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Pumpkin Night is a horror manga by Masaya Hokazono and Seima Taniguchi.

The manga follows a deranged girl who adopts the name "Pumpkin Night" when she escapes from a mental hospital by killing all the nurses and patients. She goes out in the world, seeking bloody vengeance against a group of teenagers who played a prank on her and ruined her life back in middle school.

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  • Alone with the Psycho: After the episode in the hospital, Katsuya ends up finding Naoko and being with her in the elevator, the two converse with each other briefly before she goes away, saying she intends to save him for last.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The death of the two female bullies is treated with some degree of sympathy.
  • Asshole Victim: Naoko's bullies, Completely averted with the rest of the victims, who only had the bad luck of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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  • Back from the Dead: Volume 4, billed as the end of part 1, ends with Naoko rising from her grave.
  • Barbaric Bully: The main characters turned out to be Naoko's bullies and they actually took part in the prank that destroyed Naoko's face and served to cause her to become deranged.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Naoko's constant bullying and finally her disfiguration was what drove her over the edge and made her Ax-Crazy.
  • Big Bad: At first Naoko typically appears to be one, but the real one is the head bully Naruto.
  • Bully Hunter: Naoko whose goal is to get revenge on the people who bullied her. By the end of part 1 they're all dead and she's seemingly returned from the dead to hunt all bullies.
  • Cop Killer: In one panel of a chapter, Mayor Tatsuo Kuroki hastily backs up his van in an attempt to run over Kazuya and rams into the policewoman friend of Kazuya's which appears to kill her instantly if her lying on the pavement with rolled-up Dull Eyes of Unhappiness as she Dies Wide Open is any indication. Subverted as the next couple of chapters revealed she's still alive and enroute to the hospital.
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  • Corrupt Politician: Mayor Tatsuo Kuroki who used his criminal connections to advance his political career.
  • Cowboy Cop: A policewoman who briefly impersonates Naoko seeks to bring justice outside of the law to avenge her politician father's death at Mayor Kuroki's hands and take in Naoko's bullies.
  • Deadly Prank: Naoko won a contest in the school, and was meant to have a pumpkin put in her head as "crowning", as is the school's tradition. The bullies decided to play a prank on her by setting off firecracker inside the pumpkin. Even worse, the bullies went above and beyond and put sulfuric acid in the pumpkin to melt her face off, it's a miracle she survived.
  • Dramatic Irony: During the hospital part of the story, Naoko changes place with Saki, pretending to be the one in the bed. While the reader knows this, the characters are unaware.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Although the bullies are horrible people, Naoko is far from being a hero, since her victims are not limited to bullies, but also to dozens of innocent people.
  • For the Evulz: After Naruto admits in the streaming that he was responsible for what happened to Naoko, Katsuya questions Fukutani why they bullied Naoko. He simply replies that there’s no reason other than amuse themselves.
  • Gorn: Any death in the show is at least extremely bloody and at most a spectacle of blood and internal organs messed up to the point of being a horror-inducing masterpiece.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Mayor Kuroki, Naruto's father. He used his position to help cover up what actually happened to Naoko and had her locked away in a mental hospital. Later on he squashes Detective Matsui's investigation into the killings and their connection to the incident with Naoko and gets all evidence of Naruto's confession scrubbed.
  • He Knows Too Much: Naruto suffocates one of his last remaining friends with a Vorpal Pillow to silence him when he expresses a desire to confess their crimes to the authorities in chapter 25. Not to mention how earlier Mayor Kuroki pulled the strings to cover up his son's bullying of Naoko to the point of having her and Kazuya dumped and left for dead at a construction site.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Arata is given a Vorpal Pillow when confessing to Naruto to they should turn themselves in to be spared from Pumpkin Night's wrath in chapter 25.
  • Heel Realization: When being pursued by Kazuya the new Pumpkin Night and onlookers not lifting a hand to save him as they were thinking it's All Part of the Show, Naruto realizes the situation he's in is the receiving end of his bullying of Naoko.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Naoko attacks a topless (but still wearing a black lingerie bra) Nomizu by shoving a hook through her boob right after she was removing her shirt in a fanservice-y scene.
  • Kill and Replace: At one point, Naoko kills Saki and takes her place in the hospital bed, in order to approach her other victims.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: As of chapter 20, has Naoko's vengeful spirit really possessed Kazuya to continue her Roaring Rampage of Revenge or Kazuya has decided to Go Mad from the Revelation after Naoko's death and take up the mantle of Pumpkin Night to avenge her.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Mayor Kuroki is visually modeled after a certain 45th president of the United States.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Naoko herself is so badly damaged she acts as gleefully deranged killer, while also almost using baby talk to talk with her victims and not even pronouncing their names properly.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The brutal killing of a pretty girl alone in her house as the opening of the manga seems to mirror Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore's character) in the iconic opening of the movie Scream
    • One extra image of the manga shows Naoko's mask in the place of Michael Myers' mask in the original poster for Halloween.
  • Slasher Movie: This manga follows lots of tropes from this. A brutal, strange killer follows a group of teenager to try to kill them.
  • Smug Snake: Both Kuroki father and son believe to be above everything and everyone.
  • Take Up My Sword: As of chapter 20, Kazuya appeared to taken up the mantle of Pumpkin Night to avenge Naoko.
  • Token Good Teammate: Kazuya is the only member of the group who didn’t partake in the bullying to Naoko. This eventually leads to him turning on his friends to save Naoko and confess his love for her.
  • Villain Protagonist: Naoko.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Naoko was once a kind girl who was bullied because of her slight oddball behavior. Then the bullies horribly burned her face, when she tried to tell adults, they turned a blind eye to her and threw her in a mental hospital, completely breaking her mind and turning her into the psychopath she is now.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 19 in which Naoko dies.
    • Chapter 33 ends with what seems to be Naoko's resurrection and new goal: to kill all bullies.
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