If there’s one thing that Mieruko-chan teaches its viewers, it’s to never judge a book by its cover. Of course, the nastiest and creepiest ghosts aren’t totally harmless, and it’s all right to be scared of them. But time and again, the anime showed us that the scariest-looking humans are hiding the softest hearts.
Some of the scariest creatures in the anime are indeed the “nasty” ghosts that show themselves to Miko every now and then. But they’re arguably harmless if you ignore them and just move on with whatever you’re doing. The same cannot be said with the “real” monsters in the show: the people who deliberately harm others.
I might be reading it a bit too much, but there’s a huge contrast between Zen-sensei and Miko-chan in the anime. Miko-chan attracts creepy ghosts, but Zen-sensei is surrounded by scary humans! His mother abused him when he was a child, and it’s totally surprising and admirable how he was able to manage and function well. Thanks to his friend, perhaps. His neighbor was literally poisoning him gradually, and it’s amazing that he coincidentally just hated other people’s cooking. And that cat torturer has been lurking around killing kittens until he had gone missing.
More than the supposedly scary parts, this anime has plenty of wholesome moments, too. Episodes 4 and 5 are out there, and it’s hard not to bawl at the plot twists in them. #