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...
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!
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!
The sense of mystery and supernatural content in both of these series are a bit similar. While Holic is more episodic, Ghost Hound deals with one central story line. Both have very unique art styles but were handled by the same art studio (I.G). Voice acting and writing in both are top notch. If you liked one you're almost certain to like the other.
XXXHolic and Ghost Hound have a lot of things in common. Both story is related to spirits and what effects they have on people.
Ghost Hound describes a story of some kids who experience O.B.E.'s on a regular basis. This kids think that they visit Hidden Realm and thus they see those spirits. And through these O.B.E.s a plot eventually grow. The main characters have somekind of disappointing past too.
Whereas, in XXXHolic; it's Watanuki who is cursed with the ability to see spirits. He eventually ends up working for Yuuko an witch in order to dispel the curse. And that begins a adventure. Although its more episodic.
There is a crucial element that separates these two series is that, in Ghost Hound writers tried to explain some of the phenomenas through science while XXXHolic totally avoided it.
Watanuki, who is able to see the spirit world, continues to work for Yuuko at her special shop, in which anything a person desires can be theirs – for a price. Under her subtle influence, Watanuki is becoming more able to accept the burden of attracting the attention of various spirits and other worldly being; but now, he must truly understand just how NOT simple the world really is. Seeing the truth of his muddled friendships with Doumeki and Himawari will merely be the beginning; finding his own place in the world will be the goal.
These two animes are fairly simialr when they come to what kind of spirits or ghost the characters are dealing with. The humor is also alike, in the way the characters is often bothered by spirits. But while Ghost Hound is more about mystic,the human mind and horror when it comes down to it, xxxHOLIC Kei looks at the spirit wold with a lighter and more humorus view. But in the end they are both about the troubles the spirit world can cause in your daily life
Both Ghost Hound and xxxHOLiC Kei are animes that revolve around the spirit world and characters that are affected by it.
Though xxxHOLiC contains more humor than in Ghost Hound they are both very entertaining.
Also, as a added bonus, for those of you who are of fan of Jun Fukuyama, he is in both of these animes. He plays Watanuki in xxxHOLiC and plays Masayuki in Ghost Hound.
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...
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.
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?
Both explore the boundary between madness and sanity as events unfold, seemingly normal and also seemingly supernatural. What is real and what is not becomes less and less important than figuring out how to escape.