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Taboo-Tattoo is a Fighting Series by Shinjirou about a boy who is given an odd tattoo on his palm by an old man whom he saves from a thug. Not long after this boy, Seigi (AKA Justice) got it, he meets a mysterious girl, who punches him in the face, and later steals his phone. Running after her gets him more than he bargained for, though, and he ends up drawn into the beginning of what might be the start of international war...

The manga began serialization on Nov 27, 2009 and concluded on Apr 27, 2017 in Monthly Comic Alive, spawning a total of 13 volumes.

It received an anime adaptation by JC Staff which aired as part of the Summer 2016 Anime lineup, and ran for 12 episodes.


Taboo-Tattoo provides examples of:

  • A-Cup Angst: Early in the series, Izzy shows some jealous dislike with the size of Touko and Lisa's breasts.
  • Alternate History: After World War II the South Asian Kingdom of Selinistan was able to use make advances in technology to achieve rapid economic growth. This allowed the Kingdom to quickly became a super power that eventually came to rival the US.
  • Animal Motifs: Power Crest users who are part of an organisation such as Brahman or the US Military and tend to have a nickname based on an animal, Izzy is the rabbit, Lisa is a fox, Iltutmish is a stray cat for example. This animal is often the form of their Spell Crest's Source.
  • Anyone Can Die: A number of important characters die throughout the series such as B.B and Touko. Such deaths tend to act as motivations for various characters as the plot continues.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Izzy. That's just a nickname. Her actual name is Bluesy Fruesy. Yeah.
  • Badass Normal: Even before getting or activating his Spell Crest, Seigi was beating up thugs on the street and exchanging blows with Shields, though not very well in the latter.
  • Barrier Warrior: Cal Shekar is able to use her Spell Crest to create barriers capable of repelling any attack or Spell Crest ability. Cal is also able to use her barriers to cut through anything they touch.
  • Behemoth Battle: The final battle of the anime is between Touko and Izzy and Arya and her sisters, all fused to become giant monsters.
  • Big Bad: Arya, the princess of the Kingdom of Selinistan. She even caused a coup d'etat that killed her parents.
  • Birds of a Feather: Tom and Tamaki quickly become friends because both are Otaku.
  • Bloody Murder: Invoked. Tom and Izzy tell Seigi that blood is his activation key, though this is a lie.
  • Blow You Away: Izzy's spell crest is a variant, allowing her to shoot blasts of compressed air and to shield herself with them.
  • Compelling Voice: Harasha "the Demon" is able to use her Spell Crest to give herself a compelling voice, manipulating magnetic fields to implant her words into her opponent's brain as absolute truth that compels them to carry out her orders.
  • Cool Shades: BB wears a pair, even at night.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Both Seigi and Izzy cross this when BB is consumed by Seigi's source, and when Touko is devoured. Izzy also loses her left arm.
  • Double Standard Rape Femaleon Female: Touko seems to be a common molestation target for the cast; most notably by Arya.
  • Gamer Chick: Arya is a rare villainous example, and the Big Bad.
  • General Ripper: Colonel Sanders gives that vibe.
  • Grey and Grey Morality: No side seems to be good, though admittedly that's through lack of information.
  • Idiot Hair: The eccentric elderly samurai Tsugio Kobakura has a single dark ahoge sticking up from his otherwise bald head, something the other characters find highly amusing. This appears to be a family trait as his granddaughter Makoto, a.k.a. Cal Shekar, also sports one.
  • Lady of War: Cal Shekar, vice-commander of the Brahmans.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Tamaki is an Otaku and proposes to his also Otaku girlfriend right before a mission despite both knowing that's raising a Death Flag.
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Wiseman, even lampshaded by Izzy.
  • Mauve Shirt: Strong contender for king of this trope. There are plenty of non-main characters who do get names and personality, but if they're the good guys, they could very well be offed in the very same chapter. Best examples are chapters 5 and 19.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: BB.
  • Meet Cute" Lampooned. When
  • Mind over Matter: The Spell Crest of Arya's sister Bukka grants her powerful telekinesis. Bukka has used these abilities continuously since she lost her arms in an accident and has become incredibly skilled with them, being able to manipulate objects from great distances and grant herself the ability to fly.
  • Modesty Shorts: Izzy wears them when she plans to get physical but doesn't occasionally gets ambushed at times when she doesn't have them on leading to panty shots.
  • Mood Whiplash: Taboo-Tattoo has the frightening tendency to go from happy-go-lucky romantic comedy to bloody carnage in the space of a chapter.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
  • New Transfer Student: Izzy.
  • The Obi-Wan: BB.
  • Older Than They Look: Izzy.
  • One Super, One Power Set: Zig-Zagged: While there is only once source of power in the series (the crests), and each crest only provides one unique power, they each come with a package deal of superhuman strength, speed and healing.
  • Panty Shot: Touko and Izzy, most notably.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest
  • Playing with Fire: Lisa's Power Crest.
  • Power of the Void: Void Maker.
  • Power Tattoo: No kidding.
  • Powered Armour: The President of the United States wears a suit of powered armour, so he can participate in the battle at the South Pole despite his advanced age. The armour incorporates a Jet Pack and offers enough protection that the President was fine despite falling into a deep crevasse.
  • Psycho Lesbian: By one indicator, Princess Ahyrabata.
  • Razor Wire: Lurker's Power Crest.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess Ahyrabata, and her something is "Usurp the throne and begin plotting."
  • Sphere of Destruction: Void Maker
  • Super Empowering: Spell Crests, apart from granting a unique special ability, also boost the person's physical abilities in a variety of ways:
  • The Stinger: Episode 3's post-credits scene involves Iltutmish and R.R. Lakha being sent on a mission to assassinate Lisa, Izzy's friend.
    • In Episode 5, Seigi is confronted by BB, who he tries to fight, but to no avail.
    • Episode 6, a mysterious man discovers Brahman, and vows to defeat the Kingdom.
    • In Episode 10, Sanders is attacked by the Princess.
    • In Episode 11, Izzy and her comrades arrive at the ruins and find Seigi impaled.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: An extended version of the main theme "Belief" by May Nakabayashi plays in the Behemoth Battle between Touko, Izzy, and Arya.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Touko, who should have stuck with Tom's side than go to Seigi in Episode 8.
  • Training from Hell: Seigi's grandfather.
  • Transformation Trinket: Spell Crests need specific materials to activate. The material needed seems to be unique to each Spell Crest.
    • Seigi's is rather unique in that he can activate it at will.
  • Wager Slave
  • Wham Episode: Episode 8.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Episode 9.
  • Yandere

Alternative Title(s): Taboo Tattoo

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