First Look: Re-Kan!

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Manga Adaptation by Studio Pierrot
Streaming on Crunchyroll

Premise

Hibiki Amami is starting high school. She can see and communicate with supernatural beings which, hilariously enough, includes cats. She tries to befriend the class rep, who hates all things related to the occult.

Jel’s verdict: I See Dead Anime

Re-Kan! asks the question “What would happen if you turned a traditional Japanese Horror flick into a hardcore Slice of Life Anime?”, a question I’m fairly certain no one has ever asked. I did find it amusing that the ghosts and what not that Amami can see are pretty realistic, in the few times we actually see them. That is really all just a gimmick though as this is some HARD Slice of Life going on here. Aside from lack of plot, we’re talking short segments, an attempt at a serious message at the end of the episode, and of course, vague romantic implications between the two main girls.

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Unfortunately, Re-Kan! lacks the subtlety and insane production values of a Kyoto Animation, P.A. Works, or Dogakobo to make something like that work. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The art is a distraction, particularly the backgrounds which are some horrid mix of filtered photos and sloppy textured CG. The directing is also really odd as it has a lot of visual novel style, straight-on camera angles that make the episode feel clunky. Those things could be overlooked in something with a stronger plot, but details become much more important when you’re trying to do full on Slice of Life. As a result, Re-Kan! is kind of cute and sweet but too boring and ugly to merit further attention. It wasn’t bad enough to make me want to quit anime, but I don’t want to watch anymore either.

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