アクノヒガン BEYOND EVIL (Aku No Higan — Beyond Evil, which is known in English as Beyond Evil), is a Shounen manga, story by Miura and art by Ogino, serialized in Manga Box from April 2014 to July 2015. it is currently complete at sixty-six chapters, which were later compressed into thirty-seven for re-release as tankouban volumes.
The official synopsis is as follows:
"What would you do if money could be exchanged for life? Sell ten years of life for a fortune or give up everything to buy one more year? At the age of 17, a high school boy who has it all together meets a man with superpowers that are both godly and demonic. Through a deadly struggle for his life, he stumbles upon a world "on the other side"! Take a cold look at the fixation on human life in this sharply illustrated dark fantasy!"
The story shares a number of similarities with the popular manga Death Note, including a mature, seinen-like story, supernatural deals in the lifespan of others, and an amoral protagonist.
This story features examples of:
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Often, but first seen in the poker game in chapter one. terajima has another with the same man in the very next chapter.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Common when it comes to fighting the bad guys in this manga.
- Blood Oath: Utusmi and Kobayashi signed their contracts with the Loan Shark in blood. You'd think they'd get the hint that it was ''dead'' serious, hur hur.
- Chess with Death: the poker game in chapter one.
- Deal with the Devil: Any deal made with most of the characters in the manga.
- Decapitation Presentation Viktor pulls one on Vincent, showing him his flunky's severed heads sitting nicely on a table.
- Demon of Human Origin: The demon-like beings who trade in human lives are all implied to have once been normal human beings.
- Devil's Job Offer: The protagonist, a high schooler named Terajima Gouta is confronted by Victor, a demon-like being who literally deals in lives by buying and selling years of people's lives and has supernatural powers and charisma. Terajima is in a situation where he is about to be murdered and Victor offers to save his life if Terajima signs a contract which makes him Victor's assistant/errand boy and aides him in his deals with humans and other demon-like beings. Terajima takes the deal.
- Flashback: the story flashes back to explain Terajima's connection to Viktor.
- Loan Shark: One of the ways people were 'cheated' out of their lives. They would be given a loan, with their lives as security (at 50% interest compounded every ten days no less!). People didn't take that seriously enough and ended up dead when the collected took their 'life'.
- Magically Binding Contract: Many, but the first shown is the one Utsumi signs with the Loan Shark.
- Rule #1: Viktor says the only rule in their world is "Respect The Contract".
- Secret Test of Character: Viktor gives one to Terajima, telling him to kill Utsumi and handing him a sword. Terajima doesn't take the bait and lops off Viktor's head instead. Luckily that was kind of the point of the test and he passes.
- Slipping a Mickey: Terajima refuses refreshments from Vincent to avoid this trope.
- Smug Snake: He thinks he's so smart and clever, but breaks down at the first sign that things don't go his way.
- Stat-O-Vision: Various characters can tell how many years of life people have has just by looking at them.
- Those Two Guys: Vincent's flunkies Gregor and Alex who are actually never seen until they're both dead.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Averted. Wounds obtained while in the mindscape don't transfer tot he physical body.
Terajima GoutaA seventeen year old Ordinary High-School Student who goes to Nishi High and a former Delinquent. He gets involved with Viktor when he tries to help out a friend who got in bad with the wrong people.
- The Artful Dodger: very fast and good at dodging attacks, even stealing weapon's as he does so.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his very first panel, he casually beats up some punks who were smoking on the train without any warning. This immediately establishes him as a strong guy with an action-based moral center who doesn't much care what methods he has to use to achieve his goals, nor does he especially care if he goes overboard in his punishments.
- Japanese Delinquents: he is one, but apparently he used to be worse.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He's always taking it upon himself to help people out, possibly because he's just plain not afraid of anything or anyone.
- Not So Different: With Viktor, who seems to be grooming Terajima to be another him.
- Psychic Block Defense: Because of his latent powers, Vincent isn't able to read his mind.
- Unfazed Everyman: Weird stuff randomly start happening and he takes it in stride, as lampshaded by Viktor. It's one of the reasons Viktor becomes interested in him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Not to the extent that he's trying to rid the world of evil or anything, but he believes in justice and doesn't seem to have a problem with Disproportionate Retribution. Like, at all. As Viktor says, he's got some evil in him.
ViktorA devil-like being who deals in the buying and selling of lives (that is, years off of people's life). He get's Terajima to work for him.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: A white one, as a matter of fact.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Has them all the time, basically to prove he's a supernatural being.
- Deal with the Devil: He's the devil in this case. He offers to save Terajima's life in exchange for his services and assistance.
- Decapitation Required: Subverted, Terajima cuts off his head in a Secret Test of Character and it still doesn't kill him. He shows up again later totally fine.
- Devil in Disguise: Possibly. When Terajima asks, "What are you, some kind of Demon?" his response is "It is up to you how you choose to interpret my existence."
- Evil Mentor: To Terajima. He tells his driver "He's more gifted than I thought, did you look in his eyes? There's evil in them. he also carries himself with an unwavering justice and a savage ruthless nature. That boy...may become like me one day."
- Knuckle Tattoos: They seem to be supernatural symbols or something.
- Good Thing You Can Heal:
- Manipulative Bastard: As it turnsout, he set up the entire situation that lead Terjima into becoming his assistant.
- Noble Demon: Possibly literally. He does some rather amoral things, but he has a strong code.
- Not So Different: With Terajima, who he sees as similar to himself.
- Off with His Head!: does it himself and has it done to him. It doesn't stick on himself.
- Predatory Business: Most the the things that Terajima helps him with is disposing of his rivals in the area. On the one hand, his rivals are all Jerkass Victims who are basically evil and cheating people out of their lives, but it certainly doesn't hurt his business to get rid of them, nope.
- Time Stands Still: One of his powers, it seems. Apparently it doesn't actually stop time, just speeds up the time of him and whoever he's talking to.
VincentAn associate of Vincent who works as a Loan Shark and also seems to run a gambling den. Terajima meets him in chapter one when he follows Utsumi to his office. His game as a Loan Shark is to trick students out of their lives with predatory loans when they get into debt at pachinko parlors and the like. He is known to be responsible for the death of Koyabashi and almost managed to kill Utsumi.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: his Sclera turn black, revealing his supernatural nature after he pulls a Rage Quit.
- Chess with Death: he gives people a 'chance' to win back their lives by playing poker with him. This is bull of course, because he cheats with magic.
- Deal with the Devil: Him being the devil, in this case.
- Devil in Disguise: Possibly, depending on what you think he is as a being.
- Dragged Off to Hell: or so it seems, by a figure called "the Executioner".
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A bad guy with glasses. He really resembles a salaryman.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: A victim of his own Magically Binding Contract no less.
- Impaled Palm: Victor stabs him in the back of his hand (his mental body anyway) when Vincent tries to mind-read Utsumi to see what cards Terajima has.
- Loan Shark: One of the ways he 'cheated' people out of their lives. They would be given a loan, with their lives as security (at 50% interest compounded every ten days no less!). People didn't take that seriously enough and ended up dead when he collected on their 'life'.
- Rage Quit: Pulls one of these when it turns out he can't cheat in his poker game with Terajima, he even does a table swipe and flings chips everywhere.
- Stat-O-Vision: he can tell how many years of life Terajima has just by looking at him (80 years).
- Telepathy: On of his powers, he uses it to cheat at poker.
- The Nose Knows: Apparently he's able to tell whether someone is human by smell.
- Villainous Breakdown: see Rage Quit.
- We Can Rule Together: Once it seems things aren't going to work out for him, he tries to get Viktor on his side, by saying he'll work for him. It doesn't work.