Wolfram: Whatever happens at this checkpoint shall be handled at this checkpoint. Such is my mission.Ookami no Kuchi: Wolfsmund
is a seinen manga by Mitsuhisa Kuji a former assistant of Kentaro Miura (famous for Berserk
Between Switzerland and Italy there is the St. Gotthard Pass. It is the 14th century and those who wish to flee the rule of the Habsburg Monarchy must go through this pass. However, it is not called "The Wolf's Maw" for no reason, as it is overseen by a cruel governor who follows the law with a steel fist. These are the tragedies of men and women who sought passage through Wolfsmund.
Note: Although clearly Shown Their Work
for its depiction of warfare and architecture, this manga is only loosely based on history. William Tell did not die crossing the border.
This manga provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Cedar to her daughter Juwel in chapter 6
- Action Girl: Johanna in the second story. Hilde later on. None of them survive.
- Annoying Arrows: Often used by the Austrian soldiers.
- Anyone Can Die: Even Wolfram... It seems so at the end of Chapter 18, but the story is not over. He is impaled on a wooden stake in the next chapter, but it is hinted the dead guy might be a double.
- The Archer: Wilhelm Tell, and his son Walter.
- Bad Boss: The Hapsburgs in general. Though working for Wolfram can really suck.
- Big Bad: Wolfram.
- Bigger Bad: The Duke of the Hapsburgs. Though, he did not actively kill people himself and even orders Wolfram to keep the captives alive.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Wolfram. His superior as well.
- Book Ends: Volume 1 ends with the Innkeeper wishing to see Willhelm Tell once more. Volume 2 ends with Walter Tell saying he'll be seeing the Innkeeper soon. and both the ones they wish to see are dead by the time they say it.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Yeah, the Austrians just love doing this. Wolfram considers it a helpful tool and his hobby.
- Cool Old Guy: William Tell
- Crucified Hero Shot: Or beheaded, hanged, racked or your choice.
- Wolfram literally had a giant stake shoved up his rectum in chapter 19. But the story is still not over...
- Decoy Protagonist: Everyone with their name in the chapter titles is probably dead at their chapters' end. Grete, the innkeeper, is probably the best example of this, though. She lasts two volumes, however.
- The Determinator: William Tell's son, Walter.
- The Dragon: Wolfram to the Hapsburg Duke.
- Fore Shadowing: Wolfram's first appearance should tell you he is not a good person.
- For the Evulz: Wolfram will kill and publicly display his prisoners even he is ordered to send them to his master. He even refers to the Wolfsmund as his little "Mountain Pass of Pleasure."
- Hero Antagonist: The manga of the trope. The people Wolfram kills are genuinely fighting for their homeland. Cue angry reviews from modern Swiss readers of the French translation. Although it's made pretty clear Wolfam is the bad guy pretty early on, and isn't serving any sense of patriotism, but rather his own sick sadism.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the first chapter no less it doesn't change the odds for his master.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: "Oh, the only way through is that place called The Wolf's Maw. Have a nice time!"
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Wolfram in chapter 19, with a giant wooden stake, literally up his ass.
- Fallen Princess: First Decoy Protagonist.
- Kick the Dog: Every chapter.
- Kill the Cutie: See above.
- Mama Bear: Subverted. If Cedar had actually been one of these, Wolfram would have let them pass. As it is, while she was protective, she just wasn't protective enough.
- Manipulative Bastard: Wolfram
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Wolfram's....excesses drive the people to the point where rebellion is inevitable.
- Ninja: Johanna
- Papa Wolf: William Tell
- Sadist: All the gods above, Wolfram. He outright declares he's in it only for the fun involved and clearly delights in the atrocities he commits.
- The Sociopath: Wolfram again.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Wolfram did more public executions and corpse displays than you can stand. He enjoys them.
- The Stoic: The Hapsburg Duke
- Villain Protagonist: Wolfram. You do NOT want him on your side.
- Villainous Breakdown: when the Wolfsmund is finally under siege and being brought down, Wolfram snaps enough to even throw one of his own soldiers out his window just for questioning him.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The Swiss in real history drove the Holy Roman Empire out through open warfare sometime earlier than the timeframe of the manga.