Kyouran Kazoku Nikki

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

This is a story about Kyouka-sama told by Kyouka-sama for Kyouka-sama!

(a.k.a. Frenzied Family Diary, or Diary of a Crazed Family)

A thousand years ago, Enka, an evil dragon thing, was defeated, but died cursing that its child would destroy the world in... a thousand years. In the present day, DNA testing has narrowed it down to six candidates. Ouka, a paranormal investigator, is ordered by the government to marry one candidate (Kyouka) and adopt the rest as children, in the hopes of discovering the true child of Enka and raise it in a loving family situation to placate it.

The Top Six "Most Likely To Destroy The World":

Tropes used in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki include:

That's not the problem here! You're copying my character setting! You're violating copyright law! And violating one's right to one's likeness, too!

Ouka: And I do like you. Did you not see that?
Kyouka: *blushing* Of course I did. I just got a little worried is all...

    • After various episodes where they're seen sleeping in separate rooms, episode 25 has them sleeping in the same bed, for once.
  • Off the Chart: The sales quota on a bar graph for a specific branch of a travel agency has surpassed all others, going off the chart, onto the wall, and then onto the ceiling.
  • Only Six Faces
  • People's Republic of Tyranny - Or not, but the People's Republic of Kyouka deserves a mention, even if it's populated by monkeys.
  • Pet the Dog - Kyouka shows a soft side periodically to keep from looking like a total Jerkass.
  • Pirates - Episode 10, led by Mujakky, a pirate captain who looks like an elementary schooler. They seem to function more like fishermen, though, and profess a code of love and peace, to Ouka's confusion.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - Massively, massively subverted, one episode has a pirate captain girl who doesn't want to kill or steal. It turns out her "rival" was actually fulfilling her father's last wish by tricking her to kill him; thus ensuring that she would either be a pirate; or else quit. She embraces her new self with relish.
  • The Power of Love - Or so they hope.
  • Puni Plush - 'Cellphone' controlled Kyouka-sama avatars!
  • Quirky Household - Pretty apparent, given the motley "backgrounds" of the family members.
  • Restraining Bolt - Gouyokuou wears control rods on his back. If you see one fall off, it's already too late to run.
  • Santa Claus - For all of five seconds before Kyouka shoots him down with a homing missile. He gets better, though, and challenges Kyouka to an epic martial arts duel. And loses.
  • Secret Project Refugee Family - The premise of the show, more or less.
  • Shinigami - Ouka has one as an Unlucky Childhood Friend. She also has sisters. This seems to be a title for Monster Slayers in Ouka's organization. Specifically individuals who have slain a thousand monsters earn the title of "Shinigami" and the right to wear the hanya mask that signifies that status.
  • Shipper on Deck: It's natural that Kyouka and Ouka are shipped by their 'children'. Yuuka especially. This varies from making sure that daddy isn't cheating to leaving the two alone for their anniversary dinner.
  • Ship Tease: Kyouka and Ouka are pretty much the Official Couple, Hyouka and Kiriko blush around each other frequently, Yamaguchi has an obvious crush on Yuuka, Madara is in love with Teika, the cat girl and waiter have kissed, and Chika and Ginka were last seen in a very date-like atmosphere.
  • Shout-Out - Quite a few Western movies, for example, the pirate episode had Gekka turning giant, singing a nursery rhyme, and pulling a ship down in an obvious rendition of the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
  • Something Completely Different - Episode 12, "Picked up a Cat on Monday" plays like something out of an Eroge, with only Ginka and Kyouka making appearances...and Ginka's in drag the whole time. Episode 20, "The Forest of Vitamin C" is a complete and total Mind Screw from start to finish.
  • Super Window Jump - Ouka and Kyouka jump through a window in their hurry to get to the balcony.
  • Sweet Tooth - Raichou has one, which makes her the victim of one of the show's running gags.
  • Theme Naming - All of the main characters have names ending in "ka". Including some supposed non-candidates, suspiciously.
    • Somewhat justified: Everyone but Ouka and Kyouka (and Enka) were renamed by Kyouka when they entered the family. Probably because she noticed the similarity.
  • Third Person Person - "You are in the presence of the great Kyouka-sama!"
  • Too Kinky to Torture - Ginka.
  • Tsundere - Kyouka has some of this toward Ouka, although her "tsun" side prevails throughout most of the series.
  • The Unintelligible - Gekka, except during Mind Rape.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion - There is some difference in opinion about Pierre's actual gender. (In the manga, he tells Kyouka he's male.)
  • Wave Motion Gun - Hyouka is armed with a really, really big one that comes in quite handy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse? - The revelation that "Kyouka" is actually from a race of animal ears that possess people brings up some uncomfortable implications about the girl stuck as her host, but this is never addressed.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?? - It's the question Oasis came to Earth to find out. Chika and Madara end up giving her the completely wrong impression of what love is. And then there's Kyouka's tendency to base her "love" on whatever she sees in TV and manga...
  • Whip It Good - Chika, in her continuing attempts to get Ginka to act manly, pulls out a whip. He likes it.
  • White-Haired Pretty Girl - Chika.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser - Madara, though with that voice alone it hardly comes as a surprise to the viewer or anyone who's seen the Image Song album. Also, Pierre looks quite happy to save Chika in volume 2 while wearing the girls' school uniform. Ginka doesn't really count, drag or no drag.
  • The Woobie - Yuka. Despite the lighthearted nature of the show, as Kyouka points out to Ouka, everyone in the show had been emotionally damaged. But with Yuka, it's really her defining attribute.