Posted by psgels on 14 March 2008 with categories: Ghost Hound


What an awesome episode!! Seriously, now that the finale is nearing, this series is more and more coming together. If you thought that the first half of this series was already impressive, you haven’t seen anything yet. This episode was all about the characters and their development, and especially about Makoto.

So basically, this series has taken four children with a trauma or similar mental disorder, but all of them from very different causes and cases. Masayuki has managed to recover. Tarou has been struggling with his feelings, but basically turned out fine. Miyako, however, ends up possessed and Makoto nearly killed off the rest of his entire family indirectly. A big key is the people around them. I think the reason why Masayuki managed to recover was because of the trust he placed in both Makoto and Tarou, and how he ended up saving Michio from his bullies. That’s why he was the only one who didn’t turn into a Ghost Hound. Tarou got better because he could talk to someone who resembled his sister.

Unfortunately, he took this too far, and called Miyako the reincarnation of his sister. This caused the spirits that have been possessing Miyako to grab their chance and posses her for real. Makoto, in the meantime, only had Tarou and Masayuki, and Tarou basically abandoned him when he ran away from his mother. After that, he didn’t have anybody to trust, which is why his mental state turned out so horrible. It’s an interesting message, which basically a mental illness can be cured through careful nurture, but it can very easily escalate into something much worse.

So in this episode, this all comes together. In the end, even though her partner seems to have died, Makoto’s mother doesn’t die. Instead, she loses part of her memory, and returns to her 17-year old version. To make things even better, she now seems to mistake Makoto for his father when he was seventeen!!! Imagine the shock this must be to Makoto, to see the woman he loathed so much talk to him, energetically like nothing ever happened!!

And that’s just the first part of this episode. In the second half, Tarou finds out that Miyako has a very strange smirk on her face after visiting her father, Makoto finds out that Mei used to have a crush on Makoto’s mother’s partner (explaining why she ended up so worried during the last episode), Tarou ends up trailing Miyako, Masayuki finds Makoto and then leaves, Makoto returns to the hospital, only to find Makoto and finally gets put at ease a bit. When he wakes up in his mother’s hospital-room the next day, he finds out that she regained her memory. I ask you, can a Ghost Hound-episode get any more awesome? Well, it’s up to the final three episodes!

7 Responses

  1. masterboo says:

    This anime is turning out more and more intriguing with each episode. Frankly I don´t know how will this season end! I like Makoto and Masayuki the most, therefore I hope they (Makoto specially) end well. Friends´ support is always important. :D

  2. Jess says:

    Did Makoto’s mother set her house on fire while her partner was inside as well?! So much for love…i understand that her mental state wasn’t exactly the most stable, but she could have waited for him to leave at least. He seemed to be a nice enough guy who really cared about her.

    Anyhow, i’m looking forward to the final episodes. This was definitely one of the best series of the season!

  3. senerikfred says:

    What’s this ‘Share’ program you use? Obviously, googling such an ambiguous term was useless. Could you please link it?
    I wouldn’t care, but Nico, of all places, actually decided to enforce copyright and has taken down both vids that were up over there. It doesn’t seem to be torrented yet either, but for the first time ever I’ve found the raw on Youtube. Youtube, of course, has the worst quality available, so I’d prefer that as a last resort, especially for an unusually awesome episode.
    Not related, but NO THERE’S NO WAY KAEBARA’S DEAD. Snark is obviously too win to get deaded.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    http://www.uguu.org/share/

    This link should tell you everything you need to know about Share.

    Oh and by the way, my Japanese isn’t perfect, and especially with this series, where half of the characters have strange accents. I thought that I picked up that Snark died (as this episode doesn’t show anything about him), but I could be wrong.

  5. senerikfred says:

    D8
    Too. . .complicated. . .for brain capacity. . .
    I think I’ll wait for the torrent. I already found the new SZS, Ghost Hound should be there soon.
    One day I’ll figure it out. Torrenting scared me at first too.

  6. Denizen says:

    Is it me or was Masayuki’s voice very deep and serious this episode?

  7. BlueYoshi says:

    Another stunning episode. The last scene was so touching. Now that Masayuki and Makoto has recovered, I guess the final 3 episodes are focused on Tarou and Miyako.

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  • Rusty
    (Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 07:59 AM)
    Yes. I hate it when they do that.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 07:53 AM)
    @Rusty There was never any narrative to begin with, is the problem with lazy shonen in general. You should get used to it, expect to see any romantic comedy shonen manga opening with a semi-interesting gimmick (like the locket and keys) only to drag it out, lose focus, and frantically try to wrap it up with angsty drama.
  • Spike
    (Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 07:52 AM)
    Qualidea Code 04 major animation fail by A-1 pictures. When you main action scene is replaced by still frames you know someone fucked up and missed a deadline. Heads gonna roll.
  • Rusty
    (Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 07:47 AM)
    Spoilers!!! Yes Raku ends up with Chitoge and leaves Kosaki even though she was the childhood lover. Im not angry that i got a chitoge ending. Im angry that all of the drama came out of knowhere right after stupid filler chapters
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 07:41 AM)
    @Rusty Gave up a while ago, but let me guess: the blonde wins. They wouldn’t go the “harem” ending route so it was always inevitable they’re going to piss off 4/5ths of their fanbase with just one character ending.
  • Rusty
    (Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 07:31 AM)
    Is anyone here follow Nisekoi? Its almost over now. Im sad that its ending but if im honest it was never a good show. The ending is bad too
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 06:59 AM)
    It's also funny to me that the text control is so stiff considering that this is largely a VN.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 06:57 AM)
    Asterisk War is pretty much exactly what I expected so far. Although it’s interesting that they’d let me play through two separate stories as either an avatar or its set main character, I’ll give it that much.
  • SuperMario
    (Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 06:41 AM)
    @Bam: oh. Writing up Thunderbolt reviewright now but it won’t be ready until tonight (6,7 hours from now). I think it’s better if you just put your Berserk review up.
  • SuperMario
    (Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 06:39 AM)
    @Bam: great review Bam, looking forward for the next post.
    @Aidan: I’m more concerned with the news that Regalia has been postponed to the next season. Don’t really know if it’s a good sign or bad sign for the series (not that it was any good to begin with)
    I’m surprised to find myself really enjoy Alderamin so far

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