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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Hmm, this sounds like a show I might like. From what I am seeing on your blog, and other blogs is that a couple of the new shows on offer aren’t very good, or rather dull. Too bad really, but who knows maybe things will pick up when the series progress.
More than a couple, unfortunately. Week 1 was pretty underwhelming for the majority of shows.
I’m been avoiding getting on a soapbox about this, but I think I want to take an opportunity to say something. Many people have been criticizing this season based on the first episodes. A lot of them have way more experience than I do and could very well be correct in their assumptions, but I haven’t seen anything that I wanted to dismiss outright. (Most) people certainly can’t watch everything, but I’m willing to give the few I’ve selected a chance at least. If I think about many of the shows I have enjoyed, a lot of the first episodes were kind of weak.
So yes, hopefully they will pick up 😀
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I completely agree with you. I always give series a chance, and rarely drop shows. Pretty much just because of the fact that a show can sometimes get better over time. A case in point is Coppelion. The first few episodes were pretty bland, but then halfway through it all, the series changed, and really became very interesting. So I know what you are saying…sometimes it just takes a while for series to develop into something cool (and ofcourse at times, that first impression can be right as well 😂😂). That said..I did like Fuuka…a series that is so far away from the things I usually watch that at times I am amazed that I even like it at all 😂😂
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Too bad about two of your shows falling through ;__;
Dunno how to feel about Spiritpact after your review. Maybe it can go places now?
Speaking of which, week 1 wasn’t amazing in general, yeah, but claiming that this season sucks just from that is jumping the gun!
Thanks for sharing.