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...
The hillsides of feudal Japan are no longer safe; men are being brutally murdered by mysterious, grotesque ninjas that don't seem to die, leaving a wake of terror in their path. In the midst of the chaos, a young girl named Rangiku wanders the land with a ninja named Manajiri, searching for the man who murdered her family and stole their most prized possession: a doll that has the ability to move on its own. With gruesome enemies to conquer and revenge at hand, Rangiku must use her skill of controlling her wooden dolls to destroy everything in their path, or die trying!
Both of these anime are set in a feudal era, but with a fantasy twist. There is plenty of horror to keep you on the edge of your seat, some interesting story telling, and an awesome cast. If gore doesn't turn your stomach and you're looking for some classic horror, check these two out.
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.
Demons are escaping from the underworld, and causing much havoc on the population. Possessing both human bodies and artifacts alike, the demons are inconspicuously forcing people to commit murders; the demons must be stopped! The task of returning – or exterminating – the offenders lies with Enma, Kapaeru, and the talking witch hat Shapoji; can Enma and the gang banish the demons before things get out of hand?
Two shows with similar motifs and storytelling. Both take advantage of unique artistry and the Japanese soul to weave a story that is breath-taking and disturbing at the same time.
Hundred Stories and Enma are horror anime with similar themes, that pull similar "twists", and have similar problems in their narratives (namely, the inability to decide whether they want to be episodic or otherwise).
When the last two remaining members of the Ghost Tribe died, they left with them Kitarou - a one-eyed ghoulish child with a sinister cackle and a penchant for the supernatural. From day to day Kitarou tries his best to fit in at school (while failing miserably), thwart the fiendish schemes of the crude and rude Rat Man, and get the attention of the lovely and kind Neko Girl. with the help of his father-turned-talking-eyeball and his nervous and confused caretaker, Kitarou must learn to be the best Ghost Tribe heir that he can be!
The artistic styles in both series are very reminiscent of each other, and add a lot to the enjoyment of watching them. In addition, they deal with similar themes--people getting caught up in a supernatural world they don't really understand, and the ones who are their contacts within the world guiding them along. Additionally, the music chosen to accompany the anime is stylistically unexpected, which adds another interesing depth to the overall experience.
Both Requiem and Hakaba are episodic in nature, finding inspiration from myths and legends from both Japan and around the world. A slightly lighthearted view is taken at times, along side the creepy, giving the viewer a rollercoaster ride through a world of monsters and demons.
If you enjoy a good supernatural show, these are both highly enjoyable examples from withing the genre.
In present-day Japan, Toshihiko Momota is member of a secret warrior faction called the Kifuuken. The Kifuuken is dedicated to destroying Shokujinji - humans that turn into man-eating monsters when hunger takes them. However, to fate's chagrin, Momota meets and quickly falls for Yuka, a Shokujinji herself! Will their love be able to overcome Yuka's insatiable appetite for human flesh, or will the couple be destroyed by the bestial tendencies of humanity?
Just the settings in the both of them are screaming out:
a. watch while 16 and under are sleeping (For all the moms and dads out there!)
b. makes great for creeping out people at parties.
Kemonozume and Requiem from the Darkness both have very unusual animation styles where even ordinary things look skewed and nightmarish. Both also include alot of mature themes and both have a way of bluring the line between human and monster.