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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

Statistics

Score: 7.661 (scored by 11509 users)
Ranked: #11002
Popularity: #1223
Members: 27,160
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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.

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Character: Mononoke

Characters & Voice Actors

Tomi-Hime
Tomi-Hime
Main
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Kuwashima, Houko
Johnson, Willow
English
Johnson, Willow
Kusuriuri
Kusuriuri
Main
Sakurai, Takahiro
Japanese
Sakurai, Takahiro
Francis, Andrew
English
Francis, Andrew
Himekawa, Zusho-no-Suke
Himekawa, Zusho-no-Suke
Main
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Japanese
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Morrow, Kirby
English
Morrow, Kirby
Tamiya, Iemon
Tamiya, Iemon
Main
Hirata, Hiroaki
Japanese
Hirata, Hiroaki
Moreau, Mathieu
French
Moreau, Mathieu
...

Staff

Sano, Hiroaki
Producer
Yamamoto, Kouji
Producer
Shibata, Hiroaki
Producer
Imazawa, Tetsuo
Director



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Feb 25, 2015
-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
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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Apr 27, 2010
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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Jun 20, 2011
Lindle
Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror/Samurai Horror Tales is a horror anthology of three unrelated stories: Yotsuya Kaidan, Tenshu Monogatari, and Bakeneko, the third of which received a far more successful spinoff in the form of Mononoke. Each arc was done by a different, and then-unknown director, though the director of the third, Kenji Nakamura, went on to make the critically acclaimed series "Mononoke" and "Trapeze" (He also made [C], though that fails to fall into the previous category). This review will mostly be split up into the three arcs. (NOTE: The R1 release of this series switched the first and second arcs around. This will be read more
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Recommendations

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, while the Yotsuya Kaidan arc of Ayakashi had something similar in the form of a quirk where its dead author's spirit provided fourth wall breaking insights into how the ghost story became a sort of urban legend over time. The only fully original / non-adapted content in both series are Ayakashi's Goblin Cat arc and, in Aoi Bungaku, Kokoro's second episode, as well as most of the Hashire Melos episodes.

Aoi Bungaku had a more impressive budget (a Madhouse production; the art often being reminiscent of Death Note), as well as its opening four episode No Longer Human arc ranking highly among anime's best with its relatable glance into suicidal despair. After that, though, only largely unsatisfying one-two episode adaptations followed. Ayakashi's claim to fame, on the other hand, lies with its arsty-stylish Goblin Cat arc, which would later be turned into a full series of its own titled Mononoke. The Yotsuya Kaidan arc did, however, have Final Fantasy character designer Amano design its characters.
Both features ancient Japanese ghost stories
Ayakashi is more like literature while Hundred Stories are collection of ghost stories rumored in the Edo period.
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 a full series to be made after its test-run in Ayakashi. The full series is, of course, Mononoke. The artsy screen-filter effect, murder mystery structure, main character, exorcism items: EVERYTHING remained identical. A supporting character even made a cameo appearance. Since Mononoke was just an extension of what was in Ayakashi with added episodicness, in my holy opinion Ayakashi's Goblin Cat arc bettered all of Mononoke's, which quickly grew stale.
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.
Odd and unhappy destinies
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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.

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Ending Theme

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

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