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)


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Ranked: #21972
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Popularity: #2394
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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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Apr 27, 2010
Sadly when I received this series, the information about Japanese Culture which was supposed to be included was not there. This was important in order to receive a fuller understanding of the stories. I tried desperately to get hold of a .pdf file of the information, but sadly I couldn't find it. Although many of the images and symbols probably got lost in the series due to my Westernised mind, despite this I decided it could be a good way for me to interpret it from my standpoint. The stories in itself did not get lost to me and certainly didn't hinder my enjoyment. So ...
May 14, 2015
(the stories portrayed have some graphic images like murder/gore, rape, etc. so watch as your own risk!!) *THIS IS LONG SO READ THE "IN SHORT"S

The series is split up into three main stories:

episodes 1-4: a story about a beautiful woman who falls in love with a man who ends up betraying her, abandoning her and her new born. in an angry rage she kills herself and turns into a vengeful spirit out for revenge

episodes 5-8: a story about the forbidden love between a "forgotten god" and a human commoner

episode 9-11: a story about a wandering medicine seller who specializes in finding and vanishing Mononokes (or ...
Jun 20, 2011
Mixed Feelings
Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror/Samurai Horror Tales is a horror anthology of three unrelated stories: Yotsuya Kaidan, Tenshu Monogatari, and Bakeneko, the third of which received a far more successful spinoff in the form of Mononoke. Each arc was done by a different, and then-unknown director, though the director of the third, Kenji Nakamura, went on to make the critically acclaimed series "Mononoke" and "Trapeze" (He also made [C], though that fails to fall into the previous category). This review will mostly be split up into the three arcs. (NOTE: The R1 release of this series switched the first and second arcs around. This will be ...

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