The series is set during the Edo period, in the Fukagawa ward of old Edo (present-day Tokyo). Because the area is prone to fire and flooding, residents rent everyday items like pots, futons, and clothing from shops instead of purchasing them, so as not to impede them when they flee. Obeni and Seiji, an older sister and younger brother, run one such rental shop called Izumoya. However, mixed in with their inventory are tsukumogami, objects that have turned into spirits after a hundred years of existence. The siblings sometimes lend these sentient items to customers. Both Obeni and Seiji can see and talk to these spirits, and other tsukumogami often come to the store after hearing of the famed siblings.
Tsukumogami Kashimasu is a slice of life set in 17th century Japan told in mystery format. At the heart of the story are Seiji - serving as Nick Carraway equivalent (see Great Gatsby), and the tsukumogami - everyday objects turned sentient. Each episode features a nuance on human relationships, while building towards the main mystery surrounding Seiji's sister's (Oko's) past. The tsukumogami themselves, though initially wary of humans from insecurities of a previous ownership, face the respective realities of their past, and slowly come to terms with their existence and role in the siblings' lending shop.
While the mysteries themselves aren't something to write home
about, the underlying character development of the lending shop's clients between the start of each mystery and the end has a certain allure. That said, the character development of Seiji himself is lacking - though one may argue that's just the way he was written.
I found the series overall a gentle and charming experience, each mystery had a meaningful (albeit sometimes obvious) plot twist, and the character relationships felt genuine. Solid 8.
P.S. My bias is that I think Tsukumogami is deserving of a higher score than it's current score of 6.61 at the time I penned this review.
Aside from the littest OP made by the one and only MIYAVI, in all frankness, nothing in this show really stands out as good nor bad, just in the middle range, hanging over its balance of execution and remembrance.
Imagine the times of old where something feels out of place, and in this case, it's a lending shop where people can just rent stuff for their usage. However, there is another thing that CAN be rented out, and that is Tsukumogami, or 100-year-old spirits that can come alive and can be turned into objects of uses like decorations or impressions. And
that is owned by a brother-sister duo of Seiji and Oko, whom their famous rental shop Izumo-ya has already drawn attention due to the fact that the rental shop is quite unusual in olden times, and the philosophy behind it is that through these Tsukumogami, stories of mysteries are heard and solved like Sherlock Holmes with 5 Watsons (which are the recurring rented Tsukumogami from Izumo-ya that both Seiji and Oko can hear their conversations which provide leads from time to time).
...or how I understand and have come like to phrase it: "Wait until something happens.", because really, aside from the source adaptation which are like multiple chapters of storytelling from the novel, which in a good way, does not make a lot of taxing on your brains, it's sometimes boring just having to REALLY wait for something to happen, and that is the mediocre part of the overall show. Even with the Comedy tag, it really isn't showcased well, well maybe some pointers.
The numerous characters here are special on their own part, from the 5 Tsukumogami that somehow makes for a very friendship-like feeling while being in the recourse of the mystery, that in turn aids the bro-sis duo of Seiji and Oko to find out the many mysteries and resolve with their customers. At least that gave everyone a role to play with.
From the studio that brought you Orange and the new iterations of Lupin III, Telecom Animation Flim's production values are what keep me invested into the series, even if it's sheer boredom at its finest. Beautiful art mixed in with decent animation makes this one of the most shows that can be passed off as P.A. Works or KyoAni quality (if not the inferior version).
The music however is a different story. Knowing the ever rock-solid MIYAVI with his great composition of songs, it totally felt like the main reason to watch this show is just for his OP composition, which is great in all regards. The ED is fine as well, the calm to the closure. Never thought I would say this, but the repetitive BGM actually sets up the mood and tells us that something's coming and "it's time to focus!".
In all essence, this is largely an OK show with nothing that really stands about above the rest (and oh that OP alone though). I guess my only recommendation is that if you want the airs of mystery with the sense of laid-back in all of its fullness, give this one a try...?
Nothing Special ATM. Best part of this anime till now is that it has the littest opening. Did you like the Kokkoku op from Winter? The same artist is back to sing another opening for THIS ANIME! Well enough about the song lets go more indept in the anime.
The anime is about Tsukumogami which are items that can come alive. The story is kinda based in either a old year in japan or a place in japan where it looks old. Its all about a store that lends these so called Tsukumogami to solve mysteries. Every episode is a new Mystery. It has some comedy
elements in it but not the funniest anime. Did you ran out of masterpieces to watch? Go watch this its worth a shot!