Posted by psgels on 22 February 2008 with categories: Hakaba Kitarou


I must say, this series is a master of surprises and twists. It really feels refreshing from the usual anime. If you’re looking for something different then Hakaba Kitarou is definitely recommended, because there are very few series that combine mystery and horror with comedy. :P

I originally believed that this entire episode would be devoted to getting rid of the water-spirit. Well, turns out it didn’t. The only thing that was really needed for the story of this episode is that Nezumi Otoko captured Kitarou’s father and put him in a jar. The water-spirit story gets wrapped up nicely after only five minutes, it first swallows up Kiterou’s clone, after which a newly introduced character drenches it in gasoline and ignites it.

I think this also means that two recurring characters have now been killed off for good, because we don’t see any signs of bad Kitarou and Mizuki returning. In fact, Kitarou doesn’t even seem to remember that the one who took care of him for years is gone now. All he seems to care about is his father, apparently.

In any case, this newly introduced character turns out to live two doors next to Nezumi Otoko. In between, there lives a “beautiful”(*ahem*) woman who both of them fall in love with. Ever since last episode Nezumi Otoko has been blackmailing Kitarou with his father. Because of this, he ends up delivering a love-letter for both Nezumi Otoko and this character (who turns out to be a werewolf, by the way). Then it turns out that the woman is going to be moving out, and Kitarou throws away the love-letters while Nezumi Otoko and the werewolf know nothing about this.

When they find out, they decide to take revenge for this by putting Kitarou in a coffin and dumping this coffin into sea. At least, that was their plan. Instead, Kitarou’s father escapes and enters Nezumi Otoko’s body to confuse him, while Kitarou escapes. The empty coffin then gets dumped into the sea, and then it’s time for Kitarou to play a prank on them. He uses his connection from the underworld to deliver the coffin back to Nezumi Otoko and the werewolf. When they decide to take a trip to the underworld, to check out what went wrong, they instead are taken into a hallucination into an old train that went out of service decades ago.

This part actually drew an interesting parallel to Mononoke, or the Bake Neko arc, to be exact. There we see the mayor jump out of the train and get devoured by the Mononoke. So when the werewolf jumped out of the train as well, I thought he was gone as well, especially when a loud bump followed. Instead, he just landed on a very unfortunate rock outside and got knocked unconscious.

I really must say that the dialogue for Hakaba Kitarou feels refreshing. The bad guys all have a personality and don’t feel stereotyped, and in the meantime the good guys can be considered the bad guys as well, depending on how you look at it. This is one of the reason why I like experimental anime so much. It just feels delightfully different from usual. One of the others is Mahou Shoujotai, of course. :P

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  1. BlueYoshi says:

    I liked Ep 6, but this episode was even better. The entire second half kept me guessing until the end. Too bad I still have to wait for subs for the final 4 episodes…

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  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:38 AM)
    @Mike Flowers of Evil is probably my favorite incest story of all time, by that I mean the manwha. The art, story, and characters were fantastic.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:37 AM)
    I think whether its depicted as real, abusive, dramatically justified or comedically, it’ll always be an uncomfortable thing.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:37 AM)
    But… Typical incest? In which the setting is “brother meets sister” all of a sudden?
    Yeah that is hard for me to take realistically.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:35 AM)
    Like with most things, every trend has an exception.
    Usagi Drop, Koi Kaze…
    That said these stories are notable in not being typical in their settings.
    In Usagi’s case, it’s weird for everyone, but in the end not only are they not related, but have loved each other for YEARS before coming out, and Koi Kaze had the siblings unaware of each other until they were adults.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:34 AM)
    That said Allen and Farrow were on bitter terms but you never know. Polanski got away with child abuse.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:33 AM)
    As much as I like midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Manhatten. The was that story Mia Farrow spread around him about child molestation.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:30 AM)
    @;(: Only listed love so life and ashiteruze baby because they were “raise the kid” manga that I felt are better than usagi.
  • mike
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @;( Of course, as with all fiction. But for incest specifically, you have people like Woody Allen to make something like Usagi Drop seem not so out of the ordinary, so I wouldn’t say it couldn’t be written realistically.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:20 AM)
    @Mike: I guess realism is subjective, but I think it’s hard to make incest realistic.
    Basically, the characters should realistically understand how it’s a REALLY weird idea, and need a really good reason to keep that going… Otherwise I feel it’s either unrealistic or falls on the squicky side of realism.
  • mike
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:15 AM)
    “I never said I don’t want characters to be realistic” is what I meant to say.

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