Hello folks! Yet another week has passed and Fukigen na Mononokean has been with us for ten whole episodes! We are slowly, but surely, nearing the end of the series and there are so many things I want to say. Mostly, words of disappointment. At the very beginning of this series I had really high hopes, thinking that it would turn out to be something like several other masterpieces which centre around Japanese folklore and mythology, such as previously mentioned Natsume Yuujinchou, as well as Kamisama Hajimemashita, Inari Konkon Koi Iroha, etc. However Fukigen no Mononokean so far has proved to be a disappointment to me personally.
I have already mentioned in my previous review that Fukigen na Mononokean is very episodic and the plot does not seem to be moving forward at all. In these ten episodes the most plot development we were presented with was Yahiko’s appearance, and thanks to that, a few revelations on Abeno’s past. However, that has been it. The anime seems to put its main emphasis on introducing some youkai whom we will probably never meet again. Abeno and Hanae manage to exorcise those youkai into the Underworld through some trial and struggle, but in the end everyone is happy.
The tenth episode was no different. We met a youkai which had the form of a scarecrow and lived on the field for many years. What kept him there was his feeling of guilt towards another scarecrow that got burnt in a fire. Abeno and Hanae talk to him and manage to persuade him to leave the field and eventually exorcise him into the Underworld. I won’t get into much detail, because there isn’t much to tell to begin with. Instead I’ll talk about what I thought of the episode and what the show is starting to look like lately.
The episode itself was really plain. It had some jokes that would make you chuckle, but the story was very dull, to say the least. The main story didn’t progress even a bit, and there was no character development. At the end of the episode it didn’t feel like you got anything out of it. Just a feeling of disappointment lingering in the air. For a change there even was no cliffhanger at the end of the episode, so the audience is not even baffled with anticipation.
There are a couple more episodes left for the season to wrap itself up, and I do hope that the director will use those episodes to reveal some key plot points, as well as fill in some major plot holes. The setting of the anime is really good. But continuing in the same episodic manner is probably not going to take it anywhere.
It is common in Japan to use anime as a means of advertising the manga, light novels, or games they are based on. Nonetheless, many people in the West are not especially fond of looking into the original product and prefer watching anime. We in the West are used to getting a full story, which completes itself. Unfortunately, it seems like Fukigen na Mononokean is going to be one of those anime that end in a point where nothing is certain. It is not uncommon for such anime to never get a second season which only leaves the option of reading the manga.
Nevertheless, I have one speculation which I will base on the fact that the latest episode did not end with a cliffhanger-ish introduction into the next episode. Chances are the last couple of episodes will be used for revealing the main plot-line and character development. In the past couple of episodes there was practically zero character development, so I honestly hope for a fair ending to the show. It would be a waste to not evolve the story even a bit.
Well, there goes another week and another episode of Fukigen na Mononokean. Sadly enough, lately the show doesn’t give you a chance to say too much about it. I will have to end this review here. Thanks for always reading and see you next week!