History Literature / TalesOfTheOtori

8th Nov '17 4:03:06 AM Momochi
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* EyesAlwaysAverted: Takeo gains the power to look into another person's eyes and make them fall asleep. The first time he does it to a human, after practicing on animals, he does it inadvertently, and for a significant amount of time after that he avoids looking anyone in the eye, even and especially his closest friends, in case he accidentally uses the power again.
17th Jun '17 3:22:49 AM mzytryck01
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* AllForNothing: Throughout "Harsh Cry of the Heron", [[spoiler: Zenko and Hana]] have run themselves ragged trying to take over the Three Countries in alliance with Saga. They end up being ordered to kill themselves, because he actually prefers an alliance with the good guys.



* BaldWoman: [[spoiler: Kaede]] gets all her hair burned off at the end of the third book, and while it does grow back it is never as even or silky as it was before.



* BittersweetEnding: Most of the books end on this note. [[spoiler:''The Harsh Cry of the Heron'']] is particularly notable, as it ends with [[spoiler:most of the cast dead, including Takeo and one of his daughters, the loss of the independence of the Three Countries and Shigeko being married to their conqueror]] to counterbalance [[spoiler:that all the Otori clan's enemies are dead, the annexation is on their terms, the Tribes having been all but wiped out and Kaede finally getting her act together after being an emotional wreck since the end of ''Brilliance of the Moon''.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: Most of the books end on this note. [[spoiler:''The Harsh Cry of the Heron'']] is particularly notable, as it ends with [[spoiler:most of the cast dead, including Takeo and one of his daughters, the loss of the independence of the Three Countries and Shigeko being married to their conqueror]] to counterbalance [[spoiler:that all the Otori clan's enemies are dead, the annexation is on their terms, the Tribes Tribe's having been all but wiped out and Kaede finally getting her act together after being an emotional wreck since the end of ''Brilliance of the Moon''.]]



* DepravedHomosexual: Fujiwara.

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* DepravedHomosexual: Fujiwara.Played with in Fujiwara. His homosexuality means he is not sexually attracted to Kaede, and considering himself to be safe from the supposed curse that kills men who desire her makes him willing to [[spoiler: force her into marriage]] when a heterosexual might not take the risk, but otherwise his sexual preference plays no part in his lack of morality.



* DieOrFly: The first time Takeo uses his Tribe power of a 'second self', it's to dodge Iida's sword.

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* DieOrFly: The first time Takeo uses his Tribe power of a 'second self', it's to instinctively dodge Iida's sword.



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Arai does this]].

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Arai [[spoiler: Arai does this]].this]].
* FamousLastWords: "We have all night" gets used twice; once by [[spoiler: Iida]] as he is about to rape Kaede, and later by [[spoiler: Fujiwara]] as he prepares to torture one of Kaede's closest friends while she is ForcedToWatch. Since the latter knows the story of the former in great detail, it's likely he deliberately uses that specific phrase to trigger Kaede's memories of it.



** For the series as a whole, Lord Saga (the most powerful warlord in the Eight Islands and basically the shogun in all but name,) is this for the Three Countries. [[spoiler: They don't stand a chance in the long-term, but impress him enough on the battlefield that he is willing to negotiate a peaceful takeover on good terms to the surviving Otori]].



* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex

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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSexGoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Takeo and Kaede, Shigeru and Naomi.



** In ''Harsh Cry of the Heron'', Hana is much cleverer and more manipulative than her husband Zenko.

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** In ''Harsh Cry of the Heron'', Hana is much cleverer and more clever and manipulative than her husband Zenko.



* NiceGuy: Dr Ishida is one of the very few totally non-violent characters, being genuinely kind and empathetic to everyone. Unusually for this trope, he is not considered to be boring and dull by others, but is actually exceptional in the ProudWarriorRace WorldOfBadass. He also [[spoiler: ends up marrying ActionGirl Shizuka, who is attracted to him because of his non-violence, averting the usual fate of nice guys in romance]].



* NobleBigot: Thanks to the extremely rigid culture, there are several perfectly admirable people who have extremely deep-rooted prejudices. Virtually everyone considers outcastes and the Hidden to be untouchable, even those (like Kaede) who have themselves seriously suffered from other people's prejudices. The best example is probably Makoto, who is courageous, thoughtful, spiritual, fiercely loyal and considers the idea of treating women and outcastes equally to men to be absurd. Once he gets proven wrong, he makes a conscious effort to improve himself, however.









* {{Sadist}}: From the second he sees Iida, Takeo knows that Iida is this, and the rest of the story confirms this. As the trilogy continues, it becomes increasingly clear that [[spoiler: Fujiwara]] fits as well, though he enjoys emotional tragedy rather than physical pain.



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Sort of; the narrator informs us that Fujiwara uses such flowery language that even Kaede struggles to understand what he's saying sometimes, but his direct speech is not particularly difficult, presumably because it would be very difficult to translate accurately into English.



* TraumaticHaircut: [[spoiler: Kaede]]'s hair gets burned off at the end of the third book, and since it never regrows to the same length and beauty she is still ashamed of it years afterwards.



* 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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* 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.peak, even when she is older than Kaede at her peak and having had two children.
18th Mar '17 8:57:06 PM CosmicFerret
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Set in a fictional version of feudal Japan, The ''Tales of the Otori'' series tells the story of a pair of Japanese teenagers who become ensnared in a secret war between between two powerful warrior clans, the Otori and and the Tohan. It is told from the perspective of Takeo, a young man in whose veins flow the blood of two profoundly different groups: the pacifistic JapaneseChristian sect known as the Hidden, and the Tribe, a secret network of supernatural assassins. After his village is massacred by Iida Sadamu, leader of the dominant Tohan clan, Takeo is adopted by the disgraced warrior Otori Shigeru, who wishes to use Takeo's awakening supernatural abilities to overthrow the Tohan. But before he can accomplish this goal, he must first come to terms with his own identity as both a pacifist and an assassin. The other principal viewpoint character is Shirakawa Kaede, whom Hearn describes as her "tribute to all the women who are nameless in Japanese history, who figure in samurai family trees simply as ''onna'' (woman)." A young heiress held hostage to ensure her father's loyalty to the Tohan, Kaede is soon caught up in Shigeru's plot against Iida.

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Set in a fictional version of feudal Japan, The ''Tales of the Otori'' series tells the story of a pair of Japanese teenagers who become ensnared in a secret war between between two powerful warrior clans, the Otori and and the Tohan. It is told from the perspective of Takeo, a young man in whose veins flow the blood of two profoundly different groups: the pacifistic JapaneseChristian UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian sect known as the Hidden, and the Tribe, a secret network of supernatural assassins. After his village is massacred by Iida Sadamu, leader of the dominant Tohan clan, Takeo is adopted by the disgraced warrior Otori Shigeru, who wishes to use Takeo's awakening supernatural abilities to overthrow the Tohan. But before he can accomplish this goal, he must first come to terms with his own identity as both a pacifist and an assassin. The other principal viewpoint character is Shirakawa Kaede, whom Hearn describes as her "tribute to all the women who are nameless in Japanese history, who figure in samurai family trees simply as ''onna'' (woman)." A young heiress held hostage to ensure her father's loyalty to the Tohan, Kaede is soon caught up in Shigeru's plot against Iida.
7th Feb '17 12:08:07 PM IamTheCaligula
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** Jo An -- An outcast and supporter of Takeo.

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** Jo An Jo-An -- An outcast and supporter of Takeo.



* LoonyFan: Jo An.

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* LoonyFan: Jo An.Jo-An.



* PoisonousFriend: Jo An to Takeo, simply because of his social status.

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* PoisonousFriend: Jo An Jo-An to Takeo, simply because of his social status.



* ShootTheDog: Arai forces Takeo to [[spoiler:kill Jo An]] to prove his loyalty to him.

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* ShootTheDog: Arai forces Takeo to [[spoiler:kill Jo An]] Jo-An]] to prove his loyalty to him.



* ThemeNaming: The Hidden all have Rōmaji Christian names: Jo An (John), Madaren (Madeline), Tomasu (Thomas).

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* ThemeNaming: The Hidden all have Rōmaji Christian names: Jo An Jo-An (John), Madaren (Madeline), Tomasu (Thomas).
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.
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