Ghost Hound


Ghost Hound 神霊狩/GHOST HOUND, Shinreigari/Gōsuto Haundo is an anime TV series, created by Production IG and Masamune Shirow, noted for being the creator of the Ghost in the Shell series12 The original concept and design was first developed by Shirow in 19873 It is Production IG's 20th year anniversary project and was first announced at the 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair1

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 It premiered on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in Japan on WOWOW at 23:30 JST1 A manga adaptation, featuring art by Kanata Asahi, has also been serialized in Comic Blade4

Contents

  • 1 Storyline and setting
  • 2 Characters
  • 3 Media
    • 31 Anime
    • 32 Manga
    • 33 Video games
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

Storyline and settingedit

In a small town of Suiten, located in a remote mountain region on the island of Kyūshū, reality and the spirit realm collide Ghosts and paranormal occurrences appear in the real world, spreading through the town Three high school boys, Tarō, Makoto and Masayuki, who have all had traumatic experiences in their childhood, observe the strange occurrences happening at Suiten Together, they investigate the strange happenings by entering the spirit realm, or the Unseen World, although no human is supposed to be able to do so The three boys are granted entrance, only to realize the key to their childhood traumas lies within this Unseen World The local Shinto priest and his daughter, Miyako, also become involved in the occurrences

Charactersedit

The four main characters of Ghost Hound, from Left to Right: Miyako, Makoto, Masayuki, and above them all, Taro Tarō Komori 古森 太郎, Komori Tarō Voiced by: Kenshō Ono Japanese; Clint Bickham English A narcoleptic 14-year-old boy is the main protagonist Tarō and his older sister, Mizuka, were kidnapped 11 years ago, on September 22, 1996 Only Tarō survived the incident Since then, he has had recurring nightmares and vivid out-of-body experiences OBEs Tarō records these visions to try to make sense of it all He seeks help from a psychiatrist to help him sort through the details and deal with the fallout of his childhood trauma Tarō can not remember the face of his kidnapper and has flashbacks containing a black giant taking his sister away Once in the Unseen world, Tarō hopes to meet his sister so that he can clarify the past and come to terms with her death Tarō seems to have romantic feelings for Miyako In the later episodes, he begins to believe that Miyako is the reincarnation of his dead sister, Mizuka As a result, he thinks that to be the cause of his feelings for Miyako However, that is later subverted as Tarō admits that Miyako is Miyako, and no one else, after all Makoto Ōgami 大神 信, Ōgami Makoto Voiced by: Sōichirō Hoshi Japanese; Josh Grelle English A brooding, hot-tempered delinquent who avoids contact with his classmates, and rarely comes to school A relative of Tarō's, his family is a branch of the Komori's Makoto experiences OBEs like Tarō and Masayuki, and is able to bring the experience on 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 his 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 Masayuki Nakajima 中嶋 匡幸, Nakajima Masayuki Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama Japanese; Corey Hartzog English 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 OBEs 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 OBE 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 kidnapper5 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 Miyako Komagusu 駒玖珠 都, Komagusu Miyako Voiced by: Akiko Yajima Japanese; Brittney Karbowski English A mysterious young girl with the ability to see ghosts She is somehow able to see Tarō's spirit during his OBE, 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 is hurt by his words so much that she even starts to cry and says that she hates him because she has been convincing herself that, "I am me and not anybody else" and that Taro saw her as Mizuka not as Miyako 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 Takahito Komagusu 駒玖珠 孝仁, Komagusu Takahito Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto Japanese; Christopher Ayres English 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, and becomes hospitalized Ryōya Komori 古森 良弥, Komori Ryōya Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki Japanese; Justin Doran English 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 Miki Komori 古森 美樹, Komori Miki Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa Japanese; Kara Greenberg English 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 Atsushi Hirata 平田 篤司, Hirata Atsushi Voiced by: Yoshinori Fujita Japanese; Jay Hickman English 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 OBEs 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 Masato Kaibara 貝原直人, Kaibara Masato Voiced by: Shō Hayami Japanese; Illich Guardiola English 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 Kei Yakushi 瘧師 慧, Yakushi Kei Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga Japanese; Shelley Calene-Black English A friend of the Komori family who also helps manage their sake business She had a crush on Kaibara Yasuhiro Nakajima 中嶋 康弘, Nakajima Yasuhiro Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa Japanese; Andrew Love English Masayuki's father, who works at Japan Bio-Tech He is shown to be having an affair with Reika Ōtori Reika Ōtori 鳳 麗華, Ōtori Reika Voiced by: Michiko Neya Japanese; Kaytha Coker English 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 Michio Hoshino 星野 道男, Hoshino Michio Voiced by: Shintarō Asanuma Japanese; Blake Shepard English 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 Himeko Ōgami 大神 姫子, Ōgami Himeko Voiced by: Ikuko Tani Japanese; Monica Rial English 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 reins 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 Motoi Yazaki 矢崎 基, Yazaki Motoi Voiced by: Jin Urayama Japanese; John Swasey English 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

Mediaedit

Animeedit

Main article: List of Ghost Hound episodes

Sentai Filmworks currently licenses the anime in North America and is localized & distributed by Section23 Films The first half of the season was released on October 20, 2009 The second half was released on December 15, 20096 Sentai Filmworks re-released Ghost Hound with an English dub on DVD and Blu-ray on September 14, 20107

The Anime Network started showing the series October 29, 2009 and put the first episode online

The anime's opening theme song is "Poltergeist" ポルターガイスト arranged by Mayumi Kojima and Isao Tsukamoto with lyrics, composition and performance by Mayumi Kojima The ending theme song is "Call My Name ~Kazenari no Oka~" Call My Name ~風鳴りの丘~ performed by Yucca, composed by Ai Kamachi with arrangement by aikamichi and nagie, and lyrics by Kyoko Fujii8

Mangaedit

The manga series Shinreigari: Another Side was written by Masamune Shirow with art by Kanata Asahi The manga has two volumes and was published from Mar 30, 2007 in the monthly magazine Comic Blade4

Video gamesedit

A game based on Ghost Hound by 5pb was released on July 31, 20089

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c "Production IG WORK LISTDetails" Production IG Retrieved 2007-10-17 
  2. ^ "Shirow Masamune and Production IG Announce Ghost Hound" Anime News Network 2007-03-23 Retrieved 2007-10-17 
  3. ^ "Message from Shirow Masamune" Production IG Retrieved 2007-10-24 
  4. ^ a b "IG 20th Anniversary project 'Ghost Hound' unveiled at TAF 2007" Press release Anime News Network 2007-03-23 Retrieved 2007-10-17 
  5. ^ Ghost Hound Episode 9 "Existential Ghosts" TV 2008 
  6. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Clannad After Story, Ghost Hound, He Is My Master" Anime News Network 2009-07-28 
  7. ^ "Sentai Acquires Xan'd, Hell Girl Season 3 Anime, Adds New Dubs" Maniacom 2010-06-24 Archived from the original on 2012-02-26 Retrieved October 18, 2016 
  8. ^ "神霊狩/GHOST HOUND|スタッフ&キャスト(ゴーストハウンド)" goonejp in Japanese Archived from the original on 2013-08-21 Retrieved 2015-07-14 
  9. ^ "5pb's official site for the Ghost Hound game - Information" in Japanese Retrieved 2008-09-16 

Further readingedit

  • Beveridge, Chris 22 October 2009 "Ghost Hound Complete Collection 1" Mania Demand Media Archived from the original on 30 November 2012  Archived 19 January 2013 at WebCite
  • Beveridge, Chris 12 October 2010 "Ghost Hound Complete Series" Mania Demand Media Archived from the original on 30 November 2012  Archived 19 January 2013 at WebCite
  • Finnegan, Erin 23 November 2009 "Shelf Life: The Sweet Life" Anime News Network 
  • Finnegan, Erin 23 August 2010 "Shelf Life: Galaxy Quest" Anime News Network 
  • Foote, Aiden 19 December 2011 "Ghost Hound" THEM Anime Reviews 
  • Green, Scott 9 January 2010 "AICN Anime - Ghost Hound - From the Makers of Ghost in the Shell and Serial Experiments Lain, Gantz, RoboGeisha, FLCL and More" Ain't It Cool News Retrieved 4 May 2012 
  • Kimlinger, Carl 19 March 2010 "Ghost Hound SubDVD - Collection 2" Anime News Network Retrieved 4 May 2012 
  • Kimlinger, Carl 3 November 2010 "Ghost Hound Blu-Ray - Complete Collection" Anime News Network Retrieved 4 May 2012 
  • Martin, Theron 24 October 2009 "Ghost Hound SubDVD 1 - Collection 1" Anime News Network Retrieved 4 May 2012 
  • Medina, Joseph 5 October 2010 "Ghost Hound Complete Collection" Mania Demand Media Archived from the original on 30 November 2012  Archived 19 January 2013 at WebCite

External linksedit

  • Japanese Official website
  • Japanese WOWOW site
  • Ghost Hound anime at Anime News Network's encyclopedia


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