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.
In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.
Both Mononoke and Shigofumi has plot full of mysterious cases filled with emotions. In Mononoke it's protagonists work to solve them, and Shigofumi just show how things are working out.
On the eve of nobleman Oz Bezarius's fifteenth birthday, he and his loved ones gather to celebrate in a coming-of-age ceremony. But after Oz steps under a long-stopped clock and the hands finally move once more - thus fulfilling a mysterious prophecy - he is violently thrown into the legendary prison known as the Abyss by three cloaked intruders. Existing in another dimension, the Abyss is home to lifeforms born within its walls known as Chains; these beings can only live in the real world if they make contracts with humans, binding their power to the person's body. However, there's a catch - in time, the human will be overcome by the Chain's power and then thrown into the deepest level of the Abyss. When Oz wakes up in the Abyss he is quickly attacked by hungry Chains, only to be saved by one named Alice - a Chain who appeared just before he was thrown into the prison. Together, the two make a contract and return to the real world, where they are enlisted into the Pandora organization - a group researching both the Abyss and the trio that threw Oz into it. Along with members of Pandora, the duo searches to find Alice's lost memory fragments that are scattered throughout the world, to discover the secrets of the Abyss, and to determine if there's a way their contract can be broken without killing either Oz or Alice.
Both Pandora Hearts and Shigofumi are surprisingly dark at times and comedic at others. They strike a nice balance to keep the show from being a complete tragic story and that is in part due to the likeable characters and their interactions with each other. If you like your serious shows to have a little silliness mixed in to keep your spirits up- give this one a try.
In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?
Shigofumi might be more episodic than Paranoia Agent, but both of them concentrate on psychological aspects. If you've seen on of those shows, you're going to easily recognize some familiar themes in the other. If you're into psychological stuff, you should definitely give those two a try.
P.S. Note that Shigofumi begeans with hevier stories and then moves to lighter while Paranoia Agent has opposit construction.
When popular pop idol Mima decided to retire from her group, Cham, and become an actress, she had no idea that one person's obsession would soon spiral out of control. With death threats, letter bombs and a forged website which details her every move, Mima finds herself slowly becoming trapped in a nightmare she can't seem to escape. With murders piling up and her mental state slowly degrading, can she discover who the culprit is, before she becomes the next victim?
In Perfect Blue we have Mimi, in Shigofumi we have Fumiko.. both suffer from tricking themselves into thinking that by doing something to please someone else they will be more loved, happier or just better off for it. Mimi has her agent, Fumiko her father. For both it ends up completely different and far from where they want to be or where they thought they were going. Truly I believe these 2 characters to be kindred spirits in their self imposed sufferage that they must attempt to overcome.
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
Serial Experiments Lain and Shigofumi are different, but somehow Fumika did remind me of Lain, and also there seemed to be some similarity between supporting characters. There is also one theme that appears in both shows, but I don't want to spoil so I'm not telling what it is. If you liked one of those I can't guarantee that you're going to like the other, but you should check it out anyway.