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(Classic) Pet Shop of Horrors
4.5/5 | added 2010-1-13 | by LauLau
(originally posted October of 2004)

Directed by: Toshio Hirata
Produced by: Madhouse Studios
Licensed by: Urban Vision (U.S.)
English Translation: New Generation Pictures
Genre: Horror

*This series contains violent and scary scenes. Some episodes may contain explicit themes. Not recommended for children. *
Story/Overview 5/5
Count D, a man more bizarre and effeminate than your average main character, is a pet shop owner. Many sorts of important people visit his shop, where they are sure to find an unusual pet that will help them in one way or another. Count D has no problem finding these exotic pets; but he has three conditions. If one of these conditions is broken, then he cannot be held responsible for any accidents that might occur. Strangely enough, he’s being investigated because he’s linked with bizarre murders. Why, you ask? All the people in these accidents... were Count D’s customers.
Music/Sound 4/5
The music here’s very good. The opening song is very cool; yet somewhat different to the anime music you might be used to (this sort of tells you that this is not your usual type of anime). In conclusion, the tunes are catchy and really worth listening to.
Animation 5/5
The animation is excellent. I especially like the art. Count D was drawn amazingly. He looks so delicate for one moment I thought he was a she. Anyways, the violent scenes where drawn tremendously (yes, blood…lots of blood!). So tremendously, in fact, that sometimes I considered whether I should cover my eyes or not…
Characters 5/5
Count D is an exceptional character: creepy, mysterious, androgynous, and excellently created. He contrasts with the American detective in charge of this case, whom, I’m sad to say, gave me a headache every time he showed up. Count D has a cute little pet vampire/mouse/flying-creature…that was excessively cute to say the least. Every episode includes several minor characters (the customers), which are also excellently created. Each character conveys an individual idea or emotion and I really liked seeing how their stories would develop. Surprisingly enough, the pets are also great characters. In one episode I found myself rooting for the evil pet, and cheering on her to kill everyone. The pets also have great depth of feeling; so don’t be surprised if you find yourself sympathizing with them.
Final Thoughts 4.5/5
Made up of only four episodes, Pet Shop of Horrors achieves a lot in a very little amount of time. You easily become acquainted with the characters (good and bad) and you might relate their problems with your own. It’s a very rare thing to see a horror series that actually has something to say and actually makes you think…and this one’s really worth it. So this is a very good series for Halloween. After you’re done trick or treating lock yourself up in a dark room and watch any episode you can…Something’s bound to scare you or creep you out…Maybe the blood and killings, maybe the pets…Or maybe Count D himself.

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