The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 2 – Exorcist Takes on Fake Fortune Teller

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 2

I’d be lying if I said episode 1 of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window hadn’t left me with some concerns about where it was going to go. While the supernatural and mystery aspects grabbed my attention, the really cheesy dialogue and endless innuendo wasn’t great and did potentially mean that I might have let this series go after a couple of episodes.

However, episode 2 of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window has kind of got me solidly hooked.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 2

That isn’t to say all the over-the-top dialogue went away and Hiyakawa definitely comes across as an abusive and possessive boyfriend and the relationship he’s building with Mikado isn’t healthy whether it is their working relationship or personal one. Still, with the introduction of Mukae this episode there’s a bit more balance and Mukae expressing a lot of the concerns the audience might have about Mikado’s situation kind of helps take the edge out of it.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window is definitely going deep with the supernatural elements.

Episode 2 of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window beings with Mikado being manipulated/bullied by a co-worker into finding out whether a fortune teller is real. Turns out he isn’t a real fortune teller but he can see ghosts and curses and the like.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 2

The scene with Mikado and Hiyakawa in the Mukae’s workplace are kind of fun and bring a number of elements to light. Firstly, Hiyakawa uses astral projections which is a skill we hadn’t seen before. Secondly, Mukae reveals he can not only see Hiyakawa’s astral form but also tries to forcibly remove him from Mikado only Mikado already kicked him out of his body. Mukae also warns Mikado that his spirit was loose and it wasn’t safe.



This whole situation just brings out Hiyakawa’s possessive nature as we see him warning Mukae away from Mikado.

Though, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window seems determined to keep its pace flowing and we move to watching Mikado and Hiyakawa visiting an all girl’s school where they determine a student has been cursed. They briefly meet another student who is probably the one who cursed her, and others, and during their visit actually takes control of Mikado. I don’t believe this is the last we’ll see of her but Hiyakawa chooses to let sleeping dogs lie for now as at least the cursed girl is no longer cursed.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 2

I kind of like that some of these mysteries are left hanging so we know that later on we might find out more about the girl and the situation.

One thing the situation does bring out is Hiyakawa’s super possessiveness as he has Mikado sign perhaps the dodgiest contract in all anime history.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 2

Despite that, Mikado still ends up going on a job with Mukae and I liked that The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window is exploring different ways of dealing with the supernatural. So far we only really had Hiyakawa’s approach and nothing to really judge it against as to whether it was right or wrong or just was. Now we’ve got a different character with whom we can compare him.

I will give Mukae this, his dialogue isn’t quite as cringe-worthy.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 2

Anyway, I really enjoyed this second episode. While episode one introduced a supernatural world I wanted to know more about, episode 2 of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window actually started fleshing it out and making it feel more fully realised. It also reduced the amount of time spent on badly written innuendo which really can only improve things.

While Hiyakawa remains a character who feels predatory and suspicious, that other characters are pointing that out, even if Mikado isn’t, kind of helps this to be more palatable as it doesn’t feel like the story is trying to pretend his actions are okay.

All things considered, this was a solid follow-up episode and has somewhat raised my expectations of how this anime will play out. Hopefully they don’t come crashing down again in episode 3.

You can read the full season review here.

Images from: The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window. Dir. D Iwanaga. Zero-G. 2021.


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The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 1 – Ghost Hunting and Lust

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 1

I definitely flagged The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window in my post about anime I was curious about the fall season because of its supernatural tag. The idea of an odd-couple exorcist team kind of seemed like a great set up. I hadn’t quite noted the boys love tag this anime also had though this first episode very quickly makes it apparent that while we are getting a supernatural mystery that might actually get a bit dark, we are most definitely going to get a lot of dialogue that taken out of context is going to sound like it comes from something far more explicit (and a lot cheesier).

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 1

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window leans heavily into its genre tags.

While I wasn’t expecting the explicit boys love focus, the supernatural mystery elements are also on full display in this first episode. We meet Mikado working at a book store where we learn he can see ghosts and then Rihito shows up to exorcise it. Turns out Rihito can touch Mikado’s soul and more or less get a power-boost for his exorcism. As the episode unfolds we also learn the two can share senses to improve Rihito’s ability to find and deal with spirits.



There’s clearly a lot more going on and Rihito is all kinds of shady (and definitely not big on asking first), but as an introduction to the world this episode works. We see the pair taking on private work to remove ghosts from houses and apartments and also meet Hanzawa Hiroki, a police office, who is clearly going to hire them for various jobs. It kind of reminds me a little of Ghost Hunt though in this case it is just kind of assumed there will be ghosts and they aren’t really trying to prove whether they exist or not.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 1

So far, the weakest element of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window has been Mikado’s character. While his fear of ghosts is pretty understandable, as is his reaction to finding a body, it kind of leaves you wondering why he left his job at the bookstore to continue working with Rihito after the initial meeting and the first job that his bookstore manager sent him on. I mean, Rihito is just… well he’s awful.

That said, as much as his near paralysing fear is kind of out of place by the end of the episode, it kind of balances out Rihito’s absolute indifference to the supernatural elements at play so maybe it will work itself out as the series progresses.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 1

For series positives, this one so far has set up an interesting world with a lot of potential for future supernatural mysteries, and anyone who has followed my blog for any period of time knows I’m a sucker for that kind of set-up even if anime regularly drops the ball and these types of stories don’t usually end up being all that good.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window also has two non-high schoolers as the central characters which I’d probably appreciate more if it wasn’t for the focus on poorly constructed innuendo.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 1

So I’ll admit it, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window has definitely hooked me in with its first episode. I somehow doubt this one will be a season favourite but it is definitely the type of anime I enjoy following even if it doesn’t deliver on all that potential. They really just need to tone down the over-the-top and cheesy dialogue because it makes it hard to take anything else seriously.

Here’s hoping for some more interesting ghost stories as this season progresses.

You can read the full season review here.

Images from: The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window. Dir. D Iwanaga. Zero-G. 2021.


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