Enma Ai seems like an ordinary girl, but in reality she is Jigoku Shoujo: Hell Girl. If you live in Japan and hate someone deep down, she will take revenge for you, at a price. Access her website at midnight and her services are yours, but in exchange you will spend an eternity in hell once you die. After the events with the reporter Shibata, Ai and her assistants Ichimoku Ren, Hone Onna and Wanyuudo are back to their duties of ferrying more souls to hell. Only this time, they are joined by a mysterious girl named Kikuri whose intentions and nature are completely unknown...
In the human world, there live demonic invaders named Shinma who prey upon the fragile souls of humans. The only hope for the humans is one of demonkind: Miyu, who is fated to destroy the Shinma and send them back to whence they came. Although half-human herself, as well as living amongst them as a typical high school student, she bears no compassion for those she saves, as well as condemns. Along with Larva, her subservient, Miyu sets out to destroy evil, one Shinma at a time.
The second season of Jigoku Shoujo retains the same dark and moody elements of the original JG even as it explores the interaction between Ai and those who seek her services. This forging of bonds between doomed supernatural females and humans is also very present in the latter episodes of Vampire Princess Miyu. Jigoku Shoujo Futamori reveals a deeper kinship between Ai and Miyu, firmly establishing them as kindred spirits.
Hell Girl: The Two Mirrors and Vampire Princess share very similar protagonists, they have both sealed away their emotions in order to preform the tasks given to them. They share a lonely fate that keeps them seperate even from their companions. Both shows are episodic for the most part, but some progression in devolping the protagonists is a reoccuring theme that runs through the episodes.
The dark and brooding Ayakashi is composed of three horror stories: the narration of a young woman named Oiwa who was abandoned and betrayed by the one she truly loved, leading her to curse all who stood in her way; a story of two star-crossed lovers – a human and a forgotten god – and their struggle to have a future together; and the tale of an evil and malicious demon who is haunting and murdering a family for unknown purposes. Though different in animation style and tone, each story shares a similar theme: the darkness of the human heart.
Hell Girl and Ayakashi are must sees for fans of the horror/mystery genre. Both anime will leave you amazed at not only the beauty of the animation, sound and scenery, but also horrified at the ugliness of man and the choices he makes.
Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...
Both Death note and Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori share extremely similar themes. "killing" someone by writing their name down somewhere. In Death Note the name is written on a note and the person dies in the way specified, in Jigoku Shoujo typing someones name into a website will let you send them to hell.
Unlike Death Note, Jigoku Shoujo doesn't follow the same one person who does the writing, rather following the character who "ferries" the souls to hell.
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.
If you liked the creepyness of the lovable Ai's work, you would most likely enjoy Ghost Hunt. Ghost hunt does a great job at portraying close to real situations of paranormals and the like, while maintaining a decent story with a good share of cutesy, and sometimes spine chilling, moments.
Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-school boy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice group of schoolgirls with whom he spends many idle summer afternoons. Suddenly violence encroaches upon the blissful peace of the village and Keiichi becomes entangled in an endless cycle of fear and death. The inconsistent, but inevitable horrors of Hinamizawa are told and retold becoming an endless and inescapable nightmare of insanity. Will it end even if the mystery of Hinamizawa is solved?
Hell Girl: The Two Mirrors and Higurashi both have character that are deceptively cute but also harbor a dark side. However what really make these show similar is the growing air of paranoia and hatred that creates a really dark and twisted atmosphere.