Anime Synopsis: Otome Yokai Zakuro

Friday, 22 October 2010, 8:01 | Author : Ludovico
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English Title: Spirit Maiden Zakuro

During the Meiji era, humans and spirits coexist in an uneasy peace.  The spirits are increasingly annoyed that the humans have started taking on Western practices and forsaking their traditions, so the military creates a Ministry of Spirit Affairs to try to improve relations.  Three soldiers have been assigned to the Ministry, paired with four half-spirit women.  Pretty-boy lieutenant Agemaki Kei is matched with the lively Zakuro, despite his secret fear of all spirits.  While everyone else begins to adjust to their new working relationships, tension continues building between Kei and Zakuro, but they’ll have to learn to get along if the Ministry of Spirit Affairs is going to be successful.

If there is any one genre I have a bias towards, it’s probably the Shinto-style supernatural monster show.  A few examples of note: Spirited Away, Kamichu, Natsume Yuujinchou, Mushishi – all rooted in a romanticized Shinto worldview, and all quite entertaining.  The presence of so many odd creatures tends to lend these stories a sense of whimsy and wonder lacking in most shows.  This particular show has a significant shoujo romance aspect to it and appears likely to be a slowpaced, lighthearted tale about the growing relationship between Zakuro and Kei.

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