Demons are escaping from the underworld, and causing much havoc on the population. Possessing both human bodies and artifacts alike, the demons are inconspicuously forcing people to commit murders; the demons must be stopped! The task of returning – or exterminating – the offenders lies with Enma, Kapaeru, and the talking witch hat Shapoji; can Enma and the gang banish the demons before things get out of hand?
Mai Taniyama is a first year high school student who lives a carefree life telling ghost stories with her friends. One day, she meets Kazuya Shibuya, the head of Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR); and together, she tags along to help him investigate paranormal activities in a haunted school building. His assistant Lin was hurt during an incident to protect Mai from danger, so what more can Mai do than to take the job as Shibuya's assistant? Along with a team of other ghost hunters, they will uncover the mystery of a strange case coming their way, while Mai starts to discover her own abilities.
Dark and chilling animation styles, twinned with some Japanese mythology on ghosts and demons creates some of my favourite horror series.
While Enma focusses on demons fighting demons, Ghost Hunt has the human perspective and shows what makes us the most afraid of things going bump in the night.
Both series are about spirits taking advantage of human weakness, and how the protagonists fight against it, in a professional capacity. Specifically, the ending of Enma reminded me a lot of the "Labyrinth of Blood" arc in GH.
Demons, spirits, and ghosts oh my. Both anime have a lot of these "creatures" in them and how humans must deal with them being around or trying to get rid of them once and for all. Ghost Hunt is more about solving the mystery of these spirites and ghosts where Enma is about fighting them off and killing demons. Check one out if you liked the other.
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...
Boogiepop Phantom and Demon Prince Enma are horrors with very dark (obviously), twisted, complex and surprising story. There are some similarities, but its difficult to explain. The title character Enma reminded me a little bit of Boogiepop (or its Phantom or both) and the plot in both shows heavily revolved around the dark side of human soul. If you liked one you DEFINITELY have to see the other.
Both of these series play out in much the same way. They revolve around stories and characters that seem incidental and marginal at first, but then they all end up fitting together in a way completely unexpected. The atmosphere of these shows are similar, dark and terrifying, and they show what can happen when the supernatural exploits the evil that everyone possesses internally. Altogether, both shows make for interesting and disturbing watching.
When the last two remaining members of the Ghost Tribe died, they left with them Kitarou - a one-eyed ghoulish child with a sinister cackle and a penchant for the supernatural. From day to day Kitarou tries his best to fit in at school (while failing miserably), thwart the fiendish schemes of the crude and rude Rat Man, and get the attention of the lovely and kind Neko Girl. with the help of his father-turned-talking-eyeball and his nervous and confused caretaker, Kitarou must learn to be the best Ghost Tribe heir that he can be!
Although both of these shows could be categorised as horror, its not really the first genre I would use to describe them. The visuals can be creepy in Hakaba and Enma, but this is counter balanced by some very dark and dry humour.
I highly recommend both of these shows to people with a more complicated taste, who enjoy the ecclectic mish mash of opposing genres.
Enma and Kitaro are adult horror adaptations of 60s/70s-era childrens' shows. That alone should be reason enough to rec. them to each other, but even if it wasn't, the abundance of monsters and demons within each series should delight any fan of supernatural horror series.
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...
Two shows with similar motifs and storytelling. Both take advantage of unique artistry and the Japanese soul to weave a story that is breath-taking and disturbing at the same time.
Hundred Stories and Enma are horror anime with similar themes, that pull similar "twists", and have similar problems in their narratives (namely, the inability to decide whether they want to be episodic or otherwise).
Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!
There are not many anime that use japanese mythology as much as XXXHOLiC and Demon Princ Enma. To make things more interesting, the story in both anime take place in modern world. Just keep in mind that XXXHOLLiC is much lighter than DPE (while it still can be dark at times) and that DPE contains gore and some nudity (+minor echi) while HOLLiC does not. So if you liked one and some elements (or lack of them) in the other doesn't discourage you, you should check it out.
I was glad to see I wasn't the only person to make this recommendation for these two series, as they are quite different.
I love series that blend together two of my favourite genres - horror and comedy. XXX isn't quite horror per-se, but is rooted firmly in Japanese mythology, folk lore and spiritualism the same as Enma.
Both series feature a strong female lead (it would have been better if Enma was longer and more could have been made of this), and plenty of smiles.