In/Spectre Season 1 Recap took you through the first season of In/Spectre and what made it a great Ayakashi show. What sets In/Spectre apart is the new concept of the Youkai’s Goddes of Wisdom, a being without an eye and a leg, and who is human.
Kotoko Iwanaga is a 20-year-old girl, who is quite short for her age, and she doubles as the supernatural’s Goddes of Wisdom. She solves the problems between spectres – youkai. ghosts, demons, or any supernatural that you can name. Then there’s Kurou Sakuragawa, someone who’s eaten the flesh of a mermaid and a Kudan.
Well, the recap covered everything so let’s move to the actual episode. Basically, episode 1 of season 2 also doubles as the recap for season 1. It’s there to make the viewers remember and be in tune with everything that will happen in season 2. It sets the premise and explains Kotoko, and Kurou’s roles and powers.
I was actually hoping for it to start from the Yuki-onna chapter, so it was a bit boring. But, it was great to see the characters living it.
So, three ghosts are playing cards and discussing their Goddes of Wisdom, Kotoko, and here, they take us through the events of season 1. They also discuss Kurou but the ghosts only mention his mermaid powers of immortality.
Then, a wimpy-looking ghost among the three takes his problem to Kotoko. At night, he hears a thump-thump sound from the apartment above where he lives. The owner ignores it, but the ghost gets a creepy feeling, and the manager found a voodoo doll there.
We see Kurou and Kotoko at his apartment, where Kurou is complaining that because of Kotoko, the neighbors think he is doing salacious things with little girls. Here, we see their relationship from all sides and the bond between them. Kotoko invites him along to check out the ghost’s problem.
A Fabricated Story
They don’t actually show us how Kotoko deals with the problem, just that she’s in front of the ghost with Kurou, and explaining the actual story behind the sound. She explains that there was in fact no Voodoo doll, and the manager made it up.
In fact, the manager’s pet reptile would sneak into the apartment due to a construction mistake, and since the apartment complex has no pets rules, he started the thump-thump to protect his pet. And, he did it for many nights after finding his pet.
Kotoko fabricates a well-structured, and reasonable lie that anyone would believe. I totally believed she was telling the truth. As the Goddes of Wisdom, Kotoko knows how to make solid cases – she would have been a pretty good lawyer if she wasn’t the Youkai’s Lady.
What Really Happened
From Kotoko and Kurou’s conversation in the car, we find out that the Voodo doll was constructed in old times to ward off evil spirits (all supernatural beings) from where they are placed in. It has some kind of energy to do it, and we find out why the doll was shaped like a sumo wrestler.
Next up, Kotoko and Kurou go out into the woods to confront the Voodoo Doll and destroy it so that the spectres in the area can live peacefully, without fear. It’s the Goddess of Wisdom’s responsibility.
She abandons Kurou to the fight when the doll notices him, and since he’s the most feared even by Youkai standards, the doll rushes to exterminate him. And Kotoko’s a Goddess, so it won’t touch her.
During the fight, where Kurou dies a few gory death, we switch from the three ghosts playing cards and they are talking about Kurou in detail. While they talk, we see Kurou come back and pick multiple futures.
And at the end, they defeat the doll when Kotoko uses her stick, and snaps its neck in half. Kurou pushes the stick in further and the doll breaks. Yay! The battle’s over.
We also see more of their relationship here since Kurou was bumped out that he couldn’t find a future in which Kotoko didn’t have to help him and face the doll. She assures him that this was easy compared to most fights she settles.
Waiting for Episode 2
It was good, if not a bit boring. Really looking forward to the next couple of episodes, especially when they’ll bring Rikka into the story.