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Ghost Hunt (originally titled Akuryo Series) is anime adaptation of the manga of the same name, which is based on the light novels of the same name.  There are 25 episodes produced by J.C. Staff.

Show Info

 
Genres: comedy, drama, horror, mystery, psychological, supernatural, thriller
Themes: ghosts, occult, spirits, vampires

Plot Summary via Wikipedia

Ghost Hunt follows the ghost hunting adventures of Mai Taniyama, a first year high school student, who becomes involved with the Shibuya Psychic Research Center (SPR) and its young manager, Kazuya Shibuya. When Mai accidentally injures Shibuya's assistant Lin Koujo, and breaks an expensive video camera being used by SPR in an investigation at her school, she works as a part-time assistant with SPR to repay her debt.

Mai nicknames Kazuya Shibuya "Naru" because she believes he has a narcissistic attitude, and the nickname is generally adopted by all those who come to eventually work with SPR on their paranormal cases: a Buddhist monk, Houshou Takigawa; a shrine maiden, Ayako Matsuzaki; a famous psychic, Masako Hara; and Catholic Priest, John Brown. Later in the series, they are assisted by a third-year high school student, Osamu Yasuhara (who works as an assistant beside Mai) and by Mori Madoka, Naru's mentor.

Ghost Hunt also explores the paranormal abilities of the characters, particularly focusing on Mai's "latent psychic abilities," demonstrated by her dreaming about information relevant to their cases. She is often joined in her dreams by someone who she assumes to be Naru acting as a spirit guide, but whom is later revealed to be someone quite unexpected.


Pros and Cons

 Pros:
  • A likable cast of characters.
  • One of the shows that benefits from the episodic format.
  • The cases started a little simple, but got more complex over time.
  • The cases were enjoyable.  Really enjoyed the 2nd to last case.
 
Cons:
  • One of the shows that losses it's magic after watching it a second time.  I will know exactly how the cases get solved.

Final Thoughts

An enjoyable occult detective show that's fun all the way through.

Who is this For

 If you enjoy episodic detective shows like Detective Conan or anything of the nature and don't mind supernatural stuff, will get a kick out of this show.
 
If you would like the watch the show, check it out over at Hulu.
 

Sources *Spoilers Abound*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Hunt_%28light_novel%29
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6817


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