Episode 1 Impressions: Re-Kan!

Based off a 4-panel manga, Re-Kan! captures both the humor of dealing with the sixth sense as well as the sorrow of the stranded souls that surround Amami’s life.  While a surprising start, fears grow as to how it can keep up the pace in a full length series.

Screenshot 2015-04-04 11.37.58Synopsis
Hibiki Amami is a special girl in that she has a sixth sense.  To see the spirits of those that have not departed from our world.  Though she’s a caring and thoughtful child because she always pays respect and never seems to find their inclusion in her life a burden.

This translates to her every day school life in that her fellow classmates quickly notice her odd behavior.  While some believe she’s making it up, others cannot deny the occurrences around her.  Every door is opened for her by some strange force and she’s constantly doing things for dead people.

One such sceptic is a girl named Narumi Inoue who constantly calls her out for her behavior.  Even still, after Amami is heartbroken at the idea of a spirit departing from the world, Inoue comforts her in her sorrow.  This leads to a fateful walk home one day where the two girls stop by a location where a group of children’s spirits seek attention.

Screenshot 2015-04-04 11.45.25After Amami leaves Inoue behind to get some snacks, Amami is greeted by the kids and play lots of games with them.  Though it’s not clear, it seems that Inoue finally acknowledges the fact that she too may have Amami’s gift.

Thoughts
Re-Kan definitely surprised me coming in to its first episode.  To be honest, I had no thoughts on it at all.  However what I was greeted with was a very fun, light-hearted, and laugh inducing ride.

Seeing the reaction of the fellow students to Amami’s sixth sense was hilarious, but at the same time, I wonder how long the series can hold to that style of humor.  About three-quarters through the episode, I began to really feel the 4-panel style seeping out with little to hide its design.

Screenshot 2015-04-04 12.11.35The other enjoyable aspect to it was the respect Amami pays to the departed souls.  She’s very passive and accepting to what she has and pays attention to the sorrowful souls that seek her out.  Then seeing this transition to Inoue’s unexpected run in with those same spirits, despite her attitude, was cute and heartwarming.

It all leads me to believe that despite the comical layout, the series can have a lot of heart buried underneath.  As to how much they will explore, that remains to be seen.  However it’s off to a good start and I hope it manages to continue to surprise me.

Oh, and let’s not forget that pervert cat..

This show is streaming on Crunchyroll.com!

Episode 1: I can see them

Promising

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Promising

Pros:

  • Lots of laughs
  • Good characters
  • Has some heart
  • That cat..

Cons:

  • 4-panel feel is jarring
  • Jokes could get repetitive

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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