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Shinrei Tantei Yakumo Half Season Review [Completed]

Normally, you’d, y’know, scrub toilets with a brush…

[Announcement: There will be no post tomorrow, until all but two of my late posts are fixed. There is a reason behind this. Try to find out.]

Hah, was I saying something about the underlying plot being interesting?

No, it’s not an underlying plot. It /is/ the plot.

More spoi-er, plot detailsĀ»

Shinrei Tantei Yakumo Half Season Review

That’s your brain after watching this.

Psychic Detective Yakumo has the best OP. Did I mention that it has the best OP? Though whoever’s singing it’s voice sounds like some male Miku, it’s the best OP. Did I say that already? I think you didn’t hear me. Yakumo’s OP is better than Bakuman’s.

So it’s not red, or scarlet – it just /has/ to be crimson.

Anyways, it’s about this guy, Yakumo Saitou, who can see ghosts. This girl, Ozawa Haruka, goes to him for help – her friend’s been possessed by the spirits of the dead.

To look at her… lower body p- *shot*

As soon as the first episode’s over, it’s obvious the plots aren’t really connected. Think of it like Ookami-san, where each episode is /completely/ different from the next, with the exception of recurring characters that get introduced. Same thing here, it seems.

“…So I brought around 30 friends to help spread his power!”

I could make this spoiler-y, but that would make the post seem boring because really, telling you each individual plot isn’t gonna help you at all.

“…Which is why it is mandatory to wear diapers in the workplace.”

Really, the only people who matter are those introduced in the OP.

“…Because she doesn’t have a nose.”

In order, they are Awesomeghost, Saitou Yakumo, Ozawa Haruka, Gotou Kazutoshi, Ishii Yuutaro, Saitou Nao, Saitou Isshin, Hijikata Makoto, Nanase Miyuki, and that unnamed badass final boss.

“Even my eyes…”

Brief character descriptions – Gotou and Yuutarou are gay detectives, Nao’s an alien without a nose, Isshin’s Saitou’s uncle, Makoto’s an evil zombie news reporter who’s actually a girl, Miyuki’s strange, and that unnamed badass final boss is an unnamed badass final boss.

“…But, y’know, the first time we met, I was sorta, a zombie, y’know?

What I really like about Yakumo is that there’s nothing to do with fighting spirits. Yakumo’s goal is to find out what caused the spirits grief, relief it, and then solve the case. What’s more, the case isn’t actually just solved by talking to the spirits; most of the time, the culprit’s not even a ghost (because ghosts can’t mess around with the physical world), and other people have to catch him. I mean, there was already a car chase, both main characters jumping off a bridge, murders, suicides, and gay detectives in just six episodes!

The fun ahead of you dwarves is what we have so far.

Finally, the underlying plot seems actually interesting as well – not some of those lame-o “Oh, and they all lived happily ever after and NOTHING HAPPENED SORRY DURRRRRRRRRRRRRR”, but actually something that has meaning. By focusing on a small range of characters instead of progressing the plot, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo manages to do just that – progress the plot.

We have found the TARDIS?


2010 Fall Anime First Impressions


So, since everyone else is doing Anime First Impressions, why don’t I join the party?


Anyways, to start off the season, let’s start with some (relatively) ‘familiar’ territory – Bakuman.

That’s right, the manga about drawing manga has been made into an anime, but still about drawing manga.

I’ve probably raised this opinion on numerous (or innumerable?) forums already, but really, there was/is (maybe not will be) no need to make Bakuman into an anime. Best thing it could do is more publicity, but honestly, the manga is better than the manga in virtually every aspect.

It says something about an anime when they’re too lazy to draw anything but his head

The art for the anime looks really strange, for some reason (people don’t close one eye that often, unless if it’s bleeding like a certain person cough cough ); there’s really no movement involved, because everything’s in words; and because everything’s in words, the anime will probably become very boring.

Here’s probably, because as it stands right now, the first few episodes of Bakuman are actually… quite good! Not exactly looking forward to it, but nice ‘backup’ anime in case all others fail; with such a good supporting story already, I strongly doubt this will flunk, only become boring.

Did you see the stunningly coincidental emoticon two paragraphs up? ;)


Anyways, as with Bakuman, Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (AKA KamiNomi or TWGOK) is an adaption of a manga I’ve read – I didn’t realize it was going to be made into an animu until it was too late to stop reading ;~;


…Don’t ask me, I didn’t make up the plot.

For some reason, Kaminomi’s art looks really… weird too. Keima’s lips look like he puts on lipstick every day or something, and generally speaking, it doesn’t look that… correct. No idea why though; not much of an artist (cough cough masha hijack rofl), but even I can tell these slight… distortions.

Anyways, directly contrasting with Bakuman, Kaminomi was something I really wanted to see animated. There’s tons of movement involved, and animating it would smoothen everything out by a lot.

Funny how he’s not actually black, though. Racists.

Everything about Kaminomi (maybe apart from art though) really is, excellent. The OP is stupidly cool, the seiyuu do their job incredibly well, the focus of each frame is a brilliant interpretation and adaptation from manga to anime, etc. etc. etc.

There’s just one last problem though – and that’s on the translator’s part. HorribleSubs, IIRC and AFAIK the only widely spread subbing of the series, Americanizes ‘otomegane’ as ‘dweeb’ and ‘kami-sama’ as ‘divine one’. I suppose it’s sort of a lacuna (lexical gap), but simply by explaining the otomegane pun and kami-sama being God would’ve made it much better…

But my little sister is this cut. BET YA MUST BE JEALOUS HUH

Anyways, Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (and I was thinking Legend of the Legendary Heroes was a long title) is… quite good, actually. Most things this season are quite good. OH WAIT I’M ONLY WATCHING THE GOOD ONES HAHA

Oreimo (Ore, Imouto)’s about this girl who watches porn. Her brother finds out. She then forces her brother to watch porn.


One of the main points is that Oreimo actually exhibits some sign of realism. There’s no implication of any siscon relationships here; their actions seem very realistic, compared to other actions in other anime. If you were a closet otaku, you’d (probably) tell someone everything about your addictiveness just because you haven’t told it to anyone else before. If you found out someone was a closet otaku, but you haven’t socialized with that person for years, you’d want to help him/her out, even if the… ways of helping out seem quite strange.

Oh, one more thing; I never realized this, but @Seanver’s avatar has been Kirino for like, the longest time. I guess there are too many orange-haired people in anime nowadays…

Must be a ko-in-key-dink :o

What else I haven’t noticed is that everything up till this point is alphabetical! So let’s continue that pattern, with Shinrei Tantei Yakumo (Spirit Detective Yakumo) up next.

Some guy has a red eye, but it’s not bleeding, unlike mine. ); With it, he can see SPIRITS OF THE DEAD and he uses that to SOLVE MYSTERIES.

Unlike the other, lighter ones of the season, this one is very dark. The animators were probably just too lazy to add proper lighting :V

However, with Shiki and tl;dw transferring from last season over, the contrast is pretty much balanced for fall.

Yakumo has a really cliche’d concept (who else can see spirits and ghosts? Kurosaki Ichigo), but its execution is brilliant. It’s dark, but sometimes humorous. It’s somewhat creepy, but not horror. It’s mysterious, but realistic.

…but he’s not.

For example (SPOILERS SPOILERS), at the end of both mysteries, it is revealed that the culprits were human all along, and the spirits didn’t do anything (the human pretended to be a spirit). The backstories, even of the single-episode characters are also all very developed, even though it took them less than ten minutes each.

Yakumo is first and foremost a mystery anime; there’s little to do with the supernatural (haven’t ya had enough Occult Academy already?!). If you like things like Detective Conan (BTW 14th movie just came out), you’ll probably enjoy Yakumo.


Finally, the last thing I’m currently watching is… Squidgirl! (Shinryaku! Ika Musume!)

She’s so awesome she has her own twitter de geso!

Squidgirl is about a squid girl (literal translation of her name). That’s it.

She just does stuff.

One scene somewhat irked me, though. This guy makes a squid hat, so when it flies away, Ikamusume thinks it’s dead. Then, she throws it back into the ocean, even though her original point of invading humanity was to stop pollution.

Isn’t that pretty hypocritical?

Then again, it could be that she really thought that was a squid.

THAT IS NOT A GODDAMNED SQUID. God doesn’t damn squids, Poseidon does.

Oh, funnily enough, everything I’m currently watching has no English translation on MAL, either. So many ko-in-key-dinks today!

Also, Sanae is actually Aya?!

“…of fried squid recipes?”

In conclusion, everything I’m watching this season is either from manga (kaminomi/bakuman), light-hearted cause of shiki + tl;dw (oreimo/squidgirl), not gainax (panty & stocking, not sure how it’s progressing currently), and Yakumo because of my bleeding eye.

Oh yeah, also Index, but I’m not done with season 1 yet. :V

From gelbooru.

post scriptum: Cirno x Ikamusume OTP