What’s the show? Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits Episode 1 (2018).
Uh-huh, and I take it that’s what it’s about? Well kinda, I mean if you wanna be simplistic about it. There’s layers here you see… our protagonist Aoi is a lonely 20-something woman who has the ability to see ayakashi (who are like spirits, except some are harmless and some are pretty bad). One one day while going about her daily life she is kidnapped by Ginji, some alpha douche oni (ogre demon) who declares his intention to marry Aoi!
That seems kinda sudden and also ~problematic~. Indeed, although he has reason to presume so as her grandfather, who raised her, incurred a substantial debt when visiting the spirit world and offered his granddaughter’s future hand in marriage to Ginji instead of paying his incurred debt.
What an asshole! Pretty much. And while Aoi loved and respected her grandfather she refuses to be ‘sold off’ like property and instead of accepting Ginji’s marriage demands she decides to work off her grandfather’s 100 million yen debt by working in the Inn instead!
Girl power! Sure, something like that…
What do you mean by that? Well I know this anime is directed towards a female audience but try as I might I don’t understand the appeal of this show at all… it’s kind of like our female protagonist is nothing but a commodity to be traded, and somehow women like this? Like… *sigh* I’m probably going to walk into a trap here but I need to draw a weird comparison so bare with me…
Go on then… So my irl waifu was totally into this show once we finished the first episode, and rather than probe to the reason why I let it go I mean I get it this show isn’t for me. But where I had a problem was how this possessive, arrogant, dominating demon Ginji is somehow seen as an attractive mate and prospect. I mean I totally got Johnny Depp vibes from this guy and I don’t mean ‘quirky movie goth Johnny Depp’ but rather ‘abusive, alcoholic in real life Johnny Depp’.
Okay, so I guess it’s not for you? It’s not even that. It’s just, uh, well you know…
I really don’t know why you’re asking me? Women are as much a mystery to me as the meaning of life and how magnets work. I’m wrapping up this review now because I feel like there’s more to this show then meets the eye, after all it’s going to be a 26 episode season so fingers crossed it goes in a ways to explaining itself.
Right, so do you recommend this show? Not really, I mean it’s skirting around being something I outright hate and just remaining passable as it is, I guess we’ll see if future episodes decide to break out of their allotment in life as it were. Not to be reductive but I figure there’s a large portion of the female population who will enjoy this show a lot more than I did, and to them I say more power to you!
But? But, I just don’t get it, like I know this show’s kind of wants to be a reverse harem, what with the cute shape shifting Fox boy being the Jacob here, but let’s face it, this Bella will ultimately end up with the Edward, because this shit is obnoxiously predictable.
Oh god, did you just invoke ‘Twilight’!? Perhaps I did! And with good reason, because this show feels as annoying and predictable and obnoxious as that series did. I mean it’s generic, devoid of a defined female protagonist whose beset by a sudden influx of male suitors who fall into generic tropes that run the gamut of what women are ‘in to’.
Well clearly this show isn’t for you, are you going to keep watching? Damn right I am, it’s not everyday you get to rag on something so obnoxious. B–besides, even despite how bland she is I kinda like the female lead and want to follow her and hope she makes the right decision, even though I know he totally won’t and will end up with that possessive Johnny Depp wannabe! Don’t do it girl, go for the cute fox shape-shifing fox boy!
Mm-hm… So do you recommend the show? Those who are into cute girls doing cute things and ecchi and what not need not apply. I can’t even begin to say how far out of my comfort zone this show is! But there’s no doubt an audience for this kind of thing, I just can’t hope to speak for them with any authority or intent. If you like handsome and potentially problematic boys preying on an otherwise conscientious female then this is the show for you! Or maybe you just like imaging yourself at the center of a reverse harem?! Ain’t nothing wrong with that! Personally though I don’t think the show is worth my time, but simultaneously why not give something new a go! Recommended for… well you know who you are…