Kaidan Restaurant

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Thriller Restaurant
Japanese: 怪談レストラン


Type: TV
Episodes: 23
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 13, 2009 to Jun 8, 2010
Premiered: Fall 2009
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 19:30 (JST)
Producers: TV Asahi
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Picture book
Genres: HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 19 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.241 (scored by 51815,181 users)
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Ranked: #29512
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Popularity: #5166
Members: 16,626
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TV Asahi announced a new kids anime "Kaidan Restaurant (Thriller Restaurant)" based on a picture book. Each episode will consist of three stories or "dishes": the appetizer, the main dish, and dessert. The first two "dishes" will deal with an ordinary sixth-grade schoolgirl named Ako Ozara and the bizarre occurrences that befall her classmates. The third "dish" will be a standalone short ghost story told by Ako and her friends.


In 2010 a film based on Kaidan Restaurant was directed by Ochiai Masayuki. The film is a mix of live-action and animation.

Characters & Voice Actors


Ikeda, Youko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kakudou, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Nakamura, Ryouta
Episode Director
Hatano, Morio
Episode Director


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Ending Theme

"Lost Boy" by SEAMO


Mar 10, 2014
Kaidan Restaurant is apparently based on a series of children's books; naturally one would expect its story to be simplistic and its characters to be one-dimensional. Neither is entirely untrue, however surprisingly these apparent shortcomings do not detract from the enjoyment this show provides.

The series lacks a definitive overarching plot and rather consists of an anthology of horror stories centered around a group of school children and the town they live in. The stories are presented by the manager of the Kaidan restaurant to the viewers. They may be experienced or narrated by the protagonists. Though almost none of these stories are genuinely frightening, they ...
Jun 11, 2022
Kaidan Restaurant is based on a series of horror short story books collection for children that ran from the mid 90s to 2010, when the last book got released, reaching 50 volumes. MAL says it's picture books but it's actually short story collections, each story goes for about 10 to 12 pages and every other story has an illustration to go along with it. I've personally read about 10 or so of these books and I feel like the anime does a very good job translating the material to animation.

The books and the anime are actually a sort of modern take on several classic horror, ...
Mar 1, 2014
Mixed Feelings
+ story variety
+ surprisingly enjoyable
- "is this really from 2009?" visuals
- some annoying stereotypic characters
- ass-pulls

Story is about 3 middle schoolers telling or experiencing some classic japanese horror stories. Each episode is split in 3 parts, something that happens to them, something they tell and 1-2 minute short. When you see horror tag in anime, it usually means a lot of blood or human torture. Your classic horror movies often rely on on jump scares - woman walks down the dark halway of her house with only flashlight, nothing but her footsteps are heard, suddenly killer appears behind her with loud "bang" ambience and you ...

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Recent News

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Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Kaidan Restaurant Episode 17 Discussion
ShanaFlame - Apr 20, 2010
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Truly for kids?
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