So, I’m going to preface this by saying I haven’t touched any of the light novels or manga of this series. I know nothing apart from the three episodes of the anime I have seen. However, that doesn’t really change my feelings on what I HAVE seen. I’m in a unique position to judge this anime on its own, and I am.
The premise is simple: there once was a girl named Aoi Tsubaki. Aoi’s grandfather had a gambling problem, and promised her hand to an oni (a troll like creature in Japanese folklore) in return for clearing his debt. As best I can tell, this is a reverse harem show in which a girl slowly falls in love with said oni.
Also, the oni (whose name is Ōdanna) runs an inn. I feel the need to mention that because Aoi pledges to work off her grandfather’s debt in this inn, instead of marrying him per the agreement. Ōdanna isn’t pleased, but he agrees.
At best, it reminds me a lot of InuYasha. At worst, it feels just like reading somewhat better version of Twilight. See, the thing is… Ōdanna is actually scary. He is an oni, and you feel that in the show. He mentions how pleasant Aoi smells and threatens to eat her. That’s where InuYasha comes in, because he was so mysterious and fearsome at the beginning of that anime. And I like this show when it’s playing that up, actually. It’s a beauty and the beast story, or … like Twilight where the fact Edward is a vampire actually matters.
And I guess that’s what I have to say about this show. I’m going to keep watching, maybe, because I have an itch for an Ouran High School Host Club-like show to tide me over until the Yuri!!! on Ice movie finally graces us. But it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be anything special. I’m surprised that it’s getting a twenty-five episode run.
Then again, I have only seen the first three episodes.
Stephanie is a gamer, otaku, and your local friend who posts on Twitter too much. From Mississippi, she spends most of her free time prepping for her next convention or getting beaten at Overwatch. Follow her on Twitter.