Male bonding, or lack thereof.
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Episode #12: “Lady Lilith and Her Husband” & “Why Monsters Are So Widely Spread Throughout Mundane China”
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
East meets West yet again in this episode of Hozuki. Satan travels to Japan to give a lecture, about himself and self esteem, to a standing room only crowd of hell denizens. That’s not the main attraction of this episode though. Attending the lecture, or so she says, is Lilith. We get a crash course on her place in world mythology as her goat servant (names Scape, har har) follows her around on a shopping trip in Eastern Hell.
Of course, her job is basically to seduce men, so she’s a flirt and good at it. It’s not surprising to find out she’s friends with Daji, Hozuki knows her game, but he goes along with her request to accompany her around Hell. The humoring only lasts until the Lady Lilith requests Hozuki be her lover. Hozuki, being the consummate professional that he is, instead introduces her to Hakutaku. He knows she’s married, but at that point not to whom. We discover right away that Lilith’s current husband is none other than Beelzebub. Of course, once Hozuki discovers that he flat out tells Beez that he hooked up his wife with another man. Beez is as high strung as ever, but I can forgive him for his reaction in this case. However, you’d think he’d know the type of woman his wife was when he married her.
The second half of this week’s episode begins with Hozuki resuming his quarrel with Hakutaku, by playing a word game. Momotaro comments on what we already know, these two hang out a lot for two guys who hate each other. One thing leads to another and Haku tells the story of how he was captured by an ancient emperor and that’s how his well known beast portrait came about. He also apparently sold out all the other Chinese monsters and demons because he was so drunk.
Being able to remember what happened while on a drunken bender 4,000 years ago is pretty impressive, but even Haku can’t remember why he was so drunk. Japan was just beginning to set up it’s own afterlife at the time and Hozuki was one of the demons traveling the world to research the basics of it. Obviously, he was the one assigned to China at the time and just happened to run across Hakutaku, who offered him a friendly drink…
These two just seemed destined to butt heads at every turn.
Hozuki should have a lot in common with both Hakutaku and Beezlebub. Unfortunately, their personalities clash at every meeting. With the subject matter this show handles it would be easy for them to resort to the same tactics that every other anime does regarding fanservice and pandering. Instead of the easy route, Hozuki looks at everything with an almost textbook professionalism, only to slide into slapstick for the punchline. Truly, this is a show taking the road less traveled. Next week is the final episode, and I don’t expect any mind altering shock ending in this slice of the afterlife series, but hopefully it’s a good episode.
Episode Grade: B
Streamed by: Crunchyroll
Review Equipment: 27” iMac running OS 10.9.2, via Safari 7.0.2, FIOS 15/5 Mbps connection. Your milage may vary.