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  • TV-14
  • 2020
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.6  (1,266)

In/Spectre is a supernatural mystery anime series produced by Brain's Base and directed by Keiji Gotoh, based on the manga series of the same name written by Kyo Shirodaira and illustrated by Chashiba Katase. The show premiered on TV Asahi on January 11, 2020, and ran for 12 episodes.

The story of In/Spectre centers around a young woman named Kotoko Iwanaga, who was abducted by yokai (supernatural creatures) when she was young and subsequently gained supernatural powers. As a result of her experiences, she became an expert on yokai and supernatural phenomena, and works as an intermediary between the human and yokai worlds. Along with her partner, Kuro Sakuragawa, a mysterious young man with regenerative powers, Kotoko investigates various supernatural cases, some of which involve dangerous yokai that threaten humans.

One of the main plot threads of the show involves Kotoko's relationship with Kuro, who is initially hesitant to work with her due to her supernatural abilities. However, as the two work together on cases and get to know each other better, they develop a close bond. Kotoko harbors romantic feelings for Kuro, but he is initially aloof and unwilling to reciprocate these feelings.

The show's episodes typically adapt one or two chapters from the manga, each featuring a single case that Kotoko and Kuro must solve. Many of these cases involve yokai or supernatural phenomena that pose a threat to humans, and Kotoko often must use her knowledge of the yokai world to solve these cases. In some cases, the yokai are sympathetic or misunderstood, and Kotoko must find a way to resolve the conflict between the yokai and human worlds without resorting to violence.

Despite its supernatural elements, In/Spectre often focuses on character interactions and dialogue, as Kotoko and Kuro explore their complicated relationship and work together to solve each case. Kotoko is a quirky and loquacious character who often uses her words to defuse tense situations, while Kuro is more reserved and thoughtful. Together, they form an effective and complementary team that is able to overcome many obstacles.

The show also features a number of other recurring characters, including Saki Yumihara, an old friend of Kotoko's who works as a police detective; Rikka Sakuragawa, Kuro's adoptive sister and a powerful yokai; and Kappa, a talkative and mischievous yokai who often serves as comic relief.

In/Spectre's animation style is colorful and expressive, with visually stunning scenes that highlight the supernatural elements of the show. The character designs are distinctive, with each character having a unique look and personality.

Overall, In/Spectre is a highly enjoyable supernatural anime that blends elements of mystery and romance. The show's strong characters and intricate plot keep viewers engaged, while its supernatural elements provide a fresh twist on the mystery genre. Whether you're a fan of anime or just looking for a new show to binge-watch, In/Spectre is definitely worth checking out.

In/Spectre is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on January 11, 2020.

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A Lucky Day at the Unagi Restaurant
12. A Lucky Day at the Unagi Restaurant
March 26, 2023
Two friends meet for dinner in a classy unagi restaurant, and get distracted by an apparently young girl who is confidently dining there alone. Somehow, this leads to talk of murder...
Sleeping Murder
11. Sleeping Murder
March 19, 2023
Kotoko offers her own explanation of Sumi's death, which awakens the memory of a crime that had slept for decades.
Uninvited Judge
10. Uninvited Judge
March 12, 2023
Rion talks to her father and, realizing something important about her grandmother, proposes an answer to the president's assignment to her relatives.
The Silenced Children
9. The Silenced Children
March 5, 2023
The heirs to the hotel chain begin discussing what they're going to tell Kotoko, but some unexpected details come to light.
And So, the Ruler Disappeared
8. And So, the Ruler Disappeared
February 26, 2023
A hotel chain magnate asks Kotoko for help in solving a murder
Or You Could Wish Upon a Star
7. Or You Could Wish Upon a Star
February 19, 2023
Tae talks about her past and Kotoko figures out a way they can defeat the Electroshock Pinocchio.
Electroshock Pinocchio
6. Electroshock Pinocchio
February 12, 2023
Tae is an active octogenarian who lives with an unusually talkative cat. Why do the fishermen in her seaside town find dead fish coming in with the tide every morning?
Rikka Returns
5. Rikka Returns
February 5, 2023
Kotoko and Kuro discover where Rikka, his cousin with the same powers, has been living since their last encounter. They go to investigate the apartment, which has a grisly history.
The Yuki-Onna's Innocence
4. The Yuki-Onna's Innocence
January 29, 2023
Kotoko presents the case's resolution to an astonished Yuki-Onna and Masayuki, and makes an important decision about their future.
The Yuki-Onna's Alibi
3. The Yuki-Onna's Alibi
January 22, 2023
Masayuki is suspected of killing his ex-wife, so Yuki-Onna goes to Kotoko for help.
The Value of Flesh
2. The Value of Flesh
January 15, 2023
Eleven years ago, Muroi Masayuki's life was saved by a Yuki-Onna up in the snowy mountains.
That God's Name Is
1. That God's Name Is
January 8, 2023
Kotoko and Kuro investigate an empty apartment that has strange noises coming from it every night.
Where to Watch In/Spectre
In/Spectre is available for streaming on the TV Asahi website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch In/Spectre on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 11, 2020
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (1,266)