- Awesome Music: Both the opening ("Heat Island") and ending ("Memory of Spring") themes are awesome, and the latter also manages to be heart-rendingly beautiful.
- First Installment Wins: Inverted. The Bakeneko arc is better received and better remembered than the two arcs that preceded it.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The entire Bakeneko arc is this. The fact that it contains gorgeous stylized artwork as a complete contrast to the first two arcs had something with it.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Many viewers post-Mononoke don't watch it on its own merits, but mainly to see the Bakeneko arc.
- Moral Event Horizon: The ireedemable sins of some characters cause revenge from the great beyond to happen.
- The Yotsuya Kaidan story has Iemon, who started his descent into villainy by murdering Oiwa's father for getting in the way of his love for her, and tortured a man to death for trying to steal a life-saving medicine. And he also tried to get rid of Oiwa by bribing his retainer to rape her (the retainer, at least, does not go through with it and tells her everything). Oume and her family are no better, disfiguring Oiwa horribly with orally administered poison in order to make Iemon dump her, just so she could have him for herself.
- The Bakeneko story has the whole aristocratic family, with the elderly patriarch kidnapping, abusing and raping Tamaki for his own sexual amusement in his younger days. Later said patriarch's eldest son attempted to have his way with her, and when the patriarch caught them together, he mistook the situation as Tamaki seducing his son and beat her to death while his eldest son just watched. The rest of the family, like Sato, were implied to have been involved with Tamaki's abuse as well. Only Kayo and Odajima (one of the family maids and the samurai retainer) had nothing to do with all that, and fittingly they were the only ones who made it out alive though badly shaken up and horrified by what they saw.
- Nightmare Fuel: Where to even begin?
YMMV / Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales