Miss Shachiku and the Little Baby Ghost - Reviews

Alt title: Shachiku-san wa Youjo Yuurei ni Iyasaretai.

AustinDR's avatar
May 19, 2022

To think of this series, imagine The Helpful Fox Senko-san but with a cute ghost girl. Here, we continue with the fact that Japan has a severe work rhetoric with Fushihara being a corporate slave who spends entire days working. That is until she meets Yurei, a cute wittle baby ghost who at first tries scaring her away from her work before comforting her by giving her backrubs or tea. 

This is the basis for a third of the series; Fushihara is overexerting herself; Yurei wants her to leave but subsequently does something cute that revigorates Fushihara much to the latter's chagrin. This is one of those cases where nothing really happens, but at the same time, I can't say I was ever bored with it mostly because I like the two lead characters. It is animated well, but wouldn't call it Hanamaru Kindergarten in terms of cuteness. 

Fushihara is a hard worker who is always given the brunt of the workload. In terms of being a fully-developed character, she is flat, but I do like her relationship with Yurei. Largely the main reason the little ghost girl is so determined to help her leave work has to do with how she reminded her of her mother who was also a hard worker much like Fushihara. As such, Fushihara takes on the role of becoming a second mother for the spirit. 

We get introduced to other characters like the cat youkai Myako who Fushihara adopts (she just can't resist scooping up little spirits and mothering them it seems). She does share a story that at first seems to be a true one about herself prior to her being found by the two only to then say that she made it up. That said, there is a little bit of room to speculate that it isn't all a complete lie. 

The voice work I would say it's passable except for times when the soundtrack overtakes the audio making it difficult to hear what some of the characters are saying. It's the one thing that I do not understand when it comes to production and really kills my immersion. 

Other than that, not a must-watch, but it is a harmless show that can be used as white noise in the background.

5/10 story
7/10 animation
5/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall