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...
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
Ghost Hound and Serial Experiments Lain, besides sharing the same director, are similar in their heavy psychological elements and downtempo tone. Both are slow shows that have a very oppressive atmosphere and have plots that make you think, as well as a lot of experimental visual and sound design.
Lain and Ghost Hound are made by the same people and it shows. They have very little action and focus primarily on the psychological states of the main characters.
While I personally enjoyed Ghost Hound a great deal more than Serial Experiment Lain, I cannot deny their similarities. They both encompass quite scientific and philosophical ideas. While Serial Experiment Lain focuses more on what it means to be one's self and technology, Ghost Hound revolves around psychology and more internal conflicts.
I like Chiaki Konaka as screenplay writer and Ryutaro Nakamura as director,who are key figures in 'Serial Experiments Lain' anime and heard they were doing Ghost Hound. Since Serial Experiments Lain is one of my all time favorites, I thought I would give Ghost Hound a watch.In Ghost Hound, there seems to be a build up of suspense starting from several directions. I, for one, am going to keep my eye on this series.
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.
While Ghost Hound and Serial Experiments Lain are different in the sense that the latter is more philosophical while the first is more medical, they are both series about exploring different worlds and the state of mind. A topic in both is also religion, but viewed in both from different angles.
If how a person can evolve in a different world is something that fits your fancy, you would probably like both of these animes.
The way that Ghost Hound introduces each new episode reminds me of Lain and how non-sensical it can be. They're both slow-paced, surreal, and "weird". At many points in Lain I felt like I did not know what was going on which is what it feels like at first in Ghost Hound until you finally start to understand the story and begin to grasp the concepts.
These shows in the mindf*ck genre are similar because of this. They also raise a lot of questions and can be quite confusing. Science plays a large part in their plots, and the artwork is realistic and minimalist.
In a futuristic world, the virtual world is merely a layer on top of reality; within it, cyberpets are abundant and information is plentiful, and it is only visible by wearing special cyberglasses. In Daikoku City, this cyberspace is behaving strangely: cyberpets are going missing, dark entities known as "the Illegal" roam obsolete space that shouldn’t exist, and a large pink antivirus program known as Satchii wanders the streets, attacking both virus and pets alike. Sixth grader Yuko Okonogi has just moved to Daikoku City, and after cyberdetective children help her rescue her lost dog, she soon joins the others in a search for the truth behind these strange occurances.
Although these two shows are very different in substance, the style is what makes the connection.
Beautiful scenery features some fantastic CG blended in seemlessly and should be viewed in HD to be fully appreciated.
Both the world in Ghost Hound and that of Dennou Coil features one world overlaid over our own. A group of young kids find their way through, and the adventure begins. If you like a show that requires a little more thought and attention than the norm, I think you will enjoy both of these.
Just like Denno Coil, Ghost Hound explores the boundaries between reality and fantasy and how the past affects the present. Driven to explore the mysterious, both shows tell compelling stories not only about that which does not exist, but also about the very nature of humanity itself.
Both of these are anime that require a little more from the watcher but return the investment many times over. As previously stated, they both involve children getting caught up in a series of mysterious events which are slowly shown to be tied together.
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
These shows will definitely not be for the younger or more action orientated viewer, and require someone with bucketfulls of patience who appreciates the full package on offer.
Both Mushishi and Ghost Hound are slow paced and focus a lot on the scenery and soundtrack to tell a lot of the story. The visuals are beautiful, and compliment the spooky stories perfectly.
The stories, though seemingly diverse, are likely to appeal to the same audience. i'm sure lovers of one will appreciate the other.
Both animes have to do with spirits and things that normal people cannot see. Both have people who can see these spirits and be able to work with them and make them do things. Also, the music in Ghost Hound reminded me a lot of about Mushishi. I think anyone who likes animes that involve spirits would love these two Mushishi and Ghost Hound.
If you enjoyed Ghost Hound, I can pretty much guarantee you'll also love Mushishi - both are slower paced but very rewarding. They also both involve spirits if that's what tickles your fancy.
It is said that humans fear what is different, and that such fears drive much of human behavior. Naoto and Nayao learned the brutal truth of this statement when they see the looks on their parents’ faces, the day they were sent to an isolated laboratory to live out their youth. Their crime? Possessing inherent psychic abilities. Yet now, the brothers have escaped and are at last free to experience the world, but they soon discover that their prison was also their protection from the outside world. The question is, are their powers more dangerous to themselves, or those around them?
Mental powers are the topic in both anime. Not only that, obviouly, it takes deeper and deeper in HOW it is taken by people: the ones that have it, and the ones that are affected by them.
Misteryous and dark ways of thinking and ways of watching the world around us.
There is something else around us that we can not see? Discover it by yourself.
These both deal with boys who have painful pasts learning how to cope with life and supernatural powers. They have a similar dark feel throughout the anime and the endings also have a similar feel. Both deal with mysteries and the supernatural.
With otherwise normal characters apart from the supernatural powers they have, both series portray the lives on those who are different from society and in someways rejected by it because of this. The darkness of both series means that they share very similiar artistic styles. Well worth watching
Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…
Both Ghost Hound and Hell Girl are by the same animator. The animation is similar, as is the general feeling of the unseen. There's a stillness in both that tells a story in itself. The plots, animation and characters are complicated and deep.
They both involve big eyes and ghost stuff....they remind me of the same kind of atmosphere too!