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Sweet Piglet (also known as Master and Piglet) is a children's book written and drawn by Midori Harada (who is known for doing artwork for Pokémon). Sweet Piglet chronicles the life of a man and his pet piglet, up until the man's death of illness and the piglet wanting to see its master again.

Tropes for Sweet Piglet:

  • Ambiguous Gender: The piglet is never reffered to as he or she (save for one apparent translation error), just it.
  • Children Are Innocent: The titular piglet, which makes the situation all the more tragic, as they don't understand why its Master is gone or why they can't join him.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Piglet apparently dies and joins its master in the afterlife
  • Driven to Suicide: Apparently, the piglet, seeing as it had gone to a butcher wanting to be a meat. The Butcher turns him away
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  • Foregone Conclusion: We have some layer of this, earlier in the story, when the Master starts getting a mysterious pain in his back and, after awhile, he's made to go to the doctor, who informs he's to be hospitalized. Things go downhill for the Piglet from there.
  • Ill Girl: The Master, who dies of his illness
  • No Name Given: The Master and the Piglet, actually, no one is named.
  • Reality Ensues Ordinarily, animals aren't allowed in hospitals, however, there are times an exception might be made, in which case, when the Master gets sick, the doctor grants special permission. Later, when the Piglet goes to the butcher, it's turned away, as, because the Piglet has been in the hospital (and so treated with medicines and such), the meat wouldn't have been usable
  • Shout-Out: To Hachiko
  • Snow Means Death: In the end, the piglet apparently dies in the beginning of winter, seeing its master again
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  • Soap Opera Disease: We never find out what the master's illness was besides that it was terminal, however, the presence of X-rays on page implies that it might have been cancer
  • Together in Death: Implied to the case in with the piglet and its master in the end
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cabbage is the Piglet's.
  • Undying Loyalty: The Piglet, who continuously visits its Master's grave and lays flowers on it
  • Wham Line: "Thank you, Little Piglet. Thank you for staying together with me."
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