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Laughing Target

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When they were just children, the beautiful Azusa, and her cousin the shy Yuzuru were bethrothed. In the present, Yuzuru has long since forgotten this promise, and is happily dating a young woman named Satomi. That is, until Azusa decides to pay a visit and cash in on their past vows. What's worse is that Azusa, spiritually and mentally speaking, is not quite what she used to be. With time running out and sinister forces against them, Yuzuyu must protect his love from a newfound evil, or die in the process...

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Rumic World Trilogy   Original Manga
Name Role
Hidekazu OHARA Character Design
Motosuke TAKAHASHI Director
Kuni KAWAUCHI Music
Rumiko TAKAHASHI Original Manga Creator

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jakarrd rated the Laughing Target anime 2.5/5 stars
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Campus Special Investigator Hikaruon

Campus Special Investigator Hikaruon
  • OVA (1 ep x 30 min)
  • 1987

When five high school students commit suicide with no indication as to why, Hikaru the detective is dispatched to pose as a transfer student and involve himself in student life to get to the bottom of things. On the surface, what he sees is a case of unhappy students in a school where money and status rule all; but Hikaru cannot accept things for what they seem to be, and he soon finds himself on the trail of an evil so powerful that it could not have been derived from this dimension. Now, he must learn how this mastermind is controlling all of the unfortunate happenings at school, and stop him from taking more innocent lives for his own selfish pleasure.

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OneiChan

Campus Special Investigator Hikaruon and Laughing Target are not very similar in plot, but they do have the same type of mood about them. In both, the main character is driven by the need to relinquish a demonic evil and save the girl, creating a good horror element.

I also found that these two OVAs had a similar style of animation and music, but perhaps that is because they are both older works (even made in the same year). To sum it all up, if you are a fan of classic 80's anime, and fancy a dark story then you would like either of these!

Fire Tripper

Fire Tripper
  • OVA (1 ep x 49 min)
  • 1985

Suzuko and Shu are siblings who live in an undetermined part of Tokyo. While walking together one day, an explosion suddenly occurs, and Suzuko awakens in an unfamiliar place: the past. The time is during Japan's civil war, and the faces are anything but friendly. With the help of newly-met Shukumaru, Suzuko must unravel the mystery of her disappearance and discover the connection between these two worlds, while trying to figure out how she can return to her own time and place.

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soundchazer

It has the same type of tone. Both were made by Rumiko Takahashi and were animated during the same time frame, so they are almost companion OVAs.

Mermaid Forest

Mermaid Forest
  • OVA (1 ep x 56 min)
  • 1991

It is believed that to consume the flesh of a mermaid, means that you will never show signs of age, and live forever. However, many cannot handle its taste and become demons for eternity. Towa is a woman whose thirst for this flesh consumes her, as she was made only partially immortal by drinking the blood of a mermaid years ago. Unable to cast her demons aside, she destroys everything in her path on a search for this legend.

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Now, before you write off this recommendation as just another Rumik World series, be confident that I chose this one for a reason. I have rarely seen a horror series/OVA that is able to stand on its own, and exude a certain sense of fear. Mermaid Forest is definitely one of them.. and conveniently, happens to be by the same author. I enjoyed Mermaid Forest even more than Laughing Target, and I think you will too.

Pet Shop of Horrors

Pet Shop of Horrors

At Count D's pet shop, you can acquire any form of animal, from an ordinary canary, to more.. "exotic" creatures. Made to sign a contract before purchase, Count D claims no "responsibility for actions incurred" if the purchaser does not follow its instructions completely, as results can be fatal. Patrons of this shop are able to get the rarest of creatures, but often, their purchases are coupled with demons from their past that won't go away easily.

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sothis
If you like the episodic and short horror type feel, Pet Shop of Horrors is a fantastic recommendation. Full of similar animation and an equally as horrific/scary feel, it is sure to please you if you liked Laughing Target.

Requiem From The Darkness

Requiem From The Darkness

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...

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I can't think of a better recommendation for Laughing Target than Hundred Stories. Much better animation, more more disturbing, and all around exceptional horror. If you liked Laughing Target, I can't think of any reason why you wouldn't like Hundred Stories.