I ended up in the middle of a parade.
And it’s no usual human parade. It’s the march of demons, ghosts, and other creatures of the night. How did I end up there?
Some years ago, there was a horror anime series called “Gakkou no Kaidan” or “Ghost Stories”. At the end of every episode, while the closing credits were shown, shots of various demons and specters were shown. By the last few seconds, it is revealed that they’re marching in one direction and are led by a black cat. Not only was the picture haunting but the accompanying song—“Sexy Sexy” by Cascade—is also memorable.
Fast forward to a few days ago, which are all a blur. After watching an episode of “Hoozuki no Reitetsu”, I was on another demon hunt online when I saw picture of a group of demons marching. Though it was new to me, something about the look, about a long line of demons walking made it seem familiar.
While on Google Image search, I found a relevant article. The drawings are not just mere depictions of a parade. It’s called the “Hyakki Yagyō”, Japanese for the “Night Parade of a Hundred Demons”.
Anime fans and various artists have presented interesting renditions of the idea. And I remain fascinated with each one. And every time that I look for such pictures, the Cascade song accompanies me in the background. I’ve tried playing other songs but strangely it’s the only song that seems to fit.
That gave rise to a curiosity: is there a Philippine equivalent to the “Hyakki Yagyō”?