English: Ghost Hunt
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2006 to Mar 28, 2007
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.101 (scored by 40366 users)
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comedy horror mystery supernatural
SynopsisWhile at school, Taniyama Mai and her friends like to exchange ghost stories. Apparently, there is an abandoned school building on their campus that is the center of many ghost stories. During the story, they are interrupted by a mysterious male figure. The person turns out to be Shibuya Kazuya, a 17-year-old who is president of the Shibuya Psychic Research Company. He was called by the principal to investigate the stories surrounding the abandoned school building.
The next day, on the way to school, Mai passes the school building in question. While examining a strange camera she spotted inside, she gets surprised by Kazuya's assistant. Unknowingly interfering with the investigation, Mai breaks the camera and Kazuya's assistant gets injured.
Kazuya forcefully hires Mai in order to pay for the camera and replace his injured assistant. From that point on, Mai begins to learn about the paranormal world and the profession of ghost hunting.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Ghost Hunt, Akuryou Series
Characters & Voice Actors
Ghost Hunt's backstory and setups of how the various supernatural forces operate are well done, as well as the actual mysteries they are involved in. However, what distracted its best qualities are the forced relationships and relying on predictable tropes to advance plot elements. My impression is that Ghost Hunter may have been altered to cater to target audiences by dumbing down the plot and dialog at some points, but when the actual investigation storyline calls for complex explanations and logic, the characters inexplicably gains 200 points in IQ to figure everything out.
Case in point: after almost a year working for ghost hunter experts, the main protagonist was told they there were two children of the family being investigated were behaving strangely, and when she meets them, they are constantly repeating about they wish how their relatives would die. While it's obvious to the audience they are possessed, the protagonist is completely oblivious to this possibility until the plot conveniently calls for that moment later on for dramatic effect. Better options would have been to make their possessed personalities less black and white or simply not mention these kids beforehand. Throughout the series contain very poorly implemented scenarios of a) main characters become oblivious to obvious clues, b) withholding key information (i.e., the girl has ESP, gets a vision but doesn't tell anyone about it until the 3rd act) c) unconvincing situations forcing characters to become alone or in danger and d) overtly reliant in chibi style comedy to excuse logic gaps.
The culmination of these effects ultimately makes the main protagonist Mai a every unpleasant character. She's supposed to be the everyday girl, but is stupid while the story needs other plot elements to take shape, super-talented and powerful when when the story calls for a solution, overdramatic to force tension between her and her friends, and is somehow excused from her ignorance because she's supposed to be 'just like us'.
But this is somewhat bearable, since the actual cases they are investigating are truly well fascinating. What made them great was that we cared about the people involved in the cases, we were sympathetic to their plight. Unfortunately, the series gradually moved away into 2-dimensional antagonists and threats in order 'power-up' the main characters.
I was interested enough about the case to bypass the faults in order to find out the resolutions. But really, I just wish they were confident enough in their core story to not have to throw in these cliches to appeal to young kids. I wish the main characters were competent, mature, present their relationships with subtlety, so that I don't have scream at my laptop at that the main culprit is the teacher and not the girl while the characters are wasting my time.
Ghost Hunt is one of those rare gems that I accidentally stumbled across, and I'm so thankful that I did.
The greatest asset of this series is the characters. Their personalities are rich and engaging, and their memorable interactions with one another is one of the greatest selling points of this series. It is one of the main aspects that makes you want to keep watching episode to episode.
Yes, the storyline is superb, and the arcs are usually kept to 3 to 4 episodes. This keeps the series watchable without frustrating the viewer, waiting for an arc or storyline to end.
This series is not scary at all, but can be quite suspenseful at times. It keeps the "creepiness" to a minimum, but at times, you still find yourself walking around the house to turn on all the lights. It's purpose is not to scare you, but to keep you glued to your screen, which it does beautifully.
For me, the humor in this series is also one of the most enjoyable aspects. There are moments when my family would literally bust out laughing, to the point of cackling. The relationship between Naru-chan and Mai, or Bou-san and Ayako will keep you in stitches.
I cannot recommend this series enough, and I'm attempting to get as many Ghost Hunt converts as I can!
Watch this series!! You will not be disappointed! read more
Yakumo is, in essence, a more rushed and poorly written version of Ghost Hunt. The two leads and their relationship is the same in both, though in Ghost Hunt the heroine's thoughts are expressed internally frequently, which makes her have far more depth and spunk than the hollow shell of a character that is Haruka. And the episodic stories themselves are far more involving and, at times, creepy than the average predictably on show in the first few Yakumo episodes.
Same type of cast - a male psychic that solves supernatural mysteries, with a cute female side kick. A bit of suspense, a bit of puzzle solving, a bit of romantic tension between the two protagonists. The two shows are simply very similar, even if Ghost Hunt feels like the better show.
They hunt down supernatural disturbances in order to try and get rid of the chaos that has followed them their entire lives.
Both have people that hunt ghosts, with a "cool headed" guy as the main character and a worrying main girl.
Both are interesting and haunting!
The main guy character are cool and kidna cold... and the main girl character are pretty cute too... the story re scary (to me) but both are pretty good anime~ if you like one of them you should like other one too.
When I watched the first few episodes of Yakumo, Ghost Hunt just popped into my head. The characters are really similar; Naru and Yakumo, Mai and Haruka. Both contain investigations that deals with the paranormal, and teensy hints of romance between the main characters.
Yakumo and Ghost Hunt are both:
* Detective stories that are involved with the paranormal.
* Have hinted romance
* And both come from novels, which were made into a manga, and then into an anime.
The main character seems to be cold at first but in reality is good natured.
Both series are based around ghosts and super natural things as well as detective scenary.
A man working as a psychic together with other people in order to investigate supernatural occurrences. The group is often called to discover mysteries involving ghosts.
both have similar themes such as supernatural, detective work, mystery, shoujo and horror. both main characters are male detectives.
supernatural, ghosts, similar main chracter
Both stories are connected to ghosts and cases which share detective content.
I have personally watched and finished Ghost Hunt, and am right now watching Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, an I just can't help but pick out many similarites. For example, Mai, from Ghost Hunt, and Haruka, from Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, have similar, if not same, person.'s. The same goes for Yakumo and Naru-Naru(as i call him). Also, both GH and STY have the same "hunt ghosts" theme, in which the female lead is often discribed as helpless.
Both have ghost hunting , mistery and an amazing story.
Involves ghosts, spirits and loads more mystery
Both involve ghosts, spirits, etc. and the solving of crimes/cases related to them. Both involve a gifted young man, a girl who supports him tackling cases, and their personal struggles (the latter seen more in Yakumo than in Ghost Hunt). In both, the main lead and his lady are supported by professionals in the same field. Both are dark but warm and very intriguing. Both are thoroughly enjoyable though I find that in Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, the emotional development of the characters, especially the lead (Yakumo), was more than that in Ghost Hunt. Both are very awesome, and I highly recommend them!
both have the central theme of "investigating paranormal activities" in tantei yakumo, it mainly deals with cases base on the main character's supernatural power while in ghost hunt, it mainly deals with cases by the help of the paranormal investigation team packed with different specialist. both paranormal cases are also interesting and there seemingly have a romantic aura between the male & female main characters in both series. Although I sometimes feel ghost hunt is scarier.
The personality of the main characters is very similar, tho there are very unique and detailed supporting characters in Shinrei Tantei Yakumo. Ghost Hunt is more scary, but Shinrei Tantei Yakumo in my opinion has better soundtracks and conflicts. Also, there was no supporting character in Shinrei Tantei Yakumo who even remotely annyoed me as Masako in Ghost Hunt :D
Both anime have a main and secondary character involving a boy who solves supernatural mysteries and a girl who is interested in him resulting in her helping him solve these mysteries. While the protagonists of both use different methods to solve those cases (Yakumo talking to ghosts and Kazuya using scientific instruments/spiritual techniques) they both have some sort of advantage over others in solving these types of cases.Moreover, Ghost hunt divides its episodes between cases while Yakumo is one big case where everything is connected to the protagonists destiny. These too anime are so similar that many claim that Yakumo is a half-assed version of Ghost Hunt. As such if you liked Yakumo you will definitely love Ghost Hunt. :)
Both anime deals with supernatural and have the same dark mood to it. However, xxxHolic doesn't deals with solving mystery cases but it mainly deals with granting wishes and basically "becareful of what you wished for".
In the world there are things we can't see but are of great importance. Ghosts, curses, dreams, superstitions and many other unexplained but commonly known phenomena.
At a general level people don't really believe in them, but sometimes they need to. So if, you are a part of those unbelievers who are in need to learn more about the other side of the world - the unseen and unknown side, you may be more than interested to do it while watching either Ghost Hunt, or xxxHolic. Both series provide much valuable and interesting information (personally, I leart alot just from watching!)
They are both scary when watched at night. I had goosebumps,especially that episodes of 100 tales of horror and the girl with blue dress, just like whenever i watch cases of ghost hunt where they have to deal with different supernatural events. The feel is so the same. Both are REALLY GREAT!
Both anime revolve around businesses that solve people's supernatural problems. While xxxHOLiC is more comical and lighthearted, both series have a creepy atmosphere and some unsettling scenes.
If your looking for a horror and episodic kind of series then there's no anime who do it better like these two.
Both revolve around solving supernatural cases, although xxxHolic is more about youkai rather than ghosts and solves the cases via supernatural methods, while Ghost Hunt revolves around spirits and solves cases via scientific equipment and exorcisms.
Opening Theme"Main Theme" by Masuda Toshio
Ending Theme"Ending Theme" by Masuda Toshio
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