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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception (or Itsuwari no Kamen in Japanese) is a visual novel by Aquaplus released in 2015 for the Vita, PS3, and PS4. It is a sequel and follow-up to the original series. The story begins when a young man wearing a hospital gown awakens in the middle of nowhere, finding himself walking in the snow. He is attacked by a giant insect, which is devoured by a red slime before escaping with a young girl with animal ears and a tail named Kuon. She declares herself his guardian because she saved his life and returns with him to her village, where she finds that while he's physically quite weak and very lazy, he's also smart enough to fix the water wheel in minutes despite never having seen one before.

From there begins a tale of a man out of time adjusting to this brave new world.

An anime adaptation by White Fox began airing at almost the same time as the game's release. A Western localization of the game by Atlus was released on May 23, 2017, and a sequel by the name of Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth was released on September 21, 2016.

Additionally, a Hack and Slash adaptation of this game named Utawarerumono: ZAN was also released on September 27th 2018, hitting the west on September 10th 2019 thanks to NIS America.

Beware unmarked spoilers for the first game.


  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole:
    • The first anime's ending omitted that Hakuowlo had a child with Yuzuha which causes issues here given that she's one of the main characters now that she's an adult. As a result, her relationships and eventual supernatural abilities will make little sense to anyone who was only familiar with the anime.
    • Sakon, the balding candy vendor, interacted with the everyone more frequently in the game more than the anime. This made The Reveal that he's Mikazuchi, Imperial Guard of the Left, come out of utterly nowhere with little buildup.
    • Haku being suddenly able to go toe-to-toe with Oshtor when he was never shown capable of fighting before made much more sense in the game where he frequently fought battles alongside his party and was thus capable of holding his ground against even someone like him. Or at least, it would have made more sense in the game, but only in the anime was anyone stupid enough to go along with Anju's plan.
    • Oshtor being falsely accused of poisoning Anju made little sense in the anime since the explanation and the situation that implicated him in it in the first place were removed in the adaptation. See Demoted to Extra below.
    • In the game, Vurai's fate is left ambiguous as he falls down a cliff and into a river. In the anime, Vurai visibly dies from a stab wound and falls into a crater, presumably reduced into salt. While he's less important in the sequel, how could he possibly come back if he's dead?
  • Aerith and Bob: While it was present to some extent in the prequel, here, it's actually something of a subtle plot point. You got a mix of Japanese and Ainu names as well as names taken from the fictionary. The plot point comes with the fact that many of Yamato's great generals have genuine samurai-like names and the Mikado's family (at least, what we can first identify as his family) have the simplest, most normal names for a Japanese audience. Implying that the name of Yamato for the country is not a coincidence. As a result, you got things like Oshtor (Ainu-style) and Mikazuchi (Samurai-style) respectively as the Imperial Guards of the Right and the Left as well as the possibility of making a party consisting of Atuy (Ainu), Nekone (Ainu Punny Name?), Uruuru & Saraana (vaguely exotic) and Jachtwalt (?!?!?).
  • Always a Bigger Fish: A boro-gigiri attacks Haku in the first episode, but after chasing him briefly is set upon by one of the cursed slimes and devoured. Haku utilizes this in second episode against another giant bug.
  • And I Must Scream: Tatari appear to be aware of the world and possibly what has happened to them. They are at least partially capable of speech, though it's unclear if they're intelligent. You can still hear them apologize, beg for their mothers or bubble out words of agony as you attack them. When confronted with people, they sometimes attempt to resume their former human form or pause to try and communicate, but fail and then continue attacking. And they will apparently be like this forever because nothing can kill them.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: While some characters like Maroro and Anju are especially bad about it, most of the cast speaks at least slightly archaically. For example, Kuon doesn't recognize English loanwords like 'slime' and many times where other such words would have been used instead they instead use more uncommon Japanese words.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": While pretending to be held captive by Nosuri, Anju repeatedly screams "Oh no!", but it's so blatantly unconvincing that everyone stops taking the ransom seriously, and some soldiers can be seen taking noodle bowls in the meanwhile. Oshtor takes the entire thing seriously, however, to show how stupid what she just did was since if she had really been kidnapped he would be forced to resign and commit suicide even though he retrieved her immediately.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The gigiri are normally about the size of a large dog, making them dangerous in large numbers. Then comes breeding season, in which you can say hello to boro-gigiri...
  • Big Eater: The more Kuon eats, the more aghast Haku looks. Eventually, between frames she manages to make food the size of her head disappear. While Kuon is more extreme about this than most, there are some implications that everyone eats significantly more than a human would, possibly to power their superhuman physiques.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Anju and Oshtor are successfully rescued and the group escapes the capital to travel to Oshtor's homeland for shelter during the coming civil war, but then Vurai catches up and Oshtor has to go for a double kill after Nekone interrupts his attempt at a counter-attack. Haku has to pretend that he was the one to die and takes up Oshtor's role while Nekone is broken after accidentally causing her brother's death. Kuon is similarly broken by Haku's reported death and simply wanders off. Plus, the assassin is still out there and a civil war is coming.
  • Body Horror: The Cursed Slimes are actually humans. Liquefied humans.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The war with Tuskur ends after the emperor's assassination and Yamato's troops withdraw. However, in order to secure their exit, Munechika stays behind to block the enemy from mopping up their retreating forces and is not seen again.
  • Bowdlerise: A fairly odd example, seeing as the game doesn't feature any real adult content, unlike the original prequel. In the proper introduction to Nosuri and Ougi, a scene where an unlucky Haku is sucked into a sewage pipe results in him unwittingly latching onto Nosuri, who's climbing a ladder. In the anime, he accidentally tears off her top. In the game, he tears off her undies... Somehow...
  • Breaking the Fellowship: At the end, after Haku dons Oshtor's mask and identity and is presumed dead, most of his party stays at Ennakamui to mourn his "death", while he, a broken Nekone, and the Chains stay at Yamato to unify the people. A heartbroken Kuon leaves her companions for Tuskur to return home with Oboro (and in the game, Aruru) at the end.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Haku for sure. He was the only one smart enough to figure out how to fix the water wheel mill, and he calculates large equations instantly. He also goes from illiterate to reasonably well read within a period of time that rather surprises Kuon. However, he's physically weak, can't walk or hike too far without his feet turning into hamburgers and has a very lazy, laidback personality. Most of this comes from the fact he was a scientist in the past.
  • Bullying a Dragon: A couple of soldiers vs. a BSODing Kuon with more than a slew of Witsarunemitea's powers. Guess who wins?
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": An "owlo" is a landed ruler in Yamato and Tuskur (In Yamato, the emperor title is "Mikado" while it's still "Owlo" in Tuskur.) and glossed with the "emperor" kanji ("皇") in the Japanese version. An "ankuan" is a mercenary or a sellsword, a "nakuan" is a slave soldier and "nugwisomkami" is used to refer to evil spirits, ghosts or demons. While a few other made up words are for describing similarly familiar concepts, the rest do tend to describe new species.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The first half of the anime is very easygoing with very little conflict. Come round the second half, and it opens with a war between Yamato and an invading nation, among other things.
  • Cerebus Retcon: A single offhanded comment from Mito throws a lot of cast dynamics in both this game and its predecessor into a different light. Namely, proxies are genetically programmed to have naturally subservient qualities towards humans. This implies that Hakuowlo and Haku became leaders not just because they were particularly skilled or intelligent, but because all their friends are inclined to submit to them.
  • The Chew Toy: Moznu in the games. He's just some random bandit, but he becomes more sympathetic after he's repeatedly beaten half to death by Cocopo and develops a phobia of large fluffy birds. Even when he tries to go on the straight and narrow and gets into the textiles business, Haku and the gang ambush his hideout, capture him and all his men and force him to dress up as Nosuri in order to frame him for high treason.
  • Citadel City: The Imperial Capital is effectively one of these, a vast rectangle surrounded by very tall and thick walls, protected by a large number of soldiers and people who can transform into Kaiju. Essentially a mix of Heian-kyo with Chang'an's walls on steroids. However, those fortifications were never truly tested in a siege and in neither game, there wasn't any opportunity to do so (and the one time they had to siege the capital, the defenses were sabotaged anyway).
  • Cool Boat: Atuy's father Soyankekur has a boat granted to him by the Emperor capable of moving at incredible speeds, powered by what the demi-humans call "eldcraft". Which is actually modern technology.
  • Cliffhanger: The game ends just as things start getting very serious. After Oshtor's death, Haku has taken his place to protect Yamato and Anju and seems to be gearing up Ennakamui for a civil war. Kuon wanders off into the wilderness after Haku's apparent death and goes berserk with her divine powers, only to be met and calmed down by her family.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Just like Hakuowlo, Haku quick takes to using this as his weapon after Kuon tosses him one.
  • Comedic Spanking: As soon as Munechika catches Anju at the inn, she immediately starts spanking the latter as punishment for running away and causing a ruckus. Not helped by Anju's defiant attitude, which earns her even more spanks, much Haku and company's confusion and maybe even pity.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The anime's plot varies greatly from that of the actual game including nearly cutting several crucial characters outright, cutting some of the most plot-critical scenes, adding in both filler and padding and changing the presentation of certain scenes in critical ways that greatly affect characterization. For example, in the final fight, Oshtor dies simply because he pushed himself too hard while in the game he dies because Nekone caused his attack to miss and then he had to tank an enemy attack for her, forcing himself to throw every bit of his life force to defeat Vurai. This makes his death largely her fault, which leaves her broken at the end rather than just sad. After, the anime also neglects including Kuon's Love Epiphany.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The war with Uzurusha is very one-sided once the Pillar Generals arrive, but before that it was established that the Yamato troops themselves are not well trained and only about half the generals are actually competent. Further, Munechika is only good at defensive warfare. This comes back to bite them when Yamato declares war on Tuskur, a powerful nation that is difficult to attack, full of veterans and perhaps worst of all has experience in dealing with abilities like those granted by Yamato's masks, which stops Munechika from fighting to her full potential.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: At the end of the game the berserking Kuon roasts people to death, freezes and shatters them and rots them alive while her helpless attacks look on in horror, unable to retaliate.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: A couple. The primary examples are:
    • Yamato (with the Eight Pillar Generals in tow) vs the invading barbarians from Uzuurusha. Yamato wins.
    • Tuskur vs Yamato. While the war between these two nations is still ongoing, the tides of the battle are clearly in favor of Tuskur, who are practically toying with the Yamatans.
    • On a smaller level, we have Kurou vs Atuy and Yakuto Waruto. Even with both of their strengths combined, neither of the latter two can even hold a candle to Kurou. Even after Kuon and Haku join in the fray later, team Haku is still on the receiving end of the curb-stomp (though Kuon at least gets points for managing to hit him while his guard was down).
    • God-mode Kuon fighting against a couple of assassins sent out to capture her in the game is equal to a person squashing some annoying bugs.
  • The Dandy: Maroro, a court scholar, looks like he's dressed for a Noh play or something. He also doesn't do much besides providing knowledge and offensive magic before running away.
  • Death of a Child: The Emperor's flashback reveals that absolutely no one was safe from Hakuowlo's rage, which included children. The flashback barely gives us the mercy to only show it in shadow.
  • Demoted to Extra: Entua and Woshis from the game had their importance completely removed from the anime. While neither character was recurring enough to be part of the main cast, their roles in the climax were essential in the whole Emperor's death and Anju's poisoning incidents, with the former being hired by Honoka to work for the Emperor as a wine servant and therefore being indirectly and unwittingly responsible for Anju's poisoning and the latter for being one of the people who helped frame Oshtor for the incident. He was also responsible for riling Vurai up to go after Oshtor and gang by making sure Vurai was in the right place at the right time when he declared his suspicions on Oshtor.
    • Moznu was never particularly important in the games, showing up for regular comic relief and a bandit fight, but in the anime he's demoted even further, only showing up the once.
  • Denser and Wackier: While the original wasn't serious all the time and had plenty of zany hijinks, this entry cranks up both the slapstick comedy and fanservice by a good deal.
  • Elemental Powers: Setting aside magic users, all demihumans still have an elemental attribute of their own that they can bring out when attacking. It also affects their behavior, though it's never made entirely clear how. Some characters also have elemental attacks that don't match their associated elements such as Kuon summoning fire or Kiwru using wind attacks. Kuon in particular has power over fire, frost, wind and decay due to her demigod powers, though she only uses these in the cliffhanger.
  • Eternal English: After what seems to be roughly a thousand years since the end of mankind, their successors still speak the same language in the same way. The only difference appears to be that no one recognizes loan words like 'slime', there are many new words used to refer to foreign concepts and things as well as a resurgence of ancient speech patterns, including some that have been gone for a thousand years in the present day. The written language, however, died with the cataclysm, leaving their successors to presumably create a new writing system from scratch.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Atuy and Kuon bond early on via hatred of math and studying. Haku has no idea what they're talking about given that Kuon apparently considers basic arithmetic high-level mathematics.
  • Fantastic Arousal: Kuon reacts to her tail being grabbed as though he grabbed her butt, though that might be cultural rather than physiological.
  • Future Imperfect: A given, considering the untold hundreds of years since the extinction of humanity as we know it. Thankfully, they left many ruins in their wake, leaving the current "humans" a glimpse of their civilization to interpret. This is even without the fact that the Mikado is himself a "relic" from this past, one with first-hand knowledge of ancient technology. A scene in the game features Kuon describing "steedless carriages" (cars), "silver serpents that carry people in their bellies" (trains), "metallic birds" (planes) and "ships that sail the stars" (spaceships) while referring to the technology used in the ship they are riding on.
  • The Gadfly: Karulau stills like trolling Touka, including leading her to believe that Kuon and Haku were married.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: Played with. Haku in the past reacted with disgust when he saw the things scientists were creating to repair the surface and was outright offended at the creation of a new human subspecies, but there's really nothing wrong with any of these creations, which have adapted to the surface quite well and have basically replaced the previous environment with a healthy ecosystem, though one that's significantly more dangerous than our world has been for millions of years. As for the latter point, the human subspecies are who he's been living with since he woke up on the mountain and are basically just humans with funny ears and tails, not the inhuman monsters past Haku seems to have considered them.
  • Gray-and-Grey Morality: The failed invasion against Yamato by a nomadic nation sets the mood on morality for this series. The nomads are driven by desperation and disgust for Yamato's life of excess, but use the soldiers they capture as fodder for them. Meanwhile, Yamato's own forces have their own rogue elements, namely Dekoponpo being genuinely corrupt, and Vurai being bloodthirsty and almost psychopathic. Only the heroes' party is shown as being the most heroic in character.
    • Taken further by episode 18. Yamato has launched an invasion against Tuskur, Kuon's and Hakuowlo's home nation, in order to access the pre-apocalypse laboratory hidden within. Haku understandably is having a hard time keeping the faith.
  • Guest Fighter: Tamaki and Sasara, in their Dungeon Travelers get ups, are available as DLC, and can be used as early as the tutorial fight.
  • Hotter and Sexier: It is both played straight and subverted at the same time. Compared to its predecessor, this series is much more upfront with its fanservice and dirty humor. On the other hand, it isn't an H-Game so there are no actual sex scenes.
  • Internal Homage:
    • The way Haku reacts to seeing someone with a tail is exactly the same as Hakuowlo. He instantly grabs it. However, while surprised, Kuon is more understanding because she probably heard about Hakuowlo doing the same thing out of ignorance.
    • Camyu is reintroduced in the exact same manner as she is in the first game: The main character finds her asleep in his bed.
  • I Warned You: When a bandit attempts to make Kuon hostage, she tells him that he should just stop, but he wouldn't listen. Thinking that she has no other choice, Kuon submitted herself, making the bandit taunt and spit on Haku. A moment later, Rulutieh, who has been kept hostage by one of the bandit's subordinate, tells everyone to run just before Kokopo madly attacks the bandit. Seeing this, Kuon says, "I warned you," and smiles.
  • Jack of All Trades: Tokifusa, an Evenkurga among the Eight Pillars, is noted to be pretty good at handling any kind of task but doesn't excel at any of it. Haku notes that while this means he must actually be pretty talented to handle so much, it makes him somewhat less impressive than the rest of the pillars.
  • Killer Rabbit: Kokopo is basically a giant, flightless sparrow who looks like a cute ball of fluff, but can beat a gang of bandits to a submission when her mistress is threatened.
  • Killing Intent: Vurai is described as having an enormous intimidating presence, but in Mikazuchi's case, it's played for laughs. Nekone and Haku are initially scared of him because of his terrifying face and predatory aura but really he just wants to pat Nekone's head.
  • Kill Sat: While the Tatari plague devastated mankind's social order, the most devastating thing mankind did to itself was attempt to use the Amaterasu weather control satellite as a weapon. Massive storms and other catastrophic weather resulted, which was basically the last nail in the coffin of humanity. The ecosystem has recovered remarkably since it was shut off, though.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: The demihumans of Yamato and the Shokokupolu revere a mystery entity or group of entities known as the Onvitaikayan, who were actually mankind. In both Yamato and Tuskur their true identity is a secret known only to a few select groups, though it is general knowledge in Yamato that they were a precursor race related to the demihumans that currently populate the world. However, what happened to them is a mystery to most and is later said to most likely be a state secret. The people of Yamato consider Uitsalnemetia to be a nugwisomkami for overthrowing the Onvitaikayan, but most of Tuskur to southeast considers him to be their God for delivering them from bondage and caring for them. Interestingly, Yamato is an old name for Japan but is located in far eastern Russia (near the Kamchatka Peninsula) while Tuskur to the south is the actual Japan.
  • Limit Break: Just like the prequel game, each character in your party can gain a powerful Finishing Move. This one just stands out a bit more thanks to being fully rendered... and usually ending with your opponents blowing up.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The world is populated by people that all possess ears and tails. There are multiple subspecies, which all have slightly different traits and cultures. They're all the result of genetic experiments and are technically known as 'proxies' or 'demihumans' though they don't call themselves that, nor are they even aware of the terms.
  • Love Triangle: Fragments of Haku's memories hint at one in the past. It's implied that he started growing apart from his brother and his wife because he was in love with her as well and didn't feel comfortable around the two of them anymore.
  • Ma'am Shock: Karulau does not like Kuon referring to her as her mother, preferring instead to be her big sister.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Near the end, Pillar General Vurai becomes the final boss thanks to his grudge with Oshtor, but it's strongly implied that Woshis not only egged him on, but is also the true murder of the emperor and is the one who sent zombie monsters to attack the party in Tuskur.
  • Mask Power: There are four Akuruka masks, each with their own unique abilities. They are granted by the emperor to loyal vassals to enforce his will and as a mark of honor. Each of them has their own special abilities. Vurai and Oshtor's masks can turn them into giant monsters as well as granting power over fire and what seems to be light respectively. Mikazuchi has lightning powers while Munechika can make force fields. The origin of the masks is not directly revealed, however, and each of them is very dangerous to use extensively.
  • Mood Whiplash: Episodes 13-15 and the first half of 16 are played fairly seriously, as they focus on a brief war between Yamato and an invading tribe. Then comes the second half of 16, where the guys get bent in the inn, strip naked, and get involved in all sorts of stupidity.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits
    • Inverted. Nekone doesn't like anyone getting close to Oshtor, but he finds it amusing how much she's opened up to Haku and finds it hilarious when Haku pretends to be him and convinces her to sit on his lap and let him pet her head and feed her sweets.
    • Averted with Kuon's family. They immediately assume she's in love with Haku and are really excited. For his part he's confused because he had expected them to be against it given how much they dote on her.
  • Naked Freak-Out:
    • During a bath scene, Kuon senses someone is peeping. She tries to chase after the intruder, but fails to do so. Hearing her annoyed shriek, Haku, who was told not to peek comes out and asks what happened. Kuon, seems to forget that she still has no clothes on (the audience only sees her Shoulders-Up Nudity and Toplessness from the Back), asks if Haku saw something to which he replies that he wouldn't say he saw something before flatly adding, "I see it now," a moment later, causing her to freak out in embarrassment.
    • A handful of episodes after that, Kuon gets treated to a sight of Haku's...manhood right up in front of her. She promptly punches it before leaving and freaking out.
  • Narrative Filigree: Many sequences in the game exist only to flesh out the world they live in. A lot of detail is especially given to the various foods and dishes of Yamato and Tuskur as well as the spread of Haku and Rulutieh's new dishes involving the tree sap, nearly causing an environmental hazard due to their great popularity.
  • Never Found the Body: After being defeated by Oshtor, Vurai's monster form has a giant hole in its midsection. He reels backward and falls off a cliff, meaning there's no body to confirm his death. His glossary entry also does not confirm his death.
  • "No Peeking!" Request: Kuon tells Haku not to peek at her while she bathes, and he actually shows no interest to do so. Ironically she's the one who ends up accidentally exposing herself to him moments later by leaping out of the bath pursuing a noise and has a Naked Freak-Out once she realizes it.
  • Older and Wiser: Karulau and Touka show up eventually and while Touka is still a bit flaky, both of them are more mature than they were and serve as mother figures for Kuon.
  • Older Than They Look: Touka and Karulau should be at least forty, but don't really look any different than they did decades ago. However, it is mentioned in passing that proxies live about twice as long as humans, so it's possible that their slow aging is completely normal. The same probably can't be said for Dorry and Guraa who should be nearly as old yet still seem young and androgynous enough that Haku isn't completely sure that they're even male.
  • One Stat to Rule Them All: Speed. Obviously, taking more turns is better, but what's less immediately obvious is just how big an impact it is. Ougi is only a little faster than the rest of the party members, but when you get him, you see just how big of an impact it makes: he runs circles around everyone else, and while he doesn't initially hit as hard as everyone who isn't Haku or Nekone, he catches up later on while still outpacing them. There is one exception to this, however: the twins. In order to make up for their obscene attack power, range, and area of effect on their attacks that put everyone not named Atuy to shame, they're slow as all sin. In spite of that, they're still very good; just expect characters like Ougi to take two turns for every one of theirs.
  • Optional Boss: Postgame you can load your save file and enter the Dream Arena to fight numerous challenges, including facing off against a Boro Gigiri and a giant slime with the high powered regeneration from the ruins map.
  • Orekko: Shinonon, Jachdwalt's two year oldish adopted daughter, mimics his speech patterns. As a result a toddler ends up speaking like a burly old man.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Tokifusa is noted to be able to handle pretty much any task thrown his way, but he's not one of the Akuruturuka, nor does he have the strategic genius of Raikou or anything. As a result, apart from Rulutieh's dad he's probably the least developed of the Pillars.
  • Paranoia Fuel: invokedIn-Universe example. Mito recounts how during the fall of humanity that no one could be sure of if they would be afflicted by the Tatari curse next, or that those around them would and then start to attack their loved ones. No one was safe. This paranoia got so bad that it alone was a huge contributing factor to mankind's downfall.
  • Party Scattering: In episode 23, after Haku's party is attacked by the forces of Yamato.
  • Prehensile Tail: Kuon wraps her tail around Haku's head, and quite tightly going by his pained reaction.
  • The Peeping Tom: An uncommon female-on-male version. Haku barely leaves the room for his bath before Kuon gets an evil grin on her face, runs to the exterior of the bath and finds a hole to watch through. On the other hand, her reaction may suggest that this is her first time peeping.
  • Precocious Crush
    • In his memories, Haku has vague memories of a niece that declared she would marry him when she grew up if he was still single. He seems to have humored her and nothing really comes of it because he went into stasis as part of his brother's experiment right before Hakuowlo ended humanity. Chii herself is as good as dead given that she turned into a Tatari.
    • Perhaps predictably given she's a clone of the above, Anju has a big crush on Oshtor, who either does not notice or pretends not to notice it.
  • The Reveal: Alongside the prequel's reveal that this world isn't some alternate past, but a very distant future, and that humanity was annihilated; it's revealed that Hakuowlo's rage was only the beginning, and that humanity slowly killed itself off until there was nothing left but Tatari and some people in stasis who cannot be awoken or they too will become slimes.
  • Rocket-Tag Gameplay: In the strategy sections of the game, most your stronger attackers will kill every enemy (except the occasional boss) in one hit; and, conversely, most of your party members can take one or two hits at most. A few abilities allow you to last a bit longer by giving you a Last Chance Hit Point or a limited number of powerful defenses, but the heavy limitations on those mean that for most part, strategy revolves around one-shotting the enemy before they one-shot you.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: There are only two party members who are not royalty, nobility or at least fallen nobility like Nosuri. And even Haku is technically royalty, though not in a way that actually means anything. At one point Haku is kind of amused that Dekopompo doesn't recognize any of them given how many princesses are in the party.
  • Second Chapter Cliffhanger: It ends with conspirators having seized control of the Imperial Capital, the Princess and rightful heir poisoned and on the run, most of the main characters forced to flee with her, and the main character, Haku, forced to fake his own death and disguise himself as his late boss, Oshtor, in a desperate attempt to keep the Empire from falling completely apart, leaving his team heartbroken as to his apparent demise.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Kuon and Haku's relationship is frequently misunderstood, but they don't even bother getting embarrassed about it. Haku himself at one points muses that the idea had never even occurred to him while Kuon seems to just want to take care of him.
  • Ship Tease: Despite mutually denying it, Kuon and Haku get loads in both mediums. While it was only heavily implied in the anime, Kuon eventually falls in love with Haku in the game, but doesn't get to realize it until after she had believed he'd died. Haku's feelings towards Kuon remain ambiguous, however, as he says at one point that he had never considered a relationship with her. However, she's also the one person he desperately wants to tell he's still alive.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Similar to the original's situation, Atlus' translation of the game and Sentai Filmwork's dub of the anime each have significant differences on how to spell most of the characters' names. At least, Haku and Kuon's names stay consistent between the game and the anime as well as Nekone and Atuy. As far as the returnees are concerned, the game is consistent with Aquapazza and the anime is somewhat consistent with the previous anime's dub. That being said, the game actually gives credence to the use of "Hakuowlo" as the name of the protagonist of the first game, the world "owlo" being used to refer to a ruler and he is implied to be Haku's namesake. This is even worse with Yakutowaruto, whose name is either another vaguely Ainu name or a Japanised version of the much more German sounding Jachtwald, as it's spelt in the games.
  • Spit Take: Nekone does an epic one with green tea when Anju innocently declares she might have fallen in love with Oshtor.
  • Tempting Fate: In Episode 19, Nosuri boldly and loudly declares that she'll complete the mission, even if it costs her life. The next shot is her throwing up over the edge of the ship.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Yamato's invasion of Tuskur sees no initial success at all. The situation is just barely a stalemate and only then because Tuskur is not being as aggressive as they could be.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: From the perspective of the Yamatan demihumans, Haku is very strange. While there are a few that lack animal ears, everyone has a tail that pokes out the back of their clothing through a special opening. Nobody comments on his lack of a tail, though it's possible that only Kuon noticed. For her part, it's implied that Kuon knows exactly what his lack of a tail means but keeps quiet about it.
  • Vague Age: Just like the prequel, no one's ages are revealed, and the Time Skip between the original game and this one is just as ambiguous, so even Kuon's age is a mystery. It's no use looking at the recurring characters either since some like Guraa and Dorry look exactly the same while Oboro looks middle aged and Touka's clothing is quite form concealing. This is moderately excused by the fact that the demi humans can live for up to a couple centuries, so the couple decades or so between games isn't as big a deal.
  • Verbal Tic: Kuon ends a lot of her sentences with the questioning 'ka na?' (maybe/or not?) ending while Nekone says "desu" with greater frequency and emphasis. In the translated version, Kuon's tic becomes 'I think' or 'I suppose' while Nekone's desu is basically dropped, though she does get fairly verbose sometimes.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Nosuri gets seasick and throws up over the edge (the first time) in Episode 19.
  • War Is Hell: The second half of the anime starts off with Yamato fighting off an invasion, and barely any of even Yamato's forces' actions were being presented as anything really heroic.
    • Vurai's mass manslaughter while sacking a captured town is especially shown as horrific, as it haunts Haku in the episode after.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Any time Dekoponpo is involved, Eight Pillar Generals will be having a hard time working together, as Dekoponpo is constantly throwing a wrench in whatever they're planning or thinking about with his mere presence.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 17, in which everything concerning Haku and the Emperor's past is revealed, and the story behind the series is expanded further.
    • Episode 21, Yamato's invasion of Tuskur is aborted in failure, Munechika leaving herself behind to allow an escape. Oshtor stands accused of attempted assassination of Anju by poison, and the capital of Yamato is in complete unrest.
  • Wham Line: Delivered in the very beginning of episode 18
    Anju: "My beloved people, I shall share with you the Emperor's words. Our nation of Yamato has decided to invade Tuskur!"
    • And another was delivered in The Stinger of episode 20.
    Nekone: "We've received an urgent message from Yamato. The emperor is dead.
  • Wizards Live Longer: It's mentioned in passing (in reference to the Mikado's absurdly long reign) that the people of this world can live for up to two centuries, which comes as a great surprise to Haku. Why they live longer is unclear, though everyone does seem to have an inherent elemental trait that they can apparently summon, even the one who don't actually practice magic. Haku on the other hand has the only neutral attribute. It may also be because of their greater physical ability in general. Or because proxies are genetically-engineered servants created by humanity and were designed to last.


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Alternative Title(s): Utawarerumono Itsuwari No Kamen, Utawarerumono Mask Of Deception


Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

Nosuri getting seasick and throwing up over the edge of the ship is thankfully shown onscreen as a stream of sparkles.

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