Last year I wrote about the second half of a show that completely ruined the show for me. I hope that 2018 would not have an anime that did that to me. Unfortunately, that ended up happening twice this year…god, I hope that 2019 does not do it three times then. That is all seasonal anime-wise of course. This is a little bit different because with the show last year had the entire second half bug me, while this one was more like an episode or two that threw me for a loop. So, for Day 11 of 12 Days of Anime, I am talking about just what it was during the second half of Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi that really bugged me.
I did not start watching Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi when it first started airing and ended up catching up with it when episode twenty was released on Funimation’s website. I remember the description piqued my interest when I was looking up what shows to watch for that season, but I just ended up not trying it right away. However, when I had a bit of a break, I ended up picking it up and ended up binge-watching the entire first half in two or three days.
I really enjoy the setting that the show has. I find learning about the different yokai along with Aoi very cool because you can watch dozens of shows about ayakashi and each will handle their representation differently. We also got to see how each of them incorporated their powers to work at the in, or just to see what it was they did as their job. Aoi was also really interesting and early on was a character that I really liked. She was not the typical “oh no I’ve been abducted to get married to someone I don’t know. Oh, someone help me” character. She was initially not very happy with the situation she had been thrown into and attempted to think up some way that she could get herself out of the situation.
Bonus points for not completely useless main heroine.
Plus, her food looked really good and watching the episodes usually just ended up making me hungry. And she was not a high school student, so we were not forced to sit through high school angst. I was all on board with this show. The possible love triangle between Aoi, the Master, and Ginji was something I was totally down for. We also had Aoi trying to figure out who the ayakashi was that saved her when she was young. The story made sense and there was logic to it since Aoi was working to pay off her grandfather’s debt, and it seemed like the romance aspect could carry the show pretty far.
Then we had episode 14.
In episode 14 we find out that best-boy Ginji was merely on loan from the rival in Orio-ya and he was taken away. A very upset Aoi decided “no you can’t do that” and tried to get him back, which merely ended up with her also getting taken hostage by Orio-ya. That was when things started to go downhill for me. Aoi woke up in a cell (albeit a pretty nice one) and was immediately calm. We had no idea where Ginji was. We did not know if he was okay. In that situation, I think all of us probably would have started freaking out, but not Aoi. She was the calmest I have ever seen a hostage be.
I happened to be having an actual freakout on Twitter while I was watching it, and just thinking about it now bothers me. Now, eventually, we find out that Ginji is okay and the staff at Orio-ya start to treat Aoi like dirt. Again, I would be having none of that. But not Aoi. Oh no. When they end up in a dire situation later, she is more than willing to help them in any way that she can. She even ends up getting her own kitchen separate from the main house that she stays in, and in the end, she ends up working there like a normal staff member. I was originally aggravated that she did not try to…I don’t know…escape but then had a brief moment of “well she probably does not know the way home”. Then the Master shows up and offers to rescue her, but she will not leave without Ginji. Which, Ginji turns out to be okay he just has an important job to do. A job that, while yes important, did to be made into such a serious deal when they came to get him. Like just offer to help and then return to Tenjin-ya. How hard is that?
There just ended up being a lot of little things in the second half that really bothered me. I think that they could have found a different way for Orio-ya to be saved while Tenjin-ya helped them voluntarily and without Aoi having to be taken hostage. In the end, everything turned out okay and everyone went back to where they wanted to be. I mean Aoi did not get to return to the human realm, but she did get to go back to her restaurant, so it was okay. She liked it there enough.
I get easily bothered when a show sets up characters for me to like, and then throws them aside for a whole new cast of characters that they force on me. They give them a tragic story that they “need help with” and immediately I am supposed to feel bad for them. No way. Not me. That just makes me angry. I know Kakuriyo is based on a light novel but I have no idea how similar the stories are. Either way though, I just did not like the second half and feel like the same story could have been told in a different way. Anything other than saving a bunch of character who had been set up to be the antagonists of the show. I just never got why I was supposed to care about what was happening. Sure, we got to know the character eventually but those few episodes where they were awful really turned me off from liking them.
And I am going to have to stop there before this rant goes on forever. I cannot believe we are already done with Day 11 of 12 Days of Anime, although I am worn out from writing all of these posts. Anyway, let me know what you guys think though! Have you seen the show? What did you think of them? Favorite ayakashi? Let me know down below!
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