Corpse Party: Tortured Souls / Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Nine-Person Promise
First Aired: July 2013, 4 episodes
Summary: Nine students are gathered at their high school in the middle of the night to bid farewell to their friend through a ritualistic promise. The intent of the promise is to remain close with one another. Unfortunately for the students, the charms they use are connected to an elementary school that was destroyed after a series of gruesome murders took place. The elementary school of the murders was Tenjin Elementary School, and the new high school was built on the foundation of the old school!
The cursed charms transport the nine to an alternate dimension, leaving them confused and fighting for their lives in the strange world. It is up to them to work together to stay alive and escape this cursed school!
Corpse Party tells you all about its intent in the title. It’s clear from the onset that not everybody is going to survive. As the series unravels you get insight into the students past, present, and future. It is interesting to watch as the students show their true colors under intense pressure in the nightmarish conditions. The art and animation are commendable and successful in portraying the horror genre. I was freaked out a lot of the time while watching this series and a lot of that had to do with the animation and soundtrack (or lack thereof at times). The story leaves something to be desired, but the intent of the series is to show its characters true personalities and mental limits, and in that it succeeds. The secondary intent has got to be hyperviolence, and in that it also succeeds.
You might enjoy this if: You want to see what happens when individuals are transferred to another dimension and pushed to their physical and mental limits.
You might not like it if: You don’t watch a lot of shows with the violence. Corpse Party is easily one of the most gruesome shows you will ever watch, so avoid it if you are sensitive to that kind of thinf.
Note to the Viewer: The Corpse Party anime is based on a survival horror video game of the same name.
Corpse Party Opening – Hoshikuzu no Ring
Corpse Party Ending Song – Firefly
(The opening and ending are classic in their “horror anime style”. The opening is super scary and intense to make you scared while the ending is real calm and relaxed to soothe you after a scary episode)
AMV – Hide and Seek by Dearth Impact
(This AMV does a good job of showing the violence and intensity of Corpse Party without being too gruesome or giving away spoilers)