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'''''Genzo''''', a.k.a. '''''Genzou Hitogata Kiwa''''' (''Genzo: Tale of the Human-shaped Fiend''), is a short manga consisting of five volumes and written by Yuzo Takada, author of ''Manga/SazanEyes'' and ''Manga/BlueSeed''.

The story begins in the UsefulNotes/SengokuJidai, when UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi is the ruler of the land. The beautiful but [[{{Tomboy}} tomboyish]] princess Kiku of Kamigawa ask the help of the legendary "Puppet Master" Seibei Tsuchimura, in order stop the plans of her EvilUncle who has poisoned her [[KissingCousins Cousin/future husband]] Tatsumaru. The old Seibei has left the Puppetmastery art long ago, but he offer her the help of his apprentice and son-in-law [[SociopathicHero Genzo Tsuchimura]], who is trying to make a perfect puppet of her deceased and beloved wife Saki. Soon the OddCouple get involved in a series of weird events and secrets plots.

The series doesn't really follow a specific arc, but it's more like a series of short stories, usually in a {{Horror}} fashion with some dark humor, drama and mistery inside. One of the volumes contains a short story titled "Gostuden" (Tale of the Gotsu Sword) which take place two hundred years later and its about O-shizu, a young girl working for a ''Kawaraban'' (sort of newspaper), a wandering swordmaster looking for a cursed blade and some mysterious gruesome murders.
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!!''Genzo'' provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Samoji sword in the second volume and the Gotsumaru blade in the special. [[spoiler: the Yamiganemaru blade in the last story]].
* ActionGirl: Kiku and Otsuru
* AloofBigBrother: Koshiro Honebami to Genzo
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Sort of: Kiku says she will only marry a man strong enough to beat her in a swordfight, but she has eyes only for Genzo
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: sort of. Kiku's love for Genzo is clear, [[spoiler: but only in the final story she asks him to marry her]].
* {{Antihero}}: Genzo. He slowly gets better thanks to Kiku and Otsuru
* ArtificialHuman: Genzo's puppets can easly pass as living humans and are often used as decoys for Daimyo.
* ArtificialLimbs: at the beginning of the last story a limpy old man asks Genzo to make an artificial leg for him. [[spoiler: it doesn't end well..]]
* ArrangedMarriage: Kiku with Tatsumaru at first. It was later played for laughs in a Kiku-centered mini arc.
* AsideGlance: Kiku at the end of the above-mentioned ArrangedMarriage miniarc. See also LesYay below.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: When Genzo is wrapped in Koshirou's flesh doll, he manage to stop it by finding and snappig its ninyh "spine segment" in its back. Later Koshiro does a similar trick by ordering his crow to sever Genzo's puppert's threads.
* AttemptedRape: First Kiku's uncle [[ParentalIncest on her]], and then Denzaemon on Oshizu ''with a [[GroinAttack katana blade.]]'' They both get what they deserve...
* AxeCrazy: [[spoiler:Yasuke wielding the Yamiganemaru and, for a brief instant, Kiku herself.]]
* BadAss: Genzo. Also the nameless Samurai with Gotsumaru in the extra. Koshiro may count as well.
** BadAssAdorable: Otsuru.
** BadAssNormal: Pricess Kiku may lack tricks or otherwordly powers, but she's more than capable to slice through hordes of enemies DualWielding swords!
* BaldOfAwesome: The one-shot villain Kyokai the Warrior Monk sports one.
* BarbieDollAnatomy, averted: Naked women will often appear, and not only their nipples but also their pubes are visible.
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' call Kiku [[ACupAngst flat-chested]], or she'll rip you a new one!
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Some pretty ladies get awful-looking scars on their bodies. [[spoiler: Kiku shows the signs of her battle with Yasuke at the end.]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Prince(ss) Kiku can easly pass as an attractive man when she wears samurai clothes. [[spoiler:Kiyone does this as well.]]
* BigBad: Each story has its own, but probably the most blatant and suitable is Maria Kusuru.
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding]]:[[spoiler:Kiku survives and both Yasuke and Yamiganemaru are no longer a threat, but Genzo, whi survived the fire, has left, but he may be back again.]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Otsuru has a [[HooksAndCrooks sickle blade]] instead of her right hand.
* BlobMonster: Genzo's and Koshiro's puppets tend to turn into a large [[CombatTentacles tentacled mass]] of flesh when hit, so that they can grab the opponent and hold him still. It was also used to kill Kiku's uncle.
* BlushSticker: Osato has them.
* BreakTheCutie: Poor Genzo, who got his wife horribly killed in front of his eyes. Also Otsuru in volumes 1 and 5.
* BoobsOfSteel: Maria Kurusu is renowned as a strong fighter, and she has the largest bust of the entire female cast.
* BuriedAlive: [[spoiler:Kahei's wife. Her spirit claims his life for this.]]
* ButNotTooForeign: The aforementioned Maria is half Portuguese.
* ChekhovsGun: Kohayamaru the Wholphin
* CovertPervert: Hideyoshi is hinted to be one, since he left Maria in charge of her clan because of her..... [[BuxomIsBetter "female charms"..]].
* CreepyCrows: Koshirou has a huge creepy raven on his shoulder. Apparently, it's also a puppet.
* CreepyDoll
* CuteLittleFangs: Otsuru has them.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Otsuru again: after some proper healing, a bath, decent clothes and a new [[BladeBelowTheShoulder prosthetic blade ]] she becomes even [[{{Moe}} cuter]].
* CuteGhostGirl: Kiku helped one once. That specific story also ends with a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Genzo
* DarkIsNotEvil: Genzo uses monstrous puppets and can see ghosts, but at least he's a decent guy.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Many nobles and Daimyo hire Genzo in order to have a functional decoy of a dead person. Also [[spoiler: Hikoichi's son and Chiyomaru/Kiyone]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: In one story, Kiku plan to get Genzo drunk so that she can have her way with him while he's unconscious. She missed her chance, though.
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Genzo's eyes are always like this. In some rare occasions they're lit with a [[SlasherSmile demonic light]].
* EvilCounterpart: Koshiro to Genzo.
* EvilTwin: In an Otsuru-centered miniarc, a man abandons one of his newborn twins in a field. The boy grows up as a stubborn farmer named Kosuke. [[spoiler:He falls in love with Otsuru, asks her to be his wife and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming gives her a new wooden arm]]. Then his {{Jerkass}} noble brother pops out and [[KickTheDog kill him for the Lulz]]. At least he got slain by Otsuru, too.]]
* EvilWeapon: The Jintsumaru Tenganken is said to have hypnotic powers. True or not, is still a darn creepy, sharp katana.
** [[spoiler:The Yamiganemaru contains the wrath of the former owners and always seeks blood and revenge.]]
* FakingTheDead: Done sometimes, it's one of Genzo's specialties, Including [[spoiler:Osato, Tatsugoro Momose, Kiyone]].
* FluffyTamer: [[spoiler:Kiyone and before her Urakami Matazaemon]] managed to make friend with a Wholphin (a sort of Orca)
* FrogsAndToads: Genzo is always followed by small frog-like puppets dressed like samurais and can make them speak.
* FullFrontalAssault: When Otsuru was still the "Monster", she was dressed only with a dirty cloak on her back, and nothing else. Unless you count the {{Sarashi}} -like bandages in order to keep the blade still on her wrist.
* GagPenis: In the fifth volume, Kiku is ill, and asks to Genzo to build a puppet to use against her suitors. However, when its pants comes off it's revealed that he gave the puppet a.... noticeable one.
* {{Gonk}}: Hideyoshi really looks like a monkey!
* GoodScarsEvilScars: [[{{Moe}} Osato]] has a hideous scar across her body. [[spoiler:Kiyone has many singed spots on her skin.]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: averted, Genzo is always seen with a huge wardrobe-sized box on his back which contains his tools and tricks.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Genzo put up a huge one at the climax in order to save his beloved Kiku from the Yamiganemaru's curse. [[UnexplainedRecovery Somehow it seems he survived]].]]
* [[HotSpringsEpisode Hot Spring Sequence]]. Happens once, with a handful of {{Fanservice}}.
* {{Hulkspeak}}: Otsuru speak in a similar fashion from volume two onward. She finally speaks normally again in the last story.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Denzaemon, with O-shizu in the extra. He even comments on her being still a virgin. Averted, since he plans to rip her stomach open in a sort of Dark Ritual.
* [[spoiler:IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy]]: [[spoiler: Saki's ghost to Genzo and also to Koshiro.]]
* InstantSedation: Genzo's sleeping powder is one of his many tricks.
* JackTheRipoff: Denzaemon's modus operandi.
* {{Jerkass}}: Many of them. [[spoiler:Kosuke's twin brother takes the cake.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Genzo
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted in the Samoji sword arc, where the [[CarryABigStick Kanabo wielding]] monk Kyokai easly snaps Kiku's swords with a well aimed swing. Played straight otherwise.
* KnockoutGas: Used a lot by {{Genzo}}, with the gas usually stored in his puppets.
* LuminescentBlush: Kiku, whenever she daydreams about herself and Genzo.
* MadeOfIron: Kurojishi. He survived a point-blank explosion, was slashed twice, fell down a cliff, almost drowned twice and yet survived through all this shit.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: Kurojishi, [[spoiler: Maria's]] [[TheDragon right-hand man]], sports a huge demonic black mask.
* MomentKiller: Otsuru's presence always thwarts Kiku's chances of sharing a good time with Genzo.
* {{Ninja}}: They once met a small gang of young ninja boys. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: A village leader once tried to entice Genzo with two beautiful, curvaceous ladies. His answer? Sending out a frog puppet [[CrowningMomentOfFunny who called them both "Ugly Hags!"]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Genzo was adopted by [[OldMaster Seibei]].
* PluckyGirl: O-shizu.
* '''[[PeoplePuppets Puppet Master]]''': Forget [[{{Naruto}} Sasori]], forget [[OnePiece Doflamingo]], [[RuleOfThree forget]] [[{{Trigun}} Legato]]. Tsuchimura Genzo is simply '''THE''' ''KING'' of this trope!
* RazorFloss: Averted. Genzo uses a lot of threads, but never as weapons. [[spoiler: during his first battle with Yasuke uses them to bind him in order to get some time, and Koshiro used a similar trick to bind Kiku]].
* SeeYouInHell: [[spoiler:Maria, after her VillainousBreakdown at the very end. With a little of TakingYouWithMe.]]
* SlasherSmile: Genzo has somewhat of this when he gets serious, and he's as creepy as Hell. Maria has one, too, but not so creepy.
* StalkerWithACrush: Kiku sometimes behaves as one towards Genzo. Wheter he's aware of this (or if he cares) or not is unknown..
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: For Denzaemon at least, who's smart enough to have a longer, deadlier sword concealed in the cloack. Then he met [[BadAss the nameless samurai]]....
* {{Tsundere}}: Kiku.
* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler:The first thing Yasuke does after Genzo made him a new leg? Try to chop Genzo to ribbons with his sword.]]
* UnusualEars: Hideyoshi has huge ears. Also, some other characters have slightly pointy ears, like Kyokai or Koshiro.
* {{Ventriloquism}}: Genzo with his smaller puppets and Koshiro with his pet crow.
* WifeHusbandry: Gender-flipped with [[spoiler:young Genzo and Saki, courtesy of Koshiro]].
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Kiku is always seen dressed as a Samurai. [[spoiler:Also Kiyone disguised herself as Chiyomaru in order to hide her identity to Maria.]]
* YouCantFightFate: The story of "Decepting the Ghost" in the fifth volume.
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