- Bittersweet Ending: While the world will end like the Black Chronicle foretells, there’s a hidden message on its back cover that says the world will be reborn.
- The End of the World as We Know It: What the Black Chronicle prophesizes will occur.
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Snow Means Death: In “Juhjyou no Kun ~Itetsuita Majo~”.
- Being Watched: “Thanatos is watching me from somewhere…”
- Dying Alone: The same character specifically asks to have this averted as a last request.
- Ominous Music Box Tune: ”Soko ni Aru Fuukei” and “Thanatos no Gensou”.
- Hearing Voices: The main girl constantly hears Thanatos’s voice in her head.
- Madness Mantra: The constant whispering of “Thanatos”.
- Snow Means Death: “Giniro no Basha”, without question.
- Recurring Dreams: “A repeating dream embraced by Thanatos. The scenery seen by the girl who can’t sleep…”
- Sanity Slippage Song: Once again, both “Soko ni Aru Fuukei” and “Thanatos no Gensou”.
- Catch Phrase: “Wasuremono wa arimasen ka…?” (“Haven’t you forgotten something…?”), repeated in nearly, if not in every, track of the CD.
- Madness Mantra: “Yurusanai … yurusanai …” (“Unforgivable … unforgivable …”) at the beginning and the end of “Hiiro no Hana”.
- Ominous Music Box Tune: “Eien no Shounen”
- Staking the Loved One: “Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi”
- Star-Crossed Lovers: “Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi”
- This Is Unforgivable: This phrase is repeated over and over at the beginning and the end of “Hiiro no Hana”.
- Together in Death: After the protagonist of “Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi” slays the monster that used to be her lover, she uses the last arrow she has to kill herself.
Pico Magic Reloaded
- Abusive Parents: Keeping your child chained in the attic sounds pretty abusive to me.
- Blood Sucking: Michèle Malebranche
- Go Mad from the Isolation: In “Yaneura no Shoujo”
- Madwoman in the Attic
- Recurring Riff: All tracks of the “cage trilogy” (“Yaneura no Shoujo”, “Ori no naka no Yuugi”, and “Ori no naka no Hana”) all have a riff in common, indicating they’re all part of the same story. This also connects them to Roman, as the later album has a bonus track that also shares the riff.
- Self-Made Orphan: Implied in “Ori no naka no Hana”.
- That One Case: Or, more accurately, Those Three Cases (all relating to Michèle Malebranche) in “Ori no naka no Hana”.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: In “Ori no naka no Hana”, the shriveled body of Michèle Malebranche is found under the decomposing corpses of thirteen young boys.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It’s pretty easy to see why Michèle Malebranche is so screwed up.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: We have Chronica, the incarnation of the Black Chronicle who narrates for a fair amount of the songs.
- Anyone Can Die
- Black Cloak: The uniform for members of the Black Order.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Lucia was taken into the cult for this reason.
- Eternal Recurrence
- Evil Laugh: Noah does this well, as does Roberia.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Rose Guine Avalon expected that Arbelge would be a giant bear of a man.
- Fairest of Them All: The queen executed Ballad just because his poem said that a withered flower is more beautiful than her.
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- In the Blood: Noah stated that Lucia has the same traits as her parents.
- Rule of Symbolism: White Crow
- Screw Destiny: Well, more like, “Screw the Chronicle”, but the idea’s the same when Lucia takes it up and defects from the Black Order.
- The Great Flood: There’s even a guy called Noa.
- You Can’t Fight Fate: This gets brought up a lot in the album.
- All Love Is Unrequited
- Break the Cutie
- Cain and Abel: Initially in “Sacrifice.”
- Call-and-Response Song: “Elysion no Rakuen [Side: A]”
- Catch Phrase: "Kanojo koso watashi no Erisu nano darou ka?" ("Is that girl my Elys?") At the beginning of every one of the main girls’ songs accompanied by a music box riff.
- Creepy Child: Several, including El as depicted in the concerts with a creepy mask.
- Downer Ending: El does end up in Elysion. Hooray!
Too bad Elysion is just another name for hell.
- Everything’s Louder With Bagpipes: “Yield”
- Fun with Acronyms: What’s the second name for Elysion? Ark Baroque Yield Sacrifice Stardust
- Girl with Psycho Weapon
- Kill ‘em All
- Love Makes You Evil: Something of a theme throughout the album, or at least the Abyss tracks. Apparently, love makes you stab people, push people down stairs, cut people’s heads off, set entire villages ablaze, and shoot people.
- Medical Horror: Ark, at a bare minimum in the manga.
- Parental Abandonment
- Pun-Based Title: Elysion is pronounced very similarly to illusion,
which is exactly what Elysion is.
- Redemption Equals Death
- Stalker with a Crush
- Surreal Music Video: El’s Paradise: Side E.
- This Isn’t Heaven: When El dies, she wakes up in what she believes to be paradise. But then she hears someone crying, and she knows that people don’t cry in paradise…
- Yandere: So many. So, so many.
Shounen wa Tsurugi wo…
- No Name Given: The main character of the story is known in Japan simply as Sword Boy.
- Artifact of Death: The eponymous diamond in “Norowareshi Hōseki”, which brings death to anyone who possesses it.
- Badass Mustache: Savant.
- Big Friendly Dog: Pleut.
- Body Motifs: In “Miezaru Ude”, the main character is missing an arm, and this is brought up a fair amount of times in the lyrics. Heck, it’s referenced straight in the title (translation: “The Invisible Arm”).
- Creepy Twins: Violette and Hortense, though arguably, they’re also quite cute.
- Catch Phrase: “Soko ni Roman wa aru no kashira”, or roughly, “I wonder if a story exists there”, which is the line that either Violette or Hortense or both will say in each song. Hiver gets his own variant of this phrase (“Soko ni Roman wa aru no darou ka”) in the first track.
- Death by Childbirth:
"Tenshi no Chōzō" and implied in "11-moji no Dengon (Message)".
- Gratuitous French: Roman translates to “story”, and there are French words and phrases scattered throughout the songs. The lyrics in the included booklet don’t have the French written out however, but rather Japanese equivalents (which is typical for Sound Horizon). To Revo’s credit though, the translations hold unless he’s going for a double meaning in the text.
- Evil Redhead: The redheaded Laurant in “Miezaru Ude”.
- Intellectual Animal: Pleut; in “Hoshikuzu no Kawahimo”, she sings with Étoile, even though she’s a dog. It’s depicted in the manga as a sort of dream experience where a blind Étoile can see her and interact with her.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Hiver.
- Mad God:
"Yaneura Roman" implies that the world in Roman was created by Michèle Malebranche. No go back to Reloaded and realize what that entails.
- One Steve Limit: Averted - there are quite a lot of Laurants running around. “Miezaru Ude” in particular features a man named Laurant confronting a man also named Laurant after the latter severed the former’s arm. And then Laurencin shows up…
- P.O.V. Sequel: “Yorokobi to Kanashimi no Budōshu” is implied to be the same story as “Eru no Tenbin”, only from the side of the eloping lovers, which is the interpretation the manga takes
- Pretty in Mink: Hiver once again. His coat’s trimmed and apparently lined with the stuff.
- Runaway Fiancé: Implied in “Yorokobi to Kanashimi no Budōshu”; definitely the case in the manga adaptation.
- Snow Means Death: As stated earlier with Hiver.
- Unreliable Narrator: “Yaneura Roman” suggests that one of the dolls is not quite honest about the stories she finds. (“Reality…fantasy…the world of roman…who is the liar-“).
Seisen no Iberia
- Album Title Drop: The last sung line in “Shinryaku suru Mono sareru Mono” is well…”Seisen no Iberia.”
- Arc Words: “The chronicles of history are as rapid as the blink of an eye.”
- Bilingual Dialogue: Shaytan speaks Spanish, whereas Layla speaks Arabic.
- Boy Meets Ghoul: Or rather, dead girl meets demon.
- Deal with the Devil: With a demon, anyways. Seems to work out all right for both sides though, partly because Our Demons Are Different
- Demonic Costume Switch: Layla.
- Emergency Transformation: Layla
- Eternal Love: Eternal Love is debatable, but Shaytan’s willing to stick by Layla’s side to make immortality more tolerable nonetheless.
- Facial Markings: Shaytan, Master Tsadi, and the Gitana sisters
- Forever War: The Iberian holy war
- Genghis Gambit: Implied to be the way Shaytan ends the holy war.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: English, Spanish, and Arabic.
- Hellbent For Leather: Shaytan
- Horned Humanoid: Shaytan
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Shaytan and Layla, at least in the official art. This doesn’t carry over into the live shows, as Revo isn’t exactly a tall guy.
- Multicolored Hair: Layla, post transformation.
- Our Demons Are Different
- Playing with Fire: Shaytan
- Angsty Surviving Twin
- Animal Motif: Scorpius (scorpion), Leontius (lion), and Elef/Amethystos (wolf).
Just as Thanatos (hosted in Elef’s body) is about to confront and duel with Moira, Eirene interrupts her husband’s reading of the story to announce that she’s pregnant with twins
- Anyone Can Die
- Babies Ever After:
Eirene runs in at the end of “Shinwa no Shūen - Telos” to announce that she’s having twins, which are implied to be reincarnations of Elef and Misia.
- Badass Cape: Elef, Leontius, and Scorpius
- Because Destiny Says So
- Big Brother Instinct
- Bishounen: Orion. And arguably, Elef. And probably Leontius, Orpheus…
- Blind Seer: Misia is blinded after washing up on Lesbos’s coast, after which she is rescued by Phyllis and trained as a diviner.
- Break the Cutie: Thanatos spends the entirety of the album tormenting Elef
so that he will eventually give in to Thanatos and become his host to fight against Moira.
- Book Ends: The album’s bonus track, “Kami no Hikari - Moira”, repeats the first verse of “Meiou - Thanatos” before being suddenly cut off.
This, when put together with Eirene’s twins, suggests that history is going to repeat itself.
- Cosmic Plaything: Thanatos metaphorically rakes Elef over the coals
so that Elef will eventually rebel against Moira, the Goddess of Fate, and allow himself to be consumed by Thanatos.
- Cut Song: According to Revo, Moira was originally going to be long enough two fill up two CDs entirely, but it had to be pruned down for undisclosed reasons. Even after that, ten more minutes worth of already recorded music had to be cut
- The Dead Can Dance: They just love to party down in Hades.
- Despair Event Horizon: Misia’s death is the straw that finally makes Elef snap.
- Downer Ending
- Duel to the Death: “Shiseru Eiyūtachi no Tatakai - Heromachia”
- Dual Wielding: Elef/Amethystos
- Eccentric Billionaire: Alexei Romanovic Zvolinsky
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Thanatos.
- The Epic
- Evil Laugh: Scorpius does this quite well.
- Evil Redhead: Scorpius.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Elef and Misia during the timeskip
- Face Death with Dignity: Misia
- Fading into the Next Song: Very frequently.
- Four Is Death: 4 minutes and 44 seconds into the bonus track of Moira, the sound of someone whispering “Thanatos” can be heard.
- Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!: The main theme of the album ("FREEDOM. OR. DEATH").
Of course, if the ending is to go by, you’re screwed either way.
- Gratuitous English
- Gratuitous Greek
- Greek Mythology
- Half-Identical Twins: Elef and Misia.
- Here We Go Again:
It’s implied that the twins that Eirene is pregnant with are the reincarnated souls of Elef and Misia, and that Thanatos is going to attempt to Rage Against the Heavens once again.
- How Dare You Die on Me!: Alexandra reacts this way to Leontius's death at the end of “Shiseru Eiyūtachi no Tatakai - Heromachia”.
- Human Sacrifice: Misia
- "I Am" Song: “Meiou - Thanatos” for Thanatos.
- I See Dead People: In “Shi to Nageki no Kaze no Miyako - Ilion”, Elef discovers that he can see shadows that come to take peoples’ souls when they die.
- I Will Wait for You: Misia for Elef.
However, she finds that she can’t bring herself to continue when another person’s life is on the line.
- I Will Find You: Unfortunately, Elef finds Misia just a bit too late.
- Made a Slave: Elef and Misia
- Multicolored Hair: Elef, Misia, and Leontius
- Not Quite Saved Enough: Sorry, Isodora, but Taking The Spear wasn’t quite enough to save your son’s life.
- Pedophile Priest: Elef is physically and sexually abused by Nesto after he’s sold into slavery. When Nesto tries to rape Misia, Elef finally resists and kills him.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Elef/Amethystos’s hair turns black when he’s possessed by Thanatos.
- Puppet King
- Senseless Sacrifice: Isadora attempts to save Leontius’s life by jumping in front of the God of Thunder’s spear thrown at him, only for the spear’s magic to kill them both.
- She Who Must Not Be Seen: Moira
- Someone Has to Die: So Misia volunteers.
- Son of a Whore: Scorpius
- Sorry That I’m Dying: Misia's last words are an apology to Elef for not being able to live long enough to see him again.
- Summon Backup Dancers: What else would Thanatos need an army of reapers for?
- Take Me Instead: Misia offers herself to Scorpius as a sacrifice in Phyllis’s place.
- That Man Is Dead:
After discovering his sister’s corpse, Elef discards his identity to become Amethyst
- Time Skip: In the middle of “Haruka Chiheisen no Kanata e - Horizontas”.
- Title Scream: MOIRA YO!!
- Twin Telepathy: Elef and Misia tell in Historia, how they can feel each other, even though they are apart.
And they even finish a duet together, even though Misia is already dead.
- What Is One Man’s Life in Comparison?: Thanatos is dicking around with your life for a good cause, Elef. Really!
- Wouldn’t Hit a Girl: “I, Leontius, do not possess a spear that pierces women.”
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Elef does not take Misia’s death well.
- You Are Too Late: Elef arrives just minutes too late to prevent Scorpius’s Human Sacrifice of Misia.
Ido e itaru Mori e Itaru Ido
- Chained by Fashion: Märchen’s outfit is made of this and belts.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: Again, Märchen.
- Creepy Doll: Elise.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Double Meaning Title
- Dying Curse: Therese as she is burnt at the stake.
- Heroic Albino: März is implied to have albinism (white hair, red eyes, vision problems, etc.).
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Elisabeth stated this clearly in “Kono Semai Torikago no Naka de”.
- Ill Girl: Elisabeth until she was cured.
- The Ingenue: Elisabeth
- Lonely Rich Kid: Elisabeth, enclosed in her home which apparently is a metaphor of bird cage without knowing the outer world, does not even have any friends
until März arrives.
- Mama Bear
- The Promise: Elisabeth made März promise to her that he’ll come back one day, which sadly turns to be an Empty Promise due to his death.
- Separated by the Wall: März and Elisabeth
- Those Two Bad Guys: Hans and Tom, the men In the Hood who captured Therese.
- Thrown Down a Well: März. Literally.
- Adaptation Expansion: “Kuroki Okami No Yado” expands greatly upon “The Man from the Gallows”, which is only a few lines long.
- Ambiguous Gender: The Black Landlady’s gender is listed as “unknown”.
- Arc Words: “Ido”note is a very important word.
- Akio Ohtsuka: As Bluebeard.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Elisabeth
wished that she wouldn’t marry anyone else, only to be crucified by her own brother/father.
- Big “NO!”: Elise’s last word is a Big “NO!” of denial, after some Little Nos of denial too.
- The Black Death: Gets its bonus track this time around.
- The Brothers Grimm
- Chained by Fashion: Märchen’s new outfit still had his chains. It is significant.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Elise until she was
- Creepy Cool Crosses: Scattered everywhere.
- Creepy Doll: Elise
- Crosscast Role: Jimang plays the role of the Landlady, and Yume Suzuki plays both Princes.
- Cute and Psycho: Once she’s revived, Snow White has no trouble in reveling in her stepmother’s torturous death with an Evil Laugh, while the Blue Prince can only look on and wonder what the hell he’s gotten himself hitched to.
- Determinator: Elisabeth chose death over being tied into a loveless marriage
- Disappeared Dad: The father in “Kakei no Majo”.
- Dude, She’s Like in a Coma: Neither the Blue Prince in “Garasu No Hitsugi De Nemuru Himegimi” nor the Red Prince in “Bara No Tou De Nemuru Himegimi” seem to care that their brides to be are comatose, if not outright dead.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Märchen
- Fairy Tale
- Fantasy Tavern: Kurokitsunetei
- Friend to All Living Things: The nun in “Kakei No Majo”.
Well, her only friends are animals, though.
- Genki Girl: The main character in “Sei to Shi wo Wakatsu Kyōkai no Furuido”.
- Ghost Amnesia: Märchen
remembers nothing of his life as März, until Elisabeth causes him to remember.
- Go Into the Light: A possible interpretation of the ending of “Gyōkō no Uta”.
- Gratuitous German: Oh yes. For starters, the title of the album is German for “fairytale”.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: Implied in the concerts.
- Hand Puppet: Märchen, of all people, makes use of them in “Sei To Shi Wo Wakatsu Kyoukai No Furuido”.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Märchen and Elise
- Humans Are Morons: Elise stated this clearly in her revenge proposal to Märchen as humans never stop hating everyone.
- "I Am" Song: “Yoiyami No Uta” - or a “I Have No Idea Who I Am” song, rather.
- I Love the Dead: The Blue Prince has, in Märchen’s words, “unusual preferences”.
- I’m A Humanitarian: The landlady in “Kuroki Okami No Yado” serves up human meat at her inn, although it’s largely because there’s not much else available.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Elisabeth
- The Killer Becomes the Killed: Most of the villains (except the lazy stepmother and sister, Alterose, and Elisabeth’s brother/father) who made the girls die, in the end gets killed by those girls (or anyone they use to kill back) in various ways.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Märchen
- Looks Like Cesare: Märchen
- Love Hurts: Elisabeth keeps her love for März, even though she must be crucified for that.
- Love Redeems: Apparently Elisabeth’s love is the one that makes Märchen remembers all of his past.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: One way of looking at the album. “This story is fiction. But that doesn’t mean everything was made up.”
- Meaningful Echo: “Mother, the light is warm.”
- Musical Chores: “Sei To Shi Wo Wakatsu Kyoukai No Furuido”
- My Own Grampa: One of the Seven Dead Princesses that Märchen helps to enact her revenge of is a nun, who manipulates Hansel and Gretel into killing her mother. Inspired by their action of killing the ‘witch’, Hansel and his friend Thomas then becomes witch hunters that will kill Therese and throw März into a well, both things that would give birth to Elise and Märchen respectively.
- Noblewoman’s Laugh: Elise. Actually, Alterose and Snow White’s step mother fit this trope better.
- Numerological Motif: Märchen sure loves the number seven.
- Offing the Offspring: The mother in “Kakei no Majo” does this.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Märchen is basically a type R, brought back into the world only to indulge in his impulses for revenge.
- Painful Transformation: If his screams are any indication, then März turning into Märchen probably isn’t a very relaxing procedure. The fact that he’s integrating Id into himself at the same time doesn’t help in the mental aspect.
- Palette Swap: The Red and Blue Princes are only distinguished by the color of their tunic. They’re even played by the same person.
- Poor Communication Kills: Gretel’s overactive imagination leads her to believe that the old woman feeding them is actually a witch planning to eat them.
- Recurring Riff: All of the sequences where the princesses get their revenge share the melody of the call and response portion of “Hikari to Yami no Märchen (Dowa)”.
- Revenge: What this whole album is about.
- Revenge SVP: Alte Rose, as per the “Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In a manner of speaking. Elise encourages Märchen to take revenge on humanity in general (because they’re bastards), which Märchen decides to do by granting the opportunity for revenge to those who’ve also been wronged in life.
- Rock Me, Amadeus!: “Yoiyami No Uta” features a snippet from “Ode to Joy”, followed quickly by “Fantaisie-Impromptu” and “Pictures at an Exposition”.
- Tearjerker: “Takkei no Seijo” and “Gyoukou no Uta”.
The tears started during Elisabeth and Märchen’s reunion, but Märchen’s reprise of “This brightly shining era~” in “Gyoukou no Uta” just drove the nail home.
- Together in Death: After his untimely death, Märchen and Elisabeth finally meet after Elisabeth is crucified.
- Tohoku Regional Accent: The main character in “Kuroki Okami No Yado” speaks like this.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Elisabeth
- Turn the Other Cheek: Elisabeth is the only one of the seven dead princesses who decides not to take revenge.
- Seven Deadly Sins: The seven dead princesses’ are based on this, from gluttony, greed, envy, sloth, pride, lust, ending on wrath.
- Star-Crossed Lovers
- Summon Backup Dancers: In the live concerts in a similar vein to Thanatos’ in Moira. There’s often even one who will dance with Elise in spite of her… motion impairedness (due to being a doll).
- Vocaloid: Elise’s singing voice is provided by Hatsune Miku.
- Widow Witch: The “Witch” in “Kakei No Majo” - not that she hasn’t done bad things in the past.
- Wicked Stepmother: Schneewittchen’s and the well girl’s step mother fell into this category. The Landlady could fall into this category too, or maybe not
- Woman Scorned: More like Doll Scorned for that couple of seconds in Elise’s case.
- World of Cardboard Song: In the second half of “Takkei no Seijo”.
- Yandere: Elise could be considered this for Märchen.