Mieruko Chan Episode 1 Review: Ghost Problems? Just Ignore Them!

Another season, another whole new list of anime to watch! We are starting Fall 2021 with Mieruko Chan Episode 1, and we are in for a wild ride. The horror-comedy anime sounds like a fun way to begin the last leg of our anime journey in 2021, so let’s get to it!

Mieruko Chan Episode 1 Overview

Mieruko Chan Episode 1 Title
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Mieruko-Chan is a comedy, horror, and supernatural anime that has received an anime adaptation as part of the Fall Anime 2021 anime season. The studio behind it is Studio Passione, which has had its hand in various horror and comedy anime in the past, including Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and High School DxD. It is an adaptation of a very popular manga series of the same name written by Tomoki Izumi.

It is being directed by Yuuki Ogawa, who has prior experience directing Ishizoku Reviewers for Studio Passione. She has also directed episodes in FLCL progressive and Miru Tights. The episode is also stylised as Mieruko-chan Episode 1.

– Mieruko Chan Episode 1 Review does not contain spoilers –

Mieruko Chan Episode 1 Review- Plot and Characters

Mieruko Chan Hana
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Horror is a genre that doesn’t really work in the medium of anime. There have been precious few anime in the past that take the traditional movie style of horror and successfully translate it into the medium. There have been plenty of psychological horrors and anime filled to the brim with gore, but not many truly fall into the “Horror” category. One anime that has worked as a horror-mystery is Higurashi, which Studio Passione has had a hand in.

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Thus, when I heard that the immensely popular Mieruko-chan is being adapted into anime form by Studio Passione, I was delighted by the news. I knew for sure that director Yuuki Ogawa and Passione knew what they were doing and that I could expect a decent if not great adaptation of the source material. As of Mieruko Chan Episode 1, my assumptions have proven correct. The anime has had a great start to the world and the story.

Mieruko Chan Episode 1 Family
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The concept is a great twist into the “I can see dead people” trope as, rather comically, the titular Mieruko can see ghosts and scary monsters. The difference here is that she ignores them until they go away. No Ichigo Kurosaki level heroism here, no sir. Just bury your head into your mobile phone and hope that the ghost goes away on its own. As a starter, it is great to see a practical teenager for once in anime.

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The atmosphere that Mieruko Chan Episode 1 established was fairly unnerving, but most of it was due to something that we will talk about later. The monsters were adequately scary, and the way they encroached upon Mieruko’s personal space while she tried not to move was frightening, to say the least. It is apparent that the show has got the horror element nailed. The comedy, however, needs some more work.

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As I say every time before I start a comedy review, it is subjective. What makes me laugh might not make you laugh, and vice versa. It is too early to comment about this, but in Episode 1, I didn’t think the series wanted to be much of a comedy at all. While a couple of instances broke the tension for a while, nothing managed to put a smile on my face. I wonder if the comedy element is just the fact that Mieruko ignores the ghosts. If so, we’ll have to wait and see how the showrunners mess with this concept to create some elements of comedy.

Mieruko has come across as a fine character so far. She is a normal high school girl with a family and a singular friend, and she just happens to see ghosts. There isn’t much that separates her from any other high schooler anime character right now, apart from the obvious “being smart enough to not mess with ghosts” part. Her friend, Hana, has something going on with her life. Who wants to bet it’s ghosts? I sure do. Overall, Mieruko Chan Episode 1 left a fine impression on this outing.

Mieruko Chan Episode 1 Review

The clear MVP of the show in Mieruko-chan Episode 1 was the music. The background OST was a delight to experience and set a terrific tone for the start of the anime. It was scary, thematic, and perfectly encapsulated the tone that the show was going for. Any horror media that has music lives and dies by it, and a bad soundtrack can ruin a show before it has even started. Thankfully, the music here worked splendidly.

The animation was a lot more colourful than I would have imagined, giving it a charming yet still foreboding feel. There was nothing spectacular here, but whatever was here worked very well. The designs of the ghosts were also great and didn’t feel cheesy like a lot of them can get. Overall, top stuff by Studio Passione here.

Verdict

Mieruko Chan Episode 1 was a great start to the series, and it is great to see horror represented in an anime lineup again. The music and the concept were the best parts of the show, and I hope that the showrunners can keep this momentum for the entirety of the show’s runtime.

Read our review of Episode 2 Here!

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SUMMARY

Mieruko Chan Episode 1 was a great start to the series, and it is great to see horror represented in an anime lineup again. The music and the concept were the best parts of the show, and I hope that the showrunners can keep this momentum for the entirety of the show's runtime.

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