Watanuki, who is able to see the spirit world, continues to work for Yuuko at her special shop, in which anything a person desires can be theirs – for a price. Under her subtle influence, Watanuki is becoming more able to accept the burden of attracting the attention of various spirits and other worldly being; but now, he must truly understand just how NOT simple the world really is. Seeing the truth of his muddled friendships with Doumeki and Himawari will merely be the beginning; finding his own place in the world will be the goal.
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...
These two animes are fairly simialr when they come to what kind of spirits or ghost the characters are dealing with. The humor is also alike, in the way the characters is often bothered by spirits. But while Ghost Hound is more about mystic,the human mind and horror when it comes down to it, xxxHOLIC Kei looks at the spirit wold with a lighter and more humorus view. But in the end they are both about the troubles the spirit world can cause in your daily life
Both Ghost Hound and xxxHOLiC Kei are animes that revolve around the spirit world and characters that are affected by it.
Though xxxHOLiC contains more humor than in Ghost Hound they are both very entertaining.
Also, as a added bonus, for those of you who are of fan of Jun Fukuyama, he is in both of these animes. He plays Watanuki in xxxHOLiC and plays Masayuki in Ghost Hound.
Mai Taniyama is a first year high school student who lives a carefree life telling ghost stories with her friends. One day, she meets Kazuya Shibuya, the head of Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR); and together, she tags along to help him investigate paranormal activities in a haunted school building. His assistant Lin was hurt during an incident to protect Mai from danger, so what more can Mai do than to take the job as Shibuya's assistant? Along with a team of other ghost hunters, they will uncover the mystery of a strange case coming their way, while Mai starts to discover her own abilities.
Do you like ghost and spirits, or just love a good horror story then you will love these two shows. They will both give you a enjoyable ride into the occult world of ghosts, spirits, drama and horror, but still humor you with loveable characters and lines. While the two showes aren't too similar, they both go about solving a problem that has been caused by spirits, both good and bad...mostly bad though. Anyway, if you like one, there is no reason why you wont love the other.
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
If you enjoyed the supernatural tone of xxxHolic Kei, they you may want to try Mushishi. While Mushishi does not contain as much humour as xxxHolic, it's focus on the paranormal Mushi is every bit as captivating as the antics of the youkai in xxxHolic Kei.
Morimiya Yorito is a normal student who has an abnormal obsession for the sky. One day, he meets a strange girl named Shihou Matsuri who shares his interest, but as fate may have it, she isn't a human; Matsuri is a Yaka -- a "woe of the night" -- who is immortal and cannot stand the sunlight. A strange man is chasing Matsuri, to use her powers, so Yorito decides to help her hide. What are the strange man's plans, and what secrets does Yorito's sister hide?
At first glance these two animes may not seem to have a lot in common, since Sola focuses more on friendship, family, and romance, while XXX Holic is more about magic and morality, but they actually have a surprising number of elements in common. Both deal with the supernatural and how it can invade people's lives in ways they may not even be aware of. They also both have a brilliant mixture of joy and pain, friendship and lonliness, and fun and suffering to make anyone's heart run the gamunt of emotions. The plots and settings may be different, but in terms of the vewier experience and the underlying themes, I think if you liked one, you will defintely like the other.