Synonyms: Ankoku Shinwa, The Dark Myth
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 26, 1990 to Feb 23, 1990
50 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 4.701 (scored by 314 users)
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SynopsisLong ago there were fierce gods of legends who shook the earth to its foundation with their power. There are now prehistoric rivals from the primitive times in Japan, that fought to protect their secrets in the present day. The God of Darkness Susanoah-oh is now sleeping in the shadows of the underworld waiting for his rebirth. However his coming hasn't gone unoticed. There are agents from the Kikuchi Clan (descendants of Japans first inhabitants) who have seen the warning signs of the spreading of darkness's bringing. These investigators are armed with ancient knowledge and artifacts who are willingly prepared to face the God of Darkness. Now they must fight the assembled spirits of hell to find the one young boy who is chosen by fate to grasp the chaotic might of the deadly Gods.
Characters & Voice Actors
There's a long standing debate about what the worst anime ever made actually is. Some people like to think that shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion, or Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, or even some harem rom-com or blatantly ecchi shows is the worst.
To the people who think of shows like those I say this - be glad you've never watched Dark Myth.
Dark Myth is quite literally the worst anime ever made - period. It is to anime what Plan 9 From Outer Space is to movies - and then some.
The story actually had a half-decent premise, in that the God of Darknes, Susanoah-oh, is about to be reborn, and there's a bunch of people trying to stop this from happening. The problem lies with the execution though, as Dark Myth, for some reason, decides to stop the story numerous times in order to give you a crash course in mythology - complete with repetitive syllables (and if you watch the show then you'll understand what I mean).
This stopping and starting of the story leaves one feeling more than a little confused about what the hell is going on, and add to that the fact that the story gives very little information about the characters and you have a show that feels more like watching a train wreck (complete with bits flying off everywhere, people screaming and running for cover, etc).
The art and animation in the show is dreadful. Considering when the show was made (1990 to be exact), it's odd that such a show could actually pass muster for release in the western market, especially as the characters are pathetically designed, the animation is oft times very disjointed, and the overuse of gore in scenes that didn't actually need it. The inclusion of so much gore made it seem more like Braindead - without the cheesy humour.
The sound is, once again, shockingly bad in comparison to other shows that were made at the same time. The effects are nothing but annoying, the music doesn't really suit the scenes, and the voices are definitely forgettable.
Characters in the show are pathetic at best. There may be numerous times when watching this when you'll wish that everyone dies, or you do. None of the characters have any actual depth, and all of the event in the show are aimed at simply recounting a story rather than developing a character.
This is not an enjoyable show in the slightest. The poor attempt at pschological and supernatural horror, the over-use of gore, the less than one-dimensional characters, the constant and patronizing explanations, all serve to ruin what could have been at least a half decent show. This show takes itself far too seriously, and for that reason it fails in every area. The creators spent far too much time ensuring that the story they wanted was put into the show, and because of this the show lacks everything.
This show is so bad that I would honestly consider it to be a form of medieval toture, and given the choice between being hung, drawn and quartered, or watching Dark Myth again, I would choose the former option. At least I know the torture will end, and I won't be constantly patronized during it. read more
A fine example of an early metaphysical thriller anime but nothing more.
ART SECTION: 7/10 [The quality of animation is definitely above average.]
- The general artwork is a typical modern world with occult touches. The setting itself is not interesting but the way it is presented is pretty close to cult movies, such as The Ring and Dark Water. It uses a similar way by having eerie and macabre scenes taking place in dark, claustrophobic places, with pagan symbols filling the screen.
- The animation style is generally realistic and anthropomorphic, with little use of still images and repeated footage. What lacks in super detailed and crisp animation, it gains it in atmosphere and presentation.
SOUND SECTION: 7/10 [Talk less, act more. Something they do not comply with.]
I only listened to the English dub but I doubt there would be much difference to the Japanese. The characters sounded too serious, without flunctuation or coloring in their voices. This was a serious title about normal-looking people, so this part stood correct. Unfortunately, voice acting is in all nothing much. In fact, it’s almost tiring to listen to. 80% of the total duration is dry mologues, explainations and hypotheses about historical and mythological events. The eerie music is successful at making you feel uneasy but all the endless names and terms that keep popping up make you lose track of the story itself.
STORY SECTION: 6/10 [Scientific religion???]
- The story is generally fantastic. It incorporates dozens of Japanese and Hindu myths, along with their respective religious teachings and historical figures. And even goes as far as giving scientific explanations about the true origin of religion, geographical features, folklore myths, astronomical representations and past cataclysmic events.
- On the bad side, the story is linear, short and ends without conclusion. And all the explanations are simply provided through the long monologues of an old guy. Talking without actually showing something is a cheap and rushed way of enjoying a story.
CHARACTER SECTION: 1/10 [Dance puppets! Dance!]
- Forget about the characters. They exist just to experience the weird events in the story. They have no control over the story, much less a way to affect it. It is an example of how the cast becomes nothing more than puppets in the cosmic design. If you are familiar with old Japanese horror stories, you will realize that, indeed, people in them were nothing more than plot devices for telling a story or presenting an idea. It is a very fatalistic approach that makes you pay attention to the story and not in the people experiencing it.
- Although a matter of taste, I personally hate with passion this sort of characters. I love titles where the characters form the story and not the other way around. If they have no free will to choose or affect the story, then they are not really characters.
VALUE & ENJOYMENT SECTION: 3/10 [A quick appetizer]
You will love the atmosphere and the story. You will hate the characters and the plot. You will get goose bumps by several macabre scenes but will also get a high blood pressure by the incomplete final product. And you may also get bored or confused by the endless speeches, names and symbolisms. Was it enjoyable? Not really. Was it memorable? Quite.
VERDICT: 4.5 / 10
-And now I will describe to you how the events took place.
-What, you don’t have a film or something? You will just talk?
-Yes. And you must pay attention to everything I say.
The Ring and Dark Water movies (the Japanese version is, of course, superior). read more
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