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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: Unknown
Duration: 50 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 4.161 (scored by 653 users)
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Ranked: #104242
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Popularity: #7714
Members: 1,789
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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.

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Annou, Takashi
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Ookuma, Akira
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Dec 25, 2008
Archaeon (All reviews)
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 read more
Aug 13, 2013
WILDskf (All reviews)
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 read more
Jul 5, 2017
Napoleon1 (All reviews)
You will probably find many pronouncing this anime to be one of the worst ever made, and chances are, after such negativity, you too will form a similar opinion. But looking from a completely neutral lens, this show isn't half as bad as it is made out to be. Sure it isn't one of the best, in fact not even by a large margin, but it DEFINITELY isn't the worst, at least if you have even the slightest interest in mythology.

Ankoku Shinwa narrates some pretty unknown mythology (as in very less promoted over the mainstream media), which I personally find more enjoyable than going over read more


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