Shy bookstore clerk Kosuke Mikado has the ability to see ghosts and spirits, an ability he wishes he didn’t have, since what he sees usually terrifies him. Rihito Hiyakawa, an exorcist whose supernatural powers are as strong as his social graces are weak, doesn’t seem to fear anything, mortal or otherwise. When this odd couple gets together to solve the bizarre cases that come their way, their work methods may not be entirely safe for work! (SuBLime Manga)
Vina Nurziani (The Indonesian Anime Times)
“Should exorcisms be this erotic? That felt really… good.”
“Hey, you know. When paranormal stuff happens, they say it’s good to think of erotic things. Because when spirits are faced with the life force of humans, they run away.”
How do you feel when your personal space was invaded by a stranger without your consent? Since who-knows-when, Kousuke Mikado can see what others can’t see. Living his life scared of the deceased spirits, he has been keeping his distance from scary things while working as a bookstore clerk. But the distance he’s been keeping starts to crumble when he met an exorcist named Rihito Hiyakawa. Hiyakawa, without any approval, uses Mikado’s soul to boost his exorcist ability. They also share their senses in that process, Mikado for seeing and Rihito for hearing. And while their soul is connected, they feel pleasure.
The duo of Mikado and Hiyakawa are depicted to have opposite personalities and they have their unique ways of communicating. Even though Mikado is a scaredy-cat when he is faced with the deceased, he is honest about his feelings. He tells Hiyakawa that he is scared of ghosts and that’s why he is reluctant to be his assistant. Given the situation he is dragged into by Hiyakawa, he still accepts Hiyakawa and helps him to solve the case despite his doubts about their relationship. He is open to talking about himself, like the way he copes with seeing things by reading the situation to keep a safe distance.
On the other hand, Hiyakawa’s way of expressing himself leaves a different interpretation in his dialogue from the selection of words. He comes off as mysterious and doesn’t talk about himself. If we take the dialogues alone without bringing the context of supernatural things when Hiyakawa and Mikado are performing exorcisms, it could lead to a different meaning, or is it actually the other way around?
The first episode of Tricornered Window wraps up neatly with the show getting more suspenseful as the episode goes on and ends leaving the next clue of the story. The scene changes from colourful at the first half too dark for the rest of the show because of the change of setting. Putting aside the sensual speech of Hiyakawa, how the story is consistently told from Mikado’s point of view even when they’re sharing their senses adds to the mystery because Mikado is clueless about what is going on around him now after he met Hiyakawa.
Facts and Figures
|Source material||Manga by Tomoko Yamashita|
|Cast||Chika Anzai as Erika Hiura
Nobunaga Shimazaki as Kousuke Mikado
Satoshi Mikami as Hiroki Hanazawa
Souma Saitou as Keita Mukae
Wataru Hatano as Rihito Hiyakawa
|Director||Daiji Iwanaga (My Roomate is a Cat)|
|Series composition||Ayumi Sekine (Flip Flappers)|
|Character design||Yoshitaka Yasuda|
|Opening Song||“Saika” (サイカ) by Frederic (フレデリック)|
|Ending Song||“Breakers” by Wataru Hatano|
|Broadcast Date||3 October 2021 (1300 GMT/2000 WIT/2200 JST)|
Screenshots and Trailers
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