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-> ''"She first caught my eye when I saw her white wrist peeking out from the edge of darkness. It was pale as porcelain… and the mark loomed out from it."''

Itsuki Kamiyama is not an {{ordinary high school student}}. While he often appears [[StepfordSmiler cheerful, engaging, and interested in his fellow students]], it is simply [[BeneathTheMask a façade to hide his true self]]. When he notices a beautiful, [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette pale skinned girl]] with scars on her wrist named Yoru Morino, he quickly becomes obsessed... he ''wants'' her, but not in the way that a normal teenaged boy wants a girl. No, he wants to take her delicate hand... [[ALoveToDismember and keep it for himself]].

When Morino nonchalantly asks him to teach her how he so can so easily fake a smile, Kamiyama realizes that she can see right through him. Instantly the two become drawn to each other, sharing their obsession with the darkness that lurks just beneath the surface of society. Together they uncover some of the most cruel and gruesome acts committed by mankind, all the while facing ever present danger... not just from the killers they investigate, but also from that part of Kamiyama that still hungers for Morino's death.

''Goth'' is a 2003 [[HorrorLiterature horror]] / [[MysteryLiterature mystery]] novel by Japanese writer Otsuichi that successfully blends PsychologicalHorror, DetectiveLiterature, SlasherMovie, and {{Gorn}}. A {{Shounen}} (yes, really) {{manga}} adapted from the novel by illustrator Kendi Oiwa was published in 2004 by Kadokawa Comics. In 2008 a [[TheFilmOfTheBook live-action film adaptation]] was released, taking its direction from both the manga and the novel. The manga and novel are available in English from {{Tokyopop}}, and the movie has been released on DVD with English subtitles by Jolly Roger/Well Go USA.

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!!''Goth'' contains examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The novel is told through episodic stories not always directly related to one another--unsurprising, since it was originally serialized and then published in two separate collections before being combined in one book. The manga streamlines the narrative by removing plots without Kamiyama narrating and combining similar storylines, focusing more on Kamiyama and Morino's ambiguous relationship and giving greater weight to Morino as a character.
* AmateurSleuth: Kamiyama has a keen eye for crime.
* AngstySurvivingTwin[[spoiler:/FakeTwinGambit]]
* ArsonMurderAndAdmiration: Kamiyama appreciates a well-crafted dismemberment.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Kamiyama's final rescue of Morino.]]
* BuriedAlive: One serial killer's favorite murder method.
* TheChessmaster: Kamiyama.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The fourth chapter of the manga.
* CreepyTwins: [[spoiler:Yoru and her sister.]]
* DeadPersonImpersonation: At one point, Yoru Morino wears a murder victim's clothes and assumes her personality to reenact how she died.
* DeadpanSnarker: Kamiyama.
* DesignatedVictim: Morino. [[JustifiedTrope Sometimes on purpose.]]
* DistressedDamsel: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]], [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], [[InvokedTrope invoked]], and played straight.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Morino. The only blemishes on her perfect white skin are the scars on her wrists.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Kamiyama in the novel.
* {{Gorn}}: One chapter gives the reader the lovely visual of a decaying body of a woman who has been tied to a tree by her intestines, her eyes plucked out and resting in her hands, her stomach cut open and her head cut off and ''stuffed inside''.
* GracefulLoser: At least one killer reacts to Kamiyama's "Gotcha" with rueful admission of guilt. [[AntiHero But then Itsuki isn't exactly determined to bring them to justice.]]
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence
* KickTheDog: In the novel, [[spoiler:literally, by a {{Jerkass}} stepfather. [[AssholeVictim It doesn't end well for him.]]]]
* KidDetective: ''The creepy kind.''
* KnifeNut: Kamiyama becomes one of these as the series progresses, taking his first set of knives from a serial killer he thwarted.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Morino is the closest thing Kamiyama has to one. Played with because he also longs to ''kill'' her...but would thereby lose his only "friend."
* {{Motifs}}: In the manga:
** [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Falling leaves]] and [[ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth butterflies]] for Morino.
** [[WhiteMaskOfDoom Masks]] for [[BeneathTheMask Kamiyama]].
* [[spoiler:MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: Subverted. Yoru carries her twin sister's identity in name only.]]
* MysteryMagnet: Morino, to the point of becoming DesignatedVictim. Kamiyama as well.
* NightmareFetishist: Both Kamiyama and Morino are drawn to investigate the sites of murders. Morino even went so far as to wear the clothes and temporarily assume the personality of a victim they found in the woods.
* NoNameGiven: In the novel, the male narrator only refers to himself as "Boku" ("I"). He's given the name Itsuki Kamiyama in the manga and film.
* [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou The Only One Allowed]] [[ALoveToDismember To Dismember You]]: Kamiyama toward Morino. [[UnreliableNarrator Maybe.]]
--> "When you want to die...I'll kill you."
* PetTheDog: Kamiyama routinely coming to Morino's rescue may be this, if it's not [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the above trope.]]
* [[{{Fanservice}} Playing To The Fetishes]]: If the {{Nightmare Fetishis|t}}m doesn't get you, the manga cover page of Morino in a [[BoundAndGagged ball gag]] will.
* PosthumousCharacter: Morino's sister.
* ScarsAreForever: Morino's wrists.
* SerialKiller: During their investigations, the male and female leads bump into several serial killers throughout the series, their encounters often being far too close for Morino's comfort.
* [[SerialKillerKiller Serial Killer Stalker]]: Kamiyama feels professional curiosity about the murders he investigates.
* TheSociopath: Itsuki Kamiyama
* TogetherInDeath: A young man [[spoiler:whose girlfriend is buried alive]] by Kamiyama's latest target follows him to the scene. The girl is found [[spoiler:dead of a self-inflicted neck wound]]. It is only after the killer confesses that he notices the [[spoiler:"other boy"]] is missing. The coffin containing the victim has been quietly reburied - and a soft whisper is audible through the air tube under the surface.
--> ''"I love you... forever... because'' ''[[TearJerker we'll be together forever...]]''"
* UnreliableNarrator: Kamiyama as a first-person narrator is pretty honest about being a liar. Furthermore, he doesn't appear to always understand his own motivations, especially where Morino is concerned. In the novel, the UnreliableNarrator is a major plot point in the story about [[spoiler:the dog; a TwistEnding results]].
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Morino. [[spoiler: And then a DoubleSubversion.]]
* WeirdnessMagnet: Kamiyama and Morino. In the novel, Kamiyama's little sister has a history of stumbling upon ''corpses.''
* YouBastard: Morino muses about how she and Kamiyama share a "ceaseless craving for darkness". Makes you think about why you're reading this manga in the first place. May overlap with FridgeHorror for some.
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