Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East

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  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.0  (213)

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East is an anime show that premiered back in 2013. It tells the story of a young man named Shino Inuzuka, who survived a tragic incident that took the lives of his family, and his friend Sosuke Inukawa, who also experienced loss in his past. These two young men are bonded by more than just their mutual tragedy, as they both share a supernatural power that allows them to transform into powerful warriors.

The show takes place in the medieval era of Japan, where supernatural beasts called 'Ayakashi' plague the land. These creatures are hunted by the Church's 'Ten Wolves' and guarded by the 'Eight Dogs of the East', who are individuals blessed with the power to wield a holy sword and fight against the Ayakashi.

One day, while Shino and Sosuke are out searching for a medicinal herb in the forest, they stumble upon a mysterious girl named Hamaji, who is being hunted by the Ten Wolves. After rescuing her, the trio embark on a journey to uncover the truth behind Shino's tragic past and Hamaji's connection to it.

As they travel through different regions of Japan, they encounter other individuals who possess the power of the Eight Dogs, each with their own stories and reasons for using their power. Among them are Genpachi Inukai, a former member of the Church's Ten Wolves who deserted after learning of their corruption; Kaname Osaki, a young boy with a gentle spirit and a tragic upbringing; and Shinobu Inue, a skilled warrior who harbors a deep hatred for the Church.

Throughout their journey, Shino, Sosuke, and their companions encounter various obstacles, including dangerous Ayakashi, battles against the Church's Ten Wolves, and revelations about their pasts that shake the foundations of their beliefs. They must learn to rely on each other and their bond to overcome these challenges and protect their loved ones.

The show's animation is top-notch, with stunning visuals that capture the beauty of Japan's landscapes and architecture. The character designs are also unique and memorable, with each character's appearance reflecting their personality and backstory.

The voice acting is another standout aspect of this anime, with an impressive cast that includes Hiroshi Kamiya as Shino, Tomoaki Maeno as Sosuke, Tetsuya Kakihara as Genpachi, Daisuke Namikawa as Kaname, and many more talented actors. The performances are heartfelt and convincing, bringing the characters to life in a way that makes you care about their struggles and triumphs.

Overall, Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East is a thrilling and emotional anime that explores the themes of friendship, loyalty, and identity in a beautifully crafted world. Whether you're a fan of action, drama, or supernatural elements, this show has something for everyone.

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (50 episodes). The series first aired on January 10, 2013.

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E 26
26. E 26
September 30, 2013
In the final battle against Princess Tamazusa, Murasame overtakes Shino's body and goes on a rampage! Will the combined forces of all of Shino's friends be enough to suppress the raging beast and save Shino?
E 25
25. E 25
September 23, 2013
Shino is desperate to get Sosuke’s gem back, but neither Ao nor Tamazusa is going to make this easy. All of his friends are willing to help, but is it really wise to gather all eight of the Dog Warriors in one place...?
E 24
24. E 24
September 16, 2013
Shino has many epiphanies this time around. First Sosuje is falling apart and second Finnegan knows more than Shino wants to believe.
E 23
23. E 23
September 9, 2013
Shinobu is fatally injured when trying to protect Hazuki from Ao! Now it is Hazuki’s turn to save Shinobu at the cost of half of his own life. With Ao still after them, does Hazuki have the strength left to protect Shinobu and his gem?
E 22
22. E 22
September 2, 2013
Ao breaks the anti-Tengu barriers that have been keeping Shinobu hidden from the Tengu that had spirited him away. Hazuki is quick to retrieve his “son” once he finds him. While on the other side, Shinobu’s sealed memories resurface...
E 21
21. E 21
August 26, 2013
Shino and Sosuke visit a village to investigate a young boy was recently found after getting spirited away. Shino is intrigued with how the boy looks the exact same as when he vanished a year ago. Could this be the owner of the eighth gem?
E 20
20. E 20
August 19, 2013
Dosetsu comes to the Imperial Capital in search for his long lost sister, Mutsuki. Kobungo agrees to help look for her, but only manages to make matters worse when he accidentally enlists the aid of a goblin.
E 19
19. E 19
August 12, 2013
Kaede decides to run away from home and it’s up to Shino to find him! After Shino manages to find Kaede, the cat is impressed by the young man’s indomitable smile. It reminds him of another man, who also used to smile a lot...
E 18
18. E 18
August 5, 2013
Shino protects Ao from his own shadow and helps Princess Yana realize who she should really be granting wishes for.
E 17
17. E 17
July 29, 2013
When Shino learns Ao’s current whereabouts, he runs off to find him. While in the countryside, he meets Princess Yana, who harbors the other half of a regional deity Ao killed! Can he protect Princess Yana from Ao and get Sosuke’s gem back?
E 16
16. E 16
July 22, 2013
Sometimes Shino touches the lives of others without it. From reading a book to an orphan girl and giving meaning to her name, to helping a steamed bun chef come up with some new recipes, Shino warms the hearts of everyone he encounters.
E 15
15. E 15
July 15, 2013
Shino breaks the cat goblin’s barrier around Daikaku’s house, allowing a grotesque monster to return. Who could Daikaku’s old cat be trying to protect him from? With the barrier released, Daikaku’s sealed memories are returning...
14. E14
July 8, 2013
hino, Sosuke and Genpachi set out to a rural mountain to retrieve a set of dolls for Finnegan. Shino treats the errand like a mini vacation until he learns that the doll maker, Norikiyo, has gone missing!
13. Destiny
October 31, 2013
With Shino injured, Tamazusa plans to turn him into a vessel for her dead son and take her revenge on the city that took her sons from her. Will her plans commence and will Sosuke survive as Ao becomes stronger?
12. Pursuit
October 24, 2013
Shino and the other Dog warriors band together to find and retrieve Sosuke's gem, but they find themselves in a precarious situation instead.
11. Crossroads
October 17, 2013
Shino has many epiphanies this time around. Sosuje is falling apart and second Finnegan knows more than Shino wants to believe.
Twin Moons
10. Twin Moons
October 10, 2013
Hazuki puts his life on the line to protect the gem and Shinobu from the attacks.
Encompassing Heavens
9. Encompassing Heavens
October 3, 2013
Shinobu is now exposed and is no longer hidden as a result of Ao breaking the Anti-Tengu barriers
Eight Dogs of the East: Spirited Away
8. Eight Dogs of the East: Spirited Away
September 26, 2013
Amazed by the boy who was spirited away,Shino and Sosuke head to the village to see if he possesses the eighth gem.
Spirited Away
8. Spirited Away
August 25, 2013
Shino and Sosuke head to the village to see if the boy who spirited away possesses the eighth gem.
Chance Encounters
7. Chance Encounters
September 19, 2013
Dosetsu goes in search of his lost sister Mutsuki at the imperial Capital. Though he means well, Kobungo tries to help Dosetsu find his sister but ends up causing more trouble when he gets help from a goblin.
6. Reminiscence
September 12, 2013
After Kaede runs away, Shino sets out to search for him.
In Homage
5. In Homage
September 5, 2013
Shino protects Ao from his own shadow and helps Princess Yana recognize who she should actually be granting wishes for.
4. Ignorance
August 29, 2013
Tasked with getting Sosuke's gem, Shino has to find Ao and defend Princess Yana from harm.
Reverse Flow
3. Reverse Flow
August 22, 2013
Shino attempts to bring joy to everyone he encounters.
2. Molding
August 15, 2013
The cat goblin's protection over Daikaku's house has been broken down leaving Daikaku defenseless to a lurking monster.
Eight Dogs of the East: Doll
1. Eight Dogs of the East: Doll
August 8, 2013
Looking to retrieve a set of dolls for Finnegan. Hino, Sosuke, and Genpachi go to find Norikiyo in the mountains.
Where to Watch Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East is available for streaming on the Anime Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 10, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (213)