The Wicked and the Damned: A Hundred Tales of Karma

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Requiem from the Darkness
Requiem From The Darkness cover.jpg
Requiem from the Darkness poster featuring Momosuke Yamaoka and the Ongyo.
京極夏彦 巷説百物語
(Kyogoku Natsuhiko Kosetsu Hyaku Monogatari)
Genre Horror, Crime, Mystery
Anime television series
Directed by Hideki Tonokatsu
Produced by Hiromichi Ōishi
Yuichi Murata
Takeyuki Okazaki
Written by Yoshinobu Fujioka
Music by Kuniaki Haishima
Studio TMS Entertainment
Licensed by
Original network Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting
English network
Original run October 3, 2003 December 26, 2003
Episodes 13
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The Wicked and the Damned: A Hundred Tales of Karma (巷説百物語, Kōsetsu Hyaku Monogatari) is a series of short story collections by Natsuhiko Kyogoku. It was made into a horror/crime/mystery anime series Requiem from the Darkness (京極夏彦 巷説百物語, Kyōgoku Natsuhiko Kōsetsu Hyaku Monogatari, lit. "Natsuhiko Kyogoku's Hundred Stories"), initially licensed in English by Geneon USA and now licensed by Discotek Media, and into a series of live action TV specials directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi.

Plot[edit]

Taking place during the Bakumatsu of the Edo period when the foundations of the Tokugawa shogunate have begun to sway, a young writer named Momosuke wishes to write a book of 100 ghost stories and his encounters with three spiritual beings.

While researching these old myths and legends, he comes across a mysterious trio who call themselves the Ongyou. They are detectives who are investigating the legends to reveal their truths, and bring those in the wrong to justice. Each time Momosuke meets the Ongyou, he must face horrible truths and battle with his morals, and he's seeing things he shouldn't be seeing....

Characters[edit]

  • Momosuke Yamaoka
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese); Grant George (English)
The main protagonist of the series. A young writer from Edo who got bored writing a riddle book for kids. He now aspires to write a book of 100 ghost stories. During his adventure to gather them, he encounters the Ongyou and witnesses their methods of imposing justice upon wrongdoers. He wishes to be one of the Ongyou, but each time he asks to join them they talk him out of it. He is called "Author" by the Ongyou. At the end of the series, Momosuke finishes his 100 ghost stories.
  • Tsutaya
Voiced by: Hiroshi Ōtake (Japanese); Tom Wyner (English)
A small creature who is Momosuke's publisher.
  • Heihachi
Voiced by: Kōji Tsujitani (Japanese); Tom Fahn (English)
Heihachi is a co-worker of Momosuke.
  • Kyogoku Tei
Voiced by: Natsuhiko Kyogoku (Japanese); Neil Kaplan (English)
The principal antagonist of the series. Kyogoku Tei is a being who serves as the superior to the Ongyō as he provides them their targets and even commissioned Momosuke's death at first to cover their existence until he saw him to be of use to his scheme. Assuming the alias of feudal lord Danjo Kitabayashi, Kyogoku Tei commits many inhuman acts as part of an overall plan to cover the world in darkness with the Flame Lance cannon. He was ultimately defeated by the Ongyou and was devoured by the very darkness of everyone who he used.
Black Hermit Voiced by: Masako Nozawa (Japanese); Mona Marshall (English)
White Hermit Voiced by: Masako Nozawa (Japanese); Dorothy Elias-Fahn (English)
Two strange hermit ladies that work for Kyogoku Tei, serving as his messengers. On occasion they will change themselves into two young girls to trick the Ongyou into doing what they want them to. They are accidentally destroyed by Kyogoku Tei in the last episode.
  • Tatsuta
Voiced by: Keiko Toda (Japanese); Philece Sampler (English)
Burning her childhood friend Shiragaku to death in a jealous rage with her husband to be, Tatsuta assumes her friend's name and developed a reputation as a rumored Hi-No-Enma as she kills anyone who "loves Shiragaku." She has evaded the Ongyou for a long time. Though the Ongyou attempt to deliver judgement, the Hermits intervene and take Tatsuta to serve under Kyogoku Tei. Unaware of the full plan, she helps him by orchestrating a massacre at Seven Man Point and forcing prisoners into becoming murderous sadists for a reenactment while the Flame Lance was being rebuilt. When Kyogoku Tei is destroyed, Tatsuta is consumed in the resulting inferno.

Ongyou[edit]

The Ongyou are three spiritual beings who are recurring characters in the show. They function as a team that punishes sinners who emit a dark aura about them, most frequently murderers. To that end, they use their talents to set their target up to face his/her crimes before being executed and committing them to the next world.

  • Mataichi
Voiced by: Ryūsei Nakao (Japanese); Steve Kramer (English)
A small cloaked man wrapped in bandages who serves as the leader of the Ongyou. He is a spiritualist who is also referred to as a trickster while posing as a simple monk. He would usually be the one to kill the target sinner with Retributive justice and leaves an Ofuda on the body so the departed can be "sent to the next world." Nagamimi commonly calls him "trickster". At the completion of his task, he uses the phrase "ongyō shitate matsuru (御行奉為、おんぎょうしたてまつる)." The beginning of every next episode preview, except the final episode when it's Momosuke's final line, he begins with the line, "Jyashin yashin wa yami ni chiri, nokoru wa chimata no ayashii uwasa (邪心野心は闇に散り、残るは巷の怪しい噂。)."
  • Ogin
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese); Karen Strassman (English)
An attractive, voluptuous and large breasted female puppeteer. She is often seen using a puppet in the form of a young girl with a white powdered face and red lipstick wearing a Japanese Kimono. Fifteen years prior, Ogin and her parents were murdered by Kinzo Sasamori, a corrupt official who posed as her father Giamon of Inarizika to force the homeless people to work for him and created the rumor of Giamon as a Kowai to ensure it. As a spirit, she became a member of Ongyou to ensure that no other child suffers a fate like her own like saving her childhood friend Yae from Kichibe's madness. She often calls Momosuke a pervert due to him accidentally walking into her in a bathing room when they first met. Though she saw Momosuke to be weak for being naive, she eventually adapted his methods.
  • Nagamimi
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese); Michael McConnohie (English)
A large shapeshifter and bird caller who is also extremely good at controlling animals. As the anime states, he is over 200 years old and was versed in Kabuki. He would always be the one to try to keep Momosuke from intervening with the Ongyou's targets.

English translation[edit]

The Wicked and the Damned: A Hundred Tales of Karma (Kōsetsu Hyaku Monogatari)
  1. "The Bean Washer" (original title: "Azukiarai"), trans. Ian M. MacDonald (Creek & River Co., Ltd, 2015)
  2. "The Fox Priest" (original title: "Hakuzōsu"), trans. Ian M. MacDonald (Creek & River Co., Ltd, 2015)
  3. "The Flying Heads" (original title: "Maikubi"), trans. Ian M. MacDonald (Creek & River Co., Ltd, 2015)
  4. "Shibaemon the Raccoon-Dog" (original title: "Shibaemon Tanuki"), trans. Ian M. MacDonald (Creek & River Co., Ltd, 2016)
  5. "Chojiro the Horse-Eater" (original title: "Shio no Choji"), trans. Ian M. MacDonald (Creek & River Co., Ltd, 2016)
  6. "The Willow Woman" (original title: "Yanagi Onna"), trans. Ian M. MacDonald (Creek & River Co., Ltd, 2016)
  7. "The Corpse at the Crossroads" (original title: "Katabira-ga-Tsuji"), trans. Ian M. MacDonald (Creek & River Co., Ltd, 2016)

Anime (Requiem from the Darkness)[edit]

Episodes[edit]

# English Title
Japanese Title
Original air date English air date
1"Azuki Bean Washer"
"Azukiarai" (小豆洗い)
October 4, 2003October 20, 2007 (CAN)
July 12, 2010 (USA)
2"Willow Woman"
"Yanagi Onna" (柳女)
October 11, 2003October 27, 2007 (CAN)
July 12, 2010 (USA)
3"Enchanted White Fox"
"Hakuzōsu" (白蔵主)
October 18, 2003November 3, 2007 (CAN)
July 19, 2010 (USA)
4"Dancing Head"
"Maikubi" (舞首)
October 25, 2003November 10, 2007 (CAN)
July 19, 2010 (USA)
5"Salty Choji"
"Shio no Chouji" (塩の長司)
November 1, 2003November 17, 2007 (CAN)
July 26, 2010 (USA)
6"The Shibaemon Raccoon Dog"
"Shibaemon Tanuki" (芝右衛門狸)
November 8, 2003November 24, 2007 (CAN)
July 26, 2010 (USA)
7"Katabira Crossroads"
"Katabiragatsuji" (帷子辻)
November 14, 2003December 1, 2007 (CAN)
August 2, 2010 (USA)
8"Field Gun"
"Nodeppou" (野鉄砲)
November 21, 2003December 8, 2007 (CAN)
August 2, 2010 (USA)
9"Kowai, the Unkillable"
"Kowai" (孤者異)
November 29, 2003December 15, 2007 (CAN)
August 9, 2010 (USA)
10"Hi-No-Enma, Flames of Desire"
"Hinoenma" (飛縁魔)
December 6, 2003December 22, 2007 (CAN)
August 9, 2010 (USA)
11"Marine Spirits"
"Funayuurei" (船幽霊)
December 13, 2003December 29, 2007 (CAN)
August 16, 2010 (USA)
12"The Death Spirits of Seven Man Point (Part 1)"
"Shinigami, or rather the Shichinin Misaki Part 1" (死神或いは七人みさき(前編))
December 20, 2003January 5, 2008 (CAN)
August 16, 2010 (USA)
13"The Death Spirits of Seven Man Point (Part 2)"
"Shinigami, or rather the Shichinin Misaki Part 2" (死神或いは七人みさき(後編))
December 27, 2003January 12, 2008 (CAN)
August 23, 2010 (USA)

Theme Song[edit]

The opening song "The Flame" and the ending song "The Moment of Love" were both performed by Keiko Lee.

Cast[edit]

Character Japanese Voice actor English Voice actor
Momosuke Yamaoka Toshihiko Seki Grant George
Mataichi Ryusei Nakao Steve Kramer
Ogin Sanae Kobayashi Karen Strassman
Nagamimi Norio Wakamoto Michael McConnohie
Kyogoku Tei/Danjo Kitabayashi Natsuhiko Kyogoku Neil Kaplan
Black Hermit Masako Nozawa Mona Marshall
White Hermit Masako Nozawa Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Heihachi Kouji Tsujitani Tom Fahn
Tatsuta Keiko Toda Philece Sampler
Tsutaya Hiroshi Otake Tom Wyner

Additional voices[edit]

Crew[edit]

English Staff[edit]

External links[edit]