Mai Taniyama is fascinated by the supernatural world; she gets thrown into it when she joins the Shibuya Psychic Research team. The team is run by Ghost Hunter Kazuya Shibuya–commonly referred to as Naru–an arrogant and snobbish young man. They are joined by a Buddhist monk, a Christian exorcist, a medium, a Shinto priestess, and a Chinese shiki master. Together, they help people inflicted by supernatural forces.
I have mixed feelings toward this series. On the one hand, I found the plot to be enjoyable. Narrated by Mai, the episodes are organized into “files” with 2-4 episode devoted to each file. The stories were intriguing, particularly those in later episodes. “The Bloodstained Labyrinth” is probably my favorite arc in the series, and I would check out that arc if nothing else in the series. I also really liked “The Silent Christmas”–it’s such a sweet, sad story. Some of it reminds me of H.C Andersen’s “The Little Matchgirl”–a real tear-jerker in of itself. Other pluses of the story included Mai’s development of her psychic abilities; I also enjoyed the character of Monk. I found him the most interesting and relatable of all of the characters, who–other than Mai–I found to be too arcthypal.
One of the big things that I had a problem with was Shibuya. I really don’t like the handsome, aloof character archtype and am annoyed that I am expected to somehow excuse it. I also found his behavior toward Mai abhorrent and did not fully understand why she liked him despite his behavior. I did get some of his backstory later in the series, but it was too little too late. I hate to say this, but his character overall soured the experience of watching the show for me. So, if you don’t like this archtype, I’d steer clear of this show, as there’s one other in the cast.
In conclusion, I would say don’t go out of your way to watch it, but it’s fun if you’re looking for something supernatural-themed to watch.