History Literature / TalesOfTheOtori

25th Oct '16 5:13:05 PM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: A good portion of the cast, but special mention has to go to General Saga; a man so badass that [[spoiler:getting shot through the eye only ''encourages him'' to pursue an alliance with [[WorthyOpponent Takeo's]] family.]]



* FauxActionGirl: Kaede. A fairly realistic example; her apparent {{Badass}}ery is built up by showing her to fight competently in training situations (and indeed learn reasonably fast), and more than one [[AttemptedRape attempted rapist]] has failed to realise that she's armed and willing to kill. The fights she's lost so quickly have been against men with at least as much training and considerably more experience than her, in addition to the obvious advantage of physical strength, and by that point they are treating her as a serious opponent so don't make the mistake of underestimating her.

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* FauxActionGirl: Kaede. A fairly realistic example; her apparent {{Badass}}ery badassery is built up by showing her to fight competently in training situations (and indeed learn reasonably fast), and more than one [[AttemptedRape attempted rapist]] has failed to realise that she's armed and willing to kill. The fights she's lost so quickly have been against men with at least as much training and considerably more experience than her, in addition to the obvious advantage of physical strength, and by that point they are treating her as a serious opponent so don't make the mistake of underestimating her.
18th Apr '16 10:24:18 AM majoraoftime
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The story is set in a fantastical alternate version of Japan. The area of the stories corresponds more or less identically to Chugoku, western Japan (just turn the book's map 90 degrees and the coastline matches up nigh-on perfectly). Hagi, Hofu and Matsue retain their real-life locations and placenames, with others renamed/moved. The real town of Tsuwano appears to have been shifted southwards, and Inuyama looks like it would be Fukuyama, a real-life castle town in the same place. The oft mentioned "mainland" is China/Korea, the white "barbarians" in ''The Harsh Cry of the Heron'' are from Portugal, and the off-map Imperial Capital of Miyako is actually Kyoto (assuming the history is based off the Warring States period, Edo/Tokyo would not exist as a capital and Kyoto was indeed referred to as Miyako during this period).

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The story is set in a fantastical alternate version of Japan. The area of the stories corresponds more or less identically to Chugoku, western Japan (just turn the book's map 90 degrees and the coastline matches up nigh-on perfectly). Hagi, Hofu and Matsue retain their real-life locations and placenames, with others renamed/moved. The real town of Tsuwano appears to have been shifted southwards, and Inuyama looks like it would be Fukuyama, a real-life castle town in the same place. The oft mentioned "mainland" is China/Korea, "Tenjiku" is India, the white "barbarians" in ''The Harsh Cry of the Heron'' are from Portugal, and the off-map Imperial Capital of Miyako is actually Kyoto (assuming the history is based off the Warring States period, Edo/Tokyo would not exist as a capital and Kyoto was indeed referred to as Miyako during this period).
7th Apr '14 5:27:45 AM MorwenEdhelwen
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* RecycledInSpace: A sort of ''StarWars'' in feudal Japan.
11th Feb '14 8:19:11 AM Swmystery
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*FinalBoss: Of the original trilogy, [[spoiler: Kikuta Kotaro]] at the end of ''Brilliance of the Moon.'' [[spoiler: Takeo and Kenji win, but Takeo loses two fingers in the process and nearly dies of a poisoned wound thereafter]].
18th Jan '14 9:18:07 PM Aerro
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The story is set in a fantastical alternate version of Japan. The area of the stories corresponds more or less identically to Chugoku, western Japan (just turn the book's map 90 degrees and the coastline matches up nigh-on perfectly). Hagi, Hofu and Matsue retain their real-life locations and placenames, with others renamed/moved. The real town of Tsuwano appears to have been shifted southwards, and Inuyama looks like it would be Fukuyama, a real-life castle town in the same place. The oft mentioned "mainland" is China/Korea, the white "barbarians" in ''The Harsh Cry of the Heron'' are from Portugal, and the off-map Imperial Capital of Miyako is more or less Kyoto (assuming the history is based off the Warring States period, Edo/Tokyo would not exist as a capital).

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The story is set in a fantastical alternate version of Japan. The area of the stories corresponds more or less identically to Chugoku, western Japan (just turn the book's map 90 degrees and the coastline matches up nigh-on perfectly). Hagi, Hofu and Matsue retain their real-life locations and placenames, with others renamed/moved. The real town of Tsuwano appears to have been shifted southwards, and Inuyama looks like it would be Fukuyama, a real-life castle town in the same place. The oft mentioned "mainland" is China/Korea, the white "barbarians" in ''The Harsh Cry of the Heron'' are from Portugal, and the off-map Imperial Capital of Miyako is more or less actually Kyoto (assuming the history is based off the Warring States period, Edo/Tokyo would not exist as a capital).capital and Kyoto was indeed referred to as Miyako during this period).
30th Dec '13 4:39:36 PM Ciara13
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* LoveAtFirstSight: Kaede has this for Takeo pretty much from the first moment she sees him, when they haven't even met yet! It takes Takeo about five minutes to reciprocate when they actually ''do'' meet.
9th Dec '13 7:32:43 AM Ciara13
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* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:Takeo's failure to explain to Kaede about his affair with Yuki. Had she found out in almost ''any'' other manner than the one did,]] the story would have had a much happier ending. For the record, [[spoiler:Takeo had]] twenty years in which to explain all of this, but didn't.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:Takeo's failure to explain to Kaede about his affair with Yuki. Had she found out in almost ''any'' other manner than the one she did,]] the story would have had a much happier ending. For the record, [[spoiler:Takeo had]] twenty years in which to explain all of this, but didn't.
6th Oct '13 6:11:37 PM Vilui
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* The Muto -- The Kikuta's main rival for control of the Tribe.

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* The Muto -- The Kikuta's Kikutas' main rival for control of the Tribe.
17th Jul '13 6:08:32 AM yisfidri
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* RedemptionEqualsAffliction: [[spoiler:Kenji's return to Takeo's side after his enormous betrayal of Takeo and Shigeru in ''Across the Nightingale Floor'' is spurred by the manipulation and murder of his daughter Yuki.]]
4th May '13 6:05:00 AM mzytryck
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* AffablyEvil: It is difficult to call Fujiwara "friendly" since he is so secretive and controlled, but he is excessively polite.

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* AffablyEvil: It is difficult to call Fujiwara "friendly" since he is so secretive and controlled, but he is excessively polite.polite and very generous to people who arouse his interest.


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* DemotedToExtra: Happens in-universe to Kaede after she marries Takeo and [[spoiler: re-takes Maruyama]]. Even though she is the one with birthright to the land and should be able to rule in her own right, all the retainers are used to women being subservient to their husbands, so whenever she tries to do something useful she keeps getting politely blocked and advised to wait for Takeo's approval. It gets even worse when [[spoiler: she is forced into a marriage with Fujiwara, who keeps her shut away and denies her any power whatsoever. While this might be normal procedure for someone who considers her a beautiful object in his collection, he is shown to relish mentally abusing people, so might have done this precisely because he knows this is the worst thing that can happen to a strong and independent-minded woman who tasted real freedom, power and had a husband who considered her an equal]].


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* LoveMakesYouStupid: Everyone thinks this about Takeo and Kaede, and were it not for the fact that their rise and fall is literally ordained by Heaven they would probably have been shown to be correct, as both lovers do suicidally unwise things to be together.


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* SecretKeeper: Fujiwara, as a collector of rare and precious things, is obsessed with finding out all Kaede's secrets and then keeping them; he considers them all the more valuable for being known only to her and him. Kaede eventually trades her secrets for his support, and shares her story with him in every detail, making him the only person apart from her, Takeo and Shizuka who knows the true story of [[spoiler: Iida's death]].
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