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All murdered souls arrive in limbo at the Gate of Grudges, where the Gatekeeper, Izuko, presents them with a choice: they may pass through the Gate into Heaven; they may cling to life on Earth and remain a ghost there forever; or, they may haunt and kill one person in exchange for eternal damnation. As each spirit passes before the Izuko she is bound to explain these options and impartially accept their decision; what will each choose? Peace, or spending an eternity in Hell?
Both manga are made up of a collection of stories that are connected by a mysterious character. Both have a similar tone and contain supernatural elements. If you liked one, you should check out the other.
The biggest difference between these two is that in Skyhigh, the people who have grudges are already dead. Both are very similar -- people who have been wronged chose between eternal damnation or moving past their grudge. In Hell Girl, the living invoke Enma Ai to do their bidding, but in Skyhigh they arrive at the 'Gate of Grudges' and determine there whether they'd like to move onto Heaven, cling to Earth in limbo, or get one last chance to get back at someone and in return, suffer eternal damnation.
The mysterious Count D owns a pet shop in Chinatown. However, it's no ordinary pet shop: D sells exotic and rare pets that often have the appearance of a human in the eyes of their new owners. Since these animals are so special, each one is only sold if the customer signs a contract agreeing to abide by the instructions provided, or suffer the dire consequences, all whilst conveniently releasing the shop itself from any responsibility. However, when some customers break their contracts and a series of incidents occur as a result, this small business doesn't go unnoticed. Inspector Leon Orcot begins to investigate D, suspecting him of slave smuggling; but can he get to the bottom of the events surrounding the shop, or will he just be dragged into the Count's pace of afternoon tea and cake?
Pet Shop of Horrors and Skyhigh may not seem similar at first, but both involve an (arguably, in PSoH's case) impartial person helping others make a choice. PSoH's characters almost always end up in a bad situation while Skyhigh's only part of the time, but they definitely have a similar feel.
A person who has been slighted in some way is given an important choice, where making the wrong decision could have disastrous effects.
Both have the same somber tone, and are likely to appeal to the same audience.
In Japan, where tampering with the body of one who has passed is taboo, Shinjyuro provides a rare service: as an embalmer, he restores the body of the deceased to a beautiful state, giving the family a chance to say goodbye face to face during the funeral. Amongst those in the know, he is considered one of the best in his trade in Japan, showing exceptional technical skill as well as consideration for the grieving family. Embalming can be heartbreaking work, but on top of that, Shinjyuro also faces the prejudice cast upon him by the general public due to his misunderstood profession. It's no wonder, then, that he has a pathological addiction to physical affection…