I know what you're thinking - Not another Anime, Dave, come on!
Hey, if I see something cool, I gotta say something - and here it is:
Telling ghost stories is a favorite past time of Mai Taniyama and her friends—that is, until she meets 17-year-old Kazuya Shibuya, the man sent by Shibuya Psychic Research Center to investigate paranormal activity at a supposedly haunted school. When Mai gets caught in a dangerous situation, she is rescued by Kazuya's assistant. Saving her lands the assistant incapacitated, and Kazuya demands that Mai become his assistant, instead...
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The show had me at Ghost - what can I say? The idea of an Anime series centered around ghost hunting seemed like a fun idea, so thanks to the ever faithful Netflix cue, we "investigated." And to our surprise, it turned out to be a good show - a short one, but good.
What I thought was most fun about this show was the depth of psychic and paranormal research that went into this, enough so that I learned a few things from it (and being a big fan of ghost stories, that's saying trackloads). It even showcased a wide variety of diverse methods for dealing with undeparted spirits, from chanting shamans and monks to holy-water-dousing priests - and then some.
What really kept us watching was Mai, the protagonist. Honest, believable, ever learning and growing with a personality that draws you in. The main guy is a riot, too; tall, dark, handsome - callous, mysterious, narcissistic - every teenage girl's dream, right? Add them together and what do you get? A vial of winning chemistry, is what!
The only downside is the series is only one season, I think because the show shifted near the end to material that was, for all intents and purposes cool and creepy, but ventured outside the realm of ghosts and entered the domain of demons and gods. Yes. Gods. And the relationship setup never reached full circle, but other than that, it's a solid watch. Just be mindful of the kidlets; it's intense stuff.
I'm David, and the dead have something to say ...