Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror

Alt title: Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales

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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

Step right up and gaze upon tales of horror and wonder, of urban legends and terrifying mysteries alike. From a man who suffers a mysterious accident on a business trip, to a boy who witnesses a horrifying family secret, to even a man who’s certain he’s being watched by a long-haired, creepy woman, there’s plenty of harrowing stories to be told.

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CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

Yamishibai's episodes are much shorter, but both it and Ayakashi deal with classic horror stories. The animation in both is unique, and I believe fans of one may be interested in the other. 

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Each of these shows portray classic Japanese horror stories with a fairly distinctive art style. Yamishibai's episodes are much shorter, but they each deal with the same kind of content.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these animes deal with Japanese horror stories. Ayakashi deal with the classic tales, while Yamishibai mixes both classic and urban legend. With rather distinctive art styles, storytelling, and characters, these animes are rather intriguing looks into the folklore of Japan. 

Pet Shop of Horrors

Pet Shop of Horrors

At Count D's pet shop, you can acquire any form of animal, from an ordinary canary, to more.. "exotic" creatures. Made to sign a contract before purchase, Count D claims no "responsibility for actions incurred" if the purchaser does not follow its instructions completely, as results can be fatal. Patrons of this shop are able to get the rarest of creatures, but often, their purchases are coupled with demons from their past that won't go away easily.

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sothis sothis says...

Pet Shop of Horrors and Ayakashi both showcase the darkness of the human soul, and the horrors that await us. While Pet Shop looks very outdated compared to the newer Ayakashi, both have the same tone and feel, and in general you'd like them both if you are into horror.

Ran Ran says...

Both anime relate horrific stories. Ayakashi takes more time per story, spreading each of them over 3 or 4 episodes, while Pet Shop of Horrors has a more standardised format and shows more modern horror compared to the old Japan and swordsmen stories in Ayakashi; however, the mood and development of the stories are quite alike and both give a nice thrilling feeling. if you liked one, you're surely going to like the other too.

Ayatsuri Sakon

Ayatsuri Sakon

Tachibana Sakon is a skilled puppeteer with an unusual hobby: solving murders. Along with Ukon, a one-of-a-kind puppet made in the Meiji era, Sakon manages to find himself in a variety of life-threatening situations. Join the duo as they put their detective skills to the test in terrifying cases of revenge, malice, and murder.

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NoSanninWa NoSanninWa says...

Both Ayatsuri Sakon and Ayakashi have a sense of mystery, dark mood and roots in traditional Japanese culture. If you like these things you'll love both of these shows.

Aznslacker Aznslacker says...

Ayatsuri Sakon and Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror both contain a similar artistic touch in their development, and while Ayatsuri Sakon is more oriented toward the detective-story type of genre, Ayakashi contains similarly engrossing elements within the plot that provides a immensely gripping means of entertainment.

However, viewers may choose to beware of Ayakashi, as it is oriented toward a more mature audience due to the disturbing nature of some aspects of the plot.

Nonetheless, viewers of Ayatsuri Sakon and Ayakashi would enjoy the mutual surreal aspects of the respective works.

Midori

Midori

Midori is a young girl who sells flowers until her mother dies, leaving her an orphan. She’s conned by a freak show manager into joining his troupe, but once there she sees a shocking variety of deformed people and is occasionally the victim of their depravity. Midori’s situation changes, however, when a mysterious dwarf with a unique magical act joins the freak show. This dwarf is able to put himself through a bottleneck into a glass jar – and that is not the extent of his powers. Midori falls in love with the dwarf, but his ambitions and jealousy will have further unpleasant consequences...

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AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

I'll be blunt, Midori could have been an Ayakashi - JCH story. It would fit in quite nicely. If you like horror and the freaky, you will like both of these anime.

chii chii says...

Twisted people dealing with each other having typical human emotions getting in their way. Love, hate, revenge surrounds these tormented characters in both these anime. If you enjoy seeing how people react and solve their emotional problems that arise check one out if you liked the other.

Mushishi

Mushishi

It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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valondar valondar says...

This rec only applies to the third and final arc of Ayakashi, 'Bakeneko' (the last three episodes), which is arguably the only part worth watching. In any event, in both Bakeneko and Mushishi there is a soft-spoken excorist who is able to remove troublesome spirits, which are often oddly psychological in origin. Both each also feature absolutely gorgeous and very Japanese-feeling artwork.

Funkgun Funkgun says...

The fact that both of these titles are rather episodic is one thing, but that they deal with the supernatural is another.

Ayakashi is  darker in the overall  stories but the final short story involves a traveling practitioner with great knowledge of the supernatural like Ginko in Mushishi.