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Japanese: アヤカシ


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 12, 2007 to Feb 27, 2008
Premiered: Winter 2008
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 11:00 (JST)
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Tokyo Kids
Source: Visual novel
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy, HorrorHorror, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: GoreGore, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.311 (scored by 1245012,450 users)
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Ranked: #76112
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Popularity: #3956
Members: 28,960
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As a child, Yuu Kusaka made a vow upon a shooting star that he would stand on the side of justice and defend the weak. However, the death of one of his friends robs him of the desire to live up to that vow, and he turns a blind eye to the misery of others, using the mysterious power he possesses as a means of making money instead of helping those in need. His days of living only for himself continue, until he's forced to fight for his life against another classmate with powers similar to his. He's saved by a mysterious girl named Eimu Yoake, who also has strange powers.

Eimu reveals that his powers stem from a creature known as an Ayakashi, a parasitic being that grants the user special abilities at the price of slowly draining the life of the host. She helps him fully awaken his own. Now aware of the ayakashi he possesses, Yuu must live up to his childhood vow, putting his ayakashi to use and fend off those who would use their own for evil, all while unraveling the mystery behind the death of his friend.


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Takada, Jun
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Iida, Satoki
Sound Director


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"Cloudier Sky" by Ayane

Ending Theme

"Kagaribi" by KAORI


May 4, 2008
Ayakashi was a very entertaining show in the end. It took a bit to get started but I found it a brillaint watch, for a show thats about magic powers, like Night Wizard or Prism Ark, but makes it bloody, throws human ethics onto the production floor.

The base story aids this in its presentation. Although the premise is simple, Yuu holds within him a powerful Ayakashi and finds himself the target of villains wanting that power (played superbly by Tomakazu Sugita) while his friends suffer (the first of which was his childhood friend and crush Izumi. As nw Girl Eimu shows ...
Aug 10, 2008
Mixed Feelings
Ayakashi, was...not bad. I was bored for a while and had already finished death note but a little advice for people who finish a GREAT MATERPIECE OF ANIME, do not wathc this atferwards, you will feel like crap and think "I could of done better". Ayakashi was okay but it just gets annoying after the first 5 episodes but atleast we get a nudity scene in ep. 4 or 5. :D
May 25, 2023
Elfen Lied meets Tokkou. That pretty much describes this series, just a chain of shocking scenes, unreasonable behaviors and convenient events. It’s about monsters empowering humans, while destroying them in the process and it’s done in the usual way where a bunch of kids will be able to level buildings with energy beams, without a penalty by the police or their parents.

It has a lot of splatter, along with some psedo-serious aspects, all presented in a lukewarm way with dumb facial expressions and simple special effects. The battles feel “turn based” and without choreography, the monsters are static, and the splatter scenes lack details to ...

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