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Review: Re-Kan!, Episode 6: A Super Awesome Holy Night


It’s kind of weird watching a Christmas episode in June, although this episode barely counts as a “Christmas” episode outside of the time frame and mention of a Christmas party. A neat little fact is that the episode deals a lot with a mother/daughter relationship, and it debuted on Mother’s Day. Why not just make a Mother’s Day episode, you ask? Who knows!

Anyway, Hibiki’s friends are quite surprised when they come into school to find Hibiki dressing and behaving in a manner completely out of her character, at least until Kana takes a picture of Hibiki, which reveals that a ghost is possessing Hibiki’s body. The ghost is that of a high school girl who wants to fulfill a particular desire before she can pass on, and Hibiki is now playing host to the ghost to make this happen. The episode ultimately delves into parent/child relationships, as it is revealed that Kana’s love of reporting comes from her parents, both of whom are career reporters and, as a result, are frequently absent from home. Throughout the episode, the line between comedic and serious is crossed several times, with some scenes (such as Inoue and Kana following possessed Hibiki) being flat-out amusing while others (such as the ghost girl confronting her mother) carry a much heavier, sobering tone. It is a good episode for reflections on how important it is to value the time we have with those we love, while also emphasizing the importance of being able to move on instead of being stuck in the past.

One thing that viewers should be able to appreciate about Re-Kan! is that it treats its cast of characters equally. While the beginning of the show seemed to focus primarily on Hibiki and Inoue (and, indeed, that still may be the primary focus), the show has sought to further develop the girls in Hibiki’s group of friends. This episode, for example, gives a strong emphasis on Kana, and actually features very little of Hibiki outside of her possessed state. Even Inoue takes a backseat in terms of character progression, although she is there for comic relief if nothing else. The fact that the episode also deals with some tough issues (the loss of a child and absentee parents) without feeling too overbearing or depressing is another highlight. Oh, and the lack of Eroneko was definitely an added bonus.

There really isn’t anything negative that stood out about this episode. Of course, Re-Kan! is an episodic show, so if you prefer shows with a more cohesive plot then the lack of such a thing will probably still be a sore spot for you, but otherwise this was a really touching episode that, ultimately, managed to be a feel good episode (just see the ending). It may not win any awards, but Re-Kan! serves as a great show to just kick back and enjoy when you want to relax.

A Christian Perspective:

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

This was one of those episodes where I wasn’t getting anything as far as a perspective. I’m sure some more perceptive viewers could probably pull out messages that I’ve missed, but for the majority of the episode no clear “Christian perspective” struck me, until almost the end of the episode.

Hibiki and her friends proceed to have their Christmas party once the ghost girl has delivered her desired message and, presumably, passed on. While they are enjoying themselves, Hibiki is suddenly possessed again, revealing that the ghost has not, in fact, passed on, and this time it’s for Kana’s sake. If you recall, Kana pretty much wrote off any chance of her parents actually coming home for Christmas, and simply chose to have the Christmas party with her friends instead. Ghost girl, having reconciled with her mother, returns to tell Kana that she has somewhere to be. Kana rushes home, opens her door, and is shown to have a very happy look on her face before the episode ends, suggesting that her parents were, in fact, home. She may not have found this out—or, at the very least, may have missed out on quality time with her parents—if ghost girl hadn’t encouraged her to go.

The same can be said of the Christian life. How many opportunities do we allow to pass us by because we feel discouraged, or because we simply think we can’t do anything? Perhaps we are just good at making excuses or justifying our procrastination. The point is, left to our own devices, we can do a good job of missing opportunity after opportunity, which is why it is important to have people to encourage us to go out and try new things. More importantly, it is also very easy to be discouraged in your faith, especially when Brother So-and-So seems to pray better than you, worship better than you, serve better than you, praise better than you, etc. Having people there to encourage us in our faith walk (and to remind us not to compare ourselves to Bro. So-and-So) is important, because we need to know that we are not alone and that there are people who care.

Content Guide:

Spiritual Content: Ghosts are shown, as usual; Hibiki is possessed by a ghost;

Language: 3 “j**z”, 2 “h*ll”, 2 “p*ssed”, 1 “d*mn”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None

Violence: Yamada is hit with a can; Inoue tackles (possessed) Hibiki

Blood/Gore: None

Review: Re-Kan!, Episode 5: The Legendary Culture Festival


School festivals are a staple of any high school anime, and the main character’s class typically goes with one of a few stereotypical selections. Given the fact that this is a show about a girl who can see ghosts, it only makes sense that Hibiki and her classmates would choose to put together a haunted house event. This, of course, serves a larger purpose than a simple school festival episode. As the early portion of the episode progresses, Hibiki’s friends (and, by extension, the viewers) are introduced to Hibiki’s father. This serves to launch into a series of flashbacks about how Hibiki’s parents met, along with the detail that Hibiki’s mother could also see and communicate with ghosts. Hibiki’s father, on the other hand, was more like Inoue—in fact, his hair turned white from shock and fear after only a week of dating his wife. As amusing as this portion of the episode is, it does set up an allusion to the idea that Hibiki and Inoue are intended to be more than just friends, which is an extremely annoying idea at best (not to mention uncalled for).

The second half of the episode actually focuses on the school festival itself, trailing off to put the spotlight on Inoue, who is forced to hand out fliers that only serve to scare her. This leads to her encountering Hibiki’s dad, and the two of them share a moment together, allowing for even more sentimental flashbacks to Hibiki’s mom before hilarity ensues. Inoue’s costume causes her to bear a resemblance to Hibiki, which apparently misleads the ghosts into offering their help to her as they would to Hibiki. Of course, since Inoue and Hibiki’s dad are both terrified of ghosts, this ends up being a frightening ordeal that sends them both tearing through the school.

All-in-all, this was a very good backstory episode that helped to flesh out Hibiki’s character a bit while also adequately introducing her dad. For once, we have an anime dad who is fairly normal. Overprotective, sure (we know this from a previous episode), but not over-dramatically so (see Working! for a go example of that). He is amusing, and fits right into the antics of the show. The suggestion of Hibiki x Inoue remains a point of frustration, but hopefully that will only be a running gag as opposed to the purpose of their relationship. Or hopefully it will be dropped altogether. Time will tell.

A Christian Perspective:

2 Corinthians 6:14 – Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, then you’ve probably heard the above Scripture used to explain that it is wrong for Christians to marry non-Christians. If you’ve heard that before, then you probably know where I’m going with this: Hibiki’s parents.

As shown in this episode, Hibiki’s mom was able to see ghosts, and made no real effort to hide it, while Hibiki’s dad was completely terrified of the supernatural, ultimately ending up with a head full of white hair because of his constant exposure to it (and subsequent shock/fear/etc.). While this is a more humorous attempt at explaining a biblical principle, I feel the point still stands. For as much as the two may have loved each other, they were incompatible, and it ultimately had a negative affect on one of them.

For Christians, it’s a bit more serious than that, because by marrying an unbeliever we are inviting someone who does not share the same beliefs or values as we do into the most intimate relationship possible (besides the one we have with God, of course). To think that we can let someone come that close to us and have them not affect our devotion to God and how we live for Him is ludicrous, and we would do well to consider that. Hibiki’s dad lost the color in his hair by staying with a woman whose abilities brought him terror. We stand to lose a whole lot more if we marry someone and allow them to pull us away from God.

Content Guide:

Spiritual Content: The usual stuff, Hibiki (and her mom, in flashbacks) can see and talk to ghosts; Hibiki’s mom appears to be possessed at one point; Hibiki talks about leaving offerings for the dead; it is suggested that Hibiki’s mom could see the future; ghosts appear and scare people

Language: 2 “h*ll”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None

Violence: A ghost swats Eroneko out of the way

Blood/Gore: Fake blood is painted on the walls of the haunted house

Other: Eroneko is Eroneko; suggestions are made to the effect of Hibiki having feelings for Inoue; Eroneko flips Inoue’s dress and comments on her underwear (the viewer sees no underwear, though)

Review: Re-Kan!, Episode 4: Summer Means the Beach


Unfortunately, the cohesive-plot element from the previous episode did not stick around for this one. While there was something of a central theme here, it didn’t really reveal itself as a “plot” as much as it did a character history, and that much was only in the second half of the episode.

If you hung around long enough in the previous episode, then you would have seen the previews for this episode, which made it abundantly clear that this would be a beach episode. Well, it is half a beach episode—the other half takes place back in the classroom. Hibiki and company head out to a beach, chaperoned by Yamada’s older brother (who is just as strange as Yamada). They manage to find a beach that is deserted… at least by the living. Of course, this is Re-Kan!, so it wouldn’t make sense for ghostly stuff to not play a role!

To its credit, Re-Kan! does not go out of its way to make the beach scene overly fanservicey. Yes, the girls are shown in their bathing suits, some of which are bikinis, and some of which show cleavage, but that’s about the sum of it. There were no sexual shots or poses, no up-close-and-personal camera angles, or anything of that sort. Of course, the ever-annoying and never-welcome Eroneko makes several appearances throughout this portion of the episode, complete with some lewd comments, but each time a bunch of ghosts try to drown him, so at least he gets his just desserts.

This first portion of the episode lays the groundwork for the second portion, as well. It appears that Esumi has some connection to Yamada’s brother, who turns out to be a cop. As we ultimately find out, Esumi had an encounter with Yamada’s brother back in her gang days, when she was known as the “Flame-Haired Messiah” (am I the only one wondering if this is a Shakugan no Shana reference?). Much of the second half of the episode is devoted to espousing Esumi’s backstory, with some interjections from other characters (for example, Hibiki shares an “embarrassing” story from her past). I suppose it is nice to see some of the side characters getting fleshed out, instead of just being slung around for comedic relief or convenient plot points.

“Summer Means The Beach” may not have contained an overly cohesive plot like the previous episode, but it did manage to deliver a fun outing with a few doses of comedy while also managing to develop some character relations. It may not be heavily plot driven, but it certainly isn’t the worst way to spend 24(ish) minutes.

A Christian Perspective:

Alright, so I know the vast majority of my perspectives usually draw on a verse of Scripture, but this time it’s just on a facet of being a Christian. That facet is our testimony. If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, then you’ve probably heard someone encourage you to share your testimony of how you came to Christ and how He saved you and changed you. This is how we relate to others and how we show them that Christ can change them. Stuff like that.

In this episode, we see something akin to this when Esumi describes a certain encounter she had during her days as the “Flame-Haired Messiah”. Apparently, she herself had a ghostly encounter, and yet she wasn’t scared by it. In fact, her telling this story creates a brief moment between her and Hibiki, presumably because most people can’t relate to Hibiki in the manner of encountering ghosts. Without Esumi sharing her story, though, Hibiki had no way of knowing this particular aspect about her friend. In the end, it creates a common ground between the two of them that may allow them to better relate to one another.

Sharing our testimony with another person may also help them see their need for Christ, or that they can find freedom in Christ. It is one thing for a man behind a pulpit to scream at his congregation about how pornography is a sin. It is quite another for a believer in Christ to come alongside his friend and share his testimony about how Christ freed him from his addiction to pornography. I’m not saying pastors shouldn’t preach against sin, I’m just saying that hearing from someone who has been through the crucible and ultimately brought out by Christ may have a better chance of leading someone to Christ (or at least giving them hope that there is freedom for them) than having a man who you don’t know and who you may already expect to condemn you tell you that what you’re doing is wrong.

Content Guide:

Spiritual Concerns: As always, Hibiki can see and communicate with ghosts; Esumi is referred to as “Flame-Haired Messiah”; Esumi has a ghostly encounter in a flashback

Language: 1 “j**z”, 1 “h*ll”, 3 “d*mn”, 1 “cr*p”

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The main female cast are all shown in bathing suits—some one pieces, some bikinis—some of which show cleavage; a picture also shows a woman in a cleavage-revealing bikini; Yamada and his brother are both shown shirtless and wearing swim trunks

Violence: Ghosts try to drown Eroneko several times; Esumi puts Yamada in some kind of body hold; Esumi beats up some bullies

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Yamada’s brother makes inappropriate comments to the girls; Eroneko makes several inappropriate comments, including it being the “summer of sexual harassment”

Review: Re-Kan!, Episode 3: Delicious Fried Eggs


As you can see, I ultimately did not follow through with my plans to drop this show, and after this episode I’m somewhat glad for that. Granted, it still is not a spectacular show, but the premise of this particular episode was better and more focused than its predecessors, which ultimately made for a more satisfying experience.

The episode begins with what seems like a fairly pointless scenario in which Hibiki is revealed to now have a cell phone. Admittedly, it does provide for some humorous backstory into her dad’s overprotective nature, but all-in-all it doesn’t feel very important. From here, the res of the episode begins to unfold, as Inoue mentions that her cousin is staying with her, and that despite her best attempts she cannot make fried eggs for him that he will actually eat. Inoue ultimately enlists Hibiki’s help in this endeavor, and the two girls work together for the sake of Inoue’s cousin.

This episode is more along the lines of what I expected from this show: the idea of Hibiki and Inoue getting to know each other and becoming friends, while Hibiki uses her ghost-speaking abilities to solve issues. Without spoiling anything, that does become necessary in this episode. The cell phone thing even turns out to not be entirely pointless, as Hibiki’s cell phone ends up being useful to her a few times in the episode. On top of it all, Inoue (and the viewer) is let in on a little bit of Hibiki’s backstory, which goes back to the concept of building a deeper friendship between the two. Overall, this episode does an extremely good job of providing a cohesive story and decent character building.

If there is one thing worth complaining about, it’s Eroneko. While many would probably agree that perverse jokes are never really warranted in any media, that argument feels all the more true here. Re-Kan is not an anime that relies on perversity and fanservice to sell itself (if it did, it most likely wouldn’t continue receiving reviews here). Given the general tone and direction of the show, it just seems out of place.

At the end of the day, this episode does a good job of providing a legitimate plot line that manages to be enjoyable and to incorporate Hibiki’s ghost powers in a way that legitimately leads to a resolution, rather than have them there just as a gimmick in the story. Despite the complaints about Eroneko, this was an enjoyable episode, and the series would do well to present more like it.

A Christian Perspective:

John 11:35 – Jesus wept.

Okay, so there may be better messages that someone could draw from this episode, but this is the best I have; and besides, it is (or at least, was) a bit of a pet-peeve of mine.

Near the end of the episode, we find out that Yuuki (Inoue’s cousin) refused to cry over his father’s death because he was due to be a big brother, and therefore couldn’t cry, so when he finally lets loose and cries at the end Inoue just stands back and watches out of respect for something her aunt said. My pet peeve here is with the idea that “men don’t cry”. This may not be exactly what Yuuki said, but I feel like it stems from the idea. Now let’s look at the verse above: Jesus wept.

Jesus. Wept. If you think you are more manly than Jesus, then please show me how you’ve gone about your life fully knowing you were going to die, taken the sins of the world on your shoulders, and were crucified (and if you don’t know what goes on in the process of crucifixion, I suggest looking it up, because it will give you a much deeper appreciation of what Jesus endured). So Jesus, who took more of a beating than any of us probably ever will (and who, by the way, walked into it and didn’t fight back—even though He could have—because He knew this was what was necessary) saw no shame in crying. I could point you to other places in Scripture where men cried and there was no shame cast on them (Acts 20:37, for example). The point is, somewhere in history society decided that it was shameful for men to cast tears, and now men are looked down on if they cry (or, at the very least, our young boys are made fun of if they cry, which has the potential to carry into adult hood). I’m no expert, but I believe there are even health concerns with holding in your tears. The fact is, the idea that crying is “unmanly” just doesn’t seem to match up with Scripture, and it is a cultural phenomenon that I think we should cast aside.

Content Guide:

Spiritual Concerns: As always, Hibiki is able to see and communicate with ghosts

Language: 1 “d*rn”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A flashback shows a young Hibiki in a one piece bathing suit, while other women in bikinis walk the beach around her; the episode preview shows several of the female cast in bathing suits (including bikinis and cleavage)

Violence: A ghost knocks a sign onto Eroneko

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Eroneko is shown peeing on a sign; Eroneko talks about wanting to see panties; as usual, Hibiki can see ghosts; Yuuki flips Hibiki’s skirt, but you don’t see anything

Review: Re-Kan!, Episode 2: They’re My Friends


Re-Kan!’s story of ghost-seeing Hibiki Amami and her friends continues in this second installment of the series. This time around, Hibiki is shown to be severely tired on a continuous basis, due to a disturbing dream about Eroneko, the perverse cat, trying to see her underwear. Thankfully, they are never actually shown on screen. As a result, Hibiki is falling asleep during the class roll call, but thankfully her ghost friends are around to answer in her place when her name is called. One ghost in particular feels indebted to her, and he begins to fight against Eroneko, both in real life and in Hibiki’s dreams. As this ghost becomes more and more prevalent, he begins to reveal facts about himself—as well as his gratitude to Hibiki—to Hibiki’s friends. Interspersed through the episode are also an attempt by one of Hibiki’s friends to help with her bad dreams, a discussion about fearing ghosts or humans more, Hibiki knitting items for her ghost friends (including a girl with no face), and some information about Hibiki’s living friends.

This episode seems to back down from the use of Inoue as a featured character. She’s still in the episode, and she still plays a role, but the idea of her growing closer to Hibiki and learning more about Hibiki’s ghost seeing doesn’t seem to play much of a role. It seems like she’s there more to be scared. Overall, Re-Kan!’s problem is that is doesn’t have a clear cut point. Now, there are certainly other anime that have lacked any real point—such as Azumanga Daioh or even K-On!, both of which this writer enjoyed—that still proved to be entertaining, mainly because you could at least tell what they were. Azumanga lacked a plot, but it was clearly comedy, and K-On! was made no attempt to hide that fact that it was basically a comedy about cute girls playing instruments. Re-Kan! bills itself as a “horror-comedy” yet, as previously mentioned, there is nothing horrific about it. The only thing that could even begin to qualify it as a “horror” show is the use of ghosts, and then the ghosts are shown to be more like Casper than anything else. This wouldn’t be so bad if it could at least carry the comedy side of things, but for the most part it doesn’t. Sure, there are some amusing moments, but nothing that really warrants a “laugh out loud” response. That’s not to say that the show fails to amuse, but it does make one wonder why the show is worth spending the twenty or so minutes a week on.

Another area where the show suffers is in the picture quality. While the introduction scenes appear to be crisp, the actual content of the episodes appears a bit fuzzy. Usually it’s the other way around—the introduction animation is of the lesser quality, although to state it as the animation quality may be incorrect, as the actual character models are well done; it’s just the picture quality that is the issue, even on the 1080p setting on Crunchyroll.

Overall, Re-Kan! doesn’t really do anything “bad”; the problem is that it also doesn’t really do anything “good”. It sort of just exists. Some may disagree with this assessment, and if so that’s fine; it’s not the worst show that a Christian anime fan could watch, although some elements (Eroneko especially) may be a bit off-putting. Whether or not reviews for this show will continue on this site is up in the air, simply because the show offers very little reason for this reviewer to keep coming back.

A Christian Perspective:

Christians can learn the valuable lesson of giving and caring from this episode. Hibiki, who feels gratitude for her ghost friends and all they do to help her, decides to knit items for each of them (yes, she actually knits items for ghosts). We also see the flashback of one particular ghost whose demise came about from starving to death. When she found out about this, Hibiki apparently cooked a bunch of food and took it to him. Another scene in this episode shows her shielding the ghost of an old lady from being splashed by a passing truck. All of these things show a certain level of self-sacrifice that we as Christians should be offering to others in our lives.

With all of that said, the important thing to remember is that we are to do these things for the living. While Re-Kan! shows ghosts continuing to hang around and interact with the world around us, the reality is that the dead do not hang around. The Bible states, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27, NIV), which gives very little wiggle room for the idea that the spirits of our dead loved ones are hanging around, watching over us. It is true that the disciples talk call Jesus a ghost a few times (when He walks on the water and when He appears to them in the upper room at one point), but as far as I’m aware there is nothing in the Bible that validates this belief in ghosts as more than just a superstitious fear. There are also some Christians who believe that intercession can be made for the dead to get them out of hell (or at least purgatory); again, this is a concept that I have not seen in the Bible.

All that was said to simply make the point that serving the dead—as Hibiki is doing—is neither realistic nor commanded in Scripture. Serving the living in the manner that Hibiki is serving the dead, though, certainly is, and we would do well to put it into practice. I say this not as someone who has mastered the art (far from it, to be sure!), but simply from a place of the ideal, realizing that this is how we are supposed to live out the Christian life. Realizing something and actually doing it are two distinctly different things, though, and it usually takes a lot longer to act on something than it does to realize it. At the very least, we can start small: when we come upon someone with a need that we can meet—whether in part or in full—let us do our best to meet it, remembering to give glory to God instead of taking it for ourselves.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “d*rn”, 1 “p***ing”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There is a picture of a girl with her robe open, which exposes the sides of her breasts

Violence: Eroneko and a ghost samurai are shown fighting several times; a boy is hit in the face five different times, and hit with the ghost samurai’s sword (not shown)

Blood/Gore: None

Other: A ghost makes two comments about wanting to see panties; Eroneko makes a bunch of panty comments; ghostly activity

Review: Re-Kan!, Episode 1: I Can See Them


I first came across “Re-Kan!” while scrolling through Crunchyroll’s simulcast listings. When I saw that it was billed as a “horror-comedy”, I had my interest piqued and knew I had to check it out. So, how does the first episode hold up? What is a “horror-comedy” anyway? Honestly, not as horrifying as you might think….

To be honest, there is some comedy, and very little horror (unless you’re just that afraid of ghosts, animated or otherwise). Outside of the fact that Hibiki can see and talk to ghosts, there really weren’t any “horror” elements in this episode. Nothing jumped out to scare the viewer, no one was being haunted, there weren’t even any dark mysteries that Hibiki had to use her ghost talking powers to solve. The story is simply that Hibiki has a sixth sense that allows her to interact with ghosts, and her classmate Inoue completely despises the notion. Hibiki, of course, wants to be friends with Inoue, which leads to a clash of interests between the two.

Much of the episode involves Inoue having various encounters with Hibiki and her otherwordly friends (not to mention Hibiki’s living friends). Unlike Inoue, Hibiki’s living friends have come to accept her undead acquaintances, which doesn’t do much to help the situation. Oh, and Hibiki can also talk to cats. This leads to the introduction of Eroneko a (I kid you not) perverted cat. Honestly, it’s the one part of the show that I could do without. Granted, he’s not nearly as vulgar as he could be, but his inclusion feels like nothing more than an excuse to throw in panty and girl-on-girl jokes (hopefully that last one is a joke and not the direction the show takes).

The episode ends on a positive note, although it’s not a particularly exciting one. The whole experience of this episode was, in a word, underwhelming. It’s not that it was bad, or even boring… it was just there. Now I won’t say don’t check it out—I’m willing to give it another episode or two before I decide whether it’s interesting enough to keep following—but I was not impressed by this introduction. Use that information as you will.

A Christian Perspective:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

This may be stretching it a bit, but Inoue’s refusal to believe in the ghosts surrounding her made me think of this verse. If faith is the evidence of things not seen, then Inoue was basically lacking in any faith (or whatever you might want to call her particular disbelief), even though she was actually presented with clear evidence of ghostly activity. Now, before we get too hard on her, let’s stop and admit that sometimes we do the same thing. We have evidence of God’s intervention in our lives from the past, yet at times we doubt. We may have faith, but sometimes it falters, and our faith is in something sure and concrete. At the end of the day, “Re-Kan!” is only fiction, and ghosts (as they are presented here) are also only fiction. Our faith in God is something that will have tangible results.

Okay, yes, this was a weak entry. I’m sorry! It’s the best I could come up with!

Content Guide:
Language: 1 “h*ck”, 1 “j**z”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There is a cat that makes some lewd comments

Violence: A character is slammed between a door and a wall; one character pulls on another’s face (twice); a character is hit in the back with a ball

Blood/Gore: None

Other: A character is shown praying and offering food at a household shrine; the main character can see ghosts; the main character leaves an offering for some deceased children