Otome Yokai Zakuro Episode #01 Anime Review

Based on the manga by Lily Hoshino, who has had several of her works released over here, Otome Yokai Zakuro is up to four volumes in Japan since its start in 2006, so it's not exactly a really big property or one with a whole lot of material. Which makes it pretty ideal for a short run series like this in that a good portion, if not all of it, can be adapted to anime without any real worries. Hoshino is largely known for her boys-love work but she's done some other things as well including some seinen material. This one looks to play up the pretty boy material pretty well with a good cast of women included, giving both sides of fandom a lot to work with, though with a girlish tint to all of it.

The series takes place in an alternate history timeline where a Spirit Affairs ministry was set up to deal with the yokai out there. The ministry is designed to bring both sides together to work out the issues, though it's interesting in that we get a significant military angle to it with the men as they're all in uniform and have a very strict feel to them. Well, when they're not being all flirtatious for one or two of them, enough so that they're surrounded by roses in classic shoiujo tradition. The opening episode largely revolves around introducing us to the main cast and their issues, such as one of the human representatives who is pretty much afraid of the spirits they have to deal with which certainly causes problems.

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