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Hozuki no Reitetsu Episode #12 Anime Review

East meets West yet again in this episode of  Hozuki .  Satan travels to Japan to give a lecture, about himself and self esteem, to a standing room only crowd of hell denizens.  That’s not the main attraction of this episode though.  Attending the lecture, or so she says, is Lilith.  We get a crash course on her place in world mythology as her goat servant (names Scape, har har) follows her around on a shopping trip in Eastern Hell.   Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/03/30/hozuki-no-reitetsu-episode-12-anime-review/

Hozuki No Reitetsu Episode #11 Anime Review

Hell has a very nice library.  We join Shiro as he sits down to read picture books to his superior’s new kids.  New being relative, as they are dogs  and mature fast, thus the puppies are already begging their Uncle Shiro to read to them.  Which is fine, except Shiro’s reading ability is a bit lacking.  He attempts to read to them the tale of the Inch-High Samurai, and Hozuki steps in the tell the tale with his own miniature shadow puppet stage.   It’s very cute that Hozuki seems to only be nice to animals. Shiro asks what became of the Inch-high Samurai, and we find out that since he became normal sized (because being that small and getting with the princess wouldn’t work out) he’s become something of a has been.  He’s in hell for deceiving people, and getting off easy because of his heroic saga, but his real torture is the comments he gets from people.   Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/03/25/hozuki-no-reitetsu-episode-11-anime-review/

Hozuki No Reitetsu Episode #10 Anime Review

Hozuki no Reitetsu  is usually at it’s best when giving us an insider look at how Hell is managed.  I love the strange mix of the modern and mythological.  Many manga and shows deal with supernatural things, but humanity has a rich and varied tradition with post death mythology that is often not brought up much without becoming to mired in the serious parts of religion. This time on  Hozuki  we start our lesson by learning exactly what happens to those people who sinned but through the goodness of their relatives get off easy.  I can’t help but feel the deceased must be relieved and yet disappointed with the reception they get during the short line back to reincarnation or heaven.  It’s all business as usual for Hozuki, who has more pressing matters to attend to.  There’s a dinner banquet for the ten rulers of hell he’s helping out with.   Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/03/18/hozuki-no-reitetsu-episode-10-anime-review/

Hozuki No Reitetsu Episode #09 Anime Review

This is a hell of a way to open an episode, with Hakutaku praying to the porcelain god (quite literally) because he partied too hard the night before.  Not just too much alcohol, but the services of a high priced escort as well.  I have to wonder about poor Momotaro and how he can put up with Hakutaku carrying on like that all the time.  One thing leads to another and Haku is declaring that he could drink Hozuki under the table and it’s off to hell we go. When Hakutaku arrives at a bar in hell he discovers the usual group of Hozuki, Enma, and some other subordinates enjoy a night out.  Hozuki is downing cups of sake and an argument immediately starts up about who can consume more of what.  Hakutaku might be a lightweight when it comes to alcohol, but he can handle all sorts of spicy food that Hozuki can’t.    Meanwhile, everyone gets thoroughly shit faced (I love the karaoke bit) and matters of women come up.  It turns out that the escort Haku had hired was high class indeed, a mythical seductress who brought kings to their knees, and I don’t think he’ll be paying off that bill for a long time.   Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/03/11/hozuki-no-reitetsu-episode-09-anime-review/

Hozuki No Reitetsu Episode #08 Anime Review

Things aren’t going so well for Koban at Nekomata publishing, which incidentally looks like a giant tree house full of cat towers.  The stress of dealing with Hozuki gave the writer an ulcer but he’s still on the hook for more articles.  I get a kick out of the cat staff mixing up their editor-in-chief’s background and thinking he was from multiple fables.  Koban decides to head even deeper down the path of a tabloid reporter. Unsurprisingly that means another run in with Maki, who just released a new CD.  The sickeningly saccharine song she performed is accompanied by and equally surgery music video.  Koban is less interested in that and more interested in trying to create a situation where it looks like Maki is going out with Hozuki.  Neither fall for the cat’s trickery.  You think Koban would have learned his lesson the first time.   Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/03/03/hozuki-no-reitetsu-episode-08-anime-review/

Hozuki No Reitetsu Episode #07 Anime Review

The bored underlings are stuck doing laundry, by hand, the old fashioned way.  Rarely has  Hozuki started with such a benign jumping off point, but it leads our young oni duo to seeking out Hozuki for a tip to Mortal Hell.  Sexy times, ahoy! Karauri has more courage than I gave him credit for to try to get a job in mortal hell just to be around his crush, Mistress Oko.  He tries to play it cool, but that’s not easy in a hell meant to torture perverts and sex offenders.  Hozuki sees right through his subordinate, and meets out all sorts of punishments of the not-so-sexy kind.  For all the talk of boobs and s & m, this is weirdly tame and has little to no nudity of any sort.  In fact, it’s almost textbook in it’s dry delivery of what the damned perverts could expect.  Sexy times for Karauri fail spectacularly.   Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/02/24/hozuki-no-reitetsu-episode-07-anime-review/

Hozuki No Reitetsu Episode #06 Anime Review

Hell may have it’s own quirks, but it’s an otherwise modern society with all of the recognizable bits and pieces that make it such.  Hozuki may be the right hand man of the lord of Hell, but he’s managed to keep himself out of the spotlight of the general public.  It’s easy to see how he has managed to maintain a low profile, he’s one scary dude when ticked off! So, we meet some new characters at the start of this episode.  A nekomata named Kobun and an idol named ‘Peach Maki.’  Maki is still establishing herself up as a new idol, sticking strongly to a script and carefully planning out her media appearances.  The tabloid magazine that we’ve seen a few other times in the series penned a story about her ‘illicit love’ with Hakutaku, which pisses off the ‘pure’ idol and leaves the reporter Kobun looking for his next big scoop.   Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/02/17/hozuki-no-reitetsu-episode-06-anime-review/

Hozuki No Reitetsu Episode #05 Anime Review

Hakutaku and Hozuki may be on the opposite ends the morality spectrum, but if you go far enough in one direction then your bound to find yourself back where you started.  Up in Shangri-la, Hakutaku is giving Momotaro the finer points of medicine while Hozuki is explaining the finer points of torture back in Hell.  They’re both making some very elaborate recipes that just happen to lead both to the gates of Hell in order to fetch the specific ingredients they’re lacking.   Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/02/10/hozuki-no-reitetsu-episode-05-anime-review/

Hozuki No Reitetsu Episode #04 Anime Review

Hozuki and Shiro are off running errands again!  This time it’s off to visit the tengu-police so that we the viewers can learn even more about the day to day operations of hell. If you ever wondered what public transportation looks like in hell, here’s your chance to discover it. Terrifying looking ogre-headed ox carts that fly act as the taxi service, but outside of their appearance they aren’t all that different then you’d expect.  The Ghibli jokes from last week make a reappearance, with a running gag about the catbus in the first part of this episode.   Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/02/03/hozuki-no-reitetsu-episode-04-anime-review/

Hozuki no Reitetsu Episode #03 Anime Review

Playing close attention to the opening of  Hozuki  this time I noticed a spoiler in the group shot of the employees singing.  It looks like two cast members will be expecting soon! The tempo of this show is odd.  I keep trying to think of something to compare it to and it’s surprisingly difficult.  It’s both quick paced and laid back, with the topics of conversation mixing mundane everyday activities with the hustle of their unusual workplace.  Because each episode is split into two mini-episodes, the topics of discussion or problem at hand is often wrapped up in ten minutes.  Yet there are ongoing story lines, such as the upcoming wedding of the two dogs in charge of animal cruelty hell.   Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2014/01/27/hozuki-no-reitetsu-episode-03-anime-review/