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Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror

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The dark and brooding Ayakashi is composed of three horror stories: the narration of a young woman named Oiwa who was abandoned and betrayed by the one she truly loved, leading her to curse all who stood in her way; a story of two star-crossed lovers – a human and a forgotten god – and their struggle to have a future together; and the tale of an evil and malicious demon who is haunting and murdering a family for unknown purposes. Though different in animation style and tone, each story shares a similar theme: the darkness of the human heart.

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Mononoke TV 2007 Sequel Mononoke continues the story of the third story in Ayakashi.

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Mononoke 2007 TBD
Name Role
Yasuhiro NAKURA Character Design
Takashi HASHIMOTO Character Design
Hideki ITO Character Design
Kenji NAKAMURA Director
Tetsuo IMAZAWA Director
Hidehiko KADOTA Director
Yasuharu TAKANASHI Music

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Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror sothis 7.8/10 Jul 25, 2006

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Requiem From The Darkness

Requiem From The Darkness

Momosuke is a young man with a dream: to travel Japan and collect one hundred stories. He journeys from place to place, searching for tales of the paranormal and bizarre, hoping to collect tales to publish in his book. However, the calm of Momosuke's life soon is shattered by a chance meeting with three sinister beings: Mataichi the priest, Nagamimi the bird-caller, and the beautiful Ogin. Soon, Momosuke learns that there might be more to his newfound comrades than first meets the eye...

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sothis

Hundred Stories and Ayakashi are incredibly similar. The animation in the last arc of Ayakashi is a lot like Hundred Stories, but more so, the plot in both is incredibly messed up and dark. Again, this recommendation works the best for the LAST arc in Ayakashi, but overall both of these are amazingly disturbing horror stories that won't disappoint. If you liked one, you will definitely like the other.

runpsicat
Quite similar in terms of mood, both series choose a historical backdrop to showcase the uncanny as well as the darker impulses inherent in man. In particular, the third short story in Ayakashi featuring an itinerant "exorcist" will strike a chord with Hundred Stories enthusiasts (and vice versa).
Macabre
These two series take a look at the darker sides of human desires and human personalities. Thus it shares a kinship with Ayakashi as you watch some of the characters descend into madness or how loved ones turn on each other for their own selfish reasons.
tasanime

Both Requiem from the Darkness and Ayakashi are dark and mysterious, and have animation and sound that is in tune with the horrific themes explored. Both are must-sees for fans of the horror/mystery genre.

KiraRin

Both set many centuries ago, Requiem and Ayakashi rely on a story teller to recount their tales of ghosts and horror. Rooted firmly in ancient Japanese and asian mythology, the complex tales are retold drawing you deeper into the story.

If youenjoy one, you are sure to enjoy the other, although I would also recommend a 101 in Japanese folk tales.

Aoi Bungaku Series

Aoi Bungaku Series

Sometimes the greatest distance is between people. Whether a man alienates himself from society with a façade of cheerfulness, or two friends fail to communicate their feelings of betrayal, invisible barriers plague mankind. Although love should bring people together, when a stoic renter and a dutiful monk choose to court a widow’s daughter, their mutual affections drive a bitter gap between them. During each encounter filled with mistrust and despair, the flaws of human nature slowly reveal themselves...

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Omurqi

Ayakashi YCH and Aoi Bungaku are both collections of book adaptions from famous classic Japanese literature. Each adaption is done in a couple of episodes, and the feeling these stories have is a dark one. The visual style and tone of the different stories differs greatly, giving you something new every arc. If you enjoyed one of these series, most definitely do not miss out on the other, they are two of the same!

Keep in mind that Aoi Bungaku is a 2009 show with top notch production values, while JCH is from 2006 and looks, despite having good style, more dated.

AirCommodore

Ayakashi and Aoi Bungaku are compilation series, where each portion was created by a different staff, and has a completely different flavor from the rest of the series. Both are beautifully animated, and more mature feeling than most anime. (Also sometimes there's gore)

Suimin

While watching these two shows around the same time, I couldn't help but think they were perfect for each other. Each contain a number of classic Japanese stories and folklore which are mainly horror. If you like one, you should definitely check out the other.

snivets

Mixing mature horror tales with classic Japanese tales, both Aoi Bungaku and Ayakashi also boast high quality animation. Fans of one should definitely check out the other.

Jigoku Shoujo

Jigoku Shoujo

Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…

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tasanime

Ayakashi and Hell Girl are must sees for fans of the horror/mystery genre. Both anime will leave you gasping at the design and detail, and horrified at the choices man makes and the power he seeks.

Ran

Both Ayakashi and Jigoku Shoujo have the same slow pace, soft horror elements, and quiet emotional aspect. If you liked the ambiance in one, you'll also like the other.

Omurqi

Both Jigoku Shoujo and Ayakashi - JCH are basically collections of horror stories centered around cruelty and revenge. While they both unmistakably contain horror elements, they are much more focussed on the suffering of humans rather than blockbuster horror gimmicks to make you jump from your chair or uncontrollably vomit. Whoever is looking for more revenge stories with a supernatural horror twist, look no further! This one is just that.

SabakunoYana

These two episodic series show the effects that a vengeance, full of grudge and sorrow, summoning supernatural powers, could bring to the life of who want revenge and who are the objective of it.

Memories

Memories

This set of 3 fantastic stories will take you from the haunting delusions of a space explorer, to a bio-chemical threat with the power to wipe out all of Tokyo, and finally to a day in the life of a young boy who lives in a world ruled by cannons. These stores will capture you with their intriguing storylines and awe inspiring artwork.

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tasanime

Both Ayakashi and Memories are a selection of three short stories told within their own genres. Both aim to examine these chosen themes through different types of animation for each short story, and are good introductions to either love or malice.

ZenithAstrali

Memories and Ayakashi are both short series of three stories. Although different in setting, style and feeling, both of them are intriguing and can keep you wondering about what's going to happen next.

chii

Each anime has several different stories within their genre. Memories takes on the sci-fi part where Ayakashi takes on horror. Both are sure to please if you are interested in either genre and just wanting to sit down for a quick story that will leave you satisfied.

SadisticTendencies

Both of these Anime embark on a mission to craft several interesting stories within their respective genres (Ayakashi being horror and Memories being Science Fiction). The results are different with some stories being bad and others amazing. The frequent change of emotional tone and visual style can be found in both of these Anime.

Mermaid Forest TV

Mermaid Forest TV

Legend says that if the flesh of a mermaid is consumed, the body becomes immortal. However, with the small chance of immortality comes a high chance of being poisoned, morphing and mutating into a monster beyond comprehension. Yuta is a wanderer: one of the few who has eaten the flesh and survived, and lived to tell about it -- for 500 years. By chance, Yuta meets a young woman named Mana who also shares the same fate, and together, they wander the land, searching for a mermaid who can free them from their immortal lives.

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sothis

Mermaid's Forest and Ayakashi are both made up of a dark and grim arc of stories that have a very similar tone and feel. Though there are a great deal of horror series out there, very few capture my attention and truly seem disturbing; Mermaid's Forest and Ayakashi are two of them. If you liked one, check out the other.

OldMan

Although very different storywise, both series have a tendency to explore the darkness of human feelings and obsessions. This is saying a lot, for a great deal of aspects linked to the above are dealt with in both shows. If you are, like me, a fan of such sinister horror stories where, besides a great deal of suspense, you are sometimes left with a feel of sadness and disgust due to their intensity, I’d recommend you watch both these series!

chii

Both anime have a very dark and creepy feel to them while bring unique stories to the table. Both have a wide range of characters that are sure to make you love or hate them but all in all enjoy the ride. If you liked one check out the other.