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23rd May '17 7:39:36 PM Dirtyblue929
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* IntercourseWithYou: The ending theme.

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* IntercourseWithYou: The ending theme. Believe it or not, this was ''not'' one of the changes made by ADV's GagDub.
23rd May '17 7:28:51 PM Dirtyblue929
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->'''Satsuki:''' The people in my house look like my father and my brother after an Eyemasters exam, but it's not them!
->'''Hajime:''' Yeah boogita didggitda googity dig dig dig tikikiti![[note]]They're imposters! They wear glasses, but they don't have eyes![[/note]]
-->-- "The Soul-Stealing Mirror!! Utsushimi"

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->'''Satsuki:''' The people in my house look like my father and my brother after an Eyemasters exam, but it's not them!
The-people-in-my-house-look-like-my-father-and-my-brother-after-an-Eyemasters-exam-but-it's-not-them!
->'''Hajime:''' Yeah boogita didggitda googity dig dig dig tikikiti![[note]]They're Yeah-boogita-didggitda-googity-dig-dig-dig-tikikiti![[labelnote:Subtitled as...]]They're imposters! They wear glasses, but they don't have eyes![[/note]]
-->--
eyes![[/labelnote]]
-->--'''ADV Dub,'''
"The Soul-Stealing Mirror!! Utsushimi"
20th May '17 2:08:59 AM rjd1922
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But that approach was a polarizing move at the time. When ''Ghost Stories'' was first released, the dub was decried by much of the anime fandom despite the "quality" of the original show. (A dub that stayed truer to the original's storyline was released years later by Animax.) Both time and changing standards in anime dubbing helped shift opinions; many modern anime fans consider the ADV dub to be this show's best feature. The odds of a situation like this one happening again are practically zero, so ''Ghost Stories'' stands as a unique product of a strange time.

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But that approach was a polarizing move at the time. When ''Ghost Stories'' was first released, the dub was decried by much of the anime fandom despite the "quality" of the original show. (A dub that stayed truer to the original's storyline was released years later by Animax.Creator/{{Animax}}.) Both time and changing standards in anime dubbing helped shift opinions; many modern anime fans consider the ADV dub to be this show's best feature. The odds of a situation like this one happening again are practically zero, so ''Ghost Stories'' stands as a unique product of a strange time.
27th Mar '17 8:22:27 PM Etheru
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two episodes of the ADV dub, save for a couple of gags, are a slightly straighter dub of the original material with added humor. Episodes 3 and beyond introduce the black comedy and improv the dub would be known for.


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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two episodes of the ADV dub, save for a couple of gags, are a slightly straighter dub of the original material with added humor. Episodes 3 and beyond introduce the black comedy and improv the dub would be known for.
27th Mar '17 8:18:23 PM Etheru
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two episodes of the ADV dub, save for a couple of gags, are a slightly straighter dub of the original material with added humor. Episodes 3 and beyond introduce the black comedy and improv the dub would be known for.
10th Mar '17 10:46:37 PM StevieWillShowYou
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''Ghost Stories'' (''Gakkou no Kaidan'', lit. "Ghosts in the School") is an anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television, directed by Noriyuki Abe (who also directed Manga/YuYuHakusho for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''), with music by [[Manga/{{Inuyasha}} Kaoru Wada]], and loosely based on a book series by Toru Tsunemitsu. It tells the story of Satsuki Miyanoshita, who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother, Kayako. On her first day of school, Satsuki; her brother Keiichirou, a first-grader; their neighbor Hajime Aoyama; Momoko Koigakubo, an older schoolmate; and Leo Kakinoki, a classmate and friend of Hajime's with a penchant for the paranormal visit the OldSchoolBuilding adjacent to the current school complex and discover that the building is haunted.

Soon it's revealed that Satsuki's mother was responsible for sealing several ghosts who haunted not only the school but also the town, and [[SealedEvilInACan now they are being released by the urbanization taking place in the surrounding area]]. Kayako left behind a book detailing how to exorcise the ghosts once and for all. In her first confrontation, Satsuki faces a demon called Amanojaku, but in the process Amanojaku is sealed within Satsuki's pet cat, Kaya. Although Amanojaku does not want to help Satsuki at first, the danger soon threatens to envelop the town and it is left up to Satsuki, her friends and Amanojaku to stop the ghosts.

Despite being based on a popular series of light novels and having a fairly high-quality vocal cast, the anime's bland script and below-average production values caused the show to completely bomb, and it ended after only twenty episodes. Facing bankruptcy and desperate for money, the animation company sold the rights to Creator/ADVFilms for dubbing in 2005.

When asked what restrictions they had, the dubbing team was told to do whatever they wanted with it, as long as they bought the license and could make it sell. As such, director Steven Foster opted to rework the show into a pure GagDub, throwing out nearly all of the original script and keeping only the names of major characters and ghosts, as well as the most basic of plot – everything else was improvised to fit the lip flaps. When the actors were called in to record scenes, whoever got there first got to set the tone and subject for the scene, and the rest of them had to follow in those set footsteps. This produced a dub that is full of random characterization, fourth-wall-breaking jokes, as much silliness as the [=VAs=] could manage, and is ''utterly hilarious''.

Naturally, this was an ''extremely'' polarizing move, and when it was released, the dub was not very well received by much of the anime community, despite the (nonexistent) quality of the original show. Time and changing standards in anime dubbing have led to a shift in opinion, with many finding the gag dub to be the best part of the series. The odds of something like this officially happening again are extremely low, and so ''Ghost Stories'' is seen as a unique product of a strange time.

A dub that stayed truer to the original was later released by Animax.

The show was picked up by Creator/DiscotekMedia for a rerelease in 2014, specifically mentioning that ADV's English dub would be included – though, sadly, their {{gag sub}}s (which contained additional jokes) were not. The dub is now on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/ghost-stories Crunchyroll]].

[[IThoughtItMeant Don't confuse this with]] a certain Music/{{Coldplay}} album or the [[Film/{{Kwaidan}} 1964 horror film]].

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''Ghost Stories'' (''Gakkou no Kaidan'', lit. "Ghosts in the School") is an anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television, Television. The show was directed by Noriyuki Abe (who also directed Manga/YuYuHakusho for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''), with music by [[Manga/{{Inuyasha}} Kaoru Wada]], and Wada]]. It was loosely based on a book light novel series written by Toru Tsunemitsu. It Tsunemitsu.

The show
tells the story of Satsuki Miyanoshita, who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother, Kayako. On her first day of school, Satsuki; her brother Keiichirou, a first-grader; their neighbor Hajime Aoyama; Momoko Koigakubo, an older schoolmate; and Leo Kakinoki, a classmate and friend of Hajime's with a penchant for the paranormal paranormal, visit the OldSchoolBuilding adjacent to the current school complex and complex--and discover that the building is haunted.

Soon it's revealed The kids discover that Satsuki's mother was responsible for sealing away several ghosts who haunted not only both the school but also and the surrounding town, and [[SealedEvilInACan now they the ghosts are being released by the urbanization taking place in the surrounding area]]. Kayako also left behind her descendants a tool for just such an occasion: a book detailing that details how to exorcise the ghosts once and for all. In her first confrontation, Satsuki faces a demon called Amanojaku, but in the process Amanojaku--and Amanojaku is ends up sealed within Satsuki's pet cat, Kaya. Although Amanojaku does not want to help Satsuki at first, the danger posed by the freed spirits soon threatens to envelop the town and it is left up to town. Satsuki, her friends friends, and Amanojaku eventually agree to work together and stop the ghosts.

threat before the ghosts do any real damage.

Despite being based on a popular series of light novels and having a fairly high-quality vocal cast, the anime's ''Ghost Stories'' also featured a bland script and below-average production values caused values; the show to completely bomb, and it ended bombed as a result, ending after only twenty episodes. Facing bankruptcy and desperate for money, the animation company sold the rights to Creator/ADVFilms for dubbing in 2005.

When asked what restrictions they had, the dubbing team was asked about any restrictions, they were told to do whatever they wanted with it, as so long as they bought the license and could make it made the show sell. As such, To that end, director Steven Foster opted to rework reworked the show into a pure GagDub, GagDub by throwing out nearly all of the original script and keeping script. The dub kept only the names of major characters and ghosts, as well as the most basic of plot – everything points--everything else was improvised to fit the lip flaps. When the voice actors were called in to record scenes, whoever got there first got to would set the tone and subject for the scene, and which meant the rest of them other cast members had to follow in those set footsteps. This unique approach produced a dub that is full of random characterization, fourth-wall-breaking jokes, tons of {{Take That}}s, and as much silliness as the [=VAs=] could manage, and is ''utterly hilarious''.

Naturally, this
manage.

But that approach
was an ''extremely'' a polarizing move, and when it move at the time. When ''Ghost Stories'' was first released, the dub was not very well received decried by much of the anime community, fandom despite the (nonexistent) quality "quality" of the original show. Time (A dub that stayed truer to the original's storyline was released years later by Animax.) Both time and changing standards in anime dubbing have led to a helped shift in opinion, with opinions; many finding modern anime fans consider the gag ADV dub to be the this show's best part of the series. feature. The odds of something a situation like this officially one happening again are extremely low, and practically zero, so ''Ghost Stories'' is seen stands as a unique product of a strange time.

A dub that stayed truer to the original was later released by Animax.

The show was picked up by
Creator/DiscotekMedia for a rerelease saved the license and re-released the show in 2014, specifically mentioning 2014; it made sure to say upfront that ADV's English dub would be included – though, sadly, their included. (ADV's {{gag sub}}s (which sub}}s, which contained additional jokes) jokes, and special features explaining the urban legends behind each episode were not. left out of the re-release.) The dub show is now also viewable in both subbed and (gag)dubbed forms over on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/ghost-stories Crunchyroll]].

[[IThoughtItMeant Don't Do not confuse this with]] a certain Music/{{Coldplay}} album or the [[Film/{{Kwaidan}} 1964 horror film]].



!!Tropes:

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!!Tropes:

!! ''Ghost Stories'' includes the following tropes:



* AdultsAreUseless: No kidding. The only adult characters that ever helped the protagonists were a bumbling teacher in episode 18, and a night watchman in episode 16, [[spoiler:who turned to be another ghost]].

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* AdultsAreUseless: No kidding. The only adult characters that ever helped the protagonists were a bumbling teacher in episode 18, and a night watchman in episode 16, [[spoiler:who turned to be another ghost]].ghost]] in episode 16.



* AlienGeometries: The haunted apartment complex of episode 16 could change both its internal and external structure. Taken UpToEleven when [[spoiler:the group thought they were in a residential neighborhood, when they were actually ''still inside the building''.]]
* AnimationBump: The show generally has mediocre animation, but it does have its moments.

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* AlienGeometries: The haunted apartment complex of episode 16 could change both its internal and external structure. Taken This is taken UpToEleven when [[spoiler:the group thought they were in a residential neighborhood, when they but were actually ''still still inside the building''.building.]]
* AnimationBump: The show generally has a lot of mediocre animation, but it does have its moments.



** In episode 18 whenever Akane flails around. Extra care was taken to make her movements fluid to {{invoke|dTrope}} UncannyValley.
* AndIMustScream: The [=DaVinci=] Wannabe ghost who paints women trapping them inside paintings "FOREVER" [[spoiler:(neither the woman in the opening, nor any of the other victims are ever freed)]] though it's never specified if the victims are aware inside the paintings.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Usually whenever Leo shares an Urban Legend that ends up being the MonsterOfTheWeek, Satsuki and Hajime handwave them off calling them "fairy tales" despite the stories being little different from the crap they dealt with already.

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** In episode 18 18, whenever Akane flails around. Extra around, extra care was taken to make her movements fluid to {{invoke|dTrope}} UncannyValley.
* AndIMustScream: The [=DaVinci=] Wannabe ghost who paints women trapping them inside paintings "FOREVER" [[spoiler:(neither the woman in the opening, nor any of the other victims are ever freed)]] though it's never specified if the victims are aware once they are inside the paintings.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Usually whenever Whenever Leo shares an Urban Legend that ends up being the MonsterOfTheWeek, Satsuki and Hajime handwave them off off, calling them "fairy tales" tales". This is despite the stories being little different from the crap they dealt with already.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Main plot of episode 3. Also explored in episode 15.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: In episode 11, Merry Mary decides [[spoiler:not to kill Satsuki because the latter was nice enough to clean a smudge of dirt off of her face.]]
--> '''Merry Mary:''' OK, the spit thing was pretty gross. But it's the thought that counts.
* BewareOfHitchHikingGhosts: Both variations show up in with a ghostly taxi driver in the first instance and a vengeful ghost attacking taxi drivers in the second.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Yuki.]]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Main This is the main plot of episode 3. Also 3, and it is also explored in episode 15.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: In episode 11, Merry Mary decides [[spoiler:not to kill Satsuki because the latter was nice enough to clean a smudge of dirt off of her face.]]
face]].
--> '''Merry Mary:''' OK, Okay, the spit thing was pretty gross. But it's the thought that counts.
* BewareOfHitchHikingGhosts: Both variations show up in up, with a ghostly taxi driver in the first instance and a vengeful ghost attacking taxi drivers in the second.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Yuki.]][[spoiler:Yuki]]



* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: In one episode, Amanojaku stops Satsuki from erasing herself from existence under the impression that the ritual would free her from a curse. After hearing that someone put her up to it, Amanojaku suspects that whoever did "Is either a ghost or a bitch." Later on when the ghost, Yamime, shows her true form, Amanojaku finally decides "She's a ghost AND a bitch!"
* ButNotTooForeign: Implied with Leo, given his name and his character design, which is a collage of [[PhenotypeStereotype "Gaijin" stereotypes]].

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* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: In one episode, Amanojaku stops Satsuki from erasing herself from her own existence under the impression that the ritual would free her from a curse. After hearing that someone put her up to it, Amanojaku suspects that whoever did "Is "is either a ghost or a bitch." Later on when bitch". When the ghost, Yamime, shows her true form, Amanojaku finally decides figures it out: "She's a ghost AND ''and'' a bitch!"
* ButNotTooForeign: Implied This is implied with Leo, given his name and his character design, which is a collage of [[PhenotypeStereotype "Gaijin" stereotypes]].



* CameBackWrong: The whole premise of episode 9. A particular ritual can bring the dead back to life, but they'll come back as [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil berserk monsters]]... and yet, somebody just HAD to go and [[ShmuckBait try it anyway]].

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* CameBackWrong: The This is the whole premise of episode 9. A particular ritual can bring the dead back to life, but they'll they will come back as [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil berserk monsters]]... and yet, monsters]]--and somebody just HAD had to go and [[ShmuckBait try it anyway]].



* CatsAreMean: Or at least when they are possessed by a cynical demon with a sadistic sense of humor.

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* CatsAreMean: Or at least Well, cats are mean! ...when they are possessed by a cynical demon with a sadistic sense of humor.humor, anyway.



* CloudCuckoolander: Momoko in both versions. Some of the things she says could not have come from a sane person, she sometimes seems too oblivious to realize what is going on and in one episode she states that the sole reason she has a cell phone is [[NoSenseOfDirection she gets lost easily]].

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* CloudCuckoolander: Momoko is this in both versions. Some of the things she says could not have come from a sane person, she sometimes seems too oblivious to realize what is going on on, and in one episode episode, she states that the sole reason she has a cell phone is [[NoSenseOfDirection she gets lost easily]].



* ConspicuousCG: Largely averted as the CG models use textures that complement the hand-drawn backgrounds but the more elaborate CG affects are still obvious due to the technological limitations that prevailed at the time it was made.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Hajime subjects Satsuki to some skirt flipping in the early episodes; Amanojaku does it again with a gust of wind in the last episode by way of saying goodbye.

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* ConspicuousCG: Largely averted as the This is somewhat averted. The CG models use textures that complement the hand-drawn backgrounds backgrounds, but the more elaborate CG affects are still obvious due to the technological limitations that prevailed at the time it was made.
of its time.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Hajime subjects Satsuki to some skirt flipping in the early episodes; Amanojaku does it again with a gust of wind in the last episode by as a way of saying goodbye.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Gakkou no Kaidan'' translates to "Ghosts in the School". The series is about… a school haunted by ghosts.
** It's also a collection of traditional Japanese school ghost stories from folklore and UrbanLegend. The traditional stories are explained in a Bonus Feature on each DVD (the ADV original at least; the Discotek rerelease lacks this).
* EyeScream: ALMOST happens with Satsuki when Mary and a squad of possessed toys decide to "play" with her.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:This is practically what happened to Shinobu when we learn that she was once a normal girl before she was turned into the avatar of a malevolent trickster deity.]]

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Gakkou no Kaidan'' translates to "Ghosts in the School". The series is about… about a school haunted by ghosts.
** It's It is also a collection of traditional Japanese school ghost stories culled from both folklore and UrbanLegend. The On the original ADV [=DVDs=], a special feature explains the traditional stories are explained in a Bonus Feature on each DVD (the ADV original at least; stories; the Discotek rerelease re-release lacks this).
this feature.
* EyeScream: ALMOST This almost happens with Satsuki when Mary and a squad of possessed toys decide to "play" with her.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:This is practically what happened to Shinobu when we learn that she Shinobu--she was once a normal girl before she was turned into the avatar of a malevolent trickster deity.]]



* FourIsDeath: Some of the earlier episodes use this idea on curses. Also was used as a solution to a problem in Episode 18.

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* FourIsDeath: Some of the earlier episodes use this idea on curses. Also It was also used as a solution to a problem in Episode 18.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Let's pretend for a moment the GagDub was never made. What is a song named "Sexy Sexy" doing in a children's anime?
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Kayako is made a lesbian/bisexual in the GagDub. This is made even weirder in episode 13 when, after Satsuki goes back in time and meets her, she writes in her ghost diary that [[ParentalIncest she found her attractive]]… which [[{{Squick}} really creeps Satsuki out]].

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Let's pretend Pretend for a moment that the GagDub was never made. What is a song named "Sexy Sexy" doing in a children's anime?
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Kayako is made a lesbian/bisexual portrayed as gay[=/=]bisexual in the GagDub. This is made even weirder in episode 13 when, after Satsuki goes back in time and meets her, she writes in her ghost diary that [[ParentalIncest she found her attractive]]… which attractive]]--which [[{{Squick}} really creeps Satsuki out]].



** [[spoiler:The watchman from episode 16, who in reality was [[DeadAllAlong already dead]] but his soul was still trapped in the building.]]
** Also happens with [[spoiler:Amanojaku]] in the last episode. [[spoiler:[[UnexplainedRecovery He gets better]] though.]]
* IllGirl: Momoko used to be ''very'' ill in the past, [[spoiler:and in fact she met Kayako right before the latter died because both of them were in the same hospital.]] Subverted later: she falls ''extremely'' sick at some point, [[spoiler:but it turns out she was hit with a curse from an angry ghost girl, "courtesy" of Leo. He pretty much has to fall to his knees and beg the ghost for forgiveness to keep her from killing poor Momoko.]]
* ImplacableMan: Some of the ghosts qualify. Special mention to Babasare and Merry Mary the Doll, who only stopped chasing the protagonists due to sheer luck.

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** [[spoiler:The watchman from episode 16, who in reality 16 was [[DeadAllAlong already dead]] dead]], but his soul was still trapped in the building.]]
** Also This also happens with [[spoiler:Amanojaku]] in the last episode. [[spoiler:[[UnexplainedRecovery He gets better]] better]], though.]]
* IllGirl: Momoko used to be ''very'' ill in the past, [[spoiler:and in fact past. [[spoiler:In fact, she met Kayako right before the latter died because both of them were in the same hospital.]] Subverted later: she She falls ''extremely'' sick at some point, [[spoiler:but it turns out but [[spoiler:this was because she was hit with a curse from an angry ghost girl, "courtesy" of Leo. He pretty much has to fall to his knees and beg begs the ghost for forgiveness to keep her from killing poor Momoko.]]
* ImplacableMan: Some of the ghosts qualify.qualify as this. Special mention to Babasare and Merry Mary the Doll, who only stopped chasing the protagonists due to sheer luck.



* KillerRabbit: Shirotabi. Apparently any creature resurrected by that particular ritual [[CameBackWrong comes back as a berserk monster]], but this time it just HAD to be a fluffy little rabbit... though keep in mind he gradually turns into likely the most badass looking killer demon rabbit you'd ever see in a cartoon.
* LimitedWardrobe: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the GagDub when Leo tries to get Hajime to wear a scarf to prevent decapitation. Hajime refuses, pointing out he's comfortably worn the same shirt since the series started.
* MamaBear: Kayako. From beyond the grave.

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* KillerRabbit: Shirotabi. Apparently any Any creature resurrected by that particular the ritual that raised Shirotabi from the dead [[CameBackWrong comes back as a berserk monster]], but this time it just HAD to be was a fluffy little rabbit... though keep in mind he rabbit. He does gradually turns turn into likely [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the most badass looking killer demon rabbit you'd you would ever see in a cartoon.
cartoon]], though.
* LimitedWardrobe: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the GagDub when Leo tries to get make Hajime to wear a scarf to prevent as a way of preventing decapitation. Hajime refuses, pointing then points out he's how Leo has comfortably worn the same shirt since the series started.
* MamaBear: Kayako. From Kayako is this--from beyond the grave.



* TheMillstone: Leo is occasionally the reason why the gang keeps being chased or cursed by the ghosts. A good example happens in episode 14 [[spoiler: where he almost makes a vengeful ghost kill Momoko because he thought it would be a ''fantastic'' idea to snap photos where said ghost had died.]]

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* TheMillstone: Leo is occasionally the reason why the gang keeps being chased or cursed by the ghosts. A good example happens in episode 14 [[spoiler: where he 14: [[spoiler:He almost makes a vengeful ghost kill kills Momoko because he thought it would be a ''fantastic'' idea to snap photos where a ghost had died, and said ghost had died.cursed Momoko.]]



* MoodWhiplash: The openings of several episodes cut from a screaming victim to the jaunty opening theme song. It can be quite jarring.

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* MoodWhiplash: The openings of several episodes cut from a screaming victim to the jaunty opening theme song. It can be quite jarring.



* NobleDemon: Amanojaku acts as a total JerkAss in the beginning but he starts helping Satsuki more and more as the series progresses, even though he still acts like he wants to see her in despair. In one episode he states that he dislikes humans, but hates ghosts [[ForTheEvulz who harm people on purpose]] more.

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* NobleDemon: Amanojaku acts as is a total JerkAss in the beginning beginning, but he starts helping Satsuki more and more as the series progresses, even though he still acts like he wants to see her in despair. In one episode episode, he states says that he dislikes humans, but he hates ghosts [[ForTheEvulz who harm people on purpose]] even more.



** Done deliberately in episode 7 with the mirror people, to make them look creepier.
** Poked fun of in the GagDub whenever it's done ''un''-intentionally.

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** Done This is done deliberately in episode 7 with the mirror people, people in episode 7 to make them look creepier.
** Poked fun of in the The GagDub pokes fun at this whenever it's it is done ''un''-intentionally.



* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Shirotabi's curse kind of resembles a classic werewolf curse: She only turns in her demonic form at night, and the form itself somewhat looks a werewolf.

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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Shirotabi's curse kind of resembles a classic werewolf curse: She curse--she only turns in into her demonic form at night, and the form itself somewhat looks a werewolf.



* PottyEmergency: The whole school goes through it on episode 2, partly due to the sewage system breaking down, partly due to being afraid of Hanako-san in the Toilet. Sakata, though, just casually strolls out of the class and walks to the old school's toilets. He still doesn't get his dump. [[spoiler:He gets forced into the toilet by the episode's ghost]].

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* PottyEmergency: The whole school goes through it on episode 2, partly 2--partly due to the sewage system breaking down, partly due to being afraid of Hanako-san in the Toilet. Sakata, though, just toilet. But Sakata casually strolls out of the class and walks to the old school's toilets. He still doesn't get his dump. [[spoiler:He gets ends up forced into the toilet by the episode's ghost]].



* PottyFailure: Keiichirou on episode 2, due to being afraid of going to the old school to pee.
* ProductPlacement: For the Sony Playstation in episode 7. A close-up of an analogue controller while Leo's mom was playing it. The name "SONY" and "PLAYSTATION" are clearly written out, along with the Start and Select buttons, and the symbols on the pad.
* PutOnABus: It happens with the friendlier and more harmless ghosts of the old school building.
* ReplicantSnatching: Episode 7 was about a group of evil spirits residing in a dimension beyond the mirror who tried to abduct everyone in town and impersonate them once the originals were trapped in the other dimension.
* RightOnTheTick: In episode 5, there's a ghost who is said to always kill a runner at the sports festival at 4:44. Because, as mentioned above, FourIsDeath.

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* PottyFailure: Keiichirou on suffers one in episode 2, 2 due to being afraid the fear of going to the old school to pee.
* ProductPlacement: For the The Sony Playstation [=PlayStation=] gets one in episode 7. A close-up of an analogue controller a controller, shown while Leo's mom was playing it. The name is using it, show the names "SONY" and "PLAYSTATION" are clearly written out, along with "PLAYSTATION", the Start and Select buttons, and the symbols on the pad.
buttons.
* PutOnABus: It This happens with the friendlier and more harmless ghosts of the old school building.
* ReplicantSnatching: Episode 7 was about a group of evil spirits residing in a dimension beyond the mirror who tried mirror; their goal was to abduct everyone in town town, imprison them in the mirror dimension, and impersonate them once the originals were trapped in the other dimension.
originals.
* RightOnTheTick: In episode 5, there's a the ghost who being dealt with is said to always kill a runner at the sports festival at 4:44. Because, 4:44--because, as mentioned above, FourIsDeath.



** Satsuki's accidental {{Panty Shot}}s in the anime proper. The dub makes a few more out of commenting on the [[BreakingTheFourthWall quality of the script]] [[MediumAwareness and animation]], invoking [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny Engrish]] and anime trends.
** There's also a series-spanning gag about Christian Slater's career.
** In a few episodes, there's a workman getting yelled at by his boss ("Fill that hole, hole-filler!"); his response is always a muttered "jackass".
* SealedEvilInACan: All the ghosts who had been sealed away by Kayako get free after the construction sites destroy the places where they had been imprisoned.

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** Satsuki's accidental {{Panty Shot}}s in the anime proper. proper.
**
The dub makes a few more out of these by way of commenting on the [[BreakingTheFourthWall quality of the script]] [[MediumAwareness and animation]], often invoking [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny Engrish]] and anime trends.
** There's *** There is also a series-spanning gag about Christian Slater's career.
** *** In a few episodes, there's there is a workman getting yelled at by his boss ("Fill that hole, hole-filler!"); his response is always a muttered "jackass".
* SealedEvilInACan: All the ghosts who had been sealed away by Kayako get free are freed after the construction sites destroy destroys the places where they had been imprisoned.



* ShirtlessScene: One of Hajime appears during the opening [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment for no reason]].
* ShoutOut: In episode 6 Keiichiro is shown playing VideoGame/DarkCloud.
* SkirtsAndLadders: Momoko did not stop to think of this before asking Hajime and Leo to boost her into a high window, and from their expressions the boys didn't either.

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* ShirtlessScene: One of Hajime appears during the opening [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment opening--[[BigLippedAlligatorMoment for no apparent reason]].
* ShoutOut: In episode 6 6, Keiichiro is shown playing VideoGame/DarkCloud.
''VideoGame/DarkCloud''.
* SkirtsAndLadders: Momoko did not stop to think of this before asking Hajime and Leo to boost her into a high window, and from window. From their expressions expressions, neither did the boys didn't either. boys.



* SoulJar: Momoko, for Kayako's spirit.

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* SoulJar: Momoko, Momoko is this for Kayako's spirit.



* UncannyValley: Purposely {{invoked|Trope}} with {{Animation Bump}}s that make unnatural movements very fluid. Best example is Akane from episode 18.
* UrbanLegend: The underlying source of all of the ghost stories used in the series.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Satsuki, to the point that Hajime even lampshades this in episode 11 by saying that if she attracts anything than it is not human.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Satsuki and Keiichirou's grandparents. They appear in one very brief scene in episode 1, and then they aren't seen or mentioned in the further episodes. Funny enough since [[http://i30.tinypic.com/23uskye.jpg they appear in the series' intro]] along with the main characters and supporting characters like Sakata and the school principal.

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* UncannyValley: Purposely This is purposely {{invoked|Trope}} with {{Animation Bump}}s that make unnatural movements look very fluid. Best The best example is Akane from episode 18.
* UrbanLegend: The This is the underlying source of all of the ghost stories used in the series.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Satsuki, Satsuki is this to the point that Hajime even lampshades this in episode 11 by saying pointing out that if she Satsuki attracts anything than anything, it is definitely not human.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Satsuki and Keiichirou's grandparents. They grandparents appear in one very brief scene in episode 1, and then they aren't 1. They are never seen or mentioned in the further episodes. Funny enough since ever again, despite [[http://i30.tinypic.com/23uskye.jpg they appear appearing in the series' show's intro]] along with alongside the main characters and several other supporting characters like Sakata and the school principal.characters.



** GagDub Grandpa ''did'' say that he'd move to Vegas when the grandma died, so...

!!Tropes unique to ADV's GagDub:

* ACupAngst: Satsuki has this in the dub, despite being all of ten. It's mentioned a few times throughout the series but is most notable in Episode 3.
** In Episode 14, Momoko (who does ''not'' suffer from this trope) writes off chest pains caused by a curse as just needing a bigger bra. She starts to ask Satsuki if she has one before answering her own question, [[StealthInsult "Oh, what am I saying?"]]
* BilingualBonus: The Hispanic nurse in Episode 12 calls Momoko and Satsuki "cabronas", meaning "bitches".
* BreakingTheFourthWall: So many times. The below instance from Episode 5 takes this and blends it together with the MediumAwareness that they're in a 2D animation.

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** GagDub Grandpa ''did'' GagDub[=!=]Grandpa did say that he'd move to Vegas when the grandma Grandma died, so...

!!Tropes unique to ----

!!
ADV's GagDub:

GagDub exclusively includes the following tropes:

* ACupAngst: Satsuki has this in the dub, despite being all of ten. It's mentioned ten years old. The dub mentions it a few times throughout the series series, but it is most notable in Episode 3.
** In Episode 14, Momoko (who Momoko--who does ''not'' suffer from this trope) writes trope--writes off chest pains caused by a curse as just needing a bigger bra. She starts to ask Satsuki if she has one before answering her own question, [[StealthInsult question ([[StealthInsult "Oh, what am I saying?"]]
saying?"]]).
* BilingualBonus: The Hispanic nurse in Episode 12 calls Momoko and Satsuki "cabronas", meaning "bitches".
"cabronas" ("bitches").
* BreakingTheFourthWall: So many times. This happens so damn much. The below following instance from Episode 5 takes this and blends it together with the MediumAwareness that they're in a 2D animation.MediumAwareness:



'''Leo:''' Ok, lets stop breaking the ''third'' wall, they're thinking about cancelling the sports festival!

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'''Leo:''' Ok, lets Okay, let's stop breaking the ''third'' wall, they're thinking about cancelling the sports festival!



** Becomes hilariously ironic if you've ever seen Hilary Haag. She's… well, let's just say that if she ever made a similar wish on cursed stairs, it worked.
* CastingCouch: Specifically name-checked. According to Leo, this is how Keita beat him out for the lead part in the school play. Which had a male director.
* ClusterFBomb: A (sadly) bleeped-out example in Episode 15 during a summoning spell:

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** Becomes This becomes hilariously ironic if you've you have ever seen Hilary Haag. She's… She is...well, let's just say that if she ever made a similar wish on cursed stairs, it worked.
* CastingCouch: Specifically This is specifically name-checked. According to Leo, this is how Keita beat him out for the lead part in the school play. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Which had a male director.
director.]]
* ClusterFBomb: A (sadly) bleeped-out example shows up in Episode 15 during a summoning spell:



** This gets even more annoying when you watch the ''very next episode'' on DVD and learn that ''that's'' the point where they stopped censoring "fuck". F(bleep)ing ass(bleep)s.
* DonutMessWithACop: Referenced by Hajime. "Drop the Krispy Kremes, Film/{{Serpico}}!"
* {{Expy}}: The dub essentially turned Amanojaku into one for [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Salem]].

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** This gets even more annoying when When you watch the ''very next episode'' on DVD and the DVD, you learn that ''that's'' Episode 16 is the point where they stopped censoring "fuck". F(bleep)ing ass(bleep)s.
F[bleep]ing ass[bleep]s.
* DonutMessWithACop: Referenced This is referenced by Hajime. Hajime: "Drop the Krispy Kremes, Film/{{Serpico}}!"
* {{Expy}}: The dub essentially all but turned Amanojaku into one for [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Salem]].



** Though in Episode 5, even she breaks her God-Is-Good persona for moment, upon noticing how attractive a ghost track runner is.

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** Though in Episode 5, even she breaks her God-Is-Good persona for moment, upon noticing a moment when she notices how attractive a ghost track runner is.



'''Momoko:''' ''*gasp!*'' Do not lust in your hea—Jesus, you're ''right''.
* GagDub: As if the rest of this page didn't tip you off already. One of the most famous that isn't an AbridgedSeries.
** However, that doesn't stop some people from mistaking the dub ''for'' an AbridgedSeries, especially when encountered out-of-context in Website/{{Youtube}} clip compilations. People unfamiliar with the dub are always shocked to find out it's official.
* HongKongDub: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Not accounting for mouth shape, ADV's dub matches the characters' lip flaps perfectly. The original Japanese version, on the other hand, often had lips moving long after a character finished speaking.
* HypocriticalHumour: Tons of it throughout the series. For example, Episode 4. Also, the overly religious Momoko noting that there are some crazy religious people out there when she's one herself. And Leo hates it when people lie in their online profiles, which he does as well.
* InterspeciesRomance: Episode 9, the ghost of a rabbit and one of the students. She breaks up with him not because he's a rabbit, but because [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt he's black]].
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: Mostly in the later episodes of the dub. ''"NANIIIIII?"''
* LipLock: Deliberately Invoked in Episode 5 with this nugget.

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'''Momoko:''' ''*gasp!*'' Do not lust in your hea—Jesus, hea--Jesus, you're ''right''.
* GagDub: As if the rest of this page didn't tip you off already. One This is one of the most famous that isn't famous--arguably the most famous--that is not an AbridgedSeries.
** However, that doesn't stop some
AbridgedSeries. Some people from mistaking do mistake the ADV dub ''for'' for an AbridgedSeries, especially when encountered out-of-context in Website/{{Youtube}} clip compilations. People though; people unfamiliar with the dub and its unique circumstances are always shocked to find out it's official.
* HongKongDub: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Not accounting for If you forget about mouth shape, ADV's dub matches the characters' lip flaps perfectly. The original Japanese version, on the other hand, often had lips moving long after a character finished speaking.
* HypocriticalHumour: Tons The dub has tons of it throughout the series. For example, Episode 4. Also, the overly religious Momoko noting that there are some crazy religious people out there when she's one herself. And Leo hates it when people lie in their online profiles, which he does as well.
* InterspeciesRomance: There is one in Episode 9, 9 between the ghost of a rabbit and one of the students. She breaks up with him the rabbit not because he's he is a rabbit, but because [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt he's he is black]].
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: Mostly This is invoked mostly in the later episodes of the dub. ''"NANIIIIII?"''
* LipLock: Deliberately Invoked This one is deliberately invoked in Episode 5 with this nugget.5:



* LullDestruction: Used frequently to turn boring moments into successful humor. A good example is in Episode 15, where Yamime says "Wheeee!" when floating up the stairs, then casually hums a tune while removing the barricade from the bedroom door.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Fairly obvious and ''name-checked verbatim in the dub''.
* MyEyesAreUpHere: Ouma to Satsuki.
* NotSoInnocentWhistle: Inserted in the dub, during [[spoiler:Shizuko's flashback to Momoko. The taxi driver does it after hitting her with the cab.]]

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* LullDestruction: Used frequently This is often used to turn boring moments into successful humor. A good example is in Episode 15, where Yamime says "Wheeee!" when while floating up the stairs, then casually hums a tune while removing the barricade from the bedroom door.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Fairly This is fairly obvious and ''name-checked verbatim in the dub''.
original show, but the dub ''name-checks this trope verbatim''.
* MyEyesAreUpHere: Ouma Ouma, to Satsuki.
* NotSoInnocentWhistle: Inserted This is inserted in the dub, dub during [[spoiler:Shizuko's flashback to Momoko. The taxi driver does it after hitting her with the cab.]]



-->'''Satsuki:''' She thought I was attractive. That is so… grossing me out.
* PrecisionFStrike: Starting in episode 16. There were plenty of F-bombs before this, but they were bleeped out, including a ClusterFBomb by the MonsterOfTheWeek in the previous episode (mentioned above). Strangely, an utterance of "shit" was bleeped out literally two minutes before Satsuki's F-bomb wasn't.

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-->'''Satsuki:''' She thought I was attractive. That is so… so...grossing me out.
* PrecisionFStrike: Starting in episode 16. There were plenty of F-bombs before this, Episode 16, but they were bleeped out, including a out (including the ClusterFBomb by the MonsterOfTheWeek in the previous episode (mentioned mentioned above). Strangely, an utterance of "shit" was bleeped out literally two minutes before Satsuki's F-bomb wasn't.



** In episode 12, Keiichirou complains that Satsuki "snores like Rob Mungle," the voice of Amanojaku.
* ShesAManInJapan: PlayedForLaughs. Momoko's hairstylist cousin Maki was a woman in the original version of Episode 19, but was changed to a CampGay man in the English.
* SitcomArchNemesis: [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Hadley]] to Sakata.

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** In episode 12, Keiichirou complains that Satsuki "snores like Rob Mungle," Mungle", who did the voice of Amanojaku.
* ShesAManInJapan: This is PlayedForLaughs. Momoko's hairstylist cousin Maki was a woman in the original version of Episode 19, but was changed to a CampGay man in for the English.
dub.
* SitcomArchNemesis: [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Hadley]] Hadley]], to Sakata.



* SuddenlyShouting: "Oh, Satsuki, let's sing! Jesus loves me—COME ON, YOU KNOW THE WORDS!"
* TakeThat: Quite a few of the jokes, to the point it would clutter up the page too much to list them all. This dub doesn't pull its punches.
-->They've been left behind, forgotten… like a Black family in [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush]] America!
* TooDumbToLive: Lampshaded several times, most explicitly in episode 7.
-->Aww for god's sakes you kids are so stupid... You both deserve to die.
** And again later on…

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* SuddenlyShouting: "Oh, Satsuki, let's sing! Jesus loves me—COME me--COME ON, YOU KNOW THE WORDS!"
* TakeThat: Quite a few of the jokes, to the point it would clutter up the page too much If we tried to list them all. all, we would need a whole new page. This dub doesn't pull its pulled no punches.
-->They've been left behind, forgotten… like forgotten--like a Black family in [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush]] America!
* TooDumbToLive: Lampshaded This is lampshaded several times, but most explicitly in episode 7.
-->Aww -->Oh for god's sakes sakes, you kids are so stupid... You stupid...you both deserve to die.
** And again later on…on:



* TheUnintelligible: Keiichiro is capable of talking normally, but get him emotional and he reverts to unintelligible babbling.

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* TheUnintelligible: Keiichiro is capable of talking normally, but get him emotional and when he gets emotional, he reverts to unintelligible babbling.



** ADV's DVD release invokes this with the "Dubtitles" subtitles track, where Keiichiro's dialogue is often listed as either [[[FunWithSubtitles Gibberish]]] or [[[InelegantBlubbering Keichiro Sob]]] and after about episode 4, [Keichiro Sob [[TradeSnark ™]]].

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** ADV's DVD release invokes this with the "Dubtitles" subtitles track, where Keiichiro's dialogue is often listed as either [[[FunWithSubtitles Gibberish]]] or [[[InelegantBlubbering Keichiro Sob]]] and (and after about episode 4, [Keichiro Sob [[TradeSnark ™]]].™]]]).



* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lampshaded in Episode 13.
-->'''Da Vinci:''' Hmm, let's see… Purple, for your hair. [-''*heh*''-] Can't tell ''this'' is a goddamn anime.

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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lampshaded This is lampshaded in Episode 13.
-->'''Da Vinci:''' Hmm, let's see… Purple, see...purple, for your hair. [-''*heh*''-] Can't tell ''this'' is a goddamn anime.
15th Dec '16 11:29:49 AM Cindy67917
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''Ghost Stories'' (''Gakkou no Kaidan'', lit. "Ghosts in the School") is an anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television, directed by Noriyuki Abe (who also directed Manga/YuYuHakusho for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''), with music by [[Manga/Inuyasha Kaoru Wada]], and loosely based on a book series by Toru Tsunemitsu. It tells the story of Satsuki Miyanoshita, who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother, Kayako. On her first day of school, Satsuki; her brother Keiichirou, a first-grader; their neighbor Hajime Aoyama; Momoko Koigakubo, an older schoolmate; and Leo Kakinoki, a classmate and friend of Hajime's with a penchant for the paranormal visit the OldSchoolBuilding adjacent to the current school complex and discover that the building is haunted.

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''Ghost Stories'' (''Gakkou no Kaidan'', lit. "Ghosts in the School") is an anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television, directed by Noriyuki Abe (who also directed Manga/YuYuHakusho for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''), with music by [[Manga/Inuyasha [[Manga/{{Inuyasha}} Kaoru Wada]], and loosely based on a book series by Toru Tsunemitsu. It tells the story of Satsuki Miyanoshita, who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother, Kayako. On her first day of school, Satsuki; her brother Keiichirou, a first-grader; their neighbor Hajime Aoyama; Momoko Koigakubo, an older schoolmate; and Leo Kakinoki, a classmate and friend of Hajime's with a penchant for the paranormal visit the OldSchoolBuilding adjacent to the current school complex and discover that the building is haunted.
15th Dec '16 11:29:17 AM Cindy67917
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''Ghost Stories'' (''Gakkou no Kaidan'', lit. "Ghosts in the School") is an anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television, directed by Noriyuki Abe (who also directed Manga/YuYuHakusho for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''), and loosely based on a book series by Toru Tsunemitsu. It tells the story of Satsuki Miyanoshita, who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother, Kayako. On her first day of school, Satsuki; her brother Keiichirou, a first-grader; their neighbor Hajime Aoyama; Momoko Koigakubo, an older schoolmate; and Leo Kakinoki, a classmate and friend of Hajime's with a penchant for the paranormal visit the OldSchoolBuilding adjacent to the current school complex and discover that the building is haunted.

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''Ghost Stories'' (''Gakkou no Kaidan'', lit. "Ghosts in the School") is an anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television, directed by Noriyuki Abe (who also directed Manga/YuYuHakusho for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''), with music by [[Manga/Inuyasha Kaoru Wada]], and loosely based on a book series by Toru Tsunemitsu. It tells the story of Satsuki Miyanoshita, who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother, Kayako. On her first day of school, Satsuki; her brother Keiichirou, a first-grader; their neighbor Hajime Aoyama; Momoko Koigakubo, an older schoolmate; and Leo Kakinoki, a classmate and friend of Hajime's with a penchant for the paranormal visit the OldSchoolBuilding adjacent to the current school complex and discover that the building is haunted.
15th Dec '16 11:27:49 AM Cindy67917
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''Ghost Stories'' (''Gakkou no Kaidan'', lit. "Ghosts in the School") is an anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television, directed by Noriyuki Abe (who would go on to helm ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''), and loosely based on a book series by Toru Tsunemitsu. It tells the story of Satsuki Miyanoshita, who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother, Kayako. On her first day of school, Satsuki; her brother Keiichirou, a first-grader; their neighbor Hajime Aoyama; Momoko Koigakubo, an older schoolmate; and Leo Kakinoki, a classmate and friend of Hajime's with a penchant for the paranormal visit the OldSchoolBuilding adjacent to the current school complex and discover that the building is haunted.

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''Ghost Stories'' (''Gakkou no Kaidan'', lit. "Ghosts in the School") is an anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television, directed by Noriyuki Abe (who also directed Manga/YuYuHakusho for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''), and loosely based on a book series by Toru Tsunemitsu. It tells the story of Satsuki Miyanoshita, who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother, Kayako. On her first day of school, Satsuki; her brother Keiichirou, a first-grader; their neighbor Hajime Aoyama; Momoko Koigakubo, an older schoolmate; and Leo Kakinoki, a classmate and friend of Hajime's with a penchant for the paranormal visit the OldSchoolBuilding adjacent to the current school complex and discover that the building is haunted.
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* ShoutOut: In episode 6 Keiichiro is shown playing VideoGame/DarkCloud.
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