Hello folks! Yet another week has passed, and yet another episode of Fukigen na Mononokean has aired. We are closing to the end bit by bit, and to be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the content of the latest episode.
For starters I want to mention, that one thing I really like about this anime is that it always preserves the same mood. Fukigen na Mononokean is always this bright anime that is full of heartwarming feelings. You might get a couple of seconds of dreadfulness, but in the end everything ends up with sun shining brightly, everyone happy and content. This is what really keeps me coming back. If I had to say, I’d compare Fukigen na Mononokean to Natsume Yuujinchou, but there is one thing that Fukigen na Mononokean lacks compared to Natsume. You might ask why am I comparing these two anime. Well, basically because both of those revolve around youkai, and the main characters are the only ones who can see them. Other than that the main characters are going out of their way to help the said youkai (just a reminder, youkai are spirits in Japanese folklore/mythology). Other than that, both are pretty episodic and lack a certain plotline to follow. However, Fukigen na Mononokean is way too random at times, and it sometimes is even a bit hard to get into the story. While Natsume Yuujinchou is pretty similar, it keeps you attached to the story and also gets you involved in the main plot. The thing I dislike about Fukigen na Mononokean the most is that we only get some hints about the past of the main characters, but no real explanations. And something tells me that the show will end in the same manner, leaving the audience oblivious to many questions that are tingling in the air.
Nevertheless, I am not here to talk about Natsume Yuujinchou, and you are definitely not here to read about Natsume Yuujinchou either, so let’s get back to Fukigen na Mononokean and discuss the ninth episode.
In this episode, the job Abeno and Hanae get is not an order, surprisingly enough, from a human. From this episode itself, I cannot tell for sure if the two characters who were introduced in this episode are going to become secondary characters, or this was their only appearance. They are a mother and a daughter, and the mother seems to be a pretty harsh one, who obviously doesn’t believe in youkai, or people who say they will exorcise the youkai. She has a long talk, (well, I’d even go as far as to say a brawl) with Hanae. A lot of things happen, but in the end the youkai is exorcised and everyone is happy again. Even the sceptical mother ends up thanking Hanae and Abeno for what they did, even though she admits she doesn’t believe in youkai and similar non-realistic creatures.
I won’t go into too many details this time around, since the episode itself didn’t have too much of a plot to begin with. The one thing I actually do love about this show is that no matter how much of a ‘terrible and scary’ youkai is to be exorcised, it turns out to be a cute, fluffy and adorable creature. Every episode ends in a bright mood. In this particular episode, Hanae plays a great part in helping Abeno calm the youkai and exorcise it. I would say we have a bit of character development. Abeno also seems to become more trusting of Hanae.
Going back to character development, Hanae is shown to us in some new light. We get to see him get a bit angry and irritated with the mother and her attitude towards the youkai, Abeno, and himself. Of course, this would be the normal attitude of a human, but still he can’t get himself to accept this kind of attitude. According to Abeno though what is the most important however, is to do the job for the sake of youkai.
The episodes ends with a cliffhanger. It appears that Yahiko, the demon-fox is in some sort of trouble. Since Yahiko and Zenko will appear in the following episode, I have high hopes that the last several episodes will do us the favour of revealing some more of Abeno’s past.
Well folks, I hope you enjoy the episode, and see you next week!