Manga / Re-Kan!

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Re-Kan is a Japanese yonkoma manga series by Hinako Seta, serialized in Houbunsha's Manga Time Jumbo magazine. Re-Kan! was first published as a one-shot in Manga Time Jumbo '​s December 2009 issue, and it later began serialization with the February 2010 issue. It has been collected into four tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Pierrot+ began airing April 2, 2015.

Hibiki Amami is an odd girl who can see ghosts and otherworldly things, as well as talk to animals! Originally a Yonkoma, it has received an anime adaptation as part of the Spring 2015 Anime lineup.

The show is available on Crunchyroll here and on Hulu here for people in the US and Canada.

Has an in-progress character page that needs a lot more love.

Not to be confused with Rin Ne, another show about seeing ghosts whose anime adaptation aired in the same season.


This show contains examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Several of the ghosts get one or half an episode that focuses on them and the main characters helping them out.
    • After Kenta asks about it, Makoto finally reveals more about her obsession with zombies in the second half of episode 10 stemming from a zombie manga some students drew when her father attended school there. Though Hibiki is touched by the zombie's curse, the others are more skeptical of it, and still don't see why Makoto obsesses about zombies so much.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Narumi adamantly refuses to believe in ghosts. This would be a rational point of view if not for the fact that even the completely mundane people around Hibiki regularly see evidence that they are real, not to mention the strong hints that Narumi herself has a sixth sense.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Hibiki and Narumi, they get a lot of legit Ship Tease and the way they act around each other makes them practically the series Official Couple, but nothing goes beyond Romantic Two-Girl Friendship subtext...heavy, heavy subtext.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Zigzagged. Several of the ghosts do this after they get helped with whatever was keeping them bound to Earth. But some of them stick around anyway, such as roll call samurai, because they like spending time with Hibiki, and in many cases, protecting her against Ero-Neko.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Episode 9 starts on Hibiki's friends freaking out over finding out that Hibiki is making Valentine Chocolate for someone. Assuming it's for a guy she might have a crush on her friends stalk Hibiki in hopes of finding out who it is. Of course, much to Narumi's relief, it all turns out to be just another ghost problem Hibiki was helping with.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: The perverted cat does this to one of the samurai ghost's attacks in episode 2. Kana manages to take a picture of it.
  • Beach Episode: The first part of episode 4 has the characters go to a beach. Due to the nature of this show, it's also haunted by ghosts.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: It's revealed that the ghosts are quite friendly to Hibiki because not only can she see them, but she often tries to help them out, such as getting candy for the ghost children, or creating a scarf for a samurai ghost and offering him food. They try to return the favor to her in episode 11 by watching over Yuuhi's room so she can visit Hibiki at least once, something the latter has desired for a long time.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Inverted example with Ero-Neko, the pervered cat. He tries to watch the girls changing in their locker room, and later tries to look up Hibiki's skirt. This becomes a Running Gag in the show.
  • Big "NO!": Hibiki does this a few times in episode 2 when telling her classmates about the dream she had with the perverted cat asking her to show her panties over and over.
    • When the girl possessing Hibiki says she's meeting somebody for Christmas, Hibiki's friends come to the conclusion that she - and therefore Hibiki - will be going on a date. Kenta lets out a Big No, but gets shoved aside by Narumi - who lets out a bigger one.
  • Blank White Eyes: Narumi displays these quite often due to the shock of seeing ghosts around Hibiki.
  • Blatant Lies: In episode 2, the characters discuss if they're more scared of humans, or ghosts. Narumi claims she's more afraid of humans after her grandmother's spirit appears over her, despite always screaming in fear at paranormal events.
  • Blue with Shock: Hibiki does this in episode 2 after hearing about Kenta's ghost story. See the Comically Missing the Point entry for further details.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In episode 2, the teacher does a roll call. When he gets to Hibiki, she is sleeping. The ghosts answer for her, but then Ero-Neko is also heard asking for a Panty Shot. The teacher tries again, and once again the ghost and the cat answer, with yet another request for a Panty Shot.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In Episode 4, Hibiki addresses the camera with the words, "Summer means the beach," the title of the episode.
  • Butt-Monkey: A few examples:
    • Kenta tends to get beat up by the girls a lot. Even for stuff he didn't do, but just happened to be around for. And in episode 8, they hit him despite his somewhat positive dialogue such as creating new memories for a little ghost girl who didn't get to create too many while alive.
    • The perverted cat ends up this way when the ghosts start protecting Hibiki from his attempts to view her panties.
    • Narumi and ghosts. Though it's mostly not intentional, her hanging out around Hibiki also means she sees a lot of paranormal events, and always gets freaked out by them. By episode 5 she wonders if she's being made fun of because of this.
  • Car Fu: An Imagine Spot in episode 10 has Maktoto, among other bad things, getting hit by a ghostly car. It's then Played for Laughs when Ero-Neko really does get hit by that car. He gets tossed into the sky from the impact.
  • Childhood Friends: Kana and Kyoko are the Vitriolic Best Friends version.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome:
    • Kyoko when she was younger would go around beating up other delinquents to protect the people they targeted, earning her the name Flame-Haired Messiah. Kyoko doesn't like the name and claims she never meant to help people she just couldn't help it.
    • Hibiki often goes out of her way to help ghosts and be kind to them.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Narumi shows shades of this at the end of episode 10, when she overhears that Hibiki might end up spending more time with the new students than them. Though she won't admit it, she doesn't seem comfortable when she hears it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Hibiki's mother, Yuuhi, as seen in flashbacks. When she and her father Asahi meet for the first time, she relays a message from a dead pigeon, in pigeon.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In episode 2, Kenta talks about a ghost story with a girl with no face who offers you an umbrella, then steals your face in return. Hibiki goes Blue with Shock over hearing it, then mentions that she met that ghost, but didn't take the umbrella, and instead was more upset about her not having a face, and even then it's because she felt she made an insensitive comment. She then decides to create a Teru Teru Bozu doll for the girl.
  • Cry Cute: Narumi in episode 8 after regretting accidentally teaching the ghost girl "Sayanora", or "good-bye" in Japanese. Said ghost girl makes use of it when she waves goodbye and makes her way into the sky.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The perverted cat plays up this trope in the first episode when he appears in the window by the girl's locker room. They think it's cute, until Hibiki hears him mentioning wanting to watch them change. She then closes the window on him.
  • Delayed Reaction: In episode 9, Kenta yells out that Hibiki was making some homemade chocolates. It takes a moment before they all suddenly have a realization at what he just said.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male:
    • Kenta Yamada's beatings are all Played for Laughs when he's hit by the girls. While he does deserve some of them, other times it could easily be seen as abuse were the genders reversed.
    • Even Roll-call samurai isn't immune to this, as Kogal spirit girl beats him up from time to time. Like with Kenta, this is Played for Laughs.
    • Despite being a cop, Misaki often gets beaten by Kyouko.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Narumi first sees Hibiki at a crosswalk. The latter crosses the street by hopping up and down and screaming. Narumi thinks she's strange at first, until she spots some handprints on Hibiki's leg, and then sees a ghost boy clinging onto it.
    • Kenta's Butt-Monkey status is shown by him getting a door slammed on him in the first episode. And in episode 2, he keeps getting hit in the face with things tossed by the other characters.
    • Hibiki's father is introduced when he is seen screaming at nothing, much like Narumi does. It turns out he can also sense ghosts, and later relates how he met Hibiki's mother when they saw a dead pigeon on the road.
  • The Faceless: A ghost girl shows up in episode 2 that has no face.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Narumi's kid cousin suffers through one in episode 3. They later find out that his father passed away recently in an accident, while his mother was giving birth to another child. After Narumi learns how to cook eggs the way the kid's father did, he has a Cry Cute moment, learns to accept his father's passing, and moves on with his life to look after his new sibling.
  • Flash Back: Used regularly in the show to reveal events that occurred with various characters in the past, such as when Narumi tells Hibiki about the times her grandmother tried to teach her how to cook, but she refused to learn.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Kyouko is very uneasy around Kenta's brother in episode 4. A Flash Back reveals they met years earlier, and she smacked him on the head after getting too excited over meeting the "Flame Haired Messiah" that was going around beating up delinquents picking on helpless girls. At the beach in the present, he doesn't seem to recognize her.
  • Four Is Death: The samurai ghost figures out how to text Kana, somehow. His phone number is shown as a string of 4's.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Kyouko claims that she's afraid of ghosts in episode 2. She then states that with a human, at least you can hurt them, while making a fist and punching into her other hand with it. This is shown some more in her Flash Back during episode 4, when she did in fact go around beating up thugs a few years earlier.
    • In episode 9, a Grumpy Old Man appears at the park, yelling at people, especially couples. The man's wife apologizes to Hibiki for his behavior, while teaching her a red bean paste recipe. It's revealed later that the woman was actually a ghost, and she passed away sometime in the last few months. As a result, this was the man's first Valentine's Day without her.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Hibiki is the spitting image of her mother, who also had the ability to talk to ghosts.
    • It is implied that Hibiki shares her mother's taste in a partner, which is used to Ship Tease Hibiki and Narumi similar to the former's father and mother.
  • Giving Up the Ghost: Kenta Yamada, one of Hibiki's classmates does this in the first episode after getting a door slammed on him.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Ko-gal spirit and Roll call samurai offer to watch the flowers in Yuuhi's room in episode 11, but she warns them that the two of them alone won't be enough to keep the flowers from wilting. Ero-Neko then shows up, and says he contacted a lot of spirits that Hibiki has helped throughout the series, and virtually all of them show up to help Yuuhi to see her daughter at least once.
  • Grumpy Old Man: One shows up in episode 9, yelling at people at the park, especially couples.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Hibiki suffers one in episode 12 after losing her ability to sense ghosts.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Hibiki in the first half of episode 10. She tries to make a good impression on the younger students, but they're always frightened away by the ghosts around her. At least two girls at the end do find out more about her and how she tends to help the ghosts however, and aren't as scared by that point.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Done from time to time, especially in episode 8 when the girls are discussing brides.
  • Hime Cut: Not obvious because of the art style, but Hibiki has one.
  • Ill Girl: The ghost of one is shown in episode 8.
  • Improbably Female Cast: There are quite a lot of female characters compared to the male ones. Kenta Yamada and Roll call samurai are the only ones that regularly sticks around, while the other male characters are only seen a few times at best, such as Hibiki's father.
  • Inseries Nickname:
    • Kyouko was nicknamed "Flame Haired Messiah" due to her tendency to beat up delinquents back in middle school. She's not too fond of it. Kana teaches this to the little ghost girl in episode 8, and gets hit for it later.
    • Yamada is introduced as "Doofus Yamada" to the little ghost girl, due to his Butt-Monkey status. She ends up calling him that every time. Younger students end up calling him that as well in episode 10.
    • Yamada attempts to call Narumi "Tsundere-chan in episode 10, something she doesn't like. A couple of her friends jokingly call her that later as well.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Kenta Yamada is prone to getting hurt. Despite that he seems to largely shrug it off.
  • I See Dead People: Played for Laughs in this show:
    • Hibiki can talk to, and interacts frequently with ghosts. However, many of the other characters can't, so to them it looks like she's just talking to thin air.
    • Narumi claims she can't see them, and to be very skeptical of the notion. However, she is able to see the ghost children in the park, and ends up playing with them while waiting on Hibiki. Not that she realised they are ghosts, mind you.
    • Episode 2 reveals that the ghosts show up in camera pictures. Kana in particular enjoys this because she can then share the pictures on her blog. The samurai ghost in particular seems to take quite a few pictures of himself after Hibiki creates a scarf for him.
  • It Runs in the Family:
    • Kenta's older brother acts just as airheaded he does. The only difference between the two is his older brother is taller.
    • Hibiki's odd abilities, such as being able to talk to animals and see ghosts, was inherited from her mother, who was also able to do those things.
    • Kana's love of photography and blogging, as well as her investigating tendencies, seem to be related to her heritage, as both of her parents are journalists.
  • Love at First Sight: Hibiki's father falls in love with her mother when he first sees her.
  • Missing Mom: Hibiki's mother passed away soon after giving birth to her.
  • Mistaken Identity: In episode 5 during the culture fest at school, the ghosts mistake Narumi wearing a long black wig for Hibiki. As such, they do things for her that the normally only do for the latter, such as opening doors automatically, as well as writing on the chalkboard to ask questions. Narumi lampshades this when she realizes it, and also mentions Hibiki's father being with her reinforcing the mistake.
  • Mood Whiplash: Goes from Moe comedy to Nightmare Fuel and back in record time.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Kenta yelling out that Hibiki was making homemade chocolate in episode 9 in a dramatic fashion.
  • New Transfer Student: The fist episode starts with Hibiki preparing for her first day going to a new school.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Ko-gal spirit and Roll-call samurai enter Hibiki's mind in episode 11 to visit her mother. Yuuhi warns them that she has to stay in the room or else the flowers in there would wilt and bad things may happen. However, a lot of ghosts show up to watch over them so that Yuuhi can visit her daughter at least one time. Though Hibiki clearly remembers seeing her mother, in the morning she's unable to see or hear the ghosts, implying that the ghosts failed to keep the flowers alive.
  • Not So Different: Narumi finds out Hibiki's father is just as scared of ghosts as she is in episode 5. At one point he even checks her hair out to make sure it hasn't turned white from fright like his did.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Hibiki is plunged into a depression by the loss of her powers in episode 12, Kana and Kyouko are so subdued that they don't even bother punching Kenta.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Though some of them are creepy, most of them are actually rather friendly, and help out Hibiki quite a bit. They also show up on camera images, which lets Muggles see them, and they can "talk" to the other characters via a phone call or text messaging. However, as episode 12 shows, they need the presence of a medium to manifest: when Hibiki loses her powers, there's no supernatural activity around her whatsoever.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Kyoko and Kana, though due to the art style their hidden eye can still be seen.
  • Pet the Dog: In episode 11, Ero-Neko calls other spirits to help Ko-gal spirit and Roll-call samurai watch over Yuuhi's room so she can visit Hibiki. He claims it's because sneaking a Panty Shot at Hibiki isn't as fun if she's too sad to react to his attempts.
  • Pinky Swear: One was made in episode 8, between Moriya, one of the teachers and a little girl ghost. When he was younger, he spent a lot of time in a hospital. There he met a little girl and befriended her. They made a promise to see each other when they were bigger. Unfortunately she died shortly afterwards while he grew up, though they still manage to keep their promise.
  • Posthumous Character: Hibiki's mother. And pretty much every ghost in the series.
  • Power Limiter: The glasses Hibiki wears in episode 7 shuts off her ability to see and hear ghosts. Unfortunately this also causes a problem when she's unable to ask the supernatural for help finding a young girl that got separated from her brother and grandmother.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Narumi and Hibiki; Hibiki tends to act like a love struck teen toward Narumi and Narumi is an extreme Tsundere toward Hibiki.
  • Rubber Face: Narumi does this to Hibiki in episode 5 after being teased by Kyouko about women falling for men who are like their father, and getting mad at Hibiki for blushing and smiling at the comment.
  • Running Gag:
    • The perverted cat's antics and his constant requests for a Panty Shot. Eventually the ghosts start to protect Hibiki from this whenever possible.
    • Kenta Yamada seems prone to getting hurt. In the first episode, a ghost slams the door on him while he's in the doorway. And in episode 2, things keep getting tossed in his face, such as a cellphone, even if he wasn't the one doing anything to provoke said reaction.
  • School Festival: A cultural festival is done at the main character's school in episode 5. Naturally they decide to run a haunted house display.
  • Seers: Hibiki's mother was able to see future event, and sees the perverted cat in a vision during episode 5's Flash Back. Unfortunately she also knew she wasn't going to be around for long shortly after giving birth to Hibiki, though her husband says he's still happy with the short time they spent together.
  • Serious Business: All of Hibiki's friends, especially Narumi, seem a little too interested in the fact that she's making sweets for someone for Valentine's Day.
  • Ship Tease: The show is very blatant about this for Hibiki and Narumi. With the not-so-subtle OP credits, ghosts shipping them together, Hibiki's shyness over Narumi, Narumi's tsundereness over Hibiki, and Hibiki's parents sharing some traits with them, it gets to the point that one can assume that they are the Official Couple of the show.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ero-neko ships Narumi/Hibiki because he thinks Girl-on-Girl Is Hot. Ghosts also ship the two, such as the beach ghosts giving the two matching heart shells, and telling Narumi not to be shy. Their friends and family also seem to ship the two.
  • Sick Episode: Episode 7. While Hibiki technically wasn't sick, her constant requests from the ghosts makes her very exhausted, to the point her friends make her wear a Power Limiter pair of glasses so she could get some rest.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: A few examples:
    • Ero-Neko and virtually all of the ghosts, due to his habit of peeking at panties, particularly Hibiki's. As a result, they often try to protect her against his antics.
    • Ko-gal spirit and roll-call samurai are often like this, constantly arguing with each other about what's going on in the human world.
    • Kana and Kyoko have a relationship like this, but it's downplayed and not seen too often in favor of other things going on.
  • Smashing Watermelons: One is done during episode 4. However, the ghost samurai helps Hibiki out by slicing the watermelon after she gently hits it. Several of the girls call the samurai out on it.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal:
    • Hibiki says she can understand some of the things animals say, such as Ero-Neko.
    • Yuuhi, Hibiki's mother, apparently can do it too, as the first thing she says to her future husband was something in pigeon after he tried to retrieve the bird's corpse in the middle of a busy street.
  • Super-Deformed: The characters in the ending sequence.
  • Super Reflexes: The perverted cat, who is able to dodge sword swings from a samurai ghost in episode 2.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Roll call samurai in episode 9 says he's following Hibiki out of concern for her, and not because he wants to find out who she's giving some chocolates to for Valentine's Day.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Ero-neko, the perverted cat that Narumi steps on in the first episode says he kind of enjoyed that.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Narumi's cousin likes eggs prepared a certain way. Unfortunately her uncle, the kid's dad, was the only one who could cook the eggs that way, and he passed away recently in a traffic accident. Narumi then learns that he was taught by her grandmother, and asks for Hibiki's help in talking to her so she could learn to cook the eggs the same way.
  • Tsundere: Narumi is a harsh type. She is very vocal in her skepticism that Hibiki can see ghosts.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • Played straight initially. Several of Hibiki's classmates have already gotten used to see Hibiki acting weirdly and talking to air after only a week of school. Narumi is still insistent on being skeptical however.
    • Averted in episode 10 when Hibiki and the others become second years. The younger first years are freaked out by all the supernatural happenings much like Narumi is.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: Episode 9. Hibiki's friends are also way too obsessed with finding out about who she's making sweets for, thinking she might be interested in a guy they don't know about.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: Kana and Kyoko seem to have this kind of relationship, having grown up together.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: After Hibiki loses her ability to see/talk to ghosts in episode 12, she suffers a massive Heroic B.S.O.D.. It gets so bad that even Narumi, who's terrified of ghosts, does what she can to help her friend to regain her powers again.
  • Wham Episode: In Episode 11, Hibiki gets her Tanabata wish to meet her mother, but loses her sixth sense at the end.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Hibiki claims cats are scarier than the ghosts, probably because the one cat she sees keeps asking to see her panties.
    • Narumi is terrified of ghosts. The irony is that they seem to like her, and it's possible Narumi has at least a little sixth sense, as she is able to see ghosts sometimes. Might be the reason she is so terrified of them.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The zombie in the manga in episode 10 is afflicted by this, and tries to make his way into heaven after suffering from an immortality curse, while also suffering from a decaying body.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Hibiki has quite a few points: she is polite and soft-spoken, lives in a traditional japanese house, is a good cook, and as a Hime Cut as well as Tareme Eyes. Her mother was one as well, as seen in the flashbacks in Episode 5, wearing a kimono.
  • You Are Not Alone: Narumi tries to say this in episode 10 after Hibiki's attempts at befriending the younger students fails due to them being scared of the ghosts. However, she's unable to do it, and Kenta ends up saying it instead, and getting smacked for ruining the mood.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Played for Laughs in a dream sequence in episode 2, after they overwhelm Hibiki, the samurai ghost, and the perverted cat while in a mall. Ironically they were supposed to help Hibiki with her cat problem according to Makoto who gave her the zombie dolls.

Alternative Title(s): Re Kan

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