Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even the Shinigami (Angel of Death) herself has been sighted. What's happening? The answers lie in the mysterious creature known as Boogiepop...
Momosuke is a young man with a dream: to travel Japan and collect one hundred stories. He journeys from place to place, searching for tales of the paranormal and bizarre, hoping to collect tales to publish in his book. However, the calm of Momosuke's life soon is shattered by a chance meeting with three sinister beings: Mataichi the priest, Nagamimi the bird-caller, and the beautiful Ogin. Soon, Momosuke learns that there might be more to his newfound comrades than first meets the eye...
Up for some twisted horror? Requem from the Darkness as well as Boogiepop Phantom are just that. They're both episodic, dark themed horror anime with interesting plots, not so much of sheer violence and mindless corpse-munching, but more of mythical and thrilling lessons of psychology. Friends of the macabre will without a doubt find both series interesting, hopefully dreadful too. I know I did!
Boogiepop Phantom and Requiem from the Darkness both focus as much on the twisted darkside of human nature as they do on actual monsters. Both shows tell heavily psychlogical horror stories that slowly build up tension before the true horror is revealed.
While visiting her grandparents on a remote island, Shiina Tamai, our young protagonist, inadvertently finds a strange star shaped creature, which she names Hoshimaru. This creature, while seemingly harmless and unusual, holds many secrets. As Shiina and her new friend Akira soon find out, their creatures are much more than they seem to be...and against their will, they are thrown into a dangerous and hostile situation of trying to save the world from others who would use their dragonets to enslave it.
If you are looking for twisted plots that leave you guessing right till the end and maybe even after that both these anime are for you. Boogiepop has a darker tone to the animation where Narutaru is bright and cheerful but both clearly demonstrate their dark underbelly with ease. Check one out if you liked the other.
Kazuna is a young man with a fairly normal life. He attends high school, lives with his surrogate family, and models for his somber love-interest Yaegashi's paintings. But recently, he has suffered several crippling attacks at the sight of blood -- attacks which leave him incapacitated and out of control. Kazuna must now reunite with his sister who he has not seen in years, and discover the truth behind his family name and vampiric genes, before his bloodthirsty desires destroy himself, or others close to him.
While Hitsuji no Uta is a bit more straightfoward with its plot than Boogiepop Phantom both series have this very dark and twisted atmosphere. So if your looking for something with a bit darker plot to it and have liked one of them then I would suggest you check out the other one as well.
Darkly, strange titles from Madhouse that use a noticeably faded colour palette and approach really weird, screwed up supernatural things that school children find themselves entangled in. If you enjoyed one, give the other a whirl.
Tachibana Sakon is a skilled puppeteer with an unusual hobby: solving murders. Along with Ukon, a one-of-a-kind puppet made in the Meiji era, Sakon manages to find himself in a variety of life-threatening situations. Join the duo as they put their detective skills to the test in terrifying cases of revenge, malice, and murder.
Takumi is a reclusive otaku who wants nothing more than to be left alone to play online games and watch anime. He only attends the minimum necessary to pass his classes, and rarely leaves his cramped room except to purchase the newest figurines. One evening, while Takumi is chatting online with his friend "Grim," a stranger called "Shogun" joins the channel and, after "Grim" leaves, posts a series of disturbing photographs depicting a man impaled to a wall with metal stakes. The following day, Takumi is horrified when he wanders into an alley and once again sees Shogun’s images – but this time, the gruesome scene is reality. From then on, Takumi sees the world through a new set of eyes; imaginary delusions meld with reality, and he isn't sure who he can trust. With suspicions and confusion at every turn, Takumi must struggle to determine what's going on - but most importantly, whose eyes are those eyes?
Aside from the fact that Boogiepop Phantom is much more a cult-series than Chaos;Head, and the latter is definitely easier to digest, Chaos;Head and Boogiepop share their feeling of creepiness and thriller-like mystery surrounding a certain "untouchable person". If anything, Chaos;Head is like Boogiepop, but made accessible for a larger audience. Fans of either that are looking for something similar, but different on the heaviness, give this one a try.
Both dark shows with a large cast and the viewer is not entirely sure if everyone is crazy or there is a hidden conspiracy.