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, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: MythologyMythology
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.411 (scored by 4114541,145 users)
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Ranked: #19892
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1652
Members: 107,053
Favorites: 654

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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
rightyjen (All reviews)
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 read more
Aug 18, 2013
Komirai (All reviews)
When people make certain decisions in their lives and truly desire something, it could forever change their life, it could even come true if they worked really hard in this world to achieve it, but that’s under the understanding of our world. But, what ‘if’ you were about to die and really desired to live, what would happen? How about, some nasty or beautiful entities come and grant those wishes to keep you alive, but for a price, eveeen if the price falls upon both parties. Well in Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun that’s all possible if you truly desired it, and even then you kinda read more
Apr 1, 2013
Toucanbird (All reviews)
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 read more
Jun 1, 2015
ospreyghost13 (All reviews)
Hakkenden is a seriously underrated fantasy series that has extremely vivid, beautifully animated characters with distinctive designs and storylines. I was personally drawn by how every character had such an extensive backstory and how all the characters were woven together in a charming, intriguing way through the main protagonists. There's a good balance between magical elements as well as emotional, romantic, and comedic moments. The main plotline does tend to stray, but the individuality of each sideplot is fascinating enough that the series continues at a good pace. Again, the art is possibly this show's greatest strength--there's a stunning use of color in both the read more


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