Anime: Ghost Hound

Ghost Hound has been on my radar ever since it came out back in 2007. Produced by Production I.G, it sounded like my kind of show. But after an episode I never continued. Until now that is.

The first half of the show was very psychologically based, a lot terms were thrown around and events happened which I actually understood because of my psychology background. It was an interesting watch, and became a bit of game to recognize the theories or therapy techniques that were being used in the show. I was pleasantly surprised to see that a lot of information presented and used was actually quite accurate. On the other hand, Ghost Hound delved into the murkier side of psychology. The idea of Out of Body experiences is one that is not widely accepted, but of crucial importance to the show. I have to admit, that the first time I saw their OBE forms, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. It was really, really strange and oddly funny.

Story-wise I don’t think there’s anything very original. The integration of psychology and the more spiritual side of things was done well, but it’s nothing new. The characters on the other hand were top-notch. They were realistic and the main four characters had rich backgrounds that really impacted what they were currently doing. It was well created and fit together nicely. However all that being said, I can’t say I liked the show all that much. Sure it was good, but it didn’t really draw me in nor did it give me a sense of satisfaction watching it. The ending especially was just okay.

Ghost Hound isn’t a must watch, but if you like the genre then by all means go for it.

On a separate note, I recently read that movie director Koji Wakamatsu died when he was hit by a van. I had no idea who he was but when his film “Caterpillar” was mentioned I remembered the short story I read from Edogawa Rampo. Lo and behold it was that particular story that got turned into a film. Can I just say that this side of Japan that is fascinated with gruesome sex doesn’t sit well with me. I still remember the disturbed nature of the story and just can’t believe that it actually was adapted into film.

2 Responses to “Anime: Ghost Hound”
  1. Genki Jason says:

    I was still in university when Ghost Hound was released. I was intrigued but not enough to keep watching it. I was thinking about it recently but after reading your review I might not :P

    Tragic news about Koji Wakamatsu. From what I have read, Koji Wakamatsu’s film Caterpillar is highly regarded. It is one that I would rent but I don’t think I would like to own it.

  2. everworld says:

    I guess I had pretty high expectations for Ghost Hound, on hindsight, those were unfounded expectations. Oh well.

    As for Caterpillar, it’s just not my kind of movie/story.

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