Summary: A woman requests an investigation of her brother’s house because furniture suddenly shake and knocking sounds come from the walls. It’s initially thought to be poltergiest activity caused by her neice,Ayami, but Kazuya tells Mai in a dream that it’s Ayami who needs help because she’s in danger.
Review: This episode deals with psychokinesis or PK, poltergeists, extra-sensory perception or ESP, possession and spirits.
Poltergeist is German for noisy ghost. It’s believed poltergeist activity is caused by restless spirits and typically takes place around young children or teenagers. When Ghost Hunt episode 4 opens, right away we’re lead to believe the new case involves poltergeists. Noriko Morishita introduces her family and no surprise, there’s a little kid. A girl no less. There’s a flashback of her conversation with Kazuya explaining what drove her to seek his help. She talks about events which perfectly describe poltergeist profiles. Poltergeist activity is indicated by rapping/knocking noise, thumping, shaking, voices, and moving objects.
Common characteristics of the phenomenon are: the movement and hurling around of inanimate, often extremely heavy, objects, the opening and closing of doors and windows by no visible means, unexplained noises such as voices, moans, screams, explosions, crashes, raps, thumps, scratches and knocks on floors, doors and walls, heavy footsteps, bed-shaking, the breaking of household objects such as crockery, the destruction of garments, the throwing of stones, rocks and dirt, bad smells, mysterious fires (read about an example case here), the appearance of pools of water on floors, the malfunctioning of electrical equipment, telephone ringing, the unexplained appearance of objects (‘apports’), apparitions and even physical assault (as in the case of Eleonore Zugun). Stone throwing is very often the first sign of poltergeist activity, with the houses of victims bombarded by stones and bricks sometimes for days (or even weeks) before any other kind of unexplained phenomenon occur (see the case of Maria José Ferreira).
There are some who will even claim its demonic possession. However, modern parapsychologists believe the poltergeist phenomena are not caused by spirits but are the manifestation of psychokinesis, the ability to influence matter or energy with the mind, due to high stress or psychological trauma. This explains what happened in Ghost Hunt episode 1. Telekinesis was once used to describe movements caused by ghosts. The term is obsolete within the scientific circle, replaced with psychokinesis when it became widely accepted the human mind, not spirits, moved objects. Both words are used interchangeably today with telekinesis used mainly by mainstream media.
The Doll House centers on the spirit aspect of poltergeists and closely follows the classic signs associated with poltergeist activity. Heavy furniture is moved in Ayumi’s room and the living room, a bizarre fire starts in the kitchen, and furniture shakes and rapping sounds start in Ayumi’s room. Kazuya is able to eliminate PK as a factor using his fail-proof method (hypnotic suggestion) especially in face of conclusive evidence of spirit activity.
Extra-sensory perception, ESP, is the ability to acquire information outside the five senses. It’s also known as the 6th sense. The term was fully defined by J.B. Rhine who began parapsychology to turn psychic research into an experimental science at Duke University in 1927. ESP encompasses telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition. A medium (someone with the ability to speak to dead people or animals) also falls under this category. Therefore, Masako can be said to have ESP ability. The series also alludes to Mai having ESP powers. Kazuya appears in Mai’s dream for a second time to deliver a warning. She can’t hear him at first but finally she hears him say Ayumi is in danger. Kazuya’s presence in her dream maybe the result of infatuation but if we think about it, the average person typically don’t have dreams warning of danger and specifically naming the one in danger. Even the first dream (episode 3) is suspiciously too vivid and concrete because dreams are usually a jumbled mix of images, sounds and sensations that can’t happen in reality or controlled by the dreamer.
In ancient times, Sumerian’s placed little statues with large eyes at alters. These statuettes represented the person who placed it there, and the large eyes ment to be “windows to their souls.” This maybe why Houshou refer to dolls as empty vessels. It may also explain why dolls are often portrayed as objects easily possessed by spirits. This is the case regarding Ayumi’s doll. It’s possessed and behind all the poltergeist activity. The doll openly spooks Kazuya and company by moving on its own even though it knows it’s being watched.
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