Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales, Vol. 3 - Goblin Cat
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Death has nine lives...In the Edo era of Japan, as cultural arts, modern science, and technology flourished, so too did the practice of mystical arts, as humanity faced the perils of the supernatural! In a village, at an old samurai residence, a young bride is mysteriously and brutally murdered right before her wedding ceremony, sending the family into a hysterical panic. An enigmatic medicine vendor determines that this is the work of "the goblin cat," but more bizarre incidents follow, as family members are killed off one-by-one by an unseen attacker. Only the medicine vendor knows how to stop the "goblin cat," but in order to do so, he must uncover the connection between this creature and the samurai family's deeply hidden, scandalous past!
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The DVD for this is great - great condition with accenting designs, and the DVD menu stays true to the overall artistic style of this cartoon.
I have not watched this cartoon with English audio because, from what I've heard, the English voice actors project completely different characters than those of the original Japanese voice actors. For example: the Medicine Seller is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in the Japanese version, who has a dark and quirky voice (and he is probably one of the best voices I've heard) while, in the English version, he is voiced by Andrew Francis, who sounds much younger and not quite as well-rounded for the character.
Overall, this is a unique and wonderfully completed cartoon and is definitely worth buying.
The only thing, I preferred the Japanese audio vs the English. To me at least, the English actor doesn't quite portray the Medicine Seller mystery in his voice. But, I'm glad I got it, and if only I could find Mononoke and the second DVD of Ayakashi (at a reasonable price) I would be happy.
All in all, get it, it's worth it!
This is a great story; very dark, dramatic, and spooky. I prefer the subtitled option a little better myself, but that doesn't really matter. This story did get a spin-off with the main character which you should check out, too!