This is the visual diary of Kiitarou's experience with youkai. He's a boy with a very strong spirit sense, but when he entered a forbidden storehouse, he was kicked out of his home. He soon found a new place to live, where he met a zashiki warashi (house spirit) named Suzu. He and Suzu soon began to attract all kinds of spirit creatures, starting with a nurikabe (appears as a wall that impedes travelers) and mokumokuren (appears as eyes in a torn paper wall). What kind of folkloric creature will he meet next?
This anime is nothing really new. The story is fair, the art is quite nice the ending songs for each of the episodes so far are pretty good and the characters are moderately developed. Considering its about a 4 min anime and thats about to be expected.
But what I like about this anime is that its soothing. Nothing really major happens and you do not really have to think or look into the story. You can sit by for the 4 min and enjoy the peacefulness.
The story is about a boy, his zashiki warashi companion and how he spends his days meeting and interacting
with new yokai. A cute romance in the background which isnt really pronounced and the watercolor type art makes this anime the sort of thing you would watch when you want to take a short break from a very busy day!
The title of this series of anime shorts speaks for itself – it’s a show about a boy named Kiitaro, and the memories that he makes meeting lots of different Youkai. The first episode of the show has a slightly different feel, but the other episodes all involve Kiitaro meeting some Youkai and having interactions with them which reveal something about their nature.
The show is light-hearted and comic in tone, with Kiitaro ending up in some silly situations either from misunderstanding the youkai, from the actions of the youkai themselves, or his main companion the Zashiki Warashi Suzu.
I will say that there’s a surprising amount
of somewhat sexual humour in the series, with repeated upskirt jokes and things of a similar nature. To me it didn’t feel like it added anything to the story or my understanding of the youkai. It felt rather out of place in what was otherwise a very light and cute series.
The episodes have a short section at the end actually talking about the youkai and what they’re like in folklore. This was interesting to me as a short primer, as while I’m aware of youkai as a general concept, I’m not familiar with many specific kinds of youkai, so finding out a little about them was interesting! Obviously a 10-15 second segment can’t give you a lot of information, but it does give me enough so that I can find out a bit more.
The visuals are of a high quality for a short series (it’s certainly not a show which looks like it was animated in Flash), with detailed backgrounds and colourful character designs. There’s no dynamic action sequences and the characters movements are kept pretty simple, but I was surprised with how good it looked in comparison to other shorts, even if it would be pretty standard for a full-length series. The ED is animated in a style which is reminiscent of traditional Japanese painting, which seemed apposite for a show about what could be called traditional Japanese spirits.
There’s numerous different ending themes played throughout the series. None of them really stood out to me strongly enough to form an attachment to them, but it was interesting hearing different tunes to the same visuals each episode. The soundtrack mostly features some traditional Japanese music which suited the theme of the show.
Overall, I found this series to be charming and generally funny. I’m definitely glad I checked it out! You may like watching it if you’re interested in knowing a little about youkai.
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki, or Kiitaro's Yokai Picture Diary, is a short and straightforward anime. If you're into watching short time duration anime and increasing your anime list entries, then here is an anime for you. As one can expect from the title alone, the anime is about meeting and interacting with yokai (supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons from Japanese folklore). Don't be fooled by the first episode or first half of the series, this anime is laid back and somewhat dull but there is some good story by the end.
*Story Rating: 7
As anyone can expect from a four minute episode
duration anime series, there isn't much that this series is able to expand on since the main goal of the anime is to bring up a new yokai each episode. Personally, I found the first half of the anime to be very dry and dull even though the anime attempts to introduce new and different stories each episode. Still, by the end of this anime I found it to be satisfying to watch. The second half of the anime contained more plot and development as it concluded on an end that most people would expect from a human-yokai relationship anime.
*Art and Sound Ratings: 6.5
There was not much to this anime that I personally found unique. Sound did not stand out very much for me. In terms of art, I found the female characters (when in their human forms) to be the eye catchers of this anime. My favorite character art design was for Yukimusume.
*Character Rating: 6
For a very short anime, it's to be expected to see countless static characters that get little development. Still, I think this anime chose the more unique types of characters from the cliche character tropes found in most anime. Although screen time distribution was short, I feel like this anime focused a good amount on characters that the creators knew would be most popular with audiences.
*Overall Rating: 7
I personally give this anime an overall rating of 7. The shift during the second half of this anime was the main factor that influenced my decision to give this anime not a 6 but a 7. It's a good anime to binge watch if you want something short and to put as an entry on your anime list. Enjoy the comedic moments shared by the more prominent yokai and the protagonist near the end.
I feel that I should write a review that can do this short anime some justice. People is not giving it much appreciation!
I can give a 5 at most since there is not much a of story behind this short anime.
Its about a boy called Kitarou with supernatural senses, who gets kicked out of his household and suddenly wanders off and becomes the master of a youkai home. The show features his daily encounters with different youkais and his interactions with them.I strongly believe that the story could have been more strongly improved with some good twist here and there but sadly its
just meant to be a feel good comedy show which becomes the main weakness for this show.
What I can give credit to this show is that the animation was pretty well done for just a short 4 mins anime. This was the main drive for me to actually finish this anime. I really loved the art style and in a way, I could see that there was earnest effort by the animators and producers in trying to give some ambiance and life to the anime.
The anime only has ending themes but it varies throughout the 12 episodes run. About 4 or 5 were used i think? I liked the variation to the songs, there were quite catchy in a way but still it sounded a bit too electronic so It was just decent for me. The background music for anime was okay, nothing special as well.
All the characters in the show are somehow the usual cast of a slice of life show. You have the tsundere chracters, moe ones, abusive ones , pervy ones. Lets just say they are pretty generic but for me they were fine since It was just 4 minutes and seeing some funny and wacky interactions between main character kitarou and his youkai companions such as a cute zashiki warashi, a kitsune( fox), a yuki onna. For me it was pretty peaceful to watch their fun interactions even for a just a few minutes.
Overall, this anime gets a 6/10 for me. I feel that if the anime had a longer run time, some very interesting story could have been churned out for it but sadly that was not the case. But nevertheless, I found it to be a rather fine watch, nothing special, nothing to hate about it as well.The best thing about it is the great art style which makes the show quite watchable. So if u have time to spare, this anime can certainly fill up some of it. 48 mins at most spent on this anime, u can minus 10 to 12 minutes if u want to skip the ending song, well thats just a good 36 minutes to finish this short anime.
Thats it for my appreciation of this anime! Ta Ta!