This screenshot cements the fact that this arc is perhaps the most scary arc for ghost hunt because it kept me once again on the edge of my seat. Smartly, I have learned my lesson and watched this episode in the early evening, hence not scaring the wits out of myself.
The truth will lie from within. Mai is dead.
Or is she?
The assistant had reported that her hands were moving by her own and she would run away if she let go of the pen. With that, Naru reviewed the tape and found that the red words “I don’t want to die” was suddenly on the piece of the paper as it fell. Masako felt bad as she returned to the room. Naru instructed Ayako to join them as it was clear that Naru was being overly cautious. Back in the room, Masako asked Mai whether she felt anything but Mai said she did not. When Ayako came out of the bathroom and found them talking, Masako denied that they were on good terms and said that she could not have SUCH a person to be her friend. After that, Masako started to diss Mai, saying that she disliked her and told her she should know why.
The next day, it seemed that Lin was quite cold and Suzuki disappeared when Igarashi found her missing when she woke up at 7 am. It was already 10 am, but a check found that she had not left the mansion. Igarashi said Suzuki would not leave anywhere without her contacts since she was badly near-sighted. As Minami and Dr Davis came in, Igarashi asked him to help as Davis was known to be able to find people but Minami said that he was unable to do it as Davis could only detect things that was on the victim during the disappearance. It made no sense but Minami added that Suzuki might be scared and left for home after yesterday’s incident. However, she did not return.
While resting, Ayako said both Mai and Masako were important since they were the mediums. Ayako added that she was busy with finding and exorcising the spirits, while Masako replied that she was tired of listening to her grumbling anyway. Later at night, they searched for clues and Bou-san said he had never seen a spirit that asked for help. The room they were checking was slanted and they found a trapdoor. Inside the trapdoor, they found an old note with strange writing that seemed incomprehensible, as well as a towel from the old hospital.
Naru ordered everyone to remember not going around alone as Mai was grouped with Lin. It was then realized that Lin reminded Mai about the atrocities caused by the Japanese and he hated them a lot. Mai said that it was all right if she was hated but it was unfair to hate her simply because she was Japanese. Lin started to laugh and simply said that someone said the same thing. Mai asked if it was not Naru but Lin said Naru would simply say something like “so idiotic”. He then apologized for his actions and said that it was in him to do that due to the history even though he never disliked Mai.
The others returned, only for an apparition to appear in the window, only that it was Madoka. Naru lectured her that it was dangerous but she simply said that Naru would save her. Mai noted that Naru accepted defeat. She then repeated some information about the two missing people, one being a drunkard who disappeared after a party and one of the rescuers who came to find them. The previous owner had a cleaning fetish and many people rumored that there was once that he fired someone embezzled funds from the hospital while firing every other family member of the accused who worked under him in other roles.
More history came when Madoka reported that the son of this owner said that the reason for him to change the house was to prevent the spirits to come out in the house. Naru then asked her to check out about the hospital as she went out through the window again. As they went back to their room, the other assistant told the gals to be careful as Mai wondered why such a good assistant was working under Minami. A dream came as Mai dreamed of the other assistant walking toward the darkness. Minami then woke her up, only to find out that the assistant also disappeared like Mai’s dream. Even as Igarashi pressed Dr Davis and doubted him, Minami simply made up a total fuss and left, saying that they would not help them since they were doubted.
The next day, they were exploring the house when they found another hidden door in the staircase as they found a portrait. The name of the portrait triggered Naru’s memory as he deciphered the note. The note stated “the people who are here are mostly dead, with the second line being a remainder of note for someone. John proposed that there was someone who was cursing the owner, yet he was way too cowardly to ask for help and hence chased everyone away.
Masako said the answer was already revealed by the spirit who died here. Late at night, two men dragged Mai as she could not shrug them off or shout. As they moved her around to the surgery room, she was suddenly in a kimono as she was tied on the table. The knife called as she looked for help and hoped that it was a dream. The knife was a short distance away from her neck…
Ok, just when I thought that the first episode of this arc was fabulous, I forget about one thing. THE SECOND EPISODE OF ANY ARC IS ALWAYS BETTER. Hell, it is better and the ending of this episode is so much on a cliffhanger that I am begging JC Staff to release episode 19 as soon as possible because the wait will kill me wondering if Mai will actually suffer any mental damage. I know it’s practically impossible for Ghost Hunt to kill the main character but I do want to know how they are going to get Mai out of this trouble.
I do hope that Mai escapes with a good logical explaination in hand which will not be too surprising for the likes of Ghost Hunt since it has always used a logical and sensible plot on it. Let’s hope that it will be as good as it has held up. Yes, you can tell that I am starting to ramble a little because I was shocked at the way they realistically portrayed how Mai has dragged and eventually placed on the surgery table.
Creepy stuff there.
On a totally different topic, I wonder if Davis is really the real Davis now, considering that he hardly speaks (did he even speak) and his exit reeks of someone who is trying to escape after something out of his scope appeared. I think this episode nailed it to say that this Davis that has appeared is highly likely to be fake. I do not know but I think that there is some background conspiracy about getting the organs of the victims in the hospital, what if the two people who dragged Mai, as well as the other two assistants into the table.
On a lighter note, Masako rocks in this episode, with her countless disses at Mai for almost everything. I thought the first salvo was great because she said how beautiful and popular she is compared to Mai (of course you are). Masako also went on to say how such a person like Mai could be her friend, which is true since Masako is just about the greatest. Jokes and fanboying aside, the little spats of Masako does show that Mai is becoming a threat not only in the pursuit of Naru’s heart but also her growing ability as a medium.
To be acknowledged by Masako, it means that someone who is an accomplished medium had believed that Mai does have special power. We might see more fledgling abilities by Mai soon. For now, I am wondering about how they are going to play this since this arc should be 4 episodes if I am not mistaken. I do think that Naru will somehow find a way to save Mai, but I am clueless on this since I am pretty drained out.
I am also a bit surprised that Igarashi is practically useless compared to most of the other ghost Hunters. Why in the world did they hire such lousy experts if what they can do is panic and do absolutely nothing. Even Ayako is cooler than that old woman. Also, Madoka is definitely an instant win because she can control Naru by the back of her fingers. Her wonderful line of “Naru, you will come and save me” is a phrase that causes Naru to admit defeat. Just excellent work by the rather interesting Madoka. I do wonder if Naru has a strong moral ground to “respect his elders”.
Strange how Madoka had so much power over him, right?