Posted by psgels on 28 March 2008 with categories: Ghost Hound


This episode was a rather strange one for a Ghost Hound-episode. It’s probably one of the quietest ones of the entire series, which is very strange with just one episode to go, and it ended with plans to dress Tarou as a girl. I’m seriously wondering what the creators have in store for us for the final episode, especially now that Tarou is going to cross-dress on such a short-notice. As much as I’d love to see Tarou in a dress, will that episode be more than just “beat Noriko save Miyako”? Well, that’ll all depend on what the side-characters will be doing.

I wonder whether this series will answer all the questions it left behind, though. Two particular ones that I’m still waiting for are why Makoto’s father committed suicide, and how Hirata’s visions of Tarou’s dreams have affected him. I’d love to see a lot of this guy in the aftermath, because his development still feels rather incomplete.

There were also a lot of hormones in this episode. So in the end, while Tarou is into younger girls, Masayuki fancies grown-up women. Ah well, at least it’s different from the usual high-school girls. I don’t know who found it a good idea to not include any girl between the ages of 13 and 17 in this series, but this guy should be praised.

Here’s also a surprising discovery: Makoto can’t have out-of-body experiences anymore. Now that he mentioned himself, he’s indeed right. The last thing we saw of Makoto’s Ghost Hound-form is somewhere around ten episodes ago. You’d think he’d go more and more out of control, but for the past two episodes, he’s been calmer and laid-back than ever. After what happened to his mother, and meeting Tarou really saved this guy, and for the past few episodes, I think that he just needed some time for himself.

We also learn that Makoto’s father used to play guitar, just like Makoto did. As it turns out, he left his guitar in the possession of Tarou’s father, which makes for quite a nice scene.

About half of the shows this season have ended now, and I’m quite surprised at how some series significantly improved in quality for their final episodes (Mokke, Clannad, Spice and Wolf all had excellent final episodes. Ironically, all three of them are slow ones), others just closed off their series nicely without any bad feelings (Shion no Ou, Shigofumi, Hakaba Kitarou), others went out with a fizz (Kimikiss, Kekkaishi, Dragonaut, Wellber), and there is of course Suteki Tantei Labyrinth, where the final episode was at the same time one of the cheesiest ones.

Still, I haven’t really been able to find what I’m really looking for in an ending: originality, and series that try to be different. I’ve seen a lot of great final episodes this season, but no real outstanding endings. If there’s one series left this season that still can deliver such an ending, it’s this series. I’m not putting up my hopes too high, but in the next episode, it’s really time for the creators to make all the building-up of the previous 21 episodes come together.

7 Responses

  1. senerikfred says:

    I have not been able to find this raw.
    Anywhere.
    Silently seething at you in jealousy, but there are way too many things distracting me after reading this.
    Taro in a dress, you say?
    FUCKWIN! MOST MOE MALE CHARACTER IN THE HISTORY OF ANIME!
    More importantly. If you’re looking for originality, try Princess Tutu. Don’t be scared off by the name, it’s not nearly as loved as it should be. You don’t seem to have seen Serial Experiments Lain, either. It’s by the same director as Ghost Hound, and Ghost Hound definitely has a strong Lain feel to it.
    And yeah, this season kind of sucks. Haruhi s2 might change that, if they really stick to the events of the fourth novel.

  2. nancy says:

    haha tarou wearing a dress, I have to see that!! I can’t believe this serie is going to finish, there are still a lot of questions that haven’t been answered. There should be a 2nd season. It would be awesome.

  3. masterboo says:

    I have another doubt: where did Masayuki´s mother go? On the other hand, I dislike Masayuki´s new interest in older women, specially “that” woman. And, what happen with Miyako´s friend? That girl is helping Noriko with the ritual. The only good thing is Makoto´s recovering, he´s so much calmer now but I don´t want him to get all sentimental, he was rude but a good kid at the end. Final chapter? They rescue Miyako but I don´t know if I´ll get all the answers.

  4. pgal says:

    Today the subs for episode 18 and 19 came out. I am so happy!
    You asked why Makoto’s father committed suicide, I believe they explained it in episode 18/19.
    (Spoilers for that episode) It seems that a group, involved in illegal organ trade, kidnapped Makoto when he was young.His grandmother made a deal with them to release Mokoto and instead take the daughter of the rich main family(Tarou’s sister). When Mokoto’s dad found out that his mother was involved in the kidnapping, he committed suicide.

  5. Windspirit says:

    He just couldn’t bear that burden and killed himself.

    I seriously hope that this series will be sort of “extended” to at least 24 episodes, because according to your reviews, psgels, it doesn’t seem to have the time to answer ALL the questions in just a single episode. But yeah, the spring lineup is pretty much complete and the time slot seems to be already taken. Maybe OVAs ?

    (Also, I haven’t seen this 21st episode, but I didn’t feel that Masayuki fancies older women. I know he sort of tried to rape Reika, but I think it was nothing but sexual frustration. His father basically dumped his own mother for this woman : he just wanted to know “what the fuck is so great about her anyway ?”.)

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Windspirit: oh, just wait till you see this episode. I originally didn’t believe it either, but that episode showed enough evidence.

    And thanks, pgal, for pointing out that bit of information I missed.

  7. hmm says:

    It’s pretty clear this blogger doesn’t understand nearly enough japanese to be watching without subtitles!

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:21 PM)
    Waiting between releases for this will be a good thing, its the sort of manga you pick up and put down, then go back to with breaks in between.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:13 PM)
    13 volumes into dorohedero, I’ve found it good enough to buy now that I’ve caught up with the official English releases. While the plot meaders and is kind of messy, isn’t up to much, I love how crazy the gory action is, the gritty artstyle/world and the black comedy more than well make up for it. It works best when focused on those masked gangster magician guys and also the main character, the others are only alright.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?

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