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Toshi Densetsu (translate to Urban Legend) is a horror anthology by Ryou Azuki. Each story centers around an Urban Legend, which the protagonist will learn about and end up living through.


The manga contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Quite a few.
    • One story centers around a high school girl living on her own for the first time. She discovers a serial killer has been hiding in her closet and is there right that minute. And her rescuer? a Peeping Tom who murdered the last occupant of her apartment to keep her from revealing his secret.
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    • A bully victim committed suicide because when she went to her teacher for help, he tried to molest her.
    • One story has the reveal that the person whose eyes the protagonist received was killed by her doctor father when admitted for recovery from a car accident.
    • The reason Akatsuki is so protective of Natsumi is because he quickly figures out that she's no older than 13 and spending her time flirting with older men who have no idea she's underage.
    • "Repeat" uses the urban legend of women being kidnapped from department store changing rooms and being forced into prostitution. It's heavily implied Kiyoko underwent that very fate and was only able to escape by promising to work with her abductors.
    • "Revived Murder" has the fear that a loved one could secretly be more dark or violent than suspected.
  • Adults Are Useless: A rather disturbing example in "The Left Eye Could Only See the Color Red", when it's revealed that Mana's teacher would only help her with the massive bullying she was suffering if she'd agree to sleep with him.
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  • Alpha Bitch: Yukari in "The Left Eye Could Only See the Color Red".
  • Asshole Victim: So very, very many. If someone dies, chances are they've done something to bring it on themselves. This is the entire premise behind MurderDotCom - if someone has driven another to want them dead, that person was probably not good at all.
  • Bad Santa: One story features this as the urban legend. He later shows up to kill the students who murdered a classmate and were trying to bury the evidence. For the girl who was on her way to expose their crimes, he pats her on the head an says she's been a good girl this year.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason Akari was left out of her doctor's revenge for Mana's death was because Mana told him Akari was a good friend and she didn't blame her for not having the courage to confront the bullies.
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  • Break the Cutie: "Revived Murder" ends with Kiyomi sobbing in her boyfriend's arms, genuinely scared that he might grow up to be a serial killer who would murder her and other women, but loving him too much to leave him. Add in the fact that he had to kill his mother to protect himself and Kiyomi and poor Kiyomi's cat was killed and the girl really needs a hug.
  • Christmas Episode: With the Bad Santa urban legend, natch.
  • Downer Ending: One story has a girl receive eye transplants, only to see the people around her as monsters. She realizes that this is because the original owner of the eyes was killed by her doctor father when he came in for treatment, to ensure that she'd get a transplant and be cured of her blindness. The girl tries to atone for what her father did, but in the end is unable to. The story ends with the victim's ghost leaving her to live her life seeing everyone around her as a monster.
  • Eye Scream: Two stories center around eye disease/replacement. This trope abounds.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: One story has a group of unpleasant people drugged for killing. Before they're killed, the one responsible lists all their crimes. One got students hooked on drugs to make money off of them, two roofied girls and raped them, and one careless dated countless men, with her having had two abortions being cite as proof of her brainless, carefree lifestyle.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When Akari stabs her eye out to appease Mana and her brother.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?
  • Here We Go Again!: "Repeat" ends with Sayaka is shown attending another social function, presumably to kill the people there, like with the last one.
  • Honey Trap: Invoked by Natsumi, to avenge her brother's death.
  • In the Blood: In "Revived Murderer", the protagonist worries that her boyfriend is the son/reincarnation of a famous serial killer and inherited his murderous tendencies. By the end of the story, he seems to have hit two of the same three flagpoints the killer started with.
  • Karmic Death: Quite a few.
    • "Repeat" has the people attending the karaoke event drugged before they're killed. Sayaka notes that it's appropriate, since the men there were planning to drug and take advantage of the women.
    • In "The Left Eye Could Only See the Color Red", Mana's teacher falls out a window while escaping her brother and dies when he impales himself on the branches of a tree, with one prominently stabbing his eye out (the injury Mana received from bullies before she committed suicide.
    • The Christmas Episode has the cruel students who killed the kind student associated with Santa were themselves killed by the Bad Santa.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: How Murder.com works. If someone's name is submitted, they end up dying in a completely unrelated incident. The people who cause the deaths are totally unrelated third parties who previously used the site, chosen specifically so the murder can't be linked to the client.
  • Murder.com: One story features a website with this exact name. It lets anyone register and submit a person to have murdered, at no cost. At least, no monetary cost. In order to ensure that the murders aren't traced back to the clients, the website has anyone who used their services commit at least one murder ordered, with one week given to comply.
  • Something Only They Would Say: In "Repeat", the real identity of Sayaka is revealed when she tells an urban legend that one of her classmates made up. Said classmate is in the room and knows the urban legend was never known to anyone outside of their class.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: In "Revived Murderer", Santeru kills his birth mother to protect himself and Kiyomi from her.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Any of the bullying high school students in stories are this.
  • The Un-Reveal: It's never figure out if Santeru is a serial killer's child, if he killed a cat, or if he'll end up as a killer himself.
  • Urban Legend: Each story features one.
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