Kurayami Santa

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 暗闇三太


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2015 to Sep 27, 2015
Premiered: Summer 2015
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:42 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: ILCA
Source: Original
Genre: SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 3 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.161 (scored by 11841,184 users)
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Ranked: #122702
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Popularity: #9802
Members: 2,906
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In the midst of Shouwa era Japan, greed runs rampant through the bustling cities and communities of the nation. King of Hell Enma Daiou summons an envoy into his office in the form of a small boy named Kurayami Santa. Through Enma's debriefing, Santa learns that the amount of greed and selfish behavior produced by humans will soon create an enormous wave of souls entering into Hell simultaneously, which would be catastrophic for Hell itself.

Santa is given one mission: do something about it. With neither guidelines nor rules, Santa is tasked to handle the situation as he sees fit. In the human world, a rampaging thunderstorm strikes a nearby cemetery with a bolt of lightning, and the envoy of Hell appears.

Teleported into the human world, Santa quickly realizes that humans are just as wicked as Enma had described. Without upsetting the balance between light and dark, Santa begins his quest to complete the mission from Hell and restore order to the human world.

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Fourteen episodes were originally planned. Episode 2 was cancelled and its storyboard recording was included with the DVD release.

Characters & Voice Actors


Hirose, Motoki
Nakamura, Manabu
Director, Episode Director
Nishikawa, Shinji
Episode Director
Kumamoto, Hiromu


Opening Theme

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"Kurayami Santa no Uta (暗闇三太のうた)" by Yasuhiko Fukuda

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Apr 17, 2022
I truly enjoy the fusion of real life videos and animation. The few times I've seen it done well has left me in awe, and I can honestly say that this anime has done it fairly well.

Human error is something we all experience and this anime defines it fairly well. Murder? You go to hell. Suicide from mental distress? We'll work you hard but you might have another shot at a better life the next time around.

The main character Santa deals with folk that have lost their way in life and gives them exactly what they deserve. Is it always fair? No. But ...
Oct 11, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Kurayami Santa had a really cool concept behind it-using retro animation and an artistic approach to tell a narrative in several three minute episodes. That sounds great right? It looked good and it sounded good but the realization of the show couldn't live up to the idea of the show. The story of the show focused on the wrongdoings on humanity. The final episode (also the best one) concluded this narrative with a satisfying ending with a cool moral message and a neat one liner from Santa. So how come the show still didn't work? Well-the story wasn't well executed. Most of the dialogues and ...

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