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Pet Shop of Horrors

  • The chapter Dreizehn has a blind girl with a large inheritance from the recent death of her parents, acquire a dog to help her see and for protection in case the killer came back for her. Count D presents her with a "dog" that is (as typical for the shop) to all appearances a young man named Dreizehn. At first the girl is very uncomfortable with this, but Dreizehn proves to be a loyal helper and she soon warms to him. Unfortunately, the killer comes back to get her and Dreizehn ignores her orders to run away and attacks the killer. Knocked out of the way, the girl could only hear the sounds of ripping and screaming. Crying, she wanted to see again, to see if Dreizehn was all right. Her vision suddenly returns and the first thing she sees is a regular doberman next to the dead body of her would-be killer. The dog quickly get up and licks her face to comfort her, showing her that this is her loyal dog and bodyguard. The last words of the story reveals that the two of them are still together to this day.
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  • The chapter Dual deals with a man running for president. Roger is known to be a charismatic man, though very proud, snobbish, and ungrateful. His assistant, Kelly, however, is a kind, thoughtful man who does all of Roger's work for him. He is in love with Roger's fiance, Nancy, who also returns his affections, but the two of them cannot be together in fear of the downfall of Roger's career. Roger eventually obtains a Kirin, a great and terrible beast that can grant any wish for a price. On the ride home from the shop, the two men spot a bus full of children in danger and Kelly manages to stop the bus from driving off a cliff, with his car going over instead. There, Kelly sees the true form of the Kirin, who asks him his desire. Fame? Wealth? Power? Kelly simply answers that he only wants to see Nancy smile. When Kelly wakes up in the hospital, he's confused that Nancy keeps calling him Roger and telling him that Kelly is dead, only for him to realize that he's in Roger's body. Due to his Heroic Sacrifice, people now respect and praise him even more, guaranteeing his way to presidency, and there's nothing stopping him from marrying Nancy. The Kirin saw that he passed his Secret Test of Character and granted him everything.
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  • Leon, after been shot, has a dream about his deceased mother. While pretending to tie his shoelace (the last thing he did before getting shot), he apologizes to his mother for being angry with her while she was pregnant with Chris and regrets not being able to say something to her.
    Leon: Thank you. Thanks for everything, Mom. Thanks, Mom. You raised me good and I love you.
  • During Christmastime, Chris's uncle and aunt comes back to take Chris back with them. They list all the reasons why Leon wouldn't be a good guardian for Chris, with his job, his filthy apartment, and being supposedly distant from Chris in the first place. Later on, Leon pops out of nowhere, dressed as Santa Claus, knowing how Chris feared Santa Claus wouldn't give him anything for being "bad". Chris happily smiles, shocking his aunt and uncle, who haven't seen Chris smile for a long time. When Leon asks them why they're here, they simply tell Leon that they only wanted to wish them a Merry Christmas, showing that they've changed their minds about taking Chris away and their thoughts about Leon.
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  • In Diet, an over-weight girl wants to go to the prom. She's given a new fitness trainer to help her. When she finally makes it to the prom, we can all see that she's thinned out quite nicely. However, as she dances with the boy of her dreams, she realizes that he's really rude and immature and punches him one. She later goes back to Count's shop to moan about all the wasted work. However, Count points out that she gained something more in return. Her trainer always told her to stand up straight and have pride in herself so she would gain confidence, when at the beginning, she didn't have much. She then asks Count where she can find her trainer to thank her. However, Count doesn't know where the trainer went. Instead, he tells the girl that in gratitude, she should look after a very familiar looking cat for the trainer...
  • The chapter Darling has D take in a cat called Pandora that has a necklace that allows its holder to become the next king of a foreign country. She had chosen the weakest of the previous king's many children, but a misunderstanding led her to believe he just wanted the necklace she was carrying. D invites all of the royal family to his shop and since he is in possession of the necklace, he challenges them into convincing him to hand over the necklace to one of them. The prince Pandora had chosen ignores the squabbling and instead looks over all the cats gathered, recognizing her despite most of her fur being cut off, which earns him the necklace from D.
  • In the chapter Distance, a girl struggles to be a pianist. The trouble is, she doesn't have the natural talent to be a prodigy, which both she and her parents realize. Unfortunately, both pretend she does, not wanting to disappoint each other. The girl's pet dog, whom she had been raising since birth even though the poor thing was blind, deaf, and weak, bites her hand, ruining her chances of being a pianist, but freeing her to pursue a career of her choice. The real heartwarming part comes at the end. The girl's father send the dog to stay with Count D, out of anger at it biting her. It's clear that the dog was expecting something like that to happen... but is completely surprised to see the girl come back for her dog. Keep in mind that this dog is the equivalent of the Dalai Lama, having had several hundred years of living. And this moves her!
  • "My dear detective, if I didn't worry about you, who would?"
  • D usually remains distant or apathetic to the people he encounters, but as the series goes on he develops a soft spot for Leon and his little brother Chris.

Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo

  • A Filipino woman named Joanna is happily married to a much older (and rich) man, but finds herself trapped in a Cinderella situation when her husband gets dementia. Her stepchildren, all the same age as her, hate her for her youth and being foreign and only let her stay as a servant. She balances doing all of their chores, caring for her husband, raising her son, and protecting him from the family. She is aided by a strange young man named Rudy whom D sends from the pet shop to assist her. After learning of her predicament, Rudy holds Joanna and offers to take her and her son away so she won't be hurt anymore. Though tempted, Joanna refuses on the grounds that she loves her husband and won't abandon him. To top it off, after her husband dies she discovers that he was only faking his dementia to see how his family really felt and acted. So he saw how much Joanna cared for him and loved him after all. Because of this, he leaves her the entire half of his very large estate and a note warning her to raise their son better than he raised his other children.
  • In one story, Wu Fei meets and befriends a young girl, taking her to an amusement park when he hears how she has no friends, and gets angry when he thinks that her sister is grooming her to be a prostitute. It turns out that the girl is a mystical bird in human form, and arrives in time to save Wu Fei from an assassination attempt via poison. And at the end of the story, D says that the girl's older sister was very grateful for Wu Fei looking after the girl.

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