Requiem from the Darkness

Requiem from the Darkness is an anime series in the Requiem from the Darkness franchise
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To the next world, We comit thee....... And thus, the bells of the Requiem are heard thoughout the land, bringing thoughs untastful people to their end.

The last years of the Tokugawa Shogunate were a time of upheaval in Japan as the fast-changing 19th-century world invaded its ancient culture; yet the old tales of demons and goblins remained popular through the new era into the present. Author Momosuke Yamaoka, weary of writing for children, is on the road gathering material for a planned horror anthology book, which he intends to call A Hundred Stories. He meets three strange companions, shapeshifting bird caller Nagamimi, puppeteer Ogin, and trickster monk Mataichi, who call themselves the Ongyo-see Yin Yang Master. They are "legend detectives," investigating the old tales to find the truth behind them and bring those responsible for wrongdoing to justice-compare to Mushishi. Each time he meets them, supernatural events and strange incidents follow, such as the capture of a tanuki rumored to be a shapeshifter (see Pompoko), or a criminal who keeps coming back from the dead.

Author Natsuhiko Kyogoku's original novel has echoes of Judge and Zatoichi (*DE), since Momosuke and his associates often act as agents of justice where no other justice can touch their victims, or classic tales of wanderers taking on jobs too dirty for the locals, such as Yojimbo. His earlier horror works have won literary honors and found their way to the movie screen-Kwaidan: Eternal Love (Warau Iemon) and live-action TV, but this is the first anime based on his work. The color palette is limited and the worst of the gore implied rather than shown, which gives the show the spooky feel of late-night movies watched in a quiet, dark house. Many of the other staffers have backgrounds in both anime and live-action horror: Haishima composed the score for Night Head (*DE), for example, while Perfect Blue scenarist Murai also wrote episodes of Wizard of Darkness (*DE). NV
Series Credits
Person Name Episode Count
Hideki Tonokatsu
4
Masaki Hyuga
1
Kuniaki Haishima
4
Tomohiro Koyama
4

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Name Requiem from the Darkness
Name: 京極夏彦 巷説百物語
Romaji: Kyogoku Natsuhiko Kosetsu Hyaku Monogatari
Publisher TMS Entertainment
Start Year 2004
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Aliases Kyogoku Natsuhiko KH Monogatari Natsuhiko Kyogoku's Worldly Horror Stories
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