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''"The Utawarerumono. The One of Whom Legends Are Sung."''

InAWorld in which everyone is a LittleBitBeastly, a strange man wearing an even stranger irremovable mask is found in the forest near a village after a great earthquake. Suffering from serious injuries and having no memory of who he is, he is found and nursed back to health by the local herbalist and her granddaughter. As he recovers his strength, he becomes accustomed to the peaceful farming village and the odd animal traits of its inhabitants, but soon those peaceful days are shattered by violence, and this man, given the name Hakuoro, finds himself inevitably drawn into the center of one conflict after another...

Based on the VisualNovel / StrategyRPG by Leaf, [[FanTranslation translated by Mirrormoon]]. Licensed by Creator/ADVFilms in America, England and Germany and Creator/MadmanEntertainment in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2011, a Sequel was announced for the {{PS3}}, the details are scarce and the only thing confirmed is that the game is set in the same universe and the promo art shows a Yamagira girl wearing clothes similar to Eruru and Aruru's, though it's unknown if there will be any returning characters.

Select characters appear in the Examu fighting game ''{{Aquapazza}}''.

Now with a [[Characters/{{Utawarerumono}} Character Page]].

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbdicateTheThrone - [[spoiler:The [[CallARabbitASmeerp Oruyankuru]] in favor of his daughter.]]
* ActionGirl: Karura and Touka fits in this one.
* AdiposeRex - Sasante and Inkara, the first two major villains of the series, are fat, hedonistic and ultimately incompetent.
* [[spoiler:AmnesiacGod]]
* AnnoyingArrows - Arrows are not effective against major characters. Archers can kill somebody with one hit, but only random [[{{Mook}} Mooks]] and villagers. They don't even ''try'' shooting at major villains.
* AxCrazy - Hauenkua drives a giant mecha and giggles psychotically while squishing innocent people with it. He encourages [[WarForFunAndProfit invading countries just for more opportunities to use said mecha]] (can't blame him there) and pouts like a little kid if he can't. And yet he's still one of the most influential court advisors.
* {{Badass}} - Karura is all badass. Benawi, Genjimaru and Touka also have their moments.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor / DealWithTheDevil - Witsarnemitea ''loves'' to grant 'wishes', particularly in the mysterious backstory. For instance: DO YOU WANT A STRONGER BODY? [[WhoWantsToLiveForever DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER?]] ENJOY [[spoiler:[[FateWorseThanDeath BEING TURNED INTO]] [[AndIMustScream A RED JELLY]]]], ASSHOLE. DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ME, PHILOSOPHER? HOW ABOUT I [[spoiler:TAKE COMPLETE CONTROL OVER YOUR BODY FOR THE REST OF ETERNITY]], LOL. Sometimes you have to swear your entire being away in a contract in order to get help, though.
** [[spoiler:In the case of the red jelly, he wasn't "granting" the wish so much as punishing the guy in a rather ironic manner. Said asshole did deserve it too, what with killing his wife.]]
*** [[spoiler:Killing the wife is a nice way of saying they dissected a pregnant woman for no reason, and to no end, and are quick to dismiss any emotional ties by being very offhand about replacing her.]]
** [[spoiler:His nice side]] is a little better about this, never actually doing anything about the single wish he grants. In fact, [[spoiler:he dismisses his claim later. Plus he helped Aruru out again for free.]]
*** One could also see that scene as not him actually demanding [[spoiler:Eruru to give herself up to him to save her sister]] but rather [[spoiler:determining how much devotion she truly had, and rewarding her for being willing to give herself up]]. It could be taken as closer to asking whether she'd be willing to do an [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] and giving her the benefits of that willingness. It fits better with the whole theme of the show from the [[spoiler: nice side]]
* BerserkButton: Touka and Hakuoro
** Touka's doll
** [[spoiler:When Aruru is killed by Hauenkua, this makes Hakuoro so angry it brings out Hakuoro's god form, which then goes on a rampage to the cheers of fans.]]
* {{BFS}} - Too strong to wield an ordinary sword without breaking it, Karura demands a custom sword be made that is unbendable, unbreakable, and without need for sharpening. What she gets is a massive sword more closely resembling a club that only she is able to lift. People hit by it tend to splatter. For a test run, she splits a giant boulder.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Sure, the wars are finally over and it's implied the word will be a lot calmer, however, Hakuoro is sealed away. The where-are-they-now style epilogue shows that most of the cast have still not entirely moved on.However, at the very end of both the game and the anime, Eruru (after a short inner monologue about how she will wait for as long as it takes for Hakuoro to return) turns toward something/someone the viewer cannot see and smiles.]]
** [[spoiler: It is also hinted at the end of the game before Eruru's monologue that Urtoriy, Kuya, Kamyu and Aruru sense Hakuoro in some way.]]
** [[spoiler: The game version may be somewhat more poignant; Yuzuha has given birth to Hakouro's child and died with Oboro taking care of the child and leaving Benawi in charge.]]
* BlackComedyRape
** Dori and Gura (all off screen) ply their master Oboro with sake until he passed out and somehow end up in a naked heap with him on the floor by morning. (These are evidently ''boys'', remember, who were disappointed when Hakuoro turned down [[IfItsYouItsOkay a chance to check their gender]].
** Another time Oboro passes out (game only), they are ''very'' grateful at being given the task of dragging him back to his room ("Can we ''really''?! Thank you, sir!"). Hakuoro decides it's best not to think about it.
* BleachedUnderpants - The original PC version had H-scenes, of course.
* BlueWithShock: Hakuoro's face (at least, the part that isn't covered by his mask), turns blue when Oboro picks up Touka's doll...and it falls apart. See OhCrap below.
* BoisterousWeakling: Nuwangi, whose attempts to demonstrate his physical prowess result in his breaking his hand on Hakuoro's mask, and breaking his arm trying to chop a tree. Although oddly enough, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation he's not particularly weak when you actually fight him]].
* BrainBleach - Hakuoro quickly goes into denial about the significance of the scene where Oboro gets drunk and he tells the [[UnsettlingGenderReveal twin archers]] to take care of him. They're a liiiittle too eager.
** The English dub voice was less ambiguous, and a few viewers didn't realize until that point that they were supposed to believe it was male.
* BreakTheCutie: '''KUYA'''
* CatapultNightmare - Hakuoro.
* ChainedByFashion - Karura.
* ChasteHero - In the oblivious sense, not the nonsexual sense, obviously. He has a vague idea that his relationships with other girls might make Eruruw jealous - but doesn't really think about ''why'' she would be - at one or two points and realizes Karura is where she wants to be now, but attributes the wrong (or incomplete to be more accurate) reason to it. And maybe Yuzuha, but he seems to think all she wants is a baby. Quite dense there, Hakuoro.
** [[spoiler:it is later revealed that, at least in Eruruw's case, he thought she was merely acting on their contract, and didn't actually love him.]]
* TheChessmaster - [[spoiler: Dii]]
* ChickMagnet - 90% of the cast is apparently in love with Hakuoro, including some guys.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance - Nuwangi's chief motivation is his love for Eruruw, but due to being corrupted by luxury he has strayed far from the kind boy he used to be. Though she says during their last conversation that she used to love him, he ruined all his chances with her all by himself long ago.
* ConspicuousCG - A number of scenes, but especially in battles requiring large numbers of mooks/redshirts, and not [[UncannyValley always ones in the background.]]
* CoolMask - Hakuoro. Not even he knows what he looks like without the mask, so you know he means business. In fact, [[spoiler:the scientists who originally recovered and studied him]] even found a way to [[MaskOfPower improve their health and longevity]] by donning ''duplicates'' of his mask... [[spoiler:until he smote them.]]
* CutenessProximity - Touka
* DarkIsNotEvil - [[spoiler: Hakuoro's brutally violent, covered in shadow god-monster form, the "God that Brings Misfortune," is Witsarnemitea's '''good''' side.]]
* [[spoiler:DaysOfFuturePast - At first glance the series appears to be set in an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people alternate interpretation of the twelfth century.]] As the story continues, some irregularities appear in the form of GIANT WALKING MECHS.]]
* [[spoiler:DesignerBabies - ''Everyone''[[note]]except Hakuoro[[/note]] are descendants of genetic experiments. [[note]]The scientists used his DNA to make said experiments stronger or something. However, it does explain the zombies from the Niwe arc and later.[[/note]]]]
* [[spoiler:DevelopersRoom]] - Your reward for beating the game. You aren't even notified of that.
* DistractedFromDeath: [[spoiler:Teoro shows up in time to warn the cast that an incoming army has slaughtered practically everyone from his village. Hakuoro is so busy responding that he doesn't notice Teoro bleeding out minutes later.]]
* [[spoiler:EarthAllAlong - A far future Earth, no less.]]
* EurekaMoment - In the original visual novel, Hakuoro studies a strand of Mutikapa's fur in frustration, unable to explain why the creature fled the previous night when it had him and Eruruw in its grasp. Unable, that is, until Aruruw drenches him and the fur in tea and this trope ensues.
* EvilLaugh: Niwe and Hauenkua are ''very'' fond of these.
* {{Expy}}: Hauenkua, who has silver hair, drives a giant red mech, and is an AxCrazy BloodKnight. Don't we know you from [[VisionOfEscaflowne somewhere?]]
* FanService - It's pretty light on it, compared to a lot of other anime, but there are some notable examples. In the first episode, the moments around Eruru's tail (see FantasticArousal) may count as this. In a later episode, the cat, when hungry, tries to get milk from Eruru, and then says ([[SpeechImpairedAnimal according to Aruru]]) he feels sorry for her, provoking an ''extremely'' flustered reaction. (While a slightly more logical interpretation would be that he is referring to the lack of milk or trying to apologize, [[DontExplainTheJoke but of course the size of her breasts is the obvious implication.]])
** Then [[MsFanservice Karura]] came along, and when Eruru asked her to remove her clothes so she could look for further injury, the first thing she did was say, "Oh, so ''[[LesYay that's]]'' what you're in to." Cue ''another'' shocked reaction from Eruru.
* FantasticArousal - In the first episode, Eruru gets flustered when Hakuoro [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRSL_GwilK4 touches her tail]]. For a second she looks like she really likes it (here ''ears'' even perk up!), then gets very embarrassed, [[LuminescentBlush blushes furiously]] and ''shoves him - injury and all! - to the ground shouting [[BigNo NO!]]''. Hope it was worth it, Hakuoro!
** A few moments later in the same episode, two children flick her tail running past, evoking a similar reaction, though the emphasis is put on her anger. [[FridgeLogic In retrospect]], she seemed pretty lenient with Hakuoro after what could have been interpreted as him trying to grope her, though details on the issue of a girl's ''tail'' as a whole are few.
*** If one assumes it's viewed as an extension of the buttocks, then what the kids did was basically give her a playful/teasing smack on the ass, while Hakuoro grabbed himself a nice handful.
** She may be more willing to forgive Hakuoro since he is an amnesiac outsider and probably doesn't know about the whole tail-touching thing. She was also probably embarrassed by the two boys because (a) they were younger than her and trying to get a rise out of her, and (b) Hakuoro was there watching her, so she probably didn't want to appear indecent or lacking in decorum.
* FantasticRacism: Everyone hates the Kunnekamun (rabbit-people), regularly invading their homeland and slaughtering them. Though in this case it might have more to do with religious intolerance than flat-out racism. [[spoiler: This eventually leads the Kunnekamun to attempt to unite the entire world through conquest.]]
* FantasyCounterpartCulture - The ''whole'' world setting = Medieval Japan but with more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people Ainu people]].
** [[spoiler:In fact, it [[EarthAllAlong IS Japan]].]]
* {{Fictionary}} - The game uses a variety of made-up terms, helpfully supplying a 'translation' above each term.
* TheGadfly - Karura likes to tease Hakuoro and Touka. Of course, if you're the type that goes to Karura for advice on how to get into bed with Hakuoro, you pretty much deserve what you're going to get.
* GardenOfEvil: Suonkas has a beautiful garden of white flowers growing from corpses.
* GeniusDitz - Touka. How can you be such a skilled fighter and presumably commander as well but still end up... well, TOUKA. See below for prime example before she even joins you. Also the doll chasing incident. And pregnancy advice from Karura. And bodyguard skills vs. alcohol tolerance.
* {{Gorn}} - Quite a few examples. Karura gets pretty good at invoking this, graphically bisecting mooks (and punching their heads off) and creating a shower of blood and dismembered limbs every time she swings her sword. [[spoiler: And once the HumongousMecha arrive for the first time, it gets even worse. It literally '''rains blood''' at one point.]]
* GoshHornet: In chapter 2 of the manga, Aruru tries to get honey from a beehive while the group is hiking in the mountains. She winds up falling from the tree, taking the hive with her, and everyone gets stung. It never got animated though.
* GratuitousJapanese - In the English Dub, Kamyu constantly calls Aruru "Aru-chan."
* GravityIsAHarshMistress - Touka takes pause for a good helping of VisibleSilence after the bridge she was standing on falls out beneath her.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl - Karura always bring a jug of sake with her.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam - After being defeated and spared Nuwangi promises to help stop the war and promptly gets killed by some bandits.
* HighSchoolAU: There's a Sound Drama with almost all characters from the series attenting a modern japanese high school, the CD also featured some artworks with the characters sporting their school uniforms.
* HonorBeforeReason: Touka doesn't even let reason enter her mind...
* HumanPopsicle - Iceman. Frozen by a god, so don't try this at home.
* HumongousMecha - There is a nation composed of a religious minority who have giant mecha given to them by their god to defend themselves. [[GameBreaker Considering the rest of the world hasn't even invented gunpowder...]]
** Your millage may vary on that one. Aside from armor, there are little to no mechanical parts on the Avu-Kamuus themselves. In fact they''re quite squishy and bleed profusely when destroyed. Unlike [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA]]s, they have zero mechanical parts to speak of.
* IfItsYouItsOkay - Gura and Dori for Hakuoro.
* IllGirl - Oboro's sister, Yuzuha.
* ImplacableMan - Karura. She easily shrugs off ''[[OnlyAFleshWound being stabbed in both arms]]'' and is able to kill a dozen [[{{Mook}} random mooks]] with a single swing of her giant sword (SuperStrength helps).
* InstantSedation - Eruru, being TheMedic, subdues her sister with an anesthetic in five seconds and [[YouFailPharmacologyForever succumbs to it herself in two]].
* TheKidWithTheRemoteControl - Aruruw raises a tiger-like cub to giant proportions and later rides on it into battle.
* KickTheDog: Oh man, where to begin with this series? Well, it all starts with cutting down old ladies and things go from there.
* LittleBitBeastly - Everyone is some kind of animal person, with a given nation generally being of a specific species. Hakuoro starts out in a 'dog' nation. There are also bunny, tiger and bird people. Children inherit the animal traits of their mother.
* MadnessMantra: Played for Laugh's
-->'''Munto''':Princess!!
-->'''Oboro''':Yuzuhah!!
-->''"Benawi opens the door"''
-->'''Oboro''':Benawi! Yuzuhah is-!
-->'''Munto''':The princess is-!
-->'''Benawi''':They got away...They got away...They got away...They got away...They got away...
* [[TheManBehindTheMan The Man Behind ]]TheManBehindTheMan
* MarketBasedTitle - Creator/ADVFilms initially announced that ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' (roughly, "the one being sung") would be released under the name "Shadow Warrior Chronicles". The huge uproar in anime-fandom that followed persuaded them to leave the title be.
** This one was actually a mistake from ADV's side, mixing names with another one.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong - Benawi and Kurou.
** However, DefeatMeansFriendship, so they join Hakuoro... to whom the trope then applies.
* NintendoHard - Good luck trying to beat the game on anything above Normal difficulty. And good luck to ya if you try to do Hard3.
** There are actually [[HarderThanHard harder modes]]. [[SerialEscalation Two of them, in fact.]]
* OffWithHisHead - Karura and Touka are fighting mooks. Touka kills about twenty in three seconds while Karura watches. Mook attacks Karura. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Karura punches his head off.]]
* OhCrap: See BlueWithShock, above.
* OneWingedAngel - [[spoiler:Both Hakuoro and Dii]] transforms into something best described as an armoured Godzilla.
* {{Physical God}}[[IncrediblyLamePun zilla]] - Two, even.
* PictureDrama
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy - Touka and Genjimaru.
* ReallyGetsAround: Hakuoro in the VisualNovel / StrategyRPG, differing itself from other games from the genre where TheProtagonist must choose a heroine whom he will "consumate", Hakuoro will get hot with them by the course of the plot, he doesn't need to choose anyone and neither the girls ask for him to do so, as a Feudal Lord they see as it is Hakuoro's right to have that many women.
** Although a lot of this "getting around" isn't really Hakuoro's ''choice.'' [[spoiler: Karura drugs him with an aphrodisiac, Kamyu magically paralyzes his body, and Touka forces herself on him taking him by surprise.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning - Villainess Mutsumi has red eyes, as does the normally blue-eyed Kamyu when [[spoiler:she goes into vampire mode]].
* RunningGag - The endless stacks of documents Hakuoro has to inspect and sign. Whenever he complains about the amount, someone (usually Benawi) brings more.
* SchizoTech - The [[spoiler:rabbit-people]] go to war with Eva-style HumongousMecha. In a medieval-fantasy setting. ''Oh'' how the HilarityEnsues...
** Then again, [[spoiler:they actually are in the future and these are actually artifacts left by eugenistic humans (with a very weak immunity system) from the (relative) past]].
* ScreamingWarrior - Oboro starts out as this kind of character. He is later reprimanded during training for giving himself away with this. In the anime, he is later shown going out of his way to ''not'' scream during battle, after realizing how ridiculous and inefficient it is.
* SelfImposedChallenge - The game awards numerous titles for various achievements, such as being undefeated, reaching a certain level, or using everyone's finishing moves.
* TheSocialDarwinist - [[spoiler: Dii. All of his manipulation is to pit all of the nations against each other to weed out the weaklings.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - Eruruu or Eruruw? Dii or Diy? Also Karura or Karula. Just don't say "Eluluu"...
** To be fair, ''everything'' in the 'verse that doesn't sound like Japanese is subject to this.
** The dub of the anime did some interesting things. Some worked (Eluluu, not matter what the above troper says), some were a bit weird (Karula).
** Now, we have ''Aquapazza'' butting in on the matter. Touka is still Touka and Kamyu is Camyu, but Karura is Karulau, Hakuoro is Hakuowlo and Urutori/Urto-whatever is Urthury.
* StarCrossedLovers - It is hard to get more star crossed than [[spoiler:the emperor of a nation and the man that nation proclaims is the devil.]] It doesn't end well for [[spoiler:Kuuya]] and if the love hadn't occurred in the first place, the penultimate arc would have ended much more happily for all involved.
* StarterVillain - Nuwangi.
* StockFootage - Very, very noticeable in war scenes in the anime.
* SuperStrength - Karura (''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment again]]'').
* TitleDrop - The quote at the top of this page comes from a line near the very end of the game.
* TrueCompanions - Holy crap. From Aruru referring to Hakuoro as her father, to Oburo referring to him as "brother", to the long speeches about family, it's truecompaniontastic.
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty - At at least two points, someone will note that their opponent is 'cheating.' The first is the inclusion of [[spoiler:a giant kitty mistaken for its mother, a forest god, in a battle]] and the second is when [[spoiler:Touka is trying to follow Hakuoro and every single main character gets in her way pretty much.]] This is acknowledged by said dirty cheaters.
** Used in a serious case later in the anime, where Hakuoro reinvents gunpowder as a weapon, and destroys an entire enemy camp with it. Many characters are sickened by how terrifyingly powerful it is, and it's treated as one of the most morally ambiguous acts the main characters have done.
* {{Tsundere}}: Kuuya
* TurnBasedStrategy: And a pretty interesting one at that.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal - Inverted: We're led to believe that Kuuya of Kunnekamun is [[{{A Child Shall Lead Them}} a boy king]], but Hakuoro learns that "he" is in fact a girl with a tenor voice. Played straight with the twin archers, which many refuse to accept based on [[BlackComedyRape a few scenes]] that even Hakuoro [[BrainBleach doesn't want to think about.]]
* UnusualEars - Besides the kemonomimi, we have examples of furry elven ears and ''wing''[[YouFailBiologyForever -ears]]
* UpdatedRerelease: It got two, one for {{PS2}} and the other {{PSP}}, it brought the possibility to use items in battles, and an extended plot with more Feudal Lords to be fought in the middle of the story.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans - [[spoiler: Kuya's plan to unite the world through violent, bloody conquest in order to force coexistence between all races.]]
* VictoryIsBoring - Hakuoro discovers that running a country is far more tedious than liberating one. As in RunningGag, it involves a mountain of paper work as well as managing delicate foreign relations. Since its only a third into the game, it does not remain boring for very long...
* WeaponOfChoice - Hakuoro: Steel Fan (''Waaay'' more painful that it sounds), Oboro: [[DualWielding Twin Swords]], Benawi: Halberd, Karura: ''[[{{BFS}} Huge Sword-thing]]''.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 22. [[spoiler: Hakuoro turns into the god-monster in front of Elulu. Aruru is killed, and then comes back to life, thanks to a deal with said god-monster in a flashback where Aruru is killed again. And then Hakuoro has a flashback. To ''modern times.'']]
* WhatHaveIBecome - [[spoiler:Hakuoro]] goes through this [[spoiler:upon learning that he is some sort of God-like beast and not a human]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser - In the game, Hakuoro mistakes the [[spoiler:archer twins Dori and Gura for girls at first, until [[IfItsYouItsOkay they happily offer to give proof to the contrary]].]] The anime sidesteps the question of [[spoiler:their gender]], [[BlackComedyRape which is probably for the best]]...
** In the end of [[spoiler: the first special episode,]] the archers are [[spoiler: pictured half undressed, showing {{underboobs}}.]]
* WitchSpecies - The [[WingedHumanoid winged people]] are the only ones with magic. [[spoiler: [[{{KillSat}} Not really.]]]]
* TheWorfEffect - In the anime, BadAss Ninja Oboro loses every single duel with a named character.
* {{Yandere}} - Nuwangi, the ultra rare male example.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle - Pulled multiple times. Defeating Nuwangi and establishing Tusukuru isn't the end. The defeats of [[spoiler: Orikakan and Niwe]] only take us to the halfway mark.

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