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Kakurenbo (2005)

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A young boy named Hikora enters the ruins of a forbidden city with a group of other children to play "Otokoyo" (a game of hide-and-seek where the players are said to be kidnapped by ghosts and demons) to find his missing sister.


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Credited cast:
Dan Green ...
Yaimao (voice)
Mika Ishibashi ...
Tachiji (voice)
Akiko Kobayashi ...
Suku (voice)
Rei Naito ...
Noshiga (voice)
Rei Saito ...
Noshiga (voice)
Sean Schemmel ...
Noshiga (voice)
Michael Sinterniklaas ...
Hikora (voice)
Masami Suzuki ...
Sorincha (voice)
Junko Takeuchi ...
Hikora (voice)
Veronica Taylor ...
Suku (voice)
Makoto Ueki ...
Yaimao (voice)
Tom Wayland ...
Tachiji (voice)


In a street where no one lives, there is a rumor saying that if you play the game 'Otokoyo', or hide and seek after dark, demons will come and take you away. One night, 8 children play the game, each for their own reasons. A boy named Hikora has joined in search of his missing sister who played the game last. But when the game does begin, it becomes apparent that the rumors were true, and that children do get taken away, and Hikora discovers the fate of the one who is "it". Written by OMG!

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26 October 2007 (Japan)  »

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KakuRemBo  »

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A wonderful chilling tale
13 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This starts out really creepy, talking about a game where children wear fox masks to play a hide and seek game and when children will go missing from it. We have a strange band of characters that are brought together by the fight to survive a game that they know they could be killed in. There really isn't much I can say about the show since I really don't want to spoil if for you. It's one I say you should watch. Also would like to note, very rarely does a Writer also become the director of his own show but in this case, it happened. Shuuhei Morita actually not only wrote the show, he was the director and producer of it. I think that is part of why this was done so well. Because he had a point to put across and it wasn't diluted by anyone else in the way.

Now for the psychological part of this, I had to look at Wikipedia. Sadly I couldn't get it but now I see what the show was actually trying to show. The idea was that Tokyo was losing its aesthetic, its beauty for a more industrial looking life. If you look at its aesthetic before being like a child, then you can see where a child's game turning into a scare trip in a large abandoned city more based on industry could lie. Sadly, if I told anymore, I would be doing spoilers again.

The animation style feels much like a cut scene from a rather well made game. The mixture of 3D and cell shaded textures are almost seamless although once in a while they use the same model over and over again. There are times when you will see very small clips of what all the characters are doing to stay alive and sometimes they don't seem to be congruent at all. They are placed randomly to break things up and so it ends up a bit hard to tell where everything is taking place. Still I fully love the post-apocalyptic feel they have for the show. It's hard to tell where the show is taking place because it's a large mixture of Japanese structures and yet the demons have a more hindu looking design. At least that's in my mind.

Surprisingly, this was actually dubbed and the dub is rather well done in my book. Voices work for many of the characters in how I would picture them sounding, some might be whinny but it was the personalities were the only things that annoyed me, not the voices. The music captures the mood well and keeps you hyped up long after watching it.

Again, you should watch it if you like thrillers or anything psychological. I thought it was amazing for how short it was.

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