History Literature / KafkaOnTheShore

10th Apr '18 11:26:31 AM urutapu
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** This really isn't that "squicky", except the reader knows how Johnnie Walker gets those souls.
10th Apr '18 11:24:48 AM urutapu
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* {{Transgender}}: [[spoiler: Oshima is female-to-male transgender and attracted to men. He's intersex as well, having underdeveloped breasts and no period]].

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* {{Transgender}}: [[spoiler: Oshima is female-to-male transgender and attracted to men. He's intersex as well, having underdeveloped breasts and no period]].menstrual cycle]].
10th Apr '18 10:40:16 AM Twiddler
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* {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler: Oshima is female-to-male transsexual attracted to men. He's intersex as well, having underdeveloped breasts and no period]].

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* {{Transsexual}}: {{Transgender}}: [[spoiler: Oshima is female-to-male transsexual transgender and attracted to men. He's intersex as well, having underdeveloped breasts and no period]].
13th Jan '18 2:17:54 AM SinNanna
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* AmbiguouslyBi: Kafka is attracted to women, but he also there's a great deal of subtext surrounding his friendship with Oshima, who is openly gay.

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* AmbiguouslyBi: Kafka is attracted to women, but he also there's a great deal of subtext surrounding his friendship with Oshima, who is openly gay.
13th Jan '18 2:15:32 AM SinNanna
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* AbusiveParents: Kafka's father was emotionally distant and abusive.



* AuthorAppeal: As usual in the case of Murakami; music, especially classical music and opera.

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* AudienceSurrogate: Hoshino is a pretty normal guy, especially when compared to Kafka and Nakata.
* AuthorAppeal: As usual in the case of Murakami; music, especially classical music and opera. There are several moments where the story takes a backseat to one character or another talking at length about various pieces of classical music.



* {{Bookworm}}: Kafka and Oshima.



* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Nakata borders on this trope, being a kind, gentle, mentally handicapped old man with the ability to talk to cats, but his characterization is deep enough that he doesn't come across as a cliche.



* KindHeartedCatLover: Nakata loves cats, especially since he's able to talk to them, and he makes extra money by looking for lost cats around the neighborhood. He's so kindhearted that the ''only'' thing that can move him to violence is [[spoiler: the sight of Johnnie Walker gutting a helpless, sedated cat]].



* RousseauWasRight: Nakata ends up being helped along on his journey by complete strangers who help him out of the kindness of their heart, most notably Hoshino.



* YouCantFightFate: Kafka runs away from home to escape a prophecy that he would kill his father and rape his sister and mother. [[spoiler: It's because he runs away that he meets Sakura and Saeki, two women who may or may not end up being his sister and mother, and ends up having sex with both of them]].

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* YouCantFightFate: Kafka runs away from home to escape a prophecy that he would kill his father and rape have sex with his sister and mother. [[spoiler: It's because he runs away that he meets Sakura and Saeki, two women who may or may not end up being his sister and mother, and ends up having sex with both of them]].
13th Jan '18 2:07:30 AM SinNanna
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* AmbiguouslyBi: Kafka is attracted to women, but he also there's a great deal of subtext surrounding his friendship with Oshima, who is openly gay.



* EldritchLocation: [[spoiler: The forest outside Oshima's cabin, which leads to a strange neighborhood which lies outside the normal flow of time and is guarded by the ghosts of two Imperial Japanese soldiers]].



* TheLostWoods: [[spoiler: The forest surrounding Oshima's cabin]].



* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted for drama, rather than comedy.

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted for drama, rather than comedy. As a child, Nakata sees his teacher cleaning up her period while the class is out on a field trip, causing the embarrassed and angered teacher to hit him.



* [[spoiler: ParentalIncest]]

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* ParentalAbandonment: Kafka never knew his mother.
* ParentalIncest: Kafka's father prophecies that he would do this with his mother.
[[spoiler: ParentalIncest]]He eventually has sex with Ms. Saeki, who ''might'' be his mother]].



* WholePlotReference: Kafka's story is one to ''Oedipus Rex'', which gets pointed out in-universe.

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* WholePlotReference: Kafka's story is one to ''Oedipus Rex'', ''Theatre/OedipusRex'', which gets pointed out in-universe.in-universe.
* YouCantFightFate: Kafka runs away from home to escape a prophecy that he would kill his father and rape his sister and mother. [[spoiler: It's because he runs away that he meets Sakura and Saeki, two women who may or may not end up being his sister and mother, and ends up having sex with both of them]].
25th May '17 10:18:08 AM SinNanna
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Kafka, being a hormonal 15 year old, does this frequently.
23rd Apr '17 2:50:56 PM urutapu
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Nakata stabs Johnnie Walker to death...and we're cheering him on the whole way as he horrifically mutilates and kills cats, and explicitly states the cats can feel it and can't move.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Nakata stabs Johnnie Walker to death...and we're cheering him on the whole way as he way, since Johnnie Walker horrifically mutilates and kills cats, and explicitly states the cats can which are paralyzed but feel it and can't move.]]the pain]].
23rd Apr '17 9:23:41 AM TheLuckyCat
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Nakata stabs Johnnie Walker to death...and we're cheering him on the whole way as he horrifically mutilates and kills cats, and explicitly states the cats can feel it and can't move.]]



** Also, cats.



* BequeathedPower: After [[spoiler: Nakata dies]], it seems that Hoshino gains his ability to speak to cats.



* TheCassandra: Played with; Nakata goes to the police after he [[spoiler: kills Johnnie Walker]], but of course his story is so ludicrous the police don't believe it. However, when he has to go on a journey to open "the entrance stone", Hoshino takes everything in stride and does everything he asks.



* ItsPersonal: Initially Nakata is unable to stop [[spoiler: Johnnie Walker]] as he begins horrifically killing cats right in front of him, but when he pulls out Mimi, a clever Siamese who helped Nakata earlier, he finally snaps out of his terror and attacks.



* MoralityPet: Nakata is this to pretty much everyone he meets in-story, as he's a kindly, illiterate old man who is a little senile, which leads people to pity him and give him extra food or a ride somewhere. Hoshino even states Nakata makes him think of his grandfather.



* MyGreatestFailure: It's strongly implied that [[spoiler: Miss Saeki is Kafka's mother who walked out on him, and she's been living in isolation as a self-imposed punishment ever since.]]



* OrWasItADream: It's ambiguous as to whether or not [[spoiler: Kafka actually raped Sakura.]]

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* OrWasItADream: It's ambiguous as to whether or not [[spoiler: Kafka actually raped Sakura.]]]] Given the way she behaves towards Kafka when he calls her the end of the book, it doesn't seem likely.


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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Try as he might, [[spoiler: Kafka still ends up sleeping with his mother, even when he runs away from home in an attempt to avoid his father's prophecy.]]
4th Oct '16 8:49:46 AM SinNanna
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* [[spoiler:BigBad]]: [[spoiler: While unexpected due to the somewhat dreamlike flow of the story, on a second reading one can see that Johnnie Walker was pulling the strings from the start, and may in fact be Kafka's father.]]

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* [[spoiler:BigBad]]: BigBad: [[spoiler: While unexpected due to the somewhat dreamlike flow of the story, on a second reading one can see that Johnnie Walker was pulling the strings from the start, and may in fact be Kafka's father.]]



* [[spoiler: BrotherSisterIncest]]: [[spoiler: Sakura ''might'' be Kafka's sister.]]

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* [[spoiler: BrotherSisterIncest]]: BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler: Sakura ''might'' be Kafka's sister.]]



* CatsAreMagic: They can talk, though only Nakata [[spoiler: and later Hoshino]] can understand them, and they're somehow integral to Johnnie Walker's plans.



* CoolOldGuy: Nakata is a bit strange, but he's an unambiguously good man.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[spoiler: Colonel Sanders]] has little patience for Hoshino's questioning.



* EyeScream: [[spoiler: The boy named Crow delivers a pretty nasty one to Johnnie Walker.]]

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* EyeScream: [[spoiler: The boy named Crow delivers a pretty nasty one to Johnnie Walker.Walker, who is unfazed and amused by it.]]



* {{Gorn}}: Not often, but there are a couple of extremely visceral scenes, mostly involving [[HumanoidAbomination Johnnie Walker]].



* HumanoidAbomination: Johnnie Walker [[spoiler: and later Colonel Sanders.]] Judging from the latter's dialogue, they seem to be sentient "archetypes" of some sort that represent cosmic forces.



* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal:]] [[spoiler: Johnnie Walker, Miss Saeki, Nakata, Some of the talking cats, and Kafka's dad.]]

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* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal:]] KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Johnnie Walker, Miss Saeki, Nakata, Some of the talking cats, and Kafka's dad.]]



* [[spoiler: MayDecemberRomance: Kafka and Miss Saeki.]]

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* [[spoiler: MayDecemberRomance: Kafka and [[spoiler: Miss Saeki.]]



* [[spoiler: MrsRobinson]]: [[spoiler: Miss Saeki, who might also be Kafka's mother.]]

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* [[spoiler: MrsRobinson]]: MrsRobinson: [[spoiler: Miss Saeki, who might also be Kafka's mother.]]



* NiceGuy: Nakata is unfailingly polite and good-natured.



* NotSoStoic: This is arguably the point of Kafka's story arc.



* OrWasItADream:

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* OrWasItADream: It's ambiguous as to whether or not [[spoiler: Kafka actually raped Sakura.]]



* [[spoiler: SurpriseIncest: Kafka has sex with two women who might be his mom and sister.]]

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* [[spoiler: SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Kafka has sex with two women who might be his mom and sister.]]



* [[spoiler: {{Transsexual}}]]: [[spoiler: Oshima is female-to-male transsexual attracted to men. He's intersex as well, having underdeveloped breasts and no period]].
* TwoLinesNoWaiting

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* [[spoiler: {{Transsexual}}]]: {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler: Oshima is female-to-male transsexual attracted to men. He's intersex as well, having underdeveloped breasts and no period]].
* TwoLinesNoWaitingTwoLinesNoWaiting: It switches back and forth between Kafka and Nakata's stories, with occasional digressions for other characters like Oshima.


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* WholePlotReference: Kafka's story is one to ''Oedipus Rex'', which gets pointed out in-universe.
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