Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

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Toshi Densetsu Monogatari Hikiko

Toshi Densetsu Monogatari Hikiko

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?

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sothis sothis says...

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.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

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.

Kari5 Kari5 says...

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 that Japanese horror fans might be interested in.

Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror

Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror

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.

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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. 

Kaidan Restaurant

Kaidan Restaurant

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.

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Kari5 Kari5 says...

Both of these are episodic horror stories and although neither are particularly scary, they came sometimes be creepy. Kaidan Restaurant, although less spooky, is the better of the two titles.

Kagewani

Kagewani

Mysterious monsters called "UMA" suddenly appear in the present day and attack humans. The scientist Sousuke Banba pursues the truth with the keyword "Kagewani," a word that literally means "Shadow Crocodile."

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Kari5 Kari5 says...

Both of these shows are horror shots that are (mostly) episodic. The type of horror it uses it also very similar (relies mostly on suspense and a few jump scares), and the art style is almost identical. If you liked one, I highly recommend checking out the other.

Inuki Kanako Zekkyou Collection: Gakkou ga Kowai!

Inuki Kanako Zekkyou Collection: Gakkou ga Kowai!

Bukida is disliked by all the students in his class because of his unpleasant face. However, he loves a girl named Matsuko and so he stalks her. Though Matsuko rejects him, Bukida fancies she likes him at heart. One day, Bukida is killed in a traffic accident. Matsuko feels relieved. But Bukida appeared to her as the living dead. Bukida says, "I love you forever, even though I am dead!".

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Kari5 Kari5 says...

Both of these titles are creepy Japanese Horror collections. While Yamishibai is a series of short episodes, Inuki Kanako Zekkyou Collection is a collection of stories surrounding one character in a single OVA episode. While I think fans of horror anime will find some entertainment in both, Yamishibai is the far better of the two.