Episode Title: “Suddenly, a Pact with a Spirit?”
Heir of an old famous family of exorcist, Keika You is stricken by poverty after losing his parents. He struggles as a street fortune teller and computer recovery part timer to earn money. One night in a junkyard, he meets the mysterious yet charismatic exorcist, Ki Tanmoku, fighting an evil spirit. This encounter is the beginning of a fated story for Keika You. Unfortunately for him, he was actually hit by a car and became a ghost. That was when the handsome exorcist Ki appeared and asked Keika to make a “pact” with him to fight evil spirits together. Here starts the friendship of our heroes!
To be perfectly honest, I picked this show out of desperation. With two of my picks falling through and low confidence in the others airing, I went back through the season’s list to find something that could work. After some personal debate I queued up Spiritpact.
The show was better than I expected, yet at the same time doesn’t go very far. After some brief character background, it takes the MC getting hit by a bus to get the plot moving. Keika’s untimely death turns into a full-on comedy spectacle, where he refuses to listen to anything the exorcist Ki asks of him. Keika’s rude and self serving personality are used for further laughs even as an encounter with a malicious spirit lands them both in trouble, but his hand is eventally, and expectedly, forced into a partnership wth Ki.
Bearing a lot of similarity to Noragami in its plot elements, it doesn’t have the same depth. Ki is quite stiff as the powerful and experienced exorcist but Keika is rather funny. He seems to lament the loss of his family’s exorcist legacy but hardly seems motivated to regain it himself. While his humorous reactions to the strange things he encounters is entertaining enough for now, I’ll have to see where this series intends to go before deciding to stick with it.
Keika is a hilarious jerk
Some decent CGI assisted animation
Hints at being more serious but doesn’t sell that point well
No clear plot direction so far.
Based on the premise, I was expecting this series to be something reminiscent of Noragami. Instead, it ended up being more like early Naruto type humor… times ten. Now, this isn’t to say that Spiritpact is disappointing, only that it completely caught me off guard. Once I realized the type of humor to expect, I found myself laughing quite a bit during episode one. If cheesy, exaggerated humor is not your thing, this series is probably not for you. Otherwise, Spiritpact may prove to be surprisingly enjoyable.
Loaded with humorous moments
Interesting premise (but overshadowed by comedy)
Viewers cannot expect to take any tense moments seriously
Absolutely no development in way of backstory
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