Hidden in plain sight, spirits known as youkai inhabit the world. While most are benign, a certain subset threatens the tenuous peace between youkai and humanity. Ever since she agreed to become their "God of Wisdom," Kotoko Iwanaga has served as a mediator between the two realms, resolving any supernatural problems that come her way.
At a local hospital, Kotoko approaches Kurou Sakuragawa, a university student whose long-term relationship ended with an unfortunate breakup. Kotoko harbors feelings for him and suspects that something supernatural lurks within his harmless appearance, so she asks Kurou for his assistance in helping out youkai.
Two years later, news of an idol who was accidentally crushed to death by steel beams flooded the press. However, months later, sightings begin to tell of a faceless woman who wields a steel beam. As is the case for any supernatural problem, Kotoko and her partner set out to stop this spirit from wreaking havoc—but this case may prove to be far more sinister and personal than they could have ever thought.
You should watch this story as a seinen themed one. Because this anime doesn't have conventional main characters, and characters are actually three dimensional and their actions arise from very relatable reason.
My most loved element of the story is... Great character interactions... The people in the story actually have souls and behave in a way that's relatable. You will end up wanting more and more screen time of your favorite characters.
It also gets points for making the previous girl (Saki) actually very likable. She is a total sweetheart. Her reasons are genuine and anyone would react the way she acted. Typical stories would show
ex-girlfriends as bad people. but I'm glad that this show isn't that way. BOTH girls are top tier Wifus.
This story, unlike many anime has an intriguing relationship between characters. Main focus of the anime is the girl and the guy is mystery in his own. Interactions between characters reveal additional information for story progression. And it's surprisingly good.
This story is very intriguing and subtle, and I recommend people to watch it. It has great music and good characters.
When I saw that In/Spectre was getting an anime adaptation, I knew that I needed to watch it. As a huge fan of Blast of Tempest (same author and creator) I was extremely excited to get to watch this anime. And boy am I glad that I am watching it and I hope that you will be too.
The premise of this show is quite entertaining and interesting, following Kotoko Iwanaga as she solves various supernatural problems with the help of Kurou Sakuragawa, while simultaneously and humorously pushing her affection onto him. It presents itself very well within the mystery genre. Unlike lots of
other mystery anime, these mysteries and situations are not not so simple that even that snotty-nosed grade schooler next door can solve them. I like that. It actually makes you want to listen and notice every detail of the problem being solved, while admiring Kotoko’s intelligence and effort at solving these mysteries. Plus they are really intriguing and entertaining mysteries that tie in very well with the other story events.
The story itself is very dialogue and understanding heavy. If dialogue heavy anime are not your usual cup of tea, it's fully understandable. But the dialogue is In/Spectre's strength and boy is it ever good.
This is where this anime shines brilliantly. The relationship between Kotoko and Kurou is a fantastic one. As a character herself, Kotoko is a very likeable and great protagonist. She is both outgoing and caring, but also a frank individual who does not shy away from letting her feelings be known (but in a good and humorous way). Kurou on the other hand, is a character that fits the mystery premise of the show perfectly, as he himself is completely shrouded in a dark and unknown mystery.
The relationship between Saki and Kotoko is great and quite funny so far. Not very many anime have an ex that is a main character, let alone a fantastic one at that. Saki is awesome and is a nice breath of air that complements Kotoko by being her exact opposite in personality, which works exceedingly well. As opposites, they complement each perfectly (a nice oxymoron if I may say so).
If there is one major reason to watch this anime, it is for the amazing set of characters.
The art is, quite honestly, nothing special but is not that bad by any means. It is average to slightly above average for what you would expect for today's day and age. Brain's Base, does a pretty decent job at maintaining the integrity of the character models from the manga, as there is a good resemblance. Where the art does good is it that is does a great job at setting the mystery tone of the anime and complements the darker tone of the show.
The voice acting is solid. Each Voice actor fits there character well. Plus, having Miyano Mamoru as the voice actor for Kurou was a pleasant surprise to say the least. This just adds another layer of “great” to the voice acting in this series, as he is a fantastic Voice Actor.
The OP is quite unique (but very good), and grew on me over the last four episodes, and the ED is a really cool jazz solo done by Miyano Mamoru.
In/Spectre is a nice addition to the mystery anime genre with a pair of protagonists that have a fun and interesting relationship that hopefully continues to be an advantage for the remainder of the show. I am thoroughly enjoying this anime, and I hope that you are too :)
This show honestly makes me want to read the manga, it's really a great show.
Being that I have an interest in Youkai and that kind of culture. This is the right show for me, and it can be for you! Here are reasons why!
The story has a vast number of interesting points. From it's great characters, one which being Kotoko whom despite looking tiny, and having one real leg and one real eye, is not only quite smart, full of spunk and wisdom, but honestly a badass in some scenes. She really is great. While the mystery behind Kurou is a good plot device to
move the show forward. As the story follows the two, protecting Youkai from far more dangerous Youkai, and such.
The op is for sure one of my favorites of the season. The visuals for the opening are really different too. An intense and great opening. The sounds in the anime in general are very fitting also.
While the art style is on point once again, along with the animation in general. The first few episodes really show it. From being the right kind of dark and gritty, to being the right tone of brightness during day scenes.
All in all a great show for this season that you should watch with us all!
Kyokou Suiri wasn’t a series that was at the top of my expectations list going into this season, but it was definitely mid-tier with a bullet. Along with Runway de Waratte (which debuted about as promisingly as one could hope) they were my main sleeper picks. Kyokou Suiri is an interesting and odd manga (actually based on a liht novel on the Kodansha Taiga seinen imprint) and there was a lot of promise here even if the show is flying way under the radar. And while I wouldn’t put it on the same pedestal as Runway, I did like this premiere an awful lot.
It seems like forever ago now, but Brain’s Base was
once upon a time among the real power studios in anime – and one quite closely aligned with my personal tastes. We don’t see that much from these days since the bulk of the main staff bolted to form Shuka, but they’ve put together an extremely capable and experienced staff for In/Spectre, led by director Gotoh Keiji and writer Takagi Noboru. Perhaps this series is more popular than I realized given that it has almost no following in English, because based on the premiere than anime seems to have quite a respectable budget.
I quite like the way this relationship is introduced. It’s clear that there’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye, but the narrative never grinds to a halt to explain things to the audience – we just watch these two dance around each other and form our own picture. That certainly applies to Kurou’s tale of how he and his fiancee ran into a kappa on the Kamo River in Kyoto. He may (then again, he may not) believe he’s pulling the wool over Kotoko’s eye (already half-hidden by her beret) but she sees through the story he spins for her benefit.
Kotoko and Kurou are both strange and interesting people. She’s brash, extremely blunt and refreshingly forward when it comes to her romantic feelings (though she did keep them bottled up for two years in deference to his relationship status). He’s impassive and slightly unnerving in his presence. But what’s interesting is that Kotoko isn’t unnerved by Kurou at all, despite the fact that all of the youkai and spirits that consider her a Kami are terrified of him. Just exactly what Kurou is we don’t yet know – only that his body is poison to youkai, he has no fear and has done nothing yet to reveal why all of faerie seems to view him with dread.
There’s some quite amusing atmospheric stuff here, like the samurai ghost who loves romance novels and the little youkai who stirs Kotoko’s cocoa (say that ten times fast) in the hospital. But the main draw of the premiere is definitely the chemistry between Kotoko and Kurou – which is considerable – and the snappy dialogue. I haven’t waded deep enough into the source material to know the nature of the mysteries the premiere presents, and that’s fine – I rather look forward to the prospect of seeing how Kyokou Suiri goes about revealing it.