Posted by psgels on 30 March 2007 with categories: Ghost Hunt

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Short Synopsis: The end of Ghost Hunt. Naru wakes up, his secret is revealed, and the case gets solved.
Good: Matsuzaki was in her element.
Bad: A few important questions remain unanswered.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

You know, for a Ghost Hunt-episode, this wasn’t such a bad one. I quite enjoyed it, actually. Especially Matsuzaki was great to watch. There were a nice amount of climaxes, all of them were worthwhile to see. I also liked how this episode didn’t go into the “worst case scenario” as well, and chose the most natural solution instead.

Still.

Leaving the last part of a manga you’re based on out never is a good idea. xxxHolic was the only anime so far who left an acceptable result, but the fact remains that Ghost Hunt did leave a number of unanswered questions behind. First of all, Naru’s parents. While it’s nearly obvious that it’s that professor, I’d like to see it actually confirmed.

I was glad to see that Matsuzaki’s story felt the most complete after this episode, and therefore, it’s my favourite. Bou-san could have used a bit more explanation why he ended up in both a rock-band and a monk as well. For Mai’s case, we still don’t know how she got her powers, and why it’s Naru that always appears in her dreams. John doesn’t have any background at all, while we still don’t know why Naru is so incredibly friendly towards Masako. Overall, this could have been done much better, so I’m hoping for some kind of OVA to finish all these stories that were left in the final two books who haven’t been animated yet. But that probably won’t happen.

Overall, I expected a lot from Ghost Hunt, but overall, it rather disappointed. Episode five was awesome, but I still have yet to encounter an episode that managed to beat it. It would have been better if a bit more emphasis was put on the side-characters. That’s why I liked this final arc: because it put one of the main characters out of commission for half of its airtime.

8 Responses

  1. LKK says:

    “Leaving the last part of a manga you’re based on out never is a good idea.”

    An FYI for you. The anime did not leave out the last part of the manga. The anime stopped exactly where the manga stopped. The manga hasn’t finished the story either. The last published volume of the manga ends exactly where the episode ended — in the hospital room with Mai and Masako bickering. The novels that the manga is based on have answered the outstanding questions though. So the information is available but not in manga form yet.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Ack, yes. That’s what I meant. *kicks self* I’d love to see the final novels get animated, though I don’t give this high chances.

  3. ojisan says:

    Wasn’t it great to see Matsuzaki get the win? After being labelled ‘useless’ so often. And so cool about it …….eeeeeeee!!!

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Oh, yes. I loved Matsuzaki in this one. :)

  5. hana says:

    I like ghost hunt in general, it gave me an excitement feeling that I rarely have with the animes these days..so overall it’s a good one>>hopefully they’ll continue the story in ova or special episodes coz am curious about the development of mai and naru relationship ^ ^

  6. it is possible to know a ghost but they can never know you. the only know your ghost-form, the form that you project so that they can see a form of you. kayleb projected many ghost-forms, many at once, that was one of the things he loved about the ghosts, he could see the many apparitions of his self interact with the ghosts. in their world. in their world. their world existed in between th world he experienced with other people and the world inside him. the boundary between the world inside him and the ghost world was blurry but the world outside, the world of people and things and places, that world was definite and its boundaries were definite. this sureness and clarity scared kayleb. it scared the ghosts too.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Ghost Hunt made me incredibly excited for animes. The ones they show on T.V now aren’t all that great, but Ghost Hunt, even in only Twenty Five episodes is one of my top five favorite shows! I really hope they do an OVA or some sort of continual movie or episodes, the show really deserves it!

  8. Feedert says:

    Umm, I really hate to give you a spoiler, but it annoyed me when you keep assuming that Prof. Davis is Naru’s father, when in fact Prof. Davis is Naru himself…. TT_TT

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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 01:02 PM)
    Generally later on when alot of comedies need to wrap things up they try to force in a plot so they can get some kind of ending. I know, agree its generally terrible, some of the drama later in toradora for example made me want to detusk a walrus in frustration.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 09:27 AM)
    What is it with light comedies trying to turn melodramatic as the series gets stretched out? What if we did the reverse? Let’s say theoretically that it happened to Tsubasa Chronicle. It would start out melodramatic as usual, then devolve into a simple, light slapstick comedy and forget about the story. People would lose their minds.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:44 AM)
    Here I take a second look at time of eve/eve no jiken: http://emma-hime.deviantart.com/art/Review-Time-of-eve-496663893
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:06 AM)
    I’m not sure whether to watch the sequel or not.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    @Aidan: I try to avoid watching films where I can.
    Although you’ve got me to look back on my own review of guardians of the galaxy, the words I use in it don’t reflect the 4 out of 5 I gave it .
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    Started to notice pretty big plot holes too. like Gamora went to open the door to baddys chamber. But after opening it she shoots a hole in the roof and jumps straight into the bad guys chamber. So if you can get in that way then why did you send the others in a roundabout route instead of just blowing up the roof and getting there that way?
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 02:49 AM)
    The comedy tends to only work once and it’s pretty weak. Like the “You are making me kick grass!” line. It’s not particularly funny, only random. The villain is just bland as hell. The characters are charming but not particularly deep.
    It’s a decent popcorn flick. But I am actually having second thoughts on getting it on DVD.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 02:46 AM)
    Hmm…Guardians of the galaxy wasn’t quite as good on a re-watch. First time it was pretty good. Now though it’s just…good. The film is just too damn long and like most marvel films…just mindless fun. That isn’t really bad, I mean there’s nothing wrong with fun. But when people are claiming this was one of the best superhero movies ever..yeah not so much.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 12:52 AM)
    And on law in general, the age of responsibility thing feels far too simple when people mature at different rates, others are more mature at different ages/know what they are doing, while others are just born bad people.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 12:49 AM)
    @K-off: That will not stop me supporting armed police force though and feeling the Irish mainstream police force should be also armed with guns.

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