Hi all. Sorry for the lateness of this post, even though I announced that I would have it ready sooner. Seriously, I should start being more realistic and just say that I’m posting on days other than Tuesday! But anyway, let’s get into this underrated favorite of mine, shall we?
For this review, I will be examining both the first and second seasons of Kagewani together, as I don’t anticipate (for now, anyway) the possibility of a third. While this series is essentially a low-budget horror that aims to entertain us, I found myself really liking the character development involved. I mean, there’s not too much of it for the sake of each episode length, but it did get me to think about that monster that I have lurking within, too.
Or… maybe it’s just the fact that the main character is a professor, kind of like my alter ego on this blog! Hah! I don’t have a monster within, do I? Do I?
Hey everyone, I’m back from my hiatus. I might get around to telling you guys what I’ve been up to since or where I’m going in another post. But right now, I’d rather just dive into what I do best on this blog: share my in-depth thoughts on recent anime.
So this series was notoriously received poorly by a lot of fans, with plenty of polarizing opinions. And honestly, I kind of liked this one. But I’m not here to defend it per se, I’m just here to describe how I felt about this anime original as a whole and what makes it worth watching, despite its many, many criticisms.
So let’s dive right into it, because right now, my own personal demons have been kicking my ass as of late, and I won’t let that happen in the little time I have!
I will save you some trouble in case you haven’t watched or heard of this yet. This is a series that combines the cuteness of a school-themed anime with the terror of a zombie apocalypse. Having said that, there are two very different worldviews going on in this show. As it appears in its reality, it’s a zombie-ridden world where one’s own survival is necessary.
And yet in the eyes of one girl, it is the last chance to enjoy high school life before graduation. You would be right to call me crazy to think that somehow both of these worldviews are compatible. But what transcends from this series is a case not just to survive, but to live, even when the world goes to Hell.
Ghosts: we are fascinated by these supernatural phenomena. And whether or not we believe that such spirits exist, they have been known to haunt us through all kinds of narratives. But for every ghost story that ends in horrifying suspense that makes you sleep with one eye open, a high school girl who can communicate with these spirits is here to rewrite everything we know about them. For when we scream and run away from ghosts, Hibiki Amami is here to make friends with them.
And so, we are here to enter the daily life of a girl with a sixth-sense and all of her friends, be it human or supernatural.
I’m not sure why some people thought this was scary. I thought it was funny, in a satirical kind of way. Then again, I tend to have that kind of opinion about a lot of stuff in the horror genre.
But kidding aside, I will at least try to be faithful to the critical analysis that I would normally do for a series like this one, as classic Japanese horror tends to reflect a lot upon the human condition as well as make people feel really unstable psychologically speaking… but I make no promises. Here are my honest thoughts about the anthropological satire — err — horror anime adapted from a ’90s manga that was made within this past year.