Mouryou no Hako

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Moryo no Hako, Box of Goblins
Japanese: 魍魎の匣


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2008 to Dec 31, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: MysteryMystery, PsychologicalPsychological, SupernaturalSupernatural, ThrillerThriller, SeinenSeinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.181 (scored by 1339313,393 users)
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Ranked: #29022
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Popularity: #2310
Members: 55,010
Favorites: 220

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The story follows a series of bizarre murders of schoolgirls who have been dismembered and stuffed into boxes. The private investigator hired by a missing daughter's mother joins forces with an antique book seller and others to unravel the murder spree.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Nakamura, Ryousuke
Director, Storyboard
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Episode Director
Murai, Sadayuki
Script, Series Composition
Fujioka, Yoshinobu


Opening Theme

"Lost in Blue" by Nightmare

Ending Theme

"Naked Love" by Nightmare

Sep 15, 2009
NurseNitsuj (All reviews)
Score: 8.5

“..If you build an enclosure within your heart, evil things will brew. Those things he called “mouryou.”

Built upon calamities of emotion, Madhouse effectively released a series worthy of a masterpiece. Mouryou no Hako hits a delectable balance, with extensive background in supernatural folklore, mystery, and science fiction – all tying in to a well-done and extensive detective, mystery story. This is how horror and mystery should be done!

Story: 9

At first glance, the story seems to be about two girls – one girl who has problems at home and the other, a seemingly perfect girl, who tells her that she will be the reincarnation of read more
Nov 7, 2013
Jodyqt (All reviews)
Have you ever wanted to be a private detective? Asking that, I beg to you another question. What is the degree of depth and detail that needs to be sought out to truly understand the complexity of a criminal mind? Perhaps this is out of my comprehension as an avid anime viewer but I'm sure Mouryou no Hako is not only scratching the surface of the true horrors of a criminal mind, but is inviting me to bathe in it.

Me and dialogue story-telling have never really snuggled up together on the mattress but being a person entirely aware of that, I can wholeheartedly say, read more
Jul 11, 2017
Fleure (All reviews)
Wrapped within the coils of the night, two young girls dance as if in a trance, illuminated by the crystal-white moon. They continue twirling; hypnotized by each other’s company as waves of cherry blossoms encircle them, following their every move. The two girls are distinct from one another. Kanako is a beautiful, intelligent girl with ideas beyond her years, while Yoriko is a timid girl who aims to be Kanako, in body and mind. Kanako offers Yoriko this chance as she tells her that they ‘are’ each other and that this life is just one of many conduits that hold their endless cycle together – read more
Dec 19, 2013
Reign-Senpai (All reviews)
This is one series that did just about everything right. Obviously it’s not for those who don’t like people talking over and over again, but it’s perfect for those who are looking for mature and complex anime. This is how mystery should be done!

I honestly can’t recall any other anime apart from a Mamoru Oshii-production that puts more emphasis on talking as this one. The series follows a string of bizarre murders, and the people who try to solve it. This whole mystery is multi-layered, it’s full of flashbacks and references, you’ll never know when something that passes the screen is important for the future. read more

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