Sometimes the greatest distance is between people. Whether a man alienates himself from society with a façade of cheerfulness, or two friends fail to communicate their feelings of betrayal, invisible barriers plague mankind. Although love should bring people together, when a stoic renter and a dutiful monk choose to court a widow’s daughter, their mutual affections drive a bitter gap between them. During each encounter filled with mistrust and despair, the flaws of human nature slowly reveal themselves...
A lot of anime try to come across as intelligent, but Aoi Bungaku and Mouryou no Hako are some of the only ones that I legitimately think succeed as such. They are thought-provoking and mature (and not in a hentai or blood-and-guts everywhere sense), and boast similar atmospheres (especially the arc in Aoi Bungaku by the same director as Mouryou no Hako). Also, they're gorgeous.
Dark & thought-provoking mature themes, adult cast and animation of similar style & quality - all this semblance is no coincidence considering the director of Mouryou also directed the Run Melos! chapter in Aoi Bungaku. So, if you like the one, certainly check 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...
Two excellent thriller series with complex storytelling and plenty of dark imagery. Both series show what happens in a non-chronological manner which adds a lot to the mystery behind both stories. So if you're in the mood for a good thriller/semi-horror story, and enjoyed Boogiepop Phantom or Mouryou no Hako, the other series will most certainly fit your taste.
Both series are dark mysteries with horror elements that tackle mature themes and employ non-chronological storytelling.
In ancient times, Susano-oh conquered Orochi with the Kusanagi sword and was named the God of Darkness. In the present, signs of Susano-oh's manifestation on Earth are beginning to take place, including the shattering of a stone Flayed Colt. Caught in the middle is Takeshi, a young man who is forced to receive stigmata-like marks on his body from the ancient gods; an impending sign that he will soon be reincarnated as Brahman's alter ego, Atman. Meanwhile, the Kikuchi clan is after Takeshi and has a strange interest in the events taking place. The fate of all mankind is at stake; will demons or humans be the victor?
Both of these series delve deeply into ancient Japanese mythology, and are hard to comprehend. Mouryou is more interesting and boasts better visuals, but I'm sure if you're interested in one, you'll be interested in the other.
The always-hungry Yako Katsuragi is a super famous high school-aged detective who cracks the hardest of cases with ease – at least, that’s what the general populace thinks! Behind the scenes, Yako is helped by Neuro – a maniacal being from the demon world who is looking for new mysteries to devour. Alongside local detectives and a helpful sidekick, Yako and Neuro will solve the unique and the bizarre cases that plague the city; but will Yako ever discover the truth behind her father’s supposed "suicide"?
At first glance, Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro and Mouryou no Hako seem very different, Majin being zany and silly at points while Mouryou is stylish and serious but at heart they deal with dark themes such as the murderous instinct behind twisted minds. More, the unlikely theme of chopping dead bodies and putting them in boxes features prominently in both.
In the future, a system called Sibyl presides over the country and provides order to every facet of life. It dictates which job fields citizens should go into based on aptitude tests, and can even read each resident's mental state and predict which ones are likely to commit crimes in the future. Fresh from exams, Akane Tsunemori is beginning her career as an Inspector, a specialized police officer who works to apprehend these latent criminals and stop crimes before they happen. But not all that get caught are eliminated or jailed, some join the police force as Enforcers to provide insight into criminals’ minds, and Akane is warned not to get too close to them, as they're considered little more than hunting dogs. Though skeptical of this advice, and Sibyl's judgement, Akane is determined to work together with her Enforcers to protect the peace of her city and its inhabitants.
This is a bit of a gut-feeling recommendation, but these shows remind me of each other for some reason. Probably because all the dismembering of schoolgirls. Both are detective anime, and pretty dark and moody, though Psycho-Pass is more of an action-detective series, and Mouryou no Hako is more of a sit-around-a-table-and-talk-about-stuff-detective series (and has better animation).