The Dark Myth

Alt title: Ankoku Shinwa

OVA (2 eps x 50 min)
1990
1.861 out of 5 from 231 votes
Rank #9,314

In ancient times, Susano-oh conquered Orochi with the Kusanagi sword and was named the God of Darkness. In the present, signs of Susano-oh's manifestation on Earth are beginning to take place, including the shattering of a stone Flayed Colt. Caught in the middle is Takeshi, a young man who is forced to receive stigmata-like marks on his body from the ancient gods; an impending sign that he will soon be reincarnated as Brahman's alter ego, Atman. Meanwhile, the Kikuchi clan is after Takeshi and has a strange interest in the events taking place. The fate of all mankind is at stake; will demons or humans be the victor?

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Thrawn Sep 24, 2018
Score 2/10

Story: Heh, Dark Myth is a highly intellectual religious piece that masterfully combines Shinto, Buddhasm and Hindu with geographical Japan and extensive historical facts into one exemplary euphoric piece that requires a intellectual to fully comprehend as well as knowledge in comparative religious studies to fully understand the metaphysical story that juxtaposes the past with the present and... read more

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roriconfan Mar 29, 2012
Score 4.5/10

A fine example of an early metaphysical thriller anime but nothing more.

ART SECTION: 7/10 [The quality of animation is definitely above average.]
- The general artwork is a typical modern world with occult touches. The setting itself is not interesting but the way it is presented is pretty close to cult movies, such as The Ring and Dark Water. It uses a similar way by having eerie and macabre... read more

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  • Vol: 1; Ch: 7
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