Otome Yokai Zakuro Episode #02 Anime Review

The integration of the Ministry of Spirit Affairs is certainly a key selling point in this show, more than anything else, as it brings together three different types of beings. Each of them have their prejudices and that brings in a fair bit of tension along the way, innocent as some of it may be by those who hold them. One of the reasons I fell out of favor with the Star Trek: Voyager show so early on was that it brought together two groups of people that lost all their tension after an episode or two. Otome Yokai Zakuro has to cope with that problem as well as you don't want to lose the tension, but you want to bring the humans, the half breeds and the full on spirits together in a way that feels natural but not rushed or forced.

A lot of the initial tension in the show at this point is between Zakuro and Kei, since he's so frightened to be there at times and has so many awkward questions that he continues to ask. When the myth about fox spirits eating candles get asked and Zakuro flips out at him. Of course, the full on fox spirit eases his concerns about it by stating it's not true, but it's just another seeded moment of tension between the two. So when everyone gets sent off to their first job working together publicly, investigating a spirit at a construction site that's causing trouble, Zakuro wants little to do with him and Kei is too off balance to handle it well since even a glance of malice from her causes him to flinch and fall.

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