The decrepit building was condemned long ago, but every time the owners try to tear it down, "accidents" start to happen-people get hurt, sometimes even killed. Mai Taniyama and her classmates have heard the rumors that the creepy old high school is haunted-possibly by ghosts from the Second World War. So one rainy day they gather at the told school to tell ghost stories, hoping to attract one of the suspected spirits.
No ghosts materialize, but Mai and her friends do meet Kazuya Shibuya, the handsome young owner of Shibuya Psychic Research, who's been hired to investigate paranormal activity at the school. Also at the scene are an exorcist, a Buddhist monk, a woman who can speak with the dead, and an outspoken Shinto priestess. Surely one of them will have the talents to solve this mystery!
Ghost Hunt is one of two shojo mangas I read, the other being Card Captor Sakura. This is also the only series I read that I never heard about from anywhere and just grabbed it off the selves to buy it without even knowing it. I was quite surprise by my choice and found this a very interesting series to read.
Well… there isn’t much of a story to say the least. The first three volumes contain separate stories about the main heroine’s group investigating a mysterious force in a certain place. Then the next 6 volumes contain three stories separated into two volumes a piece. The last three stories are very good and are for sure to get your attention.
This series is also a bit confusing to follow at some points since the characters go into a lot of detail about certain things that relate to the case. I mean the explanation is good, but it hard to understand at some points.
This story has an interesting art style. There isn’t a lot of detail that goes into background and the world around the characters. There is a lot of white in most of the buildings in the story so it is somewhat bland. There characters design are nice, I don’t read a lot of shojo as mention, so the art style is a lot more interesting to me than most of the shonen titles I read.
But the best art design in the story is when we get into the supernatural experiences and the strange entities that make up the story. Everything is very cool and amazingly unquie.
As with most shojo titles (That I heard about), we get our female lead and the boy she most likely has a crush on. The female lead is a character that I can sometimes relate to is and can put out a few sweet and funny moments. The boy character is easily a narcissist, he is even nicknamed Naru because of this, that has a good heart deep down that we see as the story later unfolds. Then we are introduced to the rest of the team that will be helping along with the psychic investigation. At first, we don’t get a lot of information about this people, but the story slowly introduces new things about our characters that we can relate to and understand.
This series is a bit complicated to read and reread over and over again since it is kind of difficult to understand at some points, but if you are able to over look these problems. Supernatural fans will get a good kick out of this and boys should be able to enjoy this series even though it is intended for girls.
This story provides a group of smaller stories within this large one that are always interesting and make you wonder. The art style is interesting and the characters are neat as well. I give this series an 8, but it is almost a 7 too. If you want to read an intelligent story about a group of people who battle against the supernatural in real world settings, jump to it!
This series contains supernatural violence and blood & gore. If you don’t like this stuff, it is best to move on. read more
Well you see Ghost Hunt is a great manga version of its novel.
The characters in their different circumstances, leading to a great overally manga. It shows the great adaptation ability of Shiho Inada. The manga has an exciting storyline. With great laughs and very good artistic drawings, for readers of the original novel version will find the characters' refreshing. While new readers to the manga version enjoy the great comical, adventurous, and great twist and turns of it all. Also don't be shocked at the chapter order in Ghost Hunt. Since the newer manga version has no actual set "Chapters". It's exciting having a new spin on the manga world with this manga.
Overall this manga gets my apporval of something worth reading!
After becoming a fan of the show, I thought I should check out the manga and as I read, I wasn’t disappointed. The manga and the anime practically start out the same way, though the manga seemed to have a bit more depth to the characters and stories. Sadly though, 10 of the 12 volumes were extremely close to the anime with only a few exceptions. Only the last two were not in the anime which makes me wonder just what they were trying to do. There are two possibilities to the reason why this is, the first is that they wanted people to read the manga so did not finish the anime and then the second is the one that I think happened, that they ran out of time or money to create the last few episodes. I do suggest though that you do read the manga and maybe even before watching the show because of the fact of only two of the books not being animated.
When we start talking about characters, we have an interesting mix. John Brown is the Exorcist within the church. It’s surprising because he’s only 19 years old and is already ranked higher then a priest. In the anime though, I believe they had said that you have to be ordained as a priest for it to happen. Anyway, the manga has a bit more fun with his character because he’s a foreigner from Australia. This gets into the mindset of Japanese when they see foreigners. When someone speaks really formal or uses a different dialect, they may make fun of that person. John started by talking in a Kyoto dialect when the others asked him not to be so formal. I understand why people wouldn’t get it (hell, I didn’t get it at first either) but it gave a bit more insight to his character. Then there is Masako who is a famous spirit medium with a lot of knowledge under her belt on the spiritual realm. She is kind hearted for the most part but then can also be rather snippety and crude though still keeping her lady-like manner (mostly).
Ayako is a 23 year old shinto priestess who is rather wealthy because she is the daughter of a doctor. She is rather confident and proud though I never actually saw her do much when it came to expelling spirits even though there was at least one occasion that she did. The rest of the time, she seemed to act more like a mother to the group then a priestess. Takigawa is a monk/musician who pretty much acts like a mix of a father figure and an uncle to the group of younger characters. Again, there was not much about him doing stuff in the spiritual acts besides creating barriers and once in a while dispelling evil. He does do a lot more then Ayako though. Then we have Lin and Naru who we really don’t really know much about except they are rather silent most of the time or bossy. And then Mai who might be one of my favorite characters of the manga even though she is a bit clueless. I liked her because it gave the characters a reason to explain what was going on for the reader. If we didn’t have that, them explaining would seem forced.
The artwork is pretty ok though some of the characters really don’t look right. At first, I didn’t like the design of the girls but Mai’s design sort of grew on me. She looks much different then the anime though and so don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize her. I still do not like Masako Hara’s though as she seems way too dolled up compared to the others. The men have pretty much kept the style from the show (Well, from manga to anime actually) and yet Naru seems to show much more emotion then the anime and is a little more realistic. Sadly, the ghostly happenings seem to be lack luster or hard to see and many times the pages are pretty much all white making it hard to understand what is going on. That is the problem with only having white and black ink to show what is going on. read more
Okay so Ghost Hunt is by far not perfect in any way but it is definitely one of my favorite mangas. This series has a completely different vibe than any other manga I've read (To be fair I actually haven't read a ton) and the anime adaptation also carries this vibe.
To begin with the team of characters that the story follows all have equally interesting and important roles, even though Mai and Naru are the main two. Mai is personally the most relatable and through her we are able to learn more and more about the world of paranormal investigation.
All of the stories in the manga are filled with interesting lore from various cultures and extremely creative plots that never once seemed repetitive to me.
The thing that really got me was the idea that the manga got across, especially at the end. The anime is interesting and a good way to pass time but after reading the manga, everything really does come together and the ending is a message that I will never forget.
IMO you could read the manga and then watch the anime if you really wanted to but I watched the anime first. This is what sparked my interest in Ghost Hunt to begin with and led me to the manga. Considering that the anime does not have the last couple of volumes of the manga, I think it's a perfect way to start.read more