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
This was fun to watch. I knew a little about it when I started since I had started reading the manga. Not really a main plot in this season other than the characters getting to know each other and their experiences and then it all coming together at the end. Animation was good, I liked how the Underworld looked like traditional Japanese art style. Sound was good, both beginning and ending themes were a joy to listen to. Character development was ok, not much background on them, but there were enough interactions between everyone that there would be a good chemistry going further through the season. Overall I liked watching this one and look forward to the next season.
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