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"The Utawarerumono. The One of Whom Legends Are Sung."

In a World... in which everyone is a Little Bit Beastly, a strange man wearing an even stranger irremovable mask is found in the forest near a village after a great earthquake. Suffering from serious injuries and having no memory of who he is, he is found and nursed back to health by the local herbalist and her granddaughter. As he recovers his strength, he becomes accustomed to the peaceful farming village and the odd animal traits of its inhabitants, but soon those peaceful days are shattered by violence, and this man, given the name Hakuoro, finds himself inevitably drawn into the center of one conflict after another...

Originally a Visual Novel / Strategy RPG by Leaf, translated by Mirrormoon. The anime version produced by OLM Incorporated was licensed by ADV Films in America, England, and Germany, and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.


In 2006, a clean port of the PC game with a new battle system was released for the Playstation 2, sometime after the end of the original run of the anime. It would later be ported for the PSP in 2009 and later, remade in the sequels' game engine for the Playstation Vita and Playstation 4. It released in Japan on April 26th 2018, 16 years after the release of the original PC game. It's this version that was finally released in the west, as Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen on May 26th 2020.

In 2015, a sequel, Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, was released for the Playstation Vita and Playstation 4. It is set in the same universe, but has a new main cast, though some of the older characters (including Benawi, Kurou, Karura, Touka, Kamyu and Aruruw) do make their return. It would eventually release in April 2017 in the west. It would see a release on Steam on January 23rd 2020 thanks to DMM Games.


A third game, Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth, was released on September 21st, 2016 in Japan and September 5th, 2017 in the west. It was released on Steam at the same time as Mask Of Deception by the same people.

An action game Utawarerumono: ZAN featuring characters from Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth has been released in Japan on September 27, 2018 and was released in the west on September 10, 2019.

Utawarerumono: Lost Frag, a mobile game which builds and elaborates on the lore and universe of the previous games, was released in Japan on November 26, 2019.

Select characters appear in the Examu fighting game Aquapazza.

This series provides examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: A number of scenes, but especially in battles requiring large numbers of mooks/redshirts, and not always ones in the background.
  • Abdicate the Throne: The Oruyankuru in favor of his daughter.
  • Achilles' Heel: Mutikapa becomes vulnerable if it gets wet. It's overly cautious regarding this weakness, which is what lets Hakuoro discover it.
  • Action Girl: Karura and Touka, both of whom are expert warriors.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Aside from cutting a few battles (relegating them to off-screen), compressing a few other parts (who would want to see Hakuoro in bed, unable to move due to his injuries at the beginning, for most of the first episode?) as well as splitting the Kuuya/Kunnekamun plotline (which begins before the Kucca Kecca arc in the game) from the Niwe/Shikeripecim plotline to improve pacing, the Anime is otherwise a faithful adaptation of the original story in 26 episodes. The OVAs adds three Day in the Limelight stories that wouldn't have advanced the story in the anime, including an adaptation of the story arc added in the console versions.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The transition from a PC H-game to the clean console versions meant that many scenes (that were, for the most part, unrelated to the plot) were removed. To replace those scenes, the developers created a new story arc to fill the spots.
  • Adapted Out: Kuon, a.k.a., Yuzuha's then-unnamed infant that Oboro was carrying during the game's epilogue was cut out completely in the adaptation. This becomes a bit of a problem for those who are only familiar with the Utawarerumono anime, as this character, by then a young adult in the sequel (which was also adapted into an anime), shows up and is highly important to the plot of both the sequel's original game and the anime adaptation (and whose overall main importance originally stemmed from this game).
  • Adipose Rex: Sasante and Inkala, the first two major villains of the series, are fat, hedonistic and ultimately incompetent.
  • After the End: It's implied that the surface was made uninhabitable for a time and the surviving humans fled into sterile underground shelters. However, their immune systems decayed and when the surface had recovered they could no longer return to it.
  • Annoying Arrows: Arrows are not effective against major characters. Archers can kill somebody with one hit, but only random Mooks and villagers. They don't even try shooting at major villains.
  • Artistic License – Biology: The flowers planted by Suwonkas only grow in corpses or living bodies. How the hell has such an organism managed to survive?
  • Art Evolution: 16 years separates the releases of the original PC Utawarerumono from the PS4 remake, which features redrawn character designs as well as a mix of new and renewed CG. The difference is striking when comparing the old and new art. Of course, where the original used 2D sprites in battle, the remake uses 3D models like the sequels. In the music department, the original game had a grand total of 24 music tracks and the first remake adds in 6 more, which makes the soundtrack somewhat repetitive. The PS4 remake updates all of these tracks to the sequels' standard and even adds a mode where the soundtrack is massively expanded using most of the 70-80 tracks from the sequels.
  • Art Shift: When Touka sees her doll is broken, her face becomes roughly penciled in.
  • Ax-Crazy: Hawenkua drives a giant mecha and giggles psychotically while squishing innocent people with it. He encourages invading countries just for more opportunities to use said mecha (can't blame him there) and pouts like a little kid if he can't. And yet he's still one of the most influential court advisors.
  • Babies Ever After:
    • Invoked but averted when it comes to Touka. The women of Evenkurga are supposed to bear the child of their lord and Touka does her best to "seduce" Hakuoro, but thanks to some fundamental misunderstandings, shall we say, on how pregnancy begins conception is clearly impossible.
    • Played straight with Yuzuha however, who, after wishing to Hakuoro her desire to leave behind "proof that she lived", resulted in Kuon. Too bad that neither parent gets to raise the child though.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Witsarnemitea loves to grant 'wishes', particularly in the mysterious backstory. For instance: DO YOU WANT A STRONGER BODY? DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER? ENJOY BEING TURNED INTO A RED JELLY, ASSHOLE. DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ME, PHILOSOPHER? HOW ABOUT I TAKE COMPLETE CONTROL OVER YOUR BODY FOR THE REST OF ETERNITY, LOL. Sometimes you have to swear your entire being away in a contract in order to get help, though.
    • In the case of the red jelly, he wasn't "granting" the wish so much as punishing the guy in a rather ironic manner. Said asshole did deserve it too, what with killing his wife.
    • Killing the wife is a nice way of saying they vivisected a pregnant woman for no reason, and to no end, and are quick to dismiss any emotional ties by being very offhand about replacing her.
    • His nice side is a little better about this, never actually doing anything about the single wish he grants. In fact, he dismisses his claim later. Plus he helped Aruru out again for free.
      • One could also see that scene as not him actually demanding Eruruw to give herself up to him to save her sister but rather determining how much devotion she truly had, and rewarding her for being willing to give herself up. It could be taken as closer to asking whether she'd be willing to do an Heroic Sacrifice and giving her the benefits of that willingness. It fits better with the whole theme of the show from the nice side
  • Bee Afraid: In chapter 2 of the manga, Aruruw tries to get honey from a beehive while the group is hiking in the mountains. She winds up falling from the tree, taking the hive with her, and everyone gets stung. It never got animated though.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Touka's doll.
    • When Aruruw is killed by Hawenkua, this makes Hakuoro so angry it brings out Hakuoro's god form, which then goes on a rampage to the cheers of fans.
  • BFS: Too strong to wield an ordinary sword without breaking it, Karura demands a custom sword be made that is unbendable, unbreakable, and without need for sharpening. What she gets is a massive sword more closely resembling a club that only she is able to lift. People hit by it tend to splatter. For a test run, she splits a giant boulder.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Sure, the wars are finally over and it's implied the world will be a lot calmer, however, Hakuoro is sealed away. The where-are-they-now style epilogue shows that most of the cast have still not entirely moved on. However, at the very end of both the game and the anime, Eruruw (after a short inner monologue about how she will wait for as long as it takes for Hakuoro to return) turns toward something/someone the viewer cannot see and smiles.
    • It is also hinted at the end of the game before Eruruw's monologue that Urtoriy, Kuuya, Kamyu and Aruruw sense Hakuoro in some way.
    • The game version may be somewhat more poignant; Yuzuha has given birth to Hakouro's child and died with Oboro taking care of the child and leaving Benawi in charge.
  • Black Comedy Rape
    • Doriy and Guraa (all off screen) ply their master Oboro with sake until he passed out and somehow end up in a naked heap with him on the floor by morning.
    • Another time Oboro passes out (game only), they are very grateful at being given the task of dragging him back to his room ("Can we really?! Thank you, sir!"). Hakuoro decides it's best not to think about it.
  • Bleached Underpants: The original PC version had H-scenes, of course. The anime takes all of them out, which unfortunately causes a Plot Hole by also taking out Kuon, Hakuoro's daughter who plays a major role in the sequels.
  • Blue with Shock: Hakuoro's face (at least, the part that isn't covered by his mask), turns blue when Oboro picks up Touka's doll...and it falls apart. See Oh, Crap! below.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Nuwangi, whose attempts to demonstrate his physical prowess result in his breaking his hand on Hakuoro's mask, and breaking his arm trying to chop a tree. Although oddly enough, he's not particularly weak when you actually fight him.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: While most of the continent considers the Shakukopor to be heretics who follow the evil god, Onvitaikayan, they believe that everyone else worships an evil god that usurped the position of the true creator god. Hakuoro doesn't believe in either god and doesn't pretend to, but he's polite regarding both positions and follows the local customs as appropriate. As a result, he's much more neutral towards the Shakukopor, who are widely hated by everyone else, and is very displeased about how they are treated politically and socially. Later, he talks to Urtoriy, one of the high priestesses of Witsarnemitea and she confirms that he is a temperamental god who both gives and takes away. It becomes darkly amusing when it turns out that he is the usurper Witsarnemitea and Onvitaikayan were humanity. Apart from the obvious, it also means that both sides are completely correct. Onvitaikayan did create them, Witsarnemitea did free them from mistreatment and he did rather unjustly destroy his 'rival' by attacking humans indiscriminately. He is also two 'different' people whose attempts to help the people always seem to lead to war and destruction.
  • Brain Bleach: Hakuoro quickly goes into denial about the significance of the scene where Oboro gets drunk and he tells the twin archers to take care of him. They're a liiiittle too eager.
    • The English dub voice was less ambiguous, and a few viewers didn't realize until that point that they were supposed to believe it was male.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Kunnekamun is known to be one of the greatest empires, but a foolish and violent ouro decides it would be an awesome idea to declare war on them, considering them nothing but weak vermin. Weak they may be, but they have huge suits of powered armor impervious to any medieval weaponry. Other countries might not know the specifics, but the fact that they can hold on to such a large empire despite everyone hating them is pretty telling. Worse, even after they stomp Noseshecika into the pavement, a bunch of smaller countries also try invading.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Kimamau appear to be basically monkeys, include throwing feces at people.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A large earthquake is mentioned early on. Nobody was hurt, but the village was damaged a little. During it, Aruruw and Eruruw were out in the forest and Aruruw was mortally wounded. Hakuoro reached out to Eruruw and healed her sister in return for Eruruw curing his own wounds.
  • Chick Magnet: 90% of the cast is apparently in love with Hakuoro, including some guys.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Nuwangi's chief motivation is his love for Eruruw, but due to being corrupted by luxury he has strayed far from the kind boy he used to be. Though she says during their last conversation that she used to love him, he ruined all his chances with her all by himself long ago.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • At at least two points, someone will note that their opponent is 'cheating.' The first is the inclusion of a giant kitty mistaken for its mother, a forest god, in a battle and the second is when Touka is trying to follow Hakuoro and every single main character gets in her way pretty much. This is acknowledged by said dirty cheaters.
    • Used in a serious case during Shikeripecim's first invasion where Hakuoro reinvents gunpowder as a weapon, and destroys an entire enemy camp with it. Many characters are sickened by how terrifyingly powerful it is, and it's treated as one of the most morally ambiguous acts the main characters have done.
  • Cool Mask: Hakuoro. Not even he knows what he looks like without the mask, so you know he means business. In fact, the scientists who originally recovered and studied him even found a way to improve their health and longevity by donning duplicates of his mask... until he smote them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Hakuoro's brutally violent, covered in shadow god-monster form, the "God that Brings Misfortune," is Witsarnemitea's good side.
  • Days of Future Past: At first glance the series appears to be set in an alternate interpretation of the twelfth century. As the story continues, some irregularities appear in the form of GIANT WALKING MECHS.
  • Decapitated Army: Once Suwonkas is dead, the vastly more powerful Na Tunk army just surrenders to the rebellion.
  • Designer Babies: Everyonenote  are descendants of genetic experiments. note 
  • Developer's Room: Your reward for beating the game. You aren't even notified of that.
  • Difficulty Spike: Inverted. The beginning portions of the game are significantly more difficult than the later parts, especially the level where you simply have to lure Mutikapa onto a pit trap. You don't have many units, they aren't as good as the ones you get later and you haven't had much opportunity to build them up. While a mistake can easily cause you to lose a level later on by failing to protect Eruruw or Hakuoro, early on you can play flawlessly and still lose. During the last arc, the difficulty increases again when Av Kamiw and Masked Soldiers are introduced.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The villain of the second arc is convinced that Hakuoro is a heinous criminal, which makes it okay for him to burn defenseless villages, try to kill children and lead his men into suicide attacks. Eruruw calling him out on this is what breaks the spell on him, and causes him to have a brief My God, What Have I Done? moment before he's assassinated.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Karura wants a sword, but breaks any that she wields. Hakuoro hands her a club and she throws it aside. They then order a custom-made sword specifically for her such that it would not break, dull or bend and end up with a massive sword that has no real blade and can't even be picked up by a single person. Karura lifts it up easily and swings it around... but that's still just a club, when you get down to it.
  • Distracted from Death: Teoro shows up in time to warn the cast that an incoming army has slaughtered practically everyone from his village. Hakuoro is so busy responding that he doesn't notice Teoro bleeding out minutes later.
  • Dump Stat: Magic defense is useless. There aren't even any enemies that actually use magic on you.
  • Earth All Along: A far future Earth, no less.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Earth beats fire beats water/lightning beats wind beats earth.
  • Eureka Moment: In the original visual novel, Hakuoro studies a strand of Mutikapa's fur in frustration, unable to explain why the creature fled the previous night when it had him and Eruruw in its grasp. Unable, that is, until Aruruw drenches him and the fur in tea and this trope ensues.
  • Evil Laugh: Niwe and Hawenkua are very fond of these.
  • Expy: Hawenkua, who has silver hair, drives a giant red mech, and is an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight. Don't we know you from somewhere?
  • Fanservice:
    • It's pretty light on it, compared to a lot of other anime, but there are some notable examples. In the first episode, the moments around Eruruw's tail (see Fantastic Arousal) may count as this. In a later episode, the cat, when hungry, tries to get milk from Eruruw, and then says (according to Aruruw) he feels sorry for her, provoking an extremely flustered reaction. (While a slightly more logical interpretation would be that he is referring to the lack of milk or trying to apologize, but of course the size of her breasts is the obvious implication.)
    • Then Karura came along, and when Eruruw asked her to remove her clothes so she could look for further injury, the first thing she did was say, "Oh, so that's what you're in to." Cue another shocked reaction from Eruruw.
  • Fantastic Arousal:
    • In the first episode, Eruruw gets flustered when Hakuoro touches her tail. For a second she looks like she really likes it (her ears even perk up!), then gets very embarrassed, blushes furiously and shoves him — injury and all! — to the ground shouting NO!. Hope it was worth it, Hakuoro!
    • A few moments later in the same episode, two children flick her tail running past, evoking a similar reaction, though the emphasis is put on her anger. In retrospect, she seemed pretty lenient with Hakuoro after what could have been interpreted as him trying to grope her, though details on the issue of a girl's tail as a whole are few.
    • She may be more willing to forgive Hakuoro since he is an amnesiac outsider and probably doesn't know about the whole tail-touching thing. She was also probably embarrassed by the two boys because (a) they were younger than her and trying to get a rise out of her, and (b) Hakuoro was there watching her, so she probably didn't want to appear indecent or lacking in decorum.
  • Fantastic Racism: Everyone hates the people of Kunnekamun, regularly invading their homeland and slaughtering them. Though in this case it might have more to do with religious intolerance than flat-out racism. This eventually leads the Shakukopor to attempt to unite the entire world through conquest.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The whole world setting = Medieval Japan but with more Ainu people and Humongous Mecha.
  • Fictionary: The game uses a variety of made-up terms, helpfully supplying a 'translation' above each term. Here's a few examples (using the sequels' naming convention):
    • Owlo = Lord, leader of a country, "Emperor". For the last one, "Owlo" is usually glossed using the "emperor" kanji ("皇") in the original japanese version. Hakuowlo's name means something in the order of "White Lord".
    • Woptor = "Horse". Actually, they are theropods that are used as beasts of burden, for the same purposes as horses.
    • Nugwisomkami = Evil spirits, evil gods. Uitsalnemetia is considered as a Nugwisomkami by the religion of some people.
  • Forbidden Fruit: The chronologically earliest scene in the game is Hakuoro investigating a hidden fossil of a giant humanoid simply because he was told to stay away from it. It ended badly.
  • Forceful Kiss: Given an inadequate explanation as to why you would kiss someone, Yuzuha promptly kisses Kamyu and then Aruruw. When told that kisses are usually reserved for the opposite gender, she promptly kisses Hakuoro and then Oboro.
  • Foreshadowing: Though it may not have been intentional, there's a hint to Hakuoro's true identity as the god of the land early on when Eruruw's family all give thanks for the food. After they offer thanks to Witsarnemitea, he responds to them with mild confusion, unconsciously accepting their prayers.
  • Friends with Benefits: Eventually, Hakuoro ends up sleeping with most of the girls. For some of them it seems like a one time thing, but with others it mostly likely continues from there. He doesn't overtly commit to anyone either.
  • The Gadfly: Karura likes to tease Hakuoro and Touka. Of course, if you're the type that goes to Karura for advice on how to get into bed with Hakuoro, you pretty much deserve what you're going to get.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration
    • No matter how much of a jerk Nuwangi is, he won't attack Eruruw. You can exploit this on higher difficulties to make him waste a turn. The AI will sometimes have him run up to her, but instead of an attack you get special dialogue.
    • You can unlock Aruruw's final attack before she actually has the creature necessary to use it. If you try, she gets all geared up to launch a wind storm… but then she just pauses in confusion.
  • Garden of Evil: Suonkas has a beautiful garden of white flowers growing from corpses.
  • Genius Ditz: Touka. How can you be such a skilled fighter and presumably commander as well but still end up... well, TOUKA. See below for prime example before she even joins you. Also the doll chasing incident. And pregnancy advice from Karura. And bodyguard skills vs. alcohol tolerance.
  • Glass Cannon: The masked soldiers encountered near the end can frequently be one shotted, but they also hit harder than Av Kamiw. Since they also have high speed and movement stats they're actually surprisingly dangerous.
  • Gorn: Quite a few examples. Karura gets pretty good at invoking this, graphically bisecting mooks (and punching their heads off) and creating a shower of blood and dismembered limbs every time she swings her sword. And once the Humongous Mecha arrive for the first time, it gets even worse. It literally rains blood at one point.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In the English Dub, Kamyu constantly calls Aruruw "Aru-chan."
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Touka takes pause for a good helping of Visible Silence after the bridge she was standing on falls out beneath her.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: A thug boasts to Karura about all the escaping women he's murdered. She rips him in half with her bare hands then tells Hakuoro to close his eyes while she deals with the rest. The rest of his companions have deaths that are at least as brutal and occasionally more so.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Karura always bring a jug of sake with her.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After being defeated and spared Nuwangi promises to help stop the war and promptly gets killed by some bandits.
  • High School A.U.: There's a Sound Drama with almost all characters from the series attenting a modern japanese high school, the CD also featured some artworks with the characters sporting their school uniforms.
  • Honor Before Reason: Touka doesn't even let reason enter her mind...
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: The second map is Hakuoro and Teoro trying to lure Mutikapa into a trap. If you try to fight it before that, you'll find out that it's invulnerable. Even then, the map is difficult because the kimamau keep getting in your way and Mutikapa is faster than you.
  • Hot-Blooded: Implied to be actually literal. Those with a fire spirit personality are very aggressive and when Karura and Oboro clash during her introduction people worry that they might actually start a fire.
  • Human Popsicle: Iceman. Frozen by a god, so don't try this at home.
  • Humongous Mecha: There is a nation composed of a religious minority who have giant mecha given to them by their god to defend themselves. Considering the rest of the world hasn't even invented gunpowder... However, aside from armor, there are little to no mechanical parts on the Avu-Kamuus themselves. In fact they''re quite squishy and bleed profusely when destroyed. Unlike EVAs, they have zero mechanical parts to speak of.
  • Implacable Man: Karura. She easily shrugs off being stabbed in both arms and is able to kill a dozen random mooks with a single swing of her giant sword (Super Strength helps).
  • Infant Immortality: When Nuwangi angers Mutikapa, it raids the village and kills a family, including the baby.
  • Instant Sedation: Eruruw, being The Medic, subdues her sister with an anesthetic in five seconds and succumbs to it herself in two.
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: Aruruw raises a tiger-like cub to giant proportions and later rides on it into battle.
  • Kick the Dog: Oh man, where to begin with this series? Well, it all starts with cutting down old ladies and things go from there.
  • Kill Sat: Mutsumi obliterates a country by calling in an orbital beam cannon strike fired from an array of satellites that are still active.
  • Limit Break: Filling up your vitality meter lets you launch another attack. If you've maxed out your tech, this bonus attack does a huge amount of damage.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Everyone is some kind of animal person, with a given nation generally being of a specific species. Hakuoro starts out in a 'dog' nation. There are also bunny, tiger and bird people. Children inherit the animal traits of their mother.
  • Madness Mantra: Played for Laugh's
    "Benawi opens the door"
    Oboro:Benawi! Yuzuha is-!
    Munto:The princess is-!
    Benawi:They got away...They got away...They got away...They got away...They got away...
  • Miss Conception: Touka is supposed to bear Hakuoro's child but is understandably awkward when it comes to telling him so. Karura gives her some "helpful advice" by telling her that Hakuoro likes to be dommed (he does not), urges her to skip the foreplay and cause herself a great deal of pain and, finally and most critically, tells her that Hakuoro needs to ejaculate on her instead of inside her. Somehow, this helpful advice does not lead to her pregnancy.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Benawi and Kurou. However, Defeat Means Friendship, so they join Hakuoro... to whom the trope then applies.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Mutikapa cannot be harmed by most weaponry unless it is wet.
  • Nintendo Hard: The game on higher difficulties is hard, but mostly because of poor design decisions. There is only one way to heal apart from leveling up and it doesn't work on Eruruw. You can't control where your own units are deployed, you can't control what order your units move in and you can't affect or even see your speed stat. Your movement is also lower than any of your enemies. Further, Hakuoro is not difficult to take down in as few as just two or three attacks. Finally, you can only save before maps, not during. You cannot even save between two part maps.
  • Not Quite Dead: The skeleton Hakuoro found may have already fossilized, but that doesn't mean it was really dead. It wakes up and merges with him, turning him into a god.
  • Oblivious to Love: Not a Chaste Hero per se, but Hakuoro's characterization dances close to both tropes. He has a vague idea that his relationships with other girls might make Eruruw jealous — but doesn't really think about why she would be — at one or two points and realizes Karura is where she wants to be after vowing herself to him, but attributes the wrong (or incomplete to be more accurate) reason to it. Even after said relationships turn physical, Hakuoro seems to think the girls are a lot more casual about it than they actually are or assume other reasons, like Yuzuha's case, where he thinks all the Ill Girl wants is a baby. Quite dense there, Hakuoro. It is later revealed that, at least in Eruruw's case, he thought she was merely acting on their contract, and didn't actually love him.
  • Off with His Head!: Karura and Touka are fighting mooks. Touka kills about twenty in three seconds while Karura watches. Mook attacks Karura. Karura punches his head off.
  • One-Winged Angel: Both Hakuoro and Diy transform into something best described as an armoured Godzilla.
  • Pen-Pushing President: Hakuoro is often found behind mounds of scrolls that need to be signed. After Hakuoro is sealed and Benawi becomes steward, he too has mounds of scrolls that need signing.
  • Physical God: Mutikapa is the guardian spirit for the god of the forest. Hakuoro seems skeptical initially, but it's obviously very old, has human intelligence and seems indestructible unless you get it wet. Witsanarmitea is also a humanish being that can take the form of a giant Godzilla critter.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Touka and Genjimaru are both members of the .
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Villainess Mutsumi has red eyes, as does the normally blue-eyed Kamyu when she goes into vampire mode.
  • Reincarnation Romance: It's strongly implied that Eruruw is a reincarnation of Mikoto, Hakuoro's wife and mother of his child. Eruruw is much more jealous than Mikoto was, however.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: It's pointed out that if the villagers had just stood down after Tuskuru died, then a lot of other deaths would not have occurred, including the razing of several villages. Hakuoro uses all this to advantage.
  • Running Gag: The endless stacks of documents Hakuoro has to inspect and sign. Whenever he complains about the amount, someone (usually Benawi) brings more.
  • Schizo Tech:
    • The rabbit-people go to war with Eva-style Humongous Mecha. In a medieval-fantasy setting. Oh how the Hilarity Ensues...
    • Then again, they actually are in the future and these are actually artifacts left by eugenistic humans (with a very weak immunity system) from the (relative) past.
  • Screaming Warrior: Oboro starts out as this kind of character. He is later reprimanded during training for giving himself away with this. In the anime, he is later shown going out of his way to not scream during battle, after realizing how ridiculous and inefficient it is.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: The game awards numerous titles for various achievements, such as being undefeated, reaching a certain level, or using everyone's finishing moves.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Sakuya has herself permanently crippled so that Hakuoro will save Kuuya. He agrees to try. Later, Genjimaru dies attacking Diy and the latter accepts the gesture and intends to let Kuuya go. Both of their sacrifices are in vain because Kuuya goes berserk, gets punished by Diy and has her mind break upon seeing Genjimaru's dead body.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Enemies will usually target Eruruw first, even though she's likely to be significantly higher level than the rest of your team. What makes it worse is that there is no other way to heal your units unless you just happen to level at a convenient time. Interestingly enough, this is actually the best way to heal on the final map since Eruruw can't possibly survive and even if she could she wouldn't be able to heal everyone at once from attacks that hit the whole field.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Mukkur goes from a cub to a fully grown adult in about a week.
  • The Social Darwinist: Diy. All of his manipulation is to pit all of the nations against each other to weed out the weaklings.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Due to few of the names being actual Japanese names (or actual names at all), the series gets a lot of this. The main heroine, for example, has Eruruu (phonetic Japanese and used in the sequels), Elulu (used in the Anime's dub) and Eruruw (from Mirror Moon's translation).
    • As it seems, the spellings used in Aquapazza appear to be the official spellings and these are used in the sequels. Touka is still Touka and Kamyu is Camyu, but Karura is Karulau, Hakuoro is Hakuowlo and Urutorii is Urthury.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: It is hard to get more star crossed than the emperor of a nation and the man that nation proclaims is the devil. It doesn't end well for Kuuya and if the love hadn't occurred in the first place, the penultimate arc would have ended much more happily for all involved.
  • Stock Footage: Very, very noticeable in war scenes in the anime.
  • Super Strength: Karura, who manages to lift a sword in one hand that it took five men just to carry into the room.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Hakuoro tries to explain the basics of agriculture and using fertilizer to the villagers, they give him blank looks and say it must just be a good luck charm. He gives up and lets them think what they want.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Somehow, Suwonkas is considered a pitiful figure despite his mass murdering and involvement in the slave trade.
  • They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: When Hakuoro casually brings up that he knows how to forge, Teoro is shocked since metalworking is a rare skill and is kept a closely guarded secret. His wife elbows him when he asks Hakuoro how he knows how to work with iron, pointing out that it doesn't matter right now.
  • Title Drop: The quote at the top of this page comes from a line near the very end of the game.
  • Token Good Teammate: Long ago, there was one good scientist researching the Iceman, Hakuoro. He chose to die for his morals before they could slip away. Which is probably just for the best given the punishment every other scientist received.
  • Too Long; Didn't Dub: When Yuzuha, Aruruw and Kamyu are trying to think up nicknames, Yuzuha thinks she might call her brother Boroboro based off his name. There's no way to tell from context, but "boroboro" means "all beaten up" in Japanese.
  • True Companions: Holy crap. From Aruruw referring to Hakuoro as her father, to Oburo referring to him as "brother", to the long speeches about family, it's truecompaniontastic.
  • Turn-Based Strategy: And a pretty interesting one at that.
  • Units Not to Scale: Units on maps often look too large for what they're doing. The size of units themselves is often not to scale: Mukkur is large enough that Aruruw can fit into his mouth, but appears far more reasonable in scale when you're fighting.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Inverted: We're led to believe that Kuuya of Kunnekamun is a boy king, but Hakuoro learns that "he" is in fact a girl with a tenor voice. Played straight with the twin archers, which many refuse to accept based on a few scenes that even Hakuoro doesn't want to think about.
  • Unusual Ears: Besides the kemonomimi, we have examples of furry elven ears and wing-ears
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Kuuya's plan to unite the world through violent, bloody conquest in order to force coexistence between all races.
  • Vague Age: Eruruw looks like she's around fifteen or sixteen, but is treated as a full adult and one who has gone years without showing any interest in men. Then again, she lives in a small, rural village where people might be considered adults significantly earlier. She's older than Aruruw, who looks like she's maybe ten or so. Kamyu is the same age as Aruruw, but looks significantly older and is more physically developed than Eruruw. So… how old are these girls again?
  • Victory Is Boring: Hakuoro discovers that running a country is far more tedious than liberating one. As in Running Gag, it involves a mountain of paper work as well as managing delicate foreign relations. Since its only a third into the game, it does not remain boring for very long...
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Mutikapa loses its invulnerability if it gets wet.
  • Weapon of Choice: Hakuoro: Steel Fan (Waaay more painful that it sounds), Oboro: Twin Swords, Benawi: Halberd, Karura: Huge Sword-thing.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 22. Hakuoro turns into the god-monster in front of Eruruw. Aruruw is killed, and then comes back to life, thanks to a deal with said god-monster in a flashback where Aruruw is killed again. And then Hakuoro has a flashback. To modern times.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: So, why exactly does Kamyu appear to be a vampire anyway? It has little to do with being a reincarnation of a psychic test subject that Hakuoro considered to be a daughter before the human race died out.
  • What Have I Become?: Hakuoro goes through this upon learning that he is some sort of God-like beast and not a human.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In the game, Hakuoro mistakes the archer twins Doriy and Guraa for girls at first, until they happily offer to give proof to the contrary. The anime sidesteps the question of their gender.
  • Witch Species: The winged people are the only ones with magic. Not really.
  • The Worf Effect: In the anime, badass Ninja Oboro loses every single duel with a named character.
  • Yandere: Nuwangi, the ultra rare male example.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Pulled multiple times. Defeating Nuwangi and establishing Tusukuru isn't the end. The defeats of Orikakan and Niwe only take us to the halfway mark.


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