Years ago, all of the ghosts in a haunted schoolhouse were banished by a certain student. Now, they're back-and they want revenge - Satsuki and Keiichirou Miyanoshita are two siblings recovering from the tragic loss of their mother. After moving to their mother's hometown, they learn that the local school they have transferred to is an old building-one said to be haunted. Despite initially brushing it off as a silly rumor, the two soon discover that ghosts are indeed real and that they're after them. Gakkou no Kaidan is the creepy tale of the lives of these siblings and their newfound friends as they try to survive the school's ghosts-with a little help from their pet cat along the way. —MAL Rewrite
Tasty classic horror anime experience
In my homeland, the dubbed version of this anime is pretty popular along the kids in the airing era (early 2000s). It's scary to some extent, humorous dialogue in each episode, and the suspense behind the ghosts' origins also captivating. I just found out that the English dub version are hilarious so I rewatched the subbed and Eng dub version. It turns out both were great! The sub version (and I think the dubbed version in my country) follows the same narrative, but the dub version is crazy and turns many cliche dialogues into a gem. What makes me like this anime so much, is about the ghost details. They are something that really comes from Japan old school urban legends, and the anime pretty much convey how it works. For the past few years I tried to looking for another classic horror anime, but many titles also including action and (too much) gore, making Yamishibai probably is the one that resembles this anime more. It's sad knowing this anime series aren't popular in Japan, because for me, what's best from anime sometimes isn't lots of blood gushes or 20 minutes of action scenes, it is the classic story that everyone know the premise, but stir it into an experience that so genuine, it's memorable.
- Feb 9, 2019
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