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.
Satoshi returns to his hometown after years of being away, carrying with him terrible memories of his past. He remembers the day Satoko Kisiki joined his class – it was the rainy season, and her unusual body made her an easy target for cruel bullying, though Satoshi never took part in the mean tricks that were played on her. However, soon he found himself relentlessly chased by a mysterious and deformed girl whose long dark hair obscured her face. Was this a simple case of a joke gone too far, or was a poor, mistreated girl looking to take revenge on those who made her life miserable?
Yamishibai and Hikiko deal with urban legends and are horror - neither are very good in my opinion, and the animation is fairly bizarre in both too. Regardless of my personal ratings, though, I do think fans of one would likely appreciate the other.
Both deal with urban horror stories and have an unusual art style. I wouldn't say either are a particularly good example of the genre, but fans of one should check the other out.
If you like creepy horror, but nothing too scary, I'd recommend both of these titles. Neither is very good, and the animation is odd, but they both tell creepy urban legends stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.