Female college student Aoi inherited her deceased grandfather's ability to see ayakashi. One day, while Aoi is feeding some ayakashi, a demon appears! He declares that Aoi's grandfather owed a great debt, and as compensation, Aoi must marry the demon! Aoi refuses, and decides to pay off the debt by working.
For a start, I did not expect this to be enjoyable, seeing that the Isekai Shokudou trend has just taken off, and you know what? This show is really not half bad. For this series to take on 2 cours, get ready for a light-hearted feel yet true intentions of what the series potentially could turn out to be, taking its time to flesh out the story and setting(s) of the show.
How do you feel when you need to carry on a legacy, and a good and/or bad one at that? That is what happens to Aoi Tsubaki, the daughter of the famous Shiro Tsubaki
(her grandfather that in the world of ayakashi, is well-respected and hated for his actions, passes away (for some infamous reason)), and is left with a huge debt on her shoulders: to be forced to marry the Master at the famous Tenjin-ya inn as compensation! But, her ace up the sleeve is that her goal to create an eatery that is the answer to the dorm's stale food selection for guests and workers alike is aimed to get her out of her debt, and the bet is on.
For one, it's storytelling is reminiscent from the typical storybook setting (not just from its novel adaptation), and like it, the exposition is slow-paced, yet its buildup is worth it (if you feel indifferent from 2-cour show story-building). For that, it's what keeps the plot going onward and trust me, it will get boring but it still stick out in the end.
You have seen the usual man-to-many-girls usual harem troupe, how about this one which is a reverse harem?
Aoi Tsubaki as a character, she's the innocent, unknowing type that is kind to everyone, to the demons working closely alongside her (Ginji) and some foes that are jealous of her (Oryo the snow woman) but becomes tame at the sight of her delicious-made food. At first, Tenjin-ya's Great Master (or Oodanna) is more of a demeanor, but eventually trusts Aoi on the level that her existence in the Ayakashi world will bring danger, and will go out in his way to curb all enemies in relation to Aoi. Sure, there are many characters still yet unknown, but they serve their purpose, and for what it does, it pulls out well.
Art and animation:
Knowing that Gonzo is spearheading this 2-cour series, I'd at least expect some decent art and animation, and I've gotta say, just like everything else, it at least served its purpose, although some areas are rough around the edges, but yet is passable at best, though I feel Gonzo can do so much more to alleviate at least the scenery around it. But for what it is, I can accept its flaws and watch it without stopping a beat. So don't expect much here, it's the usual Gonzo touches and it delivers at that.
Woah oh...the OST here (at least for the 1st cour) is good, I did not expect that. It's been a while since I've heard Nao Touyama's songs (she's also the VA for MC girl Aoi), and it reflects the series off quite profoundly. The ED is also quite good I must say. So for now, the 1st cour OST definitely is the high point of the series, and it's a good start to whether this series will eventually become.
Kakuriyo is a good watch, and I kid you not. Although typical of what's been found in other shows, if you could just sit down and spare some time to watch this, I'd assure you that you will be pleasantly surprised for what's found here. So. final thoughts? If you want something that takes your time for chills, check this one out.
After watching the first episode I had low expectations of this show. The whole Mary Sue in wonderland thing has been done to death at this point.
Having the angle be a Japanese fantasy and it being a romance that attempts a reverse harem was not a bad idea so I kept watching. My tastes are simple, I see a cute guy in black or a fox dude and I'm in.
Then the show's problems start to pile up. At first the story/plot line is really thin as they're not sure what to focus on. Should it be the character cast? The spirit world? Or the
food since it's a restaurant?
Out of confusion they threw their hands in the air and said NONE, we will focus on none and just create random situations to fill up each episode. Just make sure The leading lady comes out of it smelling like a rose and the lead Man as super awesome making them the perfect match.
I have to believe that there were budget restrains on this anime as it pads the running time with lingering shots (supposedly to showcase the artwork but really it's a normal shot nothing spectacular) a ton of looping animation and flashbacks.
This last point is why I'm rating this so low, The show has so little respect for it's viewers that it would flashback to something that happened minutes, literally minutes ago in the same episode. If a character looks angsty they'll tell you exactly why in the very next frame. If you saw something like say a yokai transforming for the first time then you get the jest . In the next scene you don't need them to tell you that they are the spirit of so or so... you just saw it!
This show is just sad. The artwork suffers and has an unfinished quality to it, The animation is really cheap, the storyline is paper thin, the Characters have no distinct personality and are only there to tell you how amazing the leads are... the leads who are Mary Sues so they have no personality either.
There are way better shows out there for this genre, This one stole elements from almost every show in the recommendation list under it yet did nothing with it. Things just happen then the people disappear, like a kid playing with his action toys where suddenly out of nowhere this happens and this happens and some unrelated person appears so hero will save the day. Lame...
"May contain Spoilers For this anime and Natsume's"
The story is about a : Female college student Aoi inherited her deceased grandfather's ability to see ayakashi. One day, a Ghoul appears, He clarify that Aoi's grandfather owed a great debt, and as compensation, Aoi must marry him! Aoi refuses, and decides to pay off the debt by working for him in his Hotel in the other world.
Now Most of you will see that is so close to Natsume and maybe refuse to watch it for that reason cuz The similarities are Natsume got that power from his grand-ma and followed her steps, so as Aoi and
they were both orphans and raised by some relatives after such a hard time but Aoi saw and lived with her grand-pa, I gave it a shoot and I really enjoyed it so much.
Its good in many ways :
I don't hate the similarity with Natsume or any of the other anime close to this story but I don't like that they're taken a lot of ideas from them but when you get hooked and you 'll, you won't find that a problem cuz they developed it in a different good way.
Its very interesting\entertaining to watch TBH, but I feel its filled with that peace, harmony and joyment you can find in Natsume even if its not quite the same .
IN General : Its fun, enjoyable, entertaining, peaceful, simple, easy to get hooked on, amazing to watch with no regrets and so far they failed to be boring which is great.
One thing I don't like that she was able to protect herself and actually gave her something to protect her and others SUPERFAST but not Natsume.
I'll admit, I'm not an avid watcher of anime, but I'm a sucker for Shojo anime.
Firstly, I'll state what I like and what I don't later.
Okay, so I adored the traditional Japanese music used in the intro, and sometimes in the scenes themselves, it felt authentic and I loved the vibe.
Some of the character designs are so cute, in fact, I like most of them, especially Suzuran and Ōdanna.
Oh, and the story was promising at first as well (uh oh), and the exposition in the first episode made me excited.
I guess that is all to it, I'll get into the nitty gritty details of it.
Up to episode 3, I was satisfied. I, personally, like Odanna a lot and wouldn't mind seeing Aoi and him together. I was SO disappointed to see in the later episodes, NOTHING happened. The premise was dropped like a stone and the show just introduced more and more characters I don't care about.
None of the characters even breathed without saying "Oh Aoi, your grandpappy was a real (insert cliche line about him saving their life or messing with them)" It's so ANNOYING! And they keep eating food and talking about it all the time? Like, is it relevant or is this a cooking anime? BORING.
Also, I cannot seem to pinpoint if this is a romance or some kind of adventure? The stint about the business in the restaurant was so boring.
My biggest issue is the lack of plot. Okay so basically, Aoi wants to know more about her mysterious grandad and wants nothing to do with Ogre-boy. Right? There's a red herring about her grandad being alive and the demon who helped her.
Is the show going to talk about finding peace with demons and humans?
Will Aoi and Odanna fall in love and maintain the inn together? Will Aoi fail in her restaurant mission?
Instead I'm sitting through filler and pointless nonsense about characters grunting happily while they eat some mediocre cooking and fawn over her grandad. Pointless. Stupid.
Still, I'm watching because of Odanna. Then again, the writing is so TERRIBLE he doesn't get much screentime :(. I hope to see more of him and Aoi and hopefully some world building too...
Overall, the show is meh but promising. I don't suggest watching it if you cannot stand filler and stupid boring characters with LOADS of cliche.
Although it still feels like it only just started, we are now somehow halfway through the Spring 2018 anime season already, and trends are now clearly starting to emerge. In the past three weeks, Boku no Hero Academia returns to prominence, Persona 5 sinks like a stone and more.
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.