Ghost Hound

Ghost Hound

Infobox animanga/Header
name =

caption = Title screen of "Ghost Hound"
ja_kanji = 神霊狩/GHOST HOUND
ja_romaji = Shinreigari/Gōsuto Haundo
genre = Supernatural, science fiction, horror
Infobox animanga/Anime
director = Ryūtarō Nakamura
writer = Masamune Shirow (original concept)
Chiaki J. Konaka (series composition and screenplay)
studio = Production I.G
network = flagicon|Japan WOWOW
network_en =
network_other =
first = October 18, 2007
last = April 2, 2008
episodes = 22
episode_list = List of Ghost Hound episodes
Infobox animanga/Manga
title = Shinreigari ANOTHER SIDE
author =
illustrator = Kanata Asahi
publisher = Mag Garden
demographic = Shōnen
magazine = Comic Blade
first =
last = ongoing
volumes = 2

nihongo|"Ghost Hound"|神霊狩/GHOST HOUND|Shinreigari/Gōsuto Haundo is an anime TV series, created by Production I.G and Shirow Masamune, noted for being the creator of the "Ghost in the Shell" series.cite web|url=|title=Production I.G (WORK LIST(Details))|publisher=Production I.G|accessdate=2007-10-17] cite web|url= |title=Shirow Masamune and Production I.G Announce Ghost Hound|publisher=Anime News Network|date=2007-03-23|accessdate=2007-10-17] The original concept and design was first developed by Shirow in 1987.cite web|url=|title=Message from Shirow Masamune|publisher=Production I.G|accessdate=2007-10-24] It is Production I.G's 20th year anniversary project and was first announced at the 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair.

The series is staffed by director Ryūtarō Nakamura ("Serial Experiments Lain", "Kino's Journey"), scriptwriter Chiaki J. Konaka ("Serial Experiments Lain", "Texhnolyze", "The Big O"), character designer and chief animation director Mariko Oka ("Hell Girl") and art director Hiromasa Ogura ("Spirit of Wonder", "Jin-Roh", "Ghost in the Shell").cite web|url= |title=Ghost Hound (TV)|publisher=Anime News Network|accessdate=2007-10-17] It premiered on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in Japan on WOWOW at 23:30 JST. A manga adaptation, featuring art by Kanata Asahi, has also been serialized in "Comic Blade".cite web|url=|title=I.G 20th Anniversary project "Ghost Hound" unveiled at TAF 2007|date=2007-03-23|accessdate=2007-10-17]

toryline and setting

The series is set in the modest town of Suiten, located in a remote mountain region in the island of Kyūshū, and follows three boys who have each had traumatic encounters in their childhood and learn to transfer their souls into a parallel world known as the "Unseen World". The Unseen World is however undergoing a change, with its ghosts starting to appear in the real world, which is therefore also being subject to changes.


*nihongo|Tarō Komori|古森 太郎|Komori Tarō (Seiyū: Kenshō Ono):A narcoleptic 14 year boy and the main protagonist. He was kidnapped along with his older sister Mizuka 11 years ago, on September 22, 1996, but only Tarō was rescued alive. Since then, he has out-of-body experiences (O.B.Es) during his sleep, and has the habit of recording what he sees in them in order to figure out the reason for it. He is currently seeking help from the school psychologist to help him work them out, and remember details from certain dreams. He wants to meet his sister again in the kakuriyo (spirit world) as there are things he wishes to ask. Tarō is unable to remember the face of his kidnapper and has flashbacks containing a black giant taking his sister away. Tarō is portrayed as kind and polite, worrying about the health of his mother more than himself. In the aftermath of an accident at the Komagusu family's shrine, he discovered an ability to apparently travel inside his own brain. During astral projection, when he begins to feel distinct emotions of rage and hatred, his spirit begins to transform into a dog-like apparition.cite video|title=Ghost Hound Episode 9 "Existential Ghosts"|medium=TV|year=2008] This has only occurred twice, during confrontations with the apparent spirit of the man who kidnapped him and his sister 11 years ago. Recently, his form, having apparently stabilized during his astral projection, seems to have taken his human shape. He found out in the later episodes that Miyako is the reincarnation of Mizuka, his dead sister. This is his own conclusion that he thinks caused his unexplainable feeling for Miyako. The three friends also found out that Taro and Mizuka were the replacements of Makoto in being kidnapped. He later realizes that his sister's spirit has been living within him all along.

*nihongo|Makoto Ōgami|大神 信|Ōgami Makoto (Seiyū: Sōichirō Hoshi) :A fairly silent, though hot-tempered boy who avoids contact with his classmates, and rarely comes to school. A relative of Tarō's, his family being a branch of the Komori's, he has O.B.Es like Tarō and Masayuki, and is able to produce them while playing his guitar, a regular pastime of his. Makoto's family founded a religion of which his elderly grandmother, Himeko, currently serves as the central point, and who wishes that Makoto succeed her as its head, though Makoto is not interested in it. In the direct aftermath of the kidnapping of the Komori children, his grandmother told the police where to find them; his father committed a bizarre suicide shortly after they were found, with the circumstances of his death being unknown. Makoto subsequently discovered his father's bloodied corpse, which resulted in a traumatic encounter for him; due to this, he wishes to find out more about the circumstances of his father's death and had initially harbored resentment towards Tarō, however he appears to have warmed up to him, upon gradually knowing him better and gathering more information about the circumstances relating to the kidnapping incident. He has, in the course of his out of body experiences, learned how to transform his spirit into the form of a wolf-like hound. In the course of an incident, he later meets his mother, who has remarried. He is shown to be angry towards her for having left him, even thinking of wanting to stab her, though fails to do so, running away from his mother's house in the process. After he later learns of his mother's deep depression and her attempt to commit suicide by overdosing on pills and maybe even burning her house though later it is assumed that the Ogami religious group might have been responsible for the arson part, he runs off in its direction, saving her from the debris of the house's burning remains. In the immediate aftermath of this incident, his mother briefly loses her memories and reverts to her seventeen year old self, but soon regains them later on. In episode nineteen, he finally called her mother, "Mom" instead of addressing her as "that woman". In this scene, both him and his mother cried as an indication that they really love and forgive each other. It is then revealed that he damaged his head not because of his mother but because of the kidnapper that kidnapped him before Taro and his sister.

*nihongo|Masayuki Nakajima|中嶋 匡幸|Nakajima Masayuki (Seiyū: Jun Fukuyama):Recently transferred to Tarō and Makoto's school from Tokyo, he tries to make friends with both due to an interest in investigating the kidnapping incident. While he was initially ignored by both, they eventually warmed up to him, with the three of them beginning to try to find the circumstances behind the kidnapping incident and the reason behind their O.B.Es. He tends to be very confident, and initially somewhat arrogant and rude. He has had a fear of heights ever since he bullied someone to suicide by jumping off the school roof, and the victim left a message on the blackboard cursing Masayuki. Masayuki unashamedly admits he ran away due to the message. Instead of feeling guilt he is angry at the student for making him a murderer, a fact he can't get out of his conscience. He is, however, very determined to overcome this problem and tries extensively, including standing on the edge of the school roof, to cure his fear of heights. During his spare time, he often plays his head-mounted display virtual reality game. His father is a researcher at Japan Bio-Tech, while his mother appears to spend large amounts of time playing console games, primarily Tetris or something similar. Of the two other boys, Masayuki has a friendlier relationship with Tarō, visiting him in hospital and joking with him. Recently, during a joint experience of O.B.E. with Makoto and Taro, Masayuki displayed the ability to evoke the same weaponry from his virtual reality video game in his spirit form, and used it to apparently destroy the spirit of Taro's former kidnapper. After the incident, he begins to have a little more confidence, finally deciding to intervene in the bullying of one of his classmates. He is always the one who is spying on Reika because he found out about her relationship with his father.

*nihongo|Miyako Komagusu|駒玖珠 都|Komagusu Miyako (Seiyū: Akiko Yajima) :A mysterious young girl with the ability to see ghosts. She is somehow able to see Tarō's spirit during his O.B.E, as well as having been able to sense when all three boys entered the Unseen World for the first time. She lives at a shrine, which seems to have a lot of paranormal activity surrounding it, and regularly helps her father with exorcisms and the like. She acts rather mature for her age, often chiding the older boys for acting childish, and even scolding her father when he attempts to drink too much. She is shown later to have been possessed by spirits, resulting in her classmates trying to avoid her. When Taro told her that she might be the reincarnation of his sister, she freaked out because she has been convincing herself that, "I am me and not anybody else". After this, she seems to be ignoring Taro, as if she has never known him. After her father is hospitalized, she is manipulated by the Ōgami group into becoming their new matriarch. However, the efforts of Taro and his friends prevent this.

*nihongo|Takahito Komagusu|駒玖珠 孝仁|Komagusu Takahito (Seiyū: Yasunori Matsumoto) :Miyako's father and head of the shrine they live at. He has lectured as an assistant lecturer at a university of Tokyo, where Reika Ōtori was a student of his. He is worried about Miyako's long-term psychological health and has spoken to both Ōtori and Hirata about her. He was one of the group of teenagers who initially visited the abandoned hospital after the construction of the dam. He is later pushed off the steps of the Komagusu shrine, later being hospitalized.
*nihongo|Ryōya Komori|古森 良弥|Komori Ryōya (Seiyū: Fumihiko Tachiki) :Tarō's father, and a famous sake brewer. He seems to have handled the incident much better than his wife. He has concerns about a nearby plant, which he knows will damage his business due to the waste it pumps into the river since clean water is needed for making sake.
*nihongo|Miki Komori|古森 美樹|Komori Miki (Seiyū: Sakiko Tamagawa):Tarō's mother. Although her daughter Mizuka died eleven years ago, she is still very emotionally damaged by the incident, and tends to show this with an unintended eye-twitch whenever Mizuka is mentioned. She also has admitted to taking medication, possibly to help her sleep, and also apparently cannot dream due to this medicine.
*nihongo|Atsushi Hirata|平田 篤司|Hirata Atsushi (Seiyū: Yoshinori Fujita):Tarō's new counselor and therapist. An eccentric clinical psychologist from a university of Tokyo, he introduces much of the series' psychological terminology, and is apparently interested in Tarō's dreams and condition as a means supporting his own theories. Initially he does not believe Tarō's O.B.Es. are in any way supernatural and attributes these moments as states of altered consciousness. He later begins to admit that there may be a supernatural component, and that the land around the mountain in question may be the trigger of these events. He has also experienced supernatural events during the series, but prefers to keep them private, as they fit the diagnostics for certain psychological alterations.
*nihongo|Masato Kaibara|貝原直人|Kaibara Masato (Seiyū: Shō Hayami):Makoto's mother's husband. He is the person shown to be wandering through Kakuriyo under the identity of Snark and meets with Tarō. He appears to have apparently died while Makoto's mother attempted to commit suicide.

*nihongo|Kei Yakushi|瘧師 慧|Yakushi Kei (Seiyū: Mitsuki Saiga):A friend of the Komori family who also helps manage their sake business. She had a crush on Kaibara.

*nihongo|Yasuhiro Nakajima|中嶋 康弘|Nakajima Yasuhiro (Seiyū: Tōru Ōkawa):Masayuki's father, who works at Japan Bio-Tech. He is shown to be having an affair with Reika Ōtori.

*nihongo|Reika Ōtori|鳳 麗華|Ōtori Reika (Seiyū: Michiko Neya):A neurologist who treats Tarō and regularly prescribes medicine to his mother. She works in the labs at Japan Bio-Tech and part time as a doctor, and is the series's other source of psychological and neurological information.

*nihongo|Michio Hoshino|星野 道男|Hoshino Michio (Seiyū: Shintarō Asanuma):Masayuki's and Makoto's classmate that was being bullied until Masayuki stood up for him. He and Masayuki have since become good friends, with Masayuki telling him about his OBEs, which Michio soon experiences for himself. He has been shown as able to read the Kojiki.

*nihongo|Himeko Ōgami|大神 姫子|Ōgami Himeko (Seiyū: Ikuko Tani):Makoto's elderly grandmother and head of the religion started by the Ōgami family. During the kidnapping incident, she had suggested searching for the children in the dried up dam. After the incident, her son, Makoto's father, whom she had wanted to succeed her as the religion's leader, committed suicide. Himeko later adamantly refuses to acknowledge anything whatsoever concerning it, and forbids Makoto from entering his father's former room. She also wishes that Makoto take over the reigns of the family's religion, however Makoto has shown no interest in it. She also appears to be ill, regularly administering medicine, and dies later onwards.

*nihongo|Motoi Yazaki|矢崎 基|Yazaki Motoi (Seiyū: Jin Urayama):A politician, who appears to be corrupt. He was friends with Makoto's parents and Takahito Komagusu, while they were students in high school, and had entered the abandoned hospital with them. Makoto tries to ask him about his father, but he is shown to be shocked upon knowing his identity, refusing to answer any of his questions.





Video games

A game based on "Ghost Hound" by 5pb. was released on July 31 2008. [cite web|url=|title=5pb.'s official site for the "Ghost Hound" game - Information|accessdate=2008-09-16|language=Japanese]



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