This particular screenshot scared the living lights out of me when I watched the episode for the first time, causing me to partially close my eyes for the remaining few minutes of this episode. That is how scared I was.
Yes, I know Ghost Hunt isn’t really too insane on the scary/horror portion for the most part, but I have a feeling that this arc will be rather disturbing for my mind. Before I ramble on about how scary this episode is, I will go on with the summary!
In a tortured cell, a knife is seen with splatters of fresh blood on the wall and a room with a surgery/torture bed. A female voice cried out “Please save me” before a disturbing low male voice said, “I don’t want to die…”. Back to reality, Yasuhara was addressed as Naru the leader of the Ghost Hunters. Yasuhara introduced the rest of the ghost hunters as his assistance, with Naru being called Narumi. It seemed that the situation came up with the contact person, Ohashi, asking him to do this job. It was a case about a mansion involving the former prime minister and the prime minister wanted to keep it as low-profile as he could. He said he initally did not want to pick the case up since it was going to involve a lot of publicity and decided to ask Yasuhara for help. Yasuhara was glad to help, even though he thought he was asked over to celebrate him passing his exams.
Naru said it would be hard to work with the other ghost hunters working on this case since he knew of some as obnoxious. Bou-san said that he was giving an unpleasant work to Yasuhara because he hated it, while Naru replied that he could withdraw if he was not happy. The door then slammed open, with a woman apologizing for Naru’s rudeness and criticized his lack of tact and politeness in asking for favors. Naru was completely pressed down, with everyone wondering who this person who could make Naru completely quiet was. She introduced herself as Madoka, Naru’s teacher in teaching him the arts of ghost hunting, and she was the one who asked for Naru to complete this task.
At the mansion, Mai was walking to the meeting room when she felt this unpleasant feeling of blood far beyond the corridor. As she shrugged it off, Ohashi talked about the history of the house, saying that it was formerly a hospital where the kids came to play but one of them went missing. This was not a solo incident, as there were rumors about the place being haunted and people missing during the construction too. Everyone was then introduced as the first group were from the National Defense Academy, Professor Chie Igarashi and her assistant, Naoko Suzuki. Dr. Oliver Davis of the British Society for Psychic Research was also here. Mai, Ayako, and especially Monk-san are shocked as Dr. Davis of SPR was a legend among those who possess PK and ESP with the cases he had solved using those powers, including a missing child of a wealthy man.
As they were talking about Davis, Naru was carrying the equipment in as Mai immediately realized that her work was replaced by Naru. Naru said he could not let a lady do the heavy work with a really big smile (“like you are going to suffer for this” smile). Ohashi then came in talking to Yasuhara as Yasuhara delegated the questioning to Narumi (Naru). The building seemed to be renovated every year, with the previous design completely gone from the change of the interior. The owner was a philanthropist, with a lot of industries around the area but left in the midst of social turmoil.
One of the former owners also said that his will was to leave the mansion to rot forever without maintaining it. As Lin asked for the house blueprint, Ohashi said none existed and asked whether Lin was Chinese. Lin said he was from Hong Kong, giving the rest a shock. Naru then instructed Ayako to make charms in everyone’s room, as it was a situation without a room blueprint, with the mansion being abandoned for a while. It was better to be on the safe side. Yasuhara, Mai and Bou-san were finding the whole place to be a maze, with Yasuhara remarking how he did not want to find any corpses. Just when Bou-san opened a window, he gasped with the truth being a room within that window, while Mai checked the temperature and recording it at 4 degree celsius.
Bou-san remarked how this place was like a rpg, similar to an event in Winchester, where the design of the house was changed countless times when someone cursed the family living in that mansion as the mistress of the house felt that once the mansion was completed, there would be misfortune. Minami then came in, trying to laugh at the young age of Naru (Yasuhara), only to be rebutted by Yasuhara as he described himself as 49 and talking in an old man manner, irritating the hell out of Minami as he left in a puff.
As they returned back to base, Naru de-briefed and reminded them again not to go around alone. Mai asked whether Lin was doing the house blueprint but no one replied, with Mai looking a bit worried. Bou-san asked Mai if she needed to call her parents but she happily said that both her parents were dead early and she was helped both by scholarships and a charitable teacher to support her studies and her daily expenses. It was relaxing to live in her own pace. Ayako then said that was like how she always slept at work, with her agreeing it. Yasuhara then made a good impersonation of Naru as he said “baka”. Bou-san hugged her, telling her that she could ask for help Mai then called Bou-san a pervert for hugging her as she hoped that these happy days with the ghost hunters would continue forever.
At night, Mai woke up to hear a sound of running water. As she entered the bathroom, the tap was shut but the sound emitted from the bathtub as she opened to see a gruesome bloody sight. Mai woke up, only to realize that it was a nightmare. The next day, Chie asked for help in the evening for conjuring the spirit, as they went over. In the room, they gathered together, as Minami showed his ignorance using a flash video camera. Spirits were disturbed by lights, which was why only night vision cameras were used as Mai was shocked at the lack of knowledge. As they started to summon the spirit, her assistant Naoko started to write furiously. The room started to shake, as Mai sensed someone was there only for Bou-san to get rid of them using his chant. Minami was clearly creep out with many of the words stating “Save me”. However, one of the papers was written in red ink saying “I don’t want to die”. The scene faded, only to remain with two white glowing eyes.
I am pretty surprised that Davis is so young. If he is a famous person, wouldn’t he be like someone really old? Maybe I am over suspicious as usual, but this is considering that he has an assistant that does not even know the basics of spirits. Dr Davis has not talked as well, but I do wonder if he’s the true Davis with that lingering disturbance in my head. He just feels a bit too young, considering how famous he is as a legendary person. I generally think of such people requiring at least 20 odd years for them to be famous. I mean it’s the Britain SPR, not some tom, dick and harry research company.
Yes, all you manga readers can start laughing at my silliness as always and speculating such a ridiculous thing when even Bou-san admits his admiration of Davis when he sees the real person. I am just curious since a man in such a famous role will be roughly around 50-60 considering his fame, but this Davis hardly looks 30 odd. I guess it is just the anime making people look younger than they are. Just a silly rant there.
The last episode comments about Mai reacting to death is probably answered in this episode. Mai lost both her parents early in her life and even though she seems to be handling it well and totally strong about it, the impact is definitely strong. Remember, this happens when she is young, and it is imaginable her reaction toward death can be so strong. I am just thinking how good this current description of Mai is, as we see how strong she is actually, rather than just a juvenile that is clueless about everything. She probably knows quite a bit about the harshness of life and has worked hard on her own.
It is good that the anime did not play up the emo-kid in Mai in this episode, but makes it in a subtle way. In a way, that makes you feel less likely to pity her but simply admire her courage in her life views. On a totally different aspect. a check on wikipedia described about the Winchester curse. Quoting from Wikipedia, it wrote.
“Although this is disputed, many believe the Boston Medium told her she needed to leave her home in New Haven and travel West, where she must “build a home for yourself and for the spirits who have fallen from this terrible weapon, too. You can never stop building the house. If you continue building, you will live. Stop and you will die.” Whether this tale is true or not, Winchester did move west, settling in California. Some believe Winchester followed the medium’s directions to distract the spirits she believed were hunting her, and commenced construction on her new home. She was reported to have slept in a different room each night for some time.”
Interesting fact to say the very least. I am also curious what exactly happened in this mansion and this is time for Impz’s wild guess time for this episode. I speculate that one of the previous masters actually abused this faculty for the hospital as a form of torture for illegal organ transplants, with the person asking for help one of the victims of this gruesome trade. I believe that using the context of the hospital, that seems to be the case since it feels to me with missing people as a sign of the “trade” still going on in the spirit world to grab missing living people away.
Not sure if I make sense but I just have that feeling when they mentioned about this mansion being a hospital. Anyway, next week is the continuation of this arc and it might probably shed some light on the whole situation.
P/S: I hope that the white glowing eyes do not appear too often. I am still a bit spooked.