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.
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.
Pet Shop of Horrors and Ayakashi both showcase the darkness of the human soul, and the horrors that await us. While Pet Shop looks very outdated compared to the newer Ayakashi, both have the same tone and feel, and in general you'd like them both if you are into horror.
Both anime relate horrific stories. Ayakashi takes more time per story, spreading each of them over 3 or 4 episodes, while Pet Shop of Horrors has a more standardised format and shows more modern horror compared to the old Japan and swordsmen stories in Ayakashi; however, the mood and development of the stories are quite alike and both give a nice thrilling feeling. if you liked one, you're surely going to like the other too.
Thinking of committing fraud? Embezzlement? Murder? Think again. Though crimes often slip through the cracks of the laws of man, the laws of the spirit world are not as forgiving. In the underworld, even the dead can request vengeance against those who have wronged them, at the hands of the Judge, the keeper of justice. Hot on the trails of a corrupt executive, the Judge realizes that the chain-of-command might be guilty as well, causing an investigation of deadly proportions...
While Pet Shop of Horrors and Judge might not be identical in plot, you definitely get the "haha! that guy got what was coming to him" feeling in a twisted justice type way. I got a distinct feeling of horror from both as well, and definitely was entertained in both cases.
Pet Shop of Horrors and Judge are tales of horror and justice. There is a certain creepy factor contained in their episodes that is very similar.
If you enjoy grim tales of poetic (and supernatural justice), you should give these a try.
Legend says that if the flesh of a mermaid is consumed, the body becomes immortal. However, with the small chance of immortality comes a high chance of being poisoned, morphing and mutating into a monster beyond comprehension. Yuta is a wanderer: one of the few who has eaten the flesh and survived, and lived to tell about it -- for 500 years. By chance, Yuta meets a young woman named Mana who also shares the same fate, and together, they wander the land, searching for a mermaid who can free them from their immortal lives.
Both Pet Shop of Horrors and Mermaid's Forest are firmly rooted in the horror genre; in each anime, the protagonists meet characters that have long since descended into darkness. For those looking for morbid anime that don't mind material that occasionally borders on cheesy, both should be worth the watch.
Mermaid Forest focuses on the legend mentioned in episode two of Pet shop of Horrors, becoming immortal by eating mermaid flesh. There are other similarities too, the animation was one thing, but mostly it was the overall feeling and story, with people always wanting what they can't have.
Ayaka Kisaragi is the best at her profession -- hunting down vampires, spooks, and evil spirits who haunt the citizens of Tokyo! Ghostbusters, beware! The crew of the Phantom Quest Corporation is on the job. From vampires to the undead, there's nothing her hip and paranormal team can't handle... EXCEPT their debt, of course!
If you enjoy short, episodic anime focused on supernatural events then both Phantom Quest Corp and Pet Shop of Horrors are for you. They have a similar sort of vibe to them with some humour mixed into the actions. If one tickled your fancy, you may like the other.
Beware the world of the supernatural, for their tricks and secrets will terrify and potentially even kill you. Two groups of girls experience the horror of the unknown in two very different ways: Masami has begun to have terrible nightmares after the arrival of a new transfer student, and a separate group decides to enter a haunted mansion alone at night. Their lives will be inexplicably changed forever once they discover the truth behind these strange events...
Pet Shop of Horrors and Curse of Kazuo Umezu aren't identical, that's for sure - but they're both good and classic horror that will intrigue you. Both are introduced as cautionary tales, though Curse isn't quite as much as it seems to be at first glance.
No one should mess with the supernatural lightly as it's a dangerous world that will bite you if you're not carefully. Both these anime have that theme, people getting involoved in supernatural sitations they are not prepared for and then paying the price.