Ankoku Shinwa

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Synonyms: The Dark Myth
Japanese: 暗黒神話


Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 26, 1990 to Feb 23, 1990
Producers: Daiei
Licensors: Manga Entertainment
Studios: Ajia-do
Source: Manga
Genres: FantasyFantasy, HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: MythologyMythology, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 49 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 4.171 (scored by 12241,224 users)
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Ranked: #130182
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Popularity: #9570
Members: 3,303
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Long ago there were fierce gods of legends who shook the earth to its foundation with their power. There are now prehistoric rivals from the primitive times in Japan, that fought to protect their secrets in the present day. The God of Darkness Susanoah-oh is now sleeping in the shadows of the underworld waiting for his rebirth. However his coming hasn't gone unoticed. There are agents from the Kikuchi Clan (descendants of Japans first inhabitants) who have seen the warning signs of the spreading of darkness's bringing. These investigators are armed with ancient knowledge and artifacts who are willingly prepared to face the God of Darkness. Now they must fight the assembled spirits of hell to find the one young boy who is chosen by fate to grasp the chaotic might of the deadly Gods.

(Source: ANN)


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Okamura, Masahiro
Annou, Takashi
Director, Episode Director, Script
Ookuma, Akira
Sound Director
Mochizuki, Tomomi
Episode Director, Storyboard


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May 13, 2021
Imagine my surprise as I stumbled on The Dark Myth while browsing through Takashi Anno's resume, a director whose unique and eccentric directing skills fascinates me to no bound (he's responsible for Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou's first OVA, The Hakkenden pt.1, Spirit of Wonder: Shounen Kagaku Club, Youma, Miracle Girls, parts of Maison Ikokku, and some other obscure Magical Girls I just can't wait to watch, that is if I ever find the time...).

Imagine my surprise, again, coming here and discovering the existence of The Dark Myth, aka one of the lowest average I've seen on this website, directed by one of my all-time favorite directors. ...
Aug 13, 2013
Mixed Feelings
I'm not entirely sure why this anime gets such a bad reputation. Everyone I've ever talked to who has seen it says that it is terrible, but I feel like it really wasn't that bad at all.

Okay, so the art design and sound is definitely not up to par with what anime was being broadcast at the time, but it's not the art or sound that makes this suspense anime what it is. Frankly, I found the slow tense pacing of this anime very enjoyable- it's hard to find good horror anime that doesn't immediately throw tricks at you right out of the gate. A ...
Dec 25, 2008
There's a long standing debate about what the worst anime ever made actually is. Some people like to think that shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion, or Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, or even some harem rom-com or blatantly ecchi shows is the worst.

To the people who think of shows like those I say this - be glad you've never watched Dark Myth.

Dark Myth is quite literally the worst anime ever made - period. It is to anime what Plan 9 From Outer Space is to movies - and then some.

The story actually had a half-decent premise, in that the God of Darknes, Susanoah-oh, is ...

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