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!
In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.
Mononoke and Hakaba Kitaro are both horror anime with a twist: they have a very abstract appearance. However, keep in mind that Mononoke is more intelligent and serious, while Kitaro is far more comedic in a dark and dry sense.
Both series feature the same art director and the results are truly gorgeous to behold; though stylistically rather different they share a striking visual style that if you loved the look of one you really should consider the other a worthwhile watch as well.
They both also have a horror component though with no intent to scare; Hakaba Kitarou is a dry comedy while Mononoke is a bizarre surreal headtrip.
They may have different structure and storytelling and HK is more humorous, but both have similarly original animation design and they're both dark and a bit twisted and deals with supernatural aspects.
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...
Hundred Stories and Hakaba Kitaro are two peas in a pod; they are filled with horror goodness, but also have an extremely abstract appearance. The main difference is that Kitaro is fairly comedic (in a dry and dark sort of a way), while Hundred Stories focuses on being flat out disturbing. Still, if you liked one of these for the horror element, you'd like the other.
The artistic styles in both series are very reminiscent of each other, and add a lot to the enjoyment of watching them. In addition, they deal with similar themes--people getting caught up in a supernatural world they don't really understand, and the ones who are their contacts within the world guiding them along. Additionally, the music chosen to accompany the anime is stylistically unexpected, which adds another interesing depth to the overall experience.
Both Requiem and Hakaba are episodic in nature, finding inspiration from myths and legends from both Japan and around the world. A slightly lighthearted view is taken at times, along side the creepy, giving the viewer a rollercoaster ride through a world of monsters and demons.
If you enjoy a good supernatural show, these are both highly enjoyable examples from withing the genre.
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?
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.
In present-day Japan, Toshihiko Momota is member of a secret warrior faction called the Kifuuken. The Kifuuken is dedicated to destroying Shokujinji - humans that turn into man-eating monsters when hunger takes them. However, to fate's chagrin, Momota meets and quickly falls for Yuka, a Shokujinji herself! Will their love be able to overcome Yuka's insatiable appetite for human flesh, or will the couple be destroyed by the bestial tendencies of humanity?
Breathtakingly different visuals will be the first thing to strike you about both Kemonozume and Hakaba. This will turn off a lot of viewers, but the real beauty comes in the unforgettable and strangely addictive storylines.
Although Hakaba is mainly episodic, compared to the Romeo and Juliet storyline of Kemonozume, the fantasy aspect of each compliments the other perfectly. I highly recommend both of these shows as a must see. The small group that loves one will certainly enjoy the other.
Dark, odd, weird, twisted and strange: these comic and bizzare anime with astonishing visual styles are sure to appeal to the same audience.
At Cromartie High, it’s tough being a delinquent -- a fact that do-gooder Takashi Kamiyama intimately understands. When he’s not engaging in contests of strength and rival gang wars, Kamiyama can also be found submitting punny jokes and planning his own rise to fame within the delinquents’ ranks, and that’s just the beginning! With friends like robotic Mechazawa, a giant gorilla, a hairy man from the 80s named Freddie and a clan of delinquents with mohawks that flow in the wind, how can anyone not enjoy high school?
I know this seems like a strange recommendation, but bear with me. Hakaba Kitaro is filled with dry and dark humor; it takes a certain type of person to enjoy that - in fact, it's the same kind of a person who would like Cromartie! Though Cromartie has zero horror, call it a gut feeling that fans of the humor in one would enjoy the other.