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Ghost Hound: The Complete Collection [Blu-Ray]

Akiko Yajima , Jun Fukuyama , Ryutaro Nakamura  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Akiko Yajima, Jun Fukuyama, Kensho Ono, Souichiro Hoshi
  • Directors: Ryutaro Nakamura
  • Writers: Chiaki Konaka
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TX8Q5G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,814 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

When he was three, Taro Komori and his sister were kidnapped, but the kidnapper was run over and killed before the ransom could be delivered. The police eventually found Taro, but not before his sister died. Eleven years later, Taro still has nightmares of the events surrounding the kidnapping and is haunted by a tall, featureless specter. Now, Taro searches for answers in the Hidden Realm, but something sinister is brewing there. The spirits are restless and a malevolent ghost is appearing with increasing frequency. In the "real" world, an out of favor religious cult is finding dozens of new converts, especially among high ranking politicians. And just what the scientists at Dai Nippon Bio are up to is a question in need of an answer. Can Taro and his friends find the answers they need in time to save their friends and families? Unseen spirits, ghosts and out-of-body experiences all combine in an intriguing exploration into the workings of memory and our perception of the world. Don't miss the latest masterpiece from Masamune Shirow and Production I.G: Ghost Hound!

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Anime studio Production I.G. is one of Japan's premiere anime studios. Known for their work on series and films such as the "Ghost in the Shell" films, "Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade", "Evangelion: Death and Rebirth" and "The End of Evangelion", "Blue Seed", "FLCL", "xxxHolic" to name a few, the studio is known for their animation quality, exquisite art backgrounds and their work is known worldwide.

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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Working the Muscle of Mind October 7, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Ghost Hound is one of those animes that really plays with your mind. The itial story grows out of a kidnapping that happened quite a while from when we start, with one of our main three characters seeing his sister die and not being a ble to recall exactly wghat she said at her moment of passing. To make matters more bizarre, he sees his kidnapper as this dark brooding figure and not as a man. This has kept him from sleeping and from wanting to dream because it reminds him of a failure in the past. Two more characters are added and then the story gets really odd because it talks about the reasons why some of these things could have happened, why the person looks the way he looks, and several oddities. At first I didn't see the connection in all of it ut, slowly, it all came together beautifully.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deep, supernatural anime, very cerebral, great series December 5, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I originally watched this series on Netflix, and couldn't stop watching it. After it was taken off of Netflix, I checked cruncyroll.com, and it is not there either; I decided that I needed to purchase this great series.

Audio

The audio is pretty good; I have a 5.1 surround system, and the audio is done well.

Video Quality

The quality is also very good, nothing out of this world, but good nonetheless.

Story

This is the main reason to get this series. The story combines three (and ultimately a fourth) protagonists who have each had some kind of traumatic experience in their past. They eventually discover how to have Out-of-body Experiences at will (OBE), and they proceed to explore the spirit realm, and try to get over their troubled pasts.

Each episode has a theme, usually based on some sort of psychological issue/concept, and the portion of the story usually has something to do with the overall theme. The story overall is pretty dark, it has to do with death, suicide, and other pretty adult themes. Each episode is entertaining, and covers a lot of different topics in psychology that I personally have never heard of, so I feel like I was learning something new, while at the same time being told a very engaging story that explores the specific topics.

It's definitely a very unique anime series, and you just want to keep watching it until the end. I really wish this was still on Netflix, because it is now quite expensive (I paid $52 for it, which I thought was pretty steep, and now it's over $80 new at the time of this review, but third party sellers are still selling it new for around what I paid for it), so readers of this review will not be able to preview the series before shelling out quite a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Hound Review
Well if you like psychology this is for you. There's a lot of facts that interested me. This anime mainly explores the more unknown realms of psychology. Read more
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