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Alternative Titles

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
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.331 (scored by 1222212,222 users)
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Ranked: #73152
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Popularity: #3672
Members: 27,921
Favorites: 25

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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Takada, Jun
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Iida, Satoki
Sound Director
Hoshino, Makoto
Episode Director
Kobayashi, Kousuke
Episode Director, Storyboard


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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
Mar 22, 2013
Mixed Feelings
Check your brain at the door, it'll just get in the way.

The show starts off with an interesting premise, but ultimately, that's all it is. The show feels like it was created by hobbyist highschoolers shooting for "cool" by being violent and "edgy" with pseudo-intellectual "dark" moments, but the execution was mishandled and it just comes off a convoluted mess.

Too much stuff happens in too quick a succession (pacing problems), and things are conveniently forgotten and parts of the story skipped (lazy writing). You'll find yourself thinking, "Wait, why is that happening? Did I miss an episode or something?" much too ...


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