Ghost Hound: The Complete Collection [Blu-Ray]
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Masamune Shirow is also known worldwide as his manga works "Ghost in the Shell", "Appleseed", "Black Magic M-66', "Dominion Tank Police", to name a few, have received an anime adaptation and also hailed by fans for the intelligent and creative writing that is involved with his work.
And both Production I.G. and Shirow have had a wonderful collaboration especially with the success of the "Ghost in the Shell" animated films and the TV series "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex".
So, in 2007, when Production I.G. celebrated their 20th Anniversary in 2007, the studio collaborated with Shirow again for a series known as "Shinreigari/Ghost Hound". A dark, unsettling, humorous and addicting series which premiered on Japan's WOWOW at 11:30 p.m.
As Shirow provided the original concept and design (which he did back in 1987), Production I.G. took the concept and design and the series was well received in Japan.
Ryutaro Nakamura ("Legends of Crystania", "Kino's Journey", "Sakura Wars") directed the series, while Chiaki J. Konaka ("Eureka Seven", Kino's Travels", "Armitage III", "Air Gear") provided the screenplay. Character design is by Mariko Oka ("Hell Girl"), art direction is by Hiromasa Ogura ("Appleseed", "Ghost in the Shell" movies, "Last Exile", "Samurai 7') and music is by TENG.Read more ›
As far as anime sometimes goes, you really don't get quality like this. Just the oddity itself reminds me of somethings that a Boogiepop Phantom had and other things that even odder anime series had, but that isn't all. The show also has a way of drwing people in, sometimes seeing like an weird dream and sometime looking tangible, making for a good layered beast that is really connective when you get down to it.
It does use a lot of heavy concepts in it, too, with the brain being one of its focal points. A lot of the stuff it covers sounds like Psychology 101,102 in some college classes, plus it deals with out-of-body experiences, curses, and a lot of other things. It seemed like a mixture of the modern and the older traditional world, coming together for something remarkable.
I really found it interesting.
If you have time to devote to this and want something that is consuming, you should check this out. It isn't one of those series where you can miss pieces - you have to watch the whole beast develop. If you do this it is worth its weight and then some, too, making for one of the better experiences that I have had on this front in a while.
From there, it goes all over the place and hits very specific psychological points and therapies. Here's the problem, the initial plot contention isn't really even dealt with until about the last 5 episodes. So, there's a lot of episodes that just bring up other plot points that there isn't any resolution on. The pacing is definitely on the slower side. It's more focused on the cerebral. There's also some horror elements to it, but in all honestly it's not that scary.
I found Paranoia Agent even had more tense and scary moments to it, than Ghost Hound. If you're looking for "not typical" Anime, then this is right up your alley. However, I can by no means call it 5 stars, and I never felt like I NEEDED to keep watching. That said, I did like the character designs overall. However, the pacing just makes it some what sub-par. There's a little too much paux-intellectualism for me. It feels like someone took a psychology series in College and just wanted to flaunt it.
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i havnt buyd this one yet but pepole write in the coments that it is scary havent been scared of an anime yet so had been funny if it wass true or is just all the coments writen by... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Julimo
Spooky, scary, atmospheric. Great anime that keeps you watching and engaged. Definitely something worth checking out if you enjoy psychological ghost stories. Read morePublished 21 months ago by carl
after Death Note & Monster. These are a few of the rare anime shows that don't use comedy relief, swords, or space. I wish the others were on Blu-RayPublished on July 18, 2013 by Ben
I originally watched this series on Netflix, and couldn't stop watching it. After it was taken off of Netflix, I checked cruncyroll. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Jason M. Honaker
I love animes that make you think. It's not a lot of action so don't buy expecting Bleach. It's more psychological. Creepy, great animation. Actually suspenseful for once. Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by B. Hood
This is a good series, nothing ground breaking, but just a very good story telling arc. This isn't an anime series with memorable characters or fight scenes, but it does have a... Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by M
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