Corpse Party: Tortured Souls is dark. Very dark. The atmosphere elicits this sense of fear and foreboding. Nothing can possibly go right…only darkness, fear, and death. At least that is what I personally felt from episode one of this four episode OVA anime series. Playing on the classic trope of a building being built on haunted ground, Corpse Party starts out at the brightly lit Kisaragi Academy. This school is in stark contrast to what lies ahead. A very claustrophobic feeling overtook me when the characters ended up in the haunted school of Heavenly Host Elementary School, a school torn down after vicious murders. The characters were seperated. You know it is another classic horror move for characters to separate. This isn’t Scooby Doo. You do. not. SEPARATE. They had no choice, however, which also gives off this feeling of helplessness as they try to find their way out of this alternate, hellish realm.
I would give this anime a solid B based on the first episode. It seems like stereotypical horror tropes which actually works quite well for it. After being told that it was really scary, I only felt a bit uncomfortable whilst watching. I expected more jump scares then I received. The preview for the rest of the episodes seemed to be more or less then same, trying to cause classic fear emotions in the audience. It is certainly worth giving a watch for the Halloween season.
The anime is based on a PSP game with several sequels. There are also a four manga series adaption and a previous OVA.