Otome Youkai Zakuro – first impression
October 5, 2010
While waiting for season two of Hakuouki to appear, I thought I would take a look at the other alternate history with supernatural beings, Otome Youkai Zakuro. It turns out to have much more comedy, more romance, and much less history than Hakuouki. The first episode was amusing, and played like a decent shoujo rom-com, with the surprising addition of some serious fighting scenes.
One effective bit of humor was the way the sparkly roses were used to establish the character of Agemaki Kei, who can apparently cause said sparkly roses to appear at will, but he actually uses this extra-ordinary charm to hide the fact that he is terrified of the youkai.
Sure this is another cliche, but this couple managed to have the sweetest interactions of the episode. And really, if you’re going to include a shy, fox-eared girl in your anime, casting Kana Hanazawa is a classy way to handle it. (Just a few of her recent roles: Tenshi, Angel Beats!; Anri, Durarara!!; Kozue, Occult Academy).
Perhaps the less said about this the best.
But there’s more to the supernatural than fox-eared girls. Apparently there is quite a variety of such beings, although some portion of them now want to live in peace with the humans, there are still some monsters marauding about.
In a development I heartily approve of, Zakuro, the main fox-eared girl, can pull a sword out of a rabbit’s mouth. Or she can pull a blossoming cherry branch out of a rabbit’s mouth, and turn the branch into a sword. Either way that’s pretty cool. Seemingly the main plot has something to do with the reason that certain youkai are acting evil.
In summation, this was a fun way to spend half an hour. The VA cast is top notch, and JC Staff will make it look good.