Zakuro 7 – thanks giving

November 16, 2010

Another awkward family dinner where dad can't shut up about "punishing" the spirits.

Otome Yokai Zakuro episode 7 is the “thanks giving” episode in more ways than one. In addition to the thanks Agemaki gives to Zakuro, Zakuro accompanies Agemaki home for what seems like an uncomfortable family dinner, just as many young couples will be seated at the dinner table, for a first meeting with the family all across America next week on Thanksgiving. Make no mistake; this is an Agemaki X Zakuro development episode.

And thank her you shall.

Agemaki says that he wants to thank Zakuro, though perhaps in jest, or at least Zakuro takes it as half insult. This, and the arrival of one of Agemaki’s loving maids (what?) force Agemaki to thank Zakuro again and again.

Fortunately she has prepared materials to document precisely how Agemaki will show his thanks.

Zakuro has prepared a series of item IOUs, complete with a space for Agemaki to seal with a thumbprint. For his part, Agemaki seems willing to do anything, as long as Zakuro will be by his side on this trip back to see his family.

What do you mean, "intimate relationship"?

One of Agemaki’s servants seems to be smitten, but she is no real threat to Zakuro. Agemaki brought Zakuro to meet his parents, and the maid ends up slicing peaches.

Although Zakuro senses a spirit in the house, Agemaki wasn’t aware it was still present. His real motivation was to have her along as moral support in sitting through dinner, and to show Zakuro that his father is very bigoted against spirits. Dinner is mostly spent listening to his father spout off about one thing or another, while Zakuro tries to figure out how to eat western-style.

Itsue

In addition to his bigoted father, Agemaki had another formative experience. His childhood pet cat, Itsue was seemingly spirited away. Just before it disappeared, Agemaki saw a spirit in his room.

Seemingly with Zakuro’s help, Itsue manifests itself so that it can be seen by Agemaki, who apologizes for being afraid, and hugs the little cat demon before it transforms into a bunch of sparkly lights. I’m not totally sure what to make of this section. Zakuro almost acts as a medium, capable of putting humans in touch with the dead. Up to now, I have assumed that all “spirits” were living creatures, but, perhaps Zakuro’s power is even more substantial than that?

Finally Agemaki thanks Zakuro sincerely. Nor is Kei the only member of the Agemaki household to thank Zakuro, as his mother takes her aside to thank Zakuro for “taking care” of her son. I doubt the father will ever approve, if he finds out she is half-spirit, but the mother seems to have given her blessings to the relationship.

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5 Responses to “Zakuro 7 – thanks giving”

  1. Jo Says:

    I thought it was a cute and funny episode, especially the opening. But the bit about the cat was weird. Zakuro and the sister cat see the cat. The cat eats food and can be petted like normal yet Agemaki can’t see it…

    =)

  2. kluxorious Says:

    Zakuro never phailed to warm me up inside. This show surprised me because I usually hate that kind of things

  3. Joojoobees Says:

    @Jo: It’s a phantom cat. 🙂 It’s hard to know what exactly they were going for there. It could be because she is young that Kei’s sister can see the cat. It could be that she has a “gift”. It could just be that she is good natured. It also isn’t clear whether a particular explanation will be offered.

    @Klux: I didn’t expect to enjoy this show either. The thing is, it has excellent production values, and combines enough interesting ideas in an episode to make quite an entertaining show. It definitely can be a bit cheesy at times, but it continues to surpass my original expectations, so I just can’t put it down.

  4. blindability Says:

    I guess the thing to remember with Itsue is that Agemaki could see her when he was little too and he only stopped after his father yelled at him, so maybe a sincere fear of Spirits caused him to be “blind” to her.

    It’ll be interesting to see how the story continues to develop now that we’ve had a glimpse of Agemaki’s family and gotten an idea of how he was raised. I’m sure we’ll be seeing his family again but I wonder in what capacity…

    • Joojoobees Says:

      I was surprised by this episode. I didn’t expect to meet the Agemaki family, but it turned out to be pretty interesting (of course there was a spirit reunion and a love triangle thrown in as well). I have no idea why or how they would use the family members, but I wouldn’t be averse to seeing them again.


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