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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 180
  • ISBN: 0-345-48680-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Ghost Hunt Vol. #04

By Eduardo M. Chavez     September 06, 2006
Release Date: June 27, 2006

Ghost Hunt Vol.#04
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Ono Fuyumi & Inada Shiho
Translated by:Akira Tsubasa
Adapted by:David Walsh

What They Say
After a schoolboy's suicide, the team at Shibuya Psychic Research must unravel mysteries at a local high school. As fires break out in an empty office and a stinky smell sickens an entire classroom, the ghost hunters' job will take both courage and a strong stomach.

The team also investigates a church with a mysterious spirit that haunts only children, and Mai is possessed and thinks that Lin is her daddy! But laughs quickly turn to concern when Lin hides in the snow and cannot be found. Now it's very important that SPR saves him before he freezes to death!

The Review
Another volume of Ghost Hunt must mean another school to excercise. But once again, Shibuya-san tried his hardest to avoid the case. Money and a petition made him change his mind and just in time. The location might have changed but the whole gang is back in their familiar roles. Ryokuryou High had to force the issue, but once Shibuya and Mai arrived on campus they were immediately treated its unique style of paranormal activity. This prestigious school had turned into a house of horrors or a zoo of the supernatural with a different type of spirit in practically each room. And with the threat of a ghost hunter now on campus, the spirits are now beginning to fight amongst themselves. It is now a matter of time before they loose their �shyness� and unleash their anger on the student body and staff.

If you are like me and you have been reading Ghost Hunt hoping wishing for some creativity... I am sorry. It is not coming. Actually this volume, which is only the first half an arc called A Forbidden Game, unfortunately falls for all of the same traps as the previous three arcs. Naru does not take action on initial calls for distress. He then changes his mind, takes the case while always providing a perspective that is contrary to the work that he is actually assigning his staff. Along the way, every bit of paranormal, psychic and occult culture is dissected to death often repeating a few times a book. The haunted house, this time another school, is slightly more threatening than the previous, but once again, no one is harmed. And as such, there is no threat and sense of fear brought on by the many spirits that are haunting this book.

All of that is also cramped into half the GN. For some reason Kodansha decided to split this arc into two volumes. Only three chapters in this volume with an original manga short story closing out the rest of the book (the side story is 60 of the 164 pages). Considering the repetitive nature of this series, I can understand why Kodansha does not want arcs to cross volumes. Actually, the side story might be the only saving grace here. While it was very confusing, at least it placed the cast in a different setting and made use of the skills of the supporting cast. Del Rey's presentation is great here. Extensive translator notes cover everything from Japanese culture to the occult. The cover art is also very interesting. I don't know why everyone looks like they are going to a wedding but they sure look better than they do inside.


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