History Anime / MouryouNoHako

16th Jan '17 12:24:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* ImperialJapan: Most of the main cast fought in World War II (which ended only 7-odd years prior to the start of the story), and Chuuzenji himself was recruited by the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731 Unit 731]] (although he didn't get involved in the Unit's more monstrous activities). [[spoiler: Mimasaka was also with Unit 731. It's not like the end of the war meant he had to stop his "research", right?]]
28th Dec '16 10:40:54 PM BlacKat
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* CuteKitten: The Chuuzenjis have a cat (named Pomegranite!) that shows up whenever a scene takes place at their house and is often shown playing with Enokizu, despite having no relevance whatsoever to the story.



* CuteKitten: The Chuuzenjis have a cat (named Pomegranite!) that shows up whenever a scene takes place at their house and is often shown playing with Enokizu, despite having no relevance whatsoever to the story.

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* CuteKitten: The Chuuzenjis have DrivesLikeCrazy: Enokizu. Unfortunately for the others, he's also one of the few characters in the series who owns a cat (named Pomegranite!) that shows up whenever a scene takes place at their house car and is actually knows how to drive. And his complete disregard for road rules comes in ''very'' handy when they're in a rush to get somewhere, which happens often shown playing with Enokizu, despite having no relevance whatsoever to the story.enough in a story where crimes occur left and right.
6th Dec '16 2:22:45 AM BlacKat
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* MusclesAreMeaningless: The lanky and delicate-looking biseinen, Enokizu, who can [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom punch WWII Veteran Kiba across a room]]. It's even more obvious in the manga series, where we see him simultaneously taking down multiple opponents who're much bigger than him using just physical strength.

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* MusclesAreMeaningless: The lanky and delicate-looking biseinen, Enokizu, who can [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom punch WWII Veteran veteran Kiba across a room]]. It's even more obvious in the manga series, where we see him simultaneously taking down multiple opponents who're much bigger than him using just physical strength.
5th Dec '16 11:37:24 PM BlacKat
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** Kiba, right down to the flashbacks and the hair-trigger temper.

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** Kiba, right down to the flashbacks and the stoic facade that alternates with a hair-trigger temper.
5th Dec '16 11:32:47 PM BlacKat
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* TheBeautifulElite: Kanako. Subverted later in the story.
* {{Biseinen}}: Enokizu Reijiro, who resembles [[Characters/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Fai D. Fluorite]] in the anime and who, in the novel, is often compared to a European porcelain doll; however, he's over 35, much closer in age to the other main male characters than he looks.

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* TheBeautifulElite: Kanako. Subverted Yuzuki Kanako and her "sister" Minami Kinuko appear to be this at first. Very much subverted later on in the story.
* {{Biseinen}}: {{Biseinen}}:
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Enokizu Reijiro, Reijirou, who resembles [[Characters/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Fai D. Fluorite]] in the anime and who, in the novel, novels, is often compared to a European porcelain doll; however, he's over 35, much closer in age to the other main male characters than he looks.



* CuteKitten: The Chuuzenjis have a cat (named Pomegranite!) that have no relevance at all to the plot but... it's so cute!

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* CuteKitten: The Chuuzenjis have a cat (named Pomegranite!) that have shows up whenever a scene takes place at their house and is often shown playing with Enokizu, despite having no relevance at all whatsoever to the plot but... it's so cute!story.



* HyperAwareness: Chuuzenji.

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* HyperAwareness: Chuuzenji.Chuuzenji, to the point where, despite not having any supernatural powers, he figures things out before Enokizu, who can use {{Psychometry}}.



* MrExposition: Kyougoku

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* MrExposition: KyougokuChuuzenji, whose primary function in the plot is this.



* MusclesAreMeaningless: The lanky and delicate-looking biseinen, Enokizu, who can [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom punch WWII Veteran Kiba across a room]]. It's even more obvious in the manga series, where we see him simultaneously taking down multiple opponents who're much bigger than him using just physical strength.



* {{Psychometry}}: Enokizu can sense and/or see brief visions of things that have left a strong impression on people or objects he comes into contact with, though it appears that he doesn't have to touch them.



* ShellShockedVeteran: Kiba.
** Arguably Sekiguchi, since there's no way to know whether his weird personality existed before the war or was completely or partially a result of it. Even Enokizu and Chuuzenji were in the army, though they saw less frontline action than the former pair and seem to have been far less affected, if at all.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Kiba.
ShellShockedVeteran:
** Kiba, right down to the flashbacks and the hair-trigger temper.
** Arguably Sekiguchi, since there's no way to know whether his weird personality existed before the war or was completely or partially a result of it. Even Enokizu and
** Averted with
Chuuzenji and Enokizu, who were also in the army, though they army but saw less frontline front-line action than the former pair and seem to have been far less affected, if at all.
28th Nov '16 10:42:45 AM BlacKat
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* {{Biseinen}}: Enokizu Reijiro, who resembles [[Characters/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Fai D. Fluorite]] in the anime and who, in the novel, is often compared to a European porcelain doll; however, he's over 35, much closer to the age of the other main male characters than he looks.

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* {{Biseinen}}: Enokizu Reijiro, who resembles [[Characters/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Fai D. Fluorite]] in the anime and who, in the novel, is often compared to a European porcelain doll; however, he's over 35, much closer to the in age of to the other main male characters than he looks.


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* {{Bishoujo}}: Minami Kinuko deserves special mention, along with Chuuzenji's wife.
19th Nov '16 9:10:14 PM BlacKat
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* {{Biseinen}}: Enokizu Reijiro, who resembles [[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Fai D. Fluorite]] in the anime and who, in the novel, is often compared to a European porcelain doll; however, he's over 35, much closer to the age of the other main male characters than he looks.

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* {{Biseinen}}: Enokizu Reijiro, who resembles [[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle [[Characters/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Fai D. Fluorite]] in the anime and who, in the novel, is often compared to a European porcelain doll; however, he's over 35, much closer to the age of the other main male characters than he looks.
19th Nov '16 9:09:19 PM BlacKat
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''Mouryou no Hako'' (''Box of Goblins'') is a relatively obscure anime revolving around boxes, based on the second novel in Natsuhiko Kyogoku's ''Kyogokudo'' series.

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''Mouryou no Hako'' (''Box of Goblins'') is a relatively obscure anime revolving around boxes, based on the second novel in Natsuhiko Kyogoku's ''Kyogokudo'' ''Kyogokudou'' series.



Despite gorgeous animation courtesy of {{Madhouse}}, and a plot adapted from one of the finest supernatural mystery novels in recent years, this series is still sadly below many people's radars. Plenty of scares and {{body horror}} for all, in addition to long, deep discussions on philosophy, religion, biology, and the human condition.

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Despite gorgeous animation courtesy of {{Madhouse}}, and a plot adapted from one of the finest supernatural mystery novels in recent years, this series is still sadly below many people's radars. Plenty of scares and {{body horror}} for all, in addition to long, deep discussions on philosophy, religion, biology, and the human condition.
radars.



* AllMythsAreTrue [[spoiler:[[ZigZaggedTrope Maybe.]]]]

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* AllMythsAreTrue AllMythsAreTrue: [[spoiler:[[ZigZaggedTrope Maybe.]]]]



* AndIMustScream [[spoiler: Poor, helpless Kanako.]]

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* AndIMustScream AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Poor, helpless Kanako.]]



* {{Bishounen}}: Enokizu Reijiro, the self-proclaimed "detective" who in the novel is often compared to a European porcelain doll. Being roughly 30 years old, he's more Biseinen than Bishonen, but who cares?
** Plus pretty much everyone on the main cast, at least in the anime. (CLAMP did the character designs, after all.) In the novels, Sekiguchi's often called "monkey" by several characters, and Kyougoku is once referred to as "Akutagawa's ghost."

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* {{Bishounen}}: {{Biseinen}}: Enokizu Reijiro, the self-proclaimed "detective" who resembles [[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Fai D. Fluorite]] in the novel anime and who, in the novel, is often compared to a European porcelain doll. Being roughly 30 years old, doll; however, he's more Biseinen over 35, much closer to the age of the other main male characters than Bishonen, but who cares?
he looks.
** Plus pretty much everyone on All the main cast, at least significant male characters in the anime. anime are this to some extent. (CLAMP did the character designs, after all.all, which naturally translates to beautiful guys and girls all-round.) In the novels, Sekiguchi's often called "monkey" by several characters, Chuuzenji, Sekiguchi and Kyougoku Kiba's looks are not precisely described, but the implication is once referred to as "Akutagawa's ghost."that none of them are good-looking at all.



* {{Buddhism}}: Early in the story, Kanako tells Yoriko about the concept of Tennin Gosui ("The Five Death Omens of an Angel" or "The Decay of an Angel"), which is found in several Buddhist writings. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Yoriko takes the concept a bit too seriously, with disastrous results.]]

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* {{Buddhism}}: Early in the story, Kanako tells Yoriko about the concept of Tennin Gosui ("The Five Death Omens of an Angel" or "The Decay of an Angel"), which is found in several Mahayana Buddhist writings. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Yoriko takes the concept a bit too seriously, with disastrous results.]]



* DramaticThunder leading to ItWasADarkAndStormyNight: episode 3 and again in episode 11.

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* DramaticThunder leading DramaticThunder: Leading to ItWasADarkAndStormyNight: episode 3 3, 11 and again in episode 11.12.



* MindScrew: To the point where it's almost impossible to figure out what's going on if the viewer hasn't been paying attention well enough. However, the ones who have been paying attention are vastly rewarded for their efforts by a wondrous ending.

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* MindScrew: To the point where it's almost impossible to figure out what's going on if the viewer hasn't been paying attention well enough. However, the ones who have been paying attention are vastly rewarded for their efforts by a wondrous ending.efforts.



* MundaneMadeAwesome: To the point of abuse. Talking scenes are underlined with tornado-scale gusts of wind, dancing is punctuated with torrential cherry blossoms, and all driving is done as maniacally and erratically as possible, especially when there isn't any semblance of a reason.
* [[spoiler:ParentChildIncest]]: Central part of [[TheReveal the shocking truth]] revealed near the story's end.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: To the point of abuse. Talking scenes are underlined with tornado-scale [[DramaticWind gusts of wind, wind]], dancing is punctuated with torrential cherry blossoms, and all Enokizu's driving is done always as maniacally maniacal and erratically erratic as possible, especially when there isn't any semblance of a reason.
possible.
* [[spoiler:ParentChildIncest]]: Central An important part of [[TheReveal the shocking truth]] revealed near the story's end.



** Which from a certain point of view makes that a {{Ground Hog Day Loop}}; because they're reliving the same two lifetimes over and over again...



* TheReveal: The last two episodes are entirely devoted to this, with exposition galore courtesy of [[MrExposition Chuuzenji]], plus contributions from the culprits.



* SerialKiller: [[spoiler: Kubo. If the [[Series/{{Dexter}} Ice Truck Killer]] had lived in the same era, he'd probably be looking up to this nutcase in admiration. Seriously, Kubo's THAT friggin' messed-up.]]

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* SerialKiller: [[spoiler: Kubo.Kubo Shunkou. If the [[Series/{{Dexter}} Ice Truck Killer]] had lived in the same era, he'd probably be looking up to this nutcase in admiration. Seriously, Kubo's THAT friggin' messed-up.]]



** Sekiguchi, Kiba, Enokizu, and even Chuuzenji were all in the war, although the latter two saw less frontline action than the former pair. Sekiguchi was also Kiba's senior officer (believe it or not).

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** Arguably Sekiguchi, Kiba, Enokizu, since there's no way to know whether his weird personality existed before the war or was completely or partially a result of it. Even Enokizu and even Chuuzenji were all in the war, although the latter two army, though they saw less frontline action than the former pair. Sekiguchi was also Kiba's senior officer (believe it or not).pair and seem to have been far less affected, if at all.



* StoicSpectacles: Sekiguchi is this is in front of other people (even his own wife), though his monologues reveal otherwise.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: [[spoiler: Kanako never comes back as a ghost per say, but the consequences of her tragic fate haunt the minds of the cast, and also serve to spur the plot along.]]

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* StoicSpectacles: Sekiguchi is this is in front of other people (even his own wife), though his monologues reveal otherwise.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: [[spoiler: Kanako never comes back as a ghost per say, but the consequences of her tragic fate haunt the minds of the cast, and also serve to spur the plot along.]]
otherwise.



** It's ''extremely'' important for understanding things later on. It also helps if you know a bit about {{Onmyodo}} and kanji, to say the least.

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** It's ''extremely'' extremely important for understanding things later on. It also helps if you know a bit about {{Onmyodo}} and kanji, to say the least.
6th Nov '16 3:04:26 PM ForminaSage
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''Mouryou no Hako'' (''Box of Goblins'') is a relatively obscure series revolving around boxes.

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''Mouryou no Hako'' (''Box of Goblins'') is a relatively obscure series anime revolving around boxes.
boxes, based on the second novel in Natsuhiko Kyogoku's ''Kyogokudo'' series.
1st Jun '14 12:03:22 PM TastySauce
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Mouryou no Hako (Box of Goblins) is a relatively obscure series revolving around boxes.

The year is 1952. Japan is still struggling to get back on its feet after its crushing defeat in World War II. The old folk beliefs are slowly being overshadowed by emerging modernization. And amidst the lonely hills and fields on the outskirts of Tokyo, boxes containing the severed arms and legs of unknown female victims keep turning up. A small private detective agency gets involved in the investigation, and along with them, a very different sort of detective, the coldly skeptical [[{{Onmyodo}} onmyouji]], Chuuzenji Akihiko.

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Mouryou ''Mouryou no Hako (Box Hako'' (''Box of Goblins) Goblins'') is a relatively obscure series revolving around boxes.

The year is 1952. Japan is still struggling to get back on its feet after its crushing defeat in World War II. The old folk beliefs are slowly being overshadowed by emerging modernization. And amidst the lonely hills and fields on the outskirts of Tokyo, boxes containing the severed arms and legs of unknown female victims keep turning up. A small private detective agency gets involved in the investigation, and along with them, a very different sort of detective, the coldly skeptical sceptical [[{{Onmyodo}} onmyouji]], Chuuzenji Akihiko.



Despite gorgeous animation courtesy of {{Madhouse}}, and a plot adapted from one of the finest supernatural mystery novels in recent years, this series is still sadly below many people's radars. Plenty of scares and [[{{BodyHorror}} body horror]] for all, in addition to long, deep discussions on philosophy, religion, biology, and the human condition.

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Despite gorgeous animation courtesy of {{Madhouse}}, and a plot adapted from one of the finest supernatural mystery novels in recent years, this series is still sadly below many people's radars. Plenty of scares and [[{{BodyHorror}} body horror]] {{body horror}} for all, in addition to long, deep discussions on philosophy, religion, biology, and the human condition.



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