Posted by psgels on 13 December 2010 with categories: Shinrei Tantei Yakumo



In a season in which so many adaptations are heading towards an incomplete ending, Yakumo feels incredibly refreshing. This is EXACTLY what I mean by proper build-up!

These are the kinds of stories that make perfect use of their build-up, rather than either doing the same thing over and over again, or just failing to do anything with it. Koichi Mashimo has always been terrific at this, but with this series, it’s awesome to see that more and more people are walking around in bee-Train who know the ins and outs of Bee-Train. That’s pretty much the thing that made me a Bee-Train fan, and why I don’t mind their slow pacing at all. Their music is of course amazing, but what really sold me on them is how well they manage to lay out their series in terms of the big picture. There are exceptions, of course, like Blade of the Immortal (way too short!) and .Hack//Roots (tried way too much and shot itself in the foot by that), but the vast majority of their series come together wonderfully in the end. While not a Bee-Train series, the anime that really showed me that was the Irresponsible Captain Tylor that I watched a week ago. With Yakumo too: instead of focusing for too long on the boring stuff of the manga, they really wanted to rush through that in order to do the great parts of the manga justice and that’s working wonderfully so far.

The “death right before the finale”-trope has been used often enough before, but I really like the effect that this had on both the characters and the plot. At first I thought that Yakumo’s uncle’s message that he’s going to die of cancer was just there to instill some sympathy. Instead, it caused him to just throw away his life in an attempt to try and talk to Yakumo’s father (who is turning into a more and more interesting villain, by the way). The result is that he’s now in a coma of which we won’t know whether he’ll wake up or not.

A lot of time really went into the repercussions of this, and especially the two people on which his coma made the biggest impact: Yakumo and Noa. Especially Noa was just amazing to watch, having her father in a coma at such a young age, and I loved how everyone tried to help her here. Yakumo meanwhile just sat at the same place. He’s no child anymore, but at the same time this is the second time at which he’s about to lose the most important person in his life.

At the same time, the plot also really moved forward here, with Nanase Miyuki suddenly getting attacked by Yakumo’s father, and more and more people finding out that he’s actually a ghost. This episode really showed many different scenes of different people together, and that gave it a very interesting dynamic here. There are two episodes left, and I can’t wait for this one to end.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

5 Responses

  1. Lightning says:

    Really enjoying this as I’d hoped, I really like these kinds of shows, if only these mystery shows could break out a bit more in popularity so that we could see even more of them, this nice little wave of this and Night Raid after the success of the awesome Darker Than Black has been a nice run.

    I agree about Blade of the Immortal, I still can’t believe that was all they made when I thought it was going to be a really huge project and read about the size of the source material.

  2. Fai D Fluorite says:

    I know I’m late for this post but do u mind telling me psgels,I have 2 questions:
    1)Why did Yakumo’s father attack Ishii?
    2)If he (Yakumo’s father) is a ghost and can’t talk on cellphones,how can he be able to hold a knife and stab Ishii?Isn’t he not supposed to be able to interact with physical world?

    Overall this show has been very well!

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Fai: the first question is also a bit of a mystery to me, but it’ll probably get answered in the final two episodes.

    As for the second question, I think it again has to do with the vague definition of ghosts. You often see that in other series: they usually don’t have any means of coming in contact with the real world apart from really hurting people.

  4. Nayrael says:

    I think that Isshin was attacked by someone else… or stabbed himself for some reason.

  5. Fai D Fluorite says:

    Oh I see…thanks ^^
    You’re so lucky you can watch the episode RAW.The subbers are darn late by 6 days T_T

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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 02:01 AM)
    @Bam I’m priceless. That means I’m either worth trillions or worth absolutely nothing. But seriously, I’m almost certain some of the people here are entirely different from how they are irl.
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