Seigi, a martial arts trained middle schooler, often feels driven to protect the weaker people around him. One day, he defends a homeless man against some punks, and the man gives him a strange tattoo on his palm in return. The tattoo is a secret weapon produced in the arms race between America and the Serinistan Kingdom.
Seigi finds himself in over his head when a powerful girl, using the same secret weapon, violently pursues him in order to retrieve it. His skill at martial arts may not be enough to keep him alive, but will he be able to learn how to trigger the power of his tattoo in time?
- English: Taboo Tattoo
- Japanese: タブー・タトゥー
- Synonyms: Taboo Tattoo
- Type: TV Series
- Episodes: 12
- Status: Finished Airing
- Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural
- Quality: 1080p
- Audio: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
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About Taboo Tattoo Anime
Taboo Tattoo (タブー・タトゥー) is a Japanese action seinen manga series written and illustrated by Shinjirō. It was serialized by Media Factory in its Monthly Comic Alive magazine between November 2009 and June 2017. The series was compiled into thirteen volumes between 2010 and 2017. The series is published in French by Bamboo Édition’s Doki-Doki imprint. An anime adaptation was greenlit and aired from July 2016 to September 2016. The manga has been licensed for release in English by Yen Press.
After saving a homeless man from some thugs, Seigi receives a strange tattoo from the man as a gift. This act leads to a series of events that will pull Seigi into the middle of a conflict between a special U.S. Army unit and the Kingdom of Selinistan, as both are scrambling to collect powerful “spell crests” called Power Crests, weaponized ancient artifacts of great power which can shift the balance of power in the world.
Justice “Seigi” Akatsuka (赤塚 正義 (セーギ), Akatsuka Jasutisu (Sēgi))
Seigi has a strong sense of justice and ends up receiving a mysterious, cursed brand on the palm of his hand after rescuing a homeless man. Seigi has trained in the Akatsuka-style of jujitsu since childhood under the supervision of his enthusiastic grandfather. His Power Crest is called Void Maker, that allows him to create black holes and regenerate from injuries, and it doesn’t require a trigger like the other tattoos. Due to his parents having “weird ideas” when he was born, his given name is written in kanji but pronounced as the English word. Seigi preferentially goes by his nickname, the traditional Japanese pronunciation of his given name.
Bluesy “Izzy” Fruesy (ブリージィ・フルージィ (イジー), Burījii Furūjii (Ijī))
Bluesy, aka “Izzy”, is a mysterious girl who appears before Seigi. Izzy has overwhelming physical power thanks to her Power Crest, which gives control over air. She’s a U.S. Army lieutenant in charge of recovering the tattoos in Japan. Despite appearing to be of high school age, Izzy is older than Tom, a side effect of her Power Crest stopping her aging. She later loses her left arm during a battle with Cal.
Tōko Ichinose (一ノ瀬 桃子 (トーコ), Ichinose Tōko (Tōko))
Touko is Seigi’s classmate and childhood friend who clearly loves him. She’s rather well-developed for her age. After being possessed by Iltutmish, she accidentally gets a Power Crest in her forehead which, like all Power Crests, increases her physical abilities when activated. She is later killed and devoured by a monstrous Iltutmish causing Seigi to fall into despair.
Tom Shredfield (トム＝シュレッドフィールド, Tomu Shureddofīrudo)
An otaku who loves moe characters, and who works with Izzy as his subordinate. He has a copy Power Crest that allows him to negate the powers of other users. Because of his lacking fighting prowess, he’s injured on every confrontation.
Lisa Lovelock (リサ・ラブロック, Risa Raburokku)
The commander of the Curse Unit of the U.S. Army, and good friends with Izzy. Nicknamed “Foxfire”, her Power Crest allows her to create explosions using the components in the air, she often teases Izzy about her small bust.
Brad Blackstone “BB” (ブラッド・ブラックストーン, Buraddo Burakkusutōn)
A highly skilled combatant whose motives are unclear. He’s an old acquaintance of Izzy and a defector from both U.S. and the Kingdom. He also possesses a Void Maker Power Crest, but the power is slowly killing him. He becomes a mentor of sorts towards Seigi but later sacrifices himself to save Seigi and Izzy, with his soul and memories transferred to Seigi.
Professor Wiseman (ワイズマン, Waizuman)
A renegade American scientist who absconded with a special tattoo which he gave to Seigi. He also assists Brad Blackstone to access and modify the source code of his tattoo.
Aryabhata “Arya” (アリヤバータ, Ariyabāta)
The princess of the Kingdom of Selinistan. A nationalist who desires world domination, she seized power in a coup d’état which killed both of her peace-minded parents. She admits to Seigi that she wishes to change the world to suit her own ends regardless of what others may think or feel. She strikes a beautiful figure, and comports herself with dignity, but her love of games is unequaled. Her Power Crest doesn’t require a trigger and is linked to the source of all Power Crests, which means she can use any of its powers at will. Created as a tool to control the Power Crests, once she found out about the abuse and cruel experiments perpetrated by the king, her resentment towards humanity drove her to want to rewrite the world.
Iltutmish “Il” (イルトゥトゥミシュ, Irututumishu)
A girl member of Brahman, who has pledged her allegiance to Arya. Nicknamed “Schrödinger’s Cat”, her Power Crest allows her to be anywhere as long as someone acknowledges her presence. She and Lurker have a pet capybara named Mickey and also adopts a stray cat. With Arya’s power, she can turn into a giant saber-toothed tiger-like creature.
Cal Shekar (カル・シェーカル, Karu Shēkaru)
A loyal servant to her sovereign, and a close aide to the princess Arya. She’s the Vice-Commander of the Brahman. Nicknamed Aegis Armadillo, her Power Crest allows her to create powerful barriers that can cut nearly anything and she’s also a deadly swordswoman. Despite her serious demeanor, she’s easily frustrated by Arya’s antics. She also admits to being in love with Brad but he turns her down in favor of Izzy.
R.R. Lurker (R・R・ラーカー, Āru Āru Rākā)
A man who works under Arya. A member of Brahman, and a sadistic whip-wielder, who develops an obsession with Izzy because of his lolita complex.
One of Arya’s “clone” sisters who doesn’t hate humanity like her. She explained BB the origins of Arya and why she wants to remake the world.