Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror

Alt title: Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales

TV (11 eps)
3.66 of 5 from 2,991 votes
Rank #1,843

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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sothis Jul 25, 2006
Score 7.8/10

Oh boy... anything in the horror genre, let alone something that blatantly has "horror" in the title, is a must see for sothis. Luckily, with Ayakashi, it wasn’t a disappointment.

Ayakashi, in the same vein as Memories or Cockpit, is a collection of three unrelated stories that all fit into a certain genre; in this case, horror. Though the title boasts "traditional Japanese... read more

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angelsreviews Jul 14, 2013
Score 10/10

This is much like Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix in that there are different stories in this but unlike the Phoenix, there is not one little thing that keeps the stories connected. They are just simple ghost stories although I don’t know if you would sit around a camp fire and talk about. They are not so much horror stories, as more stories of caution against different things. They seem to have a story that... read more

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  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2007

Mononoke continues the story of the third story in Ayakashi.


Related manga

  • Vol: 2; Ch: 19
  • 2007 - 2008
Mononoke: Umibouzu
  • Vol: 2; Ch: 13
  • 2013 - 2014
Mononoke: Zashiki Warashi
  • Vol: 1; Ch: 6
  • 2015



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