Ghost Hunt, Volume 9 by Shiho Inada and Fuyumi Ono

Ghost Hunt 9

(Caidyn)

3/5

Where do I begin with this? It’s the same plot and just finishes it up. That’s all the thing is. This one wasn’t as creepy. Maybe because I had gotten used to it and I started remembering more the closer we got to it. I enjoyed the focus on research since I absolutely adore learning about different myths/legends/folklore. It’s all so interesting to me, even when it’s a part of a larger cultural system of beliefs. #religiousstudiesnerd

It’s the same plot and just finishes it up. That’s all the thing is. This one wasn’t as creepy. Maybe because I had gotten used to it and I started remembering more the closer we got to it. I enjoyed the focus on research since I absolutely adore learning about different myths/legends/folklore. It’s all so interesting to me, even when it’s a part of a larger cultural system of beliefs. #religiousstudiesnerd

The same characters were annoying. Naru is just too damn perfect. It’s completely unrealistic to me that he would be so perfect AND everyone still likes him. Sorry, but if a guy’s an asshole, I wouldn’t keep around him. I don’t need him risking my life when he could have solved everything pretty easily and recovered from it. Mai annoys me more and more. She’s just so young and is presented as such. How they want me to believe her to be a legitimate romantic interest for Naru, I don’t know.

My biggest complaint in this volume is the “friendship” between Mai and Masako. It’s so childish that I can’t even describe it. The only reason they get along is because of Naru. They *~~loooooooovvvvveeeeeeee~~* him. That’s complete bullshit. It’s infatuation. You don’t really love him because love is comprised of many different things. Trust me. I’ve taken classes that discuss this concept in depth. What they have is full-on infatuation. But, they’re friends? No. They sort of get along and still are competing for his affection. Mainly they just talk together about him and their *~~feelings~~*.

Their relationship wouldn’t pass the Bechdel test one bit since they only talk about Naru together. It reflects the sexism still embedded in Japanese culture. (Yes, it’s a modern culture. Yes, women still hold jobs. But it’s still a sexist culture when you learn about it.) This series is targeted towards teenage girls and it shows since they draw on stereotypes that they’ll like.

This volume was good, but there are many ways it could have been a lot better.

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