Ashiya has spent the first seven days of high school stuck in the infirmary because of a youkai attaching itself to him. He ends up asking the owner of a small tea room called the "Mononokean" for help. Mysterious stories involving the very morose owner of Mononokean guiding the youkai that happened to wander into this world go to the next world.
This anime isn't anything special. I guess the first couple of episodes are interesting as they introduce the two main characters and give the context in which the story should unfold. Except it doesn't. There is no story. Just one episode after another of the same thing that gets repeated and doesn't lead anywhere. There is also no character development. So why bother? Hanae is a student who gets possessed on his very first day of high school by a youkai. He's desperate to get rid of it because it seems to rob him of all of his energy and vitality. So when he meets Abeno who as a profession exorcises youkai, he asks him to help. Abeno exorcises the youkai, but then expects Hanae to work part-time for him to repay his debt. It's a youkai-of-the-week format as our two main protagonists encounter a different youkai each episode and assist it in reaching the underworld. I initially said the first couple of episodes were interesting because they outline the relationship between Abeno and Hanae as they get to know each other. But after a sort of friendship and trust is established - there is no further development. So there you have it. It's not terrible, but I really don't see why anyone should watch this. There's no plot worth mentioning, the characters are likeable but not so original or peculiar as to get you hooked on the anime, the relationship between the two reminded me of the typical romance-anime one between a cool tsundere and their naive, clumsy, affectionate and overly enthusiastic counterpart - except it's not a romance anime. And, lastly, if you like anime about youkai and japanese folklore there are more captivating ones like xxxholic, mushishi or mononoke.
This was a really cute series. Sure, it wasn’t the most original thing, there are certainly plenty of series out there with a similar plot, but that didn’t make it any less enjoyable. The story involves Hanae, who’s just moved into high school becoming able to see youkai when a fluffy white one begins possessing him. The longer it stays with him, the weaker he becomes, until he comes into contact with an exorcist, Haruitsuki. He agrees to exorcise the youkai, but in return, Hanae must work for him to help exorcise youkai. I did warn you that it’s not the original plot. The characters themselves aren’t too original either. Hanae, the extremely energetic and kind teenager, Haruitsuki, the closed off and lonely one; it’s nothing that hasn’t been done already. So, why the high score, you ask? Does a series really need to be original to be enjoyable? The story was still solid, the characters still likeable, and the use of Japanese mythology still as interesting as ever. Sure, if you’ve just come from watching a load of similar anime I probably wouldn’t recommend watching this straight away, but if you like this sort of thing it is still a great anime. Secret Santa Review 2016
Note: review based on both seasons! No spoils~☆ There are plenty of critical reviews about this show - it's a stereotypical story with a character duo that's been used a thousand times - but I'll tell you that this series was still very enjoyable! Yes, the mc is cliché as vanilla ice cream, but his mannerisms and the gradual overcoming of his fear of yokai were really fun to watch. He's just a thoughtful emotional bean like any one of us, with his own family issues like most too. His partner/boss is just hot and cool, and is always trying to shoulder tough times on his own. This ain't any new personality concept, but I still loved seeing him warm up to our "5 year-old" of a mc! As far as I'm concerned, the whole side adventures of sending yokai to the Underworld were secondary to these two high schooler's friendship development. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy these stories - many of them were touching or plain stupid, fantastic. Some even offered up some danger, which furthered my intrigue with the series! Each episode picks up where the last left off, making for a relaxing pace that was easy to follow. Season two didn't disappoint in the least - it's honestly even greater than the first! So much is revealed, while hints to bigger mysteries are thrown in our face left and right. Things get more hazardous... there's lots for conflict... more hot guys are introduced - heck yeah! This brings me to the single, and most problematic, complaint I and so many others have regarding Morose Mononokean: it's simply incomplete. The depressing reality is a third season isn't expected at this point, and without one I wouldn't want to recommend anyone to watch this and then suffer never knowing the true ending of the story! You'll just get invested, then stabbed in the skull like me. Verdict: Cliché yet well done in terms of pacing, character development, and engagement. Watch with the knowledge that you'll need to pick up where the anime leaves off in the manga, and if you're ok with that it's totally worth it! ...shows like these make me cry because they are so good, and right when you get attached it ends! ;A;
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