Shadows House

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: シャドーハウス


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2021 to Jul 4, 2021
Premiered: Spring 2021
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:30 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: CloverWorks
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural, SeinenSeinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.791 (scored by 3963339,633 users)
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Ranked: #8732
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Popularity: #1305
Members: 125,873
Favorites: 858

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The Shadows, characterized by their pitch-black appearance and tendency to emit soot when agitated, are a family of nobles who reside in a colossal manor deep within the mountains far from other humans. When a Shadow child is nearly of-age, they are assigned a Living Doll who acts not only as their attendant but also as their second half—the faces they could have had if not for their complexion.

Emilico is a cheerful, newly created Doll who serves a rather soft-spoken master named Kate. Despite their difference in personalities, Emilico does what she can to carry out the needs of her master. As she learns more about her role and duty, Emilico begins to meet her fellow Dolls and their respective masters and comes to know more about the purpose of her existence.

"Do not fret over trivial matters," says one of the rules to which all Dolls must abide. But how could the ever-curious Emilico do so in the face of the deep secrets that the Shadows House holds?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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Sound Director
Theme Song Performance
Suehiro, Kenichiro


Opening Theme

"a hollow shadow" by Kenichirou Suehiro (末廣健一郎)

Ending Theme

#1: "Nai Nai (ないない)" by ReoNa (eps 1-7, 9-13)
#2: "Watashi no Kanpeki na Sekai (私の完璧な世界)" by Kenichirou Suehiro (末廣健一郎) (ep 8)

Jul 3, 2021
RebelPanda (All reviews)
There is a misconception that Shadows House is a slice-of-life, but that's not the case. It is a mystery through and through, with elements of horror. By combining clever visual storytelling, a mesmerizing aesthetic, a touch of philosophy, engaging characters, and on-the-nose class criticism it crafts one excellent show.

Shadows House takes place in a mansion reminiscent of gothic horror meshed with steampunk aesthetics. The manor itself is a Victorian-era stone castle shrouded by fog high on a hill. Its imposing architecture with spiked fences resembles a prison. Inside, it is a dimly lit maze bearing heavy curtains, red rugs, drab wallpaper, finely ornamented rooms, read more
Jul 3, 2021
nightshadekait (All reviews)
Shadows House is what you get when you mix the fun vibes of a middle grade mystery with the relevant messages of critiques on classism. It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but the unique aesthetic, engaging premise, solid writing, and good audiovisuals bring everything together to create a well-formulated anime that anyone can find enjoyable.

Our story begins in a small room with a coffin-like bed. Papers of instructions and details plaster dirty walls while a small door allows access to a chunk of stale bread placed upon the dusty wooden floor. Cramped, ill-fed, and forced to work. These are the harsh living conditions of a read more
Jul 3, 2021
ren0080 (All reviews)
Cloverworks reminds me of studios in the early 2000's, where they would literally make an anime-original ending for the manga adaptation that they adapted. But at least they sometimes go further than 13 episodes... unlike Cloverworks.
And it's a shame really. Because if I were to rate the first 10 episodes, I'd have rated it 9 or 10/10 easily. While the animation is pretty lackluster and unimaginative, it is faithful and had a nice pacing. But there's the remaining 3 episodes... how did it go from being a masterpiece to a disappointing forgettable animes season.
Just what did go wrong indeed...

The story is great, at least in read more
Jul 3, 2021
KANLen09 (All reviews)
Picture yourself in this scenario: you're a child who lives a normal life in the countryside with your parents. Someday, some adults come by and do their own business transactions, no big deal. Then they offer you to these adults for evaluation purposes. You don't know what it is, but being a kid, curiosity kills the cat easily, and you're being offered in exchange for these unknown adults for some usefulness that they can get their hands on, a will or a ritual of sorts. Like other children, you're led off to do something because it looks harmless enough, only except that these adults know read more

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