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English: Kagewani
Japanese: 影鰐-KAGEWANI-


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2015 to Dec 25, 2015
Premiered: Fall 2015
Broadcast: Fridays at 23:17 (JST)
Producers: Directions
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Tomovies
Source: Original
Duration: 7 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.511 (scored by 8,838 users)
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Ranked: #55612
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2460
Members: 22,962
Favorites: 30


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Dec 28, 2015
ZephSilver (All reviews)
Occult mystery stories have always been a staple for campfire gatherings and time-slotted entries for the SyFy channel. It's not the most "enthralling" thing out there, but for the sake of offering cheap thrills, some goosebump moments, and something to whet the appetite, I think it serves its purpose well in pop culture. Kagewani is a title that pretty much follows this rubric down to the letter. It isn't going to "waw" you with any pioneering ideas, nor will it find itself in your coveted "top 10 favorites" list. Instead, what this "animated" short offer is a fairly decent time-passer, serving as an intermission break read more
Feb 9, 2016
YakuKikyo (All reviews)
In one line : A hommage to the old horror genre.

Initial expectation :

I always had bad experiences so far with 7 minutes long Animes. Those encountered were always rushed, senseless or ridiculous and build around fanservice, so I had the tendency to avoid them. When I came across Kagewani, I wanted to test it out not only for its unique art style, but because it was tagged as horror.

Story :

What struck me with the very first episode is the mastering of the pacing. Writing a scheme properly within mere 7 minutes isn't as simple as it may sound. On the contrary, to settle down read more
Jul 2, 2016
GoldenDevilGamer (All reviews)
Kagewani is one of those anime that has very little reason to impress as it is one of the shorts of the year. You’ll probably watch Kagewani while eating something or doing something else. However as a mystery Kagewani isn’t really that mysterious, and as a horror it’s not quite scary either. However it manages to be a decent way of spending your time if you have nothing else to do.

Kagewani is pretty much a monster-of-the-week type anime series. Each episode focuses on some humans, they get attacked by monsters or cryptids, and they either survive the attack or not. The series is episodic, read more
Jan 8, 2016
Beobachter (All reviews)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Anime.

Kagewani probably wouldn't leave much of an impression with its first episode.The animation is very janky with everyone and everything moving awkwardly, and there's nothing in its narrative set-up that suggests it would be something more than overly repetitive vignette of 'random silly people getting offed by monster of the week'. However, it does feel like it ups its execution for every episode afterward, ultimately becoming a net positive experience for fans of this particular sub-genre.

The animation (which could be aptly described as something like motion comic) eventually gets easier on the eyes, along with read more
Oct 5, 2016
ktulu007 (All reviews)
Welcome, to the start of horror anime month. Where most of the series I review will undoubtedly have the horror tag, not because they're scary in any way, but because they have monsters. Kagewani is a thirteen episode series that was written by Kumamoto Hiromu and brought to us by Tomovies. You may not recognise the studio name and wonder what else they've done. Well, there's this and its currently airing sequel. That's it. The studio is really new. How does their initial venture into anime production hold up? Let's take a look.


Kagewani follows Professor Judas Traveller*, a crypto-zoologist. You probably think of cryptozoology as read more
Mar 29, 2016
Millawls (All reviews)
It's rare nowadays to see an anime which artstyle strides away from the norm. Shows like Ninja Slayer, Inferno Cop and even Ping Pong The Animation could be considered abnormal, because the artstyle and animation is not like every harem/ecchi ROMCOM in existence.

Kagewani is one of those rare and delightful chances we as viewers get to experience, when things start to get experimental in the anime business. Since it's new and fresh, a lot of people tend to dislike it immediately, because it doesn't look or act as "normal" anime would.

"Uhh! The animation sucks and the art is shitty! Where's my ecchi/harem light novel adaptation read more
Jun 24, 2017
Mr_Anime_Manga (All reviews)
Kagewani is an interesting story which tells an intriguing narrative of the main character Sousuke Banba a genetic engineer and his investigations of surreal monsters in Japan. Kagewani uses comic-like animation and suspenseful ambiance music that perfectly captures mise-en-scene, to create a thrillingly, interesting show that will leave you hooked and craving for more. Although, the episodes are only roughly seven minutes and fifty seconds long it crams a lot of drama, events, narrative progression and action per episode.

What makes Kagewani a must watch anime show is the artistic portrayal of the characters and their involvement with the narrative and each other. The animation is read more