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* ''Yotsuya Kaidan (Yotsuya Ghost Story)'', an adaptation of the classic Japanese ghost story about betrayal, murder, and revenge from beyond the grave.

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* ''Yotsuya Kaidan (Yotsuya Ghost Story)'', an adaptation of the classic Japanese ghost story about betrayal, murder, and revenge from beyond the grave. Written by Creator/ChiakiKonaka.



* AnimalMotifs: Every time Tamaki appears, she is always surrounded by cats. [[spoiler:This [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] her involvement with the birth of the Bakeneko]].

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* AnimalMotifs: Every time Tamaki appears, she is always surrounded by cats. [[spoiler:This [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] her involvement with in the birth of the Bakeneko]].



* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Nearly everyone in the Bakeneko arc]], and most of Oiwa's victims.

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Nearly everyone in the Bakeneko arc]], and most Most of Oiwa's victims.victims from ''Yotsuya Kaidan''. [[spoiler:And nearly everyone in ''Bakeneko'']].



* BlueIsHeroic: Odajima, one of the samurai retainers from the Bakeneko arc, wears blue. [[spoiler:He along with the family servant Kayo was revealed to be completely innocent of the aristocratic family's crimes against Tamaki and the titular Bakeneko.]]

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* BlueIsHeroic: Odajima, one of the samurai retainers from the Bakeneko arc, ''Bakeneko'', wears blue. [[spoiler:He along with the family servant Kayo was revealed to be completely innocent of the aristocratic family's crimes against Tamaki and the titular Bakeneko.]]



* CatsAreMean: Just the ''Bakeneko'' story...[[spoiler:though the titular character didn't start out that way]].
* Creator/ChiakiKonaka

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* CatsAreMean: Just the The titular character of ''Bakeneko'' story...[[spoiler:though the titular character is a monstrous cat spirit bent on killing off an entire family and their servants. [[spoiler:Though it didn't start out that way]].
* Creator/ChiakiKonaka
way]].



* CovertPervert: The Medicine Peddler carries feudal-style porn, as well as rather interesting medicines. Kayo was intrigued.

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* CovertPervert: The Medicine Peddler carries feudal-style porn, porn (called ''shunga'' in Japan), as well as rather interesting medicines.medicines and "marriage charms". Kayo was intrigued.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Osode, Naosuke, and Genshiro]]. [[spoiler: Oiwa]]'s death may have been this or accidental (Yotsuya Kaidan).

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* DrivenToSuicide: Several characters from ''Yotsuya Kaidan'', including [[spoiler: Osode, Naosuke, and Genshiro]]. [[spoiler: Oiwa]]'s death may have been this or accidental (Yotsuya Kaidan).accidental.



* FanDisservice: Tamaki, a very attractive woman, is naked in most of her appearances. [[spoiler:Her body is covered in horrible bruises and she's repeatedly raped and beaten.]]

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* FanDisservice: Tamaki, a very attractive woman, is naked in most of her appearances. [[spoiler:Her body is covered in horrible bruises and she's repeatedly raped and beaten.]]beaten]].



* GainaxEnding: Yotsuya Kaidan.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tamaki fed a kitten trapped in the family basement until it grew strong enough to escape, starving herself to the point of emaciation in the process. When her abusers beat her to death and the cat risked getting killed in protecting her, Tamaki bade it to run so it wouldn't die senselessly for her sake]].

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* FreudianExcuse:
** For those who are familiar with the original story of ''Yotsuya Kaidan'' should know what happened already. for those who don't... [[spoiler: Oiwa turned from a devoted wife to an extremely vengeful spirit after she discovered that her own husband and several other people were involved in a plot to poison her, causing her to commit suicide. She spends the rest of her arc horrifically tormenting and murdering the co-conspirators.]]
** [[spoiler:The Bakeneko from ''Bakeneko'' started out as an ordinary cat who was taken in by Tamaki, a young concubine, after its family was killed by the patriarch of a noble family. Tamaki, who was kidnapped and sexually abused against her will, dedicated herself to nurturing and feeding the cat so it would grow strong enough to escape and experience freedom for the both of them. One day, the patriarch's eldest son secretly tried to rape Tamaki and was caught by his father. The patriarch assumed Tamaki had been seducing his son and beat her to death. The cat tried to protect Tamaki but she bade it to run away so the cat wouldn't die senselessly for her sake. The cat's immense regret over failing to protect Tamaki from her killers twisted it into a powerful and homicidal spirit bent on revenge]].
* GainaxEnding: Yotsuya Kaidan.
''Yotsuya Kaidan''.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Tamaki dies with a smile on her face after saving a cat from getting mauled by the people who kidnapped, sexually abused, and then beat her to death]].
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Kayo and Odajima (Bakeneko) are both extremely shaken and disgusted when they are shown the full story of Tamaki and the titular character]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tamaki fed a kitten trapped in the family basement until it grew strong enough to escape, starving herself to the point of emaciation in the process. When her abusers beat her to death the point of dying and the cat risked getting killed in protecting her, Tamaki bade it the cat to run so it wouldn't die senselessly for her sake]].



* JacobMarleyApparel: Oiwa keeps her disfigurement as a ghost.

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* JacobMarleyApparel: Oiwa [[spoiler:Oiwa keeps her physical disfigurement as a ghost.ghost so she can torment the people who plotted to poison her]].



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While he does have his moments, Odajima (Bakeneko) is friendly to Kayo, the family servant, accompanying her to pray in the room where Lady Mao's body is held when she gets scared, and [[spoiler:trying to rescue her from being strangled to death by an increasingly deranged Sato. Then it's revealed that he (and Kayo) were completely innocent of their family's crimes against the Bakeneko]].

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While he does have his moments, Odajima (Bakeneko) is friendly to Kayo, the family a female servant, accompanying her to pray in the room where Lady Mao's body is held when she gets scared, and [[spoiler:trying to rescue her from being strangled to death by an increasingly deranged Sato. Then it's revealed that he (and Kayo) were completely innocent of their family's crimes against the Bakeneko]].



* MegaNeko: The Bakeneko (which represents its immense hatred).

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* MegaNeko: The titular Bakeneko from ''Bakeneko'' (which represents its immense hatred).



* MurderTheHypotenuse: Oume tricks the object of her crush into poisoning his wife. It's a nonfatal poison, but the results were horrific and convinced the husband to discard the wife.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:The Bakeneko in its titular arc. Its feelings of guilt and regret for failing to protect Tamaki twisted it into a vengeful and homicidal spirit bent on revenge]].

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Oume from ''Yotsuya Kaidan'' tricks the object of her crush (Iemon) into poisoning his wife. It's a nonfatal non-fatal poison, but the results were horrific and convinced the husband to discard the wife.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:The Bakeneko in its titular arc. Its feelings of guilt and regret for failing to protect Tamaki twisted it into a vengeful and homicidal spirit bent on revenge]].spirit]].



* NeverMyFault: Sato (Bakeneko) isn't directly responsible, but she refuses to take responsibility for her complicity and spends much of the story screaming that it isn't her fault.

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* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler:The court lady Sato (Bakeneko) isn't directly responsible, but she refuses to take responsibility for her complicity and spends much of the story screaming that it isn't her fault.fault]].



** Bakeneko: [[spoiler: Tamaki]]'s story.
** Yotsuya Kaidan: [[spoiler: Yomoshichi isn't dead, Naosuke had murdered another man by accident]].

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** Bakeneko: [[spoiler: Tamaki]]'s story.
''Bakeneko'': [[spoiler:The story of Tamaki and the titular Bakeneko]].
** Yotsuya Kaidan: ''Yotsuya Kaidan'': [[spoiler: Yomoshichi isn't dead, dead; Naosuke had murdered another man by accident]].



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:The Bakeneko from ''Bakeneko'' is so full of vengeance and hatred that the Medicine Seller had to exorcise it in order to end its rampage]].



* SpoiledBrat: UpToEleven, and lampshaded with Oume.

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* SpoiledBrat: UpToEleven, Cranked UpToEleven and lampshaded with Oume.Oume, a merchant's daughter.



* TraumaticHaircut: Iemon rips out a fistful of hair from Kohei's head to torment the servant as punishment for stealing. Later Oiwa attempts to comb her hair after being poisoned and ends up ripping out whole chunks.
* UnreliableNarrator: In ''Bakeneko'', the elderly patriarch of a noble family [[spoiler:who was ultimately responsible for the Bakeneko's creation]] believed in his version of what happened to [[spoiler:Tamaki, despite it being completely bullshit and a total lie]].

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* TraumaticHaircut: Iemon rips out a fistful of hair from Kohei's head to torment the servant as punishment for stealing. Later [[spoiler:Later Oiwa attempts to comb her hair after being poisoned and ends up ripping out whole chunks.
chunks]].
* UnreliableNarrator: In ''Bakeneko'', the elderly patriarch of a noble family [[spoiler:who was ultimately responsible for the Bakeneko's creation]] believed in his version of what happened to [[spoiler:Tamaki, despite it being completely bullshit and a total lie]].lie. The Medicine Seller calls him out on this before leaving him to reflect on his past actions]].



* WomanInWhite: [[spoiler: Tamaki. Her few appearances had her dressed entirely in white, which is a symbol of death in Asian cultures. For the audience, this [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] her ''very'' tragic backstory]].
* WomanScorned: Oiwa from ''Yotsuya Kaidan''. When she learned that her husband Iemon was involved in the plot to kill her, she was DrivenToSuicide...only to come back as an extremely vengeful spirit.
* YamatoNadeshiko: We are continually informed that Oiwa was a perfect wife before she went crazy.

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* WomanInWhite: WomanInWhite:
** Oiwa from ''Yotsuya Kaiden'' started wearing white [[spoiler:after her death and transformation into a vengeful spirit]].
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[[spoiler: Tamaki.Tamaki from ''Bakeneko''. Her few appearances had her dressed entirely in white, which is a symbol of death in Asian cultures. For the audience, this [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] her ''very'' tragic backstory]].
* WomanScorned: Oiwa [[spoiler:Oiwa]] from ''Yotsuya Kaidan''. When [[spoiler:When she learned that her husband Iemon was involved in the plot to kill her, she was DrivenToSuicide...only to come back as an extremely vengeful spirit.
spirit]].
* YamatoNadeshiko: We are continually informed that Oiwa from ''Yotsuya Kaidan'' was a beautiful and the perfect wife before who was entirely devoted to her husband Iemon. [[spoiler:Then she went crazy.discovered Iemon's plot to poison her and everything goes downhill after that]].
28th May '16 8:06:46 PM Randomfan11
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* AintTooProudToBeg: Odajima had been nothing but an annoying hindrance to the Medicine Seller for most of ''Bakeneko''. [[spoiler:But while the survivors try to flee from the rampaging Bakeneko into the noble family's basement, Sato in the throes of madness tries to strangle Kayo to death. Odajima tries to save Kayo but the elderly patriarch forces the samurai to protect him or else he'll snap his neck. Out of options, Odajima desperately calls for the Medicine Seller's help and begs him to do something]].
--> '''Odajima''': [[spoiler:"I...I beg you, ''please!'' '''''DO SOMETHING!!!''''']]



* BlueIsHeroic: Odajima, one of the samurai retainers from the Bakeneko arc, wears blue. [[spoiler:He along with the family servant Kayo was revealed to be completely innocent of the aristocratic family's crimes against Tamaki and the titular Bakeneko.]]



* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler:Tamaki from ''Bakeneko''...as what the elderly patriarch's eldest son believed. When she died, her devotion to the elderly patriarch was such that when she died, her jealousy transformed her into a monstrous spirit as she attempted to ward off any chance of her former patron taking in another woman. Except that's not what happened at all]].



* {{Jerkass}}: Odajima (Bakeneko) is not exactly nice to the Medicine Seller and remains distrustful of him [[spoiler:until the very end]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While he does have his moments, Odajima (Bakeneko) is friendly to Kayo, the family servant, accompanying her to pray in the room where Lady Mao's body is held when she gets scared, and [[spoiler:trying to rescue her from being strangled to death by an increasingly deranged Sato. Then it's revealed that he (and Kayo) were completely innocent of their family's crimes against the Bakeneko]].



* UnreliableNarrator: In ''Bakeneko'', the elderly patriarch of a noble family [[spoiler:who was ultimately responsible for the Bakeneko's creation]] believed in his version of what happened to [[spoiler:Tamaki, despite it being completely bullshit and a total lie]].



* WomanScorned: ''Oiwa.''

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* WomanScorned: ''Oiwa.''Oiwa from ''Yotsuya Kaidan''. When she learned that her husband Iemon was involved in the plot to kill her, she was DrivenToSuicide...only to come back as an extremely vengeful spirit.
23rd Jan '16 4:49:21 PM spirasen
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* SwarmOfRats: A common motif in ''Yotsuya Kaidan''. A woman's corpse is swarmed by rats, and later another woman is eaten alive. Also invoked at [[spoiler: Iemon]]'s death.

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* SwarmOfRats: A common motif in ''Yotsuya Kaidan''. Kaidan.'' A woman's corpse is swarmed by rats, and later another woman is eaten alive. Also invoked at [[spoiler: Iemon]]'s death.



* WomanInWhite: [[spoiler:Tamaki. Her few appearances had her dressed entirely in white, which is a symbol of death in Asian cultures. For the audience, this [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] her ''very'' tragic backstory]].
* WomanScorned: ''Oiwa''.

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* WomanInWhite: [[spoiler:Tamaki.[[spoiler: Tamaki. Her few appearances had her dressed entirely in white, which is a symbol of death in Asian cultures. For the audience, this [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] her ''very'' tragic backstory]].
* WomanScorned: ''Oiwa''.''Oiwa.''



14th Jan '16 2:50:38 PM Randomfan11
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* AnimalMotifs: Every time Tamaki appears, she is always surrounded by cats. [[spoiler:This [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] her involvement with the birth of the Bakeneko]].



* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Nearly everyone in the Bakeneko arc]], and most of Oiwa's victims.

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Nearly [[spoiler:Nearly everyone in the Bakeneko arc]], and most of Oiwa's victims.



* CatsAreMean: Just the ''Bakeneko'' story...

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* CatsAreMean: Just the ''Bakeneko'' story...[[spoiler:though the titular character didn't start out that way]].



* DerangedAnimation: Oiwa's curse results in a couple strange sequences.

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* DerangedAnimation: Oiwa's curse results in a couple strange sequences. The "Bakeneko" short takes it UpToEleven by being ''made'' of this trope.


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* DueToTheDead: At the end the "Bakeneko" short [[spoiler:Kayo and Odajima (the family maid and samurai retainer, respectively) make a small burial shrine for the Bakeneko next to the well where Tamaki's body was discarded to reunite it with its friend as a way to apologize for the atrocities their family committed against them]].


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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tamaki fed a kitten trapped in the family basement until it grew strong enough to escape, starving herself to the point of emaciation in the process. When her abusers beat her to death and the cat risked getting killed in protecting her, Tamaki bade it to run so it wouldn't die senselessly for her sake]].


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** The aristocratic family in "Bakeneko". By the start of the story, we learn that they have been made so poor by the matriarch's frivolous spending that they were willing to sell their daughter's marriage to the scion of a more wealthy neighboring family.


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* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:The Bakeneko in its titular arc. Its feelings of guilt and regret for failing to protect Tamaki twisted it into a vengeful and homicidal spirit bent on revenge]].


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* WomanInWhite: [[spoiler:Tamaki. Her few appearances had her dressed entirely in white, which is a symbol of death in Asian cultures. For the audience, this [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] her ''very'' tragic backstory]].
29th Aug '15 6:16:28 PM SayaAensland
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* {{Flashback}}: How [[spoiler: Tamaki]]'s story is told.

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* FanDisservice: Tamaki, a very attractive woman, is naked in most of her appearances. [[spoiler:Her body is covered in horrible bruises and she's repeatedly raped and beaten.]]
* {{Flashback}}: How [[spoiler: Tamaki]]'s [[spoiler:Tamaki]]'s story is told.
2nd Dec '14 5:03:29 PM nombretomado
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* ChiakiKonaka

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* ChiakiKonakaCreator/ChiakiKonaka
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* DeadUnicornTrope: The author of [[spoiler:Yotsuya Kaidan]] suggested, that [[spoiler:Oiwa's curse]] may have been generated not by a real event, but by the people taking the story serious, being afraid and perpetuating [[spoiler:the curse]] with their fear.
7th Jun '14 9:37:35 AM TastySauce
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* ''Bake Neko (Goblin Cat)'', an original creation and the most famous of the arcs; it was later continued with ''Mononoke'', featuring the Medicine Seller as the main character. The story would appear again but in [[AlternateContinuity radically different form]] in the SpinOff.

Not to be confused with ''Anime/AyakashiAyashi''. For more tropes about the Medicine Seller, see ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}''.

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* ''Bake Neko (Goblin Cat)'', an original creation and the most famous of the arcs; it was later continued with ''Mononoke'', featuring the Medicine Seller Peddler as the main character. The story would appear again but in [[AlternateContinuity radically different form]] in the SpinOff.

Not to be confused with ''Anime/AyakashiAyashi''. For more tropes about the Medicine Seller, Peddler, see ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}''.
1st Sep '13 5:18:09 PM Willbyr
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''Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales'' is the less remembered anime series from which ''{{Mononoke}}'' originates. Eleven episodes long, it consists of three self-contained arcs, each with very different animation styles:

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''Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales'' is the less remembered anime series from which ''{{Mononoke}}'' ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' originates. Eleven episodes long, it consists of three self-contained arcs, each with very different animation styles:



* ''Bake Neko (Goblin Cat)'', an original creation and the most famous of the arcs; it was later continued with ''{{Mononoke}}'', featuring the Medicine Seller as the main character. The story would appear again but in [[AlternateContinuity radically different form]] in the SpinOff.

Not to be confused with ''AyakashiAyashi''. For more tropes about the Medicine Seller, see ''{{Mononoke}}''.
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* ''Bake Neko (Goblin Cat)'', an original creation and the most famous of the arcs; it was later continued with ''{{Mononoke}}'', ''Mononoke'', featuring the Medicine Seller as the main character. The story would appear again but in [[AlternateContinuity radically different form]] in the SpinOff.

Not to be confused with ''AyakashiAyashi''. ''Anime/AyakashiAyashi''. For more tropes about the Medicine Seller, see ''{{Mononoke}}''.
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''Anime/{{Mononoke}}''.

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23rd Jul '13 12:13:23 PM MacronNotes
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* RuleOfScary: Oume's poison, administered orally, can permanently disfigure someone's face in just a couple hours. [[hottip: *: For why this is problematic, see PerfectPoison.]]

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* RuleOfScary: Oume's poison, administered orally, can permanently disfigure someone's face in just a couple hours. [[hottip: *: For [[note]]For why this is problematic, see PerfectPoison.]][[/note]]
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