Posted 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 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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  • JaK
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:23 AM)
    soooo kamisama kiss gets a second season took some time didnt it
  • WyattX
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:21 AM)
    @K-Off Again, I don’t feel. Not saying it’s boring, but I prefer to watch something cringy right now.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:19 AM)
    @Wyatt Honestly, what do you not like about it? So far, it has been intriguing enough to continue, and the first two episodes were excellent hooks. However, I do suspect there are cracks in the armor we aren’t seeing yet. I might be wrong though, and just pulling this out of my ass.
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    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:16 AM)
    @Emma Really unfortunate, shows like Space Dandy and Terror in Resonance are being buried and kept out of the mainstream spotlight because of shit like SAO. Who knows, they could have been the next Bebop or GItS.
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    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:13 AM)
    Zannkyou no Terror… Watched it with K-Off at AX, and I fell asleep.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:10 AM)
    But to each their own. At least I loved bebops ending and a few episodes.
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    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:10 AM)
    @Emma… Make it… Flip-o-rama.
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    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:09 AM)
    I’ve never been one to get into hyped/legendary anime that much, Eva, bebop, Madoka as examples.
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    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:09 AM)
    Fantasy is where you have unlimited freedom to show off your studio’s animation skills, but apparently, Berserk didn’t get the fracking memo about that.
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