For the most part, Japanese horror stuff makes me laugh. For example, I thought Ayakashi and Jigoku Shoujo were really funny. Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni wasn’t really that scary either. Ghost Hunt doesn’t really seem like a typical horror anime, though. I think it’s more Ghostbusters than Friday the 13th.
Taniyama Mai is your average high school girl stuck in indentured servitude. Yes, much like Fujioka Haruhi, Mai broke something of great value and must work in a club in order to pay off her debt. Rather than work in a host club, Mai must work for Shibuya Psychic Research, a ghost hunting agency!
Shibuya Kazuya isn’t interested in normal humans; he’s only interested in ghosts. He’s the president of Shibuya Psychic Research. Together, him and Mai set out to solve the mystery of the haunted school building! Apparently the principal had him transferred to the school for just that reason. They’re also joined by the psychic iincho, the hot miko and monk, an Australian exorcist, and a medium. Talk about overkill!
So far, Ghost Hunt looks like it’ll be a romantic comedy horror. Yeah, there seems to be this sort of romantic tension between Mai and Shibuya. Right now she’s being tsuntsun, but we all know she’ll get deredere for him later on…
The anime also seems to be leaning towards comedy rather than flat out horror. Like the situation with all of these paranormal experts is just wacky. There might be a scary moment here and there, but I’m not seeing this anime turn into something like The Ring.
Compared to the manga version, the character designs look really really good. The manga art was way ugly. Mai is especially cute, thought he psychic iincho is definitely not. I do like how the characters will do the exaggerated emotion thing now and then. This anime is being done by my favorite studio, J.C. Staff, and the quality of their work shows in the art.
I didn’t include the OP and ED because they’re just instrumental. The OP is really boring, but the ED is cool. Also, both of the sequences for the OP and ED are really lame. They’d be good as screensavers, but that’s about it.
Right now I’m a bit undecided about Ghost Hunt. The premise seems cool enough, but we haven’t even seen any actual ghosts yet! If they play up the romantic bits and show some more ghost action, I think we’ll have a winner.