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They'll play the funeral march that's just for you.
Hayato Sakura is a normal high school boy, except for one thing: Ghosts are attracted to him. At every step he takes, ghosts (mostly girls) stick to his back, making it impossible for him to have a normal social life. On his 17th birthday, while running away from them, a tall blond man walks up to him and turns the ghosts into butterflies. Amazed by this incredible, beautiful man, who introduces himself as Undertaker Riddle, Hayato asks him to help with his problem and the man agrees with one condition: Hayato must make a contract with him to help him with his work of making funeral ceremonies to evil spirits.
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Undertaker Riddle is an ongoing manga by Akai Higasa published by Square Enix and serialized by Gangan Online.


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  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Souls that aren't qualified to go to either heaven or hell, stay at the Catacomb and work for the king as either secretaries or undertakers.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: After making the contract with Riddle, Hayato gains brand new mourning clothes, similar to Riddle's.
  • Badass in Distress: Dante in chapter 17 was captured by Roen.
  • Barrier Maiden: Faust is this to the Catacombs, as holder of the "Twilight's key". Without her, not just the Catacombs but also the human world and afterlife will be in danger. Hayato is expected to become one, as newest holder of a Twilight's key.
  • Batman Gambit: Dante broke free from Roen by pretending to accept his offer of joining The Arcana, something that Roen knew he would do if it wasn't for Dante's Morality Pet Hiren melting his heart.
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  • The Beautiful Elite: The Undertakers.
  • Big Bads: The Arcana's evil spirits.
  • Bishounen: Hayato, Riddle and more.
  • Blessed with Suck: Hayato can not only see ghosts, but he's so good-looking that ghost girls are attracted to him.
  • Bridal Carry: Riddle's favorite way of carrying Hayato.
  • Bokeand Tsukkomi Routine: Roen as the Tsukkomi and Eve as the Boke. Hayato even wonders if they're a comedy duo.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: The people's souls take the form of butterflies.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hayato, of course.
  • Cain and Abel: Dio and Dante, respectively. Dio even was the one who killed Dante in the first place.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys
  • Can't Live Without You: Since both share a soul, Hayato can't live without Riddle. If Riddle dies, Hayato will die too.
  • Chains of Love: Used in artbooks.
  • The Champion: Hayato's contract bonds him to Riddle in order to protect him from any attack while Riddle prepares the funeral for evil spirits.
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  • Commonality Connection: Dante took Hiren as his partner since both were betrayed by their respective families and were both afraid of being betrayed again, so both could depend on the other without fear. Not to mention both were troublemakers.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Seen from time to time. Justified since the main heroes are undertakers.
  • Creepy Mortician: Subverted since the Undertakers are mostly handsome men.
  • Cute Is Evil: Eve is a Cute and Psycho evil spirit whose territory is filled with dolls and plushies, a merry-go-round and balloons; a cute world that looks like it came out of a children's book is actually a deadly trap.
  • Dangerous Seventeenth Birthday: Hayato met Riddle and became an undertaker on his 17th birthday. Riddle actually turned him into an undertaker because Hayato's power was increasing and attracting a lot of spirits he couldn't handle alone.
  • Dark Is Evil: The evil spirits are mostly dressed in black.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The undertakers, who mostly wear black mourning clothes.
  • Dark Messiah: Messiah.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hayato Sakura.
  • Death Glare: Hiren, of all people has an amazing one.
  • Devoted to You: Deconstructed with poor Hiren; after Dante gets kidnapped for Roen, the poor guy wants desperately to save him, without thinking about possible consequences or a plan whatsoever.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: These Grim Reapers are handsome men who will perform a beautiful, rose-filled funeral service for you.
  • Emotions vs. Stoicism: The undertakers are stoic and cold towards almost everyone, since they have lived so much with a job that makes them deal with dead people and evil spirits; they consider emotions as a sin since they can make you take a reckless and foolish move. Hayato, as Faust's successor and future king must learn to balance these two things in his life to avoid becoming a cold automaton or an overemotional fool.
  • Expy: A teenage boy who attract ghost like bees to honey, who makes a magic contract with a mysterious person to get rid of the ghosts, but instead he turns into that person's assistant? Watanuki, we found your distant cousin!
  • Faux Affably Evil: Some of the evil spirits, like the first one Hayato fights and Eve.
  • Flipping the Bird: To show the brotherly love.
  • Flower Motifs: All undertaker pairs have an associated flower. Riddle and Hayato's are roses, Dante and Hiren's are spider lilies, Luka and Ansem's are Madonna lilies and Shall and Julian's are camellias.
  • Haunted Castle: The Catacomb of the souls.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: The way Hayato deals with most of the evil spirits.
  • Human Sacrifice: Someone in St. Paulo academy is killing blond or green-eyed students in a ritualistic way.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: "Funeral Nth: The Undertaker [Verb]", since chapter 5.
  • Invisible to Normals: The ghosts, of course.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes/Impractically Fancy Outfit: The Undertakers' mourning clothing.

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