[Anime] The Morose Mononokean Preview




Hanae Ashiya wants to make a good impression on his first day of high school. When his mother sends him out for groceries, his thoughts are preoccupied about the big day ahead. On his way home he runs into a strange fluffy creature that attaches itself to him. After realizing that no one else can see the creature, he comes to the conclusion it must be a yokai. Furthermore, this particular yokai is endangering his health and the yokai seems to be increasing in size. Hanae sees a flyer at his school that leads him to the exorcist Abeno. Will Albeno help Hanae rid himself of his yokai? Will Hanae finally be able to attend high school?

The Morose Mononokean is based on a web manga and can be found streaming on Crunchyroll, Sundays at 8:30 AM PDT/10:30 AM CDT/11:30 AM EDT.

My Reaction

The first thing I noticed about this episode is the Natsume’s Book of Friends and xxxHOLiC vibe. Now for me that isn’t a bad thing as I enjoyed both series very much. From the first meeting of Hanae he reminds me a lot of Natsume, whereas Albeno and his shop give me a sense of Yuuko from xxxHOLiC.

Being the first episode who knows what kind of yokai we will see throughout the season, but “Fuzzy” has to be the most adorable. The chemistry between our two main characters is very familiar, but it works for this series. When you find out the reason why the yokai attached itself to Hanae you can’t help but feel the emotion. We never find out the reason why Hanae can see yokai, but hopefully we will find out the answer through his character’s development.Hanae’s mom is quite the character as she speaks through the meaning of flowers.

The music and sounds are well fitting and I thoroughly enjoyed the OP and the ED. Overall this is a pretty chill anime series and I enjoyed every minute. If you are a fan of this type of anime, you’ll definitely enjoy this episode. The first episode didn’t do anything to set this apart from others in its genre, but it’s actually a nice addition to it so far. I gave this episode a 4 out of 5!

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Tiffany "CeissaDesiste" Toms

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