All That's Missing Is the Tentacle Rape
No, that's not Krang from the Ninja Turtles -- that's what passed for an anatomy lesson in old-timey Japan.
Even in the old days, Japan was weirder than the West. They took one look at those dissected babies we showed you earlier and said, "Eh, we could make the study of anatomy way more disgusting than that." These drawings were directly copied from the corpses of the decapitated criminals that Japanese medics would perform anatomy studies on. This might explain why the artists decided to capture the agonizing pain of their deaths in morbid detail. Sometimes it's like the look of shock on their faces from those moments before the decapitation still persists.
"Heeey, what's that katana for?"
And other times, it's like they find the whole situation terribly droll.
"Oh man, I have such a headache."
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