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Cartagra: Affliction of the Soul is a 2005 erotic visual novel created by game company Innocent Grey.

It is the 1950s, and the American occupation of Japan has passed. The hero of this story is Shugo Takashiro, an ex-police detective who is now unemployed and freeloading at a brothel. From time to time, he takes on detective work from his former superior. As the story starts off, a missing persons case is dumped onto him. The person he is supposed to find is Yura Kozuki—a girl he had an intimate relationship with before being sent off to war. What's more, he's joined on the search by Kazuna Kozuki—Yura's twin sister, whom he'd never met. While all this is being played out, a series of brutal killings occur in the background. As they strike closer to home, Shugo is no longer able to turn a blind eye and is dragged into the spiraling web of events.

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Cartagra is followed by another visual novel by the same company, Kara no Shoujo, though there is very little plot connections between the games aside of returning characters and settings.

Recieved a fan dub by the Let's Dub Project.

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  • A-Cup Angst: Kazuna.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Tokiko Shigusa.
  • An Arm and a Leg: The serial killer's general modus operandi. It's also in line with Senri's prophecies.
  • Anyone Can Die: By the end of the fandisc exclusive afterstory, Rin, Takako, Tokiko, Akao, Arishima and Yura are all dead.
  • Apocalypse Cult: Senri.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sister Fukamizu, Ikuma Akao, Yura Kozuki...
  • Big Brother Mentor: Shugo acts as one to Yukishiro worker Hatsune in the art of writing.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Toji to Kazuna. Completely defied with Yura, who tries to kill Kazuna.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Even the True Ending will have this: Rin, Takako, and Tokiko have been killed in some way thanks to Senri. People who are connected to the cult, such as Akao Ikuma and Detective Arishima, are also dead. The only living culprit left is Kozuki Yura, and she's currently in a coma. But despite all of this, Shugo, Kazuna, and Toji have all survived. Kazuna's father has turned over a new leaf, the Yukishiro is doing better, and Kazuna ultimately decides to study acting abroad, so that Yura will always have a sister to look up to.
    • In the fandisc after story, Kazuna returns to Japan as a famous actress, and reunites with Shugo and Toji again. She also visits Yura in her hospital bed. A happy reunion, right? It would have been, if Yura hadn't chosen this time to regain consciousness. Enraged that Kazuna is still alive, she gets out of bed, murders the staff at her hospital before storming into the theatre where Kazuna was performing, kills the male lead and appears on-stage in his clothes. Before she can murder her sister, however, Toji pulls out her revolver and shoots Yura—this time, fatally. Holy shit...
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  • Chekhov's Gun: In the True Ending route, before searching the Senri complex, Toji hands Shugo a revolver to protect himself. He keeps it until the day he shoots Yura, having been unable to return the gun to Toji.
  • Cloudcuckoo Lander: Nana, Shugo's "beloved" little sister.
  • The Comically Serious: Toji.
  • Cool Big Sis: Kazuna sees Toji as a cool figure—a slightly misguided notion, given the latter's position in the criminal underworld.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Where do we even start?
    • Like many of the other characters in Cartagra, Shugo fought in World War II. Before he did so, he ended up "betraying" Yura by leaving her and never returning to her, which has left him with guilt for over ten years.
    • Yura was treated as a cursed freak by her family (Kazuna had no idea about this), and was given over to people who "experimented" on her—all before meeting Shugo.
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  • Driven to Suicide: Tokiko, in the True Ending route. At least, that's what we're led to believe. Yura had killed Tokiko and made it appear as a hanging.
  • Empty Shell: Koyuki and Seri, two new prostitutes at the Yukishiro, definately give off this impression. Koyuki gives off a hostile aura when stopped by Shugo, but that's about it.
  • Eye Scream: One of the killer's victims has her eyes removed. With a knife. While she's dead. The victim is Otoha, one of the prostitutes from the Yukishiro brothel.
    • The same is done with Koyuki and Seri, Otoha's apprentices and later Senri followers.
  • Fat Bastard: Tokiko's father Michio, as described by Detective Arishima.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Much like in Kara no Shoujo, the killers are introduced as unassuming people. One of them even masquerades as someone Shugo knows.
  • Happy Ending Override: The main game ends on a bittersweet but hopeful note where Yura is left in a coma and hope is given that she could get better. In the fandisc, however...things go wrong.
  • Heroic Neutral: Shugo, being an ex-cop freeloading at a brothel. He leaves the trope behind when Otoha and Rin are brutally murdered.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Rin and Madam Ujaku of the Yukishiro. Strongly downplayed with Otoha, who is irritated with Hatsune and Shugo for different reasons and is consistently rude and abrasive to them; but was good friends with Rin, and was remembered fondly by Ujaku. Averted all the way with her apprentices, Koyuki and Seri, though.
  • How Clumsy Of Me: In the fandisc, Nana "accidentally" leaves a knife on Yura's table, leading Yura to claim three more lives before Toji kills her for good.
  • I Have Many Names: Detective Arishima.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Why Yura impersonated Kazuna at the end: because Kazuna has Shugo's love now, not Yura.
  • Insufferable Genius: Yaginuma is a very intelligent man and a highly competent detective. He is also a complete and utter Jerkass.
  • Jerkass:
    • Yaginuma. However, it's not revealed why he acts like that in this game. See Kara no Shoujo, if you want to know.
    • Keiichiro Kozuki, Kazuna and Yura's father, is selfish, sexist even by the standards of the time the game is set in, and aggressive.
  • Lady of War: Toji is the closest thing to one that Cartagra ever sees.
  • Love Interests: Kazuna is the primary focus for Cartagra.
    • Disabled Love Interest: Yura was this for Shugo before he left for the war. At least, that's what he and Kazuna were led to believe.
  • Mad Artist: Turns out that Akao Ikuma was responsible for the "horrifically beautiful" serial killings.
  • Morality Pet: Kazuna serves as this to Shugo.
  • Multiple Endings
  • Naked People Are Funny: The morning after they make love again, Shugo stands up, completely naked. Kazuna, who is not, is understandably embarrassed. Hilarity Ensues.
  • No Sense of Humor: Toji can't seem to take a tease.
  • Official Couple: As Kara no Shoujo confirms, Shugo and Kazuna get married between the events of Cartagra and Kara.
  • Perspective Flip: Sometimes, the perspective with shift from Shugo to the killer.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Shugo. Regardless of what the player chooses, Shugo can't prevent the deaths of characters such as Rin and Tokiko.
  • Plucky Girl: Kazuna.
  • Red Light District: where the Yukishiro brothel is based in Tokyo.
  • Red Right Hand: An obscured version: Yura has silver eyes, which was rumored to be a curse.
  • Sadist: Nana. She figured out Sister Fukamizu's identity as the murderer early on, but did not turn her in because she enjoyed the murders. She only led Shugo to Fukamizu once the mad nun started targeting Shugo's close friends.
  • Serial Killer: One of the game's core storylines revolves around them, just like with Kara no Shoujo. Shugo's initial objective is to find Yura with Kazuna's help, but personally gets involved in the serial killings in Ueno when one of the Yukishiro workers, Otoha, is brutally murdered.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Shugo, Detective Arishima, Akao Ikuma.
  • Shrinking Violet: Hatsune is very quiet and timid.
  • The Stoic: Toji. Unless she's embarassed.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Detective Arishima, Madam Ujaku. It's an act in Arishima's case.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Kozuki Yura, due to a freak genetic mutation that gave her grey irises, was subject to hideous abuses and cruel experiments due to a family legend. In the present, she's become a Diabolical Mastermind Yandere that wants Shougo, revenge, and to kill Kazuna out of spite for being the lucky sister, in roughly that order.
  • Yakuza: The Hand of Death, an underground syndicate of which Toji is a part of.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A few female characters still wear kimonos in post-World War II Japan, such as Kazuna and the Yukishiro prostitutes.

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