Teiichi goes to Seikyou Academy, which due to various reconstruction and expansions, has become a maze with half of the building being somewhat old and decrepit. While wandering through this portion, having no idea where he is, he ends up going into a room rumored to be haunted, where he discovers a girl named Yuuko. He ends up following her around for a bit, and quickly discovers that no one else can see her, and that she’s actually a ghost that died under the school 60 years ago. However, she doesn’t remember anything about how she died, or why she doesn’t seem to be able to pass on. Hence, she enlists Teiichi, the only other person who can somehow see her it seems, to help her. Hence, with her as President, she starts the Paranormal Investigation club, where they investigate that various ghost stories and such surrounding the school, hoping to find clues about her past. Along the way, they pick up the new members Kirie, a girl with a very strong spiritual sense and competitive spirit, and Momoe, a cheerful energetic girl with a passion for the supernatural. They solve the mysteries surrounding the school, slowly getting closer to the truth regarding Yuuko’s past, but how she died and why she doesn’t remember any of it turn out to be quite complex and unfortunately grim.
This anime is a combination of horror and romance that has some really dark moments but I would overall consider pretty happy, even having a decent amount of comedy. It’s actually kind of strange in a way that it works, but surprisingly it really does and works tremendously well. To some degree it has a structure that’s pretty standard with a club of friends doing random things, but as these things involve ghost stories, those things can get quite dark, especially in regards to Yuuko’s past. However, to some degree, because most everything horrific or dark is already past, it allows it to focus on the moving forward aspect, which prevents things from getting too terrifying or depressing. The overall plot is quite well executed, and while the first half mostly feels like filler, when things escalate, which happens rather quickly, it turns out that everything is connected, which is very well done. At this point, it takes the character development and relationship development that had been happening with Teiichi and Yuuko, and quite well I should add, and brings it to the forefront, using that as the base for ultimately bringing the plot to a tremendously solid conclusion. To some degree, it seems like a cop out in that it built up to something quite well that never happens, but to be frank, I feel that the fake out was so well executed in that it unapologetically just flipped the script that I thought it made what was going to be a decent but bittersweet ending just downright amazing. There is also some character development with Kirie, though I thought it was somewhat lacking, though it was probably for the best to keep the focus on Teiichi and Yuuko. Momoe didn’t really have any character development at all as far as I can remember. But really, the character development in Teiichi and Yuuko and the relationship that arose alongside it was more than enough to sustain the show. I also appreciated the epilogue OVA, as it was actually one of my favorite types, in that it just showed them continuing to live on normally. Plus it was tremendously funny, more so than any episode in the main show I’d say.
The art style was very different from normal, but fit the show really well and hence I consider really good. I also liked the character designs. The animation was also solid, with some shots looking really great. The soundtrack was also really good, and the insert song was used really well. The OP/ED are decent but also fit very well, and the subtle change in the ED I thought was a great touch.
A interesting blend of romance, comedy, and horror that while not that scary still manages to do really well in terms of atmosphere, has some really solid comedy, and a great plot help up by an incredibly good romance.
Looking forward to watching the anime at some point.