Kaidan Restaurant Horror Anthology to Air in October (Updated)

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Thriller Restaurant anime based on popular 50-volume storybook series

The Japanese broadcasting station TV Asahi has confirmed that it will premiere a horror anthology anime series called Kaidan Restaurant (Thriller Restaurant) in October. Each episode will consist of three stories or "dishes": the appetizer, the main dish, and dessert. The first two "dishes" will deal with an ordinary sixth-grade schoolgirl named Ako Ōzora and the bizarre occurrences that befall her and her classmates. The third "dish" will be a standalone short ghost story told by Ako and her friends.

The anime is based on an anthology storybook series of the same name that has reached 50 volumes as of 2007. Miyoko Matsutani (Maegami-Taro, Mizu no Tane, Taro the Dragon Boy) has been editing the books since 1996 with illustrations by Yoshikazu Takai and Kumiko Katō, and Doshinsha has published over 7,000,000 copies so far. Yōko Ikeda is directing the anime version, and Shoji Yonemura (Guin Saga, Glass Fleet, Stitch!) is supervising the scripts.

The Hollywood Channel Cartoon company had hosted a web page as recently as last month that indicated the anime adaptation plans, but the page has since been removed.

Update: Toei Animation has opened a website for the anime series.

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