Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror - Recommendations

Alt title: Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales

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Requiem from the Darkness

Requiem from the Darkness

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...

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sothis sothis says...

Hundred Stories and Ayakashi are incredibly similar. The animation in the last arc of Ayakashi is a lot like Hundred Stories, but more so, the plot in both is incredibly messed up and dark. Again, this recommendation works the best for the LAST arc in Ayakashi, but overall both of these are amazingly disturbing horror stories that won't disappoint. If you liked one, you will definitely like the other.

runpsicat runpsicat says...

Quite similar in terms of mood, both series choose a historical backdrop to showcase the uncanny as well as the darker impulses inherent in man. In particular, the third short story in Ayakashi featuring an itinerant "exorcist" will strike a chord with Hundred Stories enthusiasts (and vice versa).

Macabre Macabre says...

These two series take a look at the darker sides of human desires and human personalities. Thus it shares a kinship with Ayakashi as you watch some of the characters descend into madness or how loved ones turn on each other for their own selfish reasons.

tasanime tasanime says...

Both Requiem from the Darkness and Ayakashi are dark and mysterious, and have animation and sound that is in tune with the horrific themes explored. Both are must-sees for fans of the horror/mystery genre.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

Both set many centuries ago, Requiem and Ayakashi rely on a story teller to recount their tales of ghosts and horror. Rooted firmly in ancient Japanese and asian mythology, the complex tales are retold drawing you deeper into the story.

If youenjoy one, you are sure to enjoy the other, although I would also recommend a 101 in Japanese folk tales.

Pet Shop of Horrors

Pet Shop of Horrors

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.

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sothis sothis says...

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.

Ran Ran says...

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.

EnseiChan EnseiChan says...

Same feel, similar themes, similar animation even as far as I can recall, just that Pet shop... has slightly more of a 'western' take on mythical creatures.

Taybella99 Taybella99 says...

The watching experience was very similar between the two as long as you can get over the differnece of historical Japan vs like 90's America. Ayakashi also tells 3 different stories over 11 episodes, while Pet Shop of Horrors has a new customer each of the 4 episodes. They both seemed to delve into the darker side of the human psyche, but that just pulled you further into the stories.

Hell Girl

Hell Girl

Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…

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tasanime tasanime says...

Ayakashi and Hell Girl are must sees for fans of the horror/mystery genre. Both anime will leave you gasping at the design and detail, and horrified at the choices man makes and the power he seeks.

Ran Ran says...

Both Ayakashi and Jigoku Shoujo have the same slow pace, soft horror elements, and quiet emotional aspect. If you liked the ambiance in one, you'll also like the other.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

Both Jigoku Shoujo and Ayakashi - JCH are basically collections of horror stories centered around cruelty and revenge. While they both unmistakably contain horror elements, they are much more focussed on the suffering of humans rather than blockbuster horror gimmicks to make you jump from your chair or uncontrollably vomit. Whoever is looking for more revenge stories with a supernatural horror twist, look no further! This one is just that.

SabakunoYana SabakunoYana says...

These two episodic series show the effects that a vengeance, full of grudge and sorrow, summoning supernatural powers, could bring to the life of who want revenge and who are the objective of it.

Memories

Memories

This set of 3 fantastic stories will take you from the haunting delusions of a space explorer, to a bio-chemical threat with the power to wipe out all of Tokyo, and finally to a day in the life of a young boy who lives in a world ruled by cannons. These stores will capture you with their intriguing storylines and awe inspiring artwork.

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tasanime tasanime says...

Both Ayakashi and Memories are a selection of three short stories told within their own genres. Both aim to examine these chosen themes through different types of animation for each short story, and are good introductions to either love or malice.

ZenithAstrali ZenithAstrali says...

Memories and Ayakashi are both short series of three stories. Although different in setting, style and feeling, both of them are intriguing and can keep you wondering about what's going to happen next.

chii chii says...

Each anime has several different stories within their genre. Memories takes on the sci-fi part where Ayakashi takes on horror. Both are sure to please if you are interested in either genre and just wanting to sit down for a quick story that will leave you satisfied.

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

Both of these Anime embark on a mission to craft several interesting stories within their respective genres (Ayakashi being horror and Memories being Science Fiction). The results are different with some stories being bad and others amazing. The frequent change of emotional tone and visual style can be found in both of these Anime.

Aoi Bungaku Series

Aoi Bungaku Series

Sometimes the greatest distance is between people. Whether a man alienates himself from society with a façade of cheerfulness, or two friends fail to communicate their feelings of betrayal, invisible barriers plague mankind. Although love should bring people together, when a stoic renter and a dutiful monk choose to court a widow’s daughter, their mutual affections drive a bitter gap between them. During each encounter filled with mistrust and despair, the flaws of human nature slowly reveal themselves...

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Omurqi Omurqi says...

Ayakashi YCH and Aoi Bungaku are both collections of book adaptions from famous classic Japanese literature. Each adaption is done in a couple of episodes, and the feeling these stories have is a dark one. The visual style and tone of the different stories differs greatly, giving you something new every arc. If you enjoyed one of these series, most definitely do not miss out on the other, they are two of the same!

Keep in mind that Aoi Bungaku is a 2009 show with top notch production values, while JCH is from 2006 and looks, despite having good style, more dated.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Ayakashi and Aoi Bungaku are compilation series, where each portion was created by a different staff, and has a completely different flavor from the rest of the series. Both are beautifully animated, and more mature feeling than most anime. (Also sometimes there's gore)

Suimin Suimin says...

While watching these two shows around the same time, I couldn't help but think they were perfect for each other. Each contain a number of classic Japanese stories and folklore which are mainly horror. If you like one, you should definitely check out the other.

snivets snivets says...

Mixing mature horror tales with classic Japanese tales, both Aoi Bungaku and Ayakashi also boast high quality animation. Fans of one should definitely check out the other.

Mermaid Forest TV

Mermaid Forest TV

Legend says that if the flesh of a mermaid is consumed, the body becomes immortal. However, with the small chance of immortality comes a high chance of being poisoned, morphing and mutating into a monster beyond comprehension. Yuta is a wanderer: one of the few who has eaten the flesh and survived, and lived to tell about it -- for 500 years. By chance, Yuta meets a young woman named Mana who also shares the same fate, and together, they wander the land, searching for a mermaid who can free them from their immortal lives.

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sothis sothis says...

Mermaid's Forest and Ayakashi are both made up of a dark and grim arc of stories that have a very similar tone and feel. Though there are a great deal of horror series out there, very few capture my attention and truly seem disturbing; Mermaid's Forest and Ayakashi are two of them. If you liked one, check out the other.

OldMan OldMan says...

Although very different storywise, both series have a tendency to explore the darkness of human feelings and obsessions. This is saying a lot, for a great deal of aspects linked to the above are dealt with in both shows. If you are, like me, a fan of such sinister horror stories where, besides a great deal of suspense, you are sometimes left with a feel of sadness and disgust due to their intensity, I’d recommend you watch both these series!

chii chii says...

Both anime have a very dark and creepy feel to them while bring unique stories to the table. Both have a wide range of characters that are sure to make you love or hate them but all in all enjoy the ride. If you liked one check out the other.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

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.

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Karasune Karasune 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. 

Brad Brad 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. 

Midori

Midori

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...

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IDDKyewD IDDKyewD says...

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.

chii chii says...

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.

Mushishi

Mushishi

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.

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valondar valondar says...

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.

Funkgun Funkgun says...

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.  

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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sothis sothis says...

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.

Eneeli Eneeli says...

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.