The Morose Mononokean

Alt title: Fukigen na Mononokean

TV (13 eps)
3.945 out of 5 from 5,014 votes
Rank #1,218
The Morose Mononokean

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.

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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. 

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