Hello folks! Another week has passed, and we got a new episode. As I have already mentioned in some of my previous reviews, the episodes progress in a nice speed, we see character development, as well as get introduced to new ones. So if everything continues in the same manner we will have a successful show that left its viewers content in the end. But we still have a couple more week before deciding if this anime was a success or a failure, so for now let’s talk about what we have on our hands at the moment.
The thing I liked the most about this episode was that we got to see the Underworld. There are a lot of Japanese anime which have some content revolving around Japanese mythology. In most of those we have a case where the main character leaves for the Underworld, and usually it’s this horribly dark place, where the air is filled with stench and you can feel death following you. And from the first look I thought that the Underworld in Fukigen na Mononokean is going to be presented to us in the same manner, because of the tunnel Hanae and Abeno took to get there. But, hey! To my surprise (and probably yours too) it turned out to be this bright place which kind of gave off some positive vibes (heads up to the animators for the unique animation style). It was also one of the first things that Hanae noticed and mentioned to Abeno.
Another thing I liked about this episode a lot, was seeing the conversation between Abeno, Hanae and the Mononokean evolve. In all honesty I can’t stop myself from laughing when the Mononokean starts using emojis. This time it was even better. When telling Hanae not to get eaten by demons, Mononokean’s talking screen covered itself in blood. Just in case, you know, to make the point get through better. Oh yes, and of course it never gets boring watching Hanae panic!
Oh and by the way, the friends that Hanae made at school aren’t less weird than any of the youkai we have met so far. He definitely has this magnetic energy of attracting everything unusual, doesn’t he? We got another funny reference to the times when Hanae would spent all of his days in the nursery thanks to him losing consciousness before even reaching the school.
Now let’s get back to the Underworld. Here we meet a couple of new characters. Definitely weird ones! The owner of the apothecary and her assistant are a couple of pretty creepy and bizarre demons, who at first don’t give off such an impression thanks to their human transformation. The owner just wants to make medicine from every body part of Abeno and Hanae, while her assistant curses both of them due to her jealousy. Such a fitting couple.
Long story short, due to circumstances that I won’t retell in detail, Hanae is left alone in the Underworld apothecary called ”Kiyakudo”. Well, together with his foolishness of course. Since coming to the Underworld he was thinking of Moja-Moja, the youkai we met in the very first episode. Hanae was really hoping to meet him, and when he suddenly sees this demon who looks a lot like Moja-Moja he decides to follow him. Of course, as you might have guessed, in actuality the demon has nothing to do with Moja-Moja. However, following this demon gets our sweet boy Hanae into trouble. Hanae gets accused of robbery by some youkai, and while he tries to convince them, that he has nothing to do with the robbery, but is only a humble part-timer at the Mononokean, the demon who got robbed keeps getting angrier. In the end he reaches for his knife and gets ready to kill Hanae for being a little thief. And it is at this exact moment when help arrives! One would think Abeno came for Hanae’s help and is going to get angry with him for leaving the apothecary without permission. But to my big surprise it was Moja-Moja! Cute as ever!
In conclusion today, we had an enjoyable episode, a sort of new image of the Shintoistic Underworld, new interesting characters, and of course development. Because who wants to watch something that has no progress, right? Either way, I am sure that we are closing up to the point when we will finally find out about Abeno’s past and I am really looking forward to it.
P.s. kudos to Yasuharu Takanashi for the amazing music that completed the mood of the Underworld.
Well then, that is it for this week. Hope you enjoyed the episode and had a good laugh! See you next week!