Yo, my topic today is the new series Ghost Hunt dubbed and distributed by FUNimation and distributed by Manga entertainment in the UK.
Btw, if there is any way you guys (not that anyone will see this) think that my writing style or my reviews can be improved just comment. Thanks!!
Season 1: Part 1 & 2
Licensor: FUNimation Entertainment
Studio: J.C. Staff
Director: Rei Mano
Price: £14.98 on Amazon.co.uk and $44.99 on Amazon.com (Hmm... for those prices i wonder if i'll import....)
Ghost hunt is almost exactly what it says on the tin (or DVD cover, in this case) it is an anime about an agency that hunts troublesome ghosts (called Shibuya Psychic Research Centre or S.P.R.) that are causing trouble in some (rich) peeps homes ect. And then gets rid of them. So maybe it should be called Ghost Hunt and Destroy? Anywho, it is best watched at night because this anime is all about fear and creeping. You. Out.
Ghost Hunt is a good idea executed..... Okay. Don't get me wrong i enjoyed it (especially part one which i watched at midnight in a darken room for the full nightmare effect) it can be genuinely scary if you watch it with the full nightmare treatment, with FILE 7: Blood-soaked Labyrinth being hands down the scariest. Also each spiritualist (a Monk, priest, medium and a Shinto priestess) is faithfully depicted, if a little simplified. But the characters are underdeveloped at best and the show never really gets you to care about anyone other than the two leads Mai and Naru the narcissist (They said it not me).
Speaking of Mai and Naru thought the whole show they hint at a romance between them that (and trying not to spoil the show) is not tied up at the end. The bond between them is one of the awesome points of the show and since it has been confirmed that there will NOT be a season dos* it leaves you feeling a bit cheated at the abrupt ending that leaves many plot holes. It's kinnda like if at the end of Harry Potter if Harry didn't fight Voldemort and just kept running into infinity. Or if in Twilight Bella ditched Edward and ran off with Jacob (even though that would be a better ending.... don't hit me.)
However i would still even after all that i have said i would still recommend it in hopes that the whining of more fans will force J.C. Staff to pick it up for a second season and FINNISH WHAT THEY STARTED. I'm just saying is all, that would be nice. Also because it tiptoes the thin line between not scary enough (Final Destination and any Hollywood remake of a Japanese/Koran horror movie) and just too scary (1984 and Motorball.)
Ghost Hunt suffers from an underdeveloped cast and an abrupt ending but still manages to be kinnda worth the watch. 3 1/2 out of 5.