Circumstances of the Revenant Braves is a Webcomic about a young man named Kanzaki Kei and the trials and tribulations he faces after meeting a strange girl named Aoyama Fio. It is drawn in the style of anime and manga and employs a variety of tropes and staples from several anime genres, most notably romantic high-school comedy and Shōnen.
As the story begins, average high-schooler Kei is chosen for an unknown reason by a girl named Fio to help her start a club dedicated to "helping others" without any specific focus. Reluctant but unsure why, he joins her. It isn't long after this that he accidentally gets imbued with super powers originally meant for her and has to literally fight his own and other people's inner demons, called 'Vices', that feed off a person's good nature.
Soon others join the group as well and their diverging personalities have to try to get along in between solving problems, fighting monsters, and attending high-school.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Calling Your Attacks: Gensai is particularly fond of this, and usually the attack he yells out is a Homage to different series.
- Combat Commentator: Lampshaded by Fio when Sol is being Captain Obvious and talking too much during a fight.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Sol can be one of these at times, as Kei points out, ". . . and god knows what Gensai's thinking."
- First-Name Basis: Discussed at the end of Chapter 3.
- Hellish Pupils: Look closely and you'll find the Vices have this characteristic.
- Hitodama Light: The form Musashimaru takes when on the physical plane.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Played straight by Kei, then subverted when he realizes it's what he's always wanted.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Played straight by Sol, then subverted when he actually gets special powers.
- Nerd Glasses: Sol's, though they're not round, but square.
- Schizo Tech:
- Initially seen as a normal, modern setting, the Verse is soon shown to contain airships, which are viewed as a rare sight, but not completely absurd. You may also notice there are almost no cars.
- Handguns are considered Lost Technology.
- Shout-Out: Two of Celeste's named moves shown thus far are titled, 'Hard Boiled' and 'A Better Tomorrow' both of which are references to the similarly named John Woo movies.
- Sticks to the Back: Well, the sides. Kei's sword sheathes aren't attached to any belt.
- Theme Naming: With a few exceptions, the character names are all Japanese surnames with Western given names.
- Time Dissonance: Musashi, in particular, brings up the length of time he's lived and its relation to human existence. Also averted when Mecha claims a week feels like an eternity when separated from Musashi.
- We Are as Mayflies: Both ancient spirits and vices can live for an eternity.
- Weirdness Censor: Those infected by Vices undergo a sort of willing, subconscious amnesia.