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They were called Sorcerer Hunters.

Sorcerer Hunters is a light novel and manga series written by Satoru Akahori with art by Ray Omishi, which was adapted into a 26-episode anime TV series and 3-part OAV, both produced by XEBEC with the TV series as their first work. The series also spawned various video games and radio dramas.

The Spooner Continent is ruled by "Sorcerers", mages who rule over the "Parsoners" as a noble class. With their magical powers, they can exploit the Parsoners virtually at will. However, there are rumors of those who will punish any Sorcerers who abuse their powers and harm the innocent - a mysterious band of five teenagers, the "Sorcerer Hunters".

Meanwhile, Casanova Wannabe swordsman Carrot Glacé, his Bishounen little brother Marron, Clingy Jealous Action Girl Chocola Misu and her Unlucky Childhood Friend Shrinking Violet little sister Tira, and borderline Macho Camp muscleman Gateau Mocha Walk The Earth... and you can see where this is going, can't you.

Sorcerer Hunters provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Modesty: Tira and Chocola's outfits are a lot more modest in the anime than in the manga, probably because the only way a faithful reproduction of Chocola's outfit wouldn't involve flashing her nipples every other frame would be is if her top was glued on.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Carrot actually finds it easier to get a date after The Reveal that he's possessed by the God of Destruction. The village girls think it makes him cool and mysterious.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Marron. According to one postscript in volume 10, the initial story made him openly gay; the wording didn't make it clear how much this aspect was changed.
  • Art Evolution: Tira's outfit changed from orange in the series to black in the OVAs.
  • Baby Morph Episode: Episode 8 "The Forbidden Fire" has the Hunter sans Carrot infiltrate a sorcerer's seemly noble crusade of fighting evil spirits in nearby ruins when in reality, he deages his victims and tortures them until he gets tired.
  • Beach Episode: Anime Episode 4 " The Fireworks of Love" and Manga Chapter 10 "Beware of Beach Babes" has the Hunters head to the beach for a little R&R.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Gateau's younger sister Eclair once vowed that she would never fall in love with any man who couldn't beat her in a fight.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Marron, Mille, Tira, Abricot, Cinnamon...
  • Beware the Superman: The Sorcerers are treated as nobility to keep them from really causing trouble.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Gateau and Onion
  • Bowdlerize: For the TV series, the costume designs were changed significantly due to broadcasting restrictions.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Gateau and Carrot in the second volume of the manga.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Carrot may be a hopeless lech, but if he learns that a pretty girl already has a boyfriend, he will immediately leave her alone.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: This is apparently Tira's main job, with the Cloudcuckoolander in question being Carrot. Between whipping Carrot's monster forms until he changes back and smacking Carrot around in human form to make him suspend his lecherous idiocy to concentrate on work, she spends more time keeping him in line than she does hunting sorcerers directly.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Carrot and Tira's voice actors, Shinnosuke Furumoto and Megumi Hayashibara, sing the opening theme for the TV series. Hayashibara also performed the OVA's ending theme along with Chocola's voice actress Yuko Mizutani.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Tira and Chocola constantly abuse Carrot, which is supposed to be seen as funny. Granted, he is a pervert.
  • Dub Text: Marron is more or less asexual and doesn't really pay attention to Gateau's flirting, but the dub adds lines about his possible homosexuality.
  • Dueling Messiahs: Big Mama vs Sacher Torte. Both believe that the world is not a nice place anymore, but while Big Mama strives to heal it, Sacher Torte wants to destroy it and rebuild it from scratch, believing it too far gone for redemption. Big Mama's dedication to maintaining the world is so absolute, she even attempted to kill Carrot so he wouldn't turn into the God of Destruction.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Everyone. All named from desserts. Relatively obvious are Carrot, Onion, Abricot (apricot), Count Potato Chips, and Cinnamon Tea; there's also Tira Misu, Chocola (chocolate) and Marron (chestnut). Gateau, eclair, and mille-feuille are all French pastries. Sachertorte is a rich Austrian chocolate cake. Even Charlotte is a food name. Satoru Akahori is fond of this trope, and practically everything he writes uses it.
    • Abricot's maiden name is Anzu, which is Japanese for...apricot. So her name is basically Abricot Apricot. Double Edible Theme Naming!
  • Expy:
    • The artist notes in the manga that Eclair's initial appearance is deliberately based on a certain female fighting game character, who is clearly Cammy from Street Fighter. Not only that, but Eclair's brother Gateau is said to have been designed in the image of Guile. The artist also notes the village elder's similarity to Yoda of Star Wars.
    • You can also spot tons of Expy Extras in the background of various manga panels, especially in the beach episodes, and Cosplays of characters from Samurai Shodown, Darkstalkers, Urusei Yatsura and Super Dimension Fortress Macross, amongst others. In the 'Iron Chef' chapter, most of the cast of Angelique seems to be in attendance.
  • Face–Heel Turn/Heel–Face Turn: Eclair, Gateau's younger sister in the manga.
  • Fan Disservice: You'd think a butler who lives to please his master and crossdresses would be hot. Unfortunately, the master is a small child with a lisp and the butler is little old man. Pass the Brain Bleach, please.
  • First Girl Wins: Tira in the manga.
  • For the Evulz: A lot of sorcerers perform a wide variety of atrocities on the local population for no reason beyond their own entertainment.
  • Gainax Ending: The last episode of the anime has an ambiguous ending. Sacher kills all of Carrot's companions, then starts smacking him around to try to force him to unleash the God of Destruction. Big Mama commits suicide, and then proceeds to track down the other hunters in the next life so that she can awaken their memories of their previous life. This somehow allows them to come back to life with an apparent powerup, but instead of defeating Sacher, they run to embrace Carrot and celebrate the fact that he didn't give in. Sacher refuses to admit that he was wrong and flees, Mama somehow revives herself, and the world goes back to its daily routine. Then the series ends on a scene in the next life where someone like Carrot is hitting on a girl who looks like Daughter.
  • Harmless Villain: Potato Chips is a sorcerer who repeatedly causes trouble for the heroes, but as he's basically just a kid who's trying to pick up girls, most of the problems he causes are more accidental than intentional. This is why he makes it through the series alive.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Marron in the anime, Tira and Gateau in the manga. They come back, though.
    • And And Mama and the Haz Knights, in the manga. They don't..
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Carrot and Onion are jerks, but they do care for each other and their friends.
  • Knight Templar: Sacher Torte will create a better world At Any Cost(tm).
  • Last of His Kind: Daughter and Sirius are the last of a species of Winged People in the manga, which is never expanded on past volume 6.
  • Like Brother and Sister: The reason Carrot's not into Chocola or Tira.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The anime episode with the magic Chocola that grants the Hunters' wishes; Carrot gets split into three parts to grant both his wishes and the Misu sisters'. The episode also proudly leans on the fourth wall.
  • Love Father, Love Son: Millefeuille's thing for Onion seems to have passed down to Carrot. Though to be fair, he likes teasing everybody, he just enjoys flirting with those two the most.
  • Madonna-Whore Complex: Ultimately, Tira and Chocola's former selves, Mother of West Apros and Holy Demon Kurin, respectively. Naturally, Carrot marries the younger, cuter, less aggressive and more maternal of the two sisters, while the older, sexier, and more ruthless one cheerfully asserts herself as his mistress.
  • The Magic Goes Away: Reviving the God of Destruction drained all the magic in the world, and destroying him didn't bring the magic back. As such, by the end of the manga there are no more sorcerers, and therefore no more need for Sorcerer Hunters.
  • Mama Bear: Abricot Glacé. In the manga, she took on a DEMON LORD to protect Carrot. When said demon tried to possess her to capture Carrot, she killed herself to stop him.
  • Market-Based Title: ADV Films released the second half of the series as "Spell Wars: Sorcerer Hunters' Revenge" to persuade the American market that the anime had Grown The Beard.
  • No Fourth Wall: Happens constantly, but especially courtesy of Potato and his butler. The most blatant example is a chapter near the middle of the manga where Carrot thinks the series is ending, and proceeds to promise all his teammates their ideal endings. An author cameo jumps in just in time to ruin the ensuing Carrot/Marron Ho Yay, and explain that Carrot got the chapter title wrong.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Carrot's reason for spurning Chocola and Tira's advances.
    • Well, it's also because they regularly beat him senseless with whips and imprison him when he tries to chase girls and are just generally terrifying.
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: Carrot is a Hits On Everyone But You towards Tira and Chocola - probably because the way they act when they take their coats off scares him. Naturally, the only girl either of these two is willing to lose Carrot to is the other, so this behavior just inspires more such treatment.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Most often with character names — Daughter or Dotta? — but even the name of the continent itself is not immune. Tokyopop alternated between translating it as Spooner and Spoolner.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Gateau's attitude toward Eclair, even going as far to slap her when she wants to get in on the adventuring. Extra weird because she's the stronger of the two.
  • Stock Footage: Three notable ones: Carrot transforming, and Chocola and Tira stripping off their outer layers to reveal their fighting outfits. Expect to see at least one in virtually every episode.
  • Three Plus Two: The manga started with Carrot, Tia and Marron with Gateau and Chocola coming in ch. 6.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: In the anime, Lake's younger and adult selves are voiced by Rei Sakuma, while her older self is voiced by the late Masako Sugaya.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Chocola in the manga. Not that she lets this stop her - she proceeds to declare herself Carrot's mistress and tries to horn in on Carrot and Tira's relationship on their wedding night.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Carrot's disturbed when he discovers that Millefeuille's actually male. Millefeuille is still happy to continue flirting; Carrot's reaction after the reveal falls under Stupid Sexy Flanders, as seen above.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 8 "The Forbidden Fire" reveal not only the dark and troubled past of Sorcerer Hunters, but reveals Zaha Torte and causes Carrot to go berzerk in his beast mode... without getting hit by magic.