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The Terror: Infamy is a ten-part miniseries by AMC. Set during World War II, it centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.

The series is a follow-up to The Terror, but has no plot connection, turning the overarching series into a Genre Anthology.

It stars Derek Mio, Kiki Suzekane, C. Thomas Howell, and George Takei.


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"The Terror: Infamy" contains examples of:

  • Abandoned War Child: Chester's biological father was a soldier who died in WWI.
  • Aborted Arc: What caused Sgt. Crittenden to kill those Marines beating up Chester was never expounded upon whether he was possessed by Yuko or a result of harsh brainwashing by the Japanese.
  • Actor Allusion: George Takei is an outspoken critic of Japanese internment due to having been interned himself at the age of 5. His final line in the series is also his personal catchphrase, "Oh, my!"
  • Adult Fear: Yuko had to leave her child in an orphanage when she could no longer feed him living on the streets.
  • Affably Evil: Yuko and the Japanese POW.
  • Agony of the Feet: Henry comes back with toes so badly frost bitten that taking his boots off is excruciatingly painful.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Luz to an extent with one woman calling her a whore in Japanese, though other main characters make efforts to support her.
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  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: When Chester finally gets the chance to talk with Ota, he threatens to kill Chester's family and leaves him visibly shaken.
  • Arcadia: Luz's Abuela has a farm in New Mexico that is initially depicted as somewhat idylic... And then Yuko arrives.
  • Armies Are Evil: The majority of the American Armed Forces from the Japanese Americans' viewpoint.
  • Artifact Title: Unlike the first series, the title "The Terror" has no plot significance other than to the fact that it's a horror story. It's just there for marketing purposes to connect the series to its predecessor.
  • Artistic License – Cars: Chester and Arthur get into a dramatic car crash when a jeep with a busted tire flips over to land them in a ditch after going over a small mound of dirt.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Mr. Grichuk, Henry's boss, is blatantly racist and forces Henry to hand over his hard-earned Packard. He's killed by the spirit when trying to set the Nakayamas' boat on fire, so it is unlikely that he will be missed.
    • Hideo Furuya who threw Yuko out onto the streets when they were married and he discovered that she was already pregnant.
    • Dr. Kitamura, a Hispanic-racist Dr. Jerk who was lazy not to put more effort in delivering Luz's twins alive and gets sliced open in the gut for that.
    • The group of soldiers who were beating up Chester for being Japanese won't be missed after they're burned to death by a flamethrower.
    • Amy kills Major Bowen after he has her boyfriend Ken Uehara killed, then ties her to a chair with plans to abandon her in dark underground room for recording a conversation in which he admits to having her boyfriend killed and sending it to the WRA.
  • Astral Projection: A curandero appears to use some version of this.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Happened to Henry with Chester.
    "When I held my boy in my hands all the cares of the world vanished."
  • Badass Boast/Villainous Valor: Major Bowen when Ken points the major's 1911 pistol against the former owner:
    Major Bowen: I was at Belleau Wood under General Pershing. You're gonna have to make me bleed my guts out before I surrender!
  • Bait-and-Switch: Several Japanese children spot a woman in white, with black hair, and say that she must be "the ghost woman," implying that they've stumbled across Yuko. After a cut to a new angle, we discover that it's Luz, in a depressed haze from losing her twins. She's apparently developed a reputation around camp for her strange behavior.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: To some degree, as Yuko greets Jirou in the afterlife the exact same way that Chiyo greeted her.
  • Big Bad: Yuko Tanabe.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Major Bowen.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Zig-zagged; dialog in Japanese is subtitled, but writing is untranslated.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Leans a bit more on the sweet side. Although Henry dies and many people were killed when they were possessed by Yuko, her spirit is finally at peace and Chester and Luz's child is saved. Five years later, Chester and Luz are happily married, adapted two more children, and set up a photograph studio in Los Angeges. For Yuko and Chester, it counts as a Earn Your Happy Ending.
  • Black and White Insanity: It's clear that as a result of Pearl Harbor at the time, Caucasian Americans absolutely and immutably views all Japanese with contempt and suspicion, dehumanized them as all threats whatsoever and never unconditionally acknowledging the good in them as loyal fellow American citizens.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Not quite blood, but Toshiro is coughing up phlegm due to an illness going around the camp.
  • Body Horror:
    • Mrs. Furuya stabs herself in the ear with her hair ornament and the blood is displayed.
    • Chester imagines or hallucinates a loose thread on his shirt turning into a part of his slit wrist.
    • Yuko provides a neverending parade of it:
      • She sews her skin back onto her cheek after it peels off like paint.
      • She has black veins spreading across her face and her hair falling out with open sores on her head.
      • She's frequently shown looking normal with blood dripping from her hairline.
      • At the end of episode 4 she has rotting flesh and a dislocated jaw.
      • A decaying body wearing Yuko's kimono pulls herself out of a duffel bag using a horror backbend before approaching Chester to reveal a blackened rotting flesh.
      • Digging out of the spirit world and out of her grave... into her body that's been decaying for 21 years.
      • Yuko sews a new body together out of secondhand skin with visible stitch lines that she paints over, leaving the texture visible under a layer of makeup.
      • Yuko rips the skin off her cheek to get rid of the symbols Henry paints there.
  • Body in a Breadbox: Terajima brings a decaying body with him in his duffel bag.
  • Bride and Switch: Done before the weddings. Asako was originally supposed to marry Furuya and Yuko was supposed to marry Henry, but she had their papers switched when she found out that Furuya was cruel.
  • Broken Bird: Luz and Yuko.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Bowen, because confronting a malicious spirit in the middle of the night is a great idea.
  • Burying a Substitute: Asako cuts off a lock of Chester's hair to keep so "if Chester dies and there's no body, she can cremate the hair. Give him a proper burial."
  • Candlelit Ritual: The curandero involves a fire and a ring of candles around the participants.
  • Cat Scare: Chester sets up bells in doorways to have a warning is Yuko is coming. It leads to a false alarm when a rat chews on the ropes
  • Caught on Tape: Amy tries to expose Bowen but the tape falls into the hands of one of his friends.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Used to represent rebirth when Yuko walks out into a field of cherry trees when she returns to herself in a memory before everything went wrong.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Chester hears one in the middle of the night talking about the bombing of Hiroshima.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Bowen begins to think that people in the camp are after him after an encounter with Yuko. Though it's not clear if he was faking some of it.
  • Cool Old Guy: Yamato-san, Chester's grandfather, shares a story of catching an enormous tuna fish and, when it was still alive, killing it with one punch.
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Yuko uses it quite a bit when treating Luz during her pregnancy. Chester gets one when Yuko possesses him.
  • Curtain Clothing: Chester gives Luz a maternity dress that a woman in the camp made out of rice sacks.
  • Dark Secret:
    • It quickly becomes apparent that several members of the older generation of the Terminal Islanders somehow know who and what Yuko really is. We finally find out in "Taizo" that she was Furuya's arranged bride, whom he threw out on the street after discovering she was pregnant from a prior affair. After giving up her baby Taizo for adoption she then committed suicide, with her child then being raised by Asako and Henry as Chester.
    • It turns out that Asako has another one on top of this. Namely that originally she was supposed to marry Furuya and Yuko was to marry Henry, but Asako convinced their father to switch things.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Luz and Chester name their son Henry.
  • Dead Guy on Display: In the first episode, the structure supporting a coffin is blown over and the dead woman it contains rolls out.
  • Dead Person Conversation:
    • Abuela tells Luz and Chester about a ritual called a curandero that can use a photo or an object to detect if someone is alive. Chester uses it to meet his brother.
    • Chester has one last conversation with his dad on the fishing boat where he gets to say goodbye.
    • Yamato-san meets an old friend in the afterlife in a dream and his entire extended family who lived in Hiroshima. When he awakes, he finds out the city has been bombed.
  • Death by Racism: Grichuk, Dr. Kitamura, a group of soldiers and Major Bowen all had it coming due to their racism.
  • Dedication: The series is dedicated to "the over 145,000 loyal Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians who were imprisoned by their own governments."
    • The credits in episode 10 show a montage of family members of the cast and crew who were inprisoned during WWII, which camps and/or branches of the military service they were in, and what years they were there.
  • Demonic Possession: Yuko often makes her victims move without their consent, sometimes with horrified expressions on their faces.
    • A guard at the camp named Nessler runs into Yuko and proceeds to throw himself off a guard tower.
    • Yuko possesses a nurse during Luz's delivery to oversee the birth of the twins.
    • Yuko makes the camp's doctor slice his own stomach open.
    • Furuya walks into the dining area and tries to strangle his son while talking about seeing swallows everywhere despite being blinded.
    • A soldier named Crittenden appears to be either this (from an unknown source) or severely brainwashed as the result of unspecified "psychological experiments" after being captured by Japanese troops in Guam.
    • A soldier named Terajima who is sent to the front as a translator.
    • A Japanese POW named Ota in episode 5 though he appears to have been faking it
    • Arthur at the end of episode 5
    • Yuko uses Asako to confront Chester in episode 6.
    • A doctor at the begining of episode 7 that Yuko uses to put her body back together before killing him.
    • Bowen when he confronts Yuko without knowing who she is.
    • Luz's father, Bart, so she can find out where Chester went before killing him.
    • Yuko attends Chester and Luz's wedding by possessing a family friend.
    • Yuko possesses Chester while he's undergoing the curandero.
    • The priest Luz and Chester try to have help them keep Yuko away from Luz's baby.
    • Luz and Chester's newborn baby
    • Abuela when Luz hands her the baby
    • Luz at the end of episode 9
    • Esperanza, the daughter of a family that stops to help Luz
    • Henry so he'll shoot Chester in the knee and himself in the stomach.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Chester has a mini existential crisis in episode 5 because he feels useless and unable to do anything for his family or country.
  • Deuteragonist: Henry, Chester's father.
  • Dirty Old Man: Major Bowen shows signs of this as he captures and ties Amy to a chair in an isolated basement.
  • Dr. Jerk: Dr. Kitamura.
  • Dramatic Irony: For tearjerker purposes with Chester reading Luz's letter telling him about the twins and finally winning over Henry is intercut with the small funeral the family has for the twins with Luz laying despondent in her bed.
  • Dramatic Wind: Of the more sinister type.
    • Chester is caught by them repeatedly
    • Luz says she slipped on a flight of stairs because of one
    • Luz and Chester are disturbed by one as they kiss goodbye.
    • One of them, most likely caused Yuko Tanabe, blows over Masayo Furuya's casket, knocking her out of it.
    • Stan Grichuk is blown into the water and drowned by one, again most likely caused by Tanabe.
  • Dressing to Die: Yuko dresses in her kimono and fixes her hair when she prepares to bury herself.
  • Eagleland: The country's system and the Caucasians towards the Japanese Americans are all Type II. Basically, they were Not So Different from the Nazis towards the Jews, with the exception of the Final Solution.
  • Ethereal White Dress: Kids playing hide and seek spot "the ghost woman" Luz mourning for her babies standing in a river by the camp.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Mr. Furuya is rendered blind in a sequence where his eyelids become bloody before his irises are clouded over.
    • Yuko makes Bart Ojeda impale himself through the eye on a fountain pen.
  • Fallen Hero: Major Bowen was a WWI veteran who seen combat in Belleau Wood while serving under General Pershing, but is reduced to a corrupt internment camp supervisor by the time of the show's setting.
  • False Reassurance: Amy asks Bowen to be lenient to Ken because he was only trying to get help for people in the camp who were sick. He says he's taken that into consideration before he orders a group of soldiers to shoot Ken before he can try to leave the room he'd been holding Bowen hostage in.
  • Family Extermination: Yamato dreams of meeting a friend in the afterlife whose entire family died because they lived in Hiroshima.
  • Family of Choice: Asako and Henry become this for Luz with Henry embracing her and telling her to be safe when she leaves the camp.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Major Bowen
  • The '50s: The scene in the final episode.
  • Flesh Golem: Yuko possesses a doctor to put her body back together using skin from other bodies after the family tries to burn her body in episode 6.
  • Food Chains: Averted, Yuko eats food in the afterlife but manages to escape anyway.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Viewers would already know that flashback episode with Yuko giving birth in 1920 would end badly for her.
  • The '40s: The series starts in December 1941.
  • Friendly Enemy: Chester ends up having a conversation with Ota about how the latter played baseball in Japan, supposedly striking out Lou Gherig during the 1934 Japan Tour.
  • Friend or Foe: The way Japanese internment was rationalized, and directly invoked by American GIs when Chester is stationed in Guam as a translator.
  • Ghost Reunion Ending: Averted, though it is what Yuko intended.
  • Go Back to the Source: Chester uses a curandero to allow Yuko to return to herself before she left Japan.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Played with and ultimately played straight; Chester gives Luz an abortifacient and later, when he proposes to her, she admits that she is scared about it. Ultimately she does not take it and is shown several months pregnant in episode 2.
  • Granny Classic: Chester and Luz go to hide at her Abuela's house in New Mexico.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Chiyo (For trying to take Yuko hostage as an adoptive daughter for her own selfishness after she killed herself which in turn influences the latter to do the same) and Hideo Furuya (For his mistreatment of Yuko that started this mess, Asako who arranged the marriage in the first place is more of an Unwitting Instigator of Doom and The Millstone in this case).
  • Happy Flashback: We see a flashback to Asako dressing Yuko for the photo used to arrange her marriage.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Unsettling bone cracking sounds accompany some of the movements when a spirit is in play.
  • Heroic BSoD: Luz experiences one after the death of her sons.
  • Historical In-Joke: The family hides in "government property, in the middle of New Mexico" and Chester meets a drunken Brit. talking about "little boy."
  • Hong Kong Dub: At the start of episode 3, most of the main characters are watching a western movie with Japanese audio and sound effects performed live.
  • I Am Not Your Father: Asako is actually Chester's aunt who came over to America with Henry to adopt him.
  • I Have No Son!: For a while, Henry refuses to refer to Chester as his son.
  • Ill Girl: A gender flipped version. Jirou says that he's always sick so the other kids say he's cursed.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Implied when Crittenden says "The weak are meat. The strong eat."
  • Immigrant Parents: Chester's parents immigrated from Japan.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Luz
  • Implacable Man: Gender flipped for Yuko. As a bakemono or yurei, she cannot be put down by conventional means. Sure her physical self might take damage, but eventually she will return.
  • Impossible Task: Henry is asked to ice fish to prove he isn't a spy, despite having no knowledge of how to do it. He manages it, but possibly not without help.
  • I Never Got Any Letters: Played with. Luz refuses to read or reply to Chester's letters, and her dad sends them back to him unopened
  • I Regret Nothing: Asako says that she would switch papers with Yuko so she could avoid marrying Furuya again.
  • I Should Have Been Better: Chester about Luz and the twins, saying that if he'd known he was Yuko's son he could have protected them.
  • It's All My Fault: Akaso asks Yuko is she knows that "this was all my fault". Specifically, she's referring to how she swapped arranged marriages with her sister.
  • Justified Title: The title refers both to FDR's "Infamy Speech" in which he declared December 7, 1941 "as a date which will live in infamy," as well as the legacy of the internment camps.
    • Episode 5 "Shatter like a Pearl": a Japanese diary translated by Chester states that "We have no goals save that our bodies might shatter like glorious shards of pearl."
    • Episode 6 "Taizo": the title is revealed to be Chester's birth name.
  • Kill It with Fire: The approach the Nakayamas and Yamato-san take when trying to get rid of Yuko.
    • Sgt. Crittenden, either possessed or brainwashed, burns several Marines beating Chester with a flamethrower.
  • Kill the Host Body: Yamato-san says that destroying Yuko's body will cause her spirit to disappear as well.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Amy Yoshida is left disheartened knowing she had to kill Major Bowen in self-defense and is haunted by it. The Terminal Island residents know about this and pledge to move on from this incident.
  • Light Is Not Good:
    • The color white is associated with death and mourning in Japanese culture.
    • Yuko turns the lights on in an unused building at the edge of the camp to lure people into investigating.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Chester is revealed to have a twin named Jirou, though this twin was nowhere to be seen in Yuko's flashbacks.
  • Lost in Translation: Not so much lost as confused; Arthur translates Tama as Jade, Chester translates it as Pearl.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Yuko appears to be partially motivated by getting her sons back.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Chester's biological mother is Yuko.
  • Mail-Order Bride: Asako says that Yuko was Furuya's "picture bride."
  • Man Bites Man: A Japanese POW named Ota bites the ear off an interrogator.
  • The Matchmaker: Luz's dad tries to do this to her, and she is understandably uninterested.
  • Meaningful Name: All Japanese names have clear meanings from the characters they're commonly written in, but it isn't clear whether these have anything to do with the show.
    • Yamato: The only one that has immediately obvious meaning, The literal meaning is great harmony, but Yamato is also an archaic name for the nation of Japan, and the name of the current imperial family. As such, it's appropriate for name for the leader of Terminal Island's community.
    • Nobuhiro: to prolong abundance/tolerance/prosperity
    • Nakayama: central mountain
    • Asako: morning child
    • Yoshida: lucky rice-field
    • Fumi: history
    • Tanabe: side of the rice paddy
    • Yuko: excellent child
    • Furuya: old valley or old room
    • Toshiro: talented son or intelligent son
    • Hideo: excellent man or excellent son
    • Ogawa: small river
    • Taizo: third son
    • Jirou: second son. Jirou and Taizo are revealed to be twins.
    • Taro: first son, which is what Henry named his fishing boat.
  • Monochrome Past: Chester meets his twin brother Jirou in a photograph of the later when he was 7 years old.
  • Must Make Amends: Accurately deconstructed. When leaving the camp, Asako and Henry are each given $25 (around $350 USD in 2019) as "reparations."
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: The Japanese POW is duty-bound despite being humanized as an ex-baseball player who Chester could emphasized with.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Yuko reveals that she's pregnant after marrying Furuya in 1919. Justified in that she thought hiding it and going to America was her best chance.
  • The Neidermeyer: Almost all of the American military characters, especially the Caucasians and Major Bowen.
  • Never My Fault: Major Bowen has Ken executed rather then imprisoned alive as he initially promised in retaliation for taking him hostage, despite the former having acted erratic after being under Yuko's influence towards Ken and threatening him at gunpoint the night before that prompts Ken to disarm and overpower him in self-defense that leads to the hostage situation.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Henry explains that the symbols they painted on Yuko's face would have kept her trapped in her physical body, but the fire burnt them off.
  • Nosy Neighbor: One turns in Chester and Luz when they try to hide and leave the state.
  • Now It's My Turn: Toshiro says that he wants to join the army because he's seen everyone around him die and now "all I want to do is kill."
  • Off Bridge, onto Vehicle: Chester jumps into a river to escape a truck taking him to another camp.
  • The Omniscient: Yamato somehow knows everything that happened with Amy and Major Bowen.
  • One-Drop Rule: A soldier flat out says that anyone who has even "one drop of Japanese blood", they'll either be put in the internment camps or worse. He does this while he and his compatriots are forcing hospital workers to surrender children in their care to them. This is, sadly, quite true to history.
  • Parental Substitute: Played with, Yuko meets Chiyo, one of her ancestors, in the afterlife who says she's been longing for a child.
  • The Perfect Crime: Possibly, no one appears to have discovered that Amy killed Major Bowen. The finale shows that five years later Yamato-san and quite likely most of the others at the camp figured it out, but nobody with the War Relocation Authority ever did.
  • The Plague: An illness goes around the camp and both of the doctors get too sick to care for patients.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Invoked by Luz when she travels to the racetrack with Chester, justifying it by saying they have to lock her up too because she's pregnant with his baby.
  • Please Wake Up: Said by Asako when she finds Henry shot.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: The American forces in regards to their treatment of Japanese Americans. Also, the Japanese Americans towards Mexican American Luz, possibly to use her as an outlet for venting their stress and passing resentment for their own issues at being demeaned and dehumanized by Caucasians' mistreatment from themselves.
  • P.O.W. Camp: All Japanese-Americans were sent to various ones of the internment camp variety.
  • Protective Charm: Yamato-san has rice paper sutras with him in prison that he eats as protection against spirits.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The Japanese POW at first glance seemed to be the typical fanatical and savage Defiant Captive who bit off an interrogator's ear and makes threats towards Chester's family, but then he mellows down and reveals his humanizing and redeeming qualities as an ex-baseball player playing against an American all-star team that he fondly looks back at as he confides to Chester. Chester would later untie him to commit Seppuku out of My Country, Right or Wrong and gives him Admiral Takahashi's birth-date and birthplace to give Chester's superior a lead out of treating him more humanely then the other interrogators.
  • Quicksand Sucks: Chiyo's daughter is trapped in the sand in the rock gardens and reached out to grab anyone who sets foot on it to drag them down with her.
  • Rape as Drama: Attempted by Bowen on Amy.
  • Reading Tea Leaves: Chester has his read by Yuko.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Chester's Shore Patrol Friend on the Force Marlon.
  • Red String of Fate: In a similar symbolic way, Luz and Chester are draped in a large rosary during their wedding.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Yuko intended for Luz's twins, Enrique and Hikaru, to replace her own, Jirou and Taizo (Chester).
  • Revenge: Amy Yoshida was consumed with revenge against Major Bowen and got it, but admits to Yamato-san that it only left her empty. He tells her that it was him or her, and that she did the only thing she could.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Chester arms himself with a revolver when they were trying to run away from Yuko.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Oh boy this season has a lot of unanswered questions.
    • We will never know for sure if Major Bowen really did believe in the yurei. For one he was possessed by Yuko but somehow managed not to be killed by the vengeful spirit. Often times, he gives out hints he does believe in the ghost, but we don't find out for sure since he was killed in self-defense by Amy before we could find out.
    • Was Sgt. Crittenden possessed by Yuko or merely brainwashed by his Japanese captors?
    • Arthur's fate after the Jeep crashes is never explored again.
    • The Latina teenager named Esperanza is left traumatized after possessed Luz kills her parents. Judging by her state, she will need a lot of counseling.
  • Ripple Effect Indicator: To some extent. Jirou disappears from the photo after Yuko gets her hands on him.
  • Scenery Porn: The Japanese villa and garden in episode 6.
  • Screaming Birth: Played straight when Luz gives birth to her twins, and to her and Chester's son later on.
  • Seppuku: Chester gives Ota his knife back so he can commit suicide and preserve his honor rather than be taken to a POW camp in Guam.
  • Slimeball: Major Bowen.
  • Spooky Photographs: Chester takes them throughout the series.
  • Spy Speak: Chester figures out a letter from a Japansese soldier using the metaphor variety that has a location hidden in a poem.
  • Start of Darkness: The first half of Episode 6 shows Yuko's past in 1919.
  • Suicide by Cop: A possessed Wilson Yoshida steals a rifle from a U.S. Army MP and aims it at several MPs before being gunned down when unable to do so.
  • Survival Mantra: Henry Nakayama repeating "I am not a spy. I'm a simple fisherman. I love this country." while held in a POW facility. The last part gradually becomes less and less emphatic and ultimately disappears as despair sets in once Henry realizes his and his family's Type I Eagleland treatment has expired and now must endures its Type II treatment.
  • Switch to English: Bowen tells Asako and Henry to speak in English when they're talking to Chester.
  • Take Me Instead: Chester plans to give himself up to Yuko so she'll leave his and Luz's son alone. More specifically, his big plan is to kill himself then have Rocillo use the cuaranderismo magic to have Yuko take a child version of his spirit.
  • That Man Is Dead: Invoked by Luz about herself before her pregnancy.
  • The Television Talks Back: Chester sees a character in a western movie telling him "you have to go" in the voice of Yoshida-san.
  • This Isn't Heaven: When she wakes up after jumping off a bridge, Yuko wonders if she's back in Japan but is actually in the afterlife constructed for her bloodline after she commits suicide
  • Time Skip: The series has quite a few. Some are indicated on screen with text at the bottom, others are done through visual clues (i.e. Luz's pregnancy), or rely on viewer knowledge of the war.
  • Title Drop: Many of the episode titles are lines used within the episodes. For example, in "All the Demons Are Still in Hell," when Henry rejects Yamato-san's offer of sutra to ward off the obake, Yamato-san asks him he really believes that all the demons are still in hell.
  • Tragic Monster: Yuko. She is Chester's biological mother, and she only wants to live in a perfect world with her son(s).
  • Tragic Stillbirth: The doctor says something about a problem with the umbilical cord causing Luz to lose both of her children at birth.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Several characters experience this.
    • Our antagonist Yuko Tanabe. First she got secretly pregnant in 1919 from a soldier who fought in World War I, causing her arranged husband Hideo Furuya to banish her in anger. A year later living on the streets, she realizes she could not take care of her twin sons and places them for adoption. Due to depression, she commits suicide and ends up as a bakemono, a hungry vengeful spirit that will never rest. Indeed a Fate Worse than Death.
    • Chester and Luz Nakayama experiences this when his first twin sons die from a still birth while he was serving in the Marines to being stalked by the spirit Yuko all throughout.
  • Trust Password: The Nakayamas and the Ojedas set up one in "Come and Get Me" with the Spanish nursery rhyme "Los Pollitos" to try to keep Yuko out so that she can't get Chester and Luz's baby. When they sing "Los pollitos dicen pio, pio, pio, cuando tienen hambre..." the person at the other end of the door is supposed to finish with "Cuando tienen frio." Unfortunately, Yuko somehow overhears the password, possesses the priest Father Ysidro, and uses it to get in.
  • Uncanny Atmosphere: Oh several times.
    • Chester meets a Japanese woman with his friends in a brothel. The same Japanese woman gives deep philosophical statements. For those who have seen the trailers, we already know who this is.
    • As a Foregone Conclusion, the part when Yuko Tanabe was about to jump off the bridge, a woman in a kimono approaches her and tells her about the consequences of committing suicide. It's obvious that the woman in a kimono was a ghost.
    • Speaking of the same woman, we get to find out who she is. Her name is Chiyo, a distant ancestor of Yuko Tanabe. She built a paradise-looking home in the afterlife.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Amy tells Yamato that she though she would feel better after killing Bowen, but it didn't change anything.
  • Vengeful Ghost: Yuko
  • Villain of Another Story: The unseen Admiral Takahashi, the leader of one of the Japanese forces Chester's marine battalion were fighting against in Guadalcanal.
  • Villainous Rescue: Sgt. Crittenden uses a flamethrower to kill the Marines beating Chester up for being a Japanese-American, thus indirectly saving Chester's life. Whether this was because he was possessed by Yuko or due to the brainwashing enforced by his Japanese captors is unknown.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Major Bowen.
  • Wartime Wedding: Chester and Luz.
  • Wedding-Enhanced Fertility: Luz reveals that she is once again pregnant at the end of episode 8 soon after she and Chester marry.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye:
    • Sgt. Crittenden, the brainwashed marine in Guadalcanal.
    • Chiyo, who apparently is Yuko's past ancestor. Her backstory is only slightly revealed before she is dragged off to Hell.
    • The drunk British man Chester encounters in the New Mexico bunker. He is knocked out cold by Chester's father before we even get to find out more about him and why he was there in the first place.
  • We Have Reserves: Walt Yoshida reveals that the all Japanese 442 infantry unit is being sent into situations deemed "too dangerous" for white soldiers.
  • Wham Shot:
    • The ending shot of the first episode "A Sparrow in a Swallow's Nest" shows the following date on the background clock: Sunday, December 7th followed by an air raid siren, sailors picking up rifles, and fighter planes flying overhead.
    • The beginning scene of "Into The Afterlife" begins with the date August 1945 where Nobuhiro Yamamto meets with childhood friend from the afterlife including the latter's entire family line. Their origin: Hiroshima.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Esperanza (a minor character introduced in episode 10) is made an orphan when Yuko possesses her and kills her parents. After showing the family where Yuko went, she disappears from the narrative.
    • Last we see of Jirou Tanabe, he is left sitting in Yuko's "perfect world," while Yuko now exists forever in a moment in time in which she was pregnant with both Chester/Taizo and Jirou. However, Word of God confirms that Jirou's soul became free after Yuko found peace, symbolized by the peaceful wind that passes by Chester at the final episode.
    • Chester escapes from military custody and should be a wanted man for that, but nothing more is ever said about it.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Chester takes photos of everyone for the Obon festival some number of years after the final confrontation with Yuko, and it appears that he and Luz now have two younger twins. It's indicated that they adopted them and Luz in particular is hoping to adopt more.
  • Windmill Scenery: There's one on Luz's abuela's farm.
  • With Us or Against Us: Men in the camp are told to fill out a questionnaire about their loyalty to the US, and warned that not doing so will be seen as treason.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Yuko.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Invoked by Major Bowen when he's talking to Amy.
    "You're reasonable, but the rest of 'em... Holy Moses."
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The Terminal Island residents return to find that their homes have all been demolished and fenced off as "government property."

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