Since I have dropped Yosuga no Sora because it was too provocative for my tastes, I was able to pick up another show to fill the emptiness. Aorii from Major Arcana suggested that I should watch Otome Youkai Zakuro, which is a fantasy and alternative history kind of show. To be frank, I have read her editorial on it and I found the show rather interesting, so I decided to try it out myself…
After I watched the first episode, I cannot help but think about Imperialism. Imperialism started in the late 19th century, which is when the story takes place. Most of these imperialists were from the United States and Europe. They occupied many of the foreign countries including Japan and China. Imperialists tend to force their culture and ideals onto the foreign people. As a result, the people are hostile towards the imperialists because they are stomping on their culture. Furthermore, the Imperialists would steal their artifacts and bring them back to their own country. No wonder Imperialism is so undesirable and this show is proof of it. Heck, even the spirits hates imperialism.
Zakuro, a twin tailed half fox and half human girl seems to be dissatisfied by all the westernization caused by the imperialists. Not only that, the army decides to meddle on their Spirit affairs, which piss her off even more. She feels that the army is useless and will only get in the way of her and the other girls’ goal. Nevertheless, they let the three guys to help them. One of them includes Kei Agemaki, which seems to look flawless, but he a big wuss when he encounters the spirits.
At first, the show starts off like a typical shoujo. Heck, the animation looks like it came from a shoujo. In the next two episodes, it doesn’t feel that way since it hardly touches on the romance. For instance, the second episode has the crew destroy a train station to calm the spirit. In the third episode, it focused on how Zakuro was born and the defeating a woman and children eating spirit. As a result, the show feels a bit more like a Seinen rather than a shoujo because of some of the dark natures of the story. Of course, I don’t blame anyone that thought this was a shoujo since the creator have also created some Yaoi manga. This could explain why the art style looks so shoujoish.
Unlike the typical JC Staff tsunderes I have seen, Zakuro doesn’t seem to fall in that trap. The reasons she has a tsundere personality because of the prejudices she experiences. Since she has a half-fox spirit inside of her, normal humans were prejudiced towards her. After a while, Zakuru develops a negative attitude towards humans even if some were not prejudiced against her. In the end, I think she will change her attitudes towards humans when she cooperates with her wussy partner and meet people that are willing to accept her differences.
From the three episodes I have taste tested, Otome Youkai Zakuro is definitely a keeper. I feel this way since the show had good animation, enjoyable music and interesting story. Not only that, the scenes where Zakuro confronts the upset spirits was badass. As long JC Staff does not screw it up like their recent adaptations, I think this show is going to be good and enjoyable. ¶