Posted by psgels on 10 September 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Horror-fans will love this one. Pet Shop of Horrors is about the owner of a pet shop in Chinatown, New York, whose name is Count D and sells all kinds of ordinary, exotic and even mythical animals to his clients. It’s basically a case-based series: the four episodes all focus on a different client of his, where their pets have a massive impact on their lives.

And it’s these cases that really make this anime shine. They’re all surprisingly deep and thought-provoking. As each case starts to unfold, you’ll be thinking something along the lines of “why the heck did Count D sell such a dangerous animal?”. Then the climax comes with a twist, and everything suddenly makes sense. Not only that, but each of these cases makes you look at death from a very different perspective than usual.

While the cases are deep, I wish I could say the same of Count D; he’s pretty much the weakness of this OVA. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an interesting character, and he’s got definite potential, but he just isn’t fleshed out or developed properly at all. We never know how the guy gets his pets, we never know why he’s selling pets when the danger of being arrested is so high. In fact, I’m surprised that nobody found the fact that he forbids all his customers to show their pets to others strange. In episode four, he also does something that basically isn’t explained anywhere. We also never find out why all his pets look like humans.

Still, if you’re looking for case-studies or horror, this is a nice recommendation. Pet Shop of Horrors uses the traditional Japanese style of creating a creepy atmosphere through storytelling, and it does so pretty well. The soundtrack, while not amazing, is sufficient in helping to achieve this effect. Just be aware that the fourth episode isn’t the best of the cases, so it might disappoint a bit. It was by no means bad, though.

4 Responses

  1. Lika says:

    It’s based off of a ten volume manga, so yeah, there’s sadly quite a bit cut out. xD

    The animals appear human because of the incense, but also because that’s apparently the real appearances of the animals, in a way. There’s a lot of background behind Count D and I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read/finished the manga yet, but there IS a reason behind why he’s handing out the pets, and no, D is definitely not human.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Ah, that makes sense. Still, I’d have loved to see a bigger adaptation of the manga, since I don’t think I’ll be reading it anytime soon (I’m not that big of a manga-reader).

  3. Gabest says:

    Watched it, loved it, I wish there were more… Btw, it reminded me to Gremlins and the Outer Limits episode Alienshop.

  4. Mythophile says:

    The manga series is around 10 volumes long. The anime is just a small sampling of some of the stories.

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  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:57 AM)
    and they couldn’t physically wean off it without the inevitable torture. They just went through lots of isolation, sleep, and weed (which happened to work for them personally but isn’t the case for everyone) so it’s hard to say without coming off as authoritative.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:52 AM)
    Now weaning off meth is different for everybody, and without personally knowing your friend I’d be hesitant to make any flippant recommendations like “take this, do this,” etc. But if it helps my close group of friends often dealt with it as well,
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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:49 AM)
    @Bam It’s one of those strongest games I’ve played this year, and I also played the hell out of the original. But I can’t speak for the console port so you’ll have to read up on that at least. Otherwise I recommend you buy it, it’s worth the price.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:38 AM)
    Also I’m helpin this girl get off meth. Do you know of any medication that alleviates the withdrawal symptoms? Somewhat like how Methadone and Suboxone help Opiate users.
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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:35 AM)
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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 04:27 AM)
    @Bam For those shows that don’t need more than a few sentences and are legitimately blase (as opposed to assumed beforehand), if I don’t have anything meaningful to say about a show, I feel it’s a waste of everyone’s time writing about it.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:57 AM)
    @K-off: no but you’re right tho. There are shows that you can write a dissertation on each of its episodes, and then there’s others that you’ll be stretching it past a few sentences. They don’t all deserve the same treatment.
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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:50 AM)
    @Aidan Gamestop is a block from my apartment, and I couldn’t find anything better than 60 online.
    @Bam I said that in humor, but I agree every show has an audience and it wouldn’t hurt to get to those less covered animes every now and then. Hell, I remember psgels reviewing AKB0048 and ended up actually liking it.
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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:15 AM)
    Also I vaguely remember hearing about Belladona, might check out the remastered at some point.
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    @Kaiser: then Harmony is just like Empire of Corpses, a waste of good animation. Oh well, I’ll watch it once and forget about it then. Is there a torrent out for it already?

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