Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Ghost Hound - Episode 13

"For the Snark was a Boojum, you see" - A line from a seemingly nonsensical poem written by Lewis Carroll, and also the title of episode thirteen of Ghost Hound. How fitting that quote is too, given the surreal nature of a large portion of this episode, which takes us on a journey to who knows where. Even by this series' standards, it's hard to tell with any exact certainty where Tarō's dreams and out-of-body experiences begin and end here.

Away from all that, Ghost Hound continues to insist on keeping its cards very close to its chest, with this episode revealing little about what's going on aside from a couple of additional, miniscule hints at more strange happenings and characters knowing more than they're letting right at the end of the episode. Again, I find it hard to be disappointed by that slow pace, thanks entirely to the richness of the experience that is watching this show. The audio remains hugely atmospheric and often claustrophobic, the animation is excellent, and the references to literature, psychology, spirituality and the like are just the kind of thing I can happily lose myself in and attempt to intellectualise about. As I've mentioned before, this kind of thing is (much like some of the more literature inspired moments in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) very much something you'll either love or loathe, but once again I can only plant both feet rather firmly in the 'love' category.

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