Ghost Stories (2000) - Anime Review

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

This is one of the most bizarre and at the same time, hilarious things I have watched (or read tbh) this year. Ghost Stories is just your average anime featuring a group of kids who keep running into ghosts. What makes it...different is the 100% improvised English Dub. It seems that the voice actors were given basic descriptions (maybe??) of each character's personalities so they would have something to work with and then they were allowed to be as ridiculous as they wanted to be. 

The end result reminds me of the commentary from Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and the bad lip-reading vids on Youtube. They constantly call out the stereotypical anime moments and frequently mention how certain ghosts are total ripoffs of big Japanese movies. The humor is often dark and offensive but somehow manages to fit perfectly with what is going on. I was using this as just something to have on in the background and it kept distracting me from what I was trying to do.

After watching about half of the series, I found myself very confused but entertained and I still have no clue what was actually going on. I also find myself curious as to the contents of the original script and if it did a better job of explaining the actual story.

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆5/10

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