Ghost Stories
Debut: October 22, 2000
Ended: March 25, 2001
Debut: October 22, 2000
Ended: March 25, 2001

Ghost Stories (Gakkou no Kaidan, lit. "School Ghost Stories") is an anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television. The show was directed by Noriyuki Abe (who also directed YuYu Hakusho for Pierrot, and would later go on to helm Bleach), with music by Kaoru Wada. It was loosely based on a light novel series written by Toru 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, visit the Old School Building adjacent to the current school complex—and discover that the building is haunted. The kids discover that Satsuki's mother was responsible for sealing away several ghosts who haunted both the school and the surrounding town, and now the ghosts are being released by the urbanization taking place in the surrounding area. Kayako also left her descendants a tool for just such an occasion: a book that details how to exorcise the ghosts once and for all. In her first confrontation, Satsuki faces a demon called Amanojaku—and Amanojaku 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. Satsuki, her friends, and Amanojaku eventually agree to work together and stop the 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, Ghost Stories also featured a bland script and below-average production values; the show bombed as a result, ending after only twenty episodes. Facing bankruptcy and desperate for money, the animation company sold the rights to ADV Films for dubbing in 2005.

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Satsuki Miyanoshita: "[to Keiichirou] Hey, what do you want tonight? Lean Cuisine or dumplings?"
Amanojaku: "Dumplings?"
Satsuki Miyanoshita: "You're gonna get Meow Mix."
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Gramps: "When this bitch kicks, I'm movin' to Vegas."
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Momoko Koigakubo: "HaveyouacceptedJesusasyourpersonalsaviour?"
Leo Kakinoki: "No, I'm Jewish."
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Satsuki Miyanoshita: "That's it? He's clean and then he gets hit by a truck? Where was God? -Episode 10"
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Hajime Aoyama: "Drop the Krispy Kremes, Serpico! We need your help here!"
Satsuki Miyanoshita: "The-people-in-my-house-look-like-my-father-and-my-brother-after-an-Eyemasters-exam-but-it's-not-them!"
Hajime Aoyama: "Yeah-boogita-didggitda-googity-dig-dig-dig-tikikiti! [Subtitled as: They're imposters! They wear glasses, but they don't have eyes!]"
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Satsuki Miyanoshita: "[trying to capture the Bathroom Ghost and save Hajime] Is this right?"
Momoko Koigakubo: "It's fine!"
Satsuki Miyanoshita: "I don't know. I kinda failed art. Maybe I should shade it in, add some cherry blossoms..."
Momoko Koigakubo: "JUST DO IT!"
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Satsuki Miyanoshita: "[It's the end of the day] But we were only in there for twenty minutes! [Approximate running time of the episode up to that point]"
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Keiichirou Miyanoshita: "[Momoko, posessed by Satsuki's mother, has just collasped and turned back into herself] Wow, she must've been tired."
Satsuki Miyanoshita: "Momoko! Is that you?"
Momoko Koigakubo: "Huh? Where am I?"
Satsuki Miyanoshita: "Heaven. Get Up."
Hajime Aoyama: "Aww quit making fun of the Christian. We've got to save Leo!"
Satsuki Miyanoshita: "Gotta go! Move it Haji! [They run off]"
Keiichirou Miyanoshita: "That was freaky."
Momoko Koigakubo: "What?"
Keiichirou Miyanoshita: "You sounded like mom. I didn't know you did impressions."
Momoko Koigakubo: "What are you talking about? Oh my goodness, do I need to get back on my medications? Tell me, are my eyes red?"
Keiichirou Miyanoshita: "Hmm..."
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Phone Recording: "[Satsuki attempts to call the Ski Lodge] The number you have dialed is no longer in service. HEY! MAYBE IF THEY PAID THEIR FUCKING PHONE BILL YOU COULD CALL AGAIN!"
Satsuki Miyanoshita: "Asian trash, can't pay the phone bill."
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Satsuki Miyanoshita: "[Alone clutching a doll] Looks like it's just you and me, Raggedy-Ann. [Doing ventriloquism] Call Me Barbie. Okay, Barbie... I'm going fuckin' crazy."
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Satsuki Miyanoshita: "Why on earth did we decide to hole up in the old Schoolhouse? Why? WHY?"
Hajime Aoyama: "'Cause the mall was closed? I don't know."
Satsuki Miyanoshita: "We passed up REI, we passed up Oshman's, we passed Neiman's for Christ's sake! YOU'RE... AN... IDIOT!"
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Kakinomoto, Reo: "They trade places with people's reflections, and walk the streets at night."
Satsuki Miyanoshita: "Kinda like Thriller. A fat Thriller."
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Hajime Aoyama: "My BS detector is going "DING"!"
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Momoko Koigakubo: "Sweet Jesus, that was scary!"
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Satsuki Miyanoshita: "Moshi moshi? I mean… Hello. I'm sorry to call you at this hour. Can I speak to Tamomi?"
Woman: "Tamomi? Ain't no Tamomi girl here living here, so what?. Get your crack head ass head into some rehab, I aint got time for this bull…"
Satsuki: "[He drops the phone in shock] Mother F-[bleep]."
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Hajime Aoyama: "I'm going to beat your ass!"
Leo Kakinoki: "You sure are talking about my butt a lot lately."
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Hajime Aoyama: "Holy crack addicts, it hit the gym!"
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Satsuki Miyanoshita: "[after realizing they've traveled back in time] HOLY TIME MACHINE BATMAN! It's 1973!"
Hajime Aoyama: "Holy pre-Parkinson's Michael J. Fox Christopher Lloyd Back To The Future plot ripoff device! Where's my Delorean?"
Satsuki Miyanoshita: "Pre-Parkinson's? You are so shockingly hateful."
Hajime Aoyama: "I don't feel sorry for him, he was in "Light Of Day". [Shudders]"
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Keiichirou Miyanoshita: "I'm gonna make a SnowMan and a SnowWoman, and maybe even a little Snow Keiichirou! but I guess i'll have to make the SnowWoman dead, because mom's dead."
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Momoko Koigakubo: "Oh my, what a gifted Seamstress! I hope you're not a homosexual."
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