Ranked #2170

Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari

Alternative Titles

English: Requiem from the Darkness
Synonyms: Hundred Stories, 100 Stories, Kyogoku Natsuhiko Kosetsu Hyaku Monogatari, Natsuhiko Kyougoku's Worldly Horror Stories
Japanese: 京極夏彦 巷説百物語


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2003 to Dec 27, 2003
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.311 (scored by 5,469 users)
Ranked: #21702
Popularity: #1815
Members: 17,650
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Tired of writing riddles for children, Yamaoka Momosuke plans on gathering spooky and gruesome stories and publishing them in an anthology called Hyakumonogatari ("One Hundred Tales"). While researching these old myths and legends he comes across a mysterious trio who call themselves the Ongyou. They are detectives who are investigating the legends to reveal their truths...and bring those in the wrong to justice. Each time Momosuke meets the Ongyou he must face horrible truths and battle with his morals, but he's seeing things he shouldn't be seeing...

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Characters & Voice Actors

Nakao, Ryuusei
Nakao, Ryuusei
Kobayashi, Sanae
Kobayashi, Sanae
Wakamoto, Norio
Wakamoto, Norio
Yamaoka, Momosuke
Yamaoka, Momosuke
Seki, Toshihiko
Seki, Toshihiko


Tonokatsu, Hideki
Tonokatsu, Hideki
Ooba, Hideaki
Ooba, Hideaki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Okuwaki, Masaharu
Okuwaki, Masaharu
Miya, Shigeyuki
Miya, Shigeyuki
Storyboard, Character Design, Animation Director

More episodes Episodes(0/13)

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Opening Theme

"Flame" by Keiko Lee

Ending Theme

"The Moment of Love" by Keiko Lee

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Oct 15, 2014
Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari is an anime based on the writing of Kyogoku Natsuhiko. It was handled by TMS Entertainment, the same studio behind Detective Conan and Monster Rancher. So, how does a studio like that manage with a horror series? Let's take a look and see.


We open with a writer named Momosuke. Turns out, he's going on a trip to gather information to write an anthology of a hundred tales. While walking on a rainy night, he nearly falls off of a cliff only to be saved by a traveling monk named Mataichi. Mataichi gives Momosuke directions for a place he can stay read more
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Mar 4, 2008
Hundred stories, More commonly known as "Requiem From the Darkness" is a horror anime like no other. 13 episodes of the most disturbing and gory stories you'll ever witness. The basic plot of the story is about a young man who is an author journeying to lands where there are mysterious rumors in order to write a book of 100 Japanese horror stories. Every time he encounters the supernatural though he runs into a group of the "Exorcists" traveling Japan to destroy the darkness in people's hearts.

Story: Each episode is a separate story in another village, but even though its "Episodic" the relationship between main read more
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Aug 18, 2008
The main character, Momosuke, is a young writer whose ambition is to create an anthology of disturbing stories and mysterious country tales. On his trip researching the local legends he comes across the Ongyu - an odd trio of travelers in search for the wicked (each episode is about a different person in a different place) and handing out punishment for previous sins. The young author joins their travels and witnesses just how corrupt can people get. On his way he'll have to question his own morality, as the trio's ways of treating their "victims" is very cruel both mentally and physically.

Art is what read more
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Aug 6, 2013
I loved the stories, each show being almost stand alone as a storyline, very rarely going over 2 or more episodes and yet as you keep watching, it does lead up to something bigger. They take a lot of Japanese folklore and old stories and depict them in a rather interesting way. It does get a little hard to understand in the surreal look. You never know what is real and what is spiritual because of how some of the characters look (More on that in artwork). If you watch it in the dark, be scared. But yet the show almost asks you to watch read more
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Anime: Mononoke
Both animes deal with supernatural beings and have cases that are based on myths and hearsays (they even used a similar tale as a basis for one of their stories). The two animes also plays on human flaws as well as the need to seek for truth. However, Hundred Stories is definitely more violent than Mononoke. Though they do not use the same style, the cinematography of these two animes are also quite unique.  
reportRecommended by xo_cl2
Anime: Jigoku Shoujo
Both about a small group of supernatural people who's job is to send "Evil doers" and occasionally the not so evil to the land of the dead for their sins and transgressions. Similar story flow as well... but Hundred stories is exponentially more violent and disturbing.  
reportRecommended by Bluesnow
Anime: Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror
Both features ancient Japanese ghost stories
Ayakashi is more like literature while Hundred Stories are collection of ghost stories rumored in the Edo period. 
reportRecommended by bottle
Anime: Aoi Bungaku Series
Both contain horror, psychological as well as supernatural elements.
Some of the stories in Aoi Bungaku are set in the same period as Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari.
There is an overall mysterious vibe. 
reportRecommended by Faylicia
Anime: UN-GO
They both have a similar feel to them and they have the same episodic format. 
reportRecommended by Dart93
Anime: Yami Shibai
Two collections of episodic horror series with their roots heavily founded in Japanese folk-lore, traditions and mythology. Yami Shibai takes on a far more modern setting for these stories to take place and has an experimental art pallet. Kyousetsu Hyaku Monogatari is far more grounded in the Edo period and puts new perspectives on many old classic Japanese tales, it also has an experimental art style.
Both are good horror series that explore a variety of the potentials of horror. 
reportRecommended by Jodyqt

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