Posted by psgels on 27 December 2010 with categories: Autumn 2010 Kaleidoscope



I really would have liked to see Otome Youkai Zakuro go on for 26 episodes instead of just thirteen, but ah well, at least this was a great ending that was simple, yet very well told: all of the important characters reached their catharsis and the creators managed to add a very nice emotional charge to it. The three main couples all grew even closer together, Byakuroku and Daidai got themselves a great conclusion, and the final twist on Zakuro’s mother also made her into a really sympathetic character, where her love as a mother, that has been questioned throughout the entire series, was restored.

Only Omodaka got a bit of a short straw here with that suicide ending of his. I’m not sure what was up with that and what the creators wanted to prove with him just dying without any reason: he just chose to sit next to his mother as the house around him burned down. And I know that there is the golden rule of anime and all (no character is dead unless this is confirmed), but this is the final episode: there was no hint whatsoever that he survived, despite half the episode being dedicated to the epilogue.
EDIT: oh wait, it seems I missed an epilogue and he really did not die. ^^;

At the end of the episode, the bureau of spiritual affairs also got disbanded, only to reappear only minutes later (with a plausible reason, though). That twist was mostly there to get that kiss out of Zakuro and Agemaki. I guess that there wasn’t time to let it flow naturally between them (because granted, it’s probably going to take a long time for them to stop arguing if their relationship ends up happily ever after in the first place). It in either case was a charming bit of romance.

Overall, this blogging a different series each week turned out to be a nice experiment, that I might do again in another season where there a lot of shows about which I have something I want to say. I’m not going to do it next season, though: when Heartcatch Precure ends I’ll be able to cover nine new series: that’s half the total amount of series in the entire season.

I’m not yet sure which series those are going to be, though. I’m guaranteed to blog Level E, and things also have to be pretty strange if I’m not going to cover Yumekui Merry, Fractale and Hourou Musuko. For Supernatural it’s all going to depend on how the heck they plan to release it. For Rainbow Gate, Freezing and Infinite Stratos it’s going to depend on whether or not they have their mind in the gutter. Madoka Magica, Wolverine and Beelzebub have very notorious staffs so any hints towards that will play a big role in whether or not I’m going to blog those, and Gosick and Dragon Crisis will get covered if they’re not as childishly stupid as they seem to be at first sight. In any case though, I never had to choose nine new shows to blog in such a small season, so I’m at least thankful that it’s going to be a very diverse one.

Going back to Otome Youkai Zakuro, my initial worries were that it wasn’t ambitious enough with its story, and granted its story isn’t as complex as, say, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, but it still developed into a very nice and simple story that pushed a lot of right buttons. A definite recommendation for those looking for some light romance.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. kagura says:

    Actually, Omodaka seemed pretty much alive to me, in that scene at the very end of the end credits, with Byakuroku in a car ^_^

    As for the series itself, it definetely was among the highlights of the passing season. A great and enjoyable watch indeed.

  2. Sapphire says:

    Yeah, Omodaka’s very much alive, with Byakuroku ^^; Daidai really died though, but it made a very good scene.

    I’m happy you liked OYZ, I voted for it on your pole, along with Kuragehime ^^

  3. mds says:

    hmmm,you forgot to mention Kore wa Zombie desu ka? (the trailer screams Shikabane Hime for me)

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Ah yeah, Kore wa Zombie. That’s going to be the same as with Dragon Crisis and Gosick: if it ends up much less stupid than I’m imagining it to be.

  5. Alec says:

    Why didn’t you edit your post, knowing that Omodaka didn’t die? You’re giving wrong info to your followers.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Alec: ah, sorry. Thanks for reminding.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:14 PM)
    @Bam, then why bring it up?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:14 PM)
    @Aidan: You’d be even more awesome though if you went and added texhnolyze tho’ =P
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:14 PM)
    @Aidan: who the hell said that was about you?!
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:13 PM)
    @Aidan: you know what’s the difference? I gave credit to Fate where it was due. It has problems but I never called it “shit”, because that’s not true. I never called your love for it the “purest form of complete total blind Bias” cause that is not true! And I’m man enough to admit mistakes, and didn’t need groupies to jump in and speak for me.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:12 PM)
    PS: love Akira, like GITS, love Cowboy Bebop and surprisingly like serial experiments Lain.
    I don’t need to hate on Eva to prove I am awesome.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:11 PM)
    @Aidan: I remember a time in your own words where you said “I can reign in my bias about fate and write about it on here”
    And “I’ve gotten over that people hate on/don’t like fate/zero, theres no reason to force yourself Kaiser”.
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    …do you even know me at all.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:07 PM)
    It’s a fact that people hate on Eva to sound cool, and that’s a seriously low form of pack mentality. They call Akira overrated, Ghost in the Shell boring, Cowboy Bebop lame, Serial Experiment Lain gay and so on. None of it is sincere or of any merit. Lots of it are newcomers that want to justify their lack of knowledge by trying to make it as if these were all worthless to begin with, so now they can just say that SAO is the best show out there.
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    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:01 PM)
    Or basically just run along with it.

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