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Four girls. Countless bodies.
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A one-panel webcomic created by Vincent Grisanti.

Reiko Mouryou is a typical 6-year-old girl. Except she's a demon. A very violent, darkly sarcastic little demon girl. She lives with her three sisters: Shihoka, whose eyes are always hidden behind a pair of sunglasses; Shirabe, a serial dater (and date killer), and Shinobu, a tomboy ninja. Along with her pet crocodile, Lucy (short for Lucifer), imposing Yakuza father, Mitsugu and elegant but gun toting mother, Fumiko, they live a typical family life. By that, we mean that people frequently meet a violent end.

Featured on Grisanti's Web site Tainted Ink.com.


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This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Scary Teeth: Whenever her mouth is open wide enough, Reiko's wicked chompers are visible.
  • Shout-Out: Shirabe apparently attends Gein High School.
  • Slasher Smile: Shinobu's default expression.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole:
    • Demonstrated here, by Shinobu.
    • Reiko pulls this on one of her classmates... during the summer. Amazing what Super Glue can do.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A large majority of Reiko's classmates.
    • For two examples, they talk about how awesome and adorable Reiko's boa constrictor is after it's eaten them alive, and eagerly pay to get their picture taken with a "Santa" who's very obviously a vicious child-eating ogre of Japanese mythology, and actually has the lower body of a half-eaten child still dangling out of his mouth.
    • Just about any human that appears, really. Considering the Mouryou family's body count, you'd think that people would learn to stay the hell away from them.
  • Translation Convention: Fumiko is shown learning English in an ESL course in one strip, so the characters are likely supposed to be speaking Japanese, but the entire run of the comic is in English.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Par for the course, actually. At least, for demons.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: Shirabe is a pastiche of the "popular girl in school" archetype, with the twist that she's also a Literal Maneater demon. Bonus points for being an actual Valley Girl.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Fumiko is the demon world version: a doting mother and House Wife whose hobbies include flower arranging, calligraphy, tea ceremony, katana wielding, drinking booze, and bounty hunting.
  • Youkai:
    • Uncle Kenzo is an oni.
    • Shihoka appears to be a Rokurokubi, a long necked Japanese demon.
  • Yubitsume: Mitsugu appears to have undergone this. It's hinted elsewhere that it's just his wife's response to touching her cooking before it's ready to serve, though.

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