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The Elder Sister-like One (姉なるもの: The Sister of the Woods with a Thousand Young in Japan) is a supernatural soft-horror story about a young neglected orphan named Yuu and his adoptive elder sister Chiyo, who just happens to be an eldritch horror from another universe. But, you know, in a good way.

Our story opens with Yuu, who after losing both his parents at a young age has been passed off from one unwilling relative to another. However, that all changes when Yuu's latest guardian suddenly falls into a coma, and Yuu discovers a mysterious basement under said relative's shed. After accidentally disturbing one of the markings on the floor, Yuu finds himself face to face with the beautiful but inhuman "demon" Shub-Niggurath, who offers to grant him a single wish in exchange for what he treasures most. Afraid for his life but also desperately lonely, the boy suddenly blurts out all he wants is a family and asks the inhuman abomination if she would be his big sister. So begins Yuu's happy, endless summer with his new sister "Chiyo", the kindest and most gentle horror this side of insanity.

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Iida Pochi first created the story in the form of a series of hentai doujins, and then got to expand it into a non-hentai monthly serial while simultaneously continuing to publish doujins. The serial depicts the daily adventures of Yuu and Chiyo, for whom the simplest of activities has a tendency to become wanderings through eldritch territory. An OAV has been announced.

Compare to Haiyore Nyaruko San, a series with a similar premise but with Nyarlathotep and other Mythos monsters.


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  • Absurd Cutting Power: In the second chapter, Chiyo forms a knife from her hair-tentacles and comically slices through the cutting board.
  • Abusive Parents: Yuu's memories of his parents are of their kindness and love. However, since their death, he has been passed around from household to household by resentful relatives who bad-mouth him behind his back but within earshot. His maternal aunt even slapped him and blamed his parents' deaths on him during their funeral. His uncle was probably the kindest by simply ignoring him.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Haru makes short work of a malevolent yokai threatening Yuu in chapter 21 but Chiyo quickly proves the stray dog is batting way, way out of her league toying with someone under the protection of Shub-Niggurath.
  • Art Initiates Life: In one chapter while Yuu is doing his summer schoolwork, Chiyo passes the time practicing writing and drawing. Her drawings end up coming to life and running/crawling/slithering away, prompting Chiyo to try to catch them before Yuu notices.
  • Art Shift: Constantly. Iida Pochi has a wide variety of drawing styles, but several of them come up frequently for strong emotions.
    • Surprise - Whenever Chiyo or Yuu are comically surprised, their eyes become large circles and mouths become simple shapes, reminiscent of online ASCII art.
    • Panic - Comically panicking, the two are animated in a stylish cross-over between the usual art and the comically surprised style.
    • Vengeance - Chiyo goes into dark god vengeance mode, usually because she thinks someone has threatened Yuu, taking on her demon shape and forming a dark aura that fills the room.
    • Loving - Chiyo's loving and nurturing mode, generally with heart-shaped pupils. Can happen with her human or demon form.
  • Author Appeal: Iida Pochi likes drawing older, busty girls with younger boys just like her previous work for the art of the light novel Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?.
  • Berserk Button: Despite how minor it is, Chiyo does not like anyone other than Yuu calling her "big sis", as Haru finds out after teasing Chiyo and getting an entire Eldritch Ocean Abyss dropped on her head.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food:
    • For their first meal together, Chiyo suggests that she "produce" and cook a placenta for her and Yuu's first meal. Whenever she was summoned by her worshippers in the past, this is what they served her, so she assumes it's a meal for special occasions. Yuu manages to push more conventional fare.
    • In a volume 1 omake on YuuTube (get it?) Chiyo demonstrates how to cook various Lovecraftian horrors. Yuu cuts the lesson short in taste or terror, as Chiyo's meal is now obscured by pixelated censoring.
    • Haru claims that Yuu has "a really tasty smell".
    • Similarly, Chiyo freaks out Yuu by squeeing over the taste of his blood after kissing a wound better.
  • Black Magic: Chiyo senses and manipulates black magic on a very fundamental level. Even her thoughts can cause inhuman conjurations.
  • Bleached Underpants: Downplayed. The Elephant in the Living Room is that the original story was a series of onee-shota (mature woman with adolescent boy) hentai doujins. However, the underlying relationship was so heartwarming that it was made into an all-ages monthly serial. Extensive Ship Teasing ensued. On the other hand, Pochi has continued to produce the H doujins even while working on the serial. Oh, and author notes indicate that the doujins are canon to the manga and simply take place further down the timeline, meaning those underpants aren't staying bleached.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: As a Cthulhan Outer God, Chiyo genuinely doesn't understand certain things that are obvious to Yuu, like not killing certain people or creatures, or not eating certain foods.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Yuu's fear towards dogs, first mentioned in ch. 6, comes back later in the series in an important way.
  • Creating Life Is Unforeseen: Chiyo's moniker is well deserved, even her drawings can come to life without her intending it.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Yuu's uncle's friend Haru sports a pair of these. They hint at her demonic form, with a full set of monster fangs.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Even in her tentacle haired, eyeball wearing demon form, Chiyo is still a far cry from ugly.
  • Deal with the Devil: The primal creative force of Shub-Niggurath is released from dank runes in a foul basement and declares, "I will grant you what you wish for in exchange for what you value most." Terrified, Yuu heedlessly asks this unspeakable abomination for the unthinkable: "Please be my big sister!"
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Tea, cleaning, walks in the country. It's Slice of Life, after all.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Yuu and Chiyo catch each others' hearts pretty quickly.
  • Ear Cleaning: Since this is common for elder sisters to perform on younger brothers, Chiyo insists on doing this for Yuu ...with her tentacles. Judging from his reactions, this is an incredibly intense sensation, much like having someone lick your entire ear canal.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • Chiyo is Shub-Niggurath, one of the most powerful and ominous entities of the Cthulhu Mythos. She can warp reality, shapeshift at will, pull in monsters from another dimension to make a nutritious meal, and has little to no understanding of how humanity or our reality work.
    • Later chapters add Haru, though it's not quite clear yet which, if any, creature from Lovecraftian fiction she is.
  • Eyes Are Mental: Chiyo's pupils tend to betray her inhuman nature, often looking like goat pupils.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: In her demon form, Chiyo can have a necklace of eyeballs. They apparently work. As a rule of thumb, the more eyeballs she's wearing, the less human she is at that moment.
    • When Chiyo first meets Yuu, she's optically festooned with a moderate necklace.
    • Chapter 3 is after Chiyo agrees to be Yuu's elder sister, with nary an excess eyeball in sight when she takes her demon form.
    • Chapter 17 has Chiyo going demon to protect Yuu, wearing a heavy wreath of eyes and talons dripping with ichor.
    • Chapter 21, Chiyo confronts the demonic creature Haru and goes full-on demon: her tentacle-hair is like a midnight river, cruel talons form, and her cleavage is virtually frothing with eyeballs.
  • Family Theme Naming: Invoked. When Shub-Niggurath forms a contract with Yuu to become his older sister, she chooses the human name Chiyo (meaning "a thousand nights") to complement his name (meaning "twilight").
  • Fear of Thunder: Another of Yuu's fears.
  • Flashback: The author likes to drop tantalizing hints about previous unhappy events in Yuu's and Chiyo's lives prior to the main story. Yuu has a recurring nightmare about people looking down on him and the strangeness of his actions. Chiyo has painful memories about a young woman rejecting her and her inhumanness, mentions that she can't undo death, and is intensely protective of Yuu's life. To date, neither has spoken of these memories to each other.
  • Friend to All Living Things: After a black magic mutated rat invades and eats their snacks, Yuu still hopes that it'll escape into the wilderness where it won't be killed by humans.
  • Hates Being Alone: After a life of neglect, Yuu's desperation for company drives his wish for an older sister.
  • Hell Hound: Chapter 21 introduces Haru, a self described "stray dog".
  • Humanoid Abomination: Let's just say the whole thing brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'Elder Sister'.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: Yuu never asks Chiyo any questions about his uncle's eldritch basement or her connection to it, likely trying not to disrupt their peaceful status quo.
  • I Have Many Names: Chiyo has been referred to by a lot of names through the centuries: demon, evil goddess, the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, and now the Sister of the Woods with a Thousand Young.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Yuu and Chiyo's shared motivation. Yuu, an orphan who's been passed off from one unwilling relative to another, wants to have a family that cares for him. And Chiyo, an Eldritch Abomination who ends up being hated or feared every time she gets summoned to our dimension, secretly wishes a human would accept rather than be horrified of her for a change.
  • Identical Stranger: Haru looks just like a younger version of Yuu's late mother. It's implied she took this form because of Ryou's unrequited love for the latter.
  • Incest Subtext: There is a lot of Ship Teasing between Chiyo and Yuu, though they technically aren't siblings in any real sense of the word (she's an Outer God who made a contract with him to act as his older sister rather than an actual relative). This isn't helped by the fact that the series was originally a hentai before it was picked up for serialization.
  • Interspecies Romance: Boy meets Lovecraftian-avatar-of-the-concept-of-creation-itself, you've heard it a million times.
  • Kissing Cousins: Yuu's parents are revealed to have been first cousins.
  • Loophole Abuse: Yuu is bound by magical contract to give Chiyo that which he values most in exchange for his wish. Fortunately by the time payment is due, what he values most is his relationship with her, allowing Chiyo to fulfil the contract by simply indulging in his love. Ahem.
  • Lovecraft Lite: It's a Slice of Life story with the eponymous Eldritch Abomination taking the role of a big sister for a boy, and it's pretty touching.
  • Love Triangle: Yuu's father and his uncle were both in love with their cousin, Yuu's mother.
  • A Magic Contract Comes with a Kiss:
    • Chiyo seals the deal with Yuu this way, solemnly swearing to grant his wish without deviation.
    • She also 'kisses it better' after magically healing a wound for Yuu.
  • Make a Wish: Shub-Niggurath confronts Yuu and offers him a wish. Confronted with impending death, Yuu suddenly realizes that what he wants and needs more than even his life is family, specifically an older sister. It quickly becomes clear that this being takes wishes and contracts VERY seriously.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Unless she spirits him away to one of those strange aeons or something, Yuu is going to predecease Chiyo by an eternity.
  • Monster Brother, Cutie Sister: Inverted, what with Chiyo being an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: Chiyo is the manga's version of the trope namer, Shub-Niggurath.
  • Mundane Utility: Chiyo's tentacles have many abilities, forming hair, clothes, or unstoppably sharp knives and devouring black magic mutated rats. In the doujin she uses the ability to split herself in order to do chores faster ...and get into a Twin Threesome Fantasy.
  • Nipple and Dimed: It isn't until the third volume that Chiyo's breasts are drawn uncensored, and even then her nipples aren't rendered with full detail.
  • Punny Title:
    • The English title "Elder Sister Like One" can be read as referring to Chiyo's identity as Yuu's Adoptive Cool Big Sis or as an Eldritch Abomination.
    • The Japanese title "姉なるもの / Ane Naru Mono" can be read as both "My Elder Sister" and "The Thing that Becomes My Elder Sister". The subtitle is similarly a play on Shub-Niggurath's title "The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young" in Lovecraft fiction.
  • Raiju: Yuu brings up said thunder god during a lightning storm. Chiyo's image of gods being rather different than his, we're treated to pretty different mental pictures based on his description between the two.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Yuu's uncle Ryou was one to his brother, Yuu's father.
  • Room Full of Crazy: In the first chapter, Yuu discovers a hidden room with unnaturally angled ceilings and walls, covered with eldritch symbols and reality-warping patterns, pungent with smells that foul the eyes and leave him dazed and confused. This forms a gateway to summon other beings into our world. Chiyo finds it messy and cleans it, removing its paranormal nature. Haru is stunned into speechlessness.
  • Shapeshifting: Chiyo switches between her human and demon form as easily as thought. Since her clothes are formed from her hair, she can also cosplay at the drop of a hat, generally as a mythological being.
  • Slice of Life: Every chapter is a slice of Yuu's daily life with unspeakable horror reformed into the image of a loving older sister. Cooking, cleaning, going for walks, etc.
  • Smashing Watermelons: Yuu and Chiyo play Suikawari in chapter 11.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In Pochi's art featuring Chiyo and Mamako, the former is drawn about half a head taller. The hentai works state that she's 172 cmImperial  in human form.
  • Suck Out the Poison: Chiyo does this for Yuu to suck out the mosquito saliva from his bug bites (she's an Outer God, so she can actually do that). It backfires when she gets to a bite that he already treated with muhi, causing her to get a mouthful of foul-tasting medicine. So ends another episode of UST.
  • Swarm of Rats: One of the many unpleasant results of someone in the past dabbling in black magic in the storehouse.
  • Technically Naked Shapeshifter: All of Chiyo's clothes seem to be formed from her prehensile hair.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Yuu is from "yuugure," meaning "twilight", so Shub-Niggurath chooses the name Chiyo, meaning "a thousand nights" to compliment Yuu's name.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Chiyo has Yuu check whether her human form has an accurate heartbeat the fun way in chapter 2.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: In one of the hentai related works, Yuu gets together with two Chiyos, one in her human nurturing form, the other in her demon dominating form.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: This pops up constantly between the two faux siblings. Chiyo is gorgeous in her human form, while her alien form seems to overwhelm Yuu's senses. In turn, she seems quite taken with Yuu's adolescent body. However, unlike the source material this is an all-ages story, so something always interrupts them before things get out of hand.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Chiyo does not take well to anything that threatens Yuu. Even a mosquito bite is enough to trigger full-on demonic vengeance. (Though in her defence, it's not like a human is that much stronger than a mosquito from her perspective, so she can't really be expected to understand the level of threat one poses.)
  • Wowing Cthulhu: In the first chapter, Yuu repeatedly leaves Chiyo drop-jaw astonished by his uniquely innocent behavior towards her.
    • When she offers him a wish, he asks her if she's an angel. The tragically neglected orphan never had anyone ask what he wants before.
    • He then wishes that this inhuman monstrosity become his sister, regardless of suspecting that the price is his life.
    • Next, the adolescent tries to protect the insanely powerful God of Evil from an attacking random monster. At this point, she seems to realize that she's dealing with someone incredible.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Chiyo's image of being Yuu's perfect older sister generally leads her into this role.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Yuu frequently has to remind himself that no matter how she looks to him, Chiyo's true self is beyond human comprehension. Interestingly, Haru claims that this works the other way too; just as a human cannot ever truly understand an outer god, such a god cannot ever truly understand what it is to be human.
  • Youkai: An early chapter reveals that Yuu can see the supernatural. He badly upset relatives by reacting to and talking with things that no one else could see. This is part of why he was rejected by his remote family. Chiyo notes the creatures exist on a different level of reality, and that it's very unusual that Yuu is able to see them.


Alternative Title(s): Ane Naru Mono

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