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Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales 2006

  • 2006-03-23T07:50:00-08:00
  • Fuji TV
  • 2006-01-13T00:00:00-08:00
  • 25 mins
  • 4 hours, 35 mins
  • Japan
  • English
  • Animation, Horror
Based on the kabuki classic "Toukaidou Yotsuya Kaidan" (1826) written by TsuruyaNanboku, one of the most famous ghost stories in Japan. 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. The third installment in Fuji Television`s "NOITAMINA" late-night anime time slot. Previously shown shows were Honey&Clover and Paradise Kiss.The designs of the anime, which is based on the classic Japanese horror tales Yotsuyakaidan, Ten Shu Monogatari and Bakeneko, will be done by Yoshitaka Amano.

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That's real horror anime! Nothing to do with Another! The first part is a brutal drowning in the torment of revenge. The second arc a magnicent yet tragic love story. The final arc with Mononoke is a visual briallancy and a journey into the real of terror and madness. More than recommended!

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The show is a collection of three short stories. Unfortunatley they're not very good except for the last one and are plagued by a low budget.

1 Yotsuya Kaidan: The first one is a retelling of a classic kabuki play through the eyes of the author. It's a bit slow for my taste but adds some live action towards the end to etablish the curse around it.

2 Tenshu Monogatari: This one is not really horror but a fantastical love story of a human falling in love with a god. It suffers even more from the low budget than #1 but has the better story.

3 Bake Neko: The predecessor for the show "Mononoke". It's about a cat that turned into a Mononoke and haunts a certain Clan on a wedding day. It's miles above the previous two and told in a wonderful ricepaper artstyle.

Since you have to get through some supbar outputs for the good one I can't praise this as a whole.

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