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31 Days of Horror: PET SHOP OF HORRORS

It’s been said that a pet can cheer you up whenever you’re feeling depressed or down. If you happen upon one of Count D’s pets from Pet Shop of Horrors, though, just make sure you don’t get too attached. Originally aired in March 1999, Pet Shop of Horrors is an anime miniseries based on the manga series by Matsuri Akino and animated by studio Madhouse. 15 years after the series release, the 4-episode miniseries maintains its original allure through clever storytelling and character development, while still being creepy as hell.

Story

A pet shop owner by the name of Count D sells unlikely pets to people who want something a little more out of the ordinary, typically following a personal tragedy. However, in order to obtain one of Count D’s oddities, a contract stating the pet shop can’t be held responsible for any unfortunate incidents that may come. Soon, homicide detective Leon Orcot begins linking several odd deaths to Count D, uncovering a long list of victims.

The concept and set-up to the series is one that has never been attempted before in either anime or manga. Pet Shop of Horrors execution is, honestly, one of the most interesting and refreshing works in horror anime ever made. Certainly one of the better stand-alone story anime series, it stays fresh and well-paced throughout as you hear each customer’s story on how they came upon these pets and, eventually, how they quickly become obsessed.

Gore & Scares

On the gore side, it is mostly light as there are only a few scenes involving blood. As for the scares, they are there but are on more of a psychological thriller level than following a standard horror format. It’s seeing how the characters can go from being stable to going completely out of their minds and obsessive that are what end up building the horror element.

Overall

Pet Shop of Horrors delivers horror storytelling in a fascinating way. The 4-episode miniseries builds horror outside the traditional line of writing, and depends heavily on its quick character development with both the customers and the pets to evoke fear from the viewer. Definitely a series worth watching, even 15 years later.

4.5 out of 5 stars

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Author:Mark King

Well, what is there to know about me? I am the creator of "Anime Discovery" and what is it you asked? I'm a story writer/reviewer for his one-man project website The Mind of the Hybrid One. He is also a fan of many things media, including movies, TV, music and, especially anime. my blog/review series Anime Discovery is aimed towards the people who might still consider themselves either as a beginner, rookie, or possibly even the most knowledgeable of anime. I review titles that are either the ones you know and love to the titles that need some love or some forgotten gems that needed to be….well, discovered.

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2 Comments on “31 Days of Horror: PET SHOP OF HORRORS”

  1. 10/20/2014 at 3:31 PM #

    Reblogged this on The Mind of the Hybrid One and commented:
    I do another anime review for Another Castle’s 31 Days of Horror event and it is on PET SHOP OF HORRORS!

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  1. Anime of the Month: DEATH PARADE | Another Castle - 02/27/2015

    […] Death Parade is a refreshing take on both the thriller and mystery, and serves as a sort of human study anime. With its original style and not following any preexisting media, Death Parade leaves the viewer with plenty of surprises and is able to maintain each episode’s creative freedom. A great watch for thriller or mystery anime fans that want their show a bit more sophisticated (like Pet Shop of Horrors). […]

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