English: Ghost Hunt
Oct 4, 2006 to Mar 28, 2007
25 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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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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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Main Theme" by Masuda Toshio
Ending Theme"Ending Theme" by Masuda Toshio
When looking at the different genres Ghost Hunt takes on I could only think it was doomed on arrival, taking on the supernatural horror mystery genre as well as the Shoujo Romance genre? How can it possibly present both of those properly and simultaneously? The answer is it couldn't.
Story (3): The premise revolves around a group of paranormal investigators who investigate reports of spiritual activity and as such the series is divided into 7 cases as opposed to having one overarching story. Sounds like it could be interesting however what lets the plot-lines down for pretty much all of these cases are the poorly written mysteries. If you like mystery stories that leave clues for you to pick up and try and piece them together to work out the conclusion then this one is not for you, all the focus goes towards telling you the back story of the ghost which is hardly exciting when you know it's all going to be disregarded as soon as the next mystery rolls along and isn't all that memorable anyway. On top of that every case resolves by the main detective revealing information that was never there for the audience or the other characters for that matter to be able to solve the case before. This essentially gives the rest of the characters no real purpose to the story unless the ghost goes berserk and they need to get blasted by one of the other characters... magic powers.
Yes there are magic powers in this show and it pretty much ruins everything good the show DID have going for it in the first place. In the first case there was a very nice balance of scientific and computer based ghost catching methods in harmony with increments of supernatural abilities coming into play which made it feel like a show such as Most Haunted if there actually were any ghosts to catch. However as the cases go on the scientific methods of catching ghosts gets less and less and the magic powers become more and more relevant until it gets downright ridiculous. By the last case the cast are basically DBZ fighting zombies and there's no sense of mystery and using logic which is what the show set up it would be about originally so it just becomes a train-wreck of shark jumps.
Fans of long running shows will probably not enjoy the structure of the series. The fact each arc is 3-5 episodes long and have no effect on any future events pretty much means your watching an episodic show where the episodes are dragged out ridiculously, so essentially to all non-episodic fans, you will probably find the pacing to be tortuously slow.
The romance between the two main characters is awful, it's all done in this dream sequence where the female protagonist Mai sees her love interest Naru in a different light to what he's like in real life and she starts to fall in love with him through that? Are we're expected to believe that this is enough to build a romance from? No, just no, you need to show characters getting closer through common ground, mutual respect and care for one another, not through contrived dream sequences.
On top of that the series ends openly with no catharsis to the characters or any conclusion to this retarded excuse for a romance, probably to leave the romantic mystery open for a second season which thank god never happened. It would have been much better for it to have been self contained and offering some sort of conclusion but given how little there was building up to anything I guess there's no reason to be terribly disappointed.
Characters (2): The characters don't seem too bad at first but there are major problems. First of all the main character Mai is handled very badly, too idealistic all the time which gets very annoying and essentially sounds like she's preaching morals to the audience. She is also completely insignificant to every mystery except for maybe the last two and the only reason she's involved with the Shibuya Psychic Research Center in the first place is because of an accident that caused her to owe the main detective guy money, so she has no motivation at all besides paying off her debt, it's on the same level as Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club where she broke the vase except that was satirical, this is meant to be taken seriously! Also what's this, a backdrop attempt where we find out Mai has no parents, oh wait, only mentioned once and never referred to again, doesn't do her character any justice, not important to any event. One of the worst main characters EVER!
The main detective in the show Naru is way too calm no matter how threatening the supernatural situation is, all decision making is too easy for him and there's never any conflict. It doesn't help that Mai's insignificance makes you think he should be the main character since he's the man solving the mysteries, an indication of bad writing but it doesn't matter anyway because his attitude towards everything just leaves him as a one dimensional and boring character except for when that lame dream sequence bullshit happens.
Every other character has their moments of being enjoyable and sometimes funny which is the only reason the character score isn't at rock bottom but they still suffer through having no character development throughout the show. By its conclusion there's no change to them as people as to what you see in episode 1. The only thing that changes is that they get along better with each other as the series goes on but that doesn't make them any more interesting as individuals.
They did attempt to develop the cold harsh guy Lin but it was ridiculous. He explains to Mai the reason he hates her is because of a deep seeded hatred he has towards the Japanese because of the conflict they've had with China and then he gets one friendship speech from Mai and he immediately 180 degrees mood swings to being alight with her, that's not character development, that's forced bullshit writing.
The funny monk character gets revealed to be a rock star on the side at the beginning of one of the episodes (because monk and rock star go hand in hand right?) but then IT'S NEVER REFERRED TO AGAIN! What was the point in revealing that information if it doesn't serve his character any purpose in the story?
Art and Animation (6): Despite being technically better than the story and the characters this is where the mix of horror mystery and shoujo falling flat on its face shows best. You take one look at the way these characters are drawn and try and imagine how you can get any scary looking ghosts or other creatures out of this style? It's impossible, even with a ton of blood over their faces that still doesn't make their Shoujo eyes and generic faces any more threatening on screen. I will admit though that the background art can be very unsettling at times due to the great use of lighting and colour, the case involving the bloody labyrinth in particular was the only case that had me on edge just because of how unpleasant it was to be in that room so kudos to that much at least.
The animation is hit and miss, some scenes had good animation like the shattering glass from the second one and the action scenes were actually very fluid for the most part despite being shark jumping but then there's others where the characters move in key frames and is very choppy. The use of transitions was also very cheap and there's too many scenes where boxes pop up with the characters faces talking as if the animators didn't want to have to draw another angle from whatever the first shot was and keep to the scene. Also what was up with the animation for the opening for the first half of the show? A bunch of balls flying around fading out to a fog effect after a while? Was that the best you could do? Apparently not! In the second half of the show they actually came up with something more creative, nothing special but more interesting than orbs flying around which basically proves that they knew they'd fucked up the previous animation for the opening, which leads us nicely into-
Sound (8): Probably the best aspect of the show, the opening and ending themes are fantastic, had the animation been better to accompany it I would call it one of my favourites. The BGM is also very good albeit not to memorable, there's only a handful of tracks that stand out and the music that is supposed to be scary is just too overblown as if it was trying to compensate for the Shoujo looking ghosts. As you can probably guess, it didn't work.
I have nothing to say about the sound effects, they were fine and did their job well, nothing memorable but far from the worst aspect of the show.
I mostly watch dubbed anime so I can only critique the performances of the English dub and I have to say it was actually very good. The actors and actresses actually represented their characters well and could display emotional range, also during normal talking parts they don't ever sound monotonous. The voice acting unfortunately is not enough to save the terrible writing for these characters but they did their best for the material that was given to them so to dub fans like me, here's another good one! To non-dub fans, here's one that doesn't suck!
Enjoyment (2): This is one of the most boring shows I've watched in my entire life. The plot failed to engage me because of the little focus on what makes a good mystery, the romance was corny, the animation didn't suit what was meant to be the scary moments for the most part and the characters were either annoying or lacked any reason for me to care about them. I enjoyed the music here and there and sometimes it was interesting to look at which again prevents me from putting the score at rock bottom but in terms of script and cast it failed to interest me at all and those are far more important elements.
Overall (3): I know some people like it but honestly Ghost Hunt is a failed experiment, the Shoujo style takes away any potential for the show to be scary and the fact that it has to be a mystery show and a horror show as well as a Shoujo means it can't even take the time to develop a good romance for people who came for that, it fails in both ways. Do yourself a favour and stay away from this shitty anime. Only recommended for people who aren't at all demanding in story and characters, like their romances to be as loose as possible and have no stomach for scary stuff. read more
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
The story for Ghost Hunt is a very fun and interesting one. And at least for me, unique. It takes on an unusual way of telling about ghost hunting, giving you a look into the more scientific and realistic ways ghost hunting actually works.(Ar rather would work if it was real)
It is also told well, the episodes, or cases, are all full of twists that keep you guessing and wondering what's going to happen next. And it never fails to give you a complete and satisfying ending. Not to mention that each case is very different from the others, so there is a lot of variety in what happens in the end.
A 10 on story from me.
Some might say the art is rather plain. While I'll not deny this, I must say for me I thought it worked very well with the series. The simpleness of the art in general makes it easy for them to pick something and have it stand out. So it's very effective in a horror story. And I must say, I did very much like the way they did characters. And the shading on the art also caught my attention for being nice and comfortable.
A 9 on art from me.
As a suspense/horror anime sound is extremely important. I cannot stress this point enough. Having the proper sound effects and score can make or break a series like this. And I must say I thought that Ghost Hunt had both an excellent soundtrack(I listen to my copy of it often)and did an excellent job with the sound effects. Both were well chosen and put into use wonderfully.
A 10 on sound/music from me.
I fell in love with almost all the characters in this show for one reason or another. The funny and sweet Bou-san, and proud and somewhat rude Ayako. They all were well used and their was a large variety f personalities in the show.
I will say that I wish they had given some more background on some of the characters. But it could also be said that not giving away to much information could be a good thing. Especially in Naru's case. The fact we have so little information about him makes his character more interesting and mysterious.
(However more information then in the anime is given in the manga)
A 9 on character form me.
I loved this series the first time I watched it. And then I went back and watched it again not to long later, and loved it even more that time. Then a third time I watched and yet again loved it more, to the point of starting the manga. For me, that is the mark of a true masterpiece. Especially considering that this show was a mystery, yet I loved it still more every time I watched it despite knowing the ending. This series is truly the result of genius on the production team's part.
A huge 10 on enjoyment from me.
I highly recommend this series to anyone. Any anime viewer, wither they liked mysteries or horror previously or not. This anime is a must see.
A 10 overall. 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
As I scrolled through my history for no reason whatsoever I had a revelation. As I passed over Ghost Hunt I seriously thought of the synopsis for Shinrei Tantei Yakuumo. With good reason. I rarely make mistakes like that so I went back over both synopses and they both basically have the same plot. So if you like one you are bound to like the other.
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.
Both anime include hunting ghosts/spirits.
The aim is to help other people.
In Dubbed both anime have the same voice actors for most of the main characters. (Kazuya = Kimihiro) (Mai = Himawari) (Lin = Doumeki) (Ayako = Yuuko).
I personally like the art style better in Ghost Hunt and feel it's a more realistic anime. There's more character development in Ghost Hunt and the characters are more likable.
both leave a little something wanting at the end, have very good art, good story lines, neither are scary in any way, decent charecter growth, both have a slight romanance going on the side..all in all both animes worth the watch XD
It may not be like it, but it's very much like it in how it involves spirits and how it has a deep mystery. I'm not really sure that I should be reccomending this anime, but it's also very intellectual for one part. ^^ It's more of detective show, like Detecitve Conan. Non of the less, I still reccomend it and hope that you find it very similiar to Ghost Hound. =3
Supernatural elements and interesting storyline. *o* <3
The story is different but it has the supernatural genre, if you like it then check this one out too. PS: 1ep of ghost hound does not make much sense so make sure u 2nd one too which gives more story.
Creepy and a little mind fucking for Ghost Hound
The way the cases are solved have a similar feeling to each other.
Splendid use of music in both series.
The narration/introduction of a plot/case also resembles each other in terms of style and pacing.
They give off the same feeling especially cos they solve cases. However, Ghost Hunt is more focused on the supernatural. Nevertheless, if you like one you'll enjoy the other too :)
Both series contain the theme of detective fiction as characters tries to solve mysteries using clues and their minds.
Both series' main protagonist possesses similar personalities in that they have an indifferent outlook on life and are usually in control of the situation.
The main heroine in both series also helps the main protagonist and are known to have an imaginative mind.
Both series have a mixture of comedy, drama, and of course mystery.
+ Mystery anime that mostly take place around a high school setting
+ The male protagonists are very similar in how they are fairly quiet and excel at solving mysteries
- Ghost Hunt has more horror aspects and is supernatural unlike Hyouka which is more relaxed with it's slice of life style and lack of supernatural elements
- Ghost Hunt is shoujo and Hyouka is shounen
Both have a similar art style and story-line of solving problems or mysteries most often that happen in their own schools. Both female leads have a connection to the MC that is looked at as unusual because both of the male leads have a standoffish personality that doesn't let other people get close. Of course in the case of Hyouka's male lead its a case of extreme laziness
right off, i'd have to say that ghost hunt is the better of the two [even though majin hasn't finished airing yet].. but both are episodic series with mysteries being solved.. a young high school girl with no family follows around a mysterious sempai-mystery-solver.. um.. there isn't a whole lot as far as character development goes in either of the series.. majin has more bizarre [and shocking] humor while ghost hunt sticks to the paranormal shockers without the laughs.. both involve the supernatural-majin's main character is a demon with really strange mystery-solving methods.. while ghost hunt focuses on the religious or spiritual methods of ghost hunting [ghost, monster, poltergeist, psychokinetic hunting].. anyways, i wasn't a huge fan of either, but methinks if you liked one you might enjoy the other..
Both have same basic core. Girl helps out as boss solves mysteries and both girls try to get better so they can be a better help. Both very good series
Neuro and Ghost Hunt are both detective anime. They both have some similar aspects of each other like: both being comical and creepy at the same time. And also, both of these series have hinted romance.
Both have a girl who becomes the partner of a guy who is extremely smart and who solves crimes. Each have supernatural themes in it (Majin has more, though). The main girl in each anime at first appears to be weak and useless, but later on shows to be a perfect fit for the job. Each anime has a team of some sort that works in an office.
Both female leads are high school students who get dragged into solving cases. Both female leads have 1 or more parents that are deceased. Both female leads have hidden talents and secrets. Both female leads get dragged around by the male leads.
Both anime are about peaple whose job is to exorcise evil spirits, break curses etc. They also have a similar main male lead who is full of himself and rather irritating to those around him.
This may seem like an odd recommendation, since both shows follow very different story lines; however the characters of each series reminded me of each other. For instance, the relationship that Naru and Mai (Ghost Hunt) have is just of that of Kazuma and Ayano's (Kaze no Stigma).
I think there similar because the relationship that Naru and Mai (Ghost Hunt) have is just of that of Kazuma and Ayano's (Kaze no Stigma)
Although they follow different story lines they both are about people whose job is to exorcise evil spirits, break curses and other things
They also have a similar main male lead who is full of himself and rather irritating to those around him
But everyone has there own opinion so if you decide to watch it you may enjoy it i know I did :)
They seem to remind me of one another, the main girl characters in both can be annoying but sweet, while the male main character in both can be dark, mysterious, but pure-hearted. You can also see a love interest between both couples. Both of these shows also are more towards a supernatural/power genre. While both shows have a dull moment here and there, I recommend them for they have many great ones.
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