English: Ghost Hound
Japanese: 神霊狩 GHOST HOUND
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 18, 2007 to Apr 4, 2008
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.691 (scored by 17950 users)
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horror mystery sci-fi supernatural
SynopsisIn an isolated region of Kyushu lies the town of Suiten. Though seeming small and modest, Suiten is not a picturesque place for a vacation, unless it is from the "Unseen World." Taro, Makoto, and Masayuki, three boys with traumatic pasts, learn to let their souls cross between the two parallel worlds. However, the Unseen World is no mere copy of the real Apparent World. The Unseen World is the home of ghosts, but changes are now allowing the souls of the dead to pass over into the Apparent World, with unpredictable effects. Follow the journey of Taro, Makoto, and Masayuki, as they cross between the two worlds, trying to unravel a great mystery.
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Shinreigari: Another Side
Characters & Voice Actors
Many anime strive for a horror element and settle for the gore. Others try for the psychological approach and get lost in the relationships. This, however, is a shining star among them all.
Ghost Hound foregoes all the gore and heads straight for the downright creepy. The animation style, though soft and fairly unassuming, only enhances this creepy-factor once the ball starts rolling. Each episode title is taken straight from psychology texts, and exploits the given theme with finesse and underhanded tact.
Nothing is overdone. Everything is like a current flowing underground, or a train rumbling by only a mile away. You can't see it, but you can feel the presence. The atmosphere is set with an amazing score which seems to taunt all those soft and unassuming characters with the terror to come.
Only it isn't obvious.
Many anime try to shove "the horror of it all" down your throat, leading to some nausea and perhaps a little surprise. This, however, slips beteen the cracks and tugs at your primal half, makes you start to wonder whether or not you really are safe in your own head. The imagery shifts like flashbacks from a memory only half-recalled (they address that topic, actually) and the atmospheric music only sucks you in deeper.
The characters, too, are well-rounded and fascinating, from Makoto and is utterly horrifying grandma, to Masayuki and his social eccentricities, to Tarou and that FREAKY "lucid dream" he keeps having. ("Lucid Dream" is episode 1)
If you love shows and movies that just crawl inside and start to make you think really hard about things you once thought were absolutes, then this is the show to see.
Perhaps one downside is the lack of dialogue, but in a horror, images and sounds carry so much more meaning, and these images and sounds are guaranteed to make tingles rund down your backbone. The other downside--a trifle, really--is that the first episode takes a few minutes to really take off, but once it does, the anime never slows down.
It is an anime for the true psychological horror fan, and Production I.G. was brilliant for making this their 20th anniversary release.
Plus, those little astrally projected bodies? Man, even if the show's creepy-factor doesn't appeal to you, those little things are just too cool for words. read more
I decided to watch the series, because the scriptwriter of Ghost Hound also wrote Serial Experiments: Lain, Texhnolyze and Hellsing, all of which I am quite drawn to (especially SEL). I must say, that this anime is a great job, perfect for a 20th anniversary release.
~ s t o r y ~ 8 / 10 ~
If some of you think: 'Those cute characters and a psychological plot? No way!' I am glad to tell you, that you are wrong. At first, when I saw, that GH is of 22 episodes, I was sure, that it will be verbose and / or tedious (i'm used to 13-episode psychological animes), but I'm glad I tried watching it despite that thoughts. Of course, the plot needs a half of the first episode to take off, but once it does, it doesn't stop (actually, it's going faster and faster to the climax). The anime is a specific type of an illustrated encyclopedia: trauma, mental disorders, possession, out-of-body experiences, mind, brain, afterlife and more - every one of these is shown in a few different points of view, either scientific or spiritual. I gave it an 8, because I just expected something more. The plot is not confusing at all, I mean, there is the puzzle-mode on, but once explained, it becomes perfectly clear. At least some of the aspects...
~ a r t ~ 9 / 10 ~
I love the idea of different angles and showing the action from the characters point of wiew. The landscapes and character projects are quite nice. Some of the ghosts, retrospections or halucinations are drawn really CREEPY. And by creepy I mean, that at night when going to the bathroom you wish not to find anything like that in your room when you come back. They're so random, they give goosebumps. The thing I dislike, is what they did to OBE - but, oh well, it's just an anime, not a science book.
~ s o u n d ~ 9 / 10 ~
Not much of music, but when it's finally playing in the background, it has a feel of GITS's soundtrack. Old japanese music, just without the vocals.
IMO the opening was the worst: it really didn't suit the anime.
~ c h a r a c t e r ~ 1 0 / 1 0 ~
Characters are the metier of Ghost Hound. Nicely designed, with vivid personalities. Everyone will find a bit of himself in some of them.
~ O V E R A L L ~ 9 / 10 ~
Great series with an enjoyable plot, nice art and sound and wonderful, mysterious characters. However, I recommend this anime only for people who like psychological series - others may think of Ghost Hound as a waste of time.
Have fun ^^. read more
Lain and Ghost Hound are both from the same director and scriptwriter. Besides, both have the same dark atmosphere and play with the psychological during the story. If you like Lain, you'd probably like Ghost Hound as well.
The music, the animation style and the same kind of atmosphere. If your into Ghost Hound then you could be a fan of Lain as well! Lain is a lot older than Ghost hound but don't excuse that from being a great anime.
Both excel at ambient sound/music, blending the surreal and real and being quite the head trip.
The similarities are countless.
Both series are slow-paced, psychological, complex, dark, surreal, weird, and mysterious.
Both deal with the supernatural, the human mind, things such as technology (in Lain) and science/medicine (in GH), and various personality disorders and issues.
Also, in both anime, there’s the concept of alternate reality, extra-corporeal experiences, and what's real and what's not: even if not anyone can see it, there’s another world apart from the one we live in (in Lain, the real world & the Wired, in GH, the Apparent World & the Unseen World).
In both Lain & GH there’s some kind of game (used respectively by Lain & Masayuki) which allows to enter another world.
More similarities: in both series the protagonists are kids who have family problems; Miyako & Lain are both extremely quiet, cute, and basically emotionless; in both anime there are several scenes where the characters seem to stare directly at you with their big, deep eyes; both anime, despite their lack of blood and gore, have disturbing imagery and can be very creepy at times; the type of sounds and music and the way it’s used is almost the same; both anime have amazing OP themes.
These anime also have the same director (Ryutaro Nakamura), scriptwriter (Chiaki Konaka), a lovely character design, and have overall the same atmosphere and mood.
Both are one hell of a mind trip.
These series both have the same director, but there are also some other similar aspects. They both deal with psychological problems and have very interesting plots that make you think while watching each episode. SEL deals more with technology than GH does, though.
Ghost Hound <=> Serial Experiments Lain
Both shows center in a concept and work in its issues, deepening and applying it in real life (or mostly). Both are slow paced, thought provoking, psycho and worth a character study. Just don't lose your patience to them.
The atmosphere and overall execution are near identical and very hard to find in other titles. The distinction between reality and dream is not always clear. If you liked the presentation of Lain, but the story was too incoherent or too wrapped in symbolism and metaphors, Ghost Hound is a perfect recommendation.
Ghost Hound and Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni is similar in terms of the psychological things it might give the viewer while watching it. Although Ghost Hound has a more complicated and professional way of showing and stating things, it is still similar with HNNKN in terms of boggling your mind.
Both anime are playing in little village . Both anime have psychodelic story
There are unexplained phenomenons, transfer students, shrine maidens and things that may not be all what they claim to be. In both anime story is about group of friends, who live in mysterious small town, which have a dark past.
“Everything seems so peaceful on the surface, while beneath something eerie is hiding.” [Masayuki]
Group made of kids (each of them with several issues and a trauma in their past) lives in a quiet, small, remote Japanese village surrounded by nature which actually hides some scary secrets.
Both are psychological, creepy, dark, mysterious, supernatural, and addicting to the max, and both screw with your brain (and you love it).
Also, in both we have: a dam, a school, at least 1 transfer student, a young, cute, purple-eyed miko, and a scary, ugly, hateful grandmother.
Main differences: Ghost Hound doesn’t have neither gore and comedy, and is way slower than Higurashi, and the latter has only 1 male protagonist & many girls, while in Ghost Hound it’s the opposite.
A seemingly normal town with deep-rooted dark secrets that are related somehow to a dam, girls in shrine maiden outfits, students with crazy mental-illnesses, and sometimes disturbing imagery.
All of these are things these shows have in common.
both is some kinda creepy and scary...
Same feeling, same dark atmosphere. Both anime involves certain religion, contruction Dam, and bunch of kids in isolated town
Opening Theme"Poltergeist (ポルターガイスト)" by Mayumi Kojima
Ending Theme"Call My Name ~Kazenari no Oka~ (～風鳴りの丘～)" by Yucca
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