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Ghost Talker's Daydream
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 10/18/2005

Synopsis:
Misaki Saiki is an S&M queen in a local men's club by profession. However, since Misaki can see and talk to ghosts, she also works as a spiritual medium on the side. Ghost Talker's Daydream is about Misaki's encounters with both the living and the dead, as the line between her two jobs blur...
 
Review:
Ghost Talker's Daydream has the qualities an interesting hentai feature should possess: a sassy dominatrix for a heroine, a naive schoolgirl, drooling men, and ghosts galore. Despite all that though, it's not quite the erotic supernatural series you're probably expecting.
 
Misaki Saiki has had the ability to see and talk to ghosts ever since she was a child. As a result, she was always picked on and ridiculed by other kids her age. Although Misaki has come to accept her ability in time, deep inside a part of her still wishes to be normal like everyone else. Now Misaki has two jobs. She works as a dominatrix / S&M queen in a local men's club while rendering services as a spiritual medium on the side. In the first episode, Misaki helps out a teenage girl named Ai, whose sister and niece were killed under suspicious circumstances. After a strange turn of events, Ai gains the ability to interact with the dead like Misaki. The second episode shows us how Ai deals with her gift, while the third and fourth episodes cover a string of child murders which compel Misaki to cooperate with a determined detective.
 
Ghost Talker's Daydream's foremost flaw is its lack of character development. While it's established that Misaki is a strong-willed woman with a somewhat tragic past, that's about it. Flashbacks from Misaki's childhood seem to just pop out of the blue that it's rather hard to put them together with everything going on. You don't even get to know what exactly Misaki's other power "Inui" is. All I know is that it's like some sort of magical pubic hair she can summon to attack whoever she targets. There's also a bit of background on Ai, but not nearly enough to make you feel anything for her in the series. There are two male supporting characters who are in every episode, but their roles are not given any meaning such that I can't even remember their names. One is sort of like Misaki's agent, who's responsible for hooking Misaki up with spiritual medium jobs. The other is Misaki's avid fan and stalker, a teenage boy who's Ai's classmate. Both seem to be there solely for convenience's sake and not much else. Storytelling is weak and predictable. Although the episodes are connected, everything feels rushed and overly contrived.
 
The art and animation are a mixed bag. Character designs are good, but the illustration quality is so erratic that in one scene everyone looks perfect then after a split-second they all start to look haphazardly drawn. Scenes are consistently vibrant though, albeit the background renditions also range from sketchy to meticulously detailed. There is a whole lot of nudity and fan service as well as a few suggestive scenes (like Misaki's sessions with her club customers) but no outright sexual activity. The English dubbing is generally okay, albeit it contains a truckload of curse words not present in the Japanese language version or the English subtitles.
 
I wasn't really impressed with Ghost Talker's Daydream, but I have to give it plus points for attempting to be unique. Watchable, if only out of sheer morbid curiosity as to what this kind of genre crossbreeding can offer.
 
Miscellanies:
Ghost Talker's Daydream spans four episodes. DVD extras include trailers, printable posters, and desktop wallpapers.

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Review Title:
Ghost Talker's Daydream
Alternative Titles:
Teizokurei Daydream
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
4
Duration:
120 Minutes
General Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Aired:
2004
Suitable For:
Young Adults
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Ecchi,
Horror, Supernatural
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