The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 3 – Awkward Relationships and a Barrage of Questions

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 3

I get a lot of seasonal viewers have already dismissed The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window after the ultra-cheesy and somewhat sleazy first episode, however I’m kind of glad I decided to stick with it. Episode 3 is intriguing and we finally get a conversation with Erika who has a bit of a fun personality and also calls out Hiyakawa on his possessive tendencies. From start to finish this episode kept me focused and it left me with a real curiosity about who these characters really are and what is really driving them.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Episode 3

When The Night Beyond The Tricornered Window started it didn’t really nail its execution. However that’s left plenty of room for the next couple of episodes to show improvement.

This episode of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window stars with Hiyakawa and Mikado investigating a potential spirit in a pond though mostly this sequence just reinforces to the audience what we already know. Hiyakawa is most definitely shady and Mikado does not ask enough of the right questions.

What episode 3 adds to the mix later in the episode after the encounter with Erika is the possibility that Mikado can’t ask the right questions potentially because of some direct interference from Hiyakawa. The scene plays out uncomfortably, and I’m pretty sure it was supposed to, as Hiyakawa most definitely forces Mikado beyond his comfort zone (spiritually of course) and Mikado makes an attempt to stay in clear headed and in control but finds he cannot.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

It is quite clear now that Hiyakawa is most definitely toxic for Mikado where in episode one it felt like poor writing and BL Tropes from an era we’d all prefer to move on from, by episode 3 they’ve very much established that there’s something off about Hiyakawa and how he has approached Mikado and it feels very much like the plot might actually explore that rather than just leaving the relationship as is.

It would be kind of fantastic if The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window did have Mikado actually remove himself from this situation, or at the very least confronted the situation head on rather than just succumbing to an imbalanced relationship. Whether this story is ambitious enough to deal with that sort of problematic content or whether it just wants to show it while at the same time look like it isn’t endorsing it remains to be seen.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

Though I guess anyone who read the source would know, but I’ll just kind of wait and see.


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And before I get onto Erika (who definitely stole this episode of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window) I kind of liked that Mikado’s life continues to be explored. Why can he see so well? It is curious and the mystery of his father who left his mother when he was four, taking every image of himself with him is definitely suspicious.

We also see that Mikado ends up being contacted by people who knew him from school, and knew he could see spirits, for assistance. They aren’t grateful when he helps them but more see it as confirmation he’s some kind of freak but Mikado seems very used to this kind of treatment and just kind of shrugs it off.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

A final point, the eye-balls peering out through the ‘cracks’ in the room was perhaps the creepiest visual I’ve seen in anime in a good long time. Not quite as creepy as Megumi in Shiki as she squeezes out from under the bed, but still, I’ll be seeing those eyes in my dreams I think.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

Okay, so the best part of episode 3 of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window was Erika. Not only does she have a bit of a sassy personality when she encounters Mikado and Hiyakawa we also learn a lot about her but that just leaves so many questions about what we still don’t know.

We know she’s cursing people and we learn this is because there’s someone else in her life that is kind of forcing her too, but how and why are not really explored other than we get a glimpse at her home-life and it is off. That’s the only way to describe the situation in her house. It’s not right. We don’t yet know how it got to this point or what is causing it but Erika’s house if clearly not a home.

More than that, her movements are restricted and she’s clearly not free to make her own choices. That isn’t to say she’s an innocent bystander in all this. She happily admits to cursing the girl at her school in the last episode of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window because the girl was unpleasant. So while there’s something behind Erika’s action she isn’t exactly against laying curses on people who cross her or she decides deserve it. It makes her a somewhat intriguing element in this story as her character really could go a number of different directions.

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

I hope we see more of Erika in The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window. I liked Keita who was introduced last week but was strangely absent this week, but Erika is definitely show stealing quality.

Honestly, episode 3 has been the strongest episode of this series so far and I’m kind of hoping it continues to build on this as each episode so far has felt like it has been on more solid footing than the last and made less missteps. I’m looking forward to where The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window will go and I’ll just hope it hasn’t peaked already.

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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 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.

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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.

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


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