I finished watching Ghost Stories last night. ‘Twas great fun, with caveats.
For those unfamiliar with the series, Ghost Stories is a thoroughly average kids’ anime made in 2000, capitalizing on a “ghost craze” that was sweeping through Japan. Apparently, every school in Japan has lots of superstitions and a stable of ghosts, and this is the story of a group of kids who accidentally unleash a horde of them, and have to exorcize them an episode at a time.
Every character is pretty bland, and the episode’s plots are usually either straightforward or nonsensical. It’s a
So ADV licensed it and did something that I’m surprised more people haven’t done (in the wake of works like What’s Up, Tiger Lilly? and MST3K) — they threw out the Japanese script and
So an otherwise average series is turned
Which is a shame. Ghost Stories is a lot of fun, and if that sort of humor had been at least toned down, this would have been a fantastic comedy series.
Just goes to show you how many things have to go right for something to work for people.