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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.