Posted by psgels on 1 May 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews, Ayakashi ~Japanese Classic Horror~



Ayakashi ~ Japanese Classic Horror is divided in three individual stories. Each of them stands alone and has nothing to do with the other two. They also share a totally different art style, atmosphere, motives and characters for each of these tales.

Ayakashi begins with the story called Yotsuya Kaidan. The first episode is horrible, it starts just so boring, and keeps this on until the end of it. But then again, that was easily the worst episode of Ayakashi. The good part starts at the second episode, when some great deaths come past the screen, ending at the fourth episode with a satisfying climax. The art style is really old-fashoned, though it remains ugly. Though I guess that that was meant to be that way, as the theme of this story is ugly as well. It’s about the evil that humans can accomplish, and these humans eventually get punished. The characters are all horrible bastards, with a few exception, which only makes it more enjoyable to watch when these characters go berserk. Still, even though it was an enjoyable tale, the story itself is mostly one-layered, with a small exception in the second and third episode.

Then comes the tale Ten Shu Mono Gatari, and if it wasn’t for the fact that they share both the name Ayakashi, I would’ve been unable to identify it with Yotsuya Kaidan. Ten Shu Mono Gatari is suddenly a love story, the total opposite of its predecessor. The Horror-part of Ayakashi is also nowhere to be found in this story, it’s just a normal human and a supernatural being falling in love with each other. The art looks really nice this time, especially when compared to Yotsuya Kaidan. The first three episodes build up perfectly, and end into a very satisfying climax. Though, I have to say that Yotsuya Kaidan is the better one of these two, as it featured some memorable scenes, and it has chaos included which Ten Shu Mono Gatari misses.

Then the third story, Bake Neko, comes. And without a doubt it’s the highlight of the series. The art turns into something really unique, I can only say that I loved it, though it takes some time getting used to. The Horror-part is finally clearly distinctable, and the entire three episodes it consists of turn into an amazing roller-coaster ride with a couple of amazing quiet moments. The characters are each wonderful, and I haven’t even began about the story, which was truly one of the best ones I’ve yet to see.

Overall, I’m recommending Ayakashi ~ Japanese Classic Horror. Especially to the ones who love great deaths, though the fans of love-stories will also be satisfied, and even if you’re not one of these people, just give this series a chance. The first episode is what turned most people off, though it you manage to survive that one, you get treated to some brilliant scenes. You can also just skip the first eight episodes, and immediately turn to Bake Neko if you wish, as each of the stories have no relationships with each other.

Yotsuya Kaidan Rating: 85/100
Ten Shu Mono Gatari Rating: 81/100
Bake Neko Rating: 94/100
Final Rating: 87/100

4 Responses

  1. Hopeless says:

    Apart from Bake Neko, I thought the first two arcs were flawed. Too much time for too little in Ten Shu (I never really saw the romance as a good one, either, it just seemed to happen), while Kaiden just decided to hit a high point in the second episode then decline increasingly into absurdity. Both had a few amazing moments, but otherwise they seemed to drag. A 30-40 minute OVA, in my opinion, would have suited them much better.

    Bake Neko, though, I found much better, and definatly the highlight of the series by some degree.

  2. Archer says:

    i started watching this recently because i am going to watch Mononoke soon and i wanted to start first by watching the bake neko story but i watched the entire 3 story’s and i can say that the first two were nothing really special to me,the first one was ok had it’s good,horror moments and the second was ok but not something i enjoyed that much and then comes finally Bake Neko,definitely the best of this three story’s,the animation fits perfectly,the story is very good and the horror part is present to in a great way,if is hard to say how amazing the last story was you just have to watch it to understand it and now i am going to continue with Mononoke

  3. mhyta says:

    it’s nice story but i don’t know what does “ayakashi” mean………..

  4. Nanoko says:

    Yotsuya Kaidan was my favorite of the first two. I’m actually watching Bake Neko right now and so far I’m really loving it. Tenshu Monogatari was my least favorite, especially when it came to the artwork. It just looked so lazy. The story was alright, but it wasn’t anything to cream your pants over. Yotsuya Kaidan and Bake Neko both have such unique art styles, they really stand out from any other animes.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:24 AM)
    Out of manga I would give the title to TWGOK though quite frankly I don’t consider that a genuine harem series. But a notable potential would be Shinigami-sama to 4-nin no Kanojo.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:23 AM)
    @Aidan Interesting. I definitely think I have a better idea of where you’re coming from now.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:20 AM)
    Though that would only go for the first Season of tenchi muyo. Second was ok and from what I hear the third was pretty dreadful.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:19 AM)
    I wouldn’t give the crown for best harem to NiseKoi. Cause to at least earn that you have to do something new.
    Quite honestly I would give the title of best harem to Tenchi Muyo. Partly due to nostalgia and partly because it was a pretty good show. You would be hard pressed to find a haremette like Ryouko, that’s for damn sure.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:17 AM)
    @AidanAK47 I obviously disagree with a lot of your assessment but rather than post my disagreements, I’d like to ask you, if Nisekoi is a “Bargain Bin Harem” what do you consider to be a top-shelf harem? Or do you agree with my assessment that your perception of the harem genre is monolithic?
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:14 AM)
    Of course I never went into this thing expecting the harem to get resolved. It’s like walking into a bar in daytime expecting a hot single girl looking for you at the counter. No matter how much you wish it, it ain’t never gonna happen.
    So i took the fake progress with a grain of salt.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:11 AM)
    Funny? Most it got from me was a occasional smirk. Art? Not really, it’s a decent style but if I want Art in a harem I mights as well go to To Love-Ru. Actually now that I think about it NiseKoi pretty much is To love-Ru before it decided to stop teasing and put something out.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:07 AM)
    @Ninja, I don’t deny reading it up to date. Still not sure why I did. Guess it was something to do a work besides you know…work.(Not that I ever have enough work to get through the day. Hell I finish it all mostly in the first two hours. Not that I will ever tell them that.)
    But Ninja, IT IS BARGAIN BIN HAREM. The characters? Seen them all before. Hell most of them are copy pasted from to love-ru.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:52 AM)
    @K-Off I was mostly objecting to Aidan’s description of Nisekoi as “Bargain Bin Harem”. I realize that he thinks all harem’s are bargain bin but it’s misleading to people who don’t have his same prejudices and actually rate harem series according to a quality gradient.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:51 AM)
    @Emma @K-Off About the visuals in Nisekoi: I have been a Shinbo fan since Soultaker. Although I’m not a Monogatari fan it’s no hyperbole to say I’m absolutely in love with his style of direction.

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