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 "Many years ago, a war broke out between two empires. Shinigami, with their brave warriors and spiritual power, and Orochi, with their sneaky tactics and advanced machinery, made the entire world their battlefield. Chaos had erupted all across earth."

Demon Blade is an action Adventure fantasy comic with an eventual side helping of Super Robot shenanigans, created by Crazed Ninja and finally launched in 2009 after 6 years of gathering ideas. The comic is about a young orphaned bounty hunter named Tsurugi Diablo, who is somehow in possession of a magical, ancient sword. Sound cliche? Don't worry, it is! The comic may be best described as "Gurren Lagann meets Disgaea Hour of Darkness."

The story begins with him hitting it big by catching a notorious bandit called Dibi the Rhinoceros. However, this attracts the attention of a Religion of Evil who are trying to collect souls of powerful warriors as part of a plan to resurrect an ancient demon. For no other reason than to save his own skin, Diablo decides the bastards are going down.

Also has a character sheet.

The comic can be read at SmackJeeves

Tropes used in Demon Blade include:

 Vlad: Do you think you can defeat us all? Look how outnumbered you are! One little Kitsune, against two of the Four Avatars of Dios, and our gatekeeper!

Touya: Hey, what about us?

Vlad: What about you?

  • Mythology Gag: Diablo wonders if he should have a "cool mercenary name", and his first and only idea is "Diablo the Echidna". The idea is immediately shot down by Jack.
  • Neck Lift: Loki does this to Jack.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Many real-world celebrities have expies in the Demon Blade universe, usually appearing as one-time cameos.
  • Noodle Incident: "...and that's why you should always bring a helmet whenever you visit the Honda area."
  • Nosebleed: Michiko has a nosebleed when Diablo takes off some of his wet clothes to restore his mobility. In the omake strip for the same chapter, she is shown with a bloody tissue in her nose while writing a yaoi fic.
  • Not So Different: Loki points out that Diablo is similar to the Faustian Cult, in that he only thinks of himself.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Hinako and Dogma, after the latter makes it perfectly clear that he's either going to kill Dios or die trying.
  • Official Couple: Hinako and Dogma.
  • Off-Model: Much of chapter 11, which was drawn while the author was recovering from an eye infection.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Demons aren't just a species in the Demon Blade universe; Demonism is an entire biological kingdom, and the term is used for monsters and supernatural beings as a whole. And so, two creatures who look completely and utterly different could both be called demons, just like how two entirely different creatures in the real world are both animals. However, most demons share one common weakness: Silver.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Demon Blade's souls are translucent, colored balls surrounded by white flames.
  • Ow, My Body Part: Loki yells "Agh, my spleen!" after being kneed in the chest by Hinako.
  • Panty Shot: See Fan Service. It's more of a plain ass shot with panties happening to stick out, though.
  • Prison Rape: Humorously subverted. Touya brings a pack of cards into his cell, and Carl insists on "making the game interesting" since he feels Touya owes him for his help. Touya is understandably horrified. Later, it turns out they're gambling for each other's food.
  • Product Placement: In one omake strip, the author has a bottle of Dr Pepper and a bag of Doritos (referred to as "mind fuel") with him while he draws. In another, Ivory is seen with a can of Diet Dr Pepper.
  • Recoil Boost: Jay uses the recoil from his dark flames to dodge an attack.
  • Religion of Evil: The Faustian Cult.
  • The Reveal: Dios is an evil spirit who has taken over Diablo's dead brother's body, his previous host was Emperor Keiji, he created the Demon Blade, and Diablo is adopted.
  • Rule of Three: The name "Bruce" is listed exactly three times in the phone book when Diablo looks up Dr. Suno's number.
  • Running Gag: Diablo tends to leaves things behind, but he's always interrupted by a shocking sight when he's about to say what he forgot.
  • Sadistic Choice: The entire reason behind Dr. Suno and Carl Baki's duel. The Faustian Cult had set it up so that no matter who wins, an innocent person dies.
  • Schedule Slip: The first two chapters took three months each to complete, despite being of considerably lower quality than the newer chapters. There have also been a few chapters released near the end of the month, making the monthly schedule rather loose.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Carl leaves his post and takes Kamaoh with him to save Michiko. He goes to jail for it.
  • Self Fanservice: Stuart Levi is a lot prettier in the illustration of Michiko's yaoi fic than what we see of him in the Dusk poster.
  • Shout-Out: Several internet memes are referenced, such as the "guy yelling at his cats" video and "IMMA FIRIN' MAH LAZER!"
  • Shown Their Work: Fencing is the author's favorite sport. It shows when Diablo teaches Michiko how to do it.
  • Slice of Life: There are short breaks from the action, in which the reader observes a slice of fantasy world life.
  • Spanner in the Works: As soon as Diablo gets blown through the wall of Yaibato Mansion, that's when Vlad's plan starts to go down the hole.
  • Spit Take: Ivory spits up his (very hot) tea this after finding out that Diablo's story, which sounds like something a child would make up, is in fact true.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Dogma tries to convince Hinako not to join in the final battle against Dios. Although, it's slightly justified, since she had just recovered from a life-threatening injury.
  • Stunt Casting: Heavily parodied at the end of the first casting call for the dub, which lists the names of professional voice actors cast as all but one of the characters. (that one being listed as Little Kuriboh.)
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Even though the Orochi Empire weren't German, Keiji was intended to resemble a Chinese version of Hitler, so it's close enough.
  • Stylistic Suck: The advertisement for the official dub.
  • Take That: It appears the mechanical half of Vlad's face is running on Windows...
    • Michiko has a poster in her room for a movie called "Dusk", obviously a parody of Twilight, except the vampire looks more like, you know, a vampire.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: Chapter 13 is when Zula's Xanatos Roulette finally falls into place.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch: When Diablo wakes Hinako up after freeing her. He later busts out, "Don't knock it 'til you try it, bitch!" in regard to Zula underestimating his speed.
  • Three Faces of Eve: Among the female characters are the intelligent and serious Hinako, the innocent and naive Michiko, and the vulgar and perverted Natsuki.
  • Training From Hell: Diablo strongly implies that this is what Michiko will experience under him. As an example, before he could even begin to train her, he made her hit herself until it was made clear she could take pain.
  • Tropes Will Ruin Your Life: See Schedule Slip above.
  • Tuckerization: While Loki is posing as a cat, Jack names him "Sam", after the author, Sam Abramson.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: Diablo vs. Yara-ma-yha-who.
  • Unsound Effect: The sound of Dr. Suno pulling a bonesaw from under a table? "BONESAW!"
  • Xanatos Gambit: Dios put Yowie in a room with a weak and easily breakable floor. If Yowie succeeds in killing any intruders, then he succeeds. If he fails, his sheer weight as he's knocked down breaks the floor and sends the intruders falling to their deaths anyway.
  • Xanatos Roulette: The entire Yaibato Mansion mini-arc and the events leading up to it were a Xanatos Roulette on Zula's part to eliminate Carl as a threat to Dios.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: A wrench is thrown into Zula's plot, but that very same wrench is incorporated into it and used against the heroes.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dogma, Natsuki, and the entire Baki family have unusual hair colors.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The reason why Zula turns on Loki.
  • Yowies and Bunyips and Drop Bears, Oh My!: A Yowie appears as a minor enemy, simply named "Yowie". The Yara-ma-yha-who also makes an appearance, and there is an area of the Demon Blade universe called Bunyip Desert.
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