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  • Awesome Art: As bizarre and wacky as the plot may seem, the artwork is totally impeccable. All the characters are both extremely detailed and highly expressive, and the extreme realism of the illustrations gives the whole thing a feeling of dreamlike, unsettling menace that never quite lets up even when the plot itself comes across as totally laughable.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The alien invasion.
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  • Complete Monster: Grand Master Rose, the most powerful businessman in recorded history, desires eternal youth more than anything. Draining the essence of children and eventually his own clones to keep a youthful appearance, he even order kill anyone that saw his wrinkles. When the apocalypse starts, Grand Master Rose helps the world governments find and later capture the mysterious doctor Chicken George, using an actress to trick him. After capturing George despite the actress genuinely loving him, Grand Master Rose forces him to create a immortality formula claiming that he wants it for the sake of humanity, by threatening his loved ones and starving him. After George creates a functional serum, Grand Master Rose uses it and becomes a sentient mass of cells able to create humanoids later known as "Commodities", that he sells as expendable slaves. As the apocalypse continues, Grand Master Rose escapes Earth's destruction by putting his brain inside a female infant clone known as "Nobara" that infiltrates into the spaceship containing the last surviving children, using her appearance to trick guards before betraying her allies. Brainwashing the guards, "Nobara" forces the children to obey her; crushes the head of a dissenter; tortures America Young; abuses her own guards; and when the dissenters escape and she's insulted, "Nobara" orders a game of "Hide and Murder" with the male children. Planning on stealing America's body and turn the children in his own harem, Grand Master Rose risked the survival of humanity itself multiple times for the sake of his ego.
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  • Faux Symbolism: The group of alien spacecraft is shaped like a crucifix. You can even make out a shape that appears to be Jesus on it.
  • Narm: If this manga's not your thing, (and, let's face it, even if it is,) it'll come across as very silly.
  • Narm Charm: Sure, this manga might be silly, but the way every strange character and plot development is played completely seriously gives it an air of unreality that's actually a bit creepy and unnerving. No matter how narmy you find it, you will be frightened at least once.
  • So Bad, It's Good: This is generally how it's regarded in the Western world. On the other hand, the Japanese tend to like it unironically.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: This is probably the stuff bad trips are made of, dialed Up to Eleven.


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