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* FantasticRacism: A variant. The film's prologue establishes that people were against reanimation science at first and viewed it as blasphemous. However, it's difficult to be racist against a non-sentient, barely living creature, and the technology ultimately became mainstream due to pressure from war widows; the use of reanimated corpses as CannonFodder in wars was advocated by those who had lost husbands in battle, and embraced by commanders who found obedient non-sentient soldiers superior to living ones.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[spoiler:Halady]] is an fully-functioning ''mechanical android'' that is much more capable of emotions than a Frankenstein. [[spoiler:Yet she seeks Victor's Note out to be capable of feeling true range of human emotions, happy and sorrow.]]

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: An inwardly directed case, at that: [[spoiler:Halady]] is an a fully-functioning ''mechanical android'' that is much more capable of emotions than a Frankenstein. matches The First in humanity. [[spoiler:Yet she doesn't recognize that, and seeks Victor's Note out in the belief she needs them to be capable of feeling true the full range of human emotions, happy and sorrow.emotions.]]


* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:In order to bring back Friday's soul, Watson has Friday perform a procedure - on both of them - mechanically similar to how Watson resurrected Friday, but with effects similar to the First's endeavors. It succeeds in giving Corpse!Friday the missing Twenty-One Grams needed to become human again, as Friday narrates the ending credits, belating that he cannot share what he has experienced with Watson. However, Watson is seen aiding Franchise/SherlockHolmes, so the effect it had on him is unclear. Burnaby is seen conversing with Hadaly - now going by the name of Sherlock FemmeFatale "Irene Adler" - about how whatever happened to Watson hasn't really changed him; he's still InHarmsWay, except now he's the following someone on adventures instead of dragging others on them]].



* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:In order to bring back Friday's soul, Watson has Friday perform a procedure - on both of them - mechanically similar to how Watson resurrected Friday, but with effects similar to the First's endeavors. It succeeds in giving Corpse!Friday the missing Twenty-One Grams needed to become human again, as Friday narrates the ending credits, belating that he cannot share what he has experienced with Watson. However, Watson is seen aiding Franchise/SherlockHolmes, so the effect it had on him is unclear. Burnaby is seen conversing with Hadaly - now going by the name of Sherlock FemmeFatale "Irene Adler" - about how whatever happened to Watson hasn't really changed him; he's still InHarmsWay, except now he's the following someone on adventures instead of dragging others on them]].
* HeroicSacrifice: At least, this is what [[spoiler:Alesha and Nikolai]] believed they're doing: [[spoiler:using themselves to demonstrate how knowledge in Victor's Note can forcibly turn the living into Frankenstein, in order to encourages Watson into destroy the Notes.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: At least, this is what [[spoiler:Alesha and Nikolai]] believed they're doing: [[spoiler:using themselves to demonstrate how knowledge in Victor's Note can forcibly turn the living into Frankenstein, in order to encourages Watson into destroy the Notes.]]
* {{Irony}}: Watson isn't the one taking notes. He leaves that to the rare, more intelligent Frankenstein he designed, Friday.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: They're manmade, seemingly cannot make others like them through biting, and can range anywhere from violent and unintelligent to nigh-fully functioning people in terms of intelligence. However, more intelligent Frankensteins are extremely rare and difficult to make. Zombies can also be repurposed into bombs and display more traditional zombie behavior before exploding.
* MythologyGag: Tons involving the {{Public Domain Character}}s

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* HeroicSacrifice: At least, this is what [[spoiler:Alesha and Nikolai]] believed they're doing: [[spoiler:using themselves to demonstrate how knowledge in Victor's Note can forcibly turn the living into Frankenstein, in order to encourages Watson into destroy the Notes.]]
* {{Irony}}: Watson isn't the one taking notes. He leaves that to the rare, more intelligent Frankenstein he designed, Friday.
Friday.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: They're manmade, seemingly cannot make others like them through biting, and can range anywhere from violent and unintelligent to nigh-fully functioning people in terms of intelligence. However, more intelligent Frankensteins are extremely rare and difficult to make. Zombies can also be repurposed into bombs and display more traditional zombie behavior before exploding.
exploding.
* MythologyGag: Tons involving the {{Public Domain Character}}s Character}}s:



** Friday name is likely from the cannibal companion of Crusoe in the novel Literature/RobinsonCrusoe.

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** Friday Friday's name is likely from the cannibal companion of Crusoe in the novel Literature/RobinsonCrusoe.''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''.


* AnachronismStew: The slit in Hadaly's dress would have been considered indecent exposure during the time period in which the film takes place. Also, zombies.



* AnachronismStew: The slit in Hadaly's dress would have been considered indecent exposure during the time period in which the film takes place. Also, zombies.


''The Empire of Corpses'' is the only Project ITOH book being adapted into a film that [[NoExportForYou has yet to receive an official western release]], but it along with the other Project ITOH movies have been licensed for an English release by Creator/{{Funimation}} who gave it a [[http://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/project-itoh-empire-of-corpses/ a limited theatrical release on April 19 & 20, 2016.]]

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''The Empire of Corpses'' is the only Project ITOH book being adapted into a film that [[NoExportForYou has yet to receive an official western release]], but it along with the other Project ITOH movies have been licensed for an English release by Creator/{{Funimation}} who gave it a [[http://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/project-itoh-empire-of-corpses/ a limited theatrical release on April 19 & 20, 2016.]]


''Shisha no Teikoku'' or ''The Empire of Corpses'' is one of the last novels written by Japanese author ''Project ITOH'', and published posthumously. The book was co-authored with his friend ''Toh Enjoe'' and won 2013 Seiun Award, and has a film adaptation that hit theaters in Japan on October 2, 2015. This is one of his three final books (Alongside ''Literature/{{Harmony}}'' and ''Genocidal Organ'') due to receive animated film adaptations, each film being produced by a different studio[[note]]Wit Studio is in charge of this production, while Creator/Studio4C animates ''Literature/{{Harmony}}''. Creator/{{Manglobe}} was supposed to produce ''Genocidal Organ'', but after it filed for bankruptcy in late 2015, it was [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell subsequently picked up]] by Geno Studio, with the intention of completing the film by the end of 2016.[[/note]], with a theme song performed by [[Music/{{Supercell}} EGOIST]], character designs by Redjuice of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' fame, and boasting a different director.

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''Shisha no Teikoku'' or ''The Empire of Corpses'' is one of the last novels written by Japanese author ''Project ITOH'', and published posthumously. The book was co-authored with his friend ''Toh Enjoe'' and won 2013 Seiun Award, and has a film adaptation that hit theaters in Japan on October 2, 2015. This is one of his three final books (Alongside ''Literature/{{Harmony}}'' and ''Genocidal Organ'') due to receive that received animated film adaptations, each film being produced by a different studio[[note]]Wit Studio is was in charge of this production, while Creator/Studio4C animates animated ''Literature/{{Harmony}}''. Creator/{{Manglobe}} was supposed to produce producing ''Genocidal Organ'', but after it filed for bankruptcy in late 2015, it was [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell subsequently picked up]] by Geno Studio, with the intention of completing who completed the film by the end of 2016.[[/note]], with a theme song performed by [[Music/{{Supercell}} EGOIST]], character designs by Redjuice of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' fame, and boasting a different director.


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* Sidelined Protagonist Crossover:
** The protagonist of this light novel/anime film is John [[TheWatson Watson]] but ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' is nowhere to be seen [[spoiler:until he briefly appears after the TimeSkip]].
** Friday is John Watson's [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]] {{sidekick}} but Literature/RobinsonCrusoe is absent. [[spoiler:It was then shown that he has become a Victorian [[Literature/JamesBond 007]] after the time skip, subverting the presence of M and Moneypenny earlier in the story]].
** Hadaly supports John Watson for majority of the story but ''Literature/TheFutureEve'''s protagonist UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison only appears to give their group the Nautilus, which also sidelines the characters of ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''.


** Friday name is likely from the cannibal companion of Crusoe in the novel Robinson Crusoe.

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** Friday name is likely from the cannibal companion of Crusoe in the novel Robinson Crusoe.Literature/RobinsonCrusoe.


* BigBadEnsemble: The story has two main villains: The First, the original Frankenstein, and [[spoiler:Mycroft "M" Holmes.]] Both of their plans involve using Victor Frankenstein's notes to [[spoiler:devastate humanity to further their own goals.]]

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* BigBadEnsemble: The story has two main villains: The First, the original Frankenstein, Frankenstein monster, and [[spoiler:Mycroft "M" Holmes.]] Both of their plans involve using Victor Frankenstein's notes to [[spoiler:devastate humanity to further their own goals.]]


* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Doctor Victor Frankenstein is said to be the first successfully reanimated corpse, and the only one to have shown signs of sentience.


* {{Steampunk}}: Directly transcribed into out-and-out {{Cyberpunk}}; Though all the tech is late-1800's in appearance - mechanical computers and CowTools for surgery - the addition of re-animated corpses allows for many familiar tropes. Corpses are programmed with "artificial souls" like robots. Watson is a PlayfulHacker, with Friday acting the part of the computer he totes around to bypass security and access restricted data. He is captured by a spy agency and made into a BoxedCrook. Corpse brains are used for data storage and processing. The book of punchcards containing [[MacGuffin Victor's Notes]] is a MagicFloppyDisk. [[spoiler:[[Literature/TheFutureEve Hadaly Lilith]] is a RidiculouslyHumanRobot. The First hijacks global communications and instigates [[RobotWar corpse uprisings]]. The final confrontation takes place in a {{Cyberspace}} derived of artificial souls]].

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* {{Steampunk}}: Directly transcribed into out-and-out {{Cyberpunk}}; Though all the tech is late-1800's in appearance - mechanical computers and CowTools for surgery - the addition of re-animated corpses allows for many familiar tropes. Corpses are programmed with "artificial souls" like robots. Watson is a PlayfulHacker, with Friday acting the part of the computer he totes around to bypass security and access restricted data. He is captured by a spy agency and made into a BoxedCrook. Corpse brains are used for data storage and processing.processing - and linked via trans-oceanic telegraph to create TheAlternet. The book of punchcards containing [[MacGuffin Victor's Notes]] is a MagicFloppyDisk. [[spoiler:[[Literature/TheFutureEve Hadaly Lilith]] is a RidiculouslyHumanRobot. The First hijacks global communications and instigates [[RobotWar corpse uprisings]]. The final confrontation takes place in a {{Cyberspace}} derived of artificial souls]].


* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:In order to bring back Friday's soul, Watson has Friday perform a procedure - on both of them - mechanically similar to how Watson resurrected Friday, but with effects similar to the First's endeavors. It succeeds in giving Corpse!Friday the missing Twenty-one Grams needed to become human again, as Friday narrates the ending credits, belating that he cannot share what he has experienced with Watson. However, Watson is seen aiding Franchise/SherlockHolmes, so the effect it had on him is unclear. Burnaby is seen conversing with Hadaly - now going by the name of Sherlock FemmeFatale "Irene Adler" - about how whatever happened to Watson hasn't really changed him; he's still InHarmsWay, except now he's the following someone on adventures instead of dragging others on them]].

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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:In order to bring back Friday's soul, Watson has Friday perform a procedure - on both of them - mechanically similar to how Watson resurrected Friday, but with effects similar to the First's endeavors. It succeeds in giving Corpse!Friday the missing Twenty-one Twenty-One Grams needed to become human again, as Friday narrates the ending credits, belating that he cannot share what he has experienced with Watson. However, Watson is seen aiding Franchise/SherlockHolmes, so the effect it had on him is unclear. Burnaby is seen conversing with Hadaly - now going by the name of Sherlock FemmeFatale "Irene Adler" - about how whatever happened to Watson hasn't really changed him; he's still InHarmsWay, except now he's the following someone on adventures instead of dragging others on them]].


* ArcWords: Twenty-one Grams; it's a reference to how the human body becomes twenty-one grams lighter upon death, leading to the hypothesis that it's the mass of the human soul.

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* ArcWords: Twenty-one Twenty-One Grams; it's a reference to how the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21_grams_experiment 21 grams experiment]], which recorded human body becomes bodies becoming twenty-one grams lighter upon death, leading to the hypothesis that it's 21 grams is the mass of the human soul.



* BigBadEnsemble: The story has two main villains: The First, the original Frankenstein, and [[spoiler: Mycroft "M" Holmes.]] Both of their plans involve using Victor Frankenstein's notes to [[spoiler: devastate humanity to further their own goals.]]

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* BigBadEnsemble: The story has two main villains: The First, the original Frankenstein, and [[spoiler: Mycroft [[spoiler:Mycroft "M" Holmes.]] Both of their plans involve using Victor Frankenstein's notes to [[spoiler: devastate [[spoiler:devastate humanity to further their own goals.]]



** The First's ultimate goal is [[spoiler: to have a living bride who can love him.]]
** M is short for [[spoiler: Mycroft. So despite bearing the last name Holmes, people who caught this will easily predict his betrayal.]]

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** The First's ultimate goal is [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to have a living bride who can love him.]]
** M is short for [[spoiler: Mycroft.[[spoiler:Mycroft. So despite bearing the last name Holmes, people who caught this will easily predict his betrayal.]]


''Shisha no Teikoku'' or ''The Empire of Corpses'' is one of the last novels written by Japanese author ''Project ITOH'', and published posthumously. The book was co-authored with his friend ''Toh Enjoe'' and won 2013 Seiun Award, and has a film adaptation that hit theaters in Japan on October 2, 2015. This is one of his three final books due to receive animated film adaptations, each film being produced by a different studio[[note]]Wit Studio is in charge of this production, while Creator/Studio4C animates ''Literature/{{Harmony}}''. Creator/{{Manglobe}} was supposed to produce ''Genocidal Organ'', but after it filed for bankruptcy in late 2015, it was [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell subsequently picked up]] by Geno Studio, with the intention of completing the film by the end of 2016.[[/note]], with a theme song performed by [[Music/{{Supercell}} EGOIST]], character designs by Redjuice of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' fame, and boasting a different director.

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''Shisha no Teikoku'' or ''The Empire of Corpses'' is one of the last novels written by Japanese author ''Project ITOH'', and published posthumously. The book was co-authored with his friend ''Toh Enjoe'' and won 2013 Seiun Award, and has a film adaptation that hit theaters in Japan on October 2, 2015. This is one of his three final books (Alongside ''Literature/{{Harmony}}'' and ''Genocidal Organ'') due to receive animated film adaptations, each film being produced by a different studio[[note]]Wit Studio is in charge of this production, while Creator/Studio4C animates ''Literature/{{Harmony}}''. Creator/{{Manglobe}} was supposed to produce ''Genocidal Organ'', but after it filed for bankruptcy in late 2015, it was [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell subsequently picked up]] by Geno Studio, with the intention of completing the film by the end of 2016.[[/note]], with a theme song performed by [[Music/{{Supercell}} EGOIST]], character designs by Redjuice of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' fame, and boasting a different director.


* AdaptationDisplacement: Because Funimation licensed the movie but the novel still hasn't been translated into English[[note]]Haikasoru, which has translated Itoh's and Toh Enjoe's books before, said in a twitter reply they may do it in the future, but there's nothing concrete as of this writing[[/note]], most Western fans only know the movie's version of events.

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