Ghost Hound - Recommendations

Alt title: Shinreigari Ghost Hound

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Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"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.

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2007digitalboy 2007digitalboy says...

Ghost Hound and Serial Experiments Lain, besides sharing the same director, are similar in their heavy psychological elements and downtempo tone. Both are slow shows that have a very oppressive atmosphere and have plots that make you think, as well as a lot of experimental visual and sound design.

hurin hurin says...

Lain and Ghost Hound are made by the same people and it shows. They have very little action and focus primarily on the psychological states of the main characters.

SurrealWraith SurrealWraith says...

While I personally enjoyed Ghost Hound a great deal more than Serial Experiment Lain, I cannot deny their similarities. They both encompass quite scientific and philosophical ideas. While Serial Experiment Lain focuses more on what it means to be one's self and technology, Ghost Hound revolves around psychology and more internal conflicts.

KryseeMac KryseeMac says...

I like Chiaki Konaka as screenplay writer and Ryutaro Nakamura as director,who are key figures in 'Serial Experiments Lain' anime and heard they were doing Ghost Hound. Since Serial Experiments Lain is one of my all time favorites, I thought I would give Ghost Hound a watch.In Ghost Hound, there seems to be a build up of suspense starting from several directions. I, for one, am going to keep my eye on this series.

EDFF EDFF says...

Both series are slow-paced, psychological, complex, dark, surreal, weird, and mysterious.Both deal with the supernatural, the human mind, things such as technology (in Lain) and science/medicine (in GH), and various personality disorders and issues.Also, in both anime, there’s the concept of alternate reality, extra-corporeal experiences, and what's real and what's not: even if not anyone can see it, there’s another world apart from the one we live in (in Lain, the real world & the Wired, in GH, the Apparent World & the Unseen World).In both Lain & GH there’s some kind of game (used respectively by Lain & Masayuki) which allows to enter another world.More similarities: in both series the protagonists are kids who have family problems; Miyako & Lain are both extremely quiet, cute, and basically emotionless; in both anime there are several scenes where the characters seem to stare directly at you with their big, deep eyes; both anime, despite their lack of blood and gore, have disturbing imagery and can be very creepy at times; the type of sounds and music and the way it’s used is almost the same; both anime have amazing OP themes.These anime also have the same director (Ryutaro Nakamura), scriptwriter (Chiaki Konaka), a lovely character design, and have overall the same atmosphere and mood.Both are one hell of a mind trip.

lolhammy lolhammy says...

While Ghost Hound and Serial Experiments Lain are different in the sense that the latter is more philosophical while the first is more medical, they are both series about exploring different worlds and the state of mind. A topic in both is also religion, but viewed in both from different angles.

If how a person can evolve in a different world is something that fits your fancy, you would probably like both of these animes.

CloudyDays CloudyDays says...

The way that Ghost Hound introduces each new episode reminds me of Lain and how non-sensical it can be.  They're both slow-paced, surreal, and "weird".  At many points in Lain I felt like I did not know what was going on which is what it feels like at first in Ghost Hound until you finally start to understand the story and begin to grasp the concepts.

NicoNicoDesu NicoNicoDesu says...

These shows in the mindf*ck genre are similar because of this. They also raise a lot of questions and can be quite confusing. Science plays a large part in their plots, and the artwork is realistic and minimalist.

AardvarkRex AardvarkRex says...

Same director. Very similar eerie and anxiety-inducing atmosphere. Both similarly utilize concepts from cognitive science to try to explain different planes of existence/reality.

Mushishi

Mushishi

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.

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KiraRin KiraRin says...

These shows will definitely not be for the younger or more action orientated viewer, and require someone with bucketfulls of patience who appreciates the full package on offer.

Both Mushishi and Ghost Hound are slow paced and focus a lot on the scenery and soundtrack to tell a lot of the story. The visuals are beautiful, and compliment the spooky stories perfectly.

The stories, though seemingly diverse, are likely to appeal to the same audience. i'm sure lovers of one will appreciate the other.

CloudyDays CloudyDays says...

Both animes have to do with spirits and things that normal people cannot see.  Both have people who can see these spirits and be able to work with them and make them do things.  Also, the music in Ghost Hound reminded me a lot of about Mushishi.  I think anyone who likes animes that involve spirits would love these two Mushishi and Ghost Hound.

aktorshift2 aktorshift2 says...

If you enjoyed Ghost Hound, I can pretty much guarantee you'll also love Mushishi - both are slower paced but very rewarding. They also both involve spirits if that's what tickles your fancy.

linanimex linanimex says...

Both of these anime are spirit themed. Also the viewer should be more mature thinking to watch both of these anime. I think both shows makes to think deeper and can affect the way of thinking of our world. 

twokaibutevil twokaibutevil says...

two very slow-paced stories exploring psychological and supernatural phenomena, with interesting sound design that contributes to the mysterious atmosphere greatly.

From the New World

From the New World

One thousand years from now, humanity live pastoral lives aided by psychokinetic powers and the subservient Monster Rats. Saki Watanabe has just come of age, and her power has been reined in through meditation and hypnosis. She joins the Unified Class, where she will learn about her power and the world around her; yet so much of the truth is kept hidden. Her friends Shun, Mamoru, Satoru, and Maria share in her curiosity, and decide to go out of their way to seek the truth. But will the secrets of the past and present turn out to be things that Saki really wants to know?

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SyrEmilon SyrEmilon says...

Both Stories focus on a theme of psychology and the relationship between coming of age and the world that shapped you.

ofall ofall says...

The biggest similarity between these two anime is the overall feel that they give off. They have very little similarities plot wise, but they're both unorthodox horror stories. And also, while the animimation isn't exatly the same, they both very... brown... and the way the spirits in ghost hound and certain creatures in Shin Sekai are drawn is similar.

EnseiChan EnseiChan says...

While the protagonists and the plot are remarkably different, when I saw this reccomendation I couldn't help thinking that they're very similar. Even the animation looks similar, the colour play is very remarkable. Shinsekai yori didn't give me the shivers like Ghost Hound did sometimes, but I watched the latter much, much earlier and I think that Shinsekai Yori would've scared me more back then. Both develop in a very interesting way and they're not your common, mainstream anime. They definitely keep you on the edge of the seat, even though they feel surprisingly slow paced.

hitkid96 hitkid96 says...

These anime are both very mysterious and slightly unsettling in the same way. Both follow a cast of kids who try to unravel a mystery with supernatural elements 

Hell Girl

Hell Girl

Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…

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Brittney Brittney says...

Both Ghost Hound and Hell Girl are by the same animator. The animation is similar, as is the general feeling of the unseen. There's a stillness in both that tells a story in itself. The plots, animation and characters are complicated and deep.

LittlefootRoseRocker LittlefootRoseRocker says...

They both involve big eyes and ghost stuff....they remind me of the same kind of atmosphere too!

linanimex linanimex says...

Both of these anime have kind of similar atmosphere and similar manner of drawing. Also we can find spirit theme in both of these anime.

Night Head Genesis

Night Head Genesis

It is said that humans fear what is different, and that such fears drive much of human behavior. Naoto and Nayao learned the brutal truth of this statement when they see the looks on their parents’ faces, the day they were sent to an isolated laboratory to live out their youth. Their crime? Possessing inherent psychic abilities. Yet now, the brothers have escaped and are at last free to experience the world, but they soon discover that their prison was also their protection from the outside world. The question is, are their powers more dangerous to themselves, or those around them?

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youkais youkais says...

Mental powers are the topic in both anime. Not only that, obviouly, it takes deeper and deeper in HOW it is taken by people: the ones that have it, and the ones that are affected by them.

Misteryous and dark ways of thinking and ways of watching the world around us.

There is something else around us that we can not see? Discover it by yourself.

seasong seasong says...

These both deal with boys who have painful pasts learning how to cope with life and supernatural powers. They have a similar dark feel throughout the anime and the endings also have a similar feel. Both deal with mysteries and the supernatural.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

With otherwise normal characters apart from the supernatural powers they have, both series portray the lives on those who are different from society and in someways rejected by it because of this. The darkness of both series means that they share very similiar artistic styles. Well worth watching

Den-noh Coil

Den-noh Coil

In a futuristic world, the virtual world is merely a layer on top of reality; within it, cyberpets are abundant and information is plentiful, and it is only visible by wearing special cyberglasses. In Daikoku City, this cyberspace is behaving strangely: cyberpets are going missing, dark entities known as "the Illegal" roam obsolete space that shouldn’t exist, and a large pink antivirus program known as Satchii wanders the streets, attacking both virus and pets alike. Sixth grader Yuko Okonogi has just moved to Daikoku City, and after cyberdetective children help her rescue her lost dog, she soon joins the others in a search for the truth behind these strange occurances.

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KiraRin KiraRin says...

Although these two shows are very different in substance, the style is what makes the connection.

Beautiful scenery features some fantastic CG blended in seemlessly and should be viewed in HD to be fully appreciated.

Both the world in Ghost Hound and that of Dennou Coil features one world overlaid over our own. A group of young kids find their way through, and the adventure begins. If you like a show that requires a little more thought and attention than the norm, I think you will enjoy both of these.

LeaT LeaT says...

Just like Denno Coil, Ghost Hound explores the boundaries between reality and fantasy and how the past affects the present. Driven to explore the mysterious, both shows tell compelling stories not only about that which does not exist, but also about the very nature of humanity itself.

aktorshift2 aktorshift2 says...

Both of these are anime that require a little more from the watcher but return the investment many times over. As previously stated, they both involve children getting caught up in a series of mysterious events which are slowly shown to be tied together.

xxxHOLiC Kei

xxxHOLiC Kei

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.

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henki8 henki8 says...

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

LLORAtheLLAMA LLORAtheLLAMA says...

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.

xxxHOLiC

xxxHOLiC

Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!

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Foxfire Foxfire says...

The sense of mystery and supernatural content in both of these series are a bit similar.  While Holic is more episodic, Ghost Hound deals with one central story line.  Both have very unique art styles but were handled by the same art studio (I.G).  Voice acting and writing in both are top notch.  If you liked one you're almost certain to like the other.

hyperactve hyperactve says...

XXXHolic and Ghost Hound have a lot of things in common. Both story is related to spirits and what effects they have on people.

Ghost Hound describes a story of some kids who experience  O.B.E.'s on a regular basis. This kids think that they visit Hidden Realm and thus they see those spirits. And through these O.B.E.s a plot eventually grow. The main characters have somekind of disappointing past too.

Whereas, in XXXHolic; it's Watanuki who is cursed with the ability to see spirits. He eventually ends up working for Yuuko an witch in order to dispel the curse. And that begins a adventure. Although its more episodic.

There is a crucial element that separates these two series is that, in Ghost Hound writers tried to explain some of the phenomenas through science while XXXHolic totally avoided it.

Noein: To Your Other Self

Noein: To Your Other Self

When Haruka, Yuu and their friends decided to go ghost hunting, they had no idea the "ghosts" they'd find would turn their lives upside down. Black-clad and wielding quantum powers, these knights from the future are after an artifact of immense power that they hope will save their dimension from destruction: the Dragon Torque; and Haruka seems to be the key. As factions within the knights violently disagree on how to proceed, Haruka and the gang are caught up in a fight with the Shangri La, in an existential battle where fates of entire universes are decided.

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thodoriscjn thodoriscjn says...

Similar atmosphere and the fact that there are scientific explanations for complicated real life or paranormal phenomena makes both anime great. In the case of Noein its the concept of the parallel worlds and the tree of probabilities. On the other hand in Ghost Hound its the explanation of paranormal phenomena.

hitkid96 hitkid96 says...

Though Noein: to your other self is much lighter in tone and atmosphere. It is in no way intented for a less mature audience than ghost hound.

When They Cry: Higurashi

When They Cry: Higurashi

Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-school boy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice group of schoolgirls with whom he spends many idle summer afternoons. Suddenly violence encroaches upon the blissful peace of the village and Keiichi becomes entangled in an endless cycle of fear and death. The inconsistent, but inevitable horrors of Hinamizawa are told and retold becoming an endless and inescapable nightmare of insanity. Will it end even if the mystery of Hinamizawa is solved?

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reina0nyao reina0nyao says...

They are both in a little town no one knows about,there is a mystery from the past in both.There are also things like kidnapping a child in both.

Keirabloom1 Keirabloom1 says...

The first half really intrigued me. Very suspenseful like higurashi and psychological. 

The art towards the middle makes me a bit sad.