Sunday, April 17, 2011
Ghost Hunt Review
The first anime that managed to scare me. It may have its flaws, but it was a fun ride.
This story is divided into a few arcs, each one dealing with a certain job that they have to do. The story revolves around a high school girl who ends up working for a ghost hunting agency consisting of a narcacist and his helper after accidentally breaking some of their expensive equiptment. Later, a monk, a priest, a spirit medium, and a shaman join them as well. The writer knows his/her stuff and has done plenty of research in this field. I'd have to say though, the second arc has to be hands down my favorite. The second arc involves a little girl, an old house, and her doll. Put those three things together along with stuff randomly moving by themselves and the doll mysteriously disappearing and then reappearing and you've got yourself one hell of a good scare. Although the ending was extremely inconclusive and abrupt, it was one hell of a ride.
The characters weren't developed too far, yet I can't say they weren't developed at all. Mai, the main character, is one of those hated tsundere characters who wouldn't shut up, so expect a lot of yelling from her. She gets annoying at first and after a while she eventually just gets in the way. The monk is an interesting character. When he's not a monk, he's part of a boyband, which is highly unorthodox, but workable. Last but not least, there's Naru. He's one of those genius characters who pretty much know anything that has to do with everything so there's not much development there.
Voice acting for the most part is very average. However, the soundtrack does it's job when needed and there's not a track or opening or ending that stood out. Average at best.
Animation is also very average. However, there were some very good use of light and color in some scenes that made them extravagant, but for the most part, it's average animation. Animation did not contribute to the scary-ness of the anime, but instead the atmosphere does, which you can either take it as a good thing or a bad thing.
FluffyBunnyPwn gives it 7/10 overall.