Yonimo Osoroshii Nihon Mukashibanashi

The Truth of Japanese Fairy Tales

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Synonyms: Otona no Douwa, Otona no Dowa, Otono no Douwa, Otono no Dowa, Adult Fairytales, Adult Fairy Tales
Japanese: 世にも恐ろしい日本昔話
English: The Truth of Japanese Fairy Tales
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: 2000
Producers: Group TAC, Toei Video
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Unknown
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, HorrorHorror
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 17 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 5.401 (scored by 215215 users)
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Ranked: #116922
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Popularity: #11846
Members: 1,456
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The horrible truths behind Japanese Fairy Tales from the ancient times are finally revealed! This title includes three episodes: "The Monkey and the Crab", "Click-Crack Mountain" and "Urashima and the Kingdom beneath the Sea".

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Takaya, Hirotoshi
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Katou, Shouji
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Sugie, Toshiharu
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Sep 29, 2019
When's the last time an anime you have watched scared you? In the most obvious sense? First ask yourself that question before reading the rest of this review.

Yonimo Osoroshii Nihon Mukashibanashi doesn't try to. Not conventionaly at least. It's tales are executed in a way that take on a form of 'external horror'. Or i guess 'horrific' to make the viewer understand how terrible things happen in the world and there's nothing we can do about them.
Each of these tales takes a horrific scenario and pushes it to the far extremes.

I want to note that finding this anime subbed online is quite challenging as it ...
Jun 6, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (Unknown/3 eps)
This is a horror anime, but I was like WTF? All the time.
There are three short stories, kinda disturbing, but not scary.
I think pointless death isn't scary at all.
I could write about the plot, but there's no plot, also you feel sorry for the guys in three stories.
All I can say if you want to be scared this anime is not a good option, if you like disturbing pointless plot, so be my guest.

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