Set in an alternate version of the Meiji Era, a boy named Sakamoto Ryunosuke returns to Kyoto from Shanghai with his monster (youkai) Nekomaru. The law states that in order to live freely with humans, a youkai must be liscensed. The Kidou Shinsengumi Co. Ltd. is responsible for the capture of unliscensed youkais but must fight with the Tsubamegumi, who resents the new law. It turns out that Ryunosuke is the son of the owner of the Shinsengumis.
I wasn't too sure what to expect when I first started this, I didn't exactly have high hopes after having seen the rating but the synopsis had me curious enough that I was willing to ignore that and hope it was better.
What I found was rather hard to describe, the first episode was rather meh, but getting into the second episode I found myself really enjoying it, but despite enjoying it I couldn't help but feel a six rating still fit.
The anime is literally just fine. The characters are likeable but nothing to write home about, the stories in the episodes are nice
but nothing really praiseworthy.
I think the best episode out of all of them was the one about the candy maker, you'll know it when ya see it. But other than that it was just okay.
It's rather annoying to be honest, most anime I really like or don't like enough that I end up dropping them. This anime just sort of hangs there in the middle. I don't regret watching it, but at the same time, in about a year from now I'll probably see this anime on my list and struggle to remember it. XD
there are three recurring villains in this series that pop up in almost every episodes, I shit you not, they're like a discount version of team rocket and they even blast off a few times. Of course, they don't have a catchphrase to shout when they do it, but dammit, that didn't stop me from shouting it for them.
that might seem like a negative critique, but I actually really liked them LOL XD
In fact, this anime might have been a little better had they focused on them a bit more. We get to learn about there backstory a bit and I gotta say, it would have been really cool to see that expanded on over the course of a whole episode. Since their backstory directly relates to the current political climate of the world in the show.
In a world where tech has drastically changed and youkai being given citizenship, these three represent the ones that were left in the dust by the new regime. Also, they mention something that's never actually explained. They talk about this war that ended up separating Shinto and Buddhism and as a result, their shrine was closed and since they seem to blame youkai for this.. It can also be assumed that this war also brought about the youkai being allowed to register for Japanese citizenship.
Why mention something so random and so complex sounding if you're not going to explain it? Thinking back on the last story arc they did, I have a feeling that they were hoping to get a season two, which might explain why they never went into more detail about it, but that just makes it more annoying!
After I started seeing them as discount team rocket, all the youkai in this show started to feel like talking pokemon. And it makes sense since our discount team rocket keeps trying to kidnap the youkai and even succeed in one episode bringing them back to their lair and storing them in cages until our heroes show up to save them.
If that doesn't sound like something that would happen in a pokemon episode I don't know what does. But don't go thinking this is what the whole show is like, not by a long shot. I just thought it was funny.
Not sure what else to say.
If you want to be blown away by an anime, this isn't for you.
But if you just want to blow off some steam with a weird okay anime, then you're in the right place. Just go into it with low expectations and you'll have some fun.