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Blonde Sunrise is a webcomic made by Mana, starting on January 24, 2011, updating every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with the occasional month of daily updates.

In the city of Creston many hunters have been gathered together to eliminate all monstrous creatures. Leonard Derrin is one of the hunters within these hunting units, and despite having only a year of experience under his belt, he has managed to become very successful.

His luck takes a turn for the worse however when he has a chance encounter with a mischievous lycan girl, Daine Lunas. With just one bite, Leonard's life is changed forever. He must now free himself from his new master's curse or else risk losing his job or, worse, his life. However, he finds that things have become way more complicated than he thought.


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  • Animal Motifs:
    • The lycans are likened to, of course, wolves.
    • Leonard's motif is that of a cat, which is meant to contrast the canine lycans he's always around.
  • Arch-Enemy: While all the witches are considered to be hostile to lycans, the Fire Witch in particular is considered the enemy of all lycan-kind due to her powers over one of their only true weaknesses. She has wiped out entire packs of lycans over the past few decades, including Vince and his father's original pack.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority:
    • The heir to the lycan queen gains her position by defeating every other eligible female lycan in a battle royale. Elaine is unusual for being strong enough to gain the position at a very young age, though some other lycans Leonard meets make the claim that she only won because those stronger than her were eliminated sooner.
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    • Zigzagged in the case of lycan kings. The heir to the lycan king is chosen from birth by default, as it's believed that any male child of the king and queen are worthy simply by virtue who they're descended from. note  However, they can be challenged if perceived as unworthy for any reason, with the price of losing being banishment from their territory.
  • Aura Vision: The Four Witches have the ability to perceive souls, which they mainly use to identify each other or see if someone's suitable for possession.
  • Bi the Way:
    • According to Word of God, Leonard is bisexual. In-story he's hinted to have had a attraction to Isaac that's later confirmed, and he has a definite crush on Michelle despite the fact that he's pretty sure she'd kill him if she learned about his curse. invoked
    • Hadia Grim used to date Cyran for a while, and her connection to Ericka is framed as not entirely platonic.
  • Badass Normal: Hunters normally lack any sort of powers, but go toe to toe with all manner of monster.
  • Berserk Button: The Earth Witch is being underestimated, as she flies into a rage and attacks when Daine says she's not scared of her.
  • Body Horror: When we see the flashback in which Cyran loses his eye to a basilisk while saving Leonard's life, we see the basilisk's fang pierce the roof of Cyran's skull and push out his eye in gory detail.
  • Character Title: Blonde Sunrise refers to Daine's lycan name.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Leonard's mother disappeared, his father died due to being unable to pay the hospital after getting sick, his one friend Isaac disappeared on him without mentioning why (Unbeknownst to Leonard at the time, he was forced to leave for losing the King's Bout to Vince), and the reason he's in the hunting units in the first place was that the alternative was getting executed for murder which it's hinted that he might not have actually committed.
    • Due to being a one-eyed Lycan, Daine was treated like a pariah by her pack, and even by her own parents. She used to be friends with Vince due to his similar transformation troubles, but then he tried to kill her out of the belief that the reason he was having said troubles was because Nebeous viewed their relationship poorly. Up until Kane and Elaine's family virtually adopted her, she had no one to turn to.
    • Cyran's mother died from complications after the birth of his younger sister, his father turned neglectful out of the belief that she was responsible for her mother's death, and later he was the sole survivor of a fire that claimed their lives that people suspect him of starting. Much like Leonard, he's a pariah among his fellow hunters.
    • Raymond's home country of Terra had all its inhabitants turned into trees by a curse, a fate he only escaped because he happened to have ran away from home.
  • Fantastic Racism: Initially, like most humans, Leonard thinks of lycans as little more than monsters. As he spends more time around them he starts to change his mind.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: The four witches, who control earth, wind, water, and fire. The Earth and Wind Witches are met over the course of the story (With the former getting killed by the latter), the Water Witch was killed several years beforehand, and the Fire Witch remains at large.
  • Fur Against Fang: Defied; while vampires exist alongside lycans, the groups don't appear to have any particular animosity between themselves.
  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • Leonard is implied to have not been entirely human even before getting cursed by Daine, with his mother being the non-human partner, and the Earth Witch telling him outright that he has a white soul rather than a colorless soul like most humans. His concerns are often dismissed out of the belief that if he didn't have a colorless soul he couldn't have gotten cursed in the first place.
    • Paul Shein's mother was the deceased Water Witch.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Leonard is decently tall, but Daine is either at or slightly under five feet.
  • Kill It with Fire: While lycans are normally incredibly hard to even hurt, let alone kill, they are very weak to fire. This is why out of all the witches they fear the Fire Witch the most.
  • Nepotism: Downplayed in that Michelle does have legitimate skill, but Hadia Grim insinuates to Cyran that the only reason she's Unit IV's captain instead of him is that her father is head of Creston's hunting units.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Blonde Sunrise's version of a basilisk has a snake's head and neck on a dragon's body.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Vince's lycan name is revealed to be "Shaded Terror", and he's a violent person who attacks Leonard multiple times unprovoked.
  • Never Learned to Read: Due to growing up in poverty and having an ill father who could barely read himself, Leonard is illiterate. It's not until Daine decides to help him that Leonard can even so much as read his own name.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: Xavier's claim to fame was killing Yasmin Baylee, the Banshee of Lavadale who went on a murder spree that claimed the lives of 21 people, including his parents and Aisha Obsidian, the original captain of Unit II.
  • Social Darwinist: While not inherently evil as most humans believe, lycan society is based on strength, with only the strongest allowed to be king and queen, and one-eyed lycans like Daine being treated poorly because her inability to completely change her shape is seen as inferior and an affront to their god Nebeous.
  • Our Souls Are Different:
    • Lycans and other monsters have black souls, while angels have white souls. Humans have colorless souls, which is what allows both groups to influence them.
    • Leonard is unusual for being able to be possessed despite having a white soul, but that's implied to be a result of his mixed parentage.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Lycans can shift between a full quadrupedal form and a human form as a gift from their god, and come in three types:
    • Beta lycans are born lycans and have to undertake three primary rituals in order to become alpha lycans after acquiring an omega lycan.
    • Omega lycans are humans turned lycan via bite, but they can't transform voluntarily and have to listen to every order their progenitor lycan makes. As a result, they're at the bottom of lycan society.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Daine isn't very tall, but she's much stronger and more durable than her frame suggests.
  • Red Baron:
    • Daine is known as the "One-Eyed Lycan" since she's incapable of transforming both of her eyes. While in human form she has her left eye covered by her bangs, and in lycan form it switches to her right eye.
    • Leonard is known as "The Bloody Demon" due to being accused of murder and nearly executed back when his red hair was much longer.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • Cyran keeps both Leonard's curse and his illiteracy secret.
    • Upon learning about his past, Daine tells Leonard that she'll keep his involvement in Orion's death between them, even though unbeknownst to him, Orion was her father.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper:
    • Hadia Grim has known since first seeing Leonard during his Bloody Demon days that something was weird about his soul, but keeps it to herself. This is likely because revealing it would reveal her own identity as the Wind Witch.
    • Michelle was, in fact, in the Unit IV office the day Leonard's curse was openly discussed by her door. She continues to fudge his parole check-ins and claim no leads in the lycan case.
    • It's revealed that Ericka suspected that Hadia was a witch prior to her death, but never brought it up.
  • Schizo Tech: Downplayed. Creston and its environments have a tech level mostly comparable to the modern day, but they appear to lack computers, the Internet, or television. Melee weapons are used alongside modern firearms by hunters.
  • Screw Destiny: Despite the fact that his seer spirit tells him that Leonard is fated to kill him while in lycan form, Cyran still chooses to help him get free of his curse while trying to avoid killing him.
  • Silver Has Mystic Powers: Leonard attempts to stab Daine with a silver knife when they first fight, but she manages to bite and curse him before he can.
  • Squishy Wizard: Despite their great power, the witches are physically about as tough as their human hosts and can be just as easily killed like one. The Earth Witch, for instance, is easily felled by getting shot in the head.
  • Synchronization: The curse process binds the souls of both omega and alpha/beta lycan together, so killing the latter will kill both.
  • This Was His True Form: Lycans return to their original wolf form upon death, which is how Daine figures out that the state knew that Zachary Orion was a lycan, and why Leonard got an offer to become a hunter in exchange for not getting hanged.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed in that she's still kinda mean, but Hadia Grim, despite actually being the Wind Witch, is capable of caring about other beings besides herself and mourns the fact that every time she gets close to a mortal they suffer a terrible end.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: The hunters will hunt and kill monsters regardless of their actual threat to humans.
  • Young and in Charge: Vince and Elaine normally wouldn't be doing their king and queen duties so early, but Orion's death has forced them to step up sooner than they're supposed to.
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