There are some things that can only be said after death. Aided by a talking staff that thinks it is alive, Fumika delivers Shigofumi, the last words and feelings of the dead in the form of letters, to their addressees. Whether they are letters of apology, revenge, or simply a final farewell, she always brings them to their destination. Delivering Shigofumi is not always an easy job; as some people refuse to believe such things as letters from the dead are possible, while others are afraid of what these letters might contain. But the mail must go through; what the recipients decide to do with it afterwards is up to them.
Poor Nana just is not able to adapt to her new life after being invited to stay in Kouta and Yuka's home. Especially when Lucy, the evil killer she's living with and despises, is turning out to be an incredibly sweet, clueless person named Nyuu who just wants to make others happy. Regardless, Nana is determined not to be shown up by the likes of her and will pull no stops at proving she can be useful too. Whether it be cleaning the floor, scrubbing the windows or even going on walks with the girl she hates the most, Nana is set on fitting into her new household. But through her efforts is she starting to grow close to Nyuu, despite the way she feels about Nyuu's other personality?
Both animes are really touching stories about girls who have had a hard childhood and now are facing many problems with relationships with other people. If you like being close to tears you will like them for sure.
Tarou has dreams - distressing dreams, related to the trauma he suffered as a child. His dreams and visions disturb his ease of mind, constantly reminding him of the darkness of his fear at the time he lost his sister all those years ago. He relives the fear, but can't recall any of the details of the time. Now, a new transfer student, Masayuki, takes an interest in Tarou's troubled past, as well as their school mate Makoto's connection to the dark incident. Under his persistence, the three boys end up visiting the site where Tarou was held hostage as a child: a decrepit hospital beyond the dam. The three venture forward to face their pasts and fears, unsuspecting of the bizarre world they are about to enter...
Both Shigofumi and Ghost Hound deal with the supernatural. They don't deal with the same type of supernatural occurrences, so one is not a readdress of the other. They are well paced, interesting stories told with likable characters. Side note: both have really nice soundtracks.
When an odd string of suicides begins to occur at a local high rise building, most of the townsfolk treat it as an unfortunate series of events. One girl, however, senses something more sinister at work - especially when a close friend of hers falls mysteriously ill. After witnessing one of the deaths for herself, Shiki begins to realize that a strange connection exists between each of the girls, and predicts a total of eight will die. With seven dead and the accuracy of her prediction unclear, she sets out to put an end to the killings. Yet, as she nears the truth, she finds herself closer and closer to the brink of death; will Shiki become the town's savior, or the next victim?
Shigofumi and the Kara no Kyoukai franchise combine supernatural mystery with drama in a very intelligent way. Both are dark anime in which the main character suffers from identity related issues. Without being afraid of veering into the most disturbing aspects of the psyche, they mingle psychological horror with self contained mythologies to set a moody and atmospheric tone through and through.
The country of Gazth-Sonika has been engaged in a civil war for more than a decade, struggling to stay afloat amidst attacks from the anti-government faction known as Garza. With lies and corruption seeping into the political food chain, a mysterious book in one young girl’s possession may be the only key to uncovering the truth and bringing an end to the war. This book, however, is sought by many. And when the invincible agent Madlax is hired to protect those in search of its truth, Gazth-Sonika dispatches a ruthless soldier to make sure that truth stays in the darkness...
This recommendation is a bit difficult to explain, because I can't think of anything else beside one theme (which I can't reveal without spoiling) and some parts of plot, but I'm quite sure there is more (just can't name it). Anyway, if you liked one check the other one as well.
P.S. For me though, Shigofumi seemed the better one of those two.
MKR is a Clamp anime about three girls who are taken from Tokyo during a school field trip, and transported into a fantasy world. Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuzaaki, and Fuu Hououji must fight a slew of enemies, overcome trials and tribulations, and face their inner demons to save Cephiro, a wonderfully detailed world, from a dastardly evil and powerful Priest, Zagato.
Shigofumi has the elegance that Magic Knight Rayearth received, but with one major distinction: Shigofumi holds the quiet reverence that MKR makes light of.
Parts of Shigofumi seem rushed, as the emotional story starts from episode 1, while MKR holds out until later to pull emotional strings. Both series have their lighter sides, but Shigofumi reserves them while MKR has fun with the story until the 'proper' time is made.
Shigofumi would be the anime for you if you love the darker, serious, and loving tones that parts of MKR expresses.