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One day, without warning, a huge hole appeared in the world. And from it, emerged many demons. The king sent out a call to arms for the descendants of the great hero Creasion, who a thousand years ago sealed away the Demon King Rchimedes, as the world's only hope... All 75 current possible descendants, that is. And then this happened, and then some other stuff happened, then this other crap... What will happen? Do we care?

The narrator doesn't, for one.

But... The hero we follow is Alba, who sets out to slay the Demon King, but may find the Demon King is more powerful than he thinks... or less powerful... maybe even in need of a hero... or he might wind up being thrown in prison for completely unrelated reasons. And while Alba is a fairly normal person, the same can't be said for those around him.

A unique form of gag-based manga (and its continuations) by Haruhara Robinson, watchable on NicoNico Seiga and later serialized under Shueisha's Jump SQ, Senyuu. has been adapted into a 2013 anime, with 13 five-minute episodes planned, as well as a second season of the same size for July 2013.

Senyuu provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out: September Neun and August Acht never make their appearances in the anime, since (in Neun's case, at least in chapter 1) they are only minor.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Elf November. He can copy others' powers by changing into them wholly, or just one appendage.
  • Alternate Timeline: Elf and Alf came from the future hoping to increase the amount of mana in their time and end up changing history.
  • Amusing Injuries: Broken ribs, injured larynx, heavy beatings from an overblown Tsundere, being dramatically sliced through by the second of the 12 Chosen Ones...ain't nothing for the likes of Alba and Co.! Although unlike many series, the injuries stick (more or less), leading to Alba complaining about his broken ribs several episodes after he initially broke them.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The King seeks to unleash the Demon King just for the glory of having him sealed again. Unfortunately since most people don't know about his actions, Alba gets sent to prison for thirty years for punching him.
  • Art Shift: Goes from the normal style to hyper-masculine old school shounen style to blob world style to normal again without wasting a single beat in some episodes.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
    • Ros might sadistically torment Alba, but the two do care about each other as shown when Ros is sad that Alba isn't around, shocked when he temporarily got killed, and gives him helpful advice mixed in with his insults, while Alba will try to help unseal the demon king in order to let Ros be free.
    • Also, when Ros gives Alba the dagger as a gift.
    Ros: It's not like I bought it for your sake or anything.
  • Badass Normal: Foyfoy turns out to be an actually good fighter if you give him the time to let him call his attacks.
  • Badass on Paper: When Teufel discusses his past with Ares, he sounds like he used to be an utter badass. He grew up as an assassin for two shady organizations, and was responsible for taking them both down. He even fought the second Rchimedes. In context, it turns out that since nobody told him not to file taxes, he accidentally tipped off the police, who promptly shut it down. The second organization was aware of his past, and created a front company so that he could file taxes without getting caught (and because nobody thought to tell him not to file taxes). They then found that the front company both pays and feels better, so they gave up on the shady part, metaphorically destroying the second shady group. His fight with the Demon King was an friendly chat gone wrong; he entered the castle by knocking out the guards because he didn't realize that wasn't normal, and when Teufel inquired about his family, his demeanor made it sound like a threat. The second Rchimedes curbstomped him and threw him into the human world, which is how he became a butler.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Ares was lying about being one of the Hero's Creasion's descendants when journeying with Hime, only to be completely shocked when it turns out that Creasion doesn't have any kids.
  • BFS: The most badass man gets the most badass sword. (It's Ros.)
  • Blatant Lies: Episodes 13 ending narration.
    Narrator: And thus the world was saved. Thank you, Hero Alba! We will never forget you!
    Alba: The world's not saved!
  • Blob Monster: The story opens up with Alba defeating a slime monster. Immediately followed by Ros asking if he's a pervert with a slime fetish.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Janua is brainwashed to follow Februar's command.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Foy Foy and Dezember Zwölf both shout their attacks Grausame Klinge and Dunkelheit, which is more than once interrupted.
  • Cardboard Prison: Janua apparently could have busted himself out at any time...but he still hangs around in prison, because that's where the "plot" is.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: It already happens slightly during the anime, however, the webmanga is hit with this in chapter 2 when Foyfoy's and Creasion's backstories are revealed - luckily without sacrificing its level of comedy.
  • Combat Tentacles: Zwei uses them.
  • The Chew Toy: Alba. Both for everyone around him, as well as the universe in general as he tends to get sucked into things that makes his life suck just when it starts to hit an upswing.
  • Creepy Good: Ros has sadistic tendencies, but he is unmistakably one of the good guys.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Alf was appointed to a high-ranking post not because of his abilities, but because of his friendship with Head Mage Elf, a major Genius Ditz and Manchild who needs to be reined in.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Happens quite a lot. Most happen offscreen. Some examples:
    • Ros defeats Dezember and Juli easily when he activates his magic power, leaving Dezember shocked at his power.
    • The 2nd Rchimedes easily taking on Dezember and Noin at the same time. Until Elf comes to their aid, then he's the one who's at the receiving end.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Ros probably rivals Okita Sougo in the Prince of the Planet of Sadists department, up to his incredible casualness towards his messing with anyone he feels like. People rarely acknowledge it, although Alba's acutely aware of it.
    Janua (a demon): What is he, a demon?
  • The Dragon: Juli Sieben to Dezember Zolf. Literally as well since he can turn himself into a dragon. Later, Dezember himself to the 1st Rchimedes.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Ros can't use his full magical power or else Rchimendes will be freed.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: In chapter 4, a meteor shower threatens the planet.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Even the Narrator is falling for Samejima.
  • Evil Duo: Februar and Zwei are actually two demons that come as a pair.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Dezember has dice for irises. Neun has a star in his left eye, and the sealed Demon King has Creepy Crosses.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: The leader of the 12 Chosen Ones, Dezember Zwolf, this baffles Michel when this holds true even when Dezember is in broad daylight. Then he puts on shadow like it's a mask.
  • Fake Kill Scare: The first Rchimedes pulls one of these on Ros by sending Alba to the dimensional rift during the final battle against him in volume 2.
  • Famed In-Story: Alba became a really popular hero by the time of the third arc.
  • Fusion Dance: Janua and Samejima do this and become Janujima so they can take on Guilty Justice head to head.
  • The Gadfly: Ros, who spends about 75% of his energy screwing around with Alba and other dudes because it amuses him. The other 25% is spent hanging around snarking or not doing anything at all because he doesn't feel like it's worth the effort.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Samejima teleports into the dimensional rift solely to punch some sense into Janua and free him from Zwei's control.
  • Glory Seeker: The King decided to revive the first Rchimedes just so he can have him sealed again and gain the fame and glory.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The left of Janua's mismatched eyes glows creepily when controlled.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Janua, Ros, Rchi-chan, and Miichan, in the midst of fighting and arguing, spontaneously start playing dodgeball. Alba attempts to bring attention to this, to no avail.
  • Grand Theft Me: Rchimedes the 1st's body is actually the body of Crea, Ross' best friend.
  • Gratuitous German:
    • Quite a lot. A bunch of demons were named after the german months and the respective number: Janua Ein (who is also frequently misspelt - the correct spelling would be Januar Eins, which means January One), Februar Zwei (February Two), April Vier (April Four), Mai Fünf (May Five), Juni Sechs (June Six), Juli Sieben (July Seven), August Acht (August Eight), September Neun (September Nine), Zehn (Ten, his first name hasn't been confirmed yet but it's most likely Oktober), November Elf (November Eleven) and Dezember Zwölf (December Twelve).
    • Alba's second name, Frühling, means Spring
    • Foyfoy as well as Dezember Zwölf both have german attack names: "Grausame Klinge" means cruel blade, and "Dunkelheit" means Darkness.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Inverted; completely sane guards sometimes interact with the mind-bogglingly irrational heroes. See Insane Troll Logic below.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Alba, after being cut in half by Dezember.
  • Hero Academy: Built during the Time Skip between second and third arc. The main characters of the third arc are the students.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath:
    • Mostly Ros, who has a tendency to be an unhelpful sidekick to the hero, to the point that his actions are what lead Alba to get in trouble. He also has no problem at the thought of daydreaming about Alba being hunted as a fugitive.
    • Ares apparently finds it hilarious that Februar unleashed her Combat Tentacles right through Hime's visor and likely, face, causing Hime and her armor to fall over supposedly dead. She gets up again, but still. She stabs Foyfoy and frames Alba in season 2 in a improvised plot to enter the city Turtle.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Alba, though he's disarmed before it gets much use. Later he Took a Level in Badass and showed how proficient he is. Hilariously lampshaded when Ros tells Alba that because of his high speed, Alba is more suited to wield a dagger instead of a sword - after Alba became much stronger with the sword.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Ros is powerful enough that he scares the Demon King Rchimedes and has made him his Butt-Monkey.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Ros has the full potential for this, however, he often isn't in the mood for it.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Miichan the masochist really "enjoys" being kicked by Rchi-chan, getting insulted by Ross, and pretty much anything that involves inflicting him pain, be it emotional or physical.
  • Insane Troll Logic: All over the place. An especially wacko example is when Elf disguises himself as Alba and himself—Alba on the right half of his face, Elf on the left—because he thought this would trick the guard into thinking neither of them had escaped prison. The guard doesn't fall for it.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Demon King Rchimedes' young successor Demon King Rchimedes, called Rchi-chan by Alba, Rchi by Ros, Rudolf, etc.
    • Mii-chan's real name is Michelajul Lortelia. Probably says something about Janua's (or possibly his) naming sense.
  • Jerkass: Ros. An out-and-out sadist, the dude seems to more than relish the thought of purposefully setting up Alba's downfall, and doesn't try to hide it, either. He'll willingly screw around with every other easily-riled person around too, if the opportunity presents itself.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Dezember is this at the beginning, however, in chapter 3, even he becomes less serious.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Dezember, towards anything that have to do with the 1st Rchimedes.
  • Latex Perfection: Not quite as Elf's eyes are still clearly grey, and his voice is still vaguely recognizable, but his general proportions do change when he puts on his disguise.
  • Lazy Bum: Teufel Diabolos, the head butler in the Kings Castle is one. He'll try to do as little as possible to the point the King wonders how he became the head butler.
  • Lemony Narrator: The narrator gets increasingly bored and fed up with having to narrate the introduction sequence at the beginning of each episode, as showcased in the synopsis (taken word-for-word from his episode 12 narration).
  • Literal Split Personality: Dezember Zwolf has six personalities that can be identified with the number of his dice-eyes. We've only seen No.1 and No.5, however.
  • Living Toys: Dezember Zwolf used to be a die that used to belong to the first Rchimedes. He gained sentience through magic, and is obsessed with making the first happy because he considers his purpose as a toy to make his owner happy.
  • Luminescent Blush: Right through a suit of armor!
  • Magic Knight: Ros, who's initially shown only as a competent warrior, only to later subtly reveal that he is adept at healing (and in episode 13, combat) magic as well, which comes in handy in several crucial situations (situations that don't involve Alba's broken ribs, unfortunately).
  • Mama Bear: Cecily takes this to a spiritual level, beating up anyone who even slightly endangers her kids.
  • Manchild: Janua, the ninja demon with the strength to destroy 4 Tokyo Domes and an apparent magical power level of 530,000 introduces himself thus:
    Janua: Arm Clone Jutsu!! *spins arm really fast*
  • Master of Disguise: Elf's power. If he has seen the person close up, that is.
  • Meaningful Name: Hime because she's a princess.
  • Meaningful Rename: The hero Creasion. Twice.
    • His real name is Shion. After his best friend Crea was killed by the first Rchimedes, he renamed himself Creasion.
    • He took on the name Ross when hiding his identity in the present. Ross is the name Crea suggested if he would be known as a world-explorer.
  • Mini-Mecha: Hime is riding one in the shape of a knight.
  • People Puppets: Noin September's power, "Marionette".
  • Pet the Dog: Ross has a few moments with Alba, most notably when he hands him the dagger he stabbed him with as a gift.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: These heroes sure are spending a lot of time being ridiculous in jail... There's even an episode or two dedicated to the main trio (and Janua) doing nothing at all in said jail. Alba gets better at heroism in the 2nd arc, though.
  • Psychotic Smirk: It's part of Ros's Heroic Comedic Sociopath schtick.
  • Reality Warper: Ros, a.k.a. "Creasion," who describes his powers as "anything I want." He demonstrates this by killing Dezember (after turning his hair into an afro), summoning Rchimedes, inflicting pain on Rchimedes, and sealing him away, all in a matter of seconds without expending any effort.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Frebruar Zwei. Her dentures even fly out of her mouth. And she has back problems. Subverted with young Rchimedes, who's 100 years old but psychologically only 10, and only took up the role of Demon King recently.
  • Sadist: Ros.
    Ros: I like seeing people weep in despair.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The first Rchimedes is this. The King and several of the Twelve Chosen Ones are trying to release him.
  • Soul Power: Teufel Diabolos can manipulate souls, such as swapping bodies or removing them.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: Rchi-chan when reading Samejima's magic power, but only because she hasn't learned how to multiply numbers yet.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Utilized by Ros and true for a number of demons, including Februar and Dezember. Averted for Janua (unless brainwashed and crazy).
  • The Reveal:
    • Ross is in fact the hero Creasion.
    • Rchimedes is Ross' father, who hijacked Ross' best friend's Crea body.
    • Lake and his mother are actually, Rchimedes' son and wife, transported 1000 years to the future, and are Ross' brother and mother.
  • Reveal Shot: Janua first appears shortly after Rchi-chan tells Alba about the 12 strongest demons whie in prison. Janua's aura terrifies Alba, and his face shows he's bad news. The next panel shows Janua in handcuffs being escorted by a guard, revealing that he's also in prison.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Hime-chan who is, in fact, a princess.
  • Running Gag: Alba constantly getting sent back to prison for crimes he unintentionally committed or framed for. Also, cracked ribs.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Elf November doesn't seem to have any problems changing sizes at all.
  • Single Line of Descent: Subverted, both for laughs and as a major plot element; after 1000 years, it's really hard to say who the true descendant is. And then subverted again when it turns out the hero never had any children and therefore has no line of descent at all.
  • Skewed Priorities: Alba feels that Ros should prioritize healing Alba's broken ribs above healing his vocal cords. Ros feels differently.
  • Some Kind of Force Field: One surrounds Demon King Rchimedes in the dimensional rift and hurts anyone who comes in contact with it.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Spelling is unclear for a lot of names, especially Ros/Ross and Ares/Alles. Furthermore, the demon's names are often misspelt (The actual german spellings are Januar Eins, Februar Zwei, April Vier, Mai Fünf, Juni Sechs, Juli Sieben, August Acht, September Neun, Oktober Zehn, November Elf and Dezember Zwölf).
  • Stepford Smiler: Elf November is hinted to be one, though it isn't quite clear yet.
  • Stopped Caring: Alba at the beginning of season 2. He's started caring again by the next episode.
  • Talking Animal: Miichan after being affected by Janua's power. He also became a masochist.
  • Talk to the Fist: When Dezember is getting mad over Alba interfering and saving Ros, Ares runs into Dezember with Hime's transformed armor.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Janua can use teleportation magic.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Samejima explains that a real man can come to a friend's aid no matter where they are and can punch the brainwashing out of them. He then starts doing this to explain other illogical things that can be done by a real man like making one look taller than they appear and making everyone save Alba believe it makes sense.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: The 12 Chosen Ones, each named after a german month (and frequently misspelled).
  • Thinking Up Portals: Rchi-chan can create portals, but they're not designed for humans, so every time Alba goes through one, it breaks one of his ribs. Her father, the 2nd Rchimedes, can also use these, and implements them in his fighting style, Portal Cuts included.
  • Time Master: Ros can use time magic.
  • Time Skip: About one year between each of the first three chapters, and 1000 years in chapter 4.
  • Token Good Teammate: Janua is the only one of the Twelve Demons who is unambiguously good.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Alba in the first arc serves as nothing but the Straight Man. In the second arc, he easily dispatched both Juli and Noin with nothing but a sword. And that's before he got both Creasion and Rchimedes' mana.
  • Villainous BSoD: Janua when under Zwei's control has one at the beginning of season two since everyone calls his jutsu's magic.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Juli can change any part of his body into that of a dragon. November can be anything.
  • Void Between the Worlds: The Dimensional Rift, where time flows in a chaotic manner, and where The first Rchimedes is sealed.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Alba gets a very nice one once the King finds out that he's "on the side of" the Demon King. More specifically, he's "WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE | REWARD: 50,000,000-"
  • Weaksauce Weakness: When Alba arrives he's the only one who can point out that what Samejima says doesn't make sense, causing Samejima to have a Heroic BSoD. He overcame this later.
    Samejima: My way of life...doesn't need any reason!
  • Wild Card: Elf November falls somewhere between Manipulative Bastard and It Amused Me, on the one hand he helps Alba reunite with Ares and co. even staying in jail for his sake. On the other hand he's a big fan of Break Them by Talking and Is the Big Bad in Chapter 3. To make things more complicated, he now is the new protagonist.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 23 ends with Alba being bisected by Dezember.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • It's never shown what happens to Nisepanda in the anime. He's slain by Ross in chapter 2 of the manga.
    • August was brought along as support by April. After April is defeated, August is nowhere to be seen.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Many demons in the demon world. Some powers are "magic to take out egg yolks without breaking the egg" or "magic to make toasts delicious". One particular named example is Juni Sechs, whose power is basically "speaking really loud".
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Brought up constantly and mercilessly by the main cast at Foyfoy's introduction, poor man.
  • With Friends Like These...: Even if Ros and Alba have some moments, most of the time Ros just trolls or punches Alba, even going to the point where he stabs him for no particular reason.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: Time flows faster in the dimensional rift.