Hello anime fans and Santa Clara and San Jose anime fan Fanimecon users on deviantart this is Andrew Schmitt welcome to my first Admirable Animations review now what am I gonna review? Now do you remember this TV show? www.amazon.com/Ghost-Hunt-Comp…
If you don't what I am talking about this the anime "J.C. Staff's Ghost hunt."
J.C. Staff's Ghost hunt one of the best horror anime to fans like me and it was my first Funimation DVD title I watched back when I was in 11th grade in my anime club this series was about a 16 year old freshman girl named Mai Taniyama (Voiced by Kaori Nazuka- Miyu Edelfelt :Type moon's Fate Kalied Prisma Illya and English Cherami Leigh- Asuna Yuki : A1's Sword art online I and II and Lucy Heartfilia : A1's Fairy tail.) who likes telling ghost stories to her friends and one day she runs into a boy Kazuya Shibuya (Naru who is named by Mai) who is a is a 17-year-old paranormal researcher and the manager of the Shibuya Psychic Research center (Voices by Yuki Tan and in English Todd Haberkorn- Natsu Dragneel : A1's Fairy tail and yes they have the same voice actors as Natsu X Lucy .) they go on cases on solving mysteries and fighting off evil spirits. Now since it's the Holidays it would be a great time to review the episodes "The silent Christmas file."
Now I am gonna say this arc scene by scene a very little this may contain spoilers.
This file has got to be the best episodes of the show that I have ever watched.
Mai and co. were called to a local catholic church to investigate a possession of children by a quiet ghost of a little boy named Kenji who disappeared on a day when he and some kids were playing hide and seek and there was a history of when his father (Who looks like Lin.) left him at the orphanage and promised that he will return next Christmas he waited day after day for him but never came home while possessing a child he assumes that Lin is his father deceased Dad and starts hugging him from behind meanwhile John Brown performs an exorcism on the child and Kenji goes inside Mai's body and possess her. Lin was taken the objective to babysit Kenji in Mai's body until they find where he is hiding and the next scene shows Ayako and Masako making fruit cakes in the kitchen and while Lin was helping in the dining room with the orphans and watching Kenji with Mai in his control Hosho Takigawa says how this is keeping Taniyama young at heart soon Lin couldn't take it anymore with and Kenji and runs away to the woods, Lin and the group searches for Kenji still in Mai's body, they finally found him with Mai up on a tree in the forest, they take him with Mai back to the church, then Naru tells the little boy spirit "You're father is waiting in heaven." then he asks him where his skeleton is Kenji points with Mai's eyes to the Mary statue then and the very sad part happens they found his skull and where was for 30 years and Kenji leave's Mai's body and Mai has a dream of Kenji's sad tragic death where two men are looking for Kenji but failed and Keniji was seen very sick from the cold and dies then Mai tearfully wakes in the infirmary to find Lin saying that Kenji made it in time for Christmas and the church had their mass and the mission was over, Lin who was looking up the sky seeing that Kenji was with his father at last in a better place, and Naru said that a party back at the base would be a great idea and Mai and the rest of the groups agrees too and group goes back home to have their party which happened to be deleted scene on a magazine page, kinda sorta... and in the words of Jontron "I THINK."
Now what do I think of this episode, it was the best I have seen out all of the files and the most sweetest... and saddest of all I have seen I have give so much to the writers for their work and Funimation's too on this episode because the script was very well said and narrated and, the animation and visuals kinda holds up to today's anime standards and we may get a little disturbing content like the boy's skull next to the Mary Statue well this is suppose to be a Christmas special and try to keep it happy and emotional and the characters were on character, I even liked the part when Mai was possessed by Kenji OMG this just squeezes the cute out of a cute looking anime girl character out of her like Mai and after watching the arc I kinda gave more love to the main character and Cherami Leigh's performance and characters she dubbed, and the music Wow just, WOW! it was outstanding and emotional especially the church songs in these episodes yeah we may have a little bit of the show's usual happy cues and scary themes recycled like any other episode but the music gets you with tears during the Kenji flashback scenes and the ending I can try to imagine Kenji's theme done by Hans Zimmer who was the composer for "The lion king" do the music in a way he did it for did it for the movie scores for the flashback scenes and the ending for the episodes, and the story was highly well done, it starts out being cute and perky with Children out in the orhanage play ground playing and having laughter when the characters first arrived but when we first heard about Kenji's back story that's when the sad stuff begins but in between parts it can be cute with Kenji possessing Mai and Mai acting all cute as she can be and a little serious and the flashback scenes and where the characters talk about how he loved making fruit cakes and his father in the episode fills the sweetness and emotion right there, I mean you see a innocent child who misses some who misses his father who has not returned being left in the cold all desperate and dying out there in the cold kinda makes you erupt your eyes with tears and cry so hard for the dying child same for the characters like Mai when she saw Kenji dying in a dream and waking up crying after that, characters always show sympathy to another character in a story whenever another character is desperate and misses some who was special to the character, and the cold ending WOW ! HIGH LEVELS OF EMOTION, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY ANYMORE! I have never been in this much tears since watching "Puella magi Madoka Magica." also the arc reminded us of times of who we missed someone who is special to us in our lives that had passed on from a sickness whether a family member or a best friend, you see that's the thing about Japanese Anime there can be some moments in series that can make us remind of memories in our lives wheater we react to something happy, sad or angry in life and I can try to compare most anime to our real lives and "Clannad" would be an example for any of these emotions, well someone out there would not get the point about most Japanese anime and say they're just cartoons that rot our brains and I can tell them this, no they are not. Japanese Anime is form of animated entertainment we are contuning to watch and love even till today, they have storys that will always cherish and enjoy for good reason. They have storys that help shaped of how we see our lives, goals and dreams, they took us to far away imaginitive places, funny and crazy adventures, dark and scary places, suspenseful and epic quests, and modern day life crisis. They tought us important values and morals we will take in our life as we get older. Maybe to these people that these cartoons that rot our brains, are far more adult than you give them credit for.
Anyways to sum up everything File 5 the silent Christmas has got to be the best episodes "Ghost hunt" episode and the best animated Christmas specials I have ever seen to my eyes. This episode should deserve an Emmy award for this! I give this 66/70. Thank you J.C. Staff for making such a sweet and emotional episode. If you make more great animes I'll buy it from you.
The ending to the episode caught my attention when the characters said they were going to have a party back at SPR I was wondering why it wasn't shown. So after watching the episode and the episode making me love the series more I started looking up on some "Ghost hunt" pictures and I ran into a picture where Mai is in a Santa like cosplay holding a wine glass of eggnog with Naru and Lin next to a Christmas tree I clicked on it and it made me think is if this is a deleted scene from the episode to be used for a promotional picture in a anime Magazine in 2006 here it what it looks like www.google.com/search?q=Ghost+…
I assume it is because they are holding wine glasses of Eggnog back at the SPR. If anyone has who knows if this was a left out from the episode please leave post. Thank you.
Ghost hunt is by JC Staff and TV Tokyo and Funimation (The same channel and studio that bought us "Toradora!")
Admirable Animations by ThemysteriousMrenter.