History Literature / SanoIchiro

9th Apr '16 12:53:32 PM Doryna
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** Yanagisawa vows revenge against Sano for his son's death, even though Sano had nothing to do with it. Ditto with Yoshisato, even though [[spoiler: he was later found to be alive and in hiding]].

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** Yanagisawa vows revenge against Sano for his son's son Yoritomo's death, even though Sano had nothing to do with it. Ditto with his other son, Yoshisato, even though [[spoiler: he Yoshisato was later found to be alive and in hiding]].
9th Apr '16 12:44:06 PM Doryna
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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: In ''The Iris Fan'', [[spoiler: Hirata lives long enough for his family to be at his side as he slips away. After she forgives him for leaving them, he dies in Midori's arms, remembering the love he always had for her.]]
3rd Apr '16 8:38:44 PM Doryna
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* FakeKillScare: During Yanagisawa and Sano's raid of Edo castle, Marume is severely injured, but remains behind to hold off their enemies long enough for Sano to make his way to the palace. Marume goes down in the wave of fighters and disappears; Sano is upset at losing such a loyal man, but forces himself to continue on as the fate of Japan is at stake. After the climax, it is revealed that Marume was knocked unconscious in the fight, was found by Reiko, and sent to Lord Mori's estate to be tended to.


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* KilledOffscreen: Detective Fukida is killed by the massive earthquake that happens at the beginning of ''The Incense Game''. Even though the earthquake is shown in the book, Fukida's death is not; Sano reveals it a month later when he has a memory of Marume pulling his partner's body from the ruins of Sano's estate as Sano and and a solemn Marume head off to a post-disaster investigation.
21st Mar '16 1:21:28 AM Doryna
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** Tsumihime, the shogun's daughter, dies of smallpox. [[spoiler: Ienobu arranged for a maid in the house to be expose her to the disease and prevent her from having a son, putting another heir before him in the Tokugawa line of succession.]]

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** Tsumihime, the shogun's daughter, dies of smallpox. [[spoiler: Ienobu arranged for a maid in the house to be expose her to who had survived the disease to expose Tsumihime to it, killing her and prevent preventing the possibility of her from having bearing a son, son and putting another heir before him in the Tokugawa line of succession.]]
20th Mar '16 2:36:08 AM Doryna
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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The victim in ''The Fire Kimono'', whose death was originally blamed on the Great Long-Sleeves Kimono Fire that killed thousands.

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: MakeItLookLikeAnAccident:
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The victim in ''The Fire Kimono'', whose death was originally blamed on the Great Long-Sleeves Kimono Fire that killed thousands.thousands.
** Tsumihime, the shogun's daughter, dies of smallpox. [[spoiler: Ienobu arranged for a maid in the house to be expose her to the disease and prevent her from having a son, putting another heir before him in the Tokugawa line of succession.]]
18th Mar '16 7:48:29 PM Doryna
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As it is a mystery series, solutions to the mysteries themselves will be hidden, but as much of the plot revolves around the politics of the court itself, those points will not. So, fair warning, '''''major'' spoilers below.'''''

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As it is a mystery series, solutions to the mysteries themselves will be hidden, but as much of the plot revolves around the politics of the court itself, those points will not. So, fair warning, '''''major'' spoilers below.'''''
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18th Mar '16 7:48:10 PM Doryna
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As it is a mystery series, solutions to the mysteries themselves will be hidden, but as much of the plot revolves around the politics of the court itself, those points will not. So, fair warning, ''major'' spoilers below.

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As it is a mystery series, solutions to the mysteries themselves will be hidden, but as much of the plot revolves around the politics of the court itself, those points will not. So, fair warning, ''major'' '''''major'' spoilers below.
below.'''''
17th Mar '16 8:58:22 PM Doryna
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* SadisticChoice: Poor, poor Lady Nobuko. Two men are vying for control of Japan after her husband's death; one had her kidnapped and raped to discredit her rival, the other was behind the plot that caused the death of her only child. After the shogun dies, she's confronted with a chance to inflict revenge on either Yanagisawa or Ienobu. She ''snaps'', unable to kill one lest the other one rise to power.

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* SadisticChoice: Poor, poor Lady Nobuko. Two men are vying for control of Japan after her husband's death; one had her kidnapped and raped to discredit her his rival, the other was behind the plot that caused the death of her only child. After the shogun dies, she's confronted with a chance to inflict revenge on either Yanagisawa or Ienobu. She ''snaps'', unable to kill one lest the other one rise to power.
17th Mar '16 8:53:21 PM Doryna
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* IronicEcho: During the meeting in the aftermath of the shogun's death, there is concern that Sano [[spoiler: is the only one who can control the words and actions of the new shogun, Ienobu.]] One of the senior elders protests that they can't have a shogun that can't think for himself; there is then a guilty silence as everyone remembers how much of an Extreme Doormat the old shogun was.
* JidaiGeki: The time period the novels are set in, specifically the Edo period.

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* IronicEcho: IronicEcho:
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During the meeting in the aftermath of the shogun's death, there is concern that Sano [[spoiler: is the only one who can control the words and actions of the new shogun, Ienobu.]] One of the senior elders protests that they can't have a shogun that can't think for himself; there is then a guilty silence as everyone remembers how much of an Extreme Doormat the old shogun was.
** Perhaps the biggest one, after all the struggles Sano had just staying in court, keeping his reputation intact and his family alive, and in spite of genuinely having no interest in ruling over Japan, [[spoiler: he ends up with sole and absolute control over the new shogun, allowing him to basically rule Japan.]]
* JidaiGeki: The time period the novels are set in, specifically the Edo period.period during the reign of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.
17th Mar '16 8:47:27 PM Doryna
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* IronicEcho: During the meeting in the aftermath of the shogun's death, there is concern that Sano [[spoiler: is the only one who can control the words and actions of the new shogun, Ienobu.]] One of the senior elders protests that they can't have a shogun that can't think for himself; there is then a guilty silence as everyone remembers how much of an Extreme Doormat the old shogun was.



* ManipulativeBastard: Chamberlain Yanagisawa, who is not only the Shogun's lover, but knows exactly how to phrase things to his lord to make himself look good and his competitors look bad. It gets more and more impressive as the books go on... just when it seems Yanagisawa can't go any farther with stretching the truth, he somehow does.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Chamberlain Yanagisawa, who is not only the Shogun's lover, but knows exactly how to phrase things to his lord to make himself look good and his competitors look bad. It gets more and more impressive as the books go on... just when it seems Yanagisawa can't go any farther with stretching the truth, he somehow does. It culminates when he manages to pass off his own son as the shogun's long lost son... and future Tokugawa heir.



* SleepingTheirWayToTheTop: Yanagisawa got the job as Chamberlain by becoming the Shogun's lover. He encourages his son Yoritomo to employ the same method in an attempt to have Yoritomo declared next-in-line as shogun.

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* SleepingTheirWayToTheTop: Yanagisawa got the job as Chamberlain by becoming the Shogun's lover. He encourages his son Yoritomo to employ the same method in an attempt to have Yoritomo declared next-in-line as shogun. His other son, Yoshisato, outright tells his father he will not sink to such depths.



* SuccessionCrisis: The lack of a direct heir to the Tokugawa line spurs most of the political plotting in the series as factions compete for the shogun's favor. Sano seems to be the only person in Edo Castle who ''doesn't'' want this for this son, which naturally, no one else believes.

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* SuccessionCrisis: The lack of a direct heir to the Tokugawa line spurs most of the political plotting in the series as factions compete for the shogun's favor. Sano seems to be the only person in Edo Castle who ''doesn't'' want this for this son, which naturally, no one else believes. It pretty much takes the focus of the last two books in the series, as Sano ends up investigating the death of the shogun's only child, a daughter who could have produced him an heir.



* UpperClassTwit: Tokugawa Tsunayoshi. This is a trait he shares with his mother (who lucked into being upper class) and his only daughter (who can't shut up about being the shogun's daughter).

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* UpperClassTwit: Tokugawa Tsunayoshi. This is a trait he shares with his mother Keisho-in (who lucked into being upper class) and his only daughter Tsumihime (who can't shut up about being the shogun's daughter).
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