22 of 22 episodes seen
Ghost Hound is an anime that I stumbled across a year and a half ago while looking for more fuel for a horror genre anime craze that I managed to suffer. Upon watching the first episode and nearly quitting halfway through, I dropped the series... until three weeks ago. I started watching it again, I decided I was going to drill my mind right through it. So I did. I found that the, boring, static plot was unfolding very slowly. There were no lovable or badass characters as far as I'm concerned, nothing interesting, nothing thought provocative at all for the first few episodes - probably just a background setup. But suddenly, though I dare not unveil what happens, my mind is blown. I managed to spend the rest of the series waiting for the episode where it is revealed that all the characters were on shrooms, but it never happened.
Story: Mind blowing. There are few known variables. The story is where the variables emerge from. I would definitely say there is no filler, that's a plus. Some characters are digging for events of the past (lost memory, truth), some are striving for the present (trying to rid themselves of fear, or family related problems). All in all, the story is OK, I'd give it a 8 if it weren't for the pacing issues at the beginning.
Art: Art is good. Doesn't really stand out, but it conveys its intended purpose just fine. There are plenty of psychedelic scenes that are done well enough. 8/10.
Sound: This is where this series shines. It manages to converge audio and video in one big mind trip. The sounds are very unique. I don't even recall anything besides the OP and ending that could be called "music" by the general term, but it is indeed fantastic. 10 points.
Characters: Characters are good. One that is constantly angry, withdrawn, and rather burdened by his family's past. In my opinion, he is the best character in the series. The next best is the main heroine - also withdrawn, unwilling to associate with the males of the story at first, she eventually warms up partially. The primary character of the series is one which is concerned at first with his own fear, but he eventually shifts his concerns to everyone else. The last character that is listed as a main character is just trying to erase the results of bad deeds of a time that predates the story. Characters are overall so-so. 7/10.
Enjoyment: I won't say I didn't like this series - I certainly did. It just lacked the hooking factor of some other anime I have seen. The characters and story did not support the enjoyment factor as much as the sound and audio mix. 7/10.
Overall: Average of everything! 8/10. read more