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This book provides examples of the following tropes;

  • Asshole Victim: A lot of the victims in this book qualfy. To name but a few; Mori Hideki in "The Critic". the Oshiro siblings in "Witchcraft of the Venomous Rats" and Captain Nakamura in "Sea Beef".
  • Animalistic Abomination: A lot of the yokai are such,
  • Awesome McCoolname: Ryuu's name means "Dragon" in Japanese; and he is a badass.
  • Chest Burster: The infant Lloigor are born in this manner. The protagonist's daughter dies giving birth to one.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Bake-kujira delivers an absolutely brutal one to the Shona Maru; destroying it in a matter of seconds.
  • Death by Childbirth: Misaki in "The Brides of Mizuchi. Given Ryunnosuke seems rather nonplussed by it, this must be a regular occurrence at Tatsu Springs.
  • Fridge Horror: Daisuke suffers an in-universe example of this in "The Brides of Mizuchi", when he realises that Mizuchi is but one of hundreds, if not thousands of giant dragons, hibernating all over the world. And considering the damage that just one can do...
  • Jerkass: Mori Hideki in "The Critic", who appears to enjoy tarnishing the eateries he reviews for the sake of it. He gets turned into a forever-hungry ghost in punishment.]
  • Offing the Offspring: The protagonist in "Yanari" accidentally kills her young son, mistaking him for one of the titular creatures.
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  • Our Dragons Are Different: Here, they are Precursors, who dwelled in the universe before the current one, known as the Lloigor. They can reproduce with human women, producing offspring with varying attributes, depending on how diluted the dragon sperm is.
  • Our Zombies Are Different:
  • Shown Their Work:
    • "Sea Beef" is a remarkably accurate portrayal of the Japanese whaling industry (e.g. whaling boats typically have a zoologist or marine biologist on board, to maintain the illusion of scientific respectability and that protected species are sometimes hunted)
    • "The Brides of Mizuchi" is a creepily accurate depiction of cult tactics. "Brides" also explains the reason why it's difficult to determine whether a cult is holding people against their will; quite often, the members have been brainwashed into believing they made the decision of their own free will.
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    • "Moryo" contains an accurate depiction of freak shows. All the purported yokai in the protagonist's freak show are giant puppets, drugged animals or deformed humans.
    • In "Enryo's Last Case", a lot of the explainations of the phenomena the titular professor investigated are all common explainations for Japanese folkloric phenomena.
  • Was Once a Man: Tesso
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