History Anime / MouryouNoHako

25th Feb '17 3:37:12 AM 017Bluefield
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* SerialKiller: [[spoiler: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.]]

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* SerialKiller: [[spoiler:Kubo Shunkou. If the [[Series/{{Dexter}} Ice Truck Killer]] had lived in the same era, he'd probably be looking up to ''this"" ''this'' nutcase in admiration. Seriously, Kubo's THAT friggin' messed-up.]]
25th Feb '17 3:31:31 AM 017Bluefield
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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 sceptical [[{{Onmyodo}} onmyouji]], Chuuzenji Akihiko.

Meanwhile, a young girl named Yuzuki Kanako has gone missing. Her troubled schoolyard friend Yoriko witnessed her disappear beneath a moving train late at night, pushed onto the tracks by a mysterious gloved assailant. Kanako was taken to a strange box-shaped hospital deep in the nearby hills, only to disappear from her hospital bed as if transformed into air. Her washed-up actress sister has employed haunted ex-soldier Detective Kiba to find the severely crippled girl before it's too late.

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The year is 1952. Japan is still struggling to get back on its feet after its crushing defeat in World War II.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. 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, detective: the coldly sceptical [[{{Onmyodo}} onmyouji]], ''[[{{Onmyodo}} onmyouji]]'', Chuuzenji Akihiko.

Meanwhile, a young girl named Yuzuki Kanako has gone missing. Her troubled schoolyard friend Yoriko witnessed her disappear beneath falling into a moving train late at night, pushed onto the tracks by a mysterious gloved assailant. Kanako was taken to a strange box-shaped hospital deep in the nearby hills, only to disappear from her hospital bed as if transformed into air. Her washed-up actress sister has employed haunted ex-soldier Detective Kiba to find the severely crippled girl before it's too late.



* AnArmAndALeg: The killer places the limbs of the girls he butchers into boxes.

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* AnArmAndALeg: The killer places the limbs of the girls he butchers into boxes.boxes, which he leaves strewn about in various locations.



* TheBeautifulElite: Yuzuki Kanako and her "sister" Minami Kinuko appear to be this at first. Very much subverted later on in the story.

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* TheBeautifulElite: Yuzuki Kanako and her "sister" Minami Kinuko appear to be this at first. Very much subverted [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] later on in the story.



** All the significant male characters in the anime are this to some extent. (Creator/{{CLAMP}} ''did'' the character designs, after all, which naturally translates to beautiful guys and girls all-round.) In the novels, Chuuzenji, Sekiguchi and Kiba's looks are not precisely described, but the implication is that none of them are good-looking at all.

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** All the significant male characters in the anime are this to some extent. (Creator/{{CLAMP}} ''did'' the character designs, after all, which naturally translates to beautiful guys and girls all-round.) In the novels, Chuuzenji, Sekiguchi and Kiba's looks appearances are not precisely described, but the implication is 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 Mahayana 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 ''Tennin Gosui'' ("The Five Death Omens of an Angel" or "The Decay of an Angel"), which is found in Mahayana Buddhist writings. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Yoriko takes the concept a bit too seriously, with disastrous results.]]



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Talking scenes are underlined with [[DramaticWind gusts of wind]], dancing is punctuated with torrential cherry blossoms, and Enokizu's driving is always as maniacal and erratic as possible.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Talking scenes are underlined with [[DramaticWind gusts of wind]], dancing is punctuated with torrential amounts of cherry blossoms, and Enokizu's driving is always as maniacal and erratic as possible.



* RefugeInAudacity: To Sekiguchi's shock, Enokizu has the balls to force his way into Yuriko's house, ''after'' talking to a departing Yuriko. [[spoiler:Lucky that he did, elsewise Yuriko's mother would have brought down the house [[DrivenToSuicide trying to hang herself]].]]
* ReligionIsMagic: Averted somewhat. [[spoiler: Despite a large amount of attention paid to Shinto, Buddhism and folklore, the mysteries are shown to be psychological or scientific in nature. The series is probably one of the more truthful representations of {{Onmyodo}} in anime.]]

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* RefugeInAudacity: To Sekiguchi's shock, Enokizu has the balls to force his way into Yuriko's Yoriko's house, ''after'' talking to a departing Yuriko. Yoriko. [[spoiler:Lucky that he did, elsewise Yuriko's her mother would have brought down the house [[DrivenToSuicide trying to hang herself]].]]
* ReligionIsMagic: Averted somewhat. [[spoiler: Despite [[spoiler:Despite a large amount of attention paid to Shinto, Buddhism and folklore, the mysteries are shown to be psychological or scientific in nature. The series is probably one of the more truthful representations of {{Onmyodo}} ''{{Onmyodo}}'' in anime.]]



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

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



* SerialKiller: [[spoiler: 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.]]

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* SerialKiller: [[spoiler: Kubo [[spoiler:Kubo Shunkou. If the [[Series/{{Dexter}} Ice Truck Killer]] had lived in the same era, he'd probably be looking up to this ''this"" nutcase in admiration. Seriously, Kubo's THAT friggin' messed-up.]]
25th Feb '17 3:23:09 AM 017Bluefield
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[[caption-width-right:378: "...hou..."]]

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

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[[caption-width-right:378: "...hou...''hou''..."]]

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



* AnArmAndALeg: The killer places the limbs of the girls he butchers into boxes.



* ArcSymbol: Boxes.



** Enokizu Reijirou, who resembles [[Characters/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Fai D. Fluorite]] in the anime and who, in the 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.
** All the significant male characters in the anime are this to some extent. (CLAMP did the character designs, after all, which naturally translates to beautiful guys and girls all-round.) In the novels, Chuuzenji, Sekiguchi and Kiba's looks are not precisely described, but the implication is that none of them are good-looking at all.

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** Enokizu Reijirou, who resembles [[Characters/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Fai D. Fluorite]] in the anime and who, in the novels, is often compared to a European porcelain doll; however, he's over 35, [[OlderThanTheyLook much closer in age to the other main male characters than he looks.
looks]].
** All the significant male characters in the anime are this to some extent. (CLAMP did (Creator/{{CLAMP}} ''did'' the character designs, after all, which naturally translates to beautiful guys and girls all-round.) In the novels, Chuuzenji, Sekiguchi and Kiba's looks are not precisely described, but the implication is that none of them are good-looking at all.



* BodyHorror: On the most profound, deep-in-your-soul level possible. [[spoiler: For example, how would a head and shoulders kept alive by wires inside a box be able to breathe enough to say "Hou"?]]
* {{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 Mahayana Buddhist writings. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Yoriko takes the concept a bit too seriously, with disastrous results.]]

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* BodyHorror: On the most profound, deep-in-your-soul level possible. [[spoiler: For example, [[spoiler:For example: how would a head and shoulders shoulders, kept alive by wires inside a box box, be able to breathe enough to say "Hou"?]]
"...''hou''..."?]]
* {{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 Mahayana Buddhist writings. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Yoriko takes the concept a bit too seriously, with disastrous results.]]



* ContinuityNod: Sekiguchi's novel seems at first glance to be a metaphor for what's happening with the Kanako/Kubo case. However, [[spoiler: the girl in the book is meant to be Kuonji Ryoko, the tragic figure from the novel before Mouryou, 'Ubume no Natsu.' But most Western viewers will not have read the previous novel, despite it being available in English.]]

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* ContinuityNod: Sekiguchi's novel seems at first glance to be a metaphor for what's happening with the Kanako/Kubo case. However, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the girl in the book is meant to be Kuonji Ryoko, the tragic figure from the novel before Mouryou, 'Ubume ''Ubume no Natsu.' Natsu''. But most Western viewers will not have read the previous novel, despite it being available in English.]]



* RefugeInAudacity: To Sekiguchi's shock, Enokizu has the balls to force his way into Yuriko's house, ''after'' talking to a departing Yuriko. [[spoiler:Lucky that he did, elsewise Yuriko's mother would have brought down the house [[DrivenToSuicide trying to hang herself]].]]



* {{Telepathy}}: The entire first half of an episode chronicles the real-life story of Mifune Chizuko, the Meiji-era psychic whose misfortune also inspired TheRing.

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* {{Telepathy}}: The entire first half of an episode chronicles the real-life story of Mifune Chizuko, the Meiji-era psychic whose misfortune also inspired TheRing.''Film/TheRing''.
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.
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