Loveless

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A dog is killed offscreen. Only a pool of blood seeping out from under a gate is shown.
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Does an animal die?
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It is strongly implied that a character purposely killed several pet fish
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Butterflies are a major motif in the story, and the metamorphosis of caterpillars is discussed in some detail a couple of times
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Does a cat die?
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Roosterwhale
Ritsuka's mom takes pills for help sleeping and other unspecified reasons. She is coerced at one point into taking a dangerously high dose
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There are a few scenes where underage characters drink, but not heavily. A child who is having trouble sleeping is given vodka without their knowledge by an adult to help them fall sleep.
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milk
at least one character smokes and there was a small aside that may imply that a character may secretly be abusing or at least using drugs but nothing explicit and it is very, very easily missable even if you were looking for it
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A character is burned alive, but nothing is shown. The main characters suffers from occasional nightmares where he sees his brother covered in gasoline and about to catch on fire.
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milk
spoilers// several characters can't feel pain and as a child one accidentally stabbed one of their eyes out. i don't recall it being graphic, only mentioned.
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A character cuts herself with a razor to convince her girlfriend to stop self harming. Another characters is cut and stabbed many times in different scenes, both in battle, as part of "training", and when a name is carved into his neck. Various characters sustain minor-to-moderate severity cuts while fighting.
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***SPOILERS*** When Soubi is fighting the Zero pair, they break Soubi's arm. There is no visible blood or bone, and the arm does not look bent or twisted afterwards. Later, Soubi breaks Nisei's finger. Again, there is no visible blood or bone, and the only times we see the injury are after it has been treated and is bandaged.
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milk
one character has a nail driven through their hand, if that counts
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The battles fought by the characters are often battles of will, where they try to hurt each other as much as possible until one side gives in. In addition, a character was tortured for many years as part of "training".
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A couple of characters are briefly taken hostage, and there are several kidnapping attempts throughout the series
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Taurrent
A young girl drowns
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Roosterwhale
Soubi's parents die offscreen
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This is sort of complicated. While the easy answer is "no", a major theme of the series is the complete devotion between fighter-sacrifice pairs, which are not always romantically/sexually involved, but are treated with the same level of importance as marriage. Characters react to 'swapping' similarly to cheating, as it is seen as a betrayal of fidelity. **SPOILERS** Seimei abandoning Soubi for Nisei can read a lot like a cheating plotline, despite none of them being romantically involved.
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milk
there are a few bath scenes but no explicit nudity or sexuality is shown
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There is stalking in the form of wiretapping and monitoring without a character's knowledge or consent
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The main character attends regular therapy sessions at a hospital, but it looks pretty much just like an office.
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Roosterwhale
At the end of the combined 1 and 2 volume collection, there is a picture of Ritsuka with an IV bag, and the needle in his arm is visible. The picture comes right after the extra story where he loses the charm Yuiko gave him, and is not necessary to the story
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Roosterwhale
No electrotherapy, but someone is briefly electrocuted
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The older Zero pair self harm in a flash back where they attempt to see if they can feel pain
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Several characters have panic attacks with varying degrees of severity and length
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Yes, mostly in one of two ways. 1.) One of the main characters looks much older than she is (ie she has a large bust and is very tall for a 12 yo) and is very uncomfortable when this is remarked upon, which it is often. 2.) In this series, characters who still have their virginity have animal ears and tails, and lose them upon having sex for the first time. This visible marker of virginity is a cause of serious stress for some characters, and comes up often.
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While no one has an eating disorder, the main character's mother abuses him in part by strictly controlling what he eats in a way that could be triggering for some.
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There is a scene where it seems like two characters are going to commit suicide together, but they decide to run away together instead
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Due to abuse by his mother and an accident 2 years ago where he lost his memory, the main character is convinced that he is not really himself and is constantly doubting whether his actions and choices are in line with the "real" him.
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While in the middle of an episode, the main character's mother makes a statement about how she wishes she had aborted him
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milk
there are some mentions of sex and the like but there are never any explicit sex scenes
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milk
re the below: the main character is actually twelve, but other than that this is accurate, and i feel it is worth mentioning the elder character in question may be being manipulated into behaving this way on top of having been groomed and not knowing other ways to express affection. in addition, there is a character later in the story who recounts (no graphic detail) being raped by a villain.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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milk
spoilers// it is heavily implied that the main character's elder brother is in love with him and he at the very least has some sort of sick fascination with him, though this is portrayed as a bad thing.
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Roosterwhale
As of volume 13, no, but depending on if the series is ever continued it looks like it could be heading in that direction
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A female character tries to pass as a boy because she thinks the guy she has a crush on is gay, but that's as close as this series gets to having a trans character
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There are a handful of "if you keep eating like that you'll get fat" jokes, and the like
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The manga has not been updated since 2017, and does not look like it will be continued. It is unconfirmed, but the 14th volume may be released soon. The place the story leaves off is not happy.
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In small amounts
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Roosterwhale
The main character is physically abused by his mother. In later chapters, it is revealed that a different character was physically and sexually abused as a child.
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Roosterwhale
Ritsuka's mom holds his head underwater at one point. A character accidentally drowns in a pond.
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Roosterwhale
No one is buried alive, but a character is traumatized when he is brought to his parents' grave and told to get in.
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