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...
Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?
For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...
Gawl, Koji and Ryo may seem like ordinary exchange students, but in reality they're anything but normal. The trio has travelled into the past to stop dangerous genetic research from being completed – research that has terrible consequences in the future – and Gawl, a boy with the ability to morph into a powerful creature, may be their best hope in succeeding. Now, between trying to hide their secret from the nosy daughter of their landlord and attending classes at Oju Academy, the boys must race against the clock to complete their mission at any cost.
A dark atmosphere, characters full of secrets, a reality constructed for the wishes of someone, interesting theories about time and people who want to escape of their own life. Probably, if you like rare thematics, these two are good options.
Tarou has dreams - distressing dreams, related to the trauma he suffered as a child. His dreams and visions disturb his ease of mind, constantly reminding him of the darkness of his fear at the time he lost his sister all those years ago. He relives the fear, but can't recall any of the details of the time. Now, a new transfer student, Masayuki, takes an interest in Tarou's troubled past, as well as their school mate Makoto's connection to the dark incident. Under his persistence, the three boys end up visiting the site where Tarou was held hostage as a child: a decrepit hospital beyond the dam. The three venture forward to face their pasts and fears, unsuspecting of the bizarre world they are about to enter...
Dimly remembered nightmares, eerie occurrences, and a sense of something sinister happening that you're never quite let in on; though Ghost Hound is still airing, it looks as if it's got ample-enough mind candy to keep you thinking until the very end, as well as a few chills to keep you occupied - just like Boogiepop Phantom.
Two siblings, Kiyoko and Tatsuya, live in a future reshaped by a terrorist attack known only as "Twin X". In this terrible new world, advanced technology such as computers and radios no longer function and even the very sky has become something terrifyingly alien. With the siblings' mother dead, they are hunted by loan sharks who want recompense for her debt as well as a mysterious Countess who wants them for her own reasons. Even worse, they are also coveted by their father, the terrorist who caused the "Twin X", Gilgamesh!
If you're into the existential drama of seriously tormented youth that made up the brunt of Boogiepop Phantom, then you'll appreciate Gilgamesh. Both stories begin with a single catastrophic event that severely alters the immediate reality. For Boogiepop, it's a pillar of light that heralds the advent of serial murders which are attributed to the Boogiepop Phantom, the epitome of death. In Gilgamesh, a colossal scientific mistake ends up causing a massive explosion that results in a mirror-like layer across the sky. In both, human nature degrades bit by hopeless bit, taking you along for the slow, philosophical ride. Gruesome things happen to perhaps the wrong people.
These are very slow anime, which require a lot of thought from the viewer, as it's very possible to become lost, both in the non-linear paths of BP and the slow, speechless angles of Gilgamesh. Both limit the viewer to the suggestion of certain events, through shadows and the brilliant use of gray tone to everything. Both are very artsy pieces that heighten the viewer's own imagination.