Growing up in the latter half of the 70s horror movie boom which included such high profile works such as The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn Of The Dead, Halloween, and others, my childhood was well-versed in the art of nightmare weaving before the onset of slashers reduced the format into scant numbers, and dopey kill counting. So it was especially important that in the latter years that I searched for scares that matched those that affected me so strongly in my younger years. Thankfully, through the video age, it became easy to see that there were others throughout the world who felt similarly. Who knew that the art of scary was more than being hacked apart by a zombified goalie, or a wisecracking bundle of foam latex. They knew that horror could run deeper than that. And appropriately, Japan has often had a well attuned frequency between the natural and supernatural worlds, making it an ideal place to explore the blackest corners of the human mind.
With only days remaining until the veil between worlds fades yet again , it felt appropriate to go ahead and share a few horror favorites from the hallowed vaults. And since there’s no real shortage of great works, I’ll be making picks from both the manga and anime worlds. And besides, nothing suggests the creeping approach of winter better than a good, scary story to read at bedtime.
Keep in mind that these are merely my opinion, and am quite aware of the vastness of great horror works available. Just sharing ones I’d love to see more folks embrace over time.
This special episode was supposed to be released on Halloween, but certain…curses of sorts fell on me that very day. I’m still picking up the pieces from that scariest of days. This is a simple episode, in which we talk about only a few things–the mailbag, and the GOOD, the BAD, and the HORRIBLE of the fall season! (Shows include: ef-a tale of memories, Minami-ke, Gundam 00, Ghost Hound, Kaiji, Genshiken, Kimikiss Pure Rouge, and Kawaii Jenny.)
Also, if you noticed that this podcast sounds a little different, it’s because Ray so kindly volunteered to edit it! [Editor’s note: I don’t use Apple so no AAC, and Mike is swamped with work to edit it and make it AAC format. Gomen nasai!] I think you’ll agree he did a great job.So, enjoy this very late Halloween episode…if you dare. Bwahahahahaha!
(00:00-05:01) Intro – Halloween special jokes and chat about Anime Souffle‘s (0) Halloween bash
(05:02-31:05) Mail bag – Random 11, korosora, 2 from Benu, and 1 from Daniel, a member of the Anime Souffle at http://anime.meetup.com/447. The club is based in LA.
OP – “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni,” Eiko Shimamiya (OP of When They Cry – Higurashi)
ED – “Poltergeist,” Kojima Mayumi (OP of Ghost Hound)
Music clips – “Fearful Experience,” Meguro Masashi, “Kiru,” Eitetsu Hayashi & Kaoru Wada, SAMURAI 7 Image Album, “Girls on Film,” Duran Duran. “Eva 01,” Evangelion soundtrack, and various music clips from Lucky Star.
Sound clips -From “Jigoku Shojo,” “Suzumiya Haruhi,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “From Dusk till Dawn.”
Read the comments from Random 11, korosora here (9). Read the comments from Benu and Daniel here (10).
CalAggie – sorry we didn’t get your comment on 13 before we recorded 15. So perhaps we’ll read your mail next time.
asdf – sorry we didn’t get your new comment on 14 before we recorded 15. So perhaps we’ll read your mail next time.
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