Wow. Just wow. I haven’t been so intrigued with an anime that deals with ghosts and the likes since the time I watched Another. Ghost Hunt is one of the best supernatural animes I’ve seen!
The basis of the anime is about Mai, a highschool girl, who ends up working for the handsome, narcissistic Shibuya Kazuya a.k.a Naru, the manager of Shibuya Psychic Research, after accidentally causing his assistant to be injured. While working under Naru, Mai learns more about the paranormal world as well as discovering her latent abilities.
It’s a funny coincidence that I stumbled upon this anime when I’ve lately been quite interested in psychic/mentalist stuff after watching a couple videos of Lior Suchard—a famous mentalist. He’s a pretty fascinating guy. If you haven’t heard of him, I highly recommend you check him out! Anyways, the anime reminded me of him since it deals with psychic abilities; however, that’s not all that kept me watching.
First and foremost, the characters are all excellent. I love how diverse the main characters are—a psychic researcher, a highschool girl, a monk, a priestess, a Catholic priest, a spirit medium, and an onmyoji (yin and yang master). You’d think there would be at least one redundant character but no. I found that they all play an important role in the team and they really complement each other even though they practice totally different beliefs. Not only are they vital players in solving and exorcising spirits, they also provide the comical relief that this anime needs. I really have no complaints with the characters except that sometimes Mai gets ridiculously annoying when she just runs her mouth at Naru. I mean, I can understand where she’s coming from since her reasons can be morally justified, but I can’t help think that she just needs to shut up and have some faith on Naru. Plus, she’s like the newbie in the paranormal world, so she doesn’t know enough about the supernatural to the point where she can just lecture a pro. Other than that, Mai is pretty tolerable and she plays a key role in solving the mysteries.
Episode 4 & 6
For the story, I liked how it’s not the generic solve-one-case-per-episode. Rather, the narrative is divided up into files where they would usually have 3-4 episodes to them, which really gives the cases more substance. I have to mention that there are some cases that gave me major creeps. The most notable one has to be “The Doll House” which is the second file that they tackle. One heck of creepy episode I tell you. It gave me the same feels as live-action horror films do like the Paranormal series. And I think that’s an accomplishment for an anime that takes on the horror genre. Many animes with this genre doesn’t really live up to the nature of it, so I was surprised that I got that spooked when I watched this anime. However, I have to note that not all the files have that horror aspect to it, but that doesn’t really degrade them in any way. All the files have their own engrossing elements that’ll keep you watching.
I wish this anime had more episodes like Detective Conan does. Not once did my attention or interest falter from watching all 25 episodes in one go. It has all the right components that can keep it going. I highly, highly recommend this anime, especially to those who favor supernatural/mystery genres.