Posted by psgels on 15 February 2007 with categories: Ghost Hunt

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Short Synopsis: The new case: some ghosts have been hunting a very strange old mansion.
Good: Lots of characters this time. Should provide a nice twist.
Bad: MAI! Stop wandering around and actually start doing things for yourself!
Overall Enjoyment Value: 6.5/10

The next arc, and finally it looks like we’ve got another major arc which happens outside of a school-building. Right now, it seems that we’re dealing with two ghosts: a man and a woman. From the looks of it, they were heavily tortured before they died. Because of this, their spirits remained, even though they died. Right now, they’ve been kidnapping random people who entered the house. It seems that the mansion is in the possession of the former prime-minister. If not, than he’s at least involved in quite an important way, seeing that he’s the client.

Yasuhara pretends to be Naru-chan this time, since there seem to have been more psychics invited for research, some of which he doesn’t want to get involved with. I wonder who they might bee, as he never mentions them directly. But if I had to guess, it’s the British professor Davis who came over to Japan especially for this, along with his two rather incompetent assistants. Davis is just too perfect, while his assistants are just too stupid.

Lots of character-background also appeared this episode, right out of the blue. Suddenly, we learn the identity of the person who taught Naru-chan all about ghost hunting, Lin appears to be Chinese and Mai doesn’t have any parents left, so she’s living on her own. You’d wonder how she sustained herself before she broke Naru-chan’s camera.

So far, I’m not really expecting anything from this arc. Sure, the huge amount of characters is interesting, but I’m getting really pissed off at Mai now. She really needs to act for herself, and take initiative. Like mentioned before, it’s what made the fifth episode great and the other episodes lacking.

6 Responses

  1. I loved this episode, but I disagree on your theory that those two ghosts are now randomly kidnapping people. Because they were tortured and I don’t really see how those two are able to do something to different people. I believe that there is something far greater than that.
    They do need help, that’s for sure but it doesn’t really make any sence for them to kidnap people.

    Also I disagree on your critism about Mai. When you are dreaming, you often don’t remind the dream that you had, and I think Mai finds this dreams so shocking that she doesn’t want to believe it. Remember, she had already cases with the death, it killed both her parents. But it does make sence because I was already wondering how on earth a high-scholer could just go to another school when her school wasn’t even finished. This does really make something clear.

    Don’t be so harsh on your judgement on Mai. I believe it’s bugging you so much that you forget to enjoy the horrors and the greatness of this episode.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    That’s indeed the problem. I watched up till episode 16 that way. But each time, the episodes lacked something. They just never lived up to the awesomeness of episode 5. After episode 17, I finally realized that this was because Mai turned into a damsel-in-distress when the third arc started. Don’t worry, I gave the show enough chances for this, but I really think that Mai is ruining this anime for me.

  3. asdfgjhk says:

    the house looks like a house that an ecentric rich guy built that actually exists in america. and there’s another famous house that had a secret basement where a guy would kidnap people to be cut up and murdered in his house. my first impression was that this house seems to be inspired by those two cases put together

    i actually think this arc might turn out good

  4. dadada says:

    Just like timelessdreams said, i think the show is still gripping and mai’s not stealing the show, and IMO this arc will be better than the 2nd arc, in terms of intensity and the mystery. I think the focus is on Mai (on last, and this arc also) as she’s actually the one that can ‘converse’ (in a way) with the situation at hand, because of her power.

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Well, I’ll see if the next arc will turn out to be a great one. It’s not like I’ve given up on the series. :P

    Still, in the second arc, Mai really had to fight for her life, and those of others too. I’m missing that a bit in the past few arcs.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Seriously, I know she is a girl, and normally what girls think isn’t important in some cases, but honestly, Mai, tell them your dreams. They would be good with a lot of situations if she’d learn what’s best for the group and tell them what she sees. Otherwise, Cool, great episode. Favorite Show!

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  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:22 AM)
    @Aidan hahaha can’t wait for the episode reviews for Orange. It’s gonna really test you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:58 AM)
    Look I knew how this would end before it began. We have done this already and neither of us are changing our stance. K-Off laid out things perfectly with his response so I see no reason to elaborate. Only reason I jumped in was because you brought Fate into it and if that was the bait then congrats, you won. I see no reason to continue the farce with no compromise in sight.
    In other words, need sleep. Goodnight.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:53 AM)
    @Bam,”I never said the problems it has gets erased by its early release or cultural significance”
    Neither did I. I said you are hand waving it’s problems by stating so, which you are.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:32 AM)
    …And orange is still top of the poll…ugh. Seems like this is going to be torture for me. Kiznaiver was already trying my patience with those speeches but if Orange is even worse…oh boy…
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:35 AM)
    Anyways I’m sure an emotionally manipulating soundtrack will make the anime a bit better :)
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:34 AM)
    @Aidan, it got to the point where I had to take 15 minute breaks because it was so physically cringing lmao. I started sending screenshots of pages to my friend because we were cackling at how embarrassing it was. Like I shouldn’t be laughing at such serious topics but the execution is just terrible.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:32 AM)
    eh I thing my post just died when I hit send. Must’ve hit the character limit
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:31 AM)
    But yeah, if you want coherence you’re not getting it in Eva. As I’ve said, the project literally took a turn about halfway thru, so it is as disjointed as it can get. It was really amusing to me when it was still airing, everybody was confused as hell.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:17 AM)
    But the visual that supposed to represent the mental landscape of characters were precise and deliberate. And the framing, oh boy, that’s what nailed it. Dutch shots, low angle shots, ceiling shots, the uncomfortable tilts, the silent deep focus close-ups, the muted color pallets with accented reds, Anno is not considered a master for no reason.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:10 AM)
    @K-off: I can see the problems you have with the story. I personally pretty much got everything when I watched it the 2nd time thru, but some stuff are a bit burried. Most of the religious symbolism is there for the hell of it, the Eva Project people straight said it.

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