I first came across Re-Kan! while scrolling through Crunchyroll’s simulcast listings. When I saw that it was billed as a “horror-comedy,” I had my interest piqued and knew I had to check it out. So, how does the first episode hold up? What is a “horror-comedy” anyway? Honestly, not as horrifying as you might think….
To be honest, there is some comedy and very little horror (unless you’re just that afraid of ghosts–animated or otherwise). Outside of the fact that Hibiki can see and talk to ghosts, there really aren’t any “horror” elements in this episode. Nothing jumps out to scare the viewer, no one is being haunted, there aren’t even any dark mysteries that Hibiki has to use her ghost-talking powers to solve. The story is simply that Hibiki has a sixth sense that allows her to interact with ghosts, and her classmate, Inoue, completely despises the notion. Hibiki, of course, wants to be friends with Inoue, which leads to a clash of interests between the two.
Much of the episode involves Inoue having various encounters with Hibiki and her other-worldy friends (not to mention Hibiki’s living friends). Unlike Inoue, Hibiki’s living friends have come to accept her undead acquaintances, which doesn’t do much to help the situation. Oh, and Hibiki can also talk to cats. This leads to the introduction of Eroneko, a (I kid you not) perverted cat. Honestly, it’s the one part of the show that I could do without. Granted, he’s not nearly as vulgar as he could be, but his inclusion feels like nothing more than an excuse to throw in panty and girl-on-girl jokes (hopefully that last one is a joke and not the direction the show takes).
The episode ends on a positive note, though not a particularly exciting one. The whole experience of this episode is, in a word, underwhelming. It’s not that it’s bad, or even boring… it’s just there. Now, I won’t say not to check it out—I’m willing to give it another episode or two before I decide whether it’s interesting enough to keep following—but I was not impressed by this introduction. Use that information as you will.
A Christian Perspective:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
This may be stretching it a bit, but Inoue’s refusal to believe in the ghosts surrounding her made me think of this verse. If faith is the evidence of things not seen, then Inoue is basically lacking in any faith (or whatever you might want to call her particular disbelief), even though she is actually presented with clear evidence of ghostly activity. Now, before we get too hard on her, let’s stop and admit that sometimes we do the same thing. We have evidence of God’s intervention in our lives from the past, yet, at times, we doubt. We may have faith, but sometimes it falters, and our faith is in something sure and concrete. At the end of the day, Re-Kan! is only fiction, and ghosts (as they are presented here) are also only fiction. Our faith in God is something that will have tangible results.
Language: 1 “h*ck”, 1 “j**z”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A cat makes some lewd comments
Violence: A character is slammed between a door and a wall; one character pulls on another’s face (twice); a character is hit in the back with a ball
Other: A character is shown praying and offering food at a household shrine; the main character can see ghosts; the main character leaves an offering for some deceased children
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