History Literature / TalesOfTheOtori

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]].
4th May '13 5:41:37 AM mzytryck
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* ArrangedMarriage: Kaede and Fujiwara.

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* ArrangedMarriage: Kaede Given the feudal setting, this happens a lot. So much, in fact, that even Takeo and Fujiwara.Kaede's allies are incredulous at the idea of marrying for love.



* EasyLogistics: Averted. The difficulty of moving a large army around is not glossed over, and it is discussed that [[spoiler: new overlord Arai]] has left himself in a very weak long-term position by conquering and expanding too quickly, leaving the land behind him in a shambles and unable to support any long-term plans.



* ExposedToTheElements: The vicious winters are a major threat in ''Grass for his Pillow'', and their deadliness to anyone who isn't properly prepared for them is not understated. ''Brilliance of the Moon'' likewise shows exactly how bad an idea it is to get caught in a typhoon.



** It's also worth noting that it is never suggested that combat is Kaede's main skill; she is much more of a GuileHero, and consciously builds on this strength because, far from insisting she is a super-badass who can take care of herself, which is what this trope normally does, she is well aware of her disadvantage in a fight and decides to use her brain instead.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Fujiwara is normally AffablyEvil, being genuinely polite and as friendly as his deliberate coolness permits. However, after [[spoiler: he forces Kaede to marry him]] the discovery of how cruel he can be and his delight in psychological abusing [[spoiler: Kaede]] makes his completely unchanged level of politeness really unnerving.

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** It's also worth noting that it is never suggested that combat is Kaede's main skill; she is much more of a GuileHero, and consciously builds on this strength because, far from insisting she is a super-badass who can take care of herself, which (as is what normal for this trope normally does, trope,) she is well aware of her disadvantage in a fight and decides to use her brain instead.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Fujiwara is normally AffablyEvil, being genuinely polite and as friendly as his deliberate coolness permits. However, after [[spoiler: he forces Kaede to marry him]] the discovery of how cruel he can be and his delight in psychological psychologically abusing [[spoiler: Kaede]] makes his completely unchanged level of politeness really unnerving.



** After Takeo inadvertently gets [[spoiler: Jo-An]] tortured through his disobedience, Akio punishes him by telling him every little detail of what the victim goes through.



* HotBlooded: Takeo seems to feel his emotions very intensely, not helped by the fact that he's a teenager for the original trilogy. His lack of self-control when pushed too far, (in addition to various {{Berserk Button}}s that can bring him to that point instantly,) frequently get him into trouble. However, he is also capable of very strong friendship and affection, and ironically, these turn out to be more harmful than his explosive temper; in ''Brilliance of the Moon'' he gets an opportunity to think over the various disasters that have affected him and Kaede, and realises that all of the major ones were the result of him giving in to his feelings of love/lust even when he knew it was a bad idea.



** Kenji also thinks the Kikuta had one in their training of Takeo; everyone who spends any time at all with Takeo soon discovers that he's extremely stubborn but intensely loyal, and would automatically resist being forced into something, but do absolutely anything for someone who earns his respect and loyalty. Consequently, Kenji is not in the least bit surprised that forcing Takeo to train under the stiff-necked and domineering Akio went rather spectacularly wrong.



* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: While Takeo is not stupid, he can always fall back on his Tribe skills, so the fact that Kaede can't (and is constantly in an extremely vulnerable position,) means that she has much more experience of using her brain.
** In ''Harsh Cry of the Heron'', Hana is much cleverer and more manipulative than her husband Zenko.



* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Kaede [[spoiler: until she gets caught in a fire.]]

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* WindowsOfTheSoul: The Kikuta sleep (which allows them to make someone fall into a trance by looking into their eyes,) attacks its victim through their own psychological weaknesses. This means that while Takeo cannot exactly read minds, he can sense whatever weakness someone has that makes them vulnerable to his gaze, which can tell him some quite important stuff about the person in question. It also means that if someone can resist his gaze it means they either have a huge amount of inner peace or have survived a rather intense psychological baptism by fire and emerged stronger than before.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Kaede [[spoiler: until she gets caught in a fire.]]]] Once her little sister, Hana, grows up, she is said to be just as beautiful as Kaede at her peak.
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