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Japanese: こわぼん


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2015 to Dec 27, 2015
Premiered: Fall 2015
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:42 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: ILCA
Source: Original
Genres: Horror
Duration: 3 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.331 (scored by 6,798 users)
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Ranked: #74412
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Popularity: #2024
Members: 20,560
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Kowabon is an original horror story which examines the possibility of there being a darker side to the digital age. What if someone, or something, was observing us through all our cameras and other digital devices for its own sinister purpose? Are there sinister supernatural elements at play in this age where people can’t go one minute without looking at their phone?

The series is animated using a technique called rotoscoping. In other words the animators are tracing live-action footage frame-by-frame to recreate it as animation.

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Taketani, Kazuma
Taketani, Kazuma
Kumamoto, Hiromu
Kumamoto, Hiromu

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"I, Screaming. (アイ、スクリーミン。)" by LinQ

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Jan 3, 2016
Kowabon is a 13 episode original horror series using rotoscoping, with each episode lasting a brisk 3 minutes. Starting out, I've read some of the negative reviews and definitely understand the negative views towards the anime, but I want to say that the purpose of the show isn't to have some overarching developed horror concept like Another and other "full-lengthed" anime. It's sort of like a 3 minute does of horror, telling the story of a single incident with each episode. So, I feel like it's unfair to deduct points for not developing its horror-concept or having an overarching storyline, since it never meant to read more
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Jan 10, 2016
When I first saw this show was horror I was looking forward to watching it but I was also worried as it is a hard genre to do well and even more so in anime.

I ended up watching all the episodes in one go and I am writing this right after finishing the final episode. Let me just say I am a huge fan of horror if its in books, movies or anime and it is pretty hard to scare me as I have watched horror for so long now. That said this show did manage to creep me out. I think it helps read more
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Jan 13, 2016
When I first read a summary about this anime, I was pretty intrigued, never having seen or even heard of rotoscoping before. The fact that this technique was going to be used for a short horror anime sounded even better!

I have to admit that I was pretty disappointed with the outcome though. I appreciated the experimental technique, but felt that the anime as a whole was lacking in direction and plot. At the very least, I thought they should've done a different story for each episode, but instead, it was essentially the same idea with different people. It became boring very quickly.

I don't think this read more
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Feb 5, 2016
I have to say, this anime sucked. Like, a lot xD

It was really disappointing; there was pretty much no plot. I didn't understand anything. They didn't even wrap up the anime at all; the last episode was just another 3 minute-long episode.

A lot of people were saying how it's not scary at all, but at some parts it really did scare me xD but there was no gore, no nothing. Just a few creepy/scary scenes.

What pissed me off the most is that they never answered any of my questions. They don't say WHY there are these ghost things attacking people through technology. WHY read more
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