In an isolated region of Kyushu lies the town of Suiten. Though seeming small and modest, Suiten is not a picturesque place for a vacation, unless it is from the “Unseen World.” Taro, Makoto, and Masayuki, three boys with traumatic pasts, learn to let their souls cross between the two parallel worlds. However, the Unseen World is no mere copy of the real Apparent World. The Unseen World is the home of ghosts, but changes are now allowing the souls of the dead to pass over into the Apparent World, with unpredictable effects. Follow the journey of Taro, Makoto, and Masayuki, as they cross between the two worlds, trying to unravel a great mystery. – My Anime List
Based on 18 review scores:
The Otaku’s Study
I am always on the hunt for anime series that provide a more unique storyline then usual, and Ghost Hound did not disappoint me one bit. This is a series for those who might want a more word intensive storyline and not for those who want a relaxing storyline where they might not have to think as hard or learn much. But if you ignore the one or two slight areas that could have used improving – you have a storyline that will provide you with 600 minutes of interesting storyline and might come out of it learning something new in a field you might have never thought about researching.
Anime News Network
Ghost Hound is a sharp deviation from the anime norm. Perhaps it isn’t the revolutionary masterpiece Lain was, and maybe it doesn’t live up to its pedigree (was there ever a more intellectually loaded crew of creators?), but that doesn’t stop its incidental brains and ingenious direction from thrusting it head and shoulders above the crowd.
Anime Otaku Reviews
While you probably have to be a horror fan, and a very patient person, to check this anime out, I think if you’re at least the latter, you’ll be a big fan of Ghost Hound.
In the end, anyway, Ghost Hound is still recommended, but only if you have the patience to watch some slow shows – it can get really slow and quiet at times – and if your thing is more about psychological, surreal dramas.
A serious character-driven story told in a very unconventional, and very enrapturing, way.
I started watching this show as soon as I finish pshycology at school so I understood the storyline more than I shouldve (figures). I enjoy watching this show and how things get more thrilling as the story gets deeper. The only thing I did not take seriously about it is the form that the characters changed into when they were first soul traveling. The first form looked like they were floating babies O_o So every time they change 2 that I couldnt help but laugh eachtime i saw it. lol However I think the director felt the same so they gave them a cool wolflike second form which was beast, so that turns the problem back upright. Overall I gave this show a 4.5 because of all the thrilling and spooky moments it contains. Great job and I hope to finish it asap.
Though the series runs for 22 episodes there were no points when I felt cheated because of that. There’s no filler in here. The fascinating story unfolds generously, without recourse to distraction. Although I felt a couple of things could have been explained a little more, the ending was a satisfactory finish for what is literally a one-in-a-thousand anime.
My Anime List
It is an anime for the true psychological horror fan, and Production I.G. was brilliant for making this their 20th anniversary release.
Overall a nice watch, explores the realms of psychological and surrealism, while keeping you shroud in the mystery of it.See at night with GOOD headphones for the proper experience.
So it isn’t the horror story one would expect and it has a ton of science and Japanese history/folklore to the point where folks might feel this aimer is teaching them something. Not everybody is going to like that, I was also a tad upset at the lack of scare beyond a few slightly creepy images and moments. As interesting as the plot was though, it didn’t blow me away as being so very amazing. It does have funny moments and heart-warming moments. But these aren’t the focus. Despite the potential to upset people with the disturbing themes, I’d recommend this anime to almost everyone. Especially those who don’t watch much anime, this is something a bit unique and shows the potential of this media. It’s far from generic, even the number of episodes breaks the mould. Maybe younger viewers of fans of less serious, more light-hearted anime could dislike this. But give it a try and see what you think.
Watching Ghost Hound the first time left me feeling very uncertain about it as it was the kind of show that really took awhile to get to the point. Some shows can effectively use a slow moving premise to their advantage and keep you engaged. Watching the characters interact and explore their situations can make a show work well. Ghost Hound unfortunately just couldn’t do that as the story moves so slowly and the characters have so little to really attract you to them that it falls apart fairly easily. It has potential and can go somewhere, but where it lost me the most is when they started the out of body experiences and use such unusual designs for that form. It didn’t create the intended effect as it simply made me laugh and took me out of the show entirely, something that was hard to get back into again afterward. Ghost Hound has a lot to offer if you go into it with the right perspective, but two viewings of the series have only reinforced my opinion that it’s really not for me.
While Ghost Hound definitely runs on anime rules (trauma, Shinto shrine maidens, family, blaming the past for our present inadequacies) it is difficult to imagine an audience for this show. It is for young adults, and while it has great cliff-hangers, it lacks energy and pizzazz. But, just as with the human brain and our dreams, there are far deeper themes and meanings in Ghost Hound than can be fit into a simple blog-styled review.
Ghost hound has a great story line and I’m in love with the great supernatural and religious themes within it. On top of it, I love the way that it makes you think about the world and what is real. The sad thing about Ghost hound is it has this whole rise of excitement and then it feels as if it just ends. It doesn’t give any real good reasoning on the whole situation and it doesn’t have a satisfying end. It does have a bit of a sweet end though but I guess I felt as if it just ended too sudden. I did love this anime though, with all its great concepts and story line.
This was a hard show to rate. It really sits somewhere between three and four and it fluctuated according to how much the aimlessness of its plot bothered me, so consider this a VERY STRONG three star rating in any case. I suspect it would be a very rewarding show for those who come in with low expectations and perhaps you should add one star if you are looking for a show with great human characters and you are willing to sacrifice some other elements of story to get them.
The Nihon Review
Because of the way its ending was executed, Ghost Hound is a flawed gem in every sense of the word. It showed an excellent amount of promise for three-fourths of the way through, but it ultimately fails to close all of its loose ends properly. So while this show’s positive attributes make it worth checking out, this recommendation is a cautious one because Ghost Hound leaves the viewer with the feeling that it fell far short of its potential.