Hell is a bureaucracy, and business is running smoother than ever thanks to the demonic efficiency of Hoozuki, chief deputy to Lord Enma, the King of Hell. Whether offering counsel to the Momotarou of Japanese folklore or receiving diplomatic missions from the Judeo-Christian Hell, the demon who runs the show from behind the king's imposing shadow is ready to beat down any challenges coming his way into a bloody pulp. Metaphorically, of course...
The poster boy for micromanagement and armed with negotiation skills worthy of Wall Street, Hoozuki no Reitetsu follows the sadistic and level-headed Hoozuki as he spends his days troubleshooting hell. With an abundance of familiar faces from popular Japanese legends and East Asian mythology working middle management positions, this referential and anachronistic dark comedy brings new meaning to the phrase "employer liability." Just how hard could it be to manage employees from hell, anyway?
Loads of anime have a hard time being original, espacially in the comedy genre. Hoozuki no Reitsu has been a fresh breath of air. I mean, how often do you see the king of hell being treated like a little punk. Hoozuki is a badass.
The anime is episodic and does not follow a story with a clear end goal. It revolves around the funny cast and their interactions. The consept they used with the multiple hells and meetings between their respected cheif was brilliant.
The art is just awesome. The way they incorporate old classic japenese art into the background is fantastic. The
animation is good for a comedy anime and the designs are pretty unique as far as I have seen.
THis is one of the strongpoints of this serie. The opening theme keeps playing in your head, it's hard to get rid off. Well timed sounds and music always seems to crack me up, and that is somthing Hoozuki no Reitsu does well.
I Love most of the characters. Some of them have a bit of background story based on old asian folklore. Most of the characters are pretty likeable and doesn't turn sour and annoying. I have to say that the characters were really well casted. Fitting voices for everyone. Perfekt for dry jokes (I'm a big fan).
I'm launghing out loud every episode, that's actually quite rare in my case. I'm having tons of fun watching it (it's still finished at the time I'm writing this).
I have a hard time giving any comedy anime higher then 8. Mostly due to the lack of any deeper meaning. This anime is both unique and hilarious. It makes the most out of every character and non of them betrays my expectations
Edit: I have finished the series completely now and my opinion has not been altered in any way. I have watched alot of anime and this is definitely one of the better comedies.
This is one of those animes that just make you happy.
I have to say I quite like the layout of the series and how it's made up of lots of mini stories.
It makes it easy to watch and you can just play it whenever you just feel like having a laugh.
Also throughout this series you come to love the main character.
He's got dark humour, always seems to know what he's doing and is literally the strongest and most sadistic person in hell (although maybe I'm not making him sound appealing).
I would highly recommend watching the series, it's something with character so that
you will actually remember as well (unlike a lot of animes nowadays which follow similar styles and trends-not to say they are bad though)
The afterlife consists of Heaven and Hell. The Japanese hell is divided into Eight Fiery Hells and Eight Frozen Hells, while those are further subdivided into 272 sections. In both our world and the afterlife, proper governing requires sound decision-making. Unfortunately, there are far more charismatic leaders than there are wise decision-makers. The Great King Enma, may be the ruler of all the above, however Hoozuki, the chief of staff to his greatness is the one owning the attributes of both charismatic leader and wise decision-maker. And even after all of the minor torture, experiments and cold blooded pranks his assistant puts Enma through, it
takes quite a long time for the gigantic but naive Daiou sama to realize that Hoozuki would make a better Great King. Although the facts from Hoozuki's perspective follow that kind of process: I am well-suited to working on site, my position enables me to whomp you, the toughest man in hell, while manipulating that very hell behind the curtains, what could be better?
Kaburaki Hiro may have directed renown romances such as Kimi ni Todoke and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, however, Hoozuki no Reitetsu feels like Gintama's cuter, little cousin. In each autonomous episode a new comical story unfolds, occasionally accompanied by black humor. What is also similar to Gintama is how the show does not have a clear goal, the last episode could be whichever one as well as mistaking the order of the episodes does not necessarily harm the flow of the anime. At times, anime of that sort, lacking in excitement or suspense and agony, have a different charm, as the enjoyment is more instinctive and less tiring. Of course, the number of episodes is not a substance of insignificance, for the more episodes one have watched the better he will enjoy the upcoming, because you steadily grow attached to the characters and come to like more of the anime's nature as it progresses.
The concept of a comedic guiding through the bizarre sections of hell, might seem unappealing initially, even gloomy or scary, but this certain show deviates greatly from that notion. Hoozuki no Reitetsu affects positively as its main purpose is making fun of the way we imagine hell to be using intriguing stories with their foundation lying in historical, traditional, Japanese folk tales. The flaming mirror that will present all of the embarrassing moments of one's mortal life is actually the monitor for all the hidden cameras on earth, the most savage torturer goes by the form of a furry rabbit with high pitched voice and tanuki traumas.
All of the cast in general, has its own story to tell, and without vast amounts of screen time they remain alluring and intriguing. Hoozuki's only rival is a Chinese medicine expert working in Shangri-la-the equivalent of Heaven-leading a life directly related to booze and women, unlike his heavenly position and his polar opposite, Hoozuki, whom aside his sadism, remains surprisingly moral and intact. Moreover, two of the most prominent subordinates of Hoozuki are the minions getting the most development and having the feel of mascot like characters. Karauri-the Japanese pronunciation of Crowley, holding the same meaning as
D.Gray-man's Crowley, as the name is most likely taken from Edward Alexander Crowley (Aleister Crowley), existent person and known for rejecting the fundamental christian faith to pursue an interest in Western esotericism and founding the religion and philosophy of Thelema-he is the more serious and reserved of the two, but hiding a perverted side which equals to pure adoration for the adult ladies around him, adding cuteness to both of them. And Nasubi, his constant companion and co-worker, Nasubi's outer appearance make him look either utterly retarded or permanently stoned, despite that he is a natural genius when it comes to art and most of his actions accidentally end up contributing to something notable in the anime.
Wit studio released the anime in 2014 while the manga had its original run at 2011, therefore the art is quite a strong asset in Hoozuki no Reitetsu. Bright, unique and exceptionally graphical with the character's movements never being inadequate in cohesion. The visuals are startlingly beautiful at times, while utterly distinctive at all times. One of the show's best qualities is how it shows off traditional Japanese art, which property might render the background as childish drawings in paper at times, but intentionally matches the historical and narrative nature of the anime. In addition, the art is not just pleasant to watch due to its folk tale appeal but also about the interesting material it has to offer, each scene is poured with imagination and originality, the background on occasion stands still separating the characters from it and having them look as if they're performing on stage, but the scenes rest unique.. from the goldfish garden to Sangri-la's medicinal forest.
In Hoozuki no Reitetsu, being knowledgeable in the Japanese culture will assist you in grasping a complete understanding of the humor, however the explanations are thorough enough for the average viewer to understand them. In spite of this, the fact that it frequently makes use of traditional history and myths remains. One might be reminded of Naruto, as words like Susanoo, Amaterasu and Orochi will be mentioned, and at the same time acquiring the chance to deepen the meaning of them. When it comes to the sound, it more or less wavers between the same lines. The opening theme is a funny song created solely for the series and performed by the main voice actors, while its cheerful rhythm remains at the back of your head. Furthermore, all of the seiyuus voices match the character's personality perfectly while resonate surprisingly imposing, which helps in focusing on them. Lastly, narrator for the series is Junji Inagawa, hugely popular as a producer and narrator of ghost stories, he becomes the last component of Hoozuki no Reitetsu success.
The anime itself might not be immensely well-known, but the manga has met a lot of recognition, with quite a few of best selling achievements and often rated in the top ten of several manga charts. All in all, Japan's hell is a multi section hell, and all together, it has 272 sections.. The cool-headed Hoozuki is the only demon fit to properly rule them all, and that demon ogre working under the Head Judge of hell makes it a worthwhile comedy.
I just finished watching this anime and I have to say that it's brilliant! Art and animation etc are all great. Story is minimal, its an episodic anime but it has quite an interesting cast.
I pissed myself at some of the jokes but many of them are very Japanese orientated and if you aren't really knowledgeable about the culture a lot of these will fly right over your head.
When I saw the first episode I was a little confused; it's a somewhat strange anime., but I ended up getting hooked by the second episode.
The opening and ending credits are quite weird but also
really fun, it was one of the few anime I watched the opening and ending credits for every episode. I highly recommend watching the closing credits at least once or twice as they are part of one of the best jokes I have ever seen in any anime (this comes up in the last episode).
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