31 Shinbi's Apartment Ghosts!
DAY FOUR: SPEEDING BUS GHOST
Written by Jonathan Wojcik
When Hari's little brother becomes the latest victim of the bus, she boards it herself to try and find him, leading to a nightmarish sequence as she tries not to incite the wrath of the ghastly, zombie-like ghostly passengers in a bus that's much larger and much more occupied on the inside than the outside.
With both kids trapped, it's up to their goblin friend Shinbi to try and save them, and he runs into a mysterious man who can not only see him, but has apparently been tracking the haunted bus for some time.
The helpful old man is revealed to have once been a bus driver himself, but when he swerved to avoid someone driving down the wrong lane, the bus only wound up in another, more devastating accident beyond his control. This collision threw him from the vehicle, but the rest of his many passengers were unable to open the door of the bus before it teetered over the edge of a highway ramp, killing all of them.
For years since, he has watched the haunted bus repeat the events of the accident again and again, collecting more and more passengers and adding them to its collection of souls. He believes that this is all his fault, and that he can only break the curse if he can take control of the bus and finally open the doors at that critical moment.
Shinbi and the kids help him finally board the bus again, help open the door and free the entire legion of spirits at last...but once everyone else is safe, he tries to remain aboard. He believes he must atone for failing his passengers, and that proper closure can only come if he dies like he was "supposed" to.
This is a common theme in a lot of anime, or at least Japanese anime, and this noble wish is usually honored...but today, these kids said screw that shit.
With the help of none other than Marionette Queen, the driver is saved, and the ghosts of the passengers themselves assure him that they never blamed him or ever would have blamed him for their deaths; that he had still tried his best, and they'll always be glad that he did.