Ranked #3015


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Hide and Seek
Japanese: カクレンボ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 1, 2004
Producers: Shuuhei Morita
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Yamato Works
Source: Unknown
Duration: 25 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.081 (scored by 11,997 users)
Ranked: #30152
Popularity: #1742
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Among the ruins of the city, there is a game only children can play. It is called "Otokoyo"; a game of hide-and-seek. But whenever children play this game, one by one they would disappear into the blinds of the buildings... The story begins when a boy enters the world of Otokoyo, to find his missing sister.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Suzuki, Masami
Suzuki, Masami
Naitou, Ryou
Naitou, Ryou
Ishibashi, Mika
Ishibashi, Mika


Morita, Shuhei
Morita, Shuhei
Producer, Director, Storyboard, Editing
Sajiki, Daisuke
Sajiki, Daisuke
Character Design
Wayland, Tom
Wayland, Tom
ADR Director
Takeuchi, Hiroaki
Takeuchi, Hiroaki

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Apr 19, 2008
Kakurenbo is a one-shot ova and is Yamatoworks first attempt at an anime. And as the title suggests, its an OVA about hide and seek. But like any good anime out there theres a lot of rules and twists to this 30 minute show. Thirty minutes isn't enough time to flesh out character backgrounds and a deep story but it gives out the rules and punishments of the game all in the beginning of the show. And that gives this show a lot of points from me considering how confusing and crazy the show gets right away. For example one of the rules gets read more
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Oct 30, 2008
Title: Kakurenbo

Anime: Kakurenbo is a half-hour OVA that was produced as a collaboration between CoMix Wave Inc (known for their work on 5 Centimeters per Second and Voices From a Distant Star), Dentsu Inc (known for their work on Antique Bakery and D.Gray-Man) and Yamatoworks/D.A.C (this was their debut production), and directed by Shuhei Morita (who also directed the Freedom OVA series). Kakurenbo was released on September 1st, 2004 in Japan, was licensed Stateside by the now defunct Central Park Media, who released it on October 30th, 2005.

Story: In a city that's now in ruins, children play the game of Otokoyo (a Japanese version read more
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Jun 4, 2012
There are 2 reasons to write a review.

1. Is this anime for you?
A: If you are easy to trick and get lost in atmosphere quite often, or don't watch horror much or are frightened easily then yes.

Now part 2 is justify why you hate something to the people who love it. (Fair enough since you should at least provide good reasoning for liking or hating something.) Past this part has SPOILERS.

It is a game of 7 children. There are 8 children. This is the start. Gee, WONDER WHO THE 8TH IS!? Also, she looks exactly like the one kids sister (despite wearing a read more
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Feb 17, 2011
Kakurenbo is a short flick involving an urban legend that tells of how those playing a specific game of hide-and-seek at a certain forbidden, deserted neighborhood all goes missing without a single trace. This being of the horror genre can mean only one thing: a group of kids got curious and were lured into the game, with obvious disastrous consequences, as they found out just why the game is a taboo.

I'm not expecting much from the characters, since this is such a short film (and a horror one at that). You have the bully/ jerk jock archetype and his cronies, followed by the stoic and read more
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Anime: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls - Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou
Both involve chasing and killing spirits. Both have characters who played a game and are sent to another dimension who look for their loves. Both are suspenseful and involve horror. 
reportRecommended by iNinjeek
Anime: Xiao Qian
Both are stories about myths, Xiao Qian is a compendium of Chinese myths while Kakurenbo is a Japanese urban legend.
Besides the dark environment with demons chasing the main characters who do not have special powers.
Although the histories are different, Xiao Qian has a romantic history while Kakurenbo has some psychological development. 
reportRecommended by SunWukung
Anime: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Special: Nekogoroshi-hen
Rumors about a mysterious place where children play and disappear. Both are short 20 minute horror anime with some psychological aspects. Kakurenbo is heavier on the psychological aspects while Higurashi focuses more on the horror and mystery aspects. 
reportRecommended by Asfaria
Anime: Water Brain
Both are short films set in a city with (apparently) no adults, in which demons use children for the same general purpose; the design/feel of the cities - and to a lesser extent, the organic/machine hybridization of the monsters - is similar. Water Brain is much gentler and ends on a much more upbeat note. 
reportRecommended by Mrrranda
Anime: Hashi no Mukou
Both have forbidden place where children play and disappear, characters who try to find friend, mystery aspects, music and animation style...
If you liked "Kakurenbo" then you then you might like "Hashi no Mukou." 
reportRecommended by LittleStar
Anime: Gantz
Both series have a serious haunting mood coming from the hunter and the hunted setting. Kakurenbo's monsters also resemble some of the ones in Gantz. Give the kids in Kakurenbo guns and add some gore and you basically got the same thing. 
reportRecommended by isokana

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