History Manga / NightmareInspector

27th Mar '18 11:07:59 AM Octoya
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* NightmareFetishist: The Baku; the most disturbing and sorrowful a dream is, the better it tastes. Hiroku himself notes a few times that nightmares with blood and death taste particularly good.

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* NightmareFetishist: The Baku; the most more disturbing and sorrowful a dream is, the better it tastes. Hiroku himself notes a few times that nightmares with blood and death taste particularly good.
27th Mar '18 11:06:09 AM Octoya
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* MandatoryTwistEnding: Most of the short stories end To the point where when a chapter ends 'without' a twist of some sort, it's so surprising it practically counts as a twist in itself.

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* MandatoryTwistEnding: Most of the short stories end To with Hiruko discovering that not all was as it seemed with his customer and their troubles, from the very first ending that had the dreamer turn out to be [[spoiler:a weather vane.]] This is to the point where when a chapter ends 'without' ''without'' a twist of some sort, it's so surprising it practically counts as a twist in itself.
27th Mar '18 11:02:48 AM Octoya
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** Another story has
** [[spoiler: Not to mention the ending of the entire series: while Azuka's nightmare/fantasy of making Chitose the next baku ends and he and Mizuki are reunited, Chitose is revealed to be nothing more than a figment of Azuka's imagination brought to life by his nightmare/fantasy and, once it ends, fades away. The worst part is that he finally got all the happiness he was missing while being abused, and once he realizes it he can do nothing but disappear.]]
* BodyHorror: A woman has dreams about losing different body parts: Her arms, eyes, and an ear. She discovers that [[spoiler: she had a painful breakup and she was forgetting the memory by losing the ear that heard her love say goodbye, the hand that parted with his, and the eyes that saw him leave. She leaves the hand behind in the dream that was a "good memory" so that she could start fresh. That was the hand that she had stabbed him with out of anger. She gets away with the crime because she couldn't remember stabbing him because she never regained that memory.]]

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** Another story has
has a woman who was losing her memories in her dreams; she recovers enough of her memory to know that she had suffered a painful breakup, and she resolves to move on and make new memories. [[spoiler:But she conveniently forgot that she tried to ''murder'' the man she broke up with, who was in the hospital for three months with a stab wound. She presumably escapes justice because of this.]]
** [[spoiler: Not to mention the ending of the [[spoiler:the entire series: while Azuka's Azusa's nightmare/fantasy of making Chitose the next baku ends and he and Mizuki are reunited, Chitose is revealed to be nothing more than a figment of Azuka's Azusa's imagination brought to life by his nightmare/fantasy and, once it ends, fades away. The worst part is that he finally got all the happiness he was missing while being abused, and once he realizes it he can do nothing but disappear.]]
* BodyHorror: A woman has dreams about losing different body parts: Her arms, eyes, and an ear. She discovers that [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she had a painful breakup and she was forgetting the memory by losing the ear that heard her love say goodbye, the hand that parted with his, and the eyes that saw him leave. She leaves the hand behind in the dream that was a "good memory" so that she could start fresh. That was the hand that she had stabbed him with out of anger. She gets away with the crime because she couldn't remember stabbing him because she never regained that memory.]]
25th Mar '18 9:25:40 PM Octoya
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The series is mostly episodic, and each chapter sees Hiruko helping a new client discover what their nightmare means. There is an overarching story about the origins of the baku and the histories of the Silver Star's residents Hiruko, Mizuki, and Hifumi, but the emphasis is on the customers.

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The series takes place over the course of nine volumes and is mostly episodic, and each chapter sees Hiruko helping a new client discover what their nightmare means. There is an overarching story about the origins of the baku and the histories of the Silver Star's residents Hiruko, Mizuki, and Hifumi, but the emphasis is on the customers.



* ALoveToDismember - The body part in question isn't ''quite'' severed, but in one later chapter, a man [[spoiler:bricks his wife up in a wall and leaves her arm sticking out, stroking it and talking to it.]]
* AllJustADream - Often subverted, but [[spoiler:grandly played straight in the end]], when they find out that [[spoiler:just about everything that happened since Chitose took over as Hiruko the Baku is all a massive nightmare created by Azusa, with the help of the Delirium.]]
* AndIMustScream - [[spoiler: While Hiruko was still Chitose Kurosu his masters broke all of his limbs. All he could do was scream.]]
* AxCrazy - Mizuki Asahina and Hiruko say that dangerous sleepwalkers running into Ginseikan is a common occurrence.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor - in spades.
* {{Bishonen}} - Most of the male characters are beautiful.
* BittersweetEnding
** Pretty much the best you can hope for if you've got a nightmare that you want Hiruko to help you with.

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* ALoveToDismember - ALoveToDismember: The body part in question isn't ''quite'' severed, but in one later chapter, a man [[spoiler:bricks his wife up in a wall and leaves her arm sticking out, stroking it and talking to it.]]
* AllJustADream - Often subverted, AllJustADream: Sometimes subverted in the individual stories, but [[spoiler:grandly played straight in the end]], when they find out that [[spoiler:just about everything that happened since Chitose took over as Hiruko the Baku is all a massive nightmare created by Azusa, with the help of the Delirium.]]
* AndIMustScream - [[spoiler: While Hiruko was still Chitose Kurosu his masters broke all of his limbs. All he could do was scream.
]]
* AxCrazy - AxCrazy: Mizuki Asahina and Hiruko say that dangerous sleepwalkers running into Ginseikan is a common occurrence.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor - BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Many, many examples across the stories. For a few notable ones:
** A girl
in spades.
one story gets ''two'' instances of this when she wishes, prior to the story, that something exciting could happen to her when she's in a rut caused by her writing down "tomorrow will repeat today" in her dreams. Unthinkingly, she writes "tomorrow you will stab someone." Horrified, the girl now wishes that she could return to her old rut, and she asks Hiruko to rewrite her dream. [[spoiler:As she instructs, he writes down "tomorrow will repeat today," leading to her repeating the entire episode, attempted stabbing and all.]]
* {{Bishonen}} - {{Bishonen}}: Most of the male characters are beautiful.
* BittersweetEnding
** Pretty much the best you can hope for if you've got a nightmare that you want
beautiful, especially Hiruko himself.
* BittersweetEnding:
** Some of the stories end this way; for example, the first story has the [[spoiler:weather vane]] able
to help you with.hold the dead mistress of his mansion, as he longed to do for so long, [[spoiler:but he's just a weather vane, and presumably he can't give her a proper funeral.]]
** Another story has



* BodyHorror - A woman has dreams about losing different body parts: Her arms, eyes, and an ear. She discovers that [[spoiler: she had a painful breakup and she was forgetting the memory by losing the ear that heard her love say goodbye, the hand that parted with his, and the eyes that saw him leave. She leaves the hand behind in the dream that was a "good memory" so that she could start fresh. That was the hand that she had stabbed him with out of anger. She gets away with the crime because she couldn't remember stabbing him because she never regained that memory.]]
* CloudCuckooland - The Delirium. If you get locked in a room there, you live out your biggest fantasy until you either die or realize it's all a delusion.
* CloudCuckoolander - Kairi, The Delirium's owner.
* CrapsackWorld - If a BittersweetEnding is the best you can hope for...
* CruelTwistEnding - Some of the chapters could've been pleasant happy endings if not for this trope's sudden appearance.
* ColdBloodedTorture - See {{And I Must Scream}}.
* DeadAllAlong - Several clients turn out to be dead. [[spoiler:Also, the real Chitose.]]
* DiabolusExMachina - The series loves making it seem as if a customer's story will end happily, then introducing a sudden out-of-nowhere twist or reveal that puts a much more sinister twist on things.
* {{Fanboy}} - A young man falls in love with a movie star that he has reoccurring dreams about committing suicide like she did in one of her movies.
* FlashbackNightmare - A common occurence among Hiruko's customers.
* GainaxEnding - The series ends with this, with a touch of NoEnding because really, the resolution isn't one. The last couple pages just make it ''[[MindScrew worse]].''
* GreenEyedMonster - Several of the customers, often in conjunction with LoveMakesYouEvil.
* GroundhogDayLoop - In one of the first chapters, this seems to be happening to a customer, who every night writes in her dream on a piece of paper "every day will be exactly the same" [[spoiler: or rather, Hiruko writes it for her, as the end of the chapter hints]]- and indeed, it is.
* HumansAreBastards - Although a human customer does get a BittersweetEnding or even a happy ending occasionally, they far more often have bad endings. The non-human customers typically have better endings.
* IFoundYouLikeThis - Kashina is introduced as the girl who helped [[spoiler:Chitose]] survive during the time he was [[spoiler:locked up and tortured.]] When she meets him again much later, she hugs him, and then kisses him shortly afterwards. [[spoiler:Then it turns out she was imprisoned by the same people who tortured Chitose, and that she was only helping him because if he died, she'd be tortured next, making her arguably a deconstruction.]]
* LoveHurts - Happens with many of Hiruko's customers, sometimes involving the death of some person or another.
* [[{{Girl In A Box}} Man In A Box]] - [[spoiler: Azusa Asahina, Mizuki?s older brother and former Baku, is kept in Hiruko?s briefcase after being eaten by a nightmare instead of him doing the eating.]]
* MandatoryTwistEnding - To the point where when a chapter ends 'without' a twist of some sort, it's so surprising it practically counts as a twist in itself.
* MindScrew
* NightmareFetishist - The Baku fit the name of this trope almost literally.
* NightmareSequence - Most of them aren't too frightening, but given the premise of the series, it's only natural that they show up every chapter, besides a few exceptions.
* PsychologicalHorror
* ReplacementGoldfish - It's implied at a few points in the series that Mizuki only sees [[spoiler:Chitose, Hiruko the Baku's current vessel]] as a temporary replacement for [[spoiler:her brother, Azusa, his predecessor]].
* ShootTheShaggyDog - [[spoiler: Chitose, the current vessel of Hiruko the Baku, was encouraged by Hifumi and Mizuki to seek his own happiness, and he decides to actually try. Then he finds out that he was actually just a figment of Azusa's imagination, and is going to fade in about 2 hours.]]
* StoicSpectacles - Kairi.
* TheKillerInMe - Happens at least once with a customer trying to find out who killed someone, usually with amnesia involved in some way or another.
* TrappedInTVLand - Overlaps with DreamLand in several cases, including a woman who wishes to be with her dead husband in a sketch of his and gets her wish (with unexpected consequences, of course), a nightmare where Hiruko enters a manga, and possibly some other examples.
* UnreliableNarrator - Many of the clients are hiding something, or have memories altered due to trauma. In several cases, the client is actually dead (or not even human to begin with!) already and we don't know until the end of the chapter.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute - Averted. The carving of a rat symbolized a father's love, and the figurine is considered to be very cute.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Happened with [[spoiler: the original Hiruko, who merged with Azusa as a way of "death",]] and later with [[spoiler: Azusa himself]].

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* BodyHorror - BodyHorror: A woman has dreams about losing different body parts: Her arms, eyes, and an ear. She discovers that [[spoiler: she had a painful breakup and she was forgetting the memory by losing the ear that heard her love say goodbye, the hand that parted with his, and the eyes that saw him leave. She leaves the hand behind in the dream that was a "good memory" so that she could start fresh. That was the hand that she had stabbed him with out of anger. She gets away with the crime because she couldn't remember stabbing him because she never regained that memory.]]
* CloudCuckooland - CloudCuckooland: The Delirium. If you get locked in a room there, you live out your biggest fantasy until you either die or realize it's all a delusion.
* CloudCuckoolander - CloudCuckoolander: Kairi, The Delirium's owner.
* CrapsackWorld - If a BittersweetEnding
owner, who is the best you can hope for...
* CruelTwistEnding -
often found lost in a nonsensical fantasy.
%%* CruelTwistEnding:
Some of the chapters could've been pleasant happy endings if not for this trope's sudden appearance.
* ColdBloodedTorture - See {{And I Must Scream}}.
* DeadAllAlong - Several clients turn out
ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler:Chitose Kurosu, Hiroku's old identity, was treated as a toy and tortured by his previous masters. This led him to be dead. [[spoiler:Also, the real Chitose.dream for a happier life, a fantasy which would become deluded into a nightmare.]]
* DiabolusExMachina - DeadAllAlong: Several clients turn out to be dead. [[spoiler:Also, the real Chitose, with the current Chitose being a dream made real.]]
* DiabolusExMachina:
The series loves making it seem as if a customer's story will end happily, then introducing a sudden out-of-nowhere twist or reveal that puts a much more sinister twist on things.
things. One example is the fan of a beloved movie star who has Hiroku manipulate his dreams so that he saves her from a suicide attempt, giving them a chance to live happily together. [[spoiler:Only to reveal that the movie star is still mentally ill and suicidal, and she wants to make her lover "join" her...]]
* {{Fanboy}} - {{Fanboy}}: A young man falls in love with a movie star that he and has reoccurring dreams about her committing suicide like she did in one of her movies.
movies.
* FlashbackNightmare - A common occurence among FlashbackNightmare: Some of Hiruko's customers.
* GainaxEnding -
customers dream about things they've seen in reality or in their past, such as the man from "Characters" dreaming about him with his father in his father's last moments.
%%* GainaxEnding:
The series ends with this, with a touch of NoEnding because really, the resolution isn't one. The last couple pages just make it ''[[MindScrew worse]].''
* GreenEyedMonster - GreenEyedMonster: Several of the customers, often customers will end up dreaming about someone they're in conjunction love with LoveMakesYouEvil.
who's unobtainable because they're with someone else. How they handle it leads to the resolution (for better or worse) of the dream.
* GroundhogDayLoop - GroundhogDayLoop: In one of the first chapters, this seems to be happening to a customer, who every night writes in her dream on a piece of paper "every day will be exactly the same" [[spoiler: or rather, Hiruko writes it for her, as the end of the chapter hints]]- and indeed, it is.
* HumansAreBastards - HumansAreBastards: Although a human customer does get a BittersweetEnding or even a happy ending occasionally, they far more often have bad endings.endings, and nearly all of them because of their own carelessness, foolishness, or selfishness. The non-human customers typically have better endings.
* IFoundYouLikeThis - IFoundYouLikeThis: Kashina is introduced as the girl who helped [[spoiler:Chitose]] survive during the time he was [[spoiler:locked up and tortured.]] When she meets him again much later, she hugs him, and then kisses him shortly afterwards. [[spoiler:Then it turns out she was imprisoned by the same people who tortured Chitose, and that she was only helping him because if he died, she'd be tortured next, making her arguably a deconstruction.]]
* LoveHurts - LoveHurts: Happens with many of Hiruko's customers, sometimes involving the death of some person or another.
* [[{{Girl In A Box}} Man In A Box]] - MandatoryTwistEnding: Most of the short stories end To the point where when a chapter ends 'without' a twist of some sort, it's so surprising it practically counts as a twist in itself.
* MindScrew: Among other weirdness like as found in [[CloudCuckooLand the Delirium]], the series is very unclear about when something is ''just'' a dream which affects nothing but the client's own mental health or when it's something that actually has an impact on the real world, leading it to have very confusing logic. The fact that one of the first chapters ends on a GroundhogDayLoop and yet the story keeps going on is confusing enough.
* NightmareFetishist: The Baku; the most disturbing and sorrowful a dream is, the better it tastes. Hiroku himself notes a few times that nightmares with blood and death taste particularly good.
* NightmareSequence: The sequence after Hiroku sends his client to sleep marks the most surreal part of each short story. Most of them aren't too frightening, but they show up every chapter, besides a few exceptions.
%%* PsychologicalHorror
* ReplacementGoldfish: It's implied at a few points in the series that Mizuki only sees [[spoiler:Chitose, Hiruko the Baku's current vessel]] as a temporary replacement for [[spoiler:her brother, Azusa, his predecessor]].
* SealedEvilInACan: Downplayed example;
[[spoiler: Azusa Asahina, Mizuki?s Mizuki's older brother and former Baku, is kept in Hiruko?s Hiruko's briefcase after being eaten by a nightmare instead of him doing the eating.eating. The suitcase is said to exude an eerie and cold feeling.]]
* MandatoryTwistEnding - To the point where when a chapter ends 'without' a twist of some sort, it's so surprising it practically counts as a twist in itself.
* MindScrew
* NightmareFetishist - The Baku fit the name of this trope almost literally.
* NightmareSequence - Most of them aren't too frightening, but given the premise of the series, it's only natural that they show up every chapter, besides a few exceptions.
* PsychologicalHorror
* ReplacementGoldfish - It's implied at a few points in the series that Mizuki only sees [[spoiler:Chitose, Hiruko the Baku's current vessel]] as a temporary replacement for [[spoiler:her brother, Azusa, his predecessor]].
* ShootTheShaggyDog -
ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: Chitose, the current vessel of Hiruko the Baku, was encouraged by Hifumi and Mizuki to seek his own happiness, and he decides to actually try. Then he finds out that he was actually just a figment of Azusa's imagination, and is going to fade in about 2 hours.]]
* StoicSpectacles - %%* StoicSpectacles: Kairi.
* TheKillerInMe - TheKillerInMe: Happens at least once with a customer trying to find out who killed someone, usually with amnesia involved in some way or another.
* TrappedInTVLand - TrappedInTVLand: Overlaps with DreamLand in several cases, including a woman who wishes to be with her dead husband in a sketch of his and gets her wish (with unexpected consequences, of course), a nightmare where Hiruko enters a manga, and possibly some other examples.
* UnreliableNarrator - UnreliableNarrator: Many of the clients are hiding something, or have memories altered due to trauma. In several cases, the client is actually dead (or not even human to begin with!) already and we don't know until the end of the chapter.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute - Averted. The carving of a rat symbolized a father's love, and the figurine is considered to be very cute.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Happened with [[spoiler: the original Hiruko, who merged with Azusa as a way of "death",]] and later with [[spoiler: Azusa himself]]. For both, having an extended life proved hazardous for their mental health.
14th Feb '16 2:47:49 PM ZeldaQueen64
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* {{Anvilicious}} - BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor



* BittersweetEnding - pretty much the best you can hope for if you've got a nightmare that you want Hiruko to help you with.

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* BittersweetEnding - pretty BittersweetEnding
** Pretty
much the best you can hope for if you've got a nightmare that you want Hiruko to help you with.



* CanonFodder - The resolution is... [[MindScrew confusing...]] to say the least. And even then, some things, such as Kairi and the Delirium, never even get an attempt at an explanation.



* FoeYay - Tsukishiro and [[spoiler:Azusa]] in the last volume. Might overlap with NoYay for some people.



* HumansAreBastards - although a human customer does get a BittersweetEnding or even a happy ending occasionally, they far more often have bad endings. The non-human customers typically have better endings.

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* HumansAreBastards - although Although a human customer does get a BittersweetEnding or even a happy ending occasionally, they far more often have bad endings. The non-human customers typically have better endings.



* NightmareFetishist ? The Baku fit the name of this trope almost literally.

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* NightmareFetishist ? - The Baku fit the name of this trope almost literally.
24th Jan '16 10:27:27 AM aye_amber
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* WhoWantsToLiveForever - Happened with [[spoiler: the original Hiruko, who merged with Azusa as a way of "death",]] and later with [[spoiler: Azusa himself]].

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever - WhoWantsToLiveForever: Happened with [[spoiler: the original Hiruko, who merged with Azusa as a way of "death",]] and later with [[spoiler: Azusa himself]].
18th Jan '16 2:38:55 AM aye_amber
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23rd Dec '15 11:20:36 AM Willbyr
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This series provides examples of:

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7th Oct '13 1:50:18 AM theAdeptRogue
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* WhiteHairedPrettyBoy - Tsukishiro
11th Jun '12 7:17:05 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ReplacementGoldfish - It's implied at a few points in the series that Mizuki only sees [[spoiler:Chitose, Hiruko the Baku's current vessel]] as a temporary replacement for [[spoiler:her brother, Azusa, his predecessor]], though [[YourMileageMayVary YMMV]] on whether she still feels like that in the end.

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* ReplacementGoldfish - It's implied at a few points in the series that Mizuki only sees [[spoiler:Chitose, Hiruko the Baku's current vessel]] as a temporary replacement for [[spoiler:her brother, Azusa, his predecessor]], though [[YourMileageMayVary YMMV]] on whether she still feels like that in the end.predecessor]].
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