I have no clever intro for this show. It’s a slice of life anime featuring ghosts, Re-Kan.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Themes: Afterlife, Yuri
Number of episodes: 13
Plot Summary: Hibiki Amami is a girl who can see ghosts and other supernatural phenomena in her surroundings, hence the Re-Kan title’s meaning, sixth sense. The stories follow her daily life with both her friends and the otherworldly.
A slice of life anime revolving around the living and the deceased. While the association of the two in non-horror media is nothing new it is how this show brings the two together that makes it appealing.
The main female cast here are all basic and have their defining archetypes that help make them all likable. There’s the red haired beauty with a seemingly shady past, the blonde whippersnapper who runs an occult blog, the cute airhead who likes zombies for a specific reason and the dorky boy not in this pic whose main purpose is to get clobbered or shunned. The main duo will be mentioned in a bit. Along with those archetypes are neat back stories for most of the characters.
Together with the main cast the show’s denizens of the afterlife are also praiseworthy players who add the extra spice to this otherwise basic slice of life show. Some of the ghosts are recognizable Japanese horror spooks, with some identifiable to Western audiences based on Westernized adaptations of Japanese horror movies while others are more recognizable to JP spook enthusiasts. Besides that they also contribute to the other major highlight of the show, the unity between the living and the remembered. See, one of the strongest themes on the show is the bond between families and loved ones. Thanks to Hibiki’s “main character syndrome” of butting into other people’s business for the right reasons she (maybe) unintentionally acts as a gateway to the otherworld giving emotionally distressed people from both sides that one last opportunity to voice very important words they couldn’t before…yeah. Those dramatic interactions range from touching to tearjerkers…and no one had to get killed off. What a novel concept, though ironic since half of the show’s cast is already deceased but readers hopefully got the gist.
The animation style is personally very appealing, especially the way hair is drawn. Some viewers may find the style odd but as time passes get accustomed to it. The OST, OP and ED are all wonderful. A relaxing soundtrack to say the least.
It’s time for the usual pre-conclusion segment on the G-Views. Hibiki Amami and Narumi Inoue are the show’s protagonists and main ship. Hibiki’s a kindhearted, soft spoken ghost whisperer (so to speak) and Narumi’s a scaredy cat tsundere. The chemistry writes itself.
However, those are not the only things that make this ship special Let me put it this way, the anime does the work for the yuri nation. Basically the show wants HibiNaru/AmaIno to live the rest of their lives…and beyond together as spouses as much as the nation does.
Overall Re-Kan is a most enjoyable SoL with ghosts, lighthearted humor and occasionally powerful dramatic moments. Of course readers who aren’t into SoL will find it hard to enjoy this show but for SoL enthusiasts and animeniacs who are willing to give any show a try, go for it. Oh and of course I recommend this to yuri fans who are cool with soft yuri.