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 4318043,180 users)
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Ranked: #22592
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Popularity: #1863
Members: 114,334
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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)


Jun 20, 2021
I was pleasantly surprised with this anime! Fair warning that it takes a few episodes to really get into it. Honestly, the first episode was not the greatest and it starts to pick up around the third or fourth. It REALLY gets good around episode nine. I know that is a while, but luckily there is a second season so you can fully consider yourself invested at a good point.

Story- 7/10; I gave this a pretty low score because sometimes the plot was incredibly boring. I still can't tell you exactly what is going on at any given point and I actually don't even ...
Apr 24, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Life is short and I will only give you an honest and straight forward opinion. I enjoyed this anime's artwork, style, and concept until at one point the boy-love tone made me hit the kill switch. What is with the "mother dresses her son up as a girl to make him a better person" rubbish? Why do you have to destroy a decent story with all that side stuff? I have not completed this anime and never will based on my personal integrity on what a decent story should entail.
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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