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Gakkou no Kaidan

Alternate title : Ghost Stories

Studio : Pierrot

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Length : 19 Episodes

Year : 2000

Genre : Action - Comedy - Horror - Mystery

Synopsis :
After their mother passed on from a grave illness, Miyanoshita Satsuki and younger brother Keichirou along with their father decide to move to the hometown of their deceased mother.

On their way to their new school they pass by the old abandoned school which sends and eerie chill down their spine. However, their pet cat Kaya runs off into the old building. As Satsuki and Keichirou roam through the building, they meet mysterious demon-like creatures.

With these demons roaming around the small town, Stasuki, Keichirou, and others form a group to seal these creatures away.

Added : 2004-04-20
Synopsis by : Himitsu
Last update : 2006-01-02
Last update details : Song modified
Score : 6.67
Number of reviews : 3

Link(s) :

Official #1 : Pierrot Presents Gakkou no Kaidan

Song(s) :

OP1 : Sakuma Masahide & Hysteric Blue - Grow Up

ED1 : Cascade - Sexy Sexy

Release(s) :

2017-11-08 -- Episode(s) 1-20 by kuchikirukia. BT Link
2010-10-22 -- Episode(s) 1 by Zettai. BT Link
2005-02-07 -- Episode(s) 8 by Anime-Conan. BT Link

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Posted by : derfman1963
Posted on : 2006-07-03        

I have to say this is the first anime where I liked the dub better then the original. The english script is just downright hilarious at times. By contrast the japanese is good but just another comedy horror. If your taste for comedy runs towards South Park, you will like the dubbed version. If you are a Christian conservative and can't laugh at yourself, you may not like it (by the way, I fall into the conservative Christian camp). As far as the animation is concerned, the character design are typical and unremarkable. They look like many that came before them. The backgrounds are a little above average, and properly dark and moody for the most part. The music is fine, it provides the proper fell for the show and doesn't distract. Overall I think this is well worth a watch.

Posted by : Barnstormer
Posted on : 2006-02-02        

I don't know why they bothered releasing Ghost Stories in the U.S., but it was definitely a waste of time and money. You know a series is bad when you can't get passed the first disc. I don't mind horror spoofs, but at least make it funny. The ghost and other entities looked too lame and pathetic to be either scary or humorous. The cast of characters were probably among the worst of any that I've seen in anime. Everybody seemed obnoxious and bombastic which was made even worse because of the horrific American script. They have the characters making cheap remarks about alternate lifestyles and religion in the American version. If this was meant to be funny, then they failed miserably. If your going to watch this series, you might want to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles. Otherwise you should pass on this title.

Posted by : Guido
Posted on : 2005-10-12        

To tell you the truth, I never noticed this title existed until watching an episode for myself, and that was because I was looking up for something interesting in TV switching channels randomly, then my eyes were fixed upon this particular anime being broadcasted in the LatinAmerican Cartoon Network channel.

Gakkou no Kaidan literally jitters me with abnormal surges of goosebumps. I mean the yurei, oni, and akuma may pull out an effective scare out from the viewer from time to time.

I really enjoy anime of the ghost storytelling genre, like other examples I would include Jigoku Sensei Nube and Vampire Princess Miyu, both the OAV and TV series.

Here we have a group of elementary schooler kids forming a ragtag team of ghostsbusters to drive away ghoulish apparitions from their neighborhood.
Adults are oblivious to the ghost's presences, but children are not. This ghouls come straight from Japanese folklore scaring the children and feeding from their fear in order to become more powerful.

In contrast to the protagonists or heroines from shows like Ghost Sweeper Mikami and Yuugen Kaisha, the children are not trained or skilled Shinto priests/priestesses borned with prodigious, supernatural or spiritual powers, and they do not employ magic talismans, enchanted ofuda, or shikigami to fend against the ghost's attacks.

They are just your typical, average, elementary schooler kids that through the dangerous circumstances, which frequently put themselves into, are forced to resort on both their wits and a ghost journal, left by the late mother of one of the children, to outsmart the demons.

Although they just outsmart and temporarily defeat the poltergeist of each episode, however, each episode ends with a lesson taught about how the mundane world diverts itself from legends and the past, thus neverending in a happy note.
And for that reason alone thus I compliment this title, for being realistic and believable to both its characters and the foundations used to make each of the ghost stories.

And yes, the cat is hauntingly freaky, like coming from an Edgar Allan Poe novel.

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