Ranked #1263

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

Alternative Titles

English: Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East
Japanese: 八犬伝 -東方八犬異聞-


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2013 to Mar 31, 2013
Premiered: Winter 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.591 (scored by 19,544 users)
Ranked: #12632
Popularity: #866
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When their village was wiped out five years ago, only Shino Inuzuka, Sosuke Inukawa, and the girl Hamaji, who was raised as if she were their sister, survived. And both men inexplicably have the same peony-shaped birthmark. Genpachi Inukai and Kobungo Inuta were raised hundreds of miles away as foster brothers, but they too share the same birthmark. When they went north as part of the army three years ago, they went to confront demons and came back forever transformed. Now the Imperial Church has come for Shino and Sosuke and they must find eight mystical gems and their owners or face a fate worse than death at the hands of the Church.

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Inuzuka, Shino
Inuzuka, Shino
Kakihara, Tetsuya
Kakihara, Tetsuya
Inukawa, Sousuke
Inukawa, Sousuke
Hino, Satoshi
Hino, Satoshi
Inukai, Genpachi
Inukai, Genpachi
Maeno, Tomoaki
Maeno, Tomoaki
Okamoto, Nobuhiko
Okamoto, Nobuhiko


Oomuro, Masakatsu
Oomuro, Masakatsu
Yamazaki, Mitsue
Yamazaki, Mitsue
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition
Yamasaki, Osamu
Yamasaki, Osamu
Director, Series Composition
Nakamura, Yoshiko
Nakamura, Yoshiko

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Opening Theme

"God FATE" by Faylan

Ending Theme

"String of pain" by Tetsuya Kakihara (eps 2-12)

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Jun 1, 2015
Hakkenden is a seriously underrated fantasy series that has extremely vivid, beautifully animated characters with distinctive designs and storylines. I was personally drawn by how every character had such an extensive backstory and how all the characters were woven together in a charming, intriguing way through the main protagonists. There's a good balance between magical elements as well as emotional, romantic, and comedic moments. The main plotline does tend to stray, but the individuality of each sideplot is fascinating enough that the series continues at a good pace. Again, the art is possibly this show's greatest strength--there's a stunning use of color in both the read more
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Apr 21, 2013
Hakkenden draws you in through its artwork, elements of fantasy, and its moments of mystery. It was an enjoyable anime that kept me watching every week but it did not have me dying to watch it.

The storyline is definitely unique, however there is an absence of a central plot or it tends to stray from it. What kept me interested were the characters and their background stories. With the introduction of each character, there are minor plots that keep you interested, however it is usually resolved within the following episode. The storyline tends to feel like a collection of stories that are somewhat connected to read more
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Dec 14, 2014
Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun is an historical and supernatural anime that revolves around the story of 18 years old Inuzuka Shino, Inukawa Sousuke, and Murasame. Inuzuka Shino was supposed to be dead 5 years ago without the help of Saitome Riou. Riou 'implanted' Murasame in Shino's body to have a second chance in life but the price was that Shino will never die and will always be trapped in a 13 years old body of his. Inukawa Sousuke was also revived but had to live in a consequences of having half of his soul was gone and have the ability of transforming to a dog read more
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Aug 18, 2013
When people make certain decisions in their lives and truly desire something, it could forever change their life, it could even come true if they worked really hard in this world to achieve it, but that’s under the understanding of our world. But, what ‘if’ you were about to die and really desired to live, what would happen? How about, some nasty or beautiful entities come and grant those wishes to keep you alive, but for a price, eveeen if the price falls upon both parties. Well in Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun that’s all possible if you truly desired it, and even then you kinda read more
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Anime: 07-Ghost
I agree that both are VERY similar, considering both the premise, tragic pasts, church plays an important role, the characters' mission, the slash fanservice, the character's personalities and everything. I was always reminded of 07-Ghost while watching Hakkenden even though it's been years. 
reportRecommended by idol
Anime: Karneval (TV)
- Similar art styles
- MC is a little boy
- Lots of bishounen everywhere who do their best to protect MC
- Both series give the same kind of mysterious feeling. 
reportRecommended by SailorKagome
Anime: Ao no Exorcist
Both have a same vibe, and involve characters with supernatural powers
Both churches, deal with monotheistic religion, but with have Japanese religious characterstics, like exorcist, animal spirits, temples, etc 
reportRecommended by Biel-Kun
Anime: Fuse: Teppou Musume no Torimonochou
Also based off the hakkenden novels. The eight half brothers who are now reincarnated in a different time are gathering together (in coincidence). Unlike this movie, the hakkenden anime series doesn't have as much romance--more friendship, family bond stuff.  
reportRecommended by eternal_aria
Anime: InuYasha
I get a similar vibe from these two anime, likely because their comedic aspect (minus the BL-humour from Hakkenden, which is almost non-existent in InuYasha) is quite similar, and they're both of a fantasy/adventure genre. Furthermore, both of these anime also make extensive use of the storyline of exorcising demons that make trouble for ordinary people. Besides that, the main male characters also have some similarities. Shino and InuYasha both act like brats, look younger than they are, and wield a special sword. I just couldn't help but be in some way reminded of InuYasha when I started watching Hakkenden. 
reportRecommended by MaliyaWong
Anime: Natsume Yuujinchou
Both main characters are in a lot of contact with monsters—as friends, not as enemies. A nice change compared to all the monster-slaying anime out there. 
reportRecommended by johnisnothisdate

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