Posted by psgels on 22 February 2007 with categories: Ghost Hunt

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Short Synopsis: People from the investigation teams start missing, while Mai dies.
Good: That was one disturbing cliff-hanger.
Bad: Obviously, Mai didn’t really die. She really needs to stand up for herself.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 7/10

Seriously, Mai looked so freaky in the end. It would be awesome if she really died, but the fact remains that we’re dealing with episode nineteen here. That’s not the time to kill off your main characters, unfortunately.

My problems with this series continue yet again in this episode. While it’s interesting to see Mai getting pushed over, knocked unconscious, possessed, pulled by her leg, surprised by a falling ceiling, attacked by spirits, nearly eaten by ghouls, stalked by ghosts, attacked by a giant black dog, fainting, having visions, fainting once more, falling inside a well, disappearing, getting deceived by Naru, getting attacked by a windows breaking, getting knocked over by a large bookcase, getting killed, et cetera, well… you get the point, I’d much rather see her actually protecting people from getting pushed over, knocked unconscious, possessed… et cetera. She’s got a great character, but I refuse to believe that all she has to be in this anime is the damsel-in-distress.

One interesting point to note, though: why has Naru-chan stopped showing up in Mai’s visions?

9 Responses

  1. Dave Baranyi says:

    Of course Mai died… now she’ll be a ghost and haunt Naru forever…

    More seriously – remember where “Ghost Hunt” originated – Nakayoshi… Why wouldn’t Mai be a perpetual damsel-in-distress?

  2. Kite says:

    I’m sure Naru will show up next episode in her dream.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Dave: True. Still, I was secretly hoping for Mai to break this stereotype. She did this very well in the second arc, but apart from that, she hasn’t been doing a lot of impressive work.

    Jugding by the reaction of others, I may be the only one, but I rather dislike characters who can’t do anything for themselves. They’re whiny, and there’s nothing for me to relate to them. Mai fits this role perfectly, hence my frustrations.

  4. Kite says:

    The thing about Mai that I dislike is she hides her dreams or visions till she finds them of importance. It annoys me since she should tell Naru and the others what she sees ASAP… I don’t think it’s that she can’t save herself she’s thinking she can’t do anything when she can. That’s the way I look at it. Hopefully it changes here soon!

  5. Impz says:

    It will be silly though to think that every single dream is a prophetic dream. I mean, if Mai is going to disturb Naru everytime she has some queer dream and it does not come true, she will no longer be believed.

    Well, I cannot answer your question about why Naru has stopped appearing because it will spoil you but the answer is in episode 20 ^+^

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Actually, all dreams Mai had thus far have come true. Still, she only tells the group about a few of them. I can understand that she’s confused and all, but the fact remains that some of her dreams have had great accuracy. You’d think she’d want to help with sharing these dreams, but no. That’s indeed an annoying thing about her.

  7. Aileen says:

    I think that Naru was using Mai as a cover to hide the fact from Lin that he has and was using his special talent. Remember? Naru didn’t want Lin to find that he used his power to bend spoon, and that Lin later declared that he was appointed by Naru’s parents to observe him. This could be the reason that he hired Mai in the first place.

  8. psgels psgels says:

    Yeah, I think so too. There’s a good chance that naru sought for someone other than Jin to boss around.

  9. (Unknown) says:

    Hmm.. Will Mai and NAru end up together. BUt I don’t think Naru’s interested. *thinking* ARGH! This is really bugging me.. I seriously need to find out. But haven’t read that far yet.. D:

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:51 PM)
    But seriously I only watched this sequel because I was told to. From now on if I don’t like something at a glance of its plot summary/promo material I won’t watch it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:48 PM)
    And I also want to added to what I said about the latest psycho pass episode by mentioning that ridiculous fight scene with shisui, arrows vs guns.
  • Mikey
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:47 PM)
    Psycho Pass: So basically there is no season 2 of Psycho Pass.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:59 PM)
    @Bam, Visionary? Ain’t exactly seeing anything new here. fanservice is bad, anime is making people mindless drones. Been there done that.
    You are giving Anno too much credit man. I honestly think he just fires this shit out and laughs as fans try to find an “interpretation”
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:57 PM)
    It took me a little longer to start shaking my head a Mika’s role in the series in comparison to other viewers and I thought there may have been something salvagable, but no such luck there.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:55 PM)
    At the beginning I saw some potential in this sequel, although it was kind of slow going at first. Initially I was able to get behind the silly gore as dumb entertainment, at the start I liked kamui more than Makishima and I liked the way they had Akane as a stronger character too here.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:51 PM)
    And Kamui’s final moment, that shot was pure fujoshi baiting I don’t care what anyone says, add to his last stand being fairly underwhelming. Another unmistakable Mika moment too later on in this episode. This is the kind of thing that leaves me depressed at it whereas previous episodes I could just laugh, raise an eyebrow or stop caring.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:51 PM)
    Really Togane, is this all you come down to and amount to, an oedipus complex mess, the last nail in the coffin after you spend the show dragging out the buildup around him and killing the intrigue around him. Then giving him those silly flashbacks, now in this episode giving him a ridiculously cartoonish performance.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:01 PM)
    @Bam: Well put together it is and I actually like the music, the last three minutes stood out for me particularly.
    I also noticed the Eva reference slipped into the video.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 02:14 PM)
    This is the gratuitous fan-service done for a purpose that people argued for Kill la Kill, which quite frankly just wasn’t there, but there is no denying that even in this music video some value of the fan-service is sheerly the eye-candy.

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