Ghost Hunt Vol. #06 (Mania.com)
By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Release Date: Sunday, December 31, 2006
Writer/Artist:Shiho Inada / Fuyumi Ono
Translated by:Egan Loo
Adapted by:David Walsh
What They Say
The brave investigators of Shibuya Psychic Research must unravel a strange mystery. People are vanishing in a peculiar mansion. Eerie manifestations abound from the moment the team enters the house. Stairways lead to nowhere... windows open, but not to the outside... there are doors in the ceiling... and scariest of all, something very sinister is awaiting its next victim. As the disappearances escalate one by one, beware and be forewarned: don't wander off alone - or you could be next!
If you were wondering if the latest volume of Ghost Hunt was finally move away from the safety and comfort of haunted homes and onto other more terrifying aspects of the occult, you will greatly disappointed. If you are like me desperately waiting for some fear and terror, I think you will be surprised. For four volumes GH has been exactly what it is labeled as � a Nakayoshi horror manga. Nakayoshi is a young shojo magazine from Kodansha. The readership is pretty young for this mag and as such real chills and thrills might not have flown with the editors of that magazine.
For some reason all that changed. In case you don't know this manga has been released off and on for the last decade or so. So as the interest started to wane and the artist became more skilled, the manga evolved. The latest volume of GH might have many of the same old faces and tired themes, but it is a different beast altogether. This is one creepy shojo title. On top of that, this arc slowly builds up the tension until readers literally can see and feel hands coming from the darkness placing a knife on their throats.
Improved art was also a positive here. Ono has definitely matured with experience. Her characters are starting to have a distinct look to them that is much cleaner than what has been shown so far. I still feel she has a very sketchy style to her art. Nevertheless, those designs now have clear features that set them apart from each other. So I don't find myself confusing John Brown with Mai anymore. The backgrounds are also drawn with more detail. Spatial area is finally being looked at closely and it considering the subject matter it is about time.
You see in this volume of GH, the crew is once again refusing business left and right. And as usual, the latest job is one they just cannot refuse... The latest haunted house is different though. It is clearly out of place in every way imaginable. This is like the Winchester Mansion suddenly dropped in the hills south of Okutama. Huge building that has been remodeled every year since the 1870's! Windows open up to hallways. Doors just appear in the middle of stairwells. Hidden floors and secret rooms are everywhere. Imagining the blueprints to this is like mapping out a forrest... The building seems to have growth spurts and annexes everywhere without reason. And if you turn around a new room appears and another person gets lost!! Yeah, you don't want to get lost here. You don't want to even go there unless you have to. But I sure did want to read about it for some reason.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: B-
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
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