Posted by psgels on 22 November 2010 with categories: Shinrei Tantei Yakumo



A building up episode, but nevertheless a really solid one. It’s here where we finally get to see the “mystery”-part of this series, because the entire episode was full of twists and revelations to spice up this arc. It’s a bit weird at times, but that also gave this show a bit of a charm. Yakumo’s past suddenly got a lot more intriguing here, and I’m beginning to see what the creators were building up for here.

It’s also an episode who completely removes some of the key lead characters: Yakumo only appears in one shot, while Gotou is nowhere to be found at all. I like these kinds of episodes, as they really give the side-cast their time to shine, and in this episode they really show that they’re more than a useless bunch. Especially that wimpy detective gets some background and development and also Haruka was very different from back when she still got kidnapped every other episode.

I do have to wonder which police office keeps secret files hidden behind a toilet, of all things. This episode also returned to the quick-fire pacing of this series which feels like the creators tried to stuff a ton of material into just twenty episodes. Again though: it works. You can say a lot about this series, but it definitely doesn’t drag on.

The fact that Yakumo is the child born off a rape victim makes a lot of sense in the story, and only ends up making that bad guy even more of an asshole, establishing him now as an uncaught rapist. It’s still a complete mystery about what he’s planning to do with him though, but it probably involves the spirit seeing powers that he has. The bond between his mother and Haruka’s mother is a bit coincidental, but on the other hand, it’s entirely possible for Haruka’s mother to send Haruka towards Yakumo. I doubt she knew about the extent of the practices that Yakumo was involved in, and instead probably tried to prevent Yakumo from really losing his way.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

4 Responses

  1. wandering-dreamer says:

    While I don’t know about police files I did have a friend whose grandfather kept guns either underneath or behind the toilet in his bathroom…

  2. Nodame Cantabile meets Death Note, with a touch of Holmes and Watson.

  3. responded says:

    Grrr, now I really want to know the identity of that one guy, the supposed “killer” of the Nanases >:C

  4. animedyum says:

    After watching this episode i’ve to go to a dentist coz my jaw is probably broken by yawning. Most boring episode of this series.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 09:07 PM)
    @Vincent As an environmental determinist, I believe it was the environment that caused the Inca and Conquistadors to develop in a way that caused the first contact to be so lopsided. So you have to re-imagine the environment in a way that permits the circumstances to turn out differently, is what I think.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 09:05 PM)
    @ninja I think letting the Incas overwhelm the Spanish conquistadors would do the job without changing the entire world.
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    @K-Off I love the old banner… ;_;
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    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:59 PM)
    @Vincent I like the idea. I think the key to making it work is imagining an alternate timeline for the world in which Europe and Asia are hamstrung and the Americas get a lot more time to develop so that the first contact with the West isn’t so catastrophic. Like what if all of Asia and Europe were devastated by plague?
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    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:39 PM)
    I think this site could use a new banner myself. I’m guessing that it’s been around for quite some time.
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    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:32 PM)
    Or as it is better known as, gondola lifts.
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    Not trying to dictate what you should or shouldn’t do, just telling you my opinion.
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    If you depict them in the late 19th Century to early 20th Century, it’d feel much more authentic IMO, and you’d get to add more technologies like the telegraph and automobile.

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