What They Say:
This is the visual diary of Kiitaro’s experience with youkai. He’s a boy with a very strong spirit sense, but when he entered a forbidden storehouse, he was kicked out of his home. He soon found a new place to live, where he met a zashiki warashi (house spirit) named Suzu. He and Suzu soon began to attract all kinds of spirit creatures, starting with a nurikabe (appears as a wall that impedes travelers) and mokumokuren (appears as eyes in a torn paper wall). What kind of folkloric creature will he meet next?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
If you spend any amount of time in the realm of anime or manga you’ll end up coming into contact with yokai. Spend as much as I do and it’s something that feels almost as common as schoolgirls. With this new short form series we’re introduced to Kiitaro amid the Great Yokai War of the past. The show wins big points in the first two minutes or so with the actual battle we get as there’s some good variety and great animation that shows some great attention to detail as the various yokai fight across the battlefield. Admittedly, some of it feels like an old coin-op video game in some ways, especially with the one yokai doing the whole “come at me” thing, but it also goes to some simple comedy with the two young leads fighting it out with swords while everyone else falls apart around them.
The show doesn’t do all that much to really establish characters here per se but it does set the tone for the time, the yokai, and what to expect from the animation. And while I would have liked a bit more about the characters themselves I have to admit that this worked a lot better than I expected as we see Kiitaro and Suzu and their relationship amid all of this. Yokai are pretty bland for me these days in general but a short form show of this nature might be exactly what’s needed to liven it up just a bit without overcommitting to something.
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