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Jan 9, 2018 8:46 PM

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Oh god, they're starting out with the Souchi stories? Urrgh this is going to be rough, since it was Ito's first attempt at an ongoing storyline - and frankly I think they're some of the weakest stories he's ever written. Hopefully we'll get to see more from his one shots, Tomie series, Gyo series or Uzumaki series soon, otherwise I might have to stop watching for a while.

That aside, I liked the sound design, animation and direction of this episode despite not caring about the story. I also appreciated them including the doll story at the end as a nice palette cleanser. Hopefully this will be an indication of the kind of quality we can expect for the rest of series moving forward. Episode gets a solid 4/5.
 
Jan 10, 2018 6:23 PM

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Yawn. Ill wait for Tomie and Uzumaki episodes.


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Jan 10, 2018 6:36 PM

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Let's just hope the later episodes are better....
 
Jan 11, 2018 5:15 AM
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In all honesty, I was a little disappointed with this episode.

The majority of it focused on Souichi, who I don’t think works so well as a stand-alone character. A series dedicated to him would do him more justice - as without much context he can be a little annoying. There are also much better Souichi stories to adapt. I’m sure that there’ll be other episodes dedicated to him, so hopefully they pick a better story in the future. The one they chose just wasn’t scary!

The doll story was also too short, and provided no context as to what was even going on. Granted, the manga is only four pages, but it at least explains why children are turning into dolls. Here, it’s just presented as some thing that happens rather than the more horrifying world epidemic in the manga. I did like the last shot, although they could’ve built it up a little better.
 
Jan 11, 2018 9:31 AM
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Souichi is annoying. And boring. In the middle of the episode I wanted to close the video window. But I liked the doll part. The gore thing ends the episode well.
 
Jan 11, 2018 7:06 PM

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Not a smart choice to start the series. The creators are probably huge fans of Junji Ito`s work but a lot of people will be discouraged to continue.

I liked the episode - it has a digusting, grotesque feeling. Typical for Ito. I am not a big fan of comedy episodes but still prefer those to pseudo-horror gore shit like Ousama Game(oh noes we need to kill our friends).

The last segment was amazing. This could be a good idea. A longer story and the one or two oneshots - a lot of content in one episode. Seems legit.

WandererRedux said:
Oh god, they're starting out with the Souchi stories? Urrgh this is going to be rough, since it was Ito's first attempt at an ongoing storyline - and frankly I think they're some of the weakest stories he's ever written. Hopefully we'll get to see more from his Gyo series soon, otherwise I might have to stop watching for a while..


Kind of done already -> https://myanimelist.net/anime/10417/Gyo Quite good, people hated it though.
 
Jan 11, 2018 7:15 PM
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not bad but kind of a weird way to start things in all honesty like it feels like a filler episode of an already established series.

The Doll part though that shit looks creepy.
 
Jan 11, 2018 8:49 PM
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I guess this is going to be the one anime I watch just for laughs and a bit of cringing...because that's what I did. The doll episode seems like it's gonna be kinda gross looking at times but I'm sure I'll be able to handle it.
 
Jan 12, 2018 12:47 AM
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Didn’t find this appealing but I’ll stick around to see if they’ll animate the Couch scene in that one chapter.
 
Jan 12, 2018 12:12 PM

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NathanusMaximus said:
" Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural "
The only accurate tag is supernatural, kind of.
I was expecting some fucked up shit and got a dull boring attempt at comedy.
gonna drop this one.

aaaaand you're just missing the other tags that's in the 2nd episode

sandykho47 said:
The show isn't horror at all, only a bit creepy and the horror turned into comedy.


Souichi's stories was meant to be a comedy chapters so yeah

Balut said:
Yawn. Ill wait for Tomie and Uzumaki episodes.

badgerkins said:
Pretty tame story. More funny than creepy. Can't wait to see Uzumaki and Amigara Fault animated.


We wont get Uzumaki in this adaptation since it's a stand alone series not part of Itou Horror Comic Collection

he takes what he's lost and discards what he's won, he's every bit as alive as you and I
 
Jan 12, 2018 6:00 PM

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WandererRedux said:
Oh god, they're starting out with the Souchi stories? Urrgh this is going to be rough, since it was Ito's first attempt at an ongoing storyline - and frankly I think they're some of the weakest stories he's ever written. Hopefully we'll get to see more from his Gyo series soon, otherwise I might have to stop watching for a while..


Kind of done already -> https://myanimelist.net/anime/10417/Gyo Quite good, people hated it though.

Unfortunately I'm one of those people who didn't like it. A single 1hr10m OVA was a poor way to try to adapt it IMO.

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Balut said:
Yawn. Ill wait for Tomie and Uzumaki episodes.

badgerkins said:
Pretty tame story. More funny than creepy. Can't wait to see Uzumaki and Amigara Fault animated.


We wont get Uzumaki in this adaptation since it's a stand alone series not part of Itou Horror Comic Collection


I would've agreed with you if there weren't
in the opening, it could go either way at this stage.
 
Jan 12, 2018 6:46 PM
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WandererRedux said:
Oh god, they're starting out with the Souchi stories? Urrgh this is going to be rough, since it was Ito's first attempt at an ongoing storyline - and frankly I think they're some of the weakest stories he's ever written.
I get what you're saying but the Souichi stories are completely different than stuff like Gyo or Tomie. The whole Souichi stuff is more of just a black comedy with horror elements about the character and his stories (like the two haunted house stories). Gyo, Tomie, Uzumaki, and Black Paradox are actual storylines.

There will at least be a Tomie series, I'm sure there will be others if Tomie is well received. https://myanimelist.net/anime/36992/Tomie

 
Jan 12, 2018 11:19 PM

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I would've agreed with you if there weren't
in the opening, it could go either way at this stage.


She's not from Uzumaki, she's from a oneshot called Slug Girl wich have nothing to do with Uzumaki at all

he takes what he's lost and discards what he's won, he's every bit as alive as you and I
 
Jan 12, 2018 11:42 PM
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Why is there no good horror anime that isn't just "DUDE GORE LMAO" besides Boogiepop Phantom? smh. The model story was so cliche I expected some sort of swerve because it was too on the nose cliche, but nope. Ah well. Horror is my favorite entertainment medium and it's annoying how there's so few of it in anime.
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Jan 13, 2018 2:28 AM

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I really love Ito Junji, but this first episode was absolutly dissapointed.
But of course I'll give it a chance and I'm going to see 2 or 3 episodes more before say anything ñ_ñ
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Jan 13, 2018 4:21 PM

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WandererRedux said:

Unfortunately I'm one of those people who didn't like it. A single 1hr10m OVA was a poor way to try to adapt it IMO.



I understand your point. Was not a good adaptation but was quite enjoyable movie on its own. Some my friends that are not into anime totally love the B-horror vibe. Could be better though, i agree.
 
Jan 13, 2018 5:38 PM

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LeturLefr said:
WandererRedux said:

I would've agreed with you if there weren't
in the opening, it could go either way at this stage.


She's not from Uzumaki, she's from a oneshot called Slug Girl wich have nothing to do with Uzumaki at all

Ah yeah, I completely forgot about Slug Girl. Thanks for the reminder.

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WandererRedux said:
Oh god, they're starting out with the Souchi stories? Urrgh this is going to be rough, since it was Ito's first attempt at an ongoing storyline - and frankly I think they're some of the weakest stories he's ever written.
I get what you're saying but the Souichi stories are completely different than stuff like Gyo or Tomie. The whole Souichi stuff is more of just a black comedy with horror elements about the character and his stories (like the two haunted house stories). Gyo, Tomie, Uzumaki, and Black Paradox are actual storylines.

There will at least be a Tomie series, I'm sure there will be others if Tomie is well received. https://myanimelist.net/anime/36992/Tomie



Yeah I know that the Souichi stories are meant to be played for laughs, but that doesn't mean that I have to think they're not a complete waste of time and a horrible way to open this series touted as "Being from the legendary horror visionary Junji Ito!". If the episode score is any indication, it's left a pretty bad first impression because it's not what people were expecting/wanted from a horror series. But that's just my 2 cents.

I am looking forward to Black Paradox being animated too however 😎.
 
Jan 14, 2018 6:30 AM

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I really enjoyed this, I read some of the Souichi stories a while back and thought it was meh, but the anime was better, the VA suited him perfectly.
 
Jan 17, 2018 7:08 AM

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I think I'm in the minority but I actually really loved the Souichi segment. The blend of the perfect VA (seriously, that was superb), the fun and ooky-spooky BGM and the black humour just really worked for me.

It maybe wasn't the "strongest" way to open the series but I really enjoyed it.
 
Jan 17, 2018 5:36 PM

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The first episode was pretty funny Souichi is that ugly, creepy kid in everyone's class. I remember having a classmate like that. They even look the same.

I was kind of disappointed that Souichi didn't really die. Poor frog. :(

I felt like they spent too much time on Souchi's story that the doll girl's story didn't have much time left.

Loved the OP and the ED was pretty good as well. I love Junji Ito's works, his manga series are gold and I eat them up like M&Ms. I hope we'll see Red Turtleneck and his other creepier works too.
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Jan 18, 2018 10:08 AM

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I really enjoyed this one, the guy was hilarious with perfect voice acting xd
 
Jan 25, 2018 9:50 AM

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Probably not the best story to use as the first episode.
 
Jan 26, 2018 5:41 AM
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Almost hated it! Both1 & 2, but the creepiness kept me entertained.
 
Jan 26, 2018 8:07 AM

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The second was short but intense, adn the transformation the best!!! kekeke


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Jan 27, 2018 3:22 AM

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This guy was a pain to handle, I hope we won't see him again so soon...if it was all about him I would drop it already...
 
Jan 27, 2018 10:42 AM

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Souichi is a literal qt, this episode was obviously pleb filter.
 
Jan 28, 2018 11:48 AM
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that entire first ep i was having deja vu... any one else remember it from some where else? i feel like i remember one part of ep2 as well but i watch things dub and this only just came out... feels like around 3-4 years ago that the one i cant remember was
 
Feb 1, 2018 7:48 PM

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I was expecting a scary story but it turned out to be funny. Especially the scene when he pretended to be a cat. Only the last part scared me, the rest just made me laugh.
 
Feb 2, 2018 10:26 AM

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Everything I've read from him was awesome, going to enjoy this.
 
Feb 11, 2018 7:02 PM

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Souichi is lucky he's not my brother. I would've left his annoying and evil ass in that tree to suffer the crazy old man's torture.
 
Feb 23, 2018 2:12 AM

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I’m so baffled I didn’t hear about this anime sooner as Junji Ito is definitely my favorite mangaka. Very exciting though that they’ve decided to adapt his horror collection because it has so many great stories.
I think the first episode was a bit lackluster. I enjoyed it, but I feel that they didn’t start off the series with the best story they could have chosen. It seemed like an episode that would have aired in the middle of the season to me. But it was cool and interesting to see Souichi’s extra ass self come to life, and he was sorta “the face” of Ito’s horror collection, so what can ya do. I’m really glad this was made.
 
Mar 9, 2018 7:04 AM

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Well I really thought this episode was hilarious, Souichi is such a weirdo and I like his older brother. I guess if he actually killed the people he cursed (since he has no reason to curse them lol) I wouldn't like him but since he doesn't it is enjoyable. Anyways looking forward to the next episodes, they look creepy.
 
Mar 9, 2018 7:06 AM

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Sorry for the newbie question but where did you guys watch this ? I've got 4 sites bookmarked and its on none of them yet .


I don't know if you found it yet but I'm watching it on Crunchyroll
 
Mar 26, 2018 8:03 AM

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I have to admit that the Souchi arc was pretty much my least favorite in the horror collection but I really liked the first episode~ I somehow expected it to be a flop like other recent horror anime but the score looks pretty deceiving to me so far hahah

It really did the manga justice and even managed to make it more enjoyable despite being more on the comedy. I haven't read the doll chapter but it looks like the whole point of the story was presented nicely.

Rockin' opening~








 
Apr 11, 2018 8:52 PM

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Que animação horrível. Que história sem graça. Aonde foi parar o terror desconfortante?
 
Nov 25, 2019 12:25 PM
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It was awesome to see Junji Ito's works turned into anime! I loved the humor they put in it, it added something good onto something that was already decent.
 
Dec 3, 2019 6:27 AM
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I love the OP its to bad the first episode was with that nails kid. I read the books and I hated those stories and I thought maybe in animation it would be more enjoyable and boy was I wrong. Hell the last few minutes were the best part of this episode.
 
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