In/Spectre, Anime Recommendation of the Week!

Key points for Anime Recommendation – In/Spectre:

  • Season 2 of In/Spectre is a significant improvement over its first season, offering a more compelling narrative and character development.
  • The anime delivers engaging mysteries that defy typical storytelling conventions, keeping viewers guessing until the very end.
  • Kotoko and Kurou’s chemistry shines through, bolstering the series with strong character dynamics amidst supernatural investigations.

Ok, to be honest, on the first watch, I didn’t quite like Season 1 of this anime. But I heard that Season 2 was pretty good so I decided to give In/Spectre another chance. And I do think that it was worth it. Season 2 is a big improvement over Season 1. But Season 1 isn’t as bad as I remembered either. It had its issues but it was alright. Season 2 though is a big draw and I enjoyed Season 2 thoroughly, which is why I wanted to talk about this anime this week.

So welcome back to another edition of our anime recommendation series! This week we are talking about In/Spectre. I am glad that I decided to give this show another shot. So let’s talk about it!


In/Spectre or Kyokou Suiri is based on the manga of the same name by Shirodaira Kyou and illustrated by Katase Chashiba. The manga has been serialized in the monthly Shounen Magazine since April 2015. As for that anime adaptation, it currently has 2 seasons of 12 episodes each, both of which are made by Brain’s Base. The first season aired in the winter 2020 season and the second one came out last year in the winter 2023 season. Far as I remember, a 3rd season had not yet been confirmed.


I won’t go into too much detail here because the mysteries in this anime are always good. But basically, Youkais exist in this world. Most people can’t see them but both the human and youkai world affect each other and are in constant contact. Kotoko is the “God of Wisdom” of the Youkais and helps in maintaining the balance between both worlds. She approaches a seemingly normal-looking university student, Kurou, and asks him to be her partner. Both seasons follow Kotoko and Kurou dealing with different cases.

Again, I don’t want to spoil what mysteries lie in wait in both seasons as it is best to experience those for yourself. Despite my issues with season 1, the mystery itself was good. A usual mystery anime would slowly clue you into the truth but this anime just lies to your face. And that surprisingly creates an engaging narrative.


In Season 1, aside from Kotoko, the other characters were kinda bland. Season 2 also addresses this issue by giving Kurou a more defined character and even an arc. I wish that the side characters were a little more fleshed out but most of the side characters are there to be involved in the mysteries so that’s fine. There are a few notable side characters though like Saki, Rikka, and Karin but they are few. Still, the focus on the main duo kind of makes up for it.

Animations and Soundtracks

I think that the sound design of both seasons is pretty solid overall. The same goes for the art style. The characters look pretty good and Youkai are pretty well designed as well. I do think that the CGI is better in the 2nd season but it is not that different.

Summing Up

Here’s why you should watch In/Spectre:

  • Great plot
  • Engaging mysteries
  • Good chemistry between MCs
  • Good fights

That is all for now! Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!

Also, check out my thoughts on Wind Breaker here!

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