- 2 Seasons
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.