->''"Folklores are alive."''
->-- '''Opening line'''

When DistressedDamsel Kanae Hiranuma finds her sleep disturbed by a man with an axe under her bed, she [[WhoYouGonnaCall follows a tip]] from an [[TheInternet internet]] chatroom and pays a visit to the [[OccultDetective Allegory Detective]], Daisuke Asou. Asou reveals that she has been possessed by an allegory, an UrbanLegend that turns its content into reality and haunts the people who believe in it. With the help of Hanako of the Toilet, a benign allegory possessing him who assists him in hunting allegories, Asou [[BigDamnHeroes rescues]] Kanae. In thanks, Kanae becomes Asou's assistant, and the [[TheyFightCrime three of them tackle the myriad allegory cases that come their way]], while a deeper mystery of Asou's true nature slowly unfolds.
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!!Provides examples of:
* BalloonBelly: Happens to the entire cast at the end of the [[spoiler:Woman in the Gap]] chapter.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Horribly {{subverted}}, the [[spoiler:leader of the suicide club]] tries to kill herself quickly and "beautifully" rather than be captured by the police, but instead dies slowly, painfully, and grotesquely, screaming "this isn't the way I wanted to die!"
* CuteLittleFangs: Hanako
* DealWithTheDevil: The Demon in the Mirror will grant one wish in exchange for the wisher's soul.
* DetectEvil: Asou gets the hiccups whenever he's near a person possessed by an allegory.
* DistressedDamsel: Kanae, multiple times.
* TheDollEpisode: Mary, an allegory that manipulates discarded dolls, gets a three-part chapter.
* DreadfulMusician: Kanae can't sing.
* {{Ecchi}}
* EnemyRisingBehind: "This is [[CreepyDoll Mary]]. ''I'm right behind you.''"
* EvilPhone: While [[CreepyDoll Mary]] is stalking you, she calls you every five minutes to give you a status update. Which culminates in the EnemyRisingBehind mentioned above.
* {{Expy}}: In appearance only. Asou looks exactly like an older version of [[MiraiNikki Yukiteru]], and Kanae looks a lot like Yuno with different hair.
* EyeScream: The urban legend of ''The Piercing Hole and the White Thread'' and the chapter that revolves around it.
** To elaborate: In the urban legend, a girl asks a friend of hers to pierce her ears. When the friend does so, a white thread, which turns out to be the girl's optic nerve, comes out of the piercing hole. The friend then unwittingly pulls the thread, causing the girls eyes to be ''pulled backwards out of their sockets.''
** EarAche: An spin-off of the urban legend has the girl whose ears were pierced ask you if you are wearing earrings. If you answer "yes", she'll bite off your earlobes.
* FanDisservice: Nozomi, [[spoiler:Kanae's [[FetusTerrible unborn twin sister]]]], spends all her screen time naked. It's [[FridgeHorror very creepy in hindsight]].
** Additionally, the female fishmen have anatomically correct breasts.
* FullFrontalAssault: The Woman in the Gap
* [[spoiler:GainaxEnding: Sure, they all live happily ever after.. but [[MindScrew how]]?]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Happens a lot in the Teke-Teke chapter.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind
* {{Kitsune}}: Kokkuri
* LightmareFuel: The [[MirrorMonster Demon in the Mirror]] chapter quickly turns into a comic relief episode.
* LostInTranslation: There is a possibility the title suffers from this (The correct translation may or may not be Hanako and the ''Teller'' of Allegory). {{Tokyopop}} is going to have [[SarcasmMode fun]] with the last couple of chapters.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Kanae's maids. One of them is [[CleanCut cleanly]] scalped by a [[CreepyDoll doll]] with a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade knife]].
* MirrorMonster: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Demon in the Mirror]].
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The Allegories
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Slit-Mouthed Woman, but only because her mouth is much, ''much'' larger than her face.
* {{Mundanger}}: In the [[spoiler:Teke-Teke]] chapter, a [[spoiler:suicide club]] rather than an allegory is behind the mystery.
* NightmareFace: Lots of 'em, but the most notable is the Slit-Mouthed Woman.
* OccultDetective
* PornStash: {{Inverted}}: Asou keeps his ''vast'' collection of eromanga lying around his office, so Kanae takes it upon herself to stash it where potential clients won't be [[{{Squick}} squicked]] out by it.
* PowerAtAPrice: Asou can detect people possessed by allegories with hiccups, but if he hiccups one hundred times consecutively, he will die.
* PuffOfLogic: Because allegories only exist in the [[YourMindMakesItReal minds of people]], scanning them with a computer will destroy them.
* RetGone: Because allegories only exist in the minds of people, all damage caused by the allegory will be reversed when it is eliminated. [[AllDeathsFinal Except deaths]].
* SlasherSmile: The Slit-Mouthed Woman.
* SuicidePact: The suicide club in the [[spoiler:Teke-Teke]] chapter
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Asou]]'s allegorified self.
* TechnoWizard: Hanako. Her laptop is apparently waterproof.
* UrbanLegends
* YourMindMakesItReal: Allegories can only be created by people strongly believing in urban legends.
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