Zakuro 7 – thanks giving
November 16, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.