Sunday, 4 May 2008

Ghost Hound - Episode 21

After being almost impenetrably complex at times, the penultimate episode of Ghost Hound actually proved to be most excellent by way of its simplicity. Well, 'simplicity' is perhaps too strong a word for any series where even an episode such as this throws around the odd mention of quantum physics, but by and large everything was kept relatively brief and basic throughout this episode, and it actually shone through because of it.

Despite the wider implications of the goings-on in the town of Suiten, the focus of this episode actually felt surprisingly personal, something that has been missing occasionally from this series. While we still saw some 'cheap tricks' played to keep things intriguing, such as muting a few key words so that we only see the characters lip move (something which I still blame entirely upon Radiohead for their Just music video), everything seems to be moving towards a barn-storming finale, although with so much still to be resolved I can't help but wonder how it'll all be fitted into one episode.

Anyhow, what we're left with here is an intriguing penultimate episode to an intriguing series - One that doesn't appear to be afraid of leaving unanswered questions, or indeed to throw several storylines together, hint that they're all connected, then point out that such synchronicity is simply your own brain's attempt to explain away and link coincidences that are in no way associated with one another. Are we mad to match the Ogami religious groups growth with the bioroids developed by Nippon Bio Tech? That's what the final episode is for...

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