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Nightmare Fuel / Sakura Gari

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Yuu Watase is no stranger to writing dark plots. But this might just be her most harrowing work to date.

  • Terashima's death was very, very ugly. First he's subjected to Fingore, then to a Staircase Tumble and THEN being a Man on Fire? W h a t.
  • Masataka's torture and rape at the hands of Katsuragi, complete with this scary as fuck Nightmare Face as he's whipping him. Oh, and let's not go into Souma's childhood.
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  • Katsuragi himself. Not only is he a disgusting pedophile and rapist, he also beats his wife up habitually and is a terrifying Yandere for Souma. And then there's the part where Masataka throws a boiling pot of liquid into his face badly scarring his face and his eyes and Souma humiliates him and leaves him... and his abused wife sets him on fire. Even if he deserved it, yikes.
  • The numerous times Masataka and Souma attempt suicide and how Sakurako successfully manages to commit suicide in chapter 9, slitting her wrists open (apparently with the family's katana) and then drowning herself in a nearby pond.
  • That scene where Souma, after a heartbreaking fight with Masataka, had just tried to commit suicide and is kneeling in front of Masataka, showing him his slashed wrists. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
    Souma: Masataka, look... Is this enough...?
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  • Let's not forget Sakurako's expertise in Cold-Blooded Torture. Not only s/he is to blame for Terashima's death, but the few we learn about what she did to the unnamed maid who was pregnant with Souma's baby... eeeeeeeep.
  • Sakurako's final and pre-death Villainous Breakdown is both this and a Tear Jerker. It's both heartwretching and terrifying to see her screaming and destroying Lord Saiki's bed with her katana, crying Berserker Tears and screaming "WHY WAS I BORN?! WHY DID YOU BRING ME INTO THIS WORLD?!"


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