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Anime / Hikiko Urban Legend Story

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Hikiko: Urban Legend Story (original title Hikiko: Toshi densetsu monogatari) is a Japanese psychological horror OVA film released on August 8, 2008. It is loosely based on the urban legend of a girl named Hikiko who was abused by her parents and bullied by her classmates, causing her to commit suicide and vow revenge on those that tormented her. Despite that, the film only adheres to the legend slightly.

Known for its early-2000s CGI despite being released in 2008. Can be viewed for free on YouTube, DailyMotion, and Facebook with English subtitles.

A detailed review for this obscure OVA be read here.

Hikiko: Urban Legend Story provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Reveal: Although very ambigious, it appears the boy protagonist was the one being bullied instead of the girl. Hence why his fellow classmates were shocked why he showed up in the class reunion 15 years later.
  • Split Personality: The boy seems to develop one after years of abuse and bullying.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: As with the Japanese Onryō myth.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The bullies and Hikiko herself.