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Shou, Ako and Reiko are three friends who live in a spooky town filled with ghost stories and haunted places, such as the abandoned Kaidan Restaurant. From an encounter with a bullied classmate at school who’s acting strangely like a cat to vacationing in the countryside near a forest where a boy once drowned, the trio often find themselves in the middle of supernatural tales of terror. Whether they’re telling frightful legends or inadvertently interacting with the dead, Shou, Ako and Reiko will experience the scary side of life with curiosity and camaraderie.
Admittedly, Ayakashi is way more adult than Kaidan Restaurant (as the latter is more lighthearted - sort of - and deals with kiddy type ghost stories), but if you're into episode ghost stories these are two great ones to check out.
Stories are told in that same calm manner, like typical Japanese ghost storytellers do. There is little dramatics in the narration which is good, since it lets the anticipation build up slowly and the mind gets to run on its own.
That's how I like my ghost stories.
However, in Ayakashi, the stunning visuals speak for themselves. In Kaidan Restaurant, your imagination is merely aided along by the friendly subtle scenes which comes across as creepy rather than full-blown scary.
At the Kokumondo book store, Suzuri will do whatever it takes to find the most rare and historic artifacts for his customers – in fact, the man has just procured a tale of a terrifying spider monster who ate the men of a village one by one. But when Suzuri's assistant Mizuki opened the book, little did the two know that the monster herself would be unsealed from the pages, nor that she'd be an adorable little girl!
Wasurenagumo seems like it could have been a story from Ayakashi. The mood is very similar, and the twists and turns it takes add to that feeling. If you watched and enjoyed Wasurenagumo or Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror and want more, you'll definitely want to give the other a try.
Horror tales in short formats, Wasurenagumo and Ayakashi will both raise the hair on the back of your neck. If you liked the atmosphere in either show, check out the other for similar supernatural vibes.
Ever since childhood, Kintoki (commonly known as Kai Doh Maru) has lived a difficult life of bloodshed, as a woman who was raised to be like a man. With the help of her mentor and comrades, she helps defend her city from evil spirits and beings that threaten it. However, Kintoki cannot forget her past, and soon, her past will catch up to her...
In purely style terms, the last story told in Ayakashi-Japanese Classic Horror recalled Kai Doh Maru to me because they are both attempting to emulate Edo period woodblock prints. In Ayakashi, the colors are muted and the backgrounds and characters appear to be painted in water colors, with even the yellowed and wrinkled look of old woodblock prints coming through to the viewer. Kai Doh Maru also strives for an original look with faded colors and an almost woodblock look to it. This isn't to say the stories are really all that similar, but if you have an interest in creative art styles and liked the last story in Ayakashi, check out Kai Doh Maru.
Kurahashi has never been the same since the hallucinations started. His condition is not medical in nature, and only seems to be triggered by an antique glass which shows him things he never would wish to see. For Kurahashi, figuring out the mystery of the Petit Cossette that appears to him in his waking dreams is a matter of life or death... and his sanity...
In the human world, there live demonic invaders named Shinma who prey upon the fragile souls of humans. The only hope for the humans is one of demonkind: Miyu, who is fated to destroy the Shinma and send them back to whence they came. Although half-human herself, as well as living amongst them as a typical high school student, she bears no compassion for those she saves, as well as condemns. Along with Larva, her subservient, Miyu sets out to destroy evil, one Shinma at a time.
Similar to Vampire Princess Miyu TV, Ayakashi Japanese Horror focuses on individual stories with a dark twist. If you like stories that delve into the characters but turn out not so sweet, you'll enjoy Vampire Princess Miyu. Both are very 'Japanese' with the ghosts and characters they depict.