Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

Hakkenden -Eight Dogs of the East-

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Synonyms: Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun
Japanese: 八犬伝 -東方八犬異聞-
English: Hakkenden -Eight Dogs of the East-
German: Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of The East
Spanish: Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of The East
French: Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of The East
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2013 to Mar 31, 2013
Premiered: Winter 2013
Broadcast: Sundays at 02:58 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery
Theme: MythologyMythology
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.391 (scored by 4373143,731 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #23172
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1894
Members: 115,494
Favorites: 715

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The village of Ootsuka—home to Shino Inuzuka, Sousuke Inukawa, and Hamaji—was lit on fire under the preconception that a virus had seen all of its life eradicated. Now surrounded by flames and on the verge of death, the three were approached by a strange man holding a sword. He tells them that they must reach a decision if they want to live. That night changed everything for these children.

Five years later, the family of three now lives under the watchful eye of the small Imperial Church in a nearby village. All is fine and dandy until the Church attempts to reclaim the demonic sword of Murasame. To accomplish this, they kidnap Hamaji to lure Shino, now a bearer of Murasame's soul, and Sousuke, who possesses the ability to transform into a dog. The brothers must put their differences aside to rescue their beloved sister from the Church in the Imperial Capital, signalling the beginning of a very difficult journey.

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Opening Theme

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"God FATE" by Faylan

Ending Theme

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


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 ...
Apr 1, 2013
Mixed Feelings
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East, But Went South Fast

This is one of the rare occasions where I'll say a series fascinated me but bored me to death at the same time. I'm not sure how that's possible, but Hakkenden managed to pull it off. This series is slightly misleading from the get go and it never really got off the ground.

This series is about a pair of friends, who consider themselves "brothers" that each possess a special power after their lives had been saved five years prior to the current plot. Shino Inuzuka is a boy/young man that possesses the sword Murasame in his ...
Oct 28, 2013
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
I was talking to a friend about Ten (Tenna Toori no Kaidanji) after I finished reading it. Our conversation led to a discussion about the characters, which is when I brought up "Genpachi". It turned out the character in Ten is named "Ginji", which left me with some very important questions... Just who the hell is Genpachi? Where did I get that name from? It was quite troubling. I Googled "Genpachi" and found out about this anime.

To sum it up, this anime is all over the place. It's just a mess. The story starts off with some people dying in a fire, then some ...

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