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Momosuke is a young man with a dream: to travel Japan and collect one hundred stories. He journeys from place to place, searching for tales of the paranormal and bizarre, hoping to collect tales to publish in his book. However, the calm of Momosuke's life soon is shattered by a chance meeting with three sinister beings: Mataichi the priest, Nagamimi the bird-caller, and the beautiful Ogin. Soon, Momosuke learns that there might be more to his newfound comrades than first meets the eye...
Hundred Stories and Hakaba Kitaro are two peas in a pod; they are filled with horror goodness, but also have an extremely abstract appearance. The main difference is that Kitaro is fairly comedic (in a dry and dark sort of a way), while Hundred Stories focuses on being flat out disturbing. Still, if you liked one of these for the horror element, you'd like the other.
The artistic styles in both series are very reminiscent of each other, and add a lot to the enjoyment of watching them. In addition, they deal with similar themes--people getting caught up in a supernatural world they don't really understand, and the ones who are their contacts within the world guiding them along. Additionally, the music chosen to accompany the anime is stylistically unexpected, which adds another interesing depth to the overall experience.
Both Requiem and Hakaba are episodic in nature, finding inspiration from myths and legends from both Japan and around the world. A slightly lighthearted view is taken at times, along side the creepy, giving the viewer a rollercoaster ride through a world of monsters and demons.
If you enjoy a good supernatural show, these are both highly enjoyable examples from withing the genre.
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.
Mononoke and Hakaba Kitaro are both horror anime with a twist: they have a very abstract appearance. However, keep in mind that Mononoke is more intelligent and serious, while Kitaro is far more comedic in a dark and dry sense.
Both series feature the same art director and the results are truly gorgeous to behold; though stylistically rather different they share a striking visual style that if you loved the look of one you really should consider the other a worthwhile watch as well.
They both also have a horror component though with no intent to scare; Hakaba Kitarou is a dry comedy while Mononoke is a bizarre surreal headtrip.
They may have different structure and storytelling and HK is more humorous, but both have similarly original animation design and they're both dark and a bit twisted and deals with supernatural aspects.
In present-day Japan, Toshihiko Momota is member of a secret warrior faction called the Kifuuken. The Kifuuken is dedicated to destroying Shokujinji - humans that turn into man-eating monsters when hunger takes them. However, to fate's chagrin, Momota meets and quickly falls for Yuka, a Shokujinji herself! Will their love be able to overcome Yuka's insatiable appetite for human flesh, or will the couple be destroyed by the bestial tendencies of humanity?
Breathtakingly different visuals will be the first thing to strike you about both Kemonozume and Hakaba. This will turn off a lot of viewers, but the real beauty comes in the unforgettable and strangely addictive storylines.
Although Hakaba is mainly episodic, compared to the Romeo and Juliet storyline of Kemonozume, the fantasy aspect of each compliments the other perfectly. I highly recommend both of these shows as a must see. The small group that loves one will certainly enjoy the other.
Dark, odd, weird, twisted and strange: these comic and bizzare anime with astonishing visual styles are sure to appeal to the same audience.
Demons are escaping from the underworld, and causing much havoc on the population. Possessing both human bodies and artifacts alike, the demons are inconspicuously forcing people to commit murders; the demons must be stopped! The task of returning – or exterminating – the offenders lies with Enma, Kapaeru, and the talking witch hat Shapoji; can Enma and the gang banish the demons before things get out of hand?
Although both of these shows could be categorised as horror, its not really the first genre I would use to describe them. The visuals can be creepy in Hakaba and Enma, but this is counter balanced by some very dark and dry humour.
I highly recommend both of these shows to people with a more complicated taste, who enjoy the ecclectic mish mash of opposing genres.
Enma and Kitaro are adult horror adaptations of 60s/70s-era childrens' shows. That alone should be reason enough to rec. them to each other, but even if it wasn't, the abundance of monsters and demons within each series should delight any fan of supernatural horror series.
At Cromartie High, it’s tough being a delinquent -- a fact that do-gooder Takashi Kamiyama intimately understands. When he’s not engaging in contests of strength and rival gang wars, Kamiyama can also be found submitting punny jokes and planning his own rise to fame within the delinquents’ ranks, and that’s just the beginning! With friends like robotic Mechazawa, a giant gorilla, a hairy man from the 80s named Freddie and a clan of delinquents with mohawks that flow in the wind, how can anyone not enjoy high school?
I know this seems like a strange recommendation, but bear with me. Hakaba Kitaro is filled with dry and dark humor; it takes a certain type of person to enjoy that - in fact, it's the same kind of a person who would like Cromartie! Though Cromartie has zero horror, call it a gut feeling that fans of the humor in one would enjoy the other.
Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?
Absolutely gorgeous to look at, and frequently rather dark comedies - SZS pulls no punches and wants a constant stream of laughs (whether it succeeds is another matter) while Hakaba Kitarou may just elicit the odd evil little smirk, but they're both completely worthwhile watches.
Meet the bizarre and twisted psychiatric doctor Ichirou Irabu. Occasionally taking the form of a lime green bear, a young man or even a small child, this freaky physician and his seductively sadistic nurse Mayumi deal with all manner of patients. Though in order to satiate his rampant injection fetish, everyone receives the same treatment: a large vaccination, whether they need it or not! From a trapeze artist suffering from insomnia, to an office worker tormented by a permanent erection, to a romance novelist with OCD and stress-induced vomiting, no one is safe from Dr. Ichirou's unique and psychedelic medical practice.
Kuuchuu Buranko and Hakaba Kitaro are twisted comedies about subjects that aren't usually played for laughs: debilitating psychological problems and straight-up monster-based horror. Both are very quirky, story-wise and in terms of their (awesome) unique animation style. Additionally, they were both originally aired in the same timeslot, so they're geared towards similar audiences.
In the city of Salta, a place where the sun never shines, a community of vampires lives. Hipira is a little vampire who lives the life of a typical boy, attending school and dealing with bullies along the way. However, he also has a soft spot for exploring, playing pranks on others and having grand adventures! Whether he’s befriending a human soul, scaring his neighbors by pretending day has come or encountering giant frogs and aliens, Hipira is always getting himself into and out of trouble.
Both anime are about weird monster creatures living their lives in their monster world, attending school, and going on random adventures. Both have very unique yet awesome animation to go along with the quirkiness of the show. If you liked one you'll like the other too.
There used to be a boy who could control youkai with a mysterious watch. However, he became unable to see youkai when he became an adult. With the boy's duties finished, the watch was buried away in space-time. Then 30 years later, quiet everyday life comes to an end as a fateful day begins with a comet drawing near. The terrible youkai virus Onimaro infects people's malevolent intentions and spreads infinitely. The one chosen by the yo-kai watch is the one who can save humanity from its crisis. The bond between humans and youkai may be recovered with the attainment of a new youkai watch.
Three half-human, half-monster creatures named Bem, Bera and Bero battle evil creatures determined to take over the world. While these three friends normally resemble humans, they can transform into horrifying monsters with superpowers. By leading the battle against evil, Bem hopes that their valiant efforts will one day help him and his companions become completely human.