Haruka Ozawa’s sophomore year is getting seriously scary. One of her friends is possessed, another has committed suicide and Haruka could be the next one to flunk the still-breathing test. Her only way out of this potentially lethal dead end? Yakumo Saito, an enigmatic student born with a mysterious red eye that allows him to see and communicate with the dead. But the deceased don’t always desist and some killers are more than ready to kill again to keep dead men from telling any more tales. That doesn’t stop Haruka’s knack for digging up buried secrets, and there’s even more evidence of bodies being exhumed by both Yakumo’s police contact and an investigative journalist with a newly made corpse in her closet! Can this pair of anything but normal paranormal detectives solve the ultimate dead case files or will they end up in cold storage themselves? – My Anime List
Based on 9 review scores:
I loved this set – I really want to see them take it further; but it works as it is. This series has a beginning and an end and a full story in between. It’s a mix of 80’s style detective shows with a supernatural twist, with a young “cast” that keep it fresh. Also, has a bit of the Darker Than Black feel but is a lot less moody. Cool, cool. Also, feels a bit like Trinity Blood in the relationship department: emotions are there, but don’t bog you down.
Overall, Yakumo is another series that went a bit under the radar this season (despite the HUGE hype leading up to it) but this is quite a good series to watch, even for some people who usually don’t like Bee-Train’s really slow sense of storytelling, because the pacing of this series is much faster than their usual series. Just be aware of some sloppy and rushed storytelling here and there.
Psychic Detective Yakumo is part of a familiar mold of series with what it wants to accomplish, but it tries to set itself apart a bit by going with college age students and a slimmer cast overall. While Yakumo is you standard dark and cynical guy who is just trying to get through the day in a way, I rather liked the way Haruka brought some light to it without being over the top in her interest in him. The stronger players as it unfolds and as you look at the show as a whole is the way Yakumo’s uncle figures into it and the detective and his family.
Anime News Network
Riddled with an inconsistent plot, lacklustre animation and a corny soundtrack, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo never quite manages to engage the audience. With an intriguing premise I wanted to be glued to the screen, yet somehow flicking to the next episode became a chore.
My Anime List
It turned out to be yet another bland forgettable mystery anime.
The Nihon Review
It’s one thing to tolerate a really lackluster first half of a series if the second half is rewarding, but Psychic Detective Yakumo’s second half is mediocre at best, with only a small handful of truly absorbing moments. I really couldn’t find a reason to care about what happened to the characters (except for Isshin) because I couldn’t find a tangible connection. Yakumo and Haruka are completely defined by their pasts, even at the end. Here’s my question: what do these two want to do with their futures? Perhaps if the show made an attempt to answer that, it might have been more engaging.