Anime: Kyogoku Natsuhiko Kosetsu Hyaku Monogatari
The main characters: three dead, one aliveSad, isn't it? If you insist on maintaining your own Way, you will aggravate people. But if you stray from your ethics, you will fall into depravity. Evil and ambition scatter in the darkness, and all that remains is a sad rumor among the townsfolk. To the next world we commit thee!
An anime horror anthology based upon a series of novels by Natsuhiko Kyogoku and originally broadcast in late 2003, also known as 100 Stories
and titled Requiem from the Darkness
in Geneon's official US release. 100 Stories
concerns the adventures of a rather clumsy and shiftless young writer named Momosuke, who travels feudal Japan in search of ghost stories to chronicle after he grows tired of writing children's riddles. Taking shelter at a ramshackle inn one rainy night, Momosuke encounters three unusual beings - Mataichi the charm-seller, Ogin the puppeteer and Nagamimi the shapeshifter - and discovers a world of supernatural horror he may never fully understand. Also has a page under Requiem from the Darkness
This show provides examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade
- Ax-Crazy: Most of the sinners that the group encounters will either be this already or will devolve into this once their sins are revealed.
- The BeastMaster: Nagamimi can control animals.
- Bittersweet Ending: Although they win in the end, Mataichi, Nagamimi, and Ogin all die, leaving poor Momosuke alone, just as Ogin finally says his name instead of referring to him as "author." However, it does leave open the possibility that they may still be alive after Momosuke publishes his book.
- Big Bad: Kyogoku Tei
- Black and Grey Morality: While some of the work they do is explicitly good, Nagamimi, Mataichi, and Ogin have been known to enter this realm when it comes to punish sinners.
- The Blank: see No Mouth.
- Broken Bird: Ogin has shades of it, mostly thanks to her horrible backstory.
- Catapult Nightmare: more than once.
- The Chessmaster: Kyogoku Tei
- Conspicuous CG
- Dark Is Not Evil: Mataichi, Ogin and Nagamimi.
- Dark World
- Deranged Animation: Just look at several of the "people" in the crowd scenes, and then watch some of the action scenes and you'll know why this trope is almost omnipresent here.
- The Dragon: Tatsuha
- Eye Scream: A particularly squirmy example in "Floating Head."
- Gainax Ending
- Giggling Villain: Tatsuta.
- Gorn: There's even an episode concerning a series of pornographic scrolls detailing the various stages of corpse decay.
- Gonk: 100 Stories features an extremely bizarre art style, particularly notable in its depiction of villagers and other incidental characters.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Men, Women, Children The Absurdly Sharp Blade makes no distiction
- Hello, Nurse!: Ogin. Which is a bit creepy, considering she's dead. This does not deter Momosuke.
- Humans Are Bastards: The point of the show, though "bastards" might be too kind a term.
- The final episode has shades of it at the beginning, but overall the show has a bit of an optimistic approach to this trope.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Despite his efforts to join Mataichi and the gang, Momosuke is repeatedly told to turn back before it's too late.
- I'm A Humanitarian: "Salty Choji."
- Infant Immortality: Sickeningly averted in several episodes, including the first two.
- Jade Coloured Glasses: Momosuke dones these near the end of the series.
- Kabuki Sounds
- Knight Templar: The Three Protagonists.
- Marshmallow Hell: Ogin does this to Momosuke in the first episode.
- Meaningful Name: Nagamimi ("Long Ears").
- Mind Screw: Sometimes it's very difficult to understand just what the heck is going on here, thanks to long bouts of Exposition on things that may have been mentioned once in the episode in question.
- Mr. Exposition: Mataichi is just about this trope personified.
- Ms. Fanservice: Ms. Ogin, of course.
- No Mouth: Most of the minor characters. The pic on that page is from this series.
- Norio Wakamoto: Nagamimi.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Kyogoku Tei
- Parental Incest: "Floating Head."
- Perverse Puppet: Ogin's puppet, which is very pretty...until it looks at you.
- Powers That Be: Kyougokutei and the White and Black Hags.
- Pyromaniac: Shiragiku (actually Tatsuta impersonating her)
- Schizo Tech: Momosuke's goggles.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: A fair few of the sinners operate under this idea.
- Shape Shifter: Nagamimi.
- Sick Sad World: And how.
- Surreal Horror
- Transvestite: "The Willow Woman."
- Tears of Blood
- The Noseless: see No Mouth.
- The Trickster: The entire crew, but especially Mataichi.
- Too Dumb to Live: Momosuke is Too Well-Meaning To Live. Luckily Mataichi's team is there to save his ass.
- Verbal Tic: Quite a few. Mataichi's speech is highly archaic, and Nagamimi...well, Nagamimi is Norio Wakamoto.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: A mystical WMD powered by human atrocity, no less. Becomes the focus of the final two episodes.
- Weirdness Magnet: Momosuke can't go five steps without running into some demon or serial killer. Then again, it is mostly his fault for actively seeking these things for his book.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Momosuke, initially at least.
- When Trees Attack: Two for one special; decapitates a woman holding a baby. The women drops the baby. Then she falls on and crushes the baby.
- Writers Suck: Poor Momosuke is everyone's Butt Monkey.