Anime Review: Gugure! Kokkuri San

Everyone who knows me personally should know by now that I love watching horror anime.  I’m not really into any other type of anime except scary or gory ones, so it was quite a pleasant surprise when I actually found myself liking this one in particular! 

Plot

The plot revolves around a little girl named Ichimatsu Kohina who summons Kokkuri-san through a ritual. He eventually becomes her caretaker.  Soon, they are joined by more spirits and they get into ridiculously adorable misadventures. It’s a supernatural comedy though, definitely a lighthearted anime to watch.  No heavy drama or rivers of blood, although murder and violence appears in almost every episode.

Characters

There are a few side characters in the anime, such as Kureha the ghost and the lawyer ghost,  but I won’t be mentioning them since they only appear one episode each. These are the main characters of the story! 

The Spirits

The anime’s namesake, Kokkuri-san is a fox spirit or a kitsune. He used to be the god of a shrine, but in present times he is nothing more than a minor god.  He can transform into both female and animal forms, and he is very vain.  He is excellent at housekeeping and cooking, and he is very protective and loving to Kohina.

Inugami is definitely my favourite character in the anime, mainly because we have the same eye, hair and skin colour. We even have similar personalities!  He is a ghost dog, born from the departed spirit of a dog that was sacrificed for a curse. He is violent and chaotic, and he hates everyone and everything except for Kohina.  Like Kokkuri-san, he can also transform into female and animal form.

Shigaraki-san is a tanuki, or the spirit of a raccoon. He is a lazy, alcoholic, womanizer who’s also addicted to gambling. He used to be Kokkuri-san’s housemate, which is why the kitsune was less than pleased when he decided to haunt Kohina, too.  He pretends to be evil, but he’s actually a very good person – being a regular contributor and volunteer in an orphanage, saving Kohina from a cyclops demon and taking away her ability to see spirits,  and helping Kokkuri-san look for the sacred hot springs when the fox was cursed.

Tama-chan is a cat goddess,  and she has an obsession for creepy dolls. She once mistook Kohina for a doll and kidnapped her, bribing her with limited edition cup noodles to live with her. She owns a cafe filled with creepy and haunted dolls.  She is also fond of hot springs and has terrible cooking skills.

The Humans

Ichimatsu Kohina is the main character of the story. She is a little girl who is obsessed with instant noodles. She lives alone in a shrine with many cursed/haunted items, and seems to possess quite a lot of knowledge concerning rituals and spells.  She is very expressionless and emotionless because she says she is a doll. She cares for Kokkuri-san, though, even shedding a few tears when he left for a few days. 

Jimeko-chan is Kohina’s tsundere-type classmate.  She leaves a vase of fresh flowers everyday on Kohina’s desk, which she calls “bullying” but is actually an appeal for friendship. She has tried many tactics to make Kohina notice her, such as dropping her eraser, pretending to trip on the floor, etc.

The…Extra(terrestrial)s?

Let’s not fool ourselves, WE ALL KNOW THAT YAMAMOTO-KUN IS AN ALIEN LIFE-FORM NO MATTER HOW HARD HE TRIES TO BLEND IN  AND NO MATTER HOW MUCH KOHINA PROTESTS THAT HE’S AN EARTHLING. *takes deep breath*

Rating

Seriously? 10/10 would watch again.  I was so sad that it only had 12 episodes, so now I’m going to wait for the specials to come out. Watch it, I promise you won’t regret it!

 Jen 

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