Otome Youkai Zakuro first impressions

Otome Youkai Zakuro had a really nice, kinda fluffy first episode, setting itself up to the shoujo anime of the season with some drama and perhaps politics thrown in. It did feel a little rushed and squished, as there was a lot of information and characters to cram into the first episode, and I felt they did a good job with the amount they had.

 

Why is he sparkling? I'm suddenly thinking of Twillight...

 

Although there is one thing still lacking from this anime, and that is the why. Why are humans and spirits trying to come to some sort of understanding? The two groups seem like they’d be happier to continue to have nothing to do with each other, and so far no motivate has been offered to explain why the two groups decided to integrate.

I really liked the characters we were introduced to, as they already show themselves to have more personality outside of shallow clichés, for example the charismatic leader being a bit of a wuss and terrified of spirits. Also the starting of the romances are pretty cute.

My absolute favorite part? Had to be seeing all the different spirits. I absolutely love Japanese mythology, so that definitely made the episode for me hands down. The supernatural mystical vibes with the battle near the end I felt was pretty neat as well.

Personally, I hope this series goes the route of getting more serious as time goes on rather then staying silly. I feel like the potential for some real story is here. However, should they not go that the route, the romance feels like it’ll still be enjoyable, and I’ll enjoy seeing a bunch of spirits.

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2 responses to “Otome Youkai Zakuro first impressions

  1. I think they might get more into WHY they decided to work together, but for me I’m satisfied with these reasons:
    1) people (including humans and yokai) ought to get along,
    2) the yokai are representative of the “old ways” and the traditionalists who clung to them, and the humans represent those who, during the Meiji period, sought to modernize and Westernize Japan.

    There may be some additional reason provided by the storyline, but for now, I’m happy just to see what happens as they get to know one another.

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