Youkai and humans. The Underworld and human world. Ideally these two shouldn’t be mixed with each other, and the residents of the either world shouldn’t make contact with one another. However, by chance these worlds happen to collide in front of your regular high school boy. And that is how you get Fukigen na Monokean.
Fukigen na Mononokean can be added to the now rapidly growing list of the anime where Japanese folklore meets with modern Japanese high school life.
Mononokean is a mysterious tea room. There lives a man whose purpose is helping the youkai (demons and creatures from the Underworld in Japanese folklore). Ashiya Hanae, a high schooler boy, who has been experiencing problems with the youkai is forced to ask for the Mononokean owner’s help and thus their adventures begin!
Fukigen na Mononokean is one of those rare anime that combines the modern life of a high school student with the mythology of Japan. It revolves around the so called youkai, phantom-like creatures in Japanese folklore. While being an episodic series, this anime managed to pull a half-decent job. You could say that the show is quite fast paced and keeps you wanting to get to the next episode. It is covered by a cloud of sweetness. The character development is slow, but it is there and you are in for a nice surprise at the end of the show.
Art & Music
The animation and music for this show were perfect! The studio that released this show is Pierrot+ which usually has quite high quality for its shows. As for music, kudos to Takanashi Yasuharu. The composer is famous for writing soundtracks for such anime as Naruto Shippuuden, Fairy Tail, Mononoke, Shiki. He creates a great mood and his soundtracks fit perfectly to the anime. The case was no different with Fukigen na Mononokean.
Themes & Trivia
Fukigen na Mononokean is one of the most light-hearted and heart-warming anime that has aired in the past couple of seasons. It is a great anime to watch with your family and relax. The show is filled with light humour and is a great way to provide you with an excellent mood. If you want to have a certain idea what kind of a show Fukigen na Mononokean is, then I’d say it is very similar to Natsume Yuujinchou, Kamisama Hajimemashita, Inari, Konkon, and Koi Iroha. It gives pretty much the same vibes as Natsume Yuujinchou, with both shows being episodic and telling stories of humans helping youkai. Yet again, Natsume Yuujinchou can easily be called a classic of the genre, and comparing the two would be a crime. Fukigen na Mononokean, can be classified as an average anime which is good to watch if you want to relax or need a pass-time activity.
Let’s be honest here: I do not think this is an anime for somebody who is into highly action-packed stuff like Naruto or One Peace. It is also probably not fitting for somebody who is a fan of your regular school life romance comedy. This might be a good choice for somebody who is looking for something unique and different from the generic school life anime. It is a great choice for a person who is looking for a stress relief in the evening. The story may not be the best one, but yet again it is filled with amazing jokes and a bright atmosphere to help you light up.
At the very beginning Fukigen na Mononokean filled my heart with a lot of hope that it would turn out to be a new Natsume Yuujinchou, and I do not want to sound biased by any means, but to say the least, for me this anime was a disappointment. And by disappointment I do not mean it was a bad show. There is this period in time when after watching hundreds of anime, rarely anything can satisfy your expectations.
The case with Fukigen na Mononokean goes like this: the show was extremely episodic with almost no plot development, which in my opinion, is a very risky move to make in the modern anime scene. We are getting dozens of action-packed anime these days that are filled with heavy fan-service. In such circumstances making a show which barely moves on, and the characters take ages to grow is a huge gamble.
That said, the anime made a nice move of connecting the episodes with references to the previous one in the beginning of each episode. This way I managed to stay connected to the story, otherwise there is no way I could remember what happened in the previous episode.
It is also worth to mention that the last three episodes were a short arc, which wrapped up and concluded the season in a sweet manner.
However, the main thing that irked me was that it gave us many, many questions, yet no answers to any of those whatsoever. So, my friends, let’s go grab the manga as soon as we are finish with the anime!
And the rating is…
- The animation was amazing. Especially the contrast between the human world and the Underworld.
- The music is written by Takanashi Yasuharu, a master in his sphere. He is able to create the perfect atmosphere, especially for such anime that revolve around Japanese folklore.
- The jokes and gags that will make you crack up in every single episode.
- The cute little youkai with the which the anime is practically overflowing.
- The character development in the show was extremely slow, and imho never reached its conclusion.
- The plot holes, oh the plot holes.
- The inability to give answers to such questions as to why Hanae suddenly becomes able to see the youkai, or who was the previous owner of the Mononokean.
Overall, Fukigen na Mononokean, was a successful anime in my opinion. At least here in Japan it is quite loved by the youngsters. It had its issues like every other anime does, but it wasn’t terrible or unbearable. I hope that you enjoyed the show just as much as I did, and managed to find it relaxing and soothing.
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