|Posted by Anna H. on March 2, 2014 at 3:10 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? This week, I will be reviewing some Horror Anime titles. Are you excited? Since there are several to review, I will start with Another. Another is a Seinen (Mens) Horror-Mystery Anime based off the Japanese novel, Another.
Koichi Sasakibara is a 15-year-old junior high student who's mother died shortly after his birth. Meanwhile, his father (a business man) traveled abroad to India for a year. This leads to Koichi being sent to live with his aunt and grandparents in Yomiyama. Yomiyama is a small town where his dead mother grew up.
In the process of Koichi moving there, he acquires a serious health problem, which delays him from transferring to his new school and causes him to be hospitalized. Then, Koichi meets this strange girl with an eye-patch named, Mei Misaki.
After Koichi meets Mei, his eerie "class representatives" from his new school, visit him in the hospital. This is just before his 1st day of school because they wanted to learn more about Koichi's background.
After Koichi is finally released from the hospital, he starts getting strange vibes from his classmates. Mei is sometimes visible in his classroom. Everyone else pretends she doesn't exist because their classroom has been cursed, since 1972. They must follow certain rules around the campus, in order to avoid dying brutal deaths. Those rules actually backfire on everybody both inside and outside Koichi's classroom.
Another has some brutal death tolls. Some Anime critics say that Another is similar to the movie, Final Destination. I can't support their claims regarding Final Destination because I have never watched the movie. Koichi's homeroom teacher committing suicide in front of his entire classroom is 1 of the most notorious scenes from Another.
Another: Kubodera Sensei Commits Suicide Scene (2012)
If you like creepy dolls, curses, ghosts, death tolls, and Horror-Mystery, you should give Another a watch. It not only has a novel and an Anime, but also a live-action J-Horror Movie and Manga (Japanese Comic Books).
Next, we have the Shojo (Girls) Psychological Supernatural Horror Mystery Drama Anime, Ghost Hunt. High school freshman, Mai Taniyama and her friends exchange ghost stories. While exchanging ghost stories, they are introduced to 17-year-old, Paranormal Researcher/Manager of the Shibuya Psychic Research Center, Kazuya Shibuya.
Kazuya, a few psychic mediums, and exorcists are sent by Mai's high school principal to investigate an allegedly haunted school building. During the school's investigation, a dangerous situation occurs, when a bookcase nearly crushes Mai. Kazuya's taciturn assistant, Lin Koujo rescues her.
Lin becomes incapacitated by the falling bookcase and she destroys their expensive camera equipment. Because Lin is incapacitated and Mai destroyed their expensive equipment, Kazuya makes Mai repay her debt by making her work for his company. Later she nicknames him "Naru."
"Naru" is Mai's short Japanese nickname for Kazuya being narcissistic.
The scariest arc in Ghost Hunt is the "Bloodstained Labyrinth Arc." This arc is later in the series. "Bloodstained Labyrinth" lasts for 4 episodes. In the arc, Mai starts having nightmares and has first-hand experience with the death of someone from the estate they are investigating.
Ghost Hunt Episodes 18-21: "Bloodstained Labyrinth Arc" (2006)
If you enjoy watching exorcisms, ghosts, psychic mediums, espers, and poltergeists, you'll love Ghost Hunt. The opening theme song even sets the creepy mood.
Similar to Ghost Hunt is Hell Girl. Hell Girl actually has 3 seasons. Only the 1st season aired on IFC years ago. There are 2 other unaired seasons. Like Ghost Hunt, Hell Girl is a Shojo Psychological Supernatural Horror Mystery Drama Anime. However, Hell Girl's main themes are about death, revenge, tragedy, and comeuppance.
During the stroke of midnight, The Hell Girl Correspondence appears online. Avengers posting their grudges on the Hell Girl Correspondence will be visited by the Hell Girl herself, Ai Enma. She offers the person, who wants vengeance, a straw doll and 1 of her companions to help seek vengeance.
Each person seeking vengeance has the choice to either accept, or reject. If he/she chooses vengeance, his/her enemy will be sent to hell. The avenger will also have a permanent black crest-shaped mark on his/her chest. The mark symbolizes that he/she will also go to hell, when it is his/her time to die.
Basically, Ai Enma's services come with a double-edged sword. Most people follow through with seeking revenge.
Towards the very beginning part of Hell Girl's 1st season, the stories seem repetitive. As the season progresses, viewers learn more about Ai Enma's origins and how she became Hell Girl. This doesn't happen until Season 1 Episode 13 "Purgatory Girl."
Hell Girl "Purgatory Girl" Scenes: (2005)
If you're someone like myself, who loves revenge, Hell Girl is the way to go.
Besides Hell Girl, there are the Hellsing Ulitmate OVA's. Years ago, Hellsing originally had an Anime series. Then, Japan released the OVA's, which are adapted more to suit the Hellsing Manga. The Hellsing franchise is a Seinen Biopunk Horror Action Drama. Overall, Hellsing is named after and centered around the Royal Order of Protestant Knights.
The Hellsing Organization was founded by Abraham Van Helsing. It is currently led by his daughter, Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Helsing. Sir Integra witnessed her father's death at a young age. Van Helsing's death hardened Sir Integra and turned her into a lethal force to be reckoned with. She is protected by her family's former "trashman" now turned butler, Walter C. Dornez and Alucard.
Alucard is the original and most powerful vampire. He swore his loyalty to The Helsings, after Van Helsing defeated him.
The Hellsing Organization's main objective is to secretly search and destroy "the undead" and other evil supernatural forces, that are threats to the queen and England.
In addition, there is Seras Victoria a.k.a. "Police Girl." She is a former police woman now turned so-called "Draculina." Seras was originally sent on a vampire mission with her squad. The mission became more than what she bargained for. It resulted in her being taken hostage by a vampire priest, who controlled zombies.
Alucard had to shoot through Seras, in order to kill the vampire priest. Then, Alucard gave her the option to die or become a vampire. Seras chose vampirism, which led to Alucard becoming her master. Now Seras must drink blood like a regular vampire and go on missions with The Hellsing Organization.
Hellsing Ultimate Seras Victoria's 1st Hellsing Operative Mission Scene: (2006)
Coming down the stretch, there is the Shounen (Boys) Supernatural Horror-Mystery Anime, Shiki. Shiki (which is literally translated in English as "corpse demon" or "death spirit") takes place in Sotobamura, Japan, during the summer of the 1990's.
Sotobamura is an isolated Japanese village with old customs such as the burial of the dead, for example.
Throughout the summer, 3 dead bodies are mysteriously found and villagers start dropping like flies. Everyone, including Dr. Ozaki Toshio, assume there's a growing epidemic in Sotobamura.
All the while, The Kirishikis conveniently move into the long abandoned Kanemasa Mansion on the outskirts. As more villagers die throughout the summer, Dr. Ozaki Toshio starts investigating and discovers the supernatural presence of vampires.
The vampires are referred to as "shiki" and they return from the dead, infecting the entire town.
I watched Shiki 2 summers ago. As I watched each episode, there were times I became highly aggravated because the main characters died. When it comes to Megumi Shimizu, I didn't care about her death.
Megumi was and still is the most
sickening character in Shiki. She was a snob, who was
really obsessed with Natsuno Yuuki so much so, that she stalked him. This was
also after she died from anemia and was revived as a shiki. I am willing
to bet that most Shiki viewers rejoiced, when Megumi officially died.
Shiki Megumi Shimizu's Brutal & Well Deserved Death: (2010)
Another Seinen Horror Action Anime is Tokko. Tokko has more of a supernatural, police procedural theme to it.
In the Anime, Ranmaru Shindou graduates from the police academy and is assigned to Tokki. Tokki is a Special Mobile Investigation Force. On the same day of Ranmaru's graduation, he meets this half-naked girl, who he constantly sees in his dreams, named Sakura Rokujo.
Sakura happens to work for Tokko. Tokko is the Special Public Safety Task Force, which is secretly within Tokki.
Eventually, Ranmaru joins Tokko mostly to
avenge the death of his parents, and to solve the mass murder mysteries for Machida, Japan's residents. Because Tokko is a short series, it
has a faster paced storyline. With that being said, I decided to post
the beginning scene of its 2nd episode.
Tokko 2nd Episode Opening Scene: (2006)
Last but not least is Vampire Knight. This is a Shojo Supernatural Action Romance Bishounen (Pretty Boy) Vampire Anime with a high school theme.
Even though Vampire Knight really isn't scary, it heavily revolves around tragedy. The series can be somewhat considered Horror because it has the elements. It is geared more toward the female audience, since it is a Shojo Anime.
Ghost Hunt and Hell Girl are also Shojo Anime except they have more Horror elements to them than Vampire Knight. In other words, Vampire Knight is more feminine with dark and tragic overtones.
Anyway, Cross Academy has both Day and Night Classes. The Day Classes are for humans and the Night Classes are for the vampires. Cross Academy's headmaster (Kaien Cross) created the academy for both humans and vampires to "peacefully coexist." At the same time, they are still segregated on campus.
You are probably asking yourselves, "Okay what's the point? That sounds rather contradictory."
In a way, it is contradictory, not to
mention delusional. I believe Kaein Cross built Cross Academy for
his foster daughter/campus guardian, Yuki Cross and her childhood/campus guardian friend Zero Kiryu.
Vampire Knight begins with Yuki remembering, that stormy winter night, when she was nearly attacked by a Level E Vampire. Instead, she was rescued by Kaname Kuran.
Kaname Kuran is a Pureblood Vampire/Moon Dorm President/Vampire Society King. These are only a few titles Kaname Kuran holds in Vampire Knight. However, I won't spoil everything about him. Kaname, Yuki, and Zero are the main characters with a love triangle.
Rather than sharing
clips of the Vampire Knight series, I am sharing the link below to the opening episode. You can watch Vampire Knight on Tubi. Don't forget to click on the Closed Captioning feature for English Subtitles.
While watching it, you will quickly learn about Zero's self-hatred and his
hatred torward vampires. This includes his jealousy towards Kaname.
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