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

One Response

  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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  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:19 AM)
    @Bam It’s probably his visual novel bias. I know a bad show when I see one.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:18 AM)
    Plot was fairly decent for something like this. Fanservice was slightly irritating at first and at some points. Still an addictive enough read. If this is underated then it’s a pity it doesn’t have more attention.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:18 AM)
    Finally got round to reading Keyman, read up to volume 6 in one go earlier also. I’m really going for the art style in this. The action scenes, much like the series itself feels like a whole lot of crazy fun and I like its take on the superhero stuff/genre, its entertaining, somewhat amusing in parts and the use of anthro characters caught my attention, a talking dinosaur detective, I am sold.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:13 AM)
    Grisaia was as bad as I thought. I also lol at Aidan saying “the plot is coming … better material is coming,” so it takes 4 weeks for the plot to get here? Where is it coming from? It’s like weight loss pills and how the customer service assures angry customers that it takes time to get results with this product.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:11 AM)
    @Bam: Although it starts to become repetitive eventually.
  • Ksidehb
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:08 AM)
    I’ll just leave this here for you all: http://i.imgur.com/AoODG.jpg
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:44 PM)
    Also I’m gonna say it: Terra-Formars would be pretty watchable if it wasn’t so tastelessly censored. It’s really not as bas as I thought. The Gantz vibes are strong with this one tho.
  • hal
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 09:21 PM)
    I can also say, that there may be some romantic feelings by some of the companions of her later on, but honestly it’s more admiration and respect than actual love. And she also has no romantic feelings for the other characters (Though I assume there will be development with hak in the future)
  • hal
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 09:18 PM)
    @Vincent: As a manga reader of Yona I can definitely say, that the romance isn’t really the main point of the story. It’s a fantasy adventure story. With hints of romance, but up to where I read (ch48) there was no romantic development. At all. Yona grows into a strong independent woman throughout the story. She really is a well written character.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:58 PM)
    @ninjarealist I saw the reverse harem within the first 10 minutes. Tbh, the reverse harem isn’t my gripe. The characters are so boring. If you’re going to rip-off K-dramas, at least do it right.

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