What They Say:
A ghost has invaded the mansion and security measures have been activated. Nobara, Sorinozuka, and Chino are locked in the cafeteria, Watanuki and Natsume in the hallway, while Ririchiyo and Miketsukami are locked in her room. This is the perfect time for Ririchiyo to express her feelings, but she still can’t get the words out.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the last couple of episodes dealing with the cast of characters fairly well even as it introduced another one that has such a difficult to write name on top of our lead, the show wants to get into the action right from the start here which is appealing for a change of pace. While everyone is going about their planning for the day as normal, things suddenly go pretty out of whack is the mansions security system goes into effect and a force field is thrown around the building. Something has tripped the sensor and that has put the bodyguards completely on notice while the residents, or at least the newer ones, are uncertain about exactly what it is that has to be done now.
It’s a pretty neat deal as you see the way the building operates as there’s a very high tech nature to the spiritual side that’s being dealt with. With the walls turning into massive (low quality?) monitors, floating objects that indicate the state of the system and more, it’s definitely something that shows a good deal of money has been put into it. While the larger issues is to be dealt with, we get a bunch of looks at how the various residents are handling their forced downtime, from being in relative solitude to small groups that have cloistered together to watch television. It’s kind of cute and simplistic but it’s nice to see how everyone copes with it. It doesn’t really reveal much about anybody, though they could have really taken the opportunity to dig into some fun things.
Where the show draws its main focus as it goes on though is with the relationship between Ririchiyo and Soushi as the two spend their quiet time together. It’s pretty nice overall as she gets a bit nervous about what’s going on within the building and what may have tripped the alarm, but it’s the way she’s really starting to understand what kind of protector that Soushi really is as he sits with her. Off to the side of course, so she can sleep alone, but it works well to further build the bond between the two that has been developing at a decent rate over the course of the shows run. When the show does deal with the problem at hand in the last couple of minutes, you know it’s not going to be anything too much as it was sidelined for nearly the whole episode. That said, it has a certain cuteness to it that works very well and adds the right kind of levity that the show needed after so much quiet character material.
As the series moves past its halfway mark, I really have no idea where it truly wants to go with it. It’s obvious that it’s a character driven piece with some larger story elements thrown into the background that could be more important as time goes on, but what it’s doing right now in this limited run series is mostly just deal with fluff and mild character development. It’s not bad, but it’s also not a show that really does anything deep or important. Not every series needs to be of course but here we’ve got some good things at work but they’re mostly just idling out and not going anywhere. The strength is in the characters of course and it’s doing well there but it really feels like it needs something more to really give it a life.
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Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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