I’d forgotten Otome Yokai Zakuro was a shojo series, the token one of the season. It appears, after Maid-sama, that JC Staff have found themselves a genre they quite enjoy doing. We have all the usual tropes, or in my case, annoyances that most other shojo series have. A particular grievance I had with this episode was the way the music would change to point out what you were supposed to be feeling during the current scene. As if the chibi faces weren’t enough, here’s some music bouncier than the breasts from Highschool of the Dead to point it out to you. But now you’re supposed to take this scene seriously, so let us serenade you to some violin music while the characters all start blushing furiously. Oh, and the sparkles and flowers and other random shit floating around in the background.
Where do they come from? The shojo version of hammerspace is sparklespace. It doesn’t hold many weapons but has plenty of sparkles, flowers and a bubble making machine. They decided to forgoe using the bubble machine in Yokai Zakuro, instead opting for the origami flowers. Usually they accompany a scene that your supposed to be laughing at, along with the bouncy music. I suppose the music could also be called bubbly so that makes up for the lack of bubbles floating across the screen. As for the bishies soldiers, we have the self-confident but easily embarrassed shota, the strong silent type and the flamboyant idiot. Basically, three of the Ouran Host Club in military uniforms. I’m sure if I watched Ouran any further, they would have had an episode where they dressed in military uniforms.
(hmmm, maybe Ouran wasn’t so bad after all….)
I mean, it’s not like it’s that bad or anything. The animation is of good quality. The beginnings of romance are all kind of sweet. I can’t see the actual plot going anywhere interesting outside of the romances though. Just lots of little skirmishes with yokai and the people of the village. Plus, you all know already how the relationships are going to pan out. But don’t take my word for it. You should all know by now how much I dislike shojo. Just watch it for yourself and sink into a sea of sparkly flowers. Because apparently people like that sort of stuff.