surviving the environment of the wastelands, while Jim thinks they only need a few more generations before the Newtypes manage to adapt.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In the third part of Hunter, Graham decides to get revenge for what Silas did to Zelik, including shutting all the lights off, murdering everyone in the building, shooting Silas in the leg, standing on his chest and eventually shooting him in the head. He then sets the building alight.
  • Robot Girl: Syal
  • Safety in Indifference: Graham attempts to claim this, whether it's true or not can be debatable.
  • Scars are Forever: Zelik suffered chemical burns to the right side of his face, causing the loss of his eye and ear when Silas tortured him, having mistaken him for a rat. Graham also has four scars on his face.
  • Schmuck Bait: Ricalna walks right in to the world's most obvious trap in chapter 1, he even mentions it to possibly be a trap, before continuing on.
  • Serial killer: Lint and Graham.
  • Smoking is Cool: Zelik and Jim are both shown to be smoking endless cigarettes every time we see them.
  • The Sociopath: Silas and Allen.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Allen to Syal when she was a slave fighting in the deathring. Allen went out of his way to kidnap the person closest to her and force them to kill each other because he was so interested in her fighting.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: To most people, Jim is confident and snarky, Ricalna thinks she's a complete jerk. Syal, however, is use to Jim being kind to her, a side Ricalna only sees after he helps Syal.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: Turkes and Chaos Tide, Turkes seems to fight for no reason other than killing.
  • Threw My Bike on the Roof: While not a jerkass, Ricalna quite literally drives a motorbike through the roof of the Cocytus and then leaves the mess for the poor people working there to deal with themselves, not even offering to pay for the damages.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Zelik is a man in his 50s, he's short and disabled, but underestimating him will be the biggest mistake of your life. Proven by the time Syal made this mistake and narrowly avoided death.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Ricalna gets turned into a cyborg so he can help the people he's meant to be fighting. Syal is turned into a cyborg after Jim misunderstands her pleas for Elsa to be saved and is pretty upset about it to begin with. She eventually comes to appreciate what Jim did for her.
  • World's Strongest Man: No one wants to get in a fight with Zelik if they value their lives.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Turkes will kill children without a second thought.
  • Would Hit a Girl: It's mostly girls doing all the fighting.