Hurrah! This is just what Telepathy Shoujo Ran needed - An episode about a comb. Yes, that's right, a comb.
While Ran and Midori have been taking centre stage with all of their various supernatural abilities throughout the series, it appears that it's Rui's turn to have some ghost-related fun for this story arc, as he spots a woman in a kimono that nobody else can see. Next thing he knows, he's given a mysterious box by a trader at a market, and whisked off to the Edo period, where he meets a girl called (funnily enough) Ran, who is linked into this whole comb business, and also gets caught up with some giant slug with headlights. No, really, I'm not making this up.
Beyond that, this feels like just another episode of Telepathy Shoujo Ran (yes, I know, that's probably because it is just another episode of said series), following the general rules for the series but supplanting Ran or Midori for Rui, which might not be so bad if he weren't such a dull and lifeless kid most of the time. It could be down to that predictability, but the episode really does plod along somewhat, and if I'm honest every episode of this series seems more stilted than the last as it tries to offer up something genuinely watchable.
I can't really find anything tangible to criticise about this episode, as it's perfectly passable in its own right and doesn't do anything wrong per se, but somehow (and on the back of fourteen episodes of more of the same) it doesn't really do anything to lift itself out of utter mediocrity either - An issues which is making this series an increasingly bitter pill to swallow.