Greetings everyone! A week has gone by and we got a new episode of Fukigen na Mononokean. And let’s be honest, this was a really good episode! I have several reasons to say so. For starters, we were introduced to a new character (who by the way was this extremely cute girl!). I do hope to see more of her in the future episodes, and everything tells me we will. Here is another reason: we got to know what the mysterious room called Mononokean in reality is. Well, to a degree at least. I mean, I totally didn’t expect the room itself to be a youkai!
Now I would like to discuss the episode in more detail. The previous episode ended in some sort of a pinch, with Abeno losing consciousness, but in the beginning of episode 3 it turned out that everything was OK, except that he was really tired. I found it really funny, that he stuttered while trying to summon Mononokean. I mean, come on! That was so cute! You have got to accept that the tiny conversation that Hanae had with the Mononokean was one of those really funny and heartwarming moments you can get in anime. The fact that this yokai, who probably is several thousands years old used emoji to communicate with Hanae was ridiculously hilarious! But then again, we still didn’t get to learn why Abeno is the current owner of Mononokean, which used to belong to a youkai. Abeno got really worked up when Hanae asked about it. This makes me believe that there definitely is a certain backstory to be learnt about the mysterious pretty boy Abeno!
Hanae managed to make a couple of school friends, and he was so happy that his dream-school life is about to come true that he was touched to tears! But, of course, things didn’t turn out so well. Another youkai showed up and asked for a job to be done. Now, this youkai was in particular an interesting one. He could not express any emotions on his face, unless he used his magical masks, but he seemed to have lost the “happiness” one. It turns out, that the one who picks it up, would be forced to laugh non-stop, and the only way to heal this would be to make the person to look at a crying face. Since our Hanae is such a crybaby, Abeno decides to leave the job to him.
It turned out that the person who picked the mask up was a Buddhist temple’s priest. Interestingly enough, neither the priest nor his daughter could sense the presence of the youkai, nor see them. But nonetheless, they were an amazing pair! The father, who couldn’t stop laughing, would still get all worked up and boil up when he thought of Hanae being his daughter’s boyfriend, or when he thought that Hanae made his daughter cry. That’s what parents’ love is, right? The daughter would make jokes and butt up the “I am a tough girl” attitude, even though in reality she had a very kind and soft heart.
Now, let’s cut the small talk. I want to discuss the point, the moral, if you will, that this episode tried to convey. The priest’s daughter, Zenko, and Hanae were taking care of the temple garden, when they started talking about different things, such as what they wanted to become in the future. It turned out that both of them wanted to continue what their parents do, i.e. Hanae wanted to succeed his mother’s flower shop, while Zenko wanted to succeed the temple where she was born and lived all her life. But both of them were told by their parents that they don’t want their kids to continue what they do. However, Zenko thought, that her father didn’t want her to succeed him, because she is a girl. After talking to Hanae, she came to the realisation that it was not because of her sex, but because she was the precious daughter, and her father wanted to giver her the opportunity to do whatever she dreamed of, without being bound to the temple. This made her cry, and Zenko herself managed to save her father from the eternal laughter.
Well then, let’s not get too much into the details, so you can enjoy the episode to the fullest. So far this was probably the best episode. It was filled with warm, sad, in other words bittersweet emotions. If the anime continues in the same direction I have no doubt that we will get an anime worth the watch!
Well folks, see you next week, hope you enjoyed this week’s episode as well!
P.S. Zenko’s name is really an interesting and also a funny one, because it literally means “daughter of Zen Buddhism”!