Requiem From The Darkness

A&E (ended 2003)


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Requiem From The Darkness

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The setting is the end of the Edo period amid political strife and human suffering. Young Momosuke, an aspiring author, sets out on a journey to collect 100 stories to make into a book. Right away he meets up with a trio of outlaws: Mataichi the Trickster, Ogin the Puppeteer and Nagamimi the Bird Caller. As they travel, the group encounters the most twisted and horrible parts of human nature. It is the task of this group to punish each person in a manner fitting their crimes - a gruesome undertaking to say the least... Thus, the bells of the requiem are heard throughout the land... Opening Song: "The Flame" Closing Song: "The Moment Of Love" Synopsis: Near the end of the Edo Period, the son of wealthy merchants decides to turn his back on his family's profession and become an author instead. While he has done little but write children's riddles, he hits upon the idea of writing a collection of stories about the mysterious and the supernatural. One rainy night, a chance encounter with a monk and his strange associates on a mountain will pull the author into a world of darkness he can scarcely begin to imagine. He finds himself pulled along with a trio of people apparently dedicating to cleansing corruption from the land: Mataichi, a mysterious monk; Nagamimi, a hulking master of disguise; and the beautiful Ogin. Are the trio truly fighting corruption or are they perhaps servants of something much worse?moreless
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  • Mataichi the Trickster, Ogin the Puppeteer and Nagamimi the Bird Caller are all people from another world to everyone else. One day an author named Momosuke finds them, and joins them on their journey of ridding evil from the land.moreless

    Requiem Form The Darkness is very much a mixed bag as a show. I recieved the whole series (Lucky Me) as a birthday gift since I am a bit of a lover for gruesome stories. When turning n the first episode I just felt compelled to watch more. The art syle is very different to hat is usually shown. It's backgrounds are very morphed and distorted giving a sence of horror. The character designs are very well done, showing detail to them but giving off a slightly rugged or rushed look to them depending on the character. The story is basically about a young author named Momosuke. He is a former shop owner, but he did not feel fit fr the job so he quit to work as an author, writing children's riddles. His dream though is to create the book '100 Ghost Stories.' While out in the rain he feels the presence of a spectre and falls off a cliff from the slippery floor he stood on. he is caught by a strange figure wo tells him to keep his distance from him. As the story progresses Momosuke joins the man who was named Mataichi the Trickster along with his comrades, Ogin the Puppeteer and Nagamimi the Bird Caller. The series is there journies and the happening around them.

    The CGA in this is sometihng i found very good. It makes the certain object seem very distinguished and beautiful as shown in the episode of the Willow Woman. The tree in that episode is something to be marvelled in it. It looks amazing.

    The only flaw in this show is that it is at times predicable and plot wise, there is no big picture until the much later episodes. It is simply a show showing different situations they face. This does not particullarly bother me for this series though as I still found it incredibly enjoyable. One of the few animes i can tuirn on whenever and just sit dwn and watch. Highly recommend to anyone who likes the genre.moreless

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