Erlkönig's Daughter

A thought on Natsuyuki Rendezvous… (spoilers for episode 4)

At the end of episode 4, Shimao takes over Hazuki’s body as he’s passing out, right? But here was the visual right before “Shimao” entered Hazuki’s body:

And now I am left with the sneaking suspicion that our “ghost” isn’t quite "Shimao" after all. What if rather than Shimao’s lingering spirit, the "ghost" Shimao is actually a manifestation of Rokka/Manager’s feelings and thoughts for her husband that took on a kind of "life" of their own during her grieving process out of a desperation to not be left alone and lose her husband after Shimao’s death?

Funnily enough, I’m actually hoping this is NOT the case. I like the ghost story, and I’ll be a bit sad if the Shimao I’m so attached to right now isn’t really Shimao in the end.