Recently, I’ve watched a show that I’ve been wanting to see for just under a year now. As always, I’ll start with a summary of the story.
Aoi Tsubaki is a special girl who can see and speak to ayakashi. To protect herself, her grandfather, Shiro Tsubaki, teaches her how to cook food that appeals to the ayakashi’s tastes for mild and sweet foods. One day, not long after Shiro dies of an accident, Aoi learns that not only did she inherit her special ability from her late grandfather, but also that same grandfather got into a steep debt with one of the inns in the ayakashi world. To ensure the debt is paid, Shiro had signed a contract with the innkeeper, Master Ogre (I’ll call him Odanna since that sounds like an actual name and the show never gives him a real one) that states that in the event that Shiro is unable to repay his debt he will give Aoi up to be Odanna’s bride. She refuses, however, and makes her own deal with the ogre to work until the debt is paid in full so she can keep her autonomy and freedom to marry for love. To pay off the debt, she opens a small restaurant in the courtyard of the inn. Through her food, she makes friends, brings enemies to her side, pulls families together, and touches the hearts and souls of even the most soulless and cruel ayakashi. All the while, Odanna tries everything in his power to make her change her mind on marrying him; debt or no.
Saying this now, the relationship between Aoi and Odanna is really cute. He goes above and beyond, reading between the lines as to what she wants and what will make her happy. There are also so many times she acts like a child. Almost every time they go out into town together, her curiosity gets the best of her and she wanders away, leaving Odanna to have to hunt her down and save her from an ayakashi that she caught the eye of. Sadly, he doesn’t have much personality aside from whatever he believes will make Aoi happy and the kinda-sorta “father figure” of the inn. nearly everyone on his staff was taken in by him at a young and/or weakened state.
As for Aoi herself, she’s you typical spunky anime heroine who doesn’t take crap, and that somehow gets her friends everywhere she turns, the only thing that sets her apart from all other spunky heroines would be the fact that her main weapon of choice is food.
Another friend that Aoi made was Genji, the fox ayakashi who’s Odanna’s right-hand man so to speak. He’s a little sweetheart and acts like a protective big brother to Aoi when they go out in town together.
There are other ayakashi that befriends Aoi, but I’m actually low on time and most of them follow the same arc; “I don’t like you, you’re a human girl!”/”I won’t eat food made by a human woman!”, “This tastes good! Can I have more food?”, “WE ARE BEST BUDS NOW!” and they suddenly have the best relationship like they’ve been lifelong friends the whole time.
All in all, it’s a great show with adorable and likable characters, a compelling premise, and a sweet story. If that’s what you’re looking for, watch it yourself and come to your own conclusion. After you watch it, be sure to leave your own thoughts and opinions in the comments below and have a beautiful rest of your day~!
Side note, I’m getting busier and busier, so blogs may be less frequent. I know I already spaced the blogs out already, but I am out of ideas and little on time to get inspired. If you have any suggestions on ideas, please let me know in the comments. I’ll post when I can, but I don’t want to force myself to post just because of a schedule and risk lowering the quality of blogs.