Sep 23, 2016
ShySorcerer (All reviews)
Hey folks, this will be a review for Fukigen na Mononokean. This show was like a poor love child of Noragami and Hoozuki no Reitetsu. I don't much recommend this show, unless you seen the other two and have an itch for a bit more.

The story revolves around a highschool boy, who on just before his first day of high school manages to get possessed by a youkai(more like infected by one). The youkai causes him distress and he tries to get it exercised. While this happens he learns of the youkai and about this world that he was before, unable to see. This exorcism though costs a small fortune and he is forced to take on work with the exorcist to pay off his debt.

Much of the rest of the show follows the "walled off heart and uninhibited new person who through their actions heals the walled off heart character" trope. Most of the show is episodic. Situations arise, new guy does stupid new guy thing that we all learn lessons from, rinse and repeat. Aside from this there seemed to be an underlying plot of Abeno, Haruitsuki's (walled off heart guy), oddly enough there is no closure on this subject. Instead we get some silly drama surrounding Ashiya, Hanae(new person).

The art was nice, bright and colorful.

The characters were annoying. Well, the two main characters were. Ashiya, Hanae is overly emotional and quick to words that he cant really back up. Often early on relying on blind luck that Abeno is capable of doing some version of what he promises the youkai. Abeno is the opposite, he has little emotion and shows no interest in anyone but the youkai. They had to make these two characters so polarizing to make the underlying story work, but its crap and cheap. Instead of real character development we have to see two sides of an annoying coin bicker until Ashiya just does whatever the hell he wants.

The other characters were alright. Mostly they stayed in the background. Fujiwara, Zenko had a cool personality and I would have liked to see more of her but not much can be said about anyone else.

I didn't really enjoy the show that much. I absolutely loathed the show until about episode 5. A handful of episodes after that were decent but again its just a poorer version of two decent shows. Also this is not funny, shouldn't be labeled as a comedy. If your interested in the life of yaoki and want some comedy, you should check out Hoozuki no Reitetsu. If your interested in some semi dramatic and life changing relationship dynamics with some gods and demons and such then check out Noragami. All in all I would pass this one up. Its not unbearable, its just mediocre with enough missed potential and annoying characters its not worth the time.