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''Kara no Shoujo'' (''Girl of the Shell'') is an erotic visual novel created by game company Innocent Grey.

It’s Tokyo in 1956, right during the middle of the American occupation. Tokisaka Reiji is an ex-cop turned detective after the death of his fiancée six years ago to a serial killer known only by the name Rokushiki Makoto. The story begins when a pair of mutilated bodies are discovered and Reiji’s assistance is requested. At the same time a mysterious young girl named Kuchiki Toko makes a strange request: Please find my true self.

As all the victims have been young female students, Reiji is asked by the school with the most missing students to take a temporary lecturing job while he investigates. The school is rather oppressive and is seemingly populated almost entirely by indistinguishable drones. There are only a few students who seem to have a spark of individuality, and among them are several of the girls who have already been killed. At the academy, he runs into Toko again who asks if he’s made any progress. Can Reiji stop more murders from being committed and also discover whatever it is Toko is looking for?

''Kara no Shoujo'' was released in early July 2011 by Mangagamer after they purchased the translation from a fan group. The 2013 sequel ''Kara no Shoujo - The Second Episode'' has also been licensed by Mangagamer, and its translation will be released soon.

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!! This visual novel provides examples of:
* ABNegative: [[spoiler:Toko is of the Bombay Blood group, which is a real blood type that can give blood to ABO blood types, but cannot receive blood back from them due to antibodies. They can only receive transfusions from other members of the group.]]
* AccidentalMisnaming: Reiji starts calling Tsuzuriko Tojiko early on since her name is hard to say. Yukari does it sometimes as well.
* ACupAngst: Kazuna, Shugo’s wife.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Orihime, the student council president, is reserved and elegant with the apparent worship of the younger girls. [[spoiler:Being forced to live like this all the time has caused her to snap and enlist some of the other girls she knows into a prostitution ring for the sole purpose of shaming the school.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: There are a lot of endings, and there are a lot of dead people in them. [[spoiler:Tojiko, Orihime and Mizuhara always die and Toko only lives in one ending… as a torso. Hatsune and Kyoko always live.]]
* ALoveToDismember: [[spoiler:First murder arc ends with telling us that Kusaka has sex with the rotting composite corpse of his sister and the other girls from Schisma before committing suicide. Unless he was killed.]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Mamiya Shinzo. He went insane after his first wife was accidentally killed by his son and developed an obsession with Misa, Toko’s mother. Eventually, he killed her and used her as the model for Kara no Shoujo. Shinji saw this and was already pretty screwed up, so he snapped. When Shinzo was sane again, Shinji was gone. When he resurfaced, Shinzo did his best to help but by then it was of course too late.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The endings where Rokushiki is caught. Okay, most of the cast is dead, but Reiji and Kyoko have put their pasts behind them and seem to be moving towards hooking up. Or Hatsune if you met with her more. Whether you count Shinji getting away as a good or bad thing is up to personal interpretation, though to be fair it seems like he’s put his… interests… behind him.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:No, not Yukari. Kusaka and Yui. Though you could say it’s technically not incest since technically it was Imamura Haruka’s torso. Also, it seems Fumiya got Chizuru pregnant once. Also, Toko's mother assumes that her brother Makoto was the father of her child, though he claims to be sterile.]]
* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler:Yaginuma’s sister after a long train of rape and abuse at her father’s hands. She doesn’t die, but she’s left brain damaged from lack of oxygen and despite the obvious signs of abuse Yaginuma’s father ‘’still’’ got away with it.]]
* ButNotTooForeign: Stella. Justified in that any fully foreign person would be very out of place in 1956 Japan.
* ButThouMust: There are a few decisions where you’re given a choice of whether to do something or not, but you’ll generally end up doing it either way. For example, whether or not to try Hatsune’s cooking.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Mizuhara Toko. She actually does recognize Reiji as a good person and claims to herself not to hate him, but she still can’t get along with him due to her fixation on Kuchiki.
* CloudCuckoolander: Yukari worries about koi drowning, has a fondness for insects and uses them in her cooking.
* CordonBleughChef: Hatsune’s tuna, tomato and soy sauce pancakes are surprisingly edible. The chocolate and baking soda sandwiches are not.
* ContinuityNod: This series takes place after Innocent Grey's previous work Cartagra in which Takashiro Shugo is the main character. Takashiro, Kazuna and Hatsune are returning character from Cartagra.
* DeathBySex: If you come across a sex scene with someone, they’re probably going to die in about a minute or two. Bad End! [[spoiler:There are exceptions. Kyoko, Natsume, and Hatsune never die even if you sleep with them, and Toko sometimes survives.]]
* DeathOfTheAuthor: Mentioned in regard to the painting Kara no Shoujo. What the painter intended to express is not as important as what the viewer thinks. [[spoiler:Probably because what the author intended was just an expression of his paranoia and madness.]] [[invoked]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted as part of [[spoiler:Shinji's backstory]]. Zigzagged with [[spoiler: Mizuhara Toko - what she does to Reiji is ''not'' consensual and is played as highly traumatic to him, but is still recorded for the player as a collectible and desirable sex scene]]
* DownerEnding: There are a lot of bad ends with extended story. [[spoiler:The first three endings apart from those are probably even worse. The Rokushiki captured endings manage to get all the way to bittersweet except the last one, the true end. That one’s ‘’also’’ basically a downer.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Orihime before her bad end, which is interrupted. Shinzo, on the other hand, succeeds after he kills his son.]]
* EatsBabies: [[spoiler:Rokushiki didn’t actually eat the aborted fetus. No, he fed it to the mother.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:It's implied that Rokushiki, who egged on the two main killers, saved Kazuna and killed the first killer. The reason being that he was getting too indiscriminate: Kazuna was married and intended to have the baby, but the killer still attacked her like the others.]]
* EveryoneIsRelated: [[spoiler:Once Rokushiki’s identity is uncovered and Shinji’s connection to Toko discovered, it becomes clear how much all the cast was connected.]]
* EyeScream: The girl noted below had her eyes cut after she died.
* FanDisservice: Pretty naked girls are a good thing, right? [[spoiler:Not when their arms have been severed and they’ve just died via having their heads turned backward and the text notes how the killer is removing their uterus. Even worse, most of the girls you can have sex with are brutally killed soon afterwards.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Yaginuma.
* FreakOut: [[spoiler:In one bad ending, Mizuhara convinces herself that she’s Kuchiki and acts completely different. But she’s still not acting like Kuchiki and doesn’t seem to truly understand who she’s trying to imitate. Also, Rokushiki Makoto used to be a nice guy, but then he ended up probably the most horrible person in the story.]]
* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:Toko getting hit by a car is bad enough. How about now we kill off Mizuhara, and then have Toko’s limbs removed via surgery to save her life and then have her kidnapped? And she only gets to live through one of these kidnappings.]]
* GenkiGirl: Tsuzuriko.
* GloryHound: Yaginuma.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion
* {{Gorn}}
* HateAtFirstSight: It's implied that Yaginuma and Reiji instantly hated each other, though they've known each other for some time before the story begins. It's not hard to see why: Yaginuma is intentionally an asshole to everyone.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: An early scene with Kuchiki Toko and Mizuhara Toko has Mizuhara sort-of in love with Kuchiki, but admitting that since neither are lesbians there’s nothing she can do about it.
* IJustWantToBeYou: Mizuhara Toko, for Kuchiki Toko.
* IllGirl: Toko has ablastic anemia.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:In the depths of his madness, Rokushiki ate Yukiko’s head.]]
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler:Reiji tricks Murase into revealing that he knew that Nene had kidnapped Toko and also that he was involved himself.]]
* InsufferableGenius: Yaginuma is a dick with an inflated view of his own abilities, but he still is pretty good.
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:In one early bad end, Orihime is about to commit suicide out of guilt and self-loathing and is stopped by Reiji. Considering what happens to her immediately after, maybe it would have been best if she had succeeded.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Shinji and Rokushiki. Big time.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Yaginuma, Murase.
* JerkassFacade: [[spoiler:However, Yaginuma at least does it out of being pretty psychologically damaged and not wanting anyone to get close to him and end up like his sister.]]
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Natsume, sort of. She speaks in a strange mishmash that’s mostly based on this, though.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Shinji gets away in some endings. Though he’s a fairly pitiful figure, he ‘’did’’ kill off most of the cast.]]
* KeepTheReward: Reiji feels he didn’t earn a paycheck from Ouba.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At one point Reiji insists Yukari couldn't have told him about the Easter event at her school because he didn't write it in his notebook like he does with most information in the game.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[spoiler:Toko’s grandfather removed all her limbs in order to save her life. That… really makes it clear why they were sure she couldn’t struggle. Though she dies in most of the following endings anyway.]]
* LittleSisterHeroine: Yukari, to an extent. She's clearly here for these reasons, but in regards to the trope she appears to serve as more of a contrast with all the VillainousIncest going on.
* LovableSexManiac: Nene, the school nurse. [[spoiler:Well, at first anyway.]]
* MadArtist: [[spoiler:Katsuragi Shin, also known as Mamiya Shinji. During a period of deep insanity, Mamiya Shinzo also created Kara no Shoujo by killing his lover, Misa, and using her body as a model. Now that he’s sane again you might say he’s not terribly proud of his masterpiece.]]
* MultipleEndings: Most of which are bad.
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: [[spoiler:Kusaka is a little messed up. Let’s leave it at that.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Mizuhara steals Kuchiki’s medicine, thinking it was a gift of drugs from Reiji. Kuchiki ends up passing out and getting hit by a truck.]]
* ObliviousToLove: Kyoko doesn’t seem to realize how Uozumi feels about her.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Shinzo kills Shinji in one ending.]]
* OneeSama: Shows up in a couple places throughout, though since the story takes place in the 50s it doesn’t seem as well recognized instory. The first one seen is with Orihime, who seems to have quite the number of fangirls. Mizuhara and Kuchiki’s relationship is also described in a similar manner by Yukari
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Kuchiki Toko and Mizuhara Toko. [[spoiler:Stella’s name is actually her middle name, her dead older sister also had the same middle name.]]
* TheOjou: Everyone at Ouba academy, really, but especially Orihime.
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:Yaginuma’s father raped his sister repeatedly. She put up with it so that Yaginuma would be beaten less. Shinji’s mother also raped him.]]
* PerspectiveFlip: [[spoiler:Two bad endings change the perspective from Reiji to Mizuhara.]]
* PinballProtagonist: Some of it is justified due to the VillainsActHeroesReact nature of the detective novel. Even so, considering how many choices and paths there are, it's still a little grating that [[spoiler:no matter what you do, almost all major characters die anyway and despite all the posturing about stopping the villains to avoid more victims, Reiji generally fails to save anyone. On top of that, most of the villains work out their issues amongst each other (with fatal results) or achieve their goals before getting caught or disappearing, making you wonder just what use he is, other than being a narrator.]]
* RapeAsBackstory
* RepetitiveName: Stella’s older sister, Celestial Stella. Both are related to stars.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Reiji realizes how Kyoko feels about him, he just doesn’t think it would be right to be involved with her.
* SerialKiller
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Rather than being defensive about it, Reiji is mostly confused as to why everyone thinks there’s something between him and Toko. Tojiko and Mizuhara both assume he’s slept with her.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Mizuhara seems to live for Kuchiki.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Tsuzuriko.
* SophisticatedAsHell: The notebook tends to be professional in its contents until a little after Yaginuma is introduced. There’s a brief description of him as normal followed by “[[{{Jerkass}} Still an asshole]].”
* StudentCouncilPresident: Orihime.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Considering Reiji is posing as a teacher to get close to girls who fit the victims' profile, it's just a matter of time.
* TitleDrop: Kara no Shoujo is considered the masterpiece of painter Mamiya Shinzo. It depicts a girl who looks like Toko inside a black egg.
* TrulySingleParent: [[spoiler:Misa, Toko’s mother, thought she got pregnant via Makoto. However, he says that he's sterile, which features into his start of villainy.]]
* {{UST}}: Toko and Reiji.
* VillainousIncest: [[spoiler:Seems like all three of the serial killers dabbled in it. However, rather than being evil it seems to be more of an indication of mental instability.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: Reiji and Uozumi seem to spend most of their time arguing.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Yukari. She even wears traditional Japanese clothing around the house. However, she's also a slight cloud cuckoolander and has some rather questionable taste, which either detracts from the impression or puts it in a comical light.
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