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[[caption-width:250:The main characters: three dead, one alive]]

''Sad, isn't it? If you insist on maintaining your own Way, you will aggravate people. But if you stray from your ethics, you will fall into depravity. Evil and ambition scatter in the darkness, and all that remains is a sad rumor among the townsfolk. To the next world we commit thee!'' --Mataichi

An anime horror anthology based upon a series of novels by Natsuhiko Kyogoku and originally broadcast in late 2003, also known as ''100 Stories'' and titled ''RequiemFromTheDarkness'' in Geneon's official US release. ''100 Stories'' concerns the adventures of a rather clumsy and shiftless young writer named Momosuke, who travels feudal Japan in search of ghost stories to chronicle after he grows tired of writing children's riddles. Taking shelter at a ramshackle inn one rainy night, Momosuke encounters three unusual beings - Mataichi the charm-seller, Ogin the puppeteer and Nagamimi the shapeshifter - and discovers a world of supernatural horror he may never fully understand. Also has a page under RequiemFromTheDarkness.
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This show provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade
* AxCrazy: Most of the sinners that the group encounters will either be this already or will devolve into this once their sins are revealed.
* {{The BeastMaster}}: Nagamimi can control animals.
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding]]: [[spoiler:Although they win in the end, Mataichi, Nagamimi, and Ogin all die, leaving poor Momosuke alone, just as Ogin finally says his name instead of referring to him as "author." However, it does leave open the possibility that they may still be alive after Momosuke publishes his book.]]
* BigBad: Kyogoku Tei
* BlackAndGreyMorality: While some of the work they do is explicitly good, Nagamimi, Mataichi, and Ogin have been known to enter this realm when it comes to punish sinners.
* TheBlank: see NoMouth.
* BrokenBird: Ogin has shades of it, mostly thanks to her horrible backstory.
* CatapultNightmare: more than once.
* TheChessmaster: Kyogoku Tei
* ConspicuousCG
* DarkIsNotEvil: Mataichi, Ogin and Nagamimi.
* DarkWorld
* DerangedAnimation: Just look at several of the "people" in the crowd scenes, and then watch some of the action scenes and you'll know why this trope is almost omnipresent here.
* TheDragon: Tatsuha
* EyeScream: A particularly squirmy example in "Floating Head."
* GainaxEnding
* GigglingVillain: Tatsuta.
* {{Gorn}}: There's even an episode concerning a series of pornographic scrolls detailing the various stages of corpse decay.
* {{Gonk}}: ''100 Stories'' features an ''extremely'' bizarre art style, particularly notable in its depiction of villagers and other incidental characters.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Men, Women, Children The AbsurdlySharpBlade makes no distiction
* HelloNurse: Ogin. Which is a bit creepy, considering she's dead. ''This does not deter Momosuke.''
* HumansAreBastards: The point of the show, though "bastards" might be too kind a term.
** The final episode has shades of it at the beginning, but overall the show has a bit of an optimistic approach to this trope.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Despite his efforts to join Mataichi and the gang, Momosuke is repeatedly told to turn back before it's too late.
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm A Humanitarian]]: "Salty Choji."
* InfantImmortality: Sickeningly averted in several episodes, including the first two.
* JadeColouredGlasses: Momosuke dones these near the end of the series.
* KabukiSounds
* KnightTemplar: The Three Protagonists.
* MarshmallowHell: Ogin does this to Momosuke in the first episode.
* MeaningfulName: Nagamimi ("Long Ears").
* MindScrew: Sometimes it's very difficult to understand just what the heck is going on here, thanks to long bouts of {{Exposition}} on things that may have been mentioned once in the episode in question.
* MrExposition: Mataichi is just about this trope personified.
* MsFanservice: Ms. Ogin, of course.
* NoMouth: Most of the minor characters. The pic on that page is from this series.
* NorioWakamoto: Nagamimi.
* OmnicidalManiac: Kyogoku Tei
* ParentalIncest: "Floating Head."
* PerversePuppet: Ogin's puppet, which is very pretty...until it looks at you.
* PowersThatBe: Kyougokutei and the White and Black Hags.
* {{Pyromaniac}}: Shiragiku [[spoiler:(actually Tatsuta impersonating her)]]
* SchizoTech: Momosuke's goggles.
* ScoobyDooHoax: A fair few of the sinners operate under this idea.
* ShapeShifter: Nagamimi.
* SickSadWorld: And how.
* SurrealHorror
* {{Transvestite}}: "The Willow Woman."
* TearsOfBlood
* TheNoseless: see NoMouth.
* TheTrickster: The entire crew, but especially Mataichi.
* TooDumbToLive: Momosuke is Too Well-Meaning To Live. Luckily Mataichi's team is there to save his ass.
* VerbalTic: Quite a few. Mataichi's speech is highly archaic, and Nagamimi...well, Nagamimi is NorioWakamoto.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: A mystical WMD ''powered by human atrocity'', no less. Becomes the focus of the final two episodes.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Momosuke can't go five steps without running into some demon or serial killer. Then again, it is mostly his fault for actively seeking these things for his book.
* WideEyedIdealist: Momosuke, initially at least.
* WhenTreesAttack: Two for one special; decapitates a woman holding a baby. The women drops the baby. Then she falls on and ''crushes'' the baby.
* WritersSuck: Poor Momosuke is ''everyone's'' ButtMonkey.
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