History Manga / PetShopOfHorrors

26th Jul '16 2:35:24 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Subverted; Leon when a woman kidnaps D and Chris lies to his superior that he doesn't remember shooting her husband in self-defense, but he has a flashback to her grief.

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Subverted; Leon when a woman kidnaps D and Chris Chris, Leon lies to his superior that he doesn't remember shooting her husband in self-defense, but he has a flashback to her grief.
26th Jul '16 2:33:34 PM JoieDeCombat
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* AdultFear: D's pets seem to bring this out in more than a few stories:
** In "Daughter" two parents, the Langfords are mourning the loss of their child Alice to [[spoiler: drug addiction that Mrs. Langford enabled]]. When D offers them a ReplacementGoldfish claiming it's a rabbit, Mrs. Langford sobs and insists that it's Alice brought back to them. In the anime this is taken further, where they thank D for bringing Alice back to life.
** In another story, a girl sees her family fighting all the time, only settling down when getting a pet that pleases all of them. This makes her upset, and she keeps begging for them to stop arguing. It turns out that [[spoiler: the "girl" is a ghost dog, and her original family left her and drove off a cliff]]. In the fire that ensues, D has to remind the family that at least they are all alive and have each other, though [[spoiler: he [[BlatantLies couldn't save]] their pet.]]
** Chris's situation. He blames himself for his mother's death and feels that his sisters do the same, which is why Leon takes him in, despite not having a child-friendly apartment until D cleans it. Chris also can't talk, although thanks to D he can communicate telepathically with Leon and with the animals in the shop. ThereAreNoTherapists, though there is magic.
** In one manga chapter a woman kidnaps Chris and Count D, meaning to kill them in revenge for Leon killing her criminal husband in self-defense. Leon lies to the officer that [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he doesn't remember that day]], but he confronts the woman and says that if she wants to kill him, then go ahead, but leave Chris and D out of it. D is only able to stop her by revealing [[spoiler: that she's pregnant and would be a criminal mother as well]].
12th Apr '16 2:27:47 PM AndyLA
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''Pet Shop of Horrors'' is the story of a peculiar shop in Chinatown, and the clients that visit it. The store's proprietor is an effeminate and sinister man only known as "Count D". He sells both normal animals and mythical creatures to people who visit his DysfunctionJunction. These animals and creatures can appear human to clients who are searching for something in life -- a pet to help them get over the loss of a child, for example, or to cope with unrequited love. Count D uses his pets to teach their human caretaker a lesson, making them sign a contract stating they'll take good care of their new friends. Almost inevitably, they don't. The outcome is rarely pleasant, although some stories (especially those involving pets given to children) do have very heartwarming endings.

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''Pet Shop of Horrors'' is the story of a peculiar shop in the Los Angeles Chinatown, and the clients that visit it. The store's proprietor is an effeminate and sinister man only known as "Count D". He sells both normal animals and mythical creatures to people who visit his DysfunctionJunction. These animals and creatures can appear human to clients who are searching for something in life -- a pet to help them get over the loss of a child, for example, or to cope with unrequited love. Count D uses his pets to teach their human caretaker a lesson, making them sign a contract stating they'll take good care of their new friends. Almost inevitably, they don't. The outcome is rarely pleasant, although some stories (especially those involving pets given to children) do have very heartwarming endings.


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Has no relation with ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'', so no, you won't find giant man-eating plant monsters here.
12th Apr '16 5:15:41 AM Solle
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''Pet Shop of Horrors'' is a {{Horror}}/[[SpeculativeFiction Fantasy]] manga by Matsuri Akino, which was later developed into a four episode anime. Its demographic is {{josei}}. Despite the title, the manga rarely focuses on horror, instead slowly building up the relationships between its characters in a magical setting. It has the occasional gore scene, though, and whole lot of terrifying monsters. Despite having some EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, the manga is generally considered to be much deeper than the anime, which mainly focused on the horror aspects.

''Pet Shop of Horrors'' is the story of a peculiar shop in Chinatown, and the clients that visit it. The store's proprietor is an effeminate and sinister man only known as "Count D". He sells normal animals and mythical creatures to people who visit his DysfunctionJunction, and the animals and creatures can appear human to clients who are searching for something in life -- a pet to help them get over the loss of a child, or to cope with unrequited love. Count D uses his pets to teach their human caretaker a lesson, making them sign a contract stating they'll take good care of their new friends. Almost inevitably, they don't. The outcome is rarely pleasant, although some stories (especially those involving pets given to children) do have very heartwarming endings.

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''Pet Shop of Horrors'' is a {{Horror}}/[[SpeculativeFiction Fantasy]] {{josei}} manga by Matsuri Akino, which was later developed into a four episode anime. Its demographic is {{josei}}. Akino. Despite the title, the manga only rarely focuses on horror, instead slowly building up the relationships between its characters in a magical setting. It has The four-episode anime adaptation produced by Madhouse chose to focus largely on the occasional gore scene, though, horror, and whole lot of terrifying monsters. Despite having some EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, re-imagined four chapters from the manga is generally considered to be much deeper than the anime, which mainly focused on the horror aspects.series.

''Pet Shop of Horrors'' is the story of a peculiar shop in Chinatown, and the clients that visit it. The store's proprietor is an effeminate and sinister man only known as "Count D". He sells both normal animals and mythical creatures to people who visit his DysfunctionJunction, and the DysfunctionJunction. These animals and creatures can appear human to clients who are searching for something in life -- a pet to help them get over the loss of a child, for example, or to cope with unrequited love. Count D uses his pets to teach their human caretaker a lesson, making them sign a contract stating they'll take good care of their new friends. Almost inevitably, they don't. The outcome is rarely pleasant, although some stories (especially those involving pets given to children) do have very heartwarming endings.



When Leon's traumatized and mute little brother Chris arrives to stay with his sibling, D becomes the boy's babysitter. Along with the animals of the pet shop, Leon and D become the boy's new family, and they gradually open up to each other. The cast additionally consists of Jill (Leon's detective partner), Tetsu (a teenaged Tao Tieh goat-demon with a crush on D), Pon-chan (a little raccoon girl), Hon Long (a three-headed dragon girl), and Q-chan (D's familiar, who is ''much'' more than he seems to be). However, D's affection for Leon and Chris doesn't stop the pet shop's body count from increasing -- and when D's EvilutionaryBiologist father turns up after many years, Leon finds himself drawn into a desperate attempt to save all of humanity.

{{Tokyopop}}'s translation of the first few volumes was widely disliked by the fans. It [[CutAndPasteTranslation added swears, mistranslated many names and sound effects, included many typographical errors, and generally seemed disrespectful towards the source material]]. After four volumes, a new translator was hired, who ''immediately'' asked the manga's fan translation community on Yahoo Groups for help. As a result, the remaining six volumes of the series have a more accurate translation, although they, too, are riddled with flaws and egregious mistranslations. Sadly, however, much of the manga's text is full of untranslatable jokes: D's speech in Japanese often states one thing in hiragana (ex. "innocent bystanders"), but something ''quite'' different in kanji (ex. "mere mortals"). Finding an annotated fan translation is still highly recommended to fully enjoy the series.

The manga currently has a sequel in the works, ''Shin Pet Shop of Horrors'' (New PSOH, or PSOH:Tokyo, in English), with the action moved over to Shinjuku's Red Light District in Tokyo.

Not to be confused with Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors. Nor Hasbro's ''Franchise/LittlestPetShop'' toys. Nor the ''Music/PetShopBoys''. Nor ''WesternAnimation/DrZitbagsTransylvaniaPetShop''. Though Google will kindly do it for you anyways.

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When Leon's traumatized and mute little brother Chris arrives to stay with his sibling, D becomes the boy's babysitter. Along with the animals of the pet shop, Leon and D become the boy's new family, and they gradually open up to each other. The cast additionally consists of Jill (Leon's detective partner), Tetsu (a teenaged Tao Tieh goat-demon with a crush on D), Pon-chan (a little raccoon girl), Hon Long (a three-headed dragon girl), girl) and Q-chan (D's familiar, who is ''much'' more than he seems to be).bat familiar). However, D's affection for Leon and Chris doesn't stop the pet shop's body count from increasing -- and when D's EvilutionaryBiologist father turns up after many years, Leon finds himself drawn into a desperate attempt to save all of humanity.

{{Tokyopop}}'s translation of the first few volumes was widely disliked by the fans. It [[CutAndPasteTranslation added swears, mistranslated many names and sound effects, included many typographical errors, and generally seemed disrespectful towards altered the source material]]. After four volumes, a new translator was hired, who ''immediately'' asked the manga's fan translation community on Yahoo Groups for help. As a result, the remaining six volumes of the series have a more accurate translation, although they, too, are riddled with flaws and egregious mistranslations. Sadly, however, much Much of the manga's text is also full of untranslatable jokes: D's speech in Japanese often states one thing in hiragana (ex. "innocent bystanders"), but something ''quite'' different in kanji (ex. "mere mortals"). Finding an annotated fan translation is still highly recommended to fully enjoy the series.

The manga currently has a sequel in the works, sequel, ''Shin Pet Shop of Horrors'' (New PSOH, or PSOH:Tokyo, in English), with the action moved over to Shinjuku's Red Light District in Tokyo.

Not to be confused with Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors. Nor Hasbro's ''Franchise/LittlestPetShop'' toys. Nor the ''Music/PetShopBoys''. Nor ''WesternAnimation/DrZitbagsTransylvaniaPetShop''. Though Google will kindly do it for you anyways.
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6th Mar '16 12:13:07 PM vifetoile
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* AnimeChineseGirl: The Kirin chooses this form. It's approriate, considering the Kirin is a Chinese mythological creature.

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* AnimeChineseGirl: The Kirin chooses this form. It's approriate, considering the Kirin is a Chinese mythological creature. While many other "pets" look like adults, the Kirin looks like a young girl with bound feet, wearing a lavishly ornate outfit, flowered headdress, and imposing makeup.



* CostumePorn: Pretty much every single anthropomorphized animal has a jaw-droppingly gorgeous outfit, sometimes based on real-world folk costumes, sometimes made of pure fancy. Rich folds of embroidered cloth, ropes of pearls, elaborate hair or headdresses... it's a cosplayer's dream come true.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The idea and the title almost sounds a little like Film/LittleShopOfHorrors.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The idea and the title almost sounds a little like Film/LittleShopOfHorrors. Both works take a cynical look at human nature, and revel in characters being karmically punished by peculiar creatures.
15th Jan '16 9:19:14 PM Jayalaw
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: D demonstrates this due to his preference for animals over humans. In the second volume a queen comes to him and asks him to destroy a "bastard" that we are led to believe is a human fetus conceived in a runaway princess's womb, and says it's because of the promise his grandfather made. D does the deed with disgust, with Leon assuming that he murdered the ''human'' princess. What he actually did was [[spoiler: steal the last two eggs of an endangered bird species, destroy the sperm sample, and let it enter extinction.]]

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: D demonstrates this due to his preference for animals over humans.humans, not batting an eye when humans die but caring when the animals do. In the second volume a queen comes to him and asks him to destroy a "bastard" that we are led to believe is a human fetus conceived in a runaway princess's womb, and says it's because of the promise his grandfather made. D does the deed with disgust, with Leon assuming that he murdered the ''human'' princess. What he actually did was [[spoiler: steal the last two eggs of an endangered bird species, destroy the sperm sample, and let it enter extinction.]]



* RightForTheWrongReasons: Leon about how D is unscrupulous, thinking him to be a common criminal instead of a FantasticAesop enforcer. The first anime episode displays this perfectly, when he accuses D of selling drugs to Alice Haywood while investigating the girl's death and the strange pet shop. Although he is right in that D did sell something of question to the Haywoods, it was actually a rabbit [[spoiler: that eats human flesh if it goes off its diet of raw vegetables]]. As the series goes on, however, Leon starts to see D's true nature, and the federal authorities applaud him for starting to see it.



* SanitySlippage: It's safe to assume that Jason was slowly losing it when he was spending time with his mermaid.

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* SanitySlippage: It's safe to assume that Jason was slowly losing it when he was spending time with his mermaid.mermaid, since it resembled Evangeline.


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* UndyingLoyalty: Daisy, [[spoiler: the dog]] for her human Maggie. When Maggie fails a SecretTestOfCharacter by adopting Daisy, treating her as something to boss around and getting jealous when her family likes Daisy better, the latter saves her from a fate of joining D's children that are left in the lab.
15th Jan '16 7:13:19 PM Jayalaw
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* AdultFear: D's pets seem to bring this out in more than a few stories:
** In "Daughter" two parents, the Langfords are mourning the loss of their child Alice to [[spoiler: drug addiction that Mrs. Langford enabled]]. When D offers them a ReplacementGoldfish claiming it's a rabbit, Mrs. Langford sobs and insists that it's Alice brought back to them. In the anime this is taken further, where they thank D for bringing Alice back to life.
** In another story, a girl sees her family fighting all the time, only settling down when getting a pet that pleases all of them. This makes her upset, and she keeps begging for them to stop arguing. It turns out that [[spoiler: the "girl" is a ghost dog, and her original family left her and drove off a cliff]]. In the fire that ensues, D has to remind the family that at least they are all alive and have each other, though [[spoiler: he [[BlatantLies couldn't save]] their pet.]]
** Chris's situation. He blames himself for his mother's death and feels that his sisters do the same, which is why Leon takes him in, despite not having a child-friendly apartment until D cleans it. Chris also can't talk, although thanks to D he can communicate telepathically with Leon and with the animals in the shop. ThereAreNoTherapists, though there is magic.
** In one manga chapter a woman kidnaps Chris and Count D, meaning to kill them in revenge for Leon killing her criminal husband in self-defense. Leon lies to the officer that [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he doesn't remember that day]], but he confronts the woman and says that if she wants to kill him, then go ahead, but leave Chris and D out of it. D is only able to stop her by revealing [[spoiler: that she's pregnant and would be a criminal mother as well]].



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: D demonstrates this due to his preference for animals over humans. In the second volume a queen comes to him and asks him to destroy a "bastard" that we are led to believe is a human fetus conceived in a runaway princess's womb, and says it's because of the promise his grandfather made. D does the deed with disgust, with Leon assuming that he murdered the ''human'' princess. What he actually did was [[spoiler: steal the last two eggs of an endangered bird species, destroy the sperm sample, and let it enter extinction.]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Subverted; Leon when a woman kidnaps D and Chris lies to his superior that he doesn't remember shooting her husband in self-defense, but he has a flashback to her grief.



* FoodAsBribe: Sometimes Leon can bribe D with pastries to assist him with cases.



* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Leon tries to say this once when D runs into his arms to escape from [[spoiler: a vampire]], but D then stomps on his foot and tells him to be quiet.



* WeAllLiveInAmerica: The setting is in Chinatown of Los Angeles, but the original manga and anime has people speaking Japanese.

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* WeAllLiveInAmerica: The setting is in Chinatown of Los Angeles, but the original manga and anime has people speaking Japanese. In one case, Leon is able to get beer from a vending machine, which is ''not'' an American invention.


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* WhatTheHellHero: One of the driving points of the series, more so in the anime; Leon ''hates'' that D sells dangerous pets to clients, and says that the shop is not liable. He makes good points about how they seem to be DisproportionateRetribution and can cause a moral hazard.
14th Jan '16 12:16:06 PM BlacKat
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* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:D is saved by his pets]].
** [[spoiler:Xiao Fua fights back against her Boss/attacker. She doesn't get raped, but she dies]].

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* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:D is D comes under danger of this a few times, though he either deals with it himself or [[spoiler:is saved by his pets]].
pets]] before it goes beyond innuendo and/or threats to that effect.
** [[spoiler:Xiao Xiao Fua fights [[spoiler:fights back against her Boss/attacker. She doesn't get raped, escaped the rape, but she dies]].loses her life]].



* GayBravado: D's behaviour can easily be interpreted this way, considering how all of his flirting is intended as mind games and manipulation -- and his heartfelt confession in book 9 that he [[spoiler: is incapable of understanding love]].



* WillTheyOrWontThey: D and Leon. [[spoiler: They won't.]]
18th Oct '15 3:24:11 AM Barano
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: What was his name in the end? Vesca/Wescar/Iesca/Uesca Howell? Or did Akino all along intend to tell us [[GratuitousEnglish his name]] is Howell [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Wesker]]? After all, Americans introduce each other [[ShapedLikeItself first-name first]], and translators could have gone along with the Japanese convention instead...

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: What was SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** The translator probably didn't realize that like Leon, Chris and Jill, agent Howell is also named after a ''ResidentEvil'' character, Wesker. He ended up romanizing
his name in the end? Vesca/Wescar/Iesca/Uesca Howell? Or did Akino all along intend to tell us [[GratuitousEnglish his name]] is Howell [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Wesker]]? After all, Americans introduce each other [[ShapedLikeItself first-name first]], and translators could have gone along with the Japanese convention instead...as "Vesca".



** T-chan, or [[GenderBlenderName Tetsu]] or [[GenderBlenderName Tet]]-chan...? (Gender-blending because, in "toutetsu", "tou" and not "tetsu" is the male kanji and term.)

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** T-chan, or [[GenderBlenderName Tetsu]] Tetsu or [[GenderBlenderName Tet]]-chan...? (Gender-blending because, Tet-chan...?
*** This is just a case of TranslationConvention. In Japanese it's "Tet-chan", it was localized
in "toutetsu", "tou" and not "tetsu" is the male kanji and term.)English translation as "T-chan".
18th Oct '15 3:17:11 AM Barano
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{{Tokyopop}}'s translation of the first few volumes was widely disliked by the fans. It [[CutAndPasteTranslation added swears, mistranslated many names and sound effects, included many typographical errors, and generally seemed disrespectful towards the source material]]. After four volumes, a new translator was hired, who ''immediately'' asked the manga's fan translation community on Yahoo Groups for help. As a result, the remaining six volumes of the series have a much more accurate translation. Sadly, however, much of the manga's text is full of untranslatable jokes: D's speech in Japanese often states one thing in hiragana (ex. "innocent bystanders"), but something ''quite'' different in kanji (ex. "mere mortals"). Finding an annotated fan translation is still highly recommended to fully enjoy the series.

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{{Tokyopop}}'s translation of the first few volumes was widely disliked by the fans. It [[CutAndPasteTranslation added swears, mistranslated many names and sound effects, included many typographical errors, and generally seemed disrespectful towards the source material]]. After four volumes, a new translator was hired, who ''immediately'' asked the manga's fan translation community on Yahoo Groups for help. As a result, the remaining six volumes of the series have a much more accurate translation.translation, although they, too, are riddled with flaws and egregious mistranslations. Sadly, however, much of the manga's text is full of untranslatable jokes: D's speech in Japanese often states one thing in hiragana (ex. "innocent bystanders"), but something ''quite'' different in kanji (ex. "mere mortals"). Finding an annotated fan translation is still highly recommended to fully enjoy the series.
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