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Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror

Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales
Japanese: 怪~ayakashi~ Japanese Classic Horror

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 13, 2006 to Mar 24, 2006
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

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Score: 7.661 (scored by 11767 users)
Ranked: #10632
Popularity: #1250
Members: 27,940
Favorites: 133
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Synopsis

A collection of three classic Japanese horror stories: "Yotsuya Kaidan," the story of a wife betrayed by her husband who seeks vengeance even in death. "Tenshu Monogatari," the story of forbidden love between a goddess and a human, and "Bakeneko," the story of a mysterious cat monster with a vendetta against a certain family.

Background

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Related Anime

Character: Mononoke

Characters & Voice Actors

Kusuriuri
Kusuriuri
Main
Sakurai, Takahiro
Japanese
Sakurai, Takahiro
Tomi-Hime
Tomi-Hime
Main
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Kuwashima, Houko
Tamiya, Iemon
Tamiya, Iemon
Main
Hirata, Hiroaki
Japanese
Hirata, Hiroaki
Tamiya, Oiwa
Tamiya, Oiwa
Main
Koyama, Mami
Japanese
Koyama, Mami

Staff

Yamamoto, Kouji
Yamamoto, Kouji
Producer
Shibata, Hiroaki
Shibata, Hiroaki
Producer
Sano, Hiroaki
Sano, Hiroaki
Producer
Nakamura, Kenji
Nakamura, Kenji
Director

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Episodes  0 / 11
Aired  Jan 13, 2006 to Mar 24, 2006
Status  Finished Airing
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Feb 25, 9:31 AM
-ryougishiki-
Summary:

The series is divided into three parts, each featuring a famous Japanese story about ayakashi, a supernatural monsters/beings in Japanese mythology.

Yotsuya Kaidan (episodes 1-4): A classic Japanese ghost story about a woman who is betrayed and killed by her husband, becoming a vengeful ghost and haunting the people who are responsible for her death. It is written by Nanboku Tsuruya IV, and the story is also narrated by him during the anime.

Tenshu Monogatari (episodes 5-8): A story of a forbidden love between a goddess and human. Zushonosuke, a falconer, falls in love with a woman whom he saw bathing in a lake, without knowing read more
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Oct 24, 2007 4:33 PM
Malyrush
This is my first review on this particular site, so if you have any constructive (!!) criticism, please don't hesitate to message me.

Ah, Japanese culture. So varied, so complex, so .. involved. Ayakashi is a collection of three Japanese legends and folklore, each one told in a stand-alone fashion and with different art styles. They may as well be completely different anime, but nay, it is all packaged together for your convenience!

The first, a variation of the telling of the Yotsuya Kai Dan is very dark, befitting for such a tragic tale. It fills the 'horror' genre very well, with its manifestations of vengeful spirits, read more
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May 14, 6:39 PM
greatteacherglep
(the stories portrayed have some graphic images like murder/gore, rape, etc. so watch as your own risk!!) *THIS IS LONG SO READ THE "IN SHORT"S

The series is split up into three main stories:

episodes 1-4: a story about a beautiful woman who falls in love with a man who ends up betraying her, abandoning her and her new born. in an angry rage she kills herself and turns into a vengeful spirit out for revenge

episodes 5-8: a story about the forbidden love between a "forgotten god" and a human commoner

episode 9-11: a story about a wandering medicine seller who specializes in finding and vanishing Mononokes (or read more
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Apr 27, 2010 10:40 AM
Toast-Junkie
Sadly when I received this series, the information about Japanese Culture which was supposed to be included was not there. This was important in order to receive a fuller understanding of the stories. I tried desperately to get hold of a .pdf file of the information, but sadly I couldn't find it. Although many of the images and symbols probably got lost in the series due to my Westernised mind, despite this I decided it could be a good way for me to interpret it from my standpoint. The stories in itself did not get lost to me and certainly didn't hinder my enjoyment. So read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Aoi Bungaku Series
The only two anthology anime that I am aware of where Japanese classics (novels in Aoi Bungaku; plays in Ayakashi) were adapted into mini-series/arcs; each with their own director/staff and art style changes. Outside of that, the biggest link they share is that only DARK stories were adapted: in the case of Ayakashi because it's a horror-themed series, and in the case of Aoi Bungaku because the title translates into 'Blue Literature' (fun fact: a lot of the authors of the novels adapted killed themselves). Every episode of Aoi Bungaku had a live-action intro, where an actor would delve into the back-stories of each author,  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari
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: Mononoke
As obvious as this recommendation may be, the fact that only the last three episodes of Ayakashi relate to it and the first eight are entirely unrelated make it worth making, if only for the sake of clarity.

Ayakashi is a collection of three totally different samurai period horror stories. Only the third and final arc links into Mononoke, which is an episodic 'supernatural case of the week' series where a traveling medicine man exorcises vengeful spirits after playing out 'whodunnit?' murder scenarios. Ayakashi's Goblin Cat arc is best described as being equivalent to a US TV pilot--it obviously proved popular enough for  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Kaidan Restaurant
Stories are told in that same calm manner, like typical Japanese ghost storytellers do. There is little drama in the narration which is good, since it lets the anticipation build up slowly and the mind gets to run around freely on its own.

That's how I like my ghost stories.

However, in Ayakashi, the stunning visuals speak for themselves. In Kaidan Restaurant, your imagination is merely aided along by the friendly subtle scenes which comes across as creepy rather than full-blown scary. 
reportRecommended by Eneeli
Anime: Denpa Teki na Kanojo
Odd and unhappy destinies 
reportRecommended by zulus
Anime: Natsume Yuujinchou
Both animes are about Ayakashi or Yōkai in the world of humans. They both highlight the incompatibly of humans and Yōkai with each other. Natsume is somewhat episodic while Ayakashi is collection of three classic Japanese horror stories. If you like the Book of Friends and horror anime you will love Ayakashi. 
reportRecommended by Jerome-ALi

Opening Theme

"HEAT ISLAND" by Rhymester

Ending Theme

"Haru no Katami (Memento of Spring)" by Chitose Hajime

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