Mouryou no Hako

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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, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: DetectiveDetective, HistoricalHistorical, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.221 (scored by 1632816,328 users)
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Ranked: #35212
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Popularity: #2776
Members: 62,965
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Absent-minded schoolgirl Yoriko Kusumoto only has eyes for Kanako Yuzuki. After planning for their summer trip, their journey comes to a premature and brutal end when Kanako is found severely wounded on train tracks and Yoriko in tears on the station's platform. Shuutarou Kiba, a detective who happened to be on the train that hit the girl, takes up the investigation. However, he discovers that the mystery behind this case is intertwined with an intricate network of deceptions involving the Yuzuki family, especially its most prominent member, Youko Yuzuki—a famous actress and Kanako's sister.

Although Kanako survives after surgery, her critical state prompts Youko to entrust a doctor, Dr. Koushirou Mimasaka, to take care of the girl in an ominous, box-shaped facility in the forest where she will receive experimental treatment. But soon after, on a night where Kiba and Yoriko visit Kanako, the convalescent suddenly vanished. Now searching for her whereabouts, the burden on Kiba dramatically grows when he learns about other gruesome discoveries: limbs of young girls in boxes.

Kiba is suggested by a colleague that the macabre findings are related not only to Kanako's disappearance but also to the truth behind her sister. As the investigation continues, the detective—enlisting the help of his partners Tatsumi Sekiguchi and Akihiko Chuuzenji—has to find a way to solve this series of crimes and find Kanako back.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Nakamura, Ryousuke
Director, Storyboard
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Episode Director


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"Lost in Blue" by Nightmare

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"Naked Love" by Nightmare


Mar 16, 2024
Mouryou No Hako, which stands for "Box of Evil Spirits," is an anime series that is set in postwar Japan and focuses on a dark mystery. The plot portrays a team of detectives as they try to clarify the confusing case of dismembered bodies found in boxes with girls from the school. The main feature of the plot, which carries a number of mystical threads from Shinto, is the intricate, non-linear plot which is full of the surreal or psychological scenes. While the anime will be entertaining, it will also be thought provoking but, requires an engaged mind to understand its subtle ins and outs.

The ...
Dec 21, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Mouryou no Hako was first published in 1995 as a horror mystery novel. It was written by Kyogoku Natsuhiko. The same writer who wrote the story that Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari was based off of. Cut to more than a decade later, Madhouse picked the novel up for an adaptation. Which aired from October to December of ’08. I don’t really know anything about the series beyond the genre and studio. And Madhouse has been involved in some terrible, mediocre and stellar anime so that doesn’t say much. So, let’s take a look and see how this one fares.


Someone out there is dismembering young girls. Police ...
Feb 5, 2016
This review is one of the hardest that I put myself to write; when I sat in front of the MAL review box and tried to think about something to say about this anime, I was simply blank. Why?

In short, Moryou no Hako should be re-entitled "Moryou no Hako - Let's sit down and talk! THE ANIME".


I'm still not sure, to be honest. Moryou no Hako had this gimmick of having its characters say a lot of stuff, make a lot of references, when in reality 3/4 of it didn't even seem remotely pertinent with the actual issue. At around episode 6, I ...

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