Author: Fuyumi Ono
Manga-ka: Shiho Inada
Rating: Teen (13+)
Released: November 2007
Synopsis: “After a series of disappearances in an old mansion, the intrepid Ghost Hunters of the SPR try to unearth the gruesome secret of this scary maze of rooms and passageways. The discovery that the house has a history of murders leaves the team fearing for their safety. What mystery is this dark manor hiding? And will SPR crack the case in time to save one of their own from a terrible fate?”
After reading volume six, volume seven became one of those must-have-now volumes. Continuing with the escalating danger of the previous story, Mai has survived a traumatizing dream life of the last living moments of a girl gruesomely murdered. The investigative team continues to struggle with the strange layout of the house in order to find where the disappearing guests have gone.
While its become more of a race for time than a battle of spirits, I still enjoyed the moments of contrast between the different religions of each character, all of whom use their different abilities and spirituality to aid in the cases they’re assigned. Mai remains a very likeable lead character and I really like the budding of her newfound powers, abilities fostered by being around the others. She’s not instantly in control of them by any means, and remains humble and nervous about them, for while the information and insight she gains from her psychic dreams prove useful, they also prove to be often terrifying ordeals.
This volume was more intense than previous ones on the grounds that the character’s lives were at stack, with a murderous blood spiller hidden somewhere in the walls. After Mai’s seemingly near death experience, the disappearance of Masako becomes a nerve-wracking experience. While I was little disappointment that the confrontation with the being responsible was short-lived, it still gave me the chills and would’ve h ad me questioning my basement’s darker corners if I had one.
While a little lighter on the ghosts than other volumes, Ghost Hunt volume seven was still a good and ghoulish read. It’s a great balance between good characters, restless spirits and old-fashion sleuthing with a modern day edge. A continued recommendation!