Hope you have fared well during the past week and the typhoon didn’t hit your cities like it did mine! Talking about the typhoon though, when you are locked in your room and can’t really go out because it rains cats and dogs and the wind howls like a wolf the only thing you can do to brighten the mood is watch some heartwarming anime. So I picked up the latest episode of Fukigen na Mononokean and I wasn’t disappointed.
But now let’s not dwell onto the tiny details and get to the episode itself. This was no different from the past episodes: light, warm, funny, kind of filler-ish. There seems to be this pattern in Fukigen na Mononokean, that keeps you from finding out too many details about the characters’past in a couple of episodes in a row. Hence, yet again we didn’t learn too much about Abeno’s past, which is such a pity. However, we did find out that Abeno didn’t kill the so called Aoi, and he even said that Aoi would laugh out loud if such rumours reached them (no idea if Aoi is male or female, so I will be referring to Aoi as them when necessary). We had a flashback about an incident eight years before in the beginning of the episode where Abeno asks Yahiko if he would like to be exorcised to the underworld, since there are more chances of finding a playmate, to which Yahiko asks if Abeno is tired of playing with him. Abeno says no, and Yahiko rejoices. The key to this scene is that it is repeated with present Abeno and Yahiko repeating everything word by word. This tells us that these two have not really changed in eight years, and even though they have been separated for a really long time they still have strong friendship bonds connecting them.
The part that made me laugh wholeheartedly was when Yahiko was apologising to Zenko for causing her trouble. I must tell you it sounded very Japanese. Yahiko apologises in the most formal way a Japanese person can possibly apologise, and trust me, it is extremely funny coming from a child-like fox spirit. Oh yes, it should definitely be mentioned that Abeno is scary even for Yahiko. Not surprised, right?
In the end, as a part of his apology, Yahiko promises to help Zenko with temple business for a whole year. And thus the Yahiko problem is solved. One thing that I would like to find an answer to as soon as possible though is the following: why is Zenko still able to see Yahiko even after the mark has been erased and will she always be seeing the youkai from now on? Hopefully they will give us some answers, or I will be a tad bit disappointed.
Now let us move on to the second part of the episode. We meet a couple of other extremely cute youkai. One of them is the servant and wants his master to be exorcised to the underworld, basically because she has this bad habit of falling in love with creatures and things from the human world. The thing is that those creatures can’t hear or see her, and she always ends up heartbroken and shuts herself in some sort of a shell every time she can’t actually find a lover.
I won’t tell you in detail what happens to these two, so you can find it out yourself and have a good laugh just like I did. All I can say about the second part of the anime is that it was yet another filler which drifted the characters away from the main plot. While we are having a good laugh at those cute short fillers full of warmness and sweetness, there are some questions floating in the air that need to be answered and hopefully will sooner than later.
Most of those questions I have already mentioned before, like why is Abeno, a human, the master of the Mononokean, or what special meaning is there behind Hanae’s family name, etc. But after the last two episodes there are several more which can be added to the list. Who is Aoi? What happened to them? Why was Yahiko willing to avenge him, and even hurt his beloved Haruitsuki (that is Abeno) for this person? Why and how was Abeno chosen to become the assistant at the Mononokean at an early age of seven? I do hope that these questions will find their answers in the course of the current season and we will not have to wait for another season to find out the details about Abeno’s past.
That’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed the read, and I will see you next week!