The Hakkenden

The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: THE 八犬伝
English: The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors
French: Hakkenden
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 25, 1990 to Mar 25, 1991
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: AIC, Artmic
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, MythologyMythology, SamuraiSamurai
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.551 (scored by 26582,658 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #64662
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Popularity: #6532
Members: 9,913
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Episodes: /6


"During the blood-soaked feudal wars of Japan, the Awa clan faced certain extinction from a rival clan backed by demonic forces. Their clan's salvation becomes a curse when the family dog brings back the head of the enemy warlord but insists upon marrying the lord's daughter! This unnatural union bears fruit, but they are killed; and their eight unborn pups reincarnate as the eight Dog Warriors - The Hakkenden. The eight reincarnated souls travel their separate paths of violence and retribution, but slowly they come together as a formidable group representing the eight virtues of the bushido to slay the demons and redeem their clan!"

(Source: DVD Complete Series Back Cover)

Characters & Voice Actors


Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director
Nakamura, Takashi
Episode Director, Animation Director


Opening Theme

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"Red Pinwheel" by ???

Ending Theme

1: "Ame ga mika tzuzu kuto" by The Tops
2: "Friends" by The Tops


Jul 22, 2008
First things first: This series is based on a novel written by Bakin, in the 19th century.
The story is impressive: The Satomi clan is almost faded to die of starvation, so they ask for help to the Anzai clan. Instead of helping, the possessed clan leader attacks the Satomi. So the Satomi flee for their survival.
One night, Yoshizane, the Satomi leader, says to Yatsufusa, their dog, that if he brings back the head of their enemy he will give the dog his daughter´s hand in marriage.
So as promised, Yatsufusa brings the head of Kagetsura to the Satomi Clan. After forced to assume his obligation ...
May 28, 2013
Note that my review of Hakkenden covers my thoughts of the entire series. With that said, on with the review.

This is quite the underrated gem as I haven't seen many reviews of it mentioned online. Before I cover the highlights to Hakkenden, I might as well cover the obvious issue with the series in the form of its animation. The series is notable for having gone through various animation teams throughout its run and it shows with the differing animation quality and styles that get employed in the title's different scenes. In the better animated parts of the series, characters looks quite lifelike and well ...
Jul 12, 2008
Mixed Feelings
Let me start by saying that the first episode is by far the best. In fact, I would have given this a much higher rating if the show consisted of just the first episode. It is a truly great episode filled with epic battle, desperation, and crazy folklore. Unfortunately, the show takes a real dive afterwards and as it goes on it seems more and more like the writer and staff lost interest and even forgot what they had originally planned. Sure, there's some more awesome fight scenes, but most of the show is characters that haven't been properly introduced with either unexplained or so ...

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