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May 20, 2013 8:11 PM

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STM said:
A cheesy happy ending. But I still liked it, so 4/5.
I expected this episode to be intense, sometime like Shiki. But I guess they just went the generic way of ending an anime series.
7/10 for the overall series. Beginning was very interesting, the middle was incedibly tense and entertaining but the last couple of episodes and all of the revelations were disappointing.

Yep, completely agree with this post. Episodes 19, 20 and 21 gave away the fact that this anime was gonna end on a down note. I mean, the final episode was probably one of the shittiest endings I've ever seen in anime. It was almost like it was written by a completely different author. I loved the story's build-up, and I didn't mind certain plot holes that were never explained, but this generic, clichéd ending completely ruined it for me. Too bad.
Jun 1, 2013 12:11 PM

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This is one of these animes I wish were way longer. Ending was kinda shitty and halfassed. I really liked the characters and the plot. If it was a manga, it could have been at least longer, since serialisation is easier.
Jul 2, 2013 11:07 AM

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Pretty good series. I enjoyed 22 the Kyushu dialect so much, very fresh idea and music for my ears :3
Aug 20, 2013 12:40 PM

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Only Masayuki didn't help, oh wait he helped he just distract the people outside for idk reason.

There are still questions unanswered, like example who's the people with the old man at the mountain? but i think its fine.

This is pretty good series and lots of things i can't forget, almost everything.

I'll give this 9/10
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Sep 7, 2013 5:37 AM

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I rewatch this series and decide to comment at the last episode ......the ending was meh and full of plot holes,especially show at the relationship of their was rushing and it is lack of inner dialogue and things that can trigger our deep thought,which is utmost important in psychological series..i was dissapoint at the cheesy ending but overall the whole series deserve a thumb up from me.
Oct 10, 2013 5:23 AM

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I'm gonna miss this anime :(
Jan 3, 2014 8:40 AM

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There was so much potential for this ending to be mind-blowingly awesome but it just didn't get there, after such steady pacing, it was a shame! 7/10.
Feb 26, 2014 4:43 PM
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Another anime with a bit of a bs ending. Who was the green spirit thing? Why can't the Japanese do a proper ending?
Mar 23, 2014 2:39 PM

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mann what a good anime :) overall 8/10 still there are somethings i don't understand but it's ok it doesn't matter anymore but i liked it :D
"Vampires, We kill the ones that sparkles for free" - Dean Winchester
"what did u dream about?" "Lollipop and candy canes" - Dean and Sam Winchester
"I swear the next person that asks me if i'm okay, i'm gonna start throwing punches" - Dean Winchester
"I'm not gonna die in a hospital where the nurses aren't even Hot" - Dean winchester
"Demons i get, people are crazy" - Dean Winchester

Jun 1, 2014 1:22 AM
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This show ran out of something in the last few episodes, but it really became apparent here. I don't know if it was budget, manpower, time, or whatever, but the animation, story, and characters just all went bleh suddenly. I'm giving this show props for being good up to this point, but...ouch, it's a shame that it ended like this.
Jun 17, 2014 2:04 PM

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"Mi... Mi... *removes lipstick* Miyaaakooo"

Perhaps I was expecting something deeper from the ending, but I'm not complaining. There were no major questions left unanswered imo.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the combination of spiritual and scientific, as well as the character development in this series - 9/10

Enjyu said:
Pretty good series. I enjoyed the Kyushu dialect so much, very fresh idea and music for my ears :3

That as well ^^
Jul 15, 2014 7:27 AM

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Great ending I must say, quite liked the overall mysterious and spooky tone of this anime, together with some very lovely character and story development up to this lovely ending! Quite loved it and well a solid 9/10 for me!
Nov 26, 2014 1:58 PM

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RafaelDeJongh said:
Great ending I must say, quite liked the overall mysterious and spooky tone of this anime, together with some very lovely character and story development up to this lovely ending! Quite loved it and well a solid 9/10 for me!

Like above.
Great show, perfect soundtrack for that kind of story I think and overall atmosphere.
The only one bad thing of this anime is art, maybe not art, but animation. Too much cheap shitty 3dcgi (especially at the beginning - some first episodes).
9/10 for me!
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Dec 6, 2014 1:48 AM

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This anime is the very definition of the word fine,pretty great premise-lousy execution.It even makes Another look good in comparison.
It could have been a lot of different things:it could have been a mystery,a horror,a spiritual or even a neurologist/mental issues type of show.But it just borrowed all these ideas (and many more) and just stitched them up altogether into a Frankenstein type of show without having its own identity or idea.
If it weren't for the good production values and the great sound assets i doubt i would have even bothered finishing it.

You just waited and waited for something to finally happen,a catalyst to get the plot going already,but it barely moved at a snails pace.All tension ,no payoff.
Were introduced to the same elements and plot points again and again, and at the end it all boiled down to saving the girl from quaky religious sect.That was so underwhelming and so very lazy to say the least.
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Dec 14, 2014 4:38 AM
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I really rue the slow pacing. It's like putting one jigsaw piece after an episode which thoroughly made it complete after 22 episodes. Much more, I don't see why some people even regarded to this as a horror flick... Cause at best, it's a pretty good mystery.

Only worth noting for me was the good art, being accompanied by vivid coloring of the scenery and of course, character designs. Aside from that, the rest remains mediocre.
Dec 20, 2014 5:48 AM
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Really interesting show, it is kinda slow but it is expected to be from episode one.
Story is really good, i have to say it started kinda scary, i had quite a few goose bumps.
Art was great too, and i liked the way how they told a story.

Some characters are not really interesting and i didnt like how they made it that ghosts look like babies and sound wierd, but its possible to go over it.
Jan 18, 2015 4:54 PM
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Well, I liked the series but it had some issues in the last part of the show

1. Near the end almost all horror aspects left the show. And so did all the cool sound effects
2. They never clearly stated who it was talking to Taro inside his mind
3. The plot of him wanting to find his sister - the basis of the series - was completely thrown out the window at the end. There was no resolution, he basically just said fuck it "she's always with me" which doesn't really make sense.
4. Taro and Miyakos relationship never developed enough by the end.
5. Miyakos dad, the priest, seems to really like shoehorning his global warming denying beliefs for no good reason
6. The plot with that one guys dad having an affair with the doctor woman was bad. It didn't go anywhere and I don't even see how it contributed to the story. It didn't develop into anything. I actually hated how he didn't tell his mom and at the end the family is together as if nothing happened
7. Both plot elements about the cult and especially Nippon Bio were kind of rushed
8. I didn't mind the happy ending but too much was lost on the way to the ending to make it believable.

I give it a 7. First half of the series or so was great. Second half was as if they hadn't planned ahead.
Jan 30, 2015 5:27 AM

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I preferred the first half of the series and I wasn't blown away by the ending. But the sound effects and the themes were the main reason why I continued watching this series in the first place, I wasn't as bothered about plot resolution or characters. Though the character development was fairly good.
Feb 12, 2015 5:51 AM

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What the fuck was that happy-ever-after shit ending????????



The photos of Tarou and friends and Hideo and friends left a nice feeling though. But when I look at the photo closely, THE GODDAMN MAYOR IS IN IT.


This show can suck dick for all that I give an elephant's shit, JUST because of that ending.
Jul 27, 2015 2:25 AM

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First half started strong with all that creepy shit and decent pacing but wtf was that ending? Random landslide + plot holes for days...

Dec 20, 2015 12:31 PM

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Wouldve been a 9 or even 10 if. Not for this ending which didnt explain mich at all.. But mightve missed some clues.

From what I get miyako was possessed every now and then by taros sister and she said the words she said at the end and cried..

The spirits were at a fight with the artifical lifeforms but i still dont know why otherw can see it every now and then besides that it is just the town being at fault and"posessed"

We know the reasons for the doctor being here and his brains changing (but why did his changed but taros were fine on the scan is what im wondering tho..)

The bad guys behind it all.. Tho we dont really know what was the pptrue purpose of the sect besides having a new priest and what will happen with it now..

And what happened to makotos mom..

And so much more questions left unanswered...

Anyways I did enjoy it but eas hoping to have at least some answers
Feb 10, 2016 7:12 AM

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And another anime got added in my favourites!

Seriously, what an amazing ride. LOVED ALL THE CHARACTERS. Loved the gods/spiritual references too. truly a masterpiece


Makuro said:
Only Masayuki didn't help, oh wait he helped he just distract the people outside for idk reason.

There are still questions unanswered, like example who's the people with the old man at the mountain? but i think its fine.

He did the biggest part lol. Due to the distractions and people's confusion, Kabata went outside and thus giving Taro a chance to go to Miyako.

I'm pretty sure they're shamans, able to see spirits.
Mar 4, 2016 8:26 PM

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zetsu_shoren said:
The photos of Tarou and friends and Hideo and friends left a nice feeling though. But when I look at the photo closely, THE GODDAMN MAYOR IS IN IT.


This was probably done to mirror the photo of Makoto's father and friends. Yeah, the mayor had no significant part in the second half of the story, which couldve been planned better.

Overall, this is an excellent 8/10. The show had a very interesting mix of spirituality/cult religion, a large handful of widespread psychological disorders, biotechnology, and human relationships. So many ideas were presented, and even though these themes are spread far apart, they were tied together quite nicely.
Jun 13, 2016 9:32 AM

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Good series. 8/10 for me.
Raised it to 9 when Miyako still pretended to be Taro sister to not hurt his feelings <3
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Jul 24, 2016 11:23 PM

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THEY NEVER ONCE tell what happened to the priest dude when he got struck in the head anf sent to the hospital, who or what attacked him, etc.! They never answer that. You know what, I'm just gonna assume that the magical rock spirit threw a rock at him, causing his injury. Considering the lack of explanation, might as well be canon.

Well, I guess I was really hooked on this show up until the last couple of episodes, and left a bitter taste in my mouth with the plot just going all over the place and more plot holes than I could count. My score drops all the way from a potential 9/10 to a 7/10.
Aug 18, 2016 4:21 PM

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Well, the whole show was really confusing, I think I lost it in the middle.. A lot of things didn't make sense or rather were unfitting and confusing, ugh idk.. >~<

Totally lost it's premise in the second half or even in the first one where they started soul traveling, I found that weird and strange.

I think this is one of those anime, you have to rewatch at least once.

Oh, and those backgrounds were done really good btw.
Sep 18, 2016 10:48 AM

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Beautiful and highly underrated show... I was hooked from the start. The characters were great, the sound was outstanding, and the building up was incredibly solid. I loved the way it utilized creepiness more so than pure horror, with fascinating and brilliant effect.

Sep 21, 2016 6:26 PM
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It is a good anime, despite the unpleasant ending ):
Oct 23, 2016 9:30 PM
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WOW loved it. Such a good series.
Jan 18, 2017 7:39 PM
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Well I really liked the series, but as most have said, the ending was rushed, period.

And I see there were many questions answered, the main ones at least, from what I understood, in the end Miyako told Tarou the words that he couldn't hear from his sister, probably she incorporated her for the moment, but Tarou realizes that Miyako is not his sister, and that she sister is living within him, and that made Miyako happy.

So, what is unanswered / bad explained:

- Masayuki's family is so disturbing and we don't even know much, his mother was the most wtf character out there.

- BIG QUESTION RIGHT HERE: What about the fucking Black Giant? Because it couldn't be only Tarou's mind, since there was another guy that was cursed by it (remember when there was a Black Giant dying to the truck over and over again...?). Seriously what the fuck was that, there's not much explanation

- Why all the others kidnappings didn't ask for rescue payment? This doesn't make much sense, they were only kidnapping poor kids before Tarou and the sister?

- That guy with the piercings and green/blue hair. I mean....he did the hero thing by releaising the bioods (not sure if it's spelled like that)? Or was he just a random mad man? Not sure, not even sure why Masayuki could read his noites, I originally thought it was a scream for help but I was wrong.

- The bioods thing was definitively rushed

- Even the main villain was rushed, I can't even remember her name and I just finished the series a couple hours ago.

- Masayuki relationship with Reika was really really really strange lol. It was interesting the control she had over his dad but I'm not sure what the creator meant with the Masayuki thing.

Even with the flaws, this series was great, it was worth for me....Makoto being the "Ghost Hound" was not much explored tho....

And my biggest, MY BIGGEST COMPLAIN, why didn't Tarou said that he loved Miyako, fuck, it would be great to see her feeling she was loved. I was thinking that him declaring to her would bring her mind back, but they went for the easy route. Damn, I really wanted these two together, Miyako was such a nice character

That's it for me, something like 8/10
Jul 22, 2017 8:27 AM

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First off I have to say that I was totally digging the atmosphere. I was so much into it at some times it felt almost like I was in trance while watching. It was mainly due to the amazing sound and directing of the show. I also liked the bit insight of neurology and the human psyche, those parts were always intriguing.

My problem is how the story was wrapped up in the end, it was somehow off and it appears like they left some stuff out, either that or I just didn't get it. I was originally planning to give Ghost Hound a 9, but due to the unsatisfying outcome it doesn't feel right to give more than a 7/10. It was a good show with a unique style and concept and I highly enjoyed it, if it weren't for the end, it wasn't terrible by any means, just underwhelming in contrast to what we got before.
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Sep 18, 2017 7:28 AM
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The last episode totally ruined my opinion about this title. It looks like somebody from the crew said "Gays, the next episode is the last one!!" And everybody (all together) "WHAAAT???"
Maybe first plan was to make 24 episodes? Maybe there are money shortage? I don't know...
Oct 13, 2017 2:42 AM

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That was some fine character development on most of the characters. Everything went well (almost too well lmao but idec) I loved this ending. All the characters grew on me. That female scientist and Miyako were probably my favs but really, most of the characters were likable. Masayuki got a lot more likable. Taro was always nice and remained consistent. Makoto was edgy but had his reasons and got better. There were some strange things but I really don't care lmao. All in all, a solid 8/10
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Dec 10, 2017 7:10 PM

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This show as said above had too many conveniences, the great mystery that the viewers eagerly anticipated fizzled out in the dead waters only to be replaced by the lacklustre arc of the dai nippon bio accident and a cheesy theatre ending.

Roundabout explanations, information overloads, an open ending, I have no issues with them. The execution, that I have an issue with. A hallmark of a good story is getting the viewer immersed into the story as if there were a part of that world. My problem is the series throwing all these ideas, with not much explanation unconvincingly and expecting me to roll with it. But it's stupid. It's akin to Goku learning to defeat his enemies through the power of ballet. Sure thing, I'm not the author. Doesn't mean I think it's a sound concept. As another person commented, I too was only kept interested because of the cliffhanger every episodes.

These anime are similar but imo, I think they did a better job as far as I rate them...

> Serial Experiments Lain
> Higurashi
> Zettai Shounen
> Standalone Complex

Higurashi (2 seasons, but particularly the 1st) was able to

Zettai Shounen gets a big applause for not trying to

Finally Serial Experiments Lain is also quite confusing, but there is no table left unturned. It all makes sense and everything is not left dangling and unaddressed. Finally, some of the themes are simply discussed, at no point does it force the viewer to adhere to any of the theories. The viewer makes their own choice of what makes the most sense, while the core mystery in the story is concluded.
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Jan 7, 2018 4:32 AM
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End is a bit too happy too fast, but the entire rescue plan was entertaining involving so many key characters. I quite liked the awesome divine retribution avalanche, and Taro's mom finally feeling happier (thx to Hirata & perhaps Taro dress as trap might've reminded mom of sister).
I recalled Hirata's Amigdala/Hippocampus talk, but don't get what his research direction/theory was on this.
There's some side characters with side arcs unfortunately brushed aside, like Masayuki mom, Snark, Kei etc but they did provide some info/plot movement.
First 2/3 were great, awesome sound sfx, good directing of one of the better horrors, and the pychology/mythology/religion discussions were enlightening.
Later 1/3 had the 3 boys fall into issues: Taro seeing sis in Miyako making her more depressed, Makoto freaking out in Kumada with mom issues, & Masayuki with daddy issues & developing bad taste. These were useful to see them mature & break thru, tho simultaneously Biotech mysteries, Ogami/gang/kidnappers factions came up, confusing everything with vagueness. And the journalist, hobo & priest didn't succeed in explaining what's really happening.
I think most main questions are answered. But still unsure who the the vague figure near Taro's synapse? His inner self? Memory projection of his sister? At the end he did say his sister lives in him, and that really lifts that weight off Miyako.
Why Biotech destroyed all the samples? Just because other countries simultaneously published stem cell success? But Bald woman & Masayuki dad said Biotech uses different approach.
I did like how this show didn't berate artificial life & science. Instead the monks promoted having natural spirits & artificial spirits merge into the "dragon god".

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