Hey guys, Josh here once again with another First Impression. And you know what? This is actually the second draft of this particular Impression. I originally had my typical play-by-play commentary written out for this first episode, but after sleeping on it, (and then subsequently OVERSLEEPING–don’t judge me) I realized something pretty quickly; this show has been done before…and done better. And so I felt that I really don’t need to spend 40 days and 40 nights writing out a long review because…well…we’ve all pretty much seen this show before and, depending on your anime age, you may’ve even seen this anime MULTIPLE times. Let’s just get into it. I’m the Blue Socked Samurai and this is my First Impression of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window. Trust me, this won’t take long.
Okay, so stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A glasses-wearing protagonist who can see ghosts, much to his chagrin, is approached by a mysterious person (Who may or may not be blonde) who decides that he can use the first guy’s powers to further his business and help with his fear of ghosts and spirits. Oh, and the business owner may or may not actually be in love with the glasses-wearing protagonist, as he can’t seem to keep his hands off the protagonist and often uses double-entendres and questionable methods to harness the protags underlying powers which our protagonist seems to enjoy…on a sexual level. (Hey, whatever proverbially floats your proverbial boat)
Yup. That’s it. That’s all there is to this show. And that’s all I can see this show being. This show is pretty much a combination of the 2006 anime xxxHolic, the 2016 anime The Morose Mononokean, and the 2018 anime Mob Psycho 100, just with a sharp turn towards the BL (boys love). Now, I personally don’t have a problem with BL; you can honestly find some great stories in the genre—one of which I covered here. But in this anime, it just feels like it’s being used as a gimmick instead of a naturally occurring development. And the reason it’s used as gimmick is because this anime, at least at first blush, does NOT provide anything new or fresh to the world. We’ve seen this show before, my friends, and we’ve seen it done better. If you’re going to make it so the two male characters fall in love with each other, okay, that’s fine. We can go with that. But make it natural and organic–don’t just jump right into “Oh, I gotta put my hands on you to touch your soul so we can do the thing” EASE us into that stuff, why don’t ya?
So where does that leave us? Simple. Ain’t no way I’m gonna finish this one up. Ya’ll can have this one. This is already going to be a PRODIGIOUSLY loaded anime season, and honestly, there are much better shows you should be watching. Honestly can’t say who this show would be suitable for; MAYBE if you’re into supernatural mysteries you’ll find some enjoyment in it, cause there is a bit of a mystery aspect like how the main character Mikado is able to see ghosts or how the exorcist for hire Hiyakawa can use his powers…and MAYBE if you just want a BL show that you can just turn your brain off and enjoy…but other than that, just go watch xxxHolic or The Morose Mononokean.
The Night Beyond the Tricolored Window can be streamed on Crunchyroll.