In Japan, at the end of the nineteenth century, an aspiring
author, Momosuke, leaves the city in search of a hundred ghost
stories to form his book. On the road he meets up with Nagamimi,
Mataichi and Ogin, a group whose purpose it is to travel the
land punishing wrong doers in a manner which fits their crimes...
on the novel by Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Volume Four of Requiem
from the Darkness - Eternal Rest - covers episodes
eleven to thirteen of this most gothic of anime shows. Stylistically
the show remains an eclectic mix of animation, which continues
to keep the viewer off balance, adding to the overall unsettling
experience and giving this anime its own distinctive look.
Having only reviewed Volume
Two and now Four my grasp on any continuity
is a little fractured, which is a shame as these are the last
three episodes of the series.
eleven, Marine Spirits, and we are introduced to Seven
Man Point, an area where sailors routinely disappear. Momosuke,
now separated from the others, investigates stories of sea
ghosts after he is attacked. Ogin advises him to return to
Edo, however, Momosuki has other ideas.
twelve, The Death Spirits of Seven Man Point - Part 1,
and the episodes just get darker and more violent. Momosuke
finds out more about the curse of Seven Man Point. Death is
growing at an exponential rate and the villagers are killing
each other in an effort to break the curse. Monosuke meets
a Ronin who has turned his back on his master in order to
investigate his wife's disappearance.
Episode thirteen, The Death Spirits of Seven Man Point
Part 2, and events finally are coming to a head - even
Monosuke feels that something horrible is about to happen.
To be honest, the fear over the Lady of the Point is so strong
that just about everybody is loosing their minds, and fear
turns to violence and murder.
can I say other than what a great ending to a great series.
Certainly the show knew to quit whilst it was ahead. I think
that if it had gone on any longer then its individuality would
have been diluted.
Audio remains a disappointing English or Japanese Stereo,
with English subtitles; extras are likewise limited to two
art galleries and some trailers for other shows. A real shame
given the atmospheric nature of the show, a nice 5.1 mix would
have made the whole thing creepier. It is pretty creepy in
said, this is really a high quality show which should find
a home in any anime fans collection.