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Shonen Onmyouji Complete Series DVD Review

The feature decides to open with a blast as the audience is introduced to the main character of Masahiro who is learning to become an Onmyouji and the small white creature Mokkun who follows him as they are battling a giant glowing skull. As the two are bickering after their victory the effects of the battle are seen as the old house they were fighting in starts to collapse on them. At this point a flashback introduces Masahiro as having failed at his attempt to become a calligrapher and meeting Mokkun for the first time that he knows of. Masahiro is revealed to be the grandson of the great Onmyouji Abe no Seimei which drives him crazy as he is always being compared by others to his grandfather as he seems to feel overlooks himself as a person. It turns out that Masahiro is currently lacking in the power of second sight to see the supernatural world that an Onmyouji needs and has been struggling to find his role since his second sight vanished when he was younger. Masahiro soon finds himself almost haunted by Mokkun as Mokkun starts to follow him around. As Masahiro is leaving from his newest failure to find a role for himself as a flutist there is a sudden explosion of dirt ahead of him as a cart is thrust into the air and it and the ox pulling it disappear. The ground starts exploding around him and Mokkun ties to stop him from getting involved as he can see the creature Masahiro cannot and recognizes its power. Read More Click Me!

Shonen Onmyouji Review

Shonen Onmyouji is an interesting departure from what I often see: As a historical fiction, the series is based around the adventures of Abe no Masahiro, the fictitious grandson of the famous and not-so-fictitious Japanese onmyouji, Abe no Seimei. It's a wonder to me why we don't see more shows like this; historical fiction gives a concrete basis for a setting, and even if the series takes the series takes the setting and adds more fantastical elements to it, it still gives the viewer something more to connect to. And with Japan's long and colorful history, there are surely more stories to be told, right? At the same time, I can appreciate why I don't see more of them, because while Shonen Onmyouji has a strong historical basis, that history isn't one that I - or, I suspect, most of you - am very familiar with. This issue is highlighted by the fact that the series doesn't really make any effort to introduce any of the historical characters or locations to the viewer; they're simply a part of the story from the first minute in. I could call this a flaw, but I won't; this is, after all, a show produced firstly for Japanese audiences. But that doesn't change the fact that if you don't know very much about Japanese history (like, say, who Abe no Seimei was) you'll probably miss out on a lot of the subtleties of the setting. Source Here

Shonen Onmyouji Complete Series Review

There is no way Shonen Onmyouji is supposed to be this good. After all, we're talking about a teenage boy who discovers his amazing spirit powers and learns valuable life lessons by fighting increasingly tough opponents. There's absolutely nothing original about this, the title is the most generic thing ever (it could also be titled Demon Hunting Adventure), and the opening credits are completely interchangeable with any other action-fantasy anime. Yet after just a few episodes, we find ourselves rooting for the characters, wishing the best for Masahiro, and getting hooked on a generations-spanning tale of mystical intrigue. How does Shonen Onmyouji do it? The answer is something often forgotten: Just tell a good story. Sure, there are a couple of episodes at the start where it looks like Masahiro is headed down the path of another magic-blasting hack-and-slash snoozefest. But that's where the mediocrity stops, and the quality of storytelling quickly ramps up: each event connects logically to the next, isolated incidents turn out to be major clues and plot points, and each monster-of-the-week showdown is smartly woven into a grander tale. In fact, the entire first half of the series - which basically centers around a powerful demon trying to capture Princess Akiko - is so well-constructed, with layer upon layer of story, that following the plot is almost more fun than watching the sparks fly in the inevitable final battle. After such dazzling theatrics, the middle episodes can't help but fall a little short, with Masahiro taking on less exciting missions (including, believe it or not, babysitting his older brother's kids). Yet even during this lull in the action, the seeds of the grand finale are being sown, so when things finally kick into gear - a rival from Seimei's past begins to move; the Emperor's entire family falls under attack - it's a perfectly timed, much-anticipated run-up to the big finish. To Read More Click Me!