Previous Ghost Hunt reviews:
- Evil Spirits All Over
- The Doll House
- The Afterschool Hexer
- Ghost Story in the Park
- Silent Christmas
- The Forbidden Pastime
Review: The Bloodstained Labyrinth
Okay, I’m not overly squeamish, but I found some parts of this story hard to watch. Probably because the story is being told from Mai’s perspective and she goes through some genuine trauma during this arc. While the theme is still more mystery than horror, if you don’t like blood or dismemberment, you should probably give this arc a miss.
Kazuya and team are hired to investigate a mansion that has a very weird design and is known to be haunted. A teenager went missing while inside with friends and then a fireman who was part of the search team looking for him disappeared. However, Kazuya is not the only one hired for the job and so he asks Yasu to stand in as the company boss so he can get to work and not deal with the other teams. It’s pretty cold and pretty typical of Kazuya this far into the series.
Once inside the house, the weirdness keeps growing. The design is insane and without a floor map a lot of the earlier episodes are devoted to exploration and holding a séance (which ends about as well as expected when you are in a haunted house). Mai also begins experiencing some very vivid and very disturbing dreams. Once not one, but two members of other teams go missing, Yasu is sent away to ensure that everyone has someone with them at all times that can protect them.
There’s a couple of twists and turns in the dealings with the other teams that I won’t get into to avoid spoilers. The main mystery is solved but there’s definitely a sense that this wasn’t a victor this time around. This story is dark and highly affective.
- Yasu is back and has some great lines early on when little else is happening. Without him, there’s a good chance the first episode in particular would have been snore worthy.
- Mai’s continues to grow as a person and psychic.
- Kazuya get’s put in his place a couple of times by a former mentor.
- John’s presence in this entire story is almost completely pointless. So much so that at times you forget he is actually with the team.
- Why are the other psychic researchers so useless? Surely even they can do some basic background checking on the house?
Once again, if you don’t like too much blood then maybe don’t touch this particular story. It isn’t horrific but it isn’t exactly nice either.