When you can spontaneously identify J. Michael Tatum in a piece, I suppose that should be indicative that a Shoujo like me will at least take passing interest.
Truthfully, however, I’ve fallen rapidly for Kakuriyo, and I don’t care who knows it!
How could I not be interested in a title sporting such a particular (abet superficial and summarical only) moral? I guess that none of us should simply assume that our grandparents won’t offer us up as collateral to settle their debt…
Well, at least you shouldn’t if your name is Aoi Tsubaki.
Adding to that qualification, you’d best beware if you’re voiced by the woman who played Tamaki in Hiiro no Kakera (Emily Neves), and your trapped along side Christopher Wehkamp, aka Urasawa from Noragami.
We’re just gonna have to pretend I’m not in love with supernatural fantasy romances for the sake of objectivity, okay? And I’m obviously watching SimulDub, in case you couldn’t tell. ^_−☆
To begin, I offer a more fitting synopsis curtesy of Crunchyroll:
After losing her grandfather, Aoi—a girl who can see spirits known as ayakashi—is suddenly approached by an ogre. Demanding she pay her grandfather’s debt, he makes a huge request: her hand in marriage! Refusing this absurd offer, Aoi decides to work at the Tenjin-ya bed and breakfast for the ayakashi to pay back what her family owes.
Only three episodes in, I readily admit I was hooked after my first viewing. One of the few seasonal pieces that sparked my immediate interest, I wasn’t disappointed in the animation (lovely, modern bishie/bishojo style in saturated colors), scripting, interesting characters, MC (who has spunk and determination!), or voice acting (see notes above). While it’s hard to create a comprehensive review from such a small snippet of content, I predict great things from Kakuriyo, admitting however that I fear it may become a tad predictable. As *very~ minor spoiler* three episodes is all it took for me to realize that there is a larger overarching motive to this seeming pseudo-“slice of life.” I mean, I already know the identify of the mysterious spirit (??iakashi?? how spell??) who shared their food with Aoi as a child…
I look forward to seeing where the season takes us and plan on reviewing when the title completes its initial run! ❤
And now on to Anime STL!
Until next time, I wish you love, peace, and geese,
2 thoughts on ““An Overarching Motive to this Pseudo-Slice of Life” (Or, Brief Initial Impressions of Kakuriyo—Bed & Breakfast for Spirits)”
Oh man, I hate to disagree but I disagree! Granted, I’m listening to the Japanese voice acting (not bad either!) but it’s so… slow to me. I get that it actually has time to develop the characters, especially so far Aoi’s grandfather and why he’s so important.
But… aside from Aoi having spunk , I’m not really sold. I spent the first episode looking at how starkly different Aoi’s eyes were animated in comparison to literally, anyone else in the first episode. I noticed it less later, and admittly it’s a nit-pick on my part. I guess I haven’t had the moment where I fell in love with the characters/plot/etc.
I’m still watching though, so I hope my opinions change! I’m glad that you’re enjoying it , and it was good to read a different opinion then my own!
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I agree. I wasn’t sold at first, but I like how slow this anime is and it’s relaxing nature. It’s everything I need to relax on A Monday.
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