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Jacka and the cast
Jacka is a young rabbit, who happens to have a beetle horn on his head. With the aid of his friends, Topo and Algernon, he's taken up a superhero persona and assists the citizens of his hometown. However, there may be more to his horn that he doesn't know...
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The Jackalope (ツノウサギ Tsunousagi) is a manga created by Sho Shibamoto and is part of The ’Verse alongside Pandemonium Wizard Village and Flower Knight Dakini.

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  • Acme Products: Hiyoko Industries makes products such as blow dryers, flower pots, and power saws, many of which are in in the shape of a baby chicken.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Jacka is a jackalope, while Mustela and Kapiyncho, the bullies, are a weasel and a capybara respectively.
    • Topo means mouse in Italian.
  • All There in the Manual: Information about the superheroes (Except Riderwan) is revealed in three blog posts created before the release of the manga. The posts talk about the heroes, their supporting casts, and villains.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Jacka dies, but the town is saved from the tornado and any further Straight Thunder incidents, Beatha becomes part of the town again, and Algernon continues to research the Sky Golems with Shinoda.
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  • Brats with Slingshots: Topo carries one around and puts it to good use a couple of times.
  • The Bully: Mustela and Kapiyncho, though the latter mostly stays on the sidelines.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: While the early chapters are a slice-of-life with hints of something darker, all pretense is dropped once Beatha tries to attack Jacka.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Polar Ice, the ice cream shop Jacka visits, sells carrot-flavored ice cream that he loves. In one piece of artwork by Sho, he's also enjoying kombu natto ice cream while Topo isn't as thrilled.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The literal translation of the Japanese title (horn rabbit) applies more to Jacka while the title of 'Jackalope' fits better for Uisce.
  • Edible Theme Naming: When Uisce and Beatha's names are put together, they form the Irish name for whiskey.
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  • Foreshadowing: Jacka's parents don't respond when he comes home. This is because they're actually plush dolls he's using to take his mind off their deaths.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Sky Golems.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When a Straight Thunder-generated tornado threatens to destroy the town, Jacka wills his horn to destroy it, at the cost of his life.
  • History Repeats: Jacka and Topo aren't the first rabbit variant born to normal parents and mouse to start a friendship that ends in tragedy. That unfortunate honor goes to Uisce and Beatha.
  • Hot Teacher: Shinoda
  • In Medias Res: The story starts by introducing Jacka and his friends in his daily routine, before showing how they first met, then going back to the present.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Jacka enjoys emulating his favorite superheroes and watching their shows. The only exception is Riderwan, who he doesn't like because of his selfish use of his power and lack of struggle with it.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Jacka is a variant rabbit with a beetle horn. Uisce is also a variant rabbit, but with deer antlers, like a jackalope.
  • Mr. Imagination: Jacka frequently has Imagine Spots where he battles villains. In the climax, he imagines fighting a monstrous version of the tornado on top of his horns, but this time, other people can see this happening.
  • Posthumous Character: Uisce, a variant rabbit with antlers that Beatha befriended when he was young. When the Straight Thunders hit, her antlers grew similar to Jacka's horn to protect Beatha from a fallen tree. She couldn't move after that and no one could free her before a Straight Thunder-generated tornado killed her.
  • Precocious Crush: Mustela has a not-so-subtle one for Shinoda.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: According to the drawings Sho has made of her, Foxy Lady's civilian identity is shy college student Sylvia Sherwood. Her Transformation Sequence requires her to be naked, which she blushes throughout up until she replaces her glasses with her mask.
  • Shout-Out: An intelligent mouse named Algernon, hmmm?
  • Show Within a Show: Anubis, Supernyan, Foxy Lady, and Riderwan all have their own shows.
  • Tears of Joy: Jacka, after getting his hero costume.
  • Tyop on the Cover: The 'white variation' of the cover misspells the Romanized title as 'Tunousagi'.
  • Wham Shot: While exploring the abandoned mansion, Jacka and Topo stumble across a photo album. As he's flipping through it, one of the photos falls out. It's of a variant rabbit girl with antlers.
    • Topo entering Jacka's room and seeing him slumped against his bed and his horn grown into a massive tangled mess.
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