It’s been a while since I’ve done an anime review! So far, I have only reviewed current anime. This time, I’m going to write about a classic throwback that many of you might not have heard of, but it’s definitely one I strongly recommend. And so, I present to you….Haunted Junction!!
Haunted Junction is a supernatural comedy from 1997, only 12 episodes long. The main character, Haruto Houjou, is the president of Saito High School’s Holy Student Council. Unlike an ordinary school council, this one is dedicated to protecting the school from evil spirits and using the seven school spirits to fight against said evil.
The Plot and People (and spirits!)
Along with Haruto are Mutsuki Asahina, a shrine maiden with a scarily aggressive shotacon (basically, she likes little boys), and Kazumi Ryudo, a Buddhist monk who’s constantly possessed by the spirits of pretty much anything that happens to pass by. They are led by the Chairman, a tiny old man who happens to be one of the school spirits and has a knack for collecting haunted artifacts.
The other school spirits include:
-Nino: an intelligent little boy who is frequently targeted by Mutsuki’s little boy complex.
-Red Mantle: a male spirit clad in a red cape and white eye mask, whose charms are irresistible to women.
-Giant: A giant foot. You only see him from the knee down.
While Kazumi and Mutsuki find their job cool, exciting, and a good excuse to cut class, Haruto desperately desires a normal school life, to have a normal girlfriend and normal career. Though he is the son of a Christian priest, Haruto doesn’t possess any supernatural powers other than the ability to see spirits and summon the school spirits from the badges they are sealed within, and is therefore needed by the student council.
The series is fairly short, so if you watch it all the way through and hate it, you’ve only wasted 6 hours of your life. While I personally loved Haunted Junction, it’s one of those shows that you’ll either love or hate. The show is bat shit crazy, filled with plenty of gags and “WTF?” moments….which you will either love or hate.
The gags are all totally unexpected. I find that a lot of anime have very predictable and similar jokes. My favorite thing about watching the show was having absolutely no idea what to expect at any given moment. Whether it’s a silly looking monster, an unexpected plot twist, or a ridiculous quote, there’s never a dry moment. If the humor isn’t your thing, there’s still the battles between the council members and evil spirits to hold your attention.
Each episode follows a different story line (with the exception of the last couple), so I recommend watching at least 3-4 episodes. It took me a few episodes to actually get what the show was about, since I wasn’t sure if it was going to follow one plot or do something new for each episode. If you don’t like the first episode, there’s a chance one of the other plots will be more appealing to you. I really dislike long plots that last for several episodes, so the pacing of Haunted Junction was perfect for me. But if you really, really, really don’t like the show, at least the cool theme songs will make it feel worthwhile.
Have you ever seen Haunted Junction? Did you love it or hate it? Or are you really eager to check it out! Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section! Thanks for reading~