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Togainu no Chi (咎狗の血, "Blood of the Reprimanded Dog") is the first Boys Love Game made by Nitro+CHiRAL; it is noteworthy for its violence and dark storyline. It was later ported to the PlayStation 2 under the name Togainu no Chi: True Blood with the adult content taken out and some scenes censored, but containing more endings and a few new characters. One of the several manga adaptations (one which has no Boys' Love content) is available in English from Tokyopop. An official English translation was released in 2020 by JAST USA.

When Akira is accused of murder and sent to jail, he is approached by a mysterious one-armed woman named Emma. Emma has a deal for him; in exchange for his freedom, he will participate in a Blood Sport competition taking place in the city of Toshima called Igura. The rules are simple; collect dog tags from other competitors by beating them in brawls. The one who collects the right tags gets to face off against Il-Re, the supposed undefeated champion of Toshima.

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However, things aren't going to be easy for Akira; the people in the Igra are extremely brutal and not above murder in order to get what they want. There are also rumors of a mysterious black-haired man who has been killing off Igra participants seemingly at random, a man who seems to be almost invincible. To top it all, Akira's best friend Keisuke has followed him to Toshima out of worry, and Keisuke is nowhere near ready to take on the dangers of Igra...

An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures has been aired during the Fall 2010 anime season, the trailer for which can be seen here.


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This game provides examples of:

  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole:
    • In the game, Akira had to travel to Igra by foot, making it possible for Keisuke to follow him, but in the anime it was changed to Akira being driven there. This was lampshaded in the next episode trailer with Akira asking Keisuke how he mangaged to get to Igra and Keisuke replying that he was in a daze.
    • In the game, a phone is given to Akira so that he can keep contact with Emma while it also serves as a transmitting device so he — and hopefully Nano — can be found. However, nothing like that is given to him in the anime so how did Emma and Gwen find him?
  • Alternate Character Reading: "Kiriwar" is pronounced "Kirio" and "n" is pronounced "Nano".
  • Anyone Can Die:
    • Since this series is rather dark and violent, expect a lot of people to die. The route in the game and the choices you make determines how many of the characters are alive at the end. Motomi is the only character who never dies, or at least no proof is given of his death.
    • In the anime, Takeru bit the dust first via Keisuke and later, Gwen is killed by Emma, and Emma killed by Nano. Keisuke seems to subvert this trope often despite having the lowest chance of surviving, although by Episode 11 he is killed by Shiki when he tries to protect Akira. As of Episode 12, Nano is dead. The only survivors are Akira, Rin, Motomi and Shiki. The fate of Arbito and his thugs are unknown as the last time we see them, they were still stuck in Toshima.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Line, a drug from an unknown source which can largely but temporarily increase the physical and mental capabilities of the user.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: During his route, Motomi gives a good one to Akira when the latter refuses to recover after his final fight with Keisuke.
  • Bio-Augmentation: The Nicole Virus, more commonly known as Line, is the result of augmenting a human to become a supersoldier.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In one ending of Shiki's route, he successfully defeats Nano with his katana, but then loses all motivation to live and ends up like a doll. Akira decides to stay with Shiki despite this and protects him from all the people who wants him dead, and that's the Good Ending. Although the end of the drama CD implies that Shiki is starting to regain consciousness.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: At first, the story appears to be the Excuse Plot of Akira being sent to Igra to kill Il-Re, while violence and sex ensues. Later, we find out that the factions involved (the Military, Vishico and some individuals) are at battle with each other, over Line and its source, and every side has questionable motives which do not take the protagonist or other individuals into consideration.
  • Black Blood: Inverted. Since blood plays such an important role in the story, the anime emphasizes it by making it so bright red that it glows.
  • Bleached Underpants:
  • The manga illustrated by Suguro Chayamachi is so thoroughly de-sexed that it's not identifiable as a Boys' Love work at all. One of the notable cases in the manga happens with Arbitro. While the anime at least showed his fetishes, the manga ignores this side of him so much that one has to wonder why everyone calls him "pervert". He's also a bit of a comic relief in this adaptation.
  • Same happened to the anime to the point that entire sequences completely lost any sort of coherence. Apparently, Keisuke beat and kidnapped Akira just to have a nice conversation with him.
  • Boxed Crook: This is the proposal Emma offers to Akira, although it's later revealed that she was the one who planted the false evidence to send Akira to jail in the first place.
  • Boys' Love: The PC visual novel. Some adaptations remove elements of BL.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Akira in Arbitro's Bad End, where he becomes a second Kau. Remember, kids: don't accept food from crazy masked men with weird fetishes.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Akira goes through a lot of crap in the series (anime and game). It officially started when Keisuke injected Line and it seemed to have ended when Keisuke went back to normal after drinking Akira's blood. However he might have officially been broken when in the anime Keisuke is killed by Shiki.
    • Also what mainly happens on Shiki's route, intentionally. Though to be fair, he was already in a Heroic BSoD even before Shiki took him captive.
  • Bridal Carry: Nano carries an unconscious Akira like this is his route after Keisuke dies.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: All Igra participants are male. All of them. In fact, the city of Toshima seems to have no female inhabitants. The only female present in the series is Emma, and she is a relatively minor character. Of course, it's unsurprising considering the original media is Boys' Love.
  • Cheated Death, Died Anyway: The anime adaptation mostly follows Keisuke's route from the visual novel, but includes important scenes from the various other routes. This leads to a jarring sequence of events where Keisuke gets addicted to Line, nearly bites the bullet, barely overcomes his addiction and returns to his normal self (all from Keisuke's route), and then is abruptly killed while trying to protect Akira from an unrelated threat (taken from Nano's route).
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Or knife, rather. While it may not seem that important besides being Akira's Weapon of Choice, it plays a vital role in his relationship with Nano if the latter's route is taken.
    • Before going into Toshima, Akira is given a phone so he can keep in contact with Emma. Turns out there's a tracking device in it.
  • Chewing the Scenery: When your tormented hero is played by Kosuke Toriumi, you know that there's going to be a lot of screaming, and Akira doesn't disappoint.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The anime. Trying to squish plot elements from multiple routes into twelve episodes rarely works out well (especially when all your budget seems to be going towards paying for a new ending song for each episode), and Shiki's fans in particular seem to be unhappy with his lack of appearances and eventual vilification.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Keisuke, thanks to Akira's rejection and Line, goes from a kind-hearted and timid guy to a sadistic rapist who's Yandere for Akira.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Par for the course, as in most visual novels. And as with most visual novel-based adaptations, the anime did a little bit of cut-and-paste work. Then again, the way the anime adapted the plot of the game is pretty much shoddy, regardless of the fan's reactions to it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Oh boy, where to begin?
    • Akira was trained to be a Child Soldier.
    • Rin had his friends killed by his older half-brother, Shiki.
    • Motomi's son and wife have died.
    • Nano was used as a test subject.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Shiki's route. After "marking" Akira as his property, Shiki notices that the pain (from a wound on the left palm) turns Akira on. So he tells Akira to "comfort yourself with your own hand".
  • Did Not Get The Guy: Akira ends up with nobody at the end of the anime. Although, Akira's feelings for Keisuke are to be questioned, especially at the end.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the anime Keisuke dies in Akira's arms after Shiki almost cuts him in half. Also happens in the game to the same character in Nano's route.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: Somewhere between volumes 4 and 5 of the Tokyopop edition of the manga, the translators noticed that the character they'd been calling "Nicole Prumier" was actually supposed to be "Nicole Premier". Since this was plot-relevant, they had to change it mid-story.
  • During the War: The opening states The Third Division is responsible for the Crapsack World the story takes place in. However, this isn't touched on again until very late in individual character routes, and isn't mentioned in some adaptations.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Subverted. Keisuke came close to confessing his feelings just before he died. Instead, he just tells Akira that he's sorry for all the trouble he caused.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • Keisuke's route. Because there are multiple bad endings with him and choosing other routes will mean his death, the only Good Ending is when they escape Toshima and things go back to normal for them, except that this time the two are in a relationship.
    • Considering there is a ratio of seven official bad endings (two of them are seen as better than the good ending of that certain character, though) to five official good endings, this trope applies to the entire game.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In the short story, Kawaita Mizu, and Shiki's Drama CD, Akira tells Shiki to kill him when Shiki was having his way with him.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Akira had one with Nano as a child. Justified by the reveal that Akira's childhood memories were erased by the scientists at ENED.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Keisuke, who had big puppy dog eyes for the first five episodes, has narrower, crazier eyes after his corruption. Both he and his eyes return to normal after Episode 9.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Nano does this to Shiki. In the game, whether Shiki accepts Nano's challenge or not — and conversely what kind of ending the player gets — depends on if Akira reminds him of his original goal. Near the end of the drama CD following the good ending, Shiki delivers a Shut Up, Hannibal! to Nano.
  • Hidden Depths: Most of the characters appear to have a simple yet sound reason behind their actions. However, the motivations of individual characters are explored in more detail in their individual routes, including their pasts and previous experiences with Project Nicole and the war.
  • High-Pressure Blood: The anime is particularly guilty for this. A small knife cut to the forehead results in the spraying of a large puddle of blood on the ground.
  • Ho Yay: Invoked in practically every episode of the anime. In fact, certain scenes in the anime are even more homoerotic than their R18 PC BL game counterpart, probably as compensation for not including certain other scenes.
  • Hypocrite: Akira becomes this at the end of the anime series. When he saves Rin from Shiki, he tells Rin to forget about killing Shiki because it's not worth it. Later on, Shiki kills Keisuke and Akira tries to kill him. Rin tells him the same thing. Akira doesn't listen to him at the end and returns to Toshima to kill Shiki.
  • I Call It "Vera": Kiriwar refers to his pipe as "Mitsuko."
  • I Can Still Fight!: Akira is fond of this, despite being stabbed in the shoulder, sliced on the wrist and severely malnourished.
  • I Choose to Stay: In Shiki's route, despite hating Shiki, Akira stays with him even when he had many chances to escape. Even Shiki lampshades this in his drama CD.
  • Informed Ability:
    • Akira is supposedly a good fighter, but in the anime he is more often than not getting his ass kicked. Then again, most of the people he goes up against are really tough ''and' use Line. So ass-kicking is imminent.
    • Averted in the game and manga where Akira can curb-stomp normal Igra participants, stand his own against line-addicted Takeru and Keisuke and only has trouble against Gunji, Kiriwar, and Shiki.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Right from the get-go, we're shown how much crime in Toshima is sexually-motivated when Akira happens to see an Igura participant raping his dead opponent, and all of Akira's relationships with the love interests directly involved in the game take various shades of this.
  • Ironic Echo: In Episode 10, Akira saves Rin after he is almost killed by Shiki and tells him that killing Shiki isn't worth it and he must continue living. Come Episode 12, Shiki kills Keisuke and Akira tries to kill him. Rin stops him and says that killing Shiki isn't worth it.
  • It's All My Fault: Akira blames himself for Keisuke's death. So much that he somewhat accepts the treatment Shiki gives him because he believes it's punishment.
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: Happens whenever it rains in the PC game. The only exception to this is Keisuke's good ending in which he survives Akira's blood.
    • Emma and Gwen get killed after they reveal the truth as to why they really wanted Akira to come to Toshima.
    • Though Keisuke survives the first round of "there will be death rain", he doesn't survive it a second time in Nano's ending.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • In Keisuke's good ending, he snaps out of his Line-induced insanity and when he remembers everything he did — including raping Akira — he says he will go away if Akira doesn't want to see him again. Thankfully, Akira doesn't want him to leave.
    • In Shiki's good ending, as he and Akira are leaving Toshima, he tells Akira to go where he wants since he knows what's going to happen to him.
  • Katanas Are Better: Although Igra participants aren't allowed the usage of firearms, their knives really can't do much against Shiki's katana.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: All the children subjected to experimentation during Project Nicole, including Akira and Keisuke, had their memories of the process forcibly removed.
  • Laughing Mad: Gunji can really sound psychotic at times when he lets loose with laughter.
  • Lighter and Softer: Some of the drama CDs, which feature more comedic situations compared to the very dark and bleak nature of the VN.
  • Mercy Kill: Attempted by Emma to Nano, on the assumption that he will be forced to undergo painful experiments if captured by the government. Instead, he kills her.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: In one of the Shiki's route finals, Akira seduces men when Shiki is out, and when he's back, Shiki kills them and doesn't blame Akira for his nymphomania.
  • Neck Lift: Nano calmly grabs a Line-addled man by the neck to stop his attack, lifts him, and proceeds to crush his neck.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Averted on Keisuke's route. Akira figures out his feelings because — for the first time — he is completely separated from Keisuke, and not because he was raped by a Line-addled Keisuke. Also, the scene later implies he is still traumatized by what happened before.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: In the game, Keisuke and Akira acknowledge that Nano, despite being emotionless and cruel to those around him, suffers from similar emotional burdens to their own due to all of them being involved in Project Nicole.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: At one point, Akira finds Nano sleeping by a tree, even though he's somewhere in the open streets of Toshima.
  • Off-Model: The final episode essentially screams "We'll fix this when it comes out on DVD". But maybe we should at least give them credit for airing the episodes on time.
  • One Degree of Separation: Akira and Keisuke were both from the same orphanage because they were both part of the same experiment that produced Nano. Working on that experiment was Emma, who sent Akira to Toshima. Her fellow researchers included Motomi and Arbitro. Arbitro pretty much runs Vischio, which distributes the Nano-produced drug Line, but the official boss, Il-Re, is actually Shiki, who is Rin's brother.
  • Only One Name: Everyone. And Nicole Premier doesn't count as an exception, because it's not even Nano's real name in the first place.
  • Outlaw Couple: In Nano's route, he and Akira become this as they're still pursued by the military even three years after Japan reformed.
  • Pet the Dog: Shiki's route contains a few of these. After their last sex scene, Shiki surprises Akira by kissing him. Afterwards, he asks for Akira's name.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: Taken in large doses, Line can kill its user.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: So as not to neglect any of the boys, the anime follows Keisuke's route to its bad end with a few important scenes from Rin and Motomi's routes tossed in. The last few episodes also append a particular flashback from Nano's route and one of Shiki's bad ends, with an original (and poorly-received) epilogue.
  • Psycho Serum: Line, which causes increased strength and speed along with occasional raving homicidal insanity. It's self-limiting however, as the higher the concentration percentage, the more likely it will kill the user.
  • Reflective Eyes: In the first episode of the anime, there are two separate shots where Shiki and Akira's eyes are reflected in the others.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Akira towards Shiki for Keisuke's death at the end of the anime.
    • This is also Rin's reason for coming to Toshima; to avenge his fallen teammates by killing Shiki.
  • Running Gag: The more humorous drama CDs always end badly for Akira and at least four of them end with him being molested by Shiki.
  • Sadistic Choice: If Akira lets go of Takeru's hand and goes right, he'll run into Kiriwar, get raped, and killed. Going left will result in a run-in with Gunji who will do the same thing. Pick your poison.
  • Scandalgate: Somehow, this series got caught up in "Oreimogate", as it was temporarily pulled off of ANN's servers as a result of the leakage of Episode 2 of Oreimo.
  • Screw Destiny: Akira refuses to follow Nano's apathy due to the belief he can change what happens in the future.
  • Single-Palette Town: Toshima is very, very gray.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Keisuke reveals in a monologue that Akira is the only person he's ever fallen in love with, and he hasn't experienced the same sort of feelings for other men. Akira does verbally shut this down in the game, however.
  • Sissy Villain: Arbitro swishes about in a feather boa, has many sadistic fixations, and collects statues of naked young boys.
  • Situational Sexuality: A premise of the entire visual novel; there are practically no women in Toshima anywhere (save, except, for Arbitro's "prizes" for Igura participants, although he prioritizes the grooming of male sex slaves over female ones), and the men who are there have just learned to make do.
  • Snow Means Death: In Episode 12, snow starts falling. Later, it shows all the dead bodies in Toshima, including Nano.
  • Spiteful Spit: Akira spits at Shiki during one encounter on his route. Shiki is merely amused by his defiance.
  • Spoiler Opening:
    • Rin and Shiki are shown back to back. Which pretty much suggests that they have a connection with each other possibly in the past.
    • Shows Keisuke's reflection on a line vial and the blade of a katana and also shows him falling down on the same scene. Which pretty much spells Keisuke's destiny.
  • Start of Darkness: Akira's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Keisuke in Episode 5 is what pushes Keisuke over the edge. Enter Episode 6 with him hopped up on Line and massacring a whole bar of people within the first five minutes.
  • Stepford Smiler: Keisuke in Episode 5, where he smiles at Akira despite it being clear he is disturbed by what Akira had done. Naturally, Akira calls him out on it.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Shiki's route. Somewhere during this route, Shiki abducts Akira, takes him to his abandoned apartment, pierces his belly button as a sign of his ownership, and you know what comes next. In fact, Akira tries to leave, but is unable to.
  • Taste the Rainbow: As with most BL games. Akira's the sane guy/audience surrogate, Keisuke's the nice guy, Rin's the young energetic guy, Motomi's the old sensible one, Shiki's the Bastard Boyfriend, the Executioners are brutal, Arbitro is the villain with weird fetishes, and Nano's the quiet one with Hidden Depths.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Gunji has nicknames for practically everyone; "Ji-ji" (old man) for Kiriwar, "Papa" for Arbitro, and "Shikitty" for Shiki. However, the best example of this trope is when he starts calling Akira "Neko-chan" (kitty or kitten).
  • Toxic Phlebotinum: When Line's effects wear off, the user experiences severe withdrawal symptoms, seemingly proportional to the amount they have had.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Akira keeps Keisuke's tag after he's killed.
  • Win Your Freedom: Akira agrees to join Igura and challenge the undefeated champion, Il-Re, in exchange for Emma's promise to drop his murder charge if he wins.
  • With a Friend and a Stranger: Akira and Keisuke are childhood friends who meet Rin, who is mysteriously kind and highly effeminate. They stick together for a long time and become friends.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: If Line is used repeatedly, it will drive the user Ax-Crazy.
  • World War III: Starts before the game storyline causing Japan to be split into two zones. Although the game takes place during the war, this is hardly mentioned until the end.
  • Yandere: Keisuke as a result of not having his feelings toward Akira being acknowledged as well as the effects of Line making him insane. Whether he snaps out of it or not depends on the route. In the anime though, he snaps out of it and reverts back to his normal self.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The anime does this a lot.
    • Right when Akira gets Keisuke back, Rin decides to go crazy on him.
    • Right after Keisuke saves Akira from getting shot to death, Shiki shows up and wants Akira, Keisuke tries to save Akira, but gets killed by Shiki.
    • Something similar to the above happens in the game. In Nano's route, instead of Shiki, it's a soldier who tries to shoot Akira while Keisuke — who has gone back to normal — takes the bullet for him instead.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Subverted. Nano, having experienced much pain due to him being Project Nicole's success, has become apathetic and feels this way. Then, Akira comes to disprove him.
  • You Got Spunk!: Shiki becomes interested in Akira when he doesn't run, scream, or beg for his life like other participants. On his route, this doesn't end well for Akira.
  • You Need to Get Laid:
    • After Shiki leaves Arbitro's room, Arbitro comments that Shiki needs to find some release.
    • In the game, Motomi also teases Akira about never having a serious relationship.
  • Your Head Asplode: Keisuke crushes Takeru's skull with his bare hands after taking Line.
  • Zipperiffic: Shiki, who has zip-off leather pants.

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