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Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales 

Ayakashi (original title)
The series is made up of three stories: "Yotsuya Ghost Story", an adaptation of the classic Japanese ghost story; "Goddess of the Dark Tower", and Goblin Cat.
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Series cast summary:
John Novak ...  Shuri Odawara / ... 6 episodes, 2006
Kelly Sheridan ...  Kayo / ... 6 episodes, 2006
Sam Vincent ...  Kikimaru / ... 6 episodes, 2006
Hiroaki Hirata ...  Iemon Tamiya 4 episodes, 2006
Mami Koyama ...  Oiwa Tamiya 4 episodes, 2006
Osamu Saka Osamu Saka ...  Nanboku Tsuruya 4 episodes, 2006
Brian Dobson ...  Iemon Tamiya 4 episodes, 2006
Michael Dobson ...  Kuhei Yamazumi 4 episodes, 2006
Ron Halder Ron Halder ...  Tsuruya Nanboku 4 episodes, 2006
Willow Johnson ...  Tomihime 4 episodes, 2006
Kirby Morrow ...  Zushonosuke Himekawa 4 episodes, 2006
Nicole Oliver ...  Oiwa Tamiya 4 episodes, 2006
Tracey Power Tracey Power ...  Oshizu 4 episodes, 2006
Jason Simpson ...  Chobei Akiyama / ... 4 episodes, 2006
Lee Tockar ...  Takeda Harima-nokami 4 episodes, 2006
Cathy Weseluck ...  Shita-Naga-Uba 4 episodes, 2006
Alec Willows ...  Kaikaimaru 4 episodes, 2006
Michael Adamthwaite ...  Yomoshichi Sato 3 episodes, 2006
Trevor Devall ...  Odajima / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Paul Dobson ...  Yoshikuni Sakai 3 episodes, 2006
Brian Drummond ...  Takuetsu 3 episodes, 2006
Andrew Francis ...  Medicine Peddler 3 episodes, 2006
Andrew Kavadas ...  Sasaoka 3 episodes, 2006
Terry Klassen ...  Kohei Kobotoke 3 episodes, 2006
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Scott McNeil ...  Yoshiyuki Sakai 3 episodes, 2006
Tabitha St. Germain ...  Sato / ... 3 episodes, 2006
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Don Brown ...  Kihei Ito 2 episodes, 2006
Ken Kramer ...  Katsuyama 2 episodes, 2006
Alison Matthews ...  Mizue Sakai 2 episodes, 2006
Shirley Millner Shirley Millner ...  Omaki 2 episodes, 2006
Kathy Morse Kathy Morse ...  Okuma 2 episodes, 2006
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Moneca Stori ...  Nadeshiko 2 episodes, 2006
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The series is made up of three stories: "Yotsuya Ghost Story", an adaptation of the classic Japanese ghost story; "Goddess of the Dark Tower", and Goblin Cat.

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Official Sites:

Toei Animation [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 January 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Toei Animation See more »
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Runtime:

(11 Episodes)

Color:

Color
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Kenji Nakamura! And some other chumps!
19 June 2012 | by wandereramorSee all my reviews

Ayakashi is an anthology series adapting three classical Japanese horror stories into animated form. That makes it sound like an eat-your-vegetables series, but it's willing to anime-ify the stories enough to make them more palatable to a mass audience. There are lots of things you can fault the series for, but being too dry and educational isn't one of them. (It also reminds me of the superior Aoi Bungaki/Blue Literature.)

The first two stories are pretty humdrum, full of bad people doing terrible things to each other and being punished for them by supernatural entities. The animation is good, but not really interesting enough to be worth viewing by itself. The main issues is that these stories just aren't scary -- they're more of a historical tragedy and a fantasy story respectively, although they don't do too well at those genres either.

The third arc suffers from similar writing issues but is noteworthy for being the directing debut of Kenji Nakamura, one of the most striking and bizarre directors working in TV anime today. These episodes might be an example of some of his best visual work, with strange designs and beautiful effects, producing if not horror at least a kind of intimidation. This story (the last three episodes) is worth seeking out, if only as a visual treat. Since the arcs are completely separate stories, you can safely skip the rest of the series.


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