Judge Mitchell Hattaway says all you need to know about this anime is contained in the line "Misaki's lingerie sprouts magical tendrils of energy."
Part-time dominatrix and ghost talker for hire.
Holy crap, I think I actually found something worse than Gantz.
Facts of the Case
Misaki Saiki can see dead people. She can also talk to dead people. Ghost talking doesn't cover the bills, so when she's not investigating paranormal phenomena for the government, Misaki is a dominatrix at an exclusive S&M club. That's right—this series is about a renowned dominatrix who also happens to have the ability to converse with the recently departed. I'm not sure if this idea is inspired or ridiculous.
This disc collects all four episodes from the original video animation (OVA) series. Here is all you need to know about each installment:
• Episode 1: "Ghost Talker"
• Episode 2: "Bindweed"
• Episode 3: "Mad Bones"
• Episode 4: "Water Spirit"
As I'm sure you have already guessed, Ghost Talker's Daydream is pretty stupid; on top of that, it is also boring and pointless. The ideas here simply do not gel. Both aspects of Misaki's life could make for interesting stories, but there is no real exploration of either of her livelihoods. She can see ghosts? Well, just toss in a couple during each episode. She's a dominatrix? Well, just have her take off her clothes during each episode. The plotting is repetitive and clumsy: a ghost shows up somewhere, while somewhere else Misaki is getting naked; Misaki eventually meets the ghost, and eventually the ghost goes away. Yay. And magical garters? The less said about that…(And what's the big deal about Misaki's lack of pubes? Is that a cultural thing?) Although I am no fan of fan service, I recognize that there is an audience for it, but I cannot imagine there is anyone out there so desperate for some cartoon underwear as to sit through this junk.
The material sucks, but it's hard to fault Geneon for their presentation. The transfer is damned fine; it's clean and crisp, with bold, vivid colors (at times the animation can look a little cheap, but you cannot blame that on the transfer). You get three 5.1 soundtrack options (no silly stereo tracks here); there's not much action in the show, so the surround channels are primarily used to convey music. There is also some steered dialogue, which is where problems arise, as any dialogue not routed to the center channel sounds thin and tinny, especially in the DTS track (never thought I would say that). Both English tracks play slightly louder than their Japanese counterpart, but the original language track sounds smoother and more natural. Besides, the voice acting in the dubbed tracks is incredibly annoying, and there are also some unnecessary alterations to the dialogue in the English tracks. Extras include the standard clean opening animation and previews, as well as some DVD-Rom content (which is nothing to get excited about).
By the end of the fourth episode I felt like I had been whipped by Misaki, and I don't mean that in a good way. Unless you're in dire need of some cartoon boobies, I'd advise you to steer clear of Ghost Talker's Daydream.
You guessed it—guilty.
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• Clean Opening Animation
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