Japanese: コープスパーティー Tortured Souls -暴虐された魂の呪叫-
Jul 24, 2013
29 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisThe story is set in Heavenly Host Elementary School, an elementary school that was torn down following the murders and disappearances of several of its staff and students. By the start of the story, another school called Kisaragi Academy has been built over the elementary school site. One night, a group of students from Kisaragi are telling ghost stories when a sudden earthquake transports them to another dimension where Heavenly Host Elementary still exists and is haunted by the ghosts of the school's murdered children. The students of Kisaragi Academy students try to find their way home and survive the other mysterious forces that haunt the school.
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Opening Theme"Hoshikuzu no Ring (星屑のリング)" by Asami Imai
Ending Theme"Hotaru-bi (蛍火)" by Yumi Hara
Hello. Well this was probably the most disturbing thing I have ever seen in my life. Not only is this the most disturbing animated series I have ever watched, it is the most disturbing fiction work I have had the pleasure of experiencing.
This is one of those series that makes you cringe but you still love it because it takes you on a well written story. Where as this is still not my favorite horror anime, I still think that it did an amazing job with what little time it had. It had a story and a conclusion and we were not left with a cliffhanger like Umineko left us with. But what I really want to emphasis on is the fact that series fit everything into 4, half-hour long episodes. This is amazing for that small length of time.
I also want to bring in the concept of how good the disturbing art was. The art in this series did such a good job at making the art disturbing and grotesque that I almost vomited a couple times throughout the series. I did notice some similarities between this and the Team Silent Silent Hill game's art, what with blood coming down the walls and bodies everywhere, and that was generally a good choice, just to make the series that little bit more disturbing.
The opening theme was pretty good and most of the background sound, or even the lack of sound at points was a good choice for the series. You can really see the inspiration from Akira Yamaoka within the soundtrack and I thought that it was genuinely a good choice to go that way for a horror series.
The place where this series is a bit lacking is the unoriginal cast of characters. Though, to be fair, it is harder to create a cast of characters within this genre of horror that is original while also keeping it in a more modern time line, you could of done better than taking the generic cast of highschool students (2 possible lesbians, 1 guy with glasses, 1 hopelessly brave guy, the little sister, the occult freak, and the guy with no defining features what so ever, otherwise know as the boring guy). But the character of Sachiko was pretty original. Half of the things that happened with this character I didn't see coming and I just love her voice actress.
But for my overall enjoyment. I really enjoyed this series. it was a very genuinely well made horror series that kind of goes away from the norm. I do genuinely believe that there aren't many series that pulled off this sort of thing nearly as well, and definitely not in the same time frame as Corpse Party. read more
Watching Corpse Party is literally like watching a horror movie. There you are, trapped. Can't even shout, can't even cry, the dangers are coming by. When you realize that death is coming before you, screams are shouted out but you won't be heard. But that's just the beginning. For once you're trapped, Corpse Party will take you to a place where your life will never ever be the same again. (that is if and only if you escape alive)
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls - Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou (or simply known as Corpse Party: Tortured Souls) is a series of four OVA episodes. The animation is based off the game and chronicles the events in which a group of young students tells ghost stories at a school known Kisaragi Academy. However, they soon become haunted by the ghosts themselves after the earth shaken and sucks them deep down into the abyss....of the once existent school known as Heavenly Host Elementary School.
As this is a horror theme series, expect dark themes such as blood, gore, and death. I'll just throw a warning sign right now that if you can't take the first episode (or rather the first 20 minutes), then you might not have enough stomach to make it. I'll just say this as bluntly as I can:
This series is about watching kids getting murdered. Got it? Good.
There is a sense of hopelessness in Corpse Party. Because the characters are trapped in this new environment of darkness, they struggle to survive both physically and mentally. The taunting scenes of blood and body parts carves a haunting memory into the characters. In particular, the first episode sets up a graphic premise for a particular girl named Naomi after she witnesses a gruesome death of her friend. It is from there on that we immediately take notice just the grievous situation our characters are in. The deaths and tortures are real and there's no turning back. Rather than a ghost story, this might be the final chapter for our characters' lives. Corpse Party paints such dark themes as the way it conveys itself from the premise.
Happiness though? Honestly, there's none of that anymore. The joy and smiles from the faces of our main characters are wiped forever so don't expect any happy scenes in this episodes. What's more taunting deals with the fact that a few bonding scenes between certain characters are lived out so damn short. It really creates a sense of hopelessness and despair, more fueled so by the way the characters die off so tragically. As the group of students are separated into closed spaces of the alternate dimension, there's little hope of working together to escape. They are literally trapped rats. The souls are the predator and the kids are the prey.
Corpse Party also has a sense of mystery in its atmosphere. The mystery part comes from the Heavenly Host Elementary School where years ago, several staff members and students mysteriously vanished following murders and strange instances. It just happens that deja vu happens again and the murders are reanimated. The mystery aspect can be comparable to Another, Higurashi, and other series involving mysterious murders. The murders themselves are also quite graphic so be wary of gore and violence.
Character wise, the series is only condensed into two hours with these four episodes combined. Hence, don't expect everything to be adapted from the game. Because of that time length issue, most characters only gets some moments; some with drastic exits. The characters themselves tries to figure out not only how to escape but also of the history on what happened previously in the past. This specifically involves the origins of the Heavenly Host Elementary School and the murdered students. It is essential to unlock its mysteries (I guess similar to the game as well) because it will also allow the students to escape. More importantly though, it will also allow them to understand exactly why they were trapped in the first place.
Unfortunately, this series tries a way too hard especially in the violence department. It wastes no time with the blood and violent moments involving various weapons of torture. The taunting screams echoing throughout the school is also too old fashioned. Story wise, it's also quite confusing. Perhaps the length might be the issue here. In short, too many questions with not many clues to go on at first. More frustrating enough is the confusion on who is friend or foe. Plus, let's not also forget the fact that the violence itself serves more as a way to cover up the more exciting mystery aspect of the series. It literally kills any way for viewers to enjoy this series in formulating theories. Most of the time, you'll be watching kids running for their lives against fate even though everything seems to be hopeless. Oh and the supernatural part....kids murdering kids inside a school, ah the irony.
In terms of artwork, I do admit that the series conveys the atmosphere quite well with the gruesome violence. Characters are simple but to the point with nothing too flashy. The murdered kids from years ago all give off a creepy atmosphere by their disfigured faces. Then, there's the school itself or rather more specifically the Heavenly Host Elementary School. The structure of the school is designed to look old, haunted, and creepy. It hardly looks any realistic but definitely fits within the Corpse Party theme.
As soundtrack goes, expect some high standards. What I mean is the quality of the OST as it is strong enough to create a sense of fear for both the characters and maybe even for you, the viewers. The way it is orchestrated is thrilling with tearing vibrations. I have not played the game before but from my understanding, there's some of that original feeling from the game we get into this series. The OP and ED song are also strengths of this series that marks both the beginning and end of each episode. The voice acting is decent to convey the way the characters react to situations with their loud screaming. Their new-found situation has the characters scream at the top of their lungs and the voice actors/actresses does a well job at that. In particular, I find Kitamura Eri and Nakamura Yuuichi's performance to be quite well done.
So ultimately, I think a score of '6' is justifiable for Corpse Party. Oh I'd love to flip that number upside down but the lack of a decent story and destruction of a calm ending makes this a bit frustrating to watch all the way through. Oh and the violence serves as just pure shock value than anything taken for granted. It's also hard to understand certain situations at many stances because you might be more taken in more by the OST and violence than anything else. It's a ghost story gone wrong but I do have to admit that the premise is set up well. The concept's execution is quite gruesome so this might be something you'd watch on some weekend night with your friend while hunting down a scary movie to watch. Rather watching a horror movie like The Grudge, Corpse Party could be the alternative. For me though, this series was crafted out of violence, screaming, torture, and souls. Oh and do yourself a favor:
Don't watch this before you go to sleep. Seriously, don't. read more
Elfen Lied, Higurashi, Another think you know gore?
I introduce Corpse Party
Corpse Party is a COMPLETELY horror anime.
Basically a group of students suddenly find themselves in an older version of their school which is haunted. They try to get out and survive.
Just to point it out first this only contains 4 episodes with lengths of 30 minutes.
So there will be mysteries unsolved and no character development. The only way to enjoy this show is to watch the here and now.
The sound was extremely well done. The screams, blood bursting out and of course the crazy laughs.
Corpse Party contains (IMO) the best horror anime can offer.
Watch this at night and you won't be able to sleep.
I recommend watching all 4 episodes in a row.
Tip# If you can't handle the first episode then quit because it just gets more horrific.
This review is 100% spoilerless, so feel yourself at home.
I just finished Corpse Party: Tortured Souls and noticed there was not a single review of it, so... Here you guys go with a review of Corpse Party: Tortured Souls.
Tips for Newcomers:
Hey. Do you already know that Corpse Party is a waifu slaughterhouse simulator? That said, there is a lot of gore. When i talk about gore, i mean gore. People are going to be killed in a lot of ways here. So if you can't take any drawn violence for some reason, then this anime is simply not for your attention.
And also, there is a little prequel of this you should watch before watching this. It's called "Corpse Party: Missing Footage".
History of Franchise:
Back in 1996, some enthusiasts from Japan create a game on RPG Maker they called "Corpse Party". It was rather... weird? That word fits well. Art style was horrifying and gameplay was something of an early JRPG. But even so, like most of RPGM games, this one found itself a small yet strong fanbase. There even were fan spinnoffs.
And then in 2010 Team GrisGris releases a remake for PSP called "Corpse Party: Blood Covered Repeated Fear". I will further refer to this game as for "The Original". This was my first meeting with the series after it was localised. It was sort of a crossover between quest RPG and a visual novel. This isn't a game review, so lets just say it was good.
There was also a crapload of manga i don't care to mention.
Soon after that a comedy spinoff called "Corpse Party 2U: Sachiko's Game of Love", spinoffsequel "Corpse Party: Book of Shadows" and a sequel "Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient" are released. But this is irrelevant to us now. 2U game was packed with a little bonus from studio ASREAD (gave us "Mirai Nikki", watch it if you haven't), which was a mentioned above prologue "Missing Footage". Soon after that, an anime adaptation of the original was announced. So now we have this.
Story, Chardesign and Atmosphere:
The Original took me 6-8 hours to beat, while this OVA lasts only for 2 hours with 4 pairs of rather poor openings and endings. The first thing that should attract your attention is that this time is simply NOT ENOUGH. That said, our noble ASREAD have to do a lot of work to scenario. In fact, there are a few already practiced among other studios ways.
The first is to fit everything in, thus making things quite fastforward. It worked quite well for Steins;Gate, where 40 hours of VN were compressed into ~25 TV series, 20 minutes time each.
The second is to make a new story completely from scrap. Corpse Party franchise is all about remaking the first story, after all.
As a result, ASREAD go with a compromise for both Original fans and "others" in terms if unsatisfying them all. They just take the scenario and cut 80% of it, leaving us with a veird synopsis. As a result, Original fans don't get to see a lot of their favorite bits, and "others" just get a feeling of "I haven't been told something" and notice characters acting rather stupid from point-to-point. Still, a lot of changes to story done.
Well, i still enjoyed the story, though i discussed this with someone who booed the OVA after first 2 eps. The reason is simple: characters look stupid now. Can't complain.
Sound an Voicing:
We have soundtrack cut from Original. These are fitting just perfect into everything. You are going to be satisfied each time you hear a background music. Well, except for the one i was tired from after first previews of this ova came out. The one used for OP, i mean.
Same goes for voicing. Nothing more to say, 10 out of 10 for sounds.
Video and more on Atmosphere:
Ah, yes. The Original had a lot of wandering around the place, which was a creating a brilliant atmosphere i still consider one of best ones i saw in anime related stories. And the art was just bringing the experience to the edge. Dark crushed hallways, ambient music, sounds of rain with storm from the inside. Not to mention the world was "alive", and simply walking from point to point may have caused everything around to change.
ASREAD tried their best to make the same for this OVA, and it can be seen. We still have genius art of the place with a lot of attention to details. But, as i already mentioned, this got fastforward, and there is a lot of character deaths, so this looks more of a well-detailed slaughterhouse. I mean, try to take some SAW films and just cut every single fatality scene from there and make them into a single video. That wouldn't be much easy to watch.
My score of this is 9 out of 10. You can remove 2 plusminus 1 for me being a fanboy.
We have a nice yet stupid at some points story with genius drawings and music with voicing. I can't ask for more.
Ah, yes, forecasting. This is currently rated 7.6 on MAL. My bet is that it would be somewhere around 7.75 plusminus 0.25 with a small chance of going over this border in any way. And that's after it is out in good quality with good subs. This is a rather good rating for a rather good yet short OVA, i think.
Should I watch this?:
A hard question. All i can say is that if you are fine with all the killing, this does deserve your attention as this is something new to the genre and anime in summary.
Done here. Forgive me in case there is something missed or wrong.
Have a nice watch. read more
Students of a certain school are involved with something supernatural and they experience tragic deaths and accidents.
Groups of high school students are killed in mysterious ways by some seemingly supernatural occurrence. Another goes outside of the school while Corpse Party only takes place inside a school, but the school buildings are similar and creepy (despite Another's being to a far lesser extent). They have similar character designs and the characters have similar psychological breakdowns due to the extreme situations they are placed in, but Corpse Party is about ten times gorier than Another.
Both take place in a supernatural world/school where an unknown force causes many people to die, usually in horrifying ways. There is some sort of curse involved in the incidents and the characters try to escape.
Both contain blood and has a relatively dark atmosphere.
Tragic and scary stories happening in schools which have myths. Corpse party has even more gore contents than Another, and it is a collection of short stories instead of a season-long series. Hysteria, screams, blood and deaths.
Well, to put it simple, without spoiling anything.
- Loads a gore
-All of the stuff happens at a school, just like Corpse Party
-very strong on the story,and story before the anime.
I was very thirsty for some gore animes when i watched corpse party, so if anybody wants just more than corpse party, watch Another, very great characters, story is perfect, animation and sounds are good, really creepy most of the moments, and the deaths.. The deaths are over the top.
For the corpse party, it was just simply glorious deaths.
^ Enjoy! - Wuf
The action takes place mostly at school and it involves supernatural. There are many tragic deaths. A group of students needs to solve a mystery in order to escape a certain "curse".
Both animes are about students who are being killed by something supernatural and they try to solve the mystery behind these tragic deaths. A lot of blood, a thrilling atmosphere, many horror scenes and agonizing feelings are the common characteristics of these two series.
Both series are blood spurting, thrilling anime with a shroud of mystery.
Well, this anime doesn't have any similarities to the protagonist that you liked or loved, but I have created this recommendation to share the similarities of the story.
Both series' story is surrounded by mystery which unknown to the characters, which they are trying to stop.
Both horror animes, with some bloody deaths.
Both are centered around high school students and a mysterious curse that is causing gruesome deaths, though I feel Corpse Party may have been slightly more of a gore-fest.
In both shows there is a supernatural curse in which the characters are being killed by. Corpse Party definitely has a lot more gore than Another but if you liked Corpse Party then you'll most likely like Another.
It has gore and a main mystery in both of these animes.
-They're both gory
-Both set in a school
-Characters have weird and sad pasts
-Both are about/focus on death
Corpse Party is only 4 episodes, and has more tension, whereas Another has 12 episodes, and the story starts off slow. The story does get more tense in the last few episodes though, I thoroughly enjoyed both.
Both shows are rather violent slashers, who will survive? How can they stop the killing?
But Another is a bit like the movie Final Destination where Corpse Party is more like a real horror slasher.
Do note that Corpse Party is alot more violent and graphic as Another, it is not for the feint hearted.
- The amount of Gore (tho I must say that the gore in Corpse Party is about the double of Another)
- Following the path of highschool students, students need to solve a mystery etc.
- Suspense & Plottwists (like those frightening scenes where you sit on the edge of your chair)
- Soundeffects & Music are both important in those animes. The creepy soundeffects let you chill to the bone.
Both genders are horror,mystery,school
They both have gored deaths.
Both students of schools are involved with something supernatural.
Both animes center around a school mystery and they are also very violent anime where no one is safe.
Both are set in a school environment.
Both are of the horror genre with gore.
Both series are set in school theme with gore, horror, and supernatural genres. Many of the characters die in many different ways while facing one true factor that causes the horror in the shows.
Both have mysterious deaths that will be discovered over anime and of course a lot of blood
They are both full of gore and have unique death scenes. They also have very unexpected plot twists that will shock you that it happened. They also take place in a very creepy setting and both involve murders that happened at schools. This is a really good series to watch and I recommend to all horror fans.
both has alot of gore and blood, but corpse party probably a bit more, so if you love to see school students die this is the perfect anime for you (even though that is a sick obsession)
Horror anime based on games where people are trapped in schools. It has similar motifs to Danganronpa, but a lot more gore.
Psychological horror anime (well, Corpse Party makes DR look extremely tame in comparison) that feature a group of students trapped in a mysterious school and no way out. They have to work together (and sometimes go against each other) as they try to cope with being trapped. As I mentioned before though, DR has hardly any gore while CP is gore galore.
Both of these anime are pretty creepy and deal with the plot either your going to kill someone or you will be killed. They both have the school atmosphere, and in both animes you cant leave the school. They also both deal with solving mysteries. Though they both share a qusition, who is the mastermind behind all of this?
Both have group of students trapped inside a school, trying to get away which mostly results in getting killed. Both are bloody, but Corpse Party is a lot more extreme. Both have sadistic masterminds.
Both involve: students trapped in school, supernatural, both are psichological animes. However, Danganronpa is not gore, just a few scenes with blood (compared to Corpse Party)
Both include the characters being locked inside of a high school with no escape, and both include heaps of deaths throughout the whole thing. Corpse Party is far more bloody and gorey, but they're both pretty similar. Both have an evil mastermind that made it all happen in the first place.
Corpse Party and Danganronpa are very similar in the fact that they are both adaptations from a game. Both anime's characters are trapped in a school where they try to find a way to make it out alive.
A group of students enter an abandoned high school. They have to solve a mystery to exit it alive.
If you like a good body count or just a fun mystery i recommend both
Horror anime involving a group of students where many people die gruesomely (but the gore is much more extreme in Corpse Party than Higurashi). Some characters are driven insane and just about everyone acts unnaturally due to the extreme psychological pressures and fear at one point or another. They both have some supernatural elements.
Both of these are full of a lot of gore and involve high school students.
Higurashi far surpasses all horror anime in my opinion, but this anime and Another are two of the most compatible to it.
Corpse party is only 4 episodes long though and the story is no where near the level as Higurashi, but like I said, they are really similar in the gore area.
Both are extremely gory and are mainly based around horror and suspense. Corpse Party is actually more gory than Higurashi while Higurashi is a lot more complex in plot. Both anime have an evil force that is causing major trouble and both have the main characters trapped in the world in the which everything is happening.
Well, both of them are based on video games. They are depressive, dark and really gory and violent. I love Higurashi and Corpse Party, they are interesting and different, that's what makes them special. I highly recommend both Higurashi and Corpse Party to all gore and mystery lovers.
Both have the eerie atmosphere, corpse party does a better job at gore probably because of the art difference.
Extremely gory and mature anime (Elfen Lied has more nudity while Corpse Party has more gore). They have some supernatural elements as well as many psychological elements where characters go insane due to fear, anger, etc. They both have dangerous, murderous little girls.
looking for heavy gore psychological torture. u have it here
Enjoying extensive gore is the most requirement to love both. Elfen Lied has more drama, while Corpse Party put more emphasis to visual gore and suspense.
Gakkou Gurashi, like Corpse Party, is a violently horrifying anime that wears a moe-mask at all times.
Both anime have cute characters. Both anime have characters trying to escape from a cruel reality/world. the Characters are mentally unstable and don't see what they have in front of their eyes. Obviously both anime set in a school where happen mysterious events.
- People are trapped, can't get out (in Umineko's case it was in a mansion, Corpse Party's was in an old school)
- Gruesome deaths (although Corpse Party is more gruesome)
- The culprit are both insane
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