Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror

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Synonyms: Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales
Japanese: 怪~ayakashi~ Japanese Classic Horror
French: Ayakashi Le théâtre de l'horreur
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Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 13, 2006 to Mar 24, 2006
Premiered: Winter 2006
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:35 (JST)
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Other
Genres: HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, HistoricalHistorical, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.381 (scored by 2618626,186 users)
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Ranked: #23132
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Popularity: #2454
Members: 77,374
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A collection of three classic Japanese horror stories: "Yotsuya Kaidan", the story of a wife betrayed by her husband who seeks vengeance even in death. "Tenshu Monogatari", the story of forbidden love between a goddess and a human, and "Bakeneko", the story of a mysterious cat monster with a vendetta against a certain family.


Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror aired on Fuji Television's noitaminA block.

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Nov 25, 2023
America, while predominant globally, is still a very young country. We don’t have a rich history or a deeply embedded culture. We don’t have folklore, other than bigfoot. Any stories we hear originate from other cultures and countries, or are otherwise books like Frankenstein. And so I find the cultures of other countries very interesting, and mostly because of Ghibli, Japanese culture has especially captured my attention. My favorite movie of all time, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, is an adaptation of an ancient Japanese folktale. And so while the first 2 stories of this anthology show adapting Japanese horror tales could be considered ...
Aug 24, 2023
Aired in 2006 this show is made up of three separate tales each with it's own unique art style.

Story one "Yotsuya Kaidan" 10/10
One of the most famous ghost stories in japan. Written in 1825 as a Kabuki play by Tsuruya Nanboku IV it tells the story of Oiwa and Tamiya. The dutiful wife who was betrayed and her piece of cow dung samurai husband. The way this is presented is a little unusual as we get the author himself narrating the tale and laminating both the events in the play and out of it.
Yotsuya Kaidan has gone on to gain a reputation not ...
Jan 5, 2024
Mixed Feelings
The show is broken into three acts. Oiwa is a youthful woman. She was betrayed by the person she loved and so hed become an Onryō – a vengeful spirit. Some scenes are disturbing, but the story is engaging because of its characters. It has the “feel” of a drama, it is almost like theatre play.it resembles some Greek tragedy as well . The second part of the anime is based on Tenshu monogatari . It is the tale of two star-crossed lovers. A princess from a castle of forgotten gods falls in love with an ordinary man. The story morphs into a Shakespearean tragedy. ...

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