The life of a spiritual medium is not an easy – being constantly surrounded by spirits, each with a problem to solve! The albino Misaki Saiki is one such medium who finds herself solving mysteries, fighting spirits and even getting possessed on occasion; and since talking to spirits doesn’t manage to pay the bills, she’s also a dominatrix on the side. Together with her spirit-fearing and martial arts-loving partner, an apprentice, and her very own stalker, Misaki will help spirits come to rest while fulfilling the desires of her S&M clients.
Note: this is from a video review, mainly for the anime adaptation, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqmqnAEEP6c This daydream's story is told in a sensitive way; can be comedic, but also substantial enough that goes beyond the typical slice of life thresholds that usually consist of most of the story being about a specific objective. The animation is precise about characters' expressions - contrasting hues, and yet subdued, can be bright and yet dark - as it sort of reflects the chaotic narrative that somehow blends well. It shows the archetypes of beauty, alongside with what is typically considered to be its opposite - not just architecturally, but with regards to the characters' personalities too - the comedy, along with the more sombre issues. The horizon of the sunset, parallel to the psychological implications of what a past and trauma may bring to the present. It does not have a long runtime but what it does and how it happens is expressed through a variety of ways. It cycles from a detective point of view, when facts are discovered, to then reach the crux of understanding - even if quickly, it does this with a certain verve. Besides the comedy, and part of which is the aforementioned element of mystery, added in is a softer approach to storytelling, a direction taken which would have been even stronger had it been a longer-term series, an attempt similar to what Natsume's book often comes up with (in this case, a vulgar version of it, which teizoku means). One wonders whether the serious issues are meant to be reflective of how far the comedy itself does go, or perhaps they only do so to counteract each other. It is a mixture that, despite seemingly incongruous, results in a ratio that seems to meld well. A bit of city life, somewhat of a thriller, and one third tragedy, all of which surprisingly balance each other out. In the end it turns out interesting, and one might desire for more.
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