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「魂をつなぐもの~憑依~」 (Tamashii wo Tsunagu Mono ~ Hyoui ~)
“Connecting Spirits ~Possession~”

This week’s Yakumo is probably the best one so far. I think this show can finally hold the title Shinrei Tantei Yakumo. From the continuing murder spree on high school girls, malicious spirits trying to possess people for their own gain, to Yakumo finally exposing some of his past and opening himself up to others. Finally, there seems to be an overarching plot that is bringing together what this anime is supposed to be about – detective work involving some kind of supernatural phenomenon. I’m also really excited to see that in this episode nothing was solved. I think the past few episodes have felt really rushed since Yakumo always manages to solve the “mystery” (hah) in the span of a single episode. But instead of that feeling of suspense and surprise one would expect at the end of a mystery, it felt bland like a birthday without a birthday cake. You ALWAYS need birthday cake at a birthday. Jokes aside, every episode up to now felt like some crucial element was lacking somewhere. Maybe it was just to help build up the suspense for this episode? Whatever it was, it was done right.

Other than the whole mystery aspect blatantly missing, I used to find it hard to like Yakumo. He lacked everything that I could connect with. Depicted as a snarky unkempt college student, Yakumo really doesn’t grab your attention at first. Then his outrageous attitude is revealed and you start to hate him. Some bits and pieces of his past are scattered around but nothing is connected. It leaves you wondering “What is that guy’s problem?” This episode stitches all those pieces of the puzzle together – finally giving Yakumo a true identity. Yakumo really isn’t that bad of a guy. Having such a crappy past can really change your outlook on life. I mean Yakumo’s own mother tried to kill him with her bare hands and then disappears without a trace. Only leaving behind the red necklace that Yakumo accidentally managed to rip off of her neck. Those kinds of traumatic experiences clearly explain where his closed personality comes from. However I also think Yakumo finally broke out of that shell and is becoming a likeable character. From what I took as a joke about someone being gay with Gotou to finally opening his heart to Haruka, Yakumo is finally showing some true character (At least compared to how he used to be).

With a dual overarching mystery going on, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo seems to finally be gaining speed. The main mystery of an unknown serial killer taking the lives of high school girls and the mini mystery of how to save the daughter of the chief of police both have lots of meat behind it. As we already know, the mystery serial killer is the mystery man with red eyes (who always shows up at the end) with his goal being trying to figure out how to implant souls into living humans – more specifically trying to place a doctor’s dead daughter’s soul into a living girl. The mini mystery also seems to be linked by the idea of putting souls into living humans. As Yakumo stated, spirits shouldn’t be able to steal a person’s body in hopes of living through that person. Yet someone who just died is attempting to. Both mysteries pose a very interesting question – who is pulling all the strings and how are they doing it? Next week, it looks like Haruka will be the next target for soul transplanting. But with the newly reformed Yakumo, it looks like he won’t let it happen without putting up a fight.



October 26, 2010 at 10:00 am
  • October 26, 2010 at 10:17 amRah

    A good episode! OOh, something is telling me that Yakumo and Haruka are going to, finally, realize their feelings for each other *¬* (Sorry, i’m very romantic XD)
    Proably, episode 5 will be my favorite of STY XDD

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:56 amZaku Fan

    Yeah plot advancement episode. I get his character though. As he states, there are only 2 type of reactions he gets from people. Fear and desire to use him. I think this is why he charges people, to filter out the truly needy people. The fact he even bothers to help other people points that he’s not really unfeeling. He’s probably been scarred to many times by the times he failed to help, such as the last episode, so closing up like a turtle is an emotionally defensive move

  • October 26, 2010 at 11:10 amTibu

    I, for one, don’t trust a thing the doctor says HE BE EVIL!!!!!!!!!

  • October 26, 2010 at 12:56 pmOtakuFreak

    I love shinrei tanto – one of my fav this season along with MM, kuragehime and arakawa XD! That gay stuff made me laugh! Poor gullble gotou! And i actually liked yakumo from thew beginning and i now i luv him even more!

    I read somewhere on this sight in a comment about how the other red eyed guy is probably Yakumo’s father – and this episode provides more evidence for that. Because Yakumo said he was an unwanted child so that means he wouldnt know who his father is & i don’t see any other people with red eyes anywhere so! Plus the double red eyed guy knows about Yakumo which makes sense since he would probs know about his own son even if hes not invloved with him, ne?

  • October 26, 2010 at 1:33 pmewok40k

    Things are getting very interesting, poor girls… I hope Yakumo will defeat the evil two-redeyes!

  • October 26, 2010 at 2:04 pmraionhime

    Omg, at last some detectiveness :’D Now I’m happy~

  • October 26, 2010 at 4:46 pmBossun

    I have a feeling that Yakumo’s red eye is like a Geass. Eventually it’ll take over both eyes and his powers will be amazing, yet life-ruining

    • October 26, 2010 at 7:03 pmjrj

      geass for the win!!! although it is too bad his “geass” doesn’t have any awesome ability yet… :D

  • October 26, 2010 at 7:05 pmjrj

    nice episode for character development… :)
    lol@ that police being homo…
    so my feeling was right, the guy with double red eyes were evil in a way…
    hope to see Yakumo in action next episode :)

  • October 26, 2010 at 8:00 pmOdarius

    err… I didn’t read the manga, but from my take I liked Yakumo’s stubborn, closed side. But I totally agree with you that the first couple episodes were REALLY rushed.

  • October 26, 2010 at 8:56 pmPao

    Great episode. I was wondering when they’d start explaining more of Yakumo’s past. Hopefully next week’s episode will be just as good, if not better. x]

  • October 26, 2010 at 9:59 pmKyzel

    It’s hard to see if Yakumo is actually joking or not with Gotou, having one serious poker face really makes him hard to read. Something still feels off for me from this episode, I can’t put my finger where, but it’s missing something. Lotsa shows keep track of this season!

  • October 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm1Lau

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:05 pmCrescent

    I thought for a second there that Haruka was going to be possessed, they just showed her walking off. And doesn’t anyone one wonder how she ended up in the hospital? I think she is trying to solve her case by herself to show Yakumo she isn’t one of those people using him but it seems it may put her in more trouble. I also think that is cute that the other young detective likes her. Competition yah!!!