In Japan, there is a disturbing rumor being spread that people's shadows are ripping from their bodies, never to be seen again. For one young man, the frightening nature of this rumor is just beginning to manifest in the form of a nightmarish world that he can't seem to escape from. In this place full of dark minions and demons, he and his friends fight futilely against unknown enemies, only to be brought back to the "real world" as quickly as they left it. Is this real, or a dream? Only one person holds the key to destroying and saving the world as he knows it...
Takumi is a reclusive otaku who wants nothing more than to be left alone to play online games and watch anime. He only attends the minimum necessary to pass his classes, and rarely leaves his cramped room except to purchase the newest figurines. One evening, while Takumi is chatting online with his friend "Grim," a stranger called "Shogun" joins the channel and, after "Grim" leaves, posts a series of disturbing photographs depicting a man impaled to a wall with metal stakes. The following day, Takumi is horrified when he wanders into an alley and once again sees Shogun’s images – but this time, the gruesome scene is reality. From then on, Takumi sees the world through a new set of eyes; imaginary delusions meld with reality, and he isn't sure who he can trust. With suspicions and confusion at every turn, Takumi must struggle to determine what's going on - but most importantly, whose eyes are those eyes?
In both animes the reality is not what it seems to be and someone is controling it one way or the other. It all ties up to a boy who must find what happend. Also in both series the hero has a squad (made mostly by girls) who helps him.
Chaos;Head shares the same tone and theme of a boy trapped in a world where he has no idea what's going on. Along with confusion and panic, mystery is abundant in Choas;Head. If you liked Interlude you might like this more comprehendible oddity.
Both of these anime have a very similar feel. The main character experiances reality switches and it all culminates to a dark, shadowy scheme. These anime are basically one and the same. If you liked one, check out the other.
Viewers of either Interlude or Chaos;Head would surely appreciate the other due to the similarities in atmosphere, content, and setting.
Both series deal with a male lead character who is experiencing unexplainable visions, dreams, or delusions. He then begins to question reality itself, and the substance of his own existence. While Chaos;Head is more psychological, Interlude takes a more philosophical approach but both generate the same feeling and I was instantly reminded of Chaos;Head when watching Interlude.
Some of the character types are similar, apart from Takumi (Chaos;Head) who is very unlike our unnamed male lead in Interlude, and ultimately a lot more entertaining to watch. However, Interlude explains things more constructively than Chaos;Head and for me had a better ending. If you've seen one be sure to check the other out, both are very similar but excel in different ways!
Kurahashi has never been the same since the hallucinations started. His condition is not medical in nature, and only seems to be triggered by an antique glass which shows him things he never would wish to see. For Kurahashi, figuring out the mystery of the Petit Cossette that appears to him in his waking dreams is a matter of life or death... and his sanity...
Cossette and Interlude are the thinking horror fan's dream come true. Both are very dark tales of a hidden world of pain and sadness, explored using a younger cast than would be expected of plot with such depth and multitude. Neither spell out exactly whats going on or why, it really is left down to the viewer to interpret the series of events amidts some great animation, parallel to the darkness in theme.
Cossette and Interlude both probably come under the "horror" tag, but don't expect blood, gore and slasher scenes. If you enjoy a darker show that never fully explains itself, you're bound to love both of these.
There isn't a lot of character development, so you never really "click" with anyone. Instead, a rich tale is interwoven with the horror, leaving you to make up your own mind at the end.
If you enjoy a series that doesn't spell out every nuance, you're bound to enjoy these shows.
Seven years ago, Kakeru’s sister killed herself, leaving him alone. Now a teenager, Kakeru lives a quiet life with his friend Yuka and other classmates – but things change forever when he and Yuka are mysteriously transported to a frightening parallel world filled with monsters and a deep crimson sky. Though they manage to escape, Kakeru soon discovers that they aren’t alone; several other students at school also travel to the other dimension, and armed with powerful weapons they battle against its dark inhabitants. Why must they fight, and what is their purpose in the Red Night?
11eyes strongly reminded me of Interlude in basically all ways - the transporting to another 'world' filled with monsters to fight, the random bouts of ecchi, and the dark and mysterious tone. Definitely check out one if you liked the other.
When watching 11eyes I was constantly reminded of another series. I couldn't quite remember at the time which it was, but then it came to me: Interlude.
The core plot of a group of individuals bouncing back and forth between the real world and a shadow world containing monsters, as well as the fact that the fate of the world really rests in the hands of one person is obviously the main connection.
In addition, just the tone and pacing of the two is just so, so similar that I know if you enjoyed one of these series you will like 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...
If you enjoy a slightly more twisted view in anime, then these two shows are a must-see. The audio, strange camera angles and conplex storyline all add up to two very enjoyable shows that will make your brain work overtime.
These shows will not appeal to the Naruto generation, but to people who instead appreciate story telling with a sprinkling of fantasy.
What is reality? What powers do memories hold? Are memories real? Both Boogiepop Phantom and Interlude ask these questions. Boogiepop, however, does a far superior job at it. If you liked Interlude, you'd LOVE Boogiepop.
Kazuna is a young man with a fairly normal life. He attends high school, lives with his surrogate family, and models for his somber love-interest Yaegashi's paintings. But recently, he has suffered several crippling attacks at the sight of blood -- attacks which leave him incapacitated and out of control. Kazuna must now reunite with his sister who he has not seen in years, and discover the truth behind his family name and vampiric genes, before his bloodthirsty desires destroy himself, or others close to him.
Despite the common horror theme Interlude and Hitsuji no Uta share, it is really the complexity and execution of the storyline that give these anime their edge. Both revolve around similar young age groups but are quite adult in their thinking, taking a psychological/philosophical slant that you wouldn't normally find in this genre. Hence I recommend you watch them both.