Posted on 7 November 2010 with categories: Shinrei Tantei Yakumo



Quite an unusual episode for Yakumo: in most of its episodes it tries to stuff in as much as possible. The story in this episode however was really small. It was so simple that it probably would have fit into half an episode. So instead the creators stuff in a lot of scenes to flesh out the different characters. It works well.

And seriously, the drama in this episode was simple, yet very effective. The ghost in this episode was not angry because of some romance, but instead this episode featured a shy and secluded girl who once made a picture of herself wearing a pretty dress. It’s a simple yet very effective twist here.

Karuka, she has her issues, but in the end I do consider her to be a good female sidekick. She’s got plenty of weaknesses, but she also is pretty useful in getting Yakumo to crawl out of his shell. She’s certainly no moron and is really trying to understand him and the various ghosts she runs into, without becoming overly pushy or obnoxious. I like that. Speaking of morons… To think that “the klutz” in this series would be played by a guy. This guy… has no backbone. And yet I like his purpose in the series, having to work together with that woman that he’d once seen possessed.

This episode featured quite a few of those small scenes of characters who had nothing to do with the plot of this episode, but I like those kinds of scenes for some reasons. Heh, and yet this was the first episode in which we didn’t get to see Yakumo’s father. This really was meant to be some sort of quiet before the storm.
Rating: * (Good)

3 Responses

  1. DP says:

    I agree with you about the merits of this show… but there is one thing that is starting to get under my skin:

    Our sidekick heroine never seems to change her outfit!

  2. pgal says:

    Most of the characters don’t change their outfit, and this also happens in other anime.

    Liked this episode, I think it because we learned something about the characters. I felt sorry for the detective, didn’t know that he was having trouble with his wife and sleeping on the office.

    Nano looked very cute when she bushed after Yakumo complimented her. And Haruka now has a secret weapon to use against Yakumo… lol

  3. Fai D Fluorite says:

    @pgal I agree with everything you’ve said ^__^

    Too bad this series is of only 13 episodes.It has got lot of potential and could have been really better if it had been made into a 26 episode series!

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    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:32 AM)
    @K-Off Touché. But the implications of Occulus seem fun, imagine the possibility of SAO in VR.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:30 AM)
    @ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ) Or larping in the first place.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:28 AM)
    @K-Off Lightning Bolt! Lighting Bolt! It’s always hilarious to picture them fighting over how someone should be “dead” since their fictional fireball hit them.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:26 AM)
    You’re better off larping if you’re alive in this generation, they say. Lmao
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    @Bam That’s some quantum physics shit. That’s still centuries away. Also, dive chambers aren’t practical.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:21 AM)
    So never say die ;-)
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    @Raggers I welcome the technology, but I just hope that we can deal with the intrusive security implications. We haven’t even dealt with security cameras properly, for fuck’s sake.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:20 AM)
    There exists the probability of dive chambers like an MRI dome that can detect the brainwaves and the slightest ionic activity at the nerve level tha can fully transfer our indications and simulate a reality by holographic encoding.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:17 AM)
    Also, anyone else struggle with having a good line of communication with your parents? They live in NY and I in Cali, not to mention the generational differences between a man who lived 63 years in Italy versus an All American.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:16 AM)
    And I don’t see non-invasive (like SAO) VR being possible within a century. At the very least you’d need to be “plugged in” like in the Matrix.

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