The Kowabana podcast is narrowing in on it’s 50th episode soon, which astounds me. I never thought I’d get more than maybe 20 or 30 people listening to an episode, let alone the 5000+ they’re getting now! So, if you’re brand new to the Kowabana podcast, only started listening recently, or just want to know what the most popular episodes are, here are the top five episodes ranked by listen count!
5. Obake Yashiki: Home sweet haunted home (#028)
Coming in at number five is Obake Yashiki, one of several episodes dedicated to haunted houses and apartments. I can’t lie, these are some of my favourite stories as well, so I’m not surprised to see this theme pop up several times in the list!
4. Kankandara: The secret behind what lurks in the forest (#021)
Kankandara is one of my all-time favourite Japanese creepypastas, so I’m happy to see this episode dedicated entirely to her make the list! A cursed shrine maiden, creepy forests, tales of lost folklore, a terrifying modern monster, what’s not to love?
3. Haunted Japanese houses of horror (#025)
Haunted houses, for the second time on this list! Thanks to movies like Ju-on and Dark Water, I think many people have a strong association of Japanese horror with haunted abodes. There’s actually only a handful of listens separating this one from number two on the list, so who knows, it might take over soon!
2. Magagami-sama, haunted tunnels and bridges, oh my! (#002)
Coming in at number two is episode number two! Magagami-sama has a special place in my heart. I still really enjoy that story and how strange it is, and who doesn’t like haunted tunnels and bridges as well?
1. Hasshaku-sama, dark country roads and abandoned buildings (#001)
It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the very first episode with the very first story being Hasshaku-sama comes in as the most listened episode to date, but there it is! We’ve come a long way since then, but it’s still the highest ranked episode!
How about you guys? Do you have a favourite episode of Kowabana? What would you like to see more of in the future! Let me know in the comments below!