Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- – Full Season QandA Rundown

Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- – Full Season QandA Rundown

What’s the important information? Kakuriyo –Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- is a Spring 2018 supernatural romance anime that aired 26 episodes between April and September. It is based on a Light Novel series by Midori Yuma and has been adapted into a Josei manga series too.

What’s it about? Aoi Tsubaki is a lonely college student who has the ability to Ayakshi in the world, a trait she inherited from her now deceased grandfather. One day while walking past a shrine she meets an Ogre god named Odanna. After offering him some food she kidnaps her to the ‘Hidden Realm’, the spiritual home for all Ayakashi. There she learns her grandfather owed Odanna a great debt and in order to repay it she offered Aoi’s hand in marriage. But rather than succumb to his wishes Aoi negotiates with the Ogre god and decides to pay off the debt at Tenjin’ya an inn for Ayakashi.

Such handsome, much mystery, wow.

Why did you watch it? Every season I watch one or two shows that I have little-to-no interest in but that would be of interest to the irlwaifu—lots of hot Ayakashi boys vying for one woman’s attention—this was the one for Spring, other than that there was no other reason for me to watch it.

Did you enjoy the show? I reviewed about 6 episodes before deciding I couldn’t review it episodically but that’s not to speak of the show’s quality—just that I didn’t have anything to talk about! The show is pretty casual and light-hearted but at times it feels like too little actually happens in the show, it certainly didn’t need to be 26 episodes. As much as I complained about the ~creepy~ aspect of framing a love-story against kidnapping and arranged marriage, Aoi is a strong enough character that she’s never taken advantage of by the “good” characters.

Why is the only thing I can think of what kind of damage those nails would do “in the bedroom”…

What was your favourite episode? The episode that had the most emotional gravitas for me was the finale—Episode 26, with the revelation about the Umi-bouzo’s true nature being particularly touching.

What were your most favourite things about the show? Despite seeming at first glance to be as a show about hot boys and one girl amongst it, there’s actually a lot of other female characters and while Aoi’s interactions with these characters are never ~quite~ as deep as they are with the men they are still interesting character with differing levels of friendship (or rivalry) with Aoi.

You know it’s a show “for women” when the man in the scene has bigger and brighter eyes than the two girls.

What were your least favourite things about the show? Aside from the aforementioned pacing issues the animation can vary in quality at time, never to horrendous levels but it does come off as a little rushed sometimes. Also the stakes in any given episode never really feel all that high—even towards the finale it feels like nobody in the show is taking anything too serious.

Who was your favourite character? While it would be easy (and expected) of me to pick Aoi as I did praise her earlier on in this review she isn’t my favourite character. I’m tossing up between Ginji the white haired wolf-boy who’s just an all-round “good boy” and a lot more likable as a potential love-interest than Odanna. But my love of waifu’s is wanting me to pick the shy, dark-haired beauty of the bath-houses Shizuna, but because of how little screen-time she has I probably should just leave it as Ginji being favourite.

I like how Shizuna’s character design emphasises the fact she works all day in a hot springs, that’s the hair of someone who works in a wet and humid environment!

Thoughts on the OP (opening) and ED (ending) and the soundtrack in general? The first OP “Tomoshibi no Manimani” is a gorgeous and moving song and is actually sung by Aoi’s voice actress Nao Toyama, and when they announced a new song for the second cour I thought nothing could compare but rather than trying to replicate the emotional power and sweeping beauty of the first one they went for a straight up banger; “Utsushiyo no Yume” by Nano. As for the ED’s, well there’s way too many to go through them all as nearly every character gets a character song during the end credits but they’re all fairly decent.

Beast mode, activate!

What’s something unique about this show? This show has a large emphasis on food—which is nothing new for anime considering the Japanese people’s obsession with it, what is interesting is how it permeates every aspect of the narrative—at first seemingly like a hobby for Aoi (one she’s very skilled at mind you) but then becoming intrinsic to the overarching plot-line of the final arc of the anime. It doesn’t make the earlier episodes dedicated to it feel less ~slight~ of content but it does justify the existence of it throughout the story as being something other than just a hobby.

What other anime are most like it for the sake of comparison? I don’t have a great basis for comparison with this genre. However while I haven’t watched the show, I actually own Kamisama Kiss on blu-ray (it was cheap, so I bought it) and that show looks very much like Kakuriyo.

Ah, the classic love triangle.

Who would you recommend it to? There’s a certain demographic for this show and they’ve probably already watched this show—or at the very least have it on their watch list. That’s not to say people who aren’t a part of that demographic won’t find things to enjoy about the show like I did but the effect will be greatly lessened.

Sum up the season in one sentence: ‘Much like vanilla ice-cream its sweet but kind of ordinary, pleasant but nothing bold and more or less delivers the expected experience.’

Final score? 72 out of 100.

Just so damn mysterious and handsome…

Previous Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
(No Review For Episode 4)
Episode 5 & 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
(Stopped Reviewing Weekly After Episode 7)

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Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 7

What’s the show? Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 7.

Huh? Didn’t you decide no longer to review this show in your ‘Site Update‘ post? I did. But, if you were paying attention you’d also note that I said I reserved the right to review episodes of shows I was watching that I felt were particularly interesting and warranting of a review.

Oh yeah. So this is particularly interesting then, huh? Uh, err… well, not really actually…

Huh? Oh! Don’t get me wrong, this could very well be the best episode of this show so far, or perhaps more accurately the most ~consistent~ because let’s face it, the word ‘best’ and ‘Kakuriyo’ don’t really belong in the same sentence… unless of course you’re talking about that OP song, because it is among the best!

That blush and smile combo.

Yeah, okay. But you didn’t come all this way just to talk about how “consistent” this episode is, something’s gotta have you talking about this show other than that? Whatever I may have said about this show in the past still stands, but I will admit I was obnoxious towards this show’s existence in general. Mostly because the whole ‘Beauty & The Beast’ forced romance is like one of my least favourite narrative motifs around. So imagine my surprise, when throughout the last few episodes and specifically this episode do they not only focus on something 100x more interesting (Aoi setting up a restaurant for Ayakashi) but also manage to tie in the romance subplot with considerable degree of class and restraint—at least as far as this show is concerned.

For context he’s looking at her at eye level.

So it’s ‘Restaurant To Another World’ version 2.0? Kudos to you for remembering that show! But no, it’s nothing like that… well it’s kinda like that, but ‘Restaurant To Another World’ was phenomenal, whereas this is just ~pretty good~, and I mean that’s a marked improvement over what it had been previously. At least in my opinion.

Uh-huh, and wasn’t there some things about a hot springs and a Tanuki author and Aoi meeting with an accountant because her restaurant was failing? Oh yeah, it’s all a rich tapestry.

Dat yolk porn.

*sigh* Listen, it’s all pretty good stuff, I did like the Tanuki author who Aoi makes Bento’s for. And I do still enjoy how seemingly everyone in the Hidden Realm had *some* sort of relationship with Aoi’s grandfather Shio. And her passing annoyance at people saying that she looks so much like him—if I didn’t know any better I’d say Ayakashi can’t tell humans apart from their faces and only see what their souls look like.

I mean I know some author’s grow a lot of facial hair but this is ridiculous!

Right and is that all? I really like that for a… I’m actually not sure what genre this show is, but for a show that’s targeted toward a female demographic I’m glad there’s still so many cute female side-characters and not just a cornucopia of hot men and cute boys populating the screen. In fact at the end of this episode we get another character, although I’m guessing just a one-off appearance from a blonde loli who gives Aoi a deus-ex machina ball that makes her restaurant a success (I’m not going to fault the show on taking the easy way out, it’s set in the Hidden Realm, I’m sure stuff like this happens all the time).

“Here have this, your restaurant will now be a success, don’t ask questions just go with it.”

I don’t know how necessary this review was. I don’t know either, I just find myself interested in talking about this show more often than not and that’s gotta say something about the quality of the show, right?

Previous Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
(Somehow I forgot to do an Episode 4 Review!)
Episode 5 & 6 Review

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Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 5 & 6 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 5 & 6

What’s the show? Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 5 & 6.

did notice you forewent reviewing it last week? Did the sheer amount of handsome ayakashi boys finally break you? Pfft, hardly, I’ll give this show some credit is that there seems to be plenty of good looking boys and girls in this show, which certainly eases the burden of watching this show, same can’t be said for Butlers X Battlers, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Right then, so why did you not review the show last week? Because the episode was kind of inconsequential to the overarching plot. Honestly, the episode only existed to give Aoi a reason to return to the apparent realm and collect the cute little Kappa named Chibi and bring him back to the hidden realm, because apparently Aoi needed a comedic sidekick.

He’s basically a Pokemon.

I know you’re exaggerating, but what really happened? I don’t know, some stuff about siblings fighting and Aoi helping them reconnect, yes there were some decent flashback scenes showing Shiro (Aoi’s grandfather) taking care of the two spider Ayakashi but it wasn’t exactly the most ~interesting~ episode so far, also the “action” scene toward the end of the episode was atrocious. But then again that’s nothing new for this show, it does quiet and contemplative well enough, food just fine, character interactions with some degree of competency but almost everything else is just awkward.

And I assume you have more to talk about with Episode 6? Ehh~ it was better than Episode 5, Aoi’s harem is expanding with the introduction of the very young looking Kamaitachi, a security guard of Tenjin-ya. But it’s okay if he looks young because he’s actually like 80+ years old. *winky face*

Look at this good boy!

Right… To be fair, I did like his recollections about Shiro, about how they got up to mischief up to and including peeping on girl’s in the bathhouse, if only because Aoi’s reaction to this “revelation” was priceless!

And the ‘plot’ of the episode? Well, Aoi opens her eatery to the public, it does a roaring success on the first day as it’s booked out for private function, but “one week later” and things are dire as there’s not been another single customer (because the plot says so). And so she and cute fox boy are summoned to a meeting with the chief accountant Byakuya, who—you guessed it—is also a good looking dude.

This didn’t happen in the episode, but this is Byakuya. I just couldn’t be bothered loading up the episode again to get a screencap. But see! Good-looking dude! Aoi’s spoilt for choice!

“Harem expands”? I don’t know, it was literally the ending scene of the episode, but probably!

Anything you missed? Oh, some random assassin tries to kill Aoi.

Um, kind of a big deal! How come you didn’t mention it earlier?! Because it’s totally not a big deal, at least the show doesn’t seem to think so, it was just used as an excuse to have a ‘meet-cute’ between Aoi and the aforementioned security/cute boy Kamaitachi.

I mean, yeah cucumbers have many uses…

Uh-huh… so why are you still watching this show, it doesn’t seem like your kind of show and I’m sure what you’re getting out of it at this point. True, this is the show I look forward to the least out of my Spring 2018 anime weekly shows but I do like Aoi as a protagonist and moreso with each subsequent episode and honestly as much as I ~sass~ this show it’s still mildly entertaining. I just hope we get a bit more drama that lasts longer than a single episode.

Extra extra!

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Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 3 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review of Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 3.

What’s the show? Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast For Spirits, Episode 3.

So how are things in the world of Spirits? Messy.

Oh. Messy good or messy bad? Messy entertaining. Like this episode was all over the place plot wise but I appreciate that more than it being boring. A lot happened in this episode, but nothing that’s going to pay off for a while.

Care to elaborate? Well, Aoi goes on a date to the capital city with Oni Depp, is almost assassinated by Oryo the frosty snow woman who stowed away on their flying boat against his wishes. They rescue a geisha called Suzuran who is the sister of some guy back at the inn who’s had like two lines of dialogue. Suzuran was about to be sold to some seedy looking Legolas dude but that doesn’t fly with Odanna, he admonishes the horny kimono heir for forcing someone to marry him without their consent, unaware of the irony of his statement. Thankfully the show is self aware enough to have Aoi call him out on this not a second later. The kimono heir and his cronies try and attack the flying ship but Aoi uses her deus ex Tengu fan and it blows the bad guys away. Back at the inn, Oryo gets Shrek’d by Odanna for being so irresponsible as to leave her post at the inn—oh and also for the whole attempted assassination of Aoi—and is sent to her room. The episode ends with Aoi and Genji discussing the eatery’s menu when Oryo is brought in by Kasuga (the cute fox girl from the previous episode) as Oryo looks like she’s got a fever.

Right… And that’s not even everything that happened in the episode! We get an elaborated flashback to the Ayakashi who helped her out as a child, I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say it was probably Genji, which I’m glad for as I first thought it might be Odanna, and the last thing I wanted was that douche to come off as more sympathetic.

Sounds like you’re kinda getting into the show. I don’t know, maybe? Like I don’t care for this genre of anime (romance?), and I don’t know how they intend to stretch this out as long as they are planning (26 episodes) but this episode had so much going on that I definitely wasn’t bored. It was certainly better than the previous two episodes, but not better quality just better to watch. Also I do like Aoi as a character, especially when she’s being all strong and independent so I want to keep watching in the vain hope that she makes the right decision for herself with regard to who she will choose to be with. I much prefer this kind of romance(?) where there’s an element of ~mystery~ to who she will end up with.

Who do you want her to end up with then? I mean forget the dudes, she and Oryo should come to their senses and realise that the only way forward is with each other and not Odanna possessive creep.

Why am I not surprised you’d say that. Anyway so I guess I don’t need to ask if you recommend this, we kind of did this review out of order… You could say this review was as messy as this episode was! Almost like it was intentional! Hehehe!

It wasn’t intentional was it? No… no… I’m just lazy…

Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 2 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 2.

What’s the show? Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Episode 2.

Oh right, the anime show you last week compared to ‘Twilight’ and said was obnoxious and potentially harmful. Shut up will you? Maybe I was a bit over zealous with my contempt, turns out there’s a lot worse stuff out there, it’s just this is a genre I’ve got like zero experience in.

So has your opinion changed any in the intervening week? Well obviously. But it’s not just because of the comments, it’s because the show genuinely got better, well in some areas at least.

Shut up jerk!

Go on… Well it’s not nearly as creep-tastic as it was in its first episode, focusing more on our protagonist and less on the Johnny Depp looking oni who’s totally ‘Beauty and the Beast’-ing her meant not only did we get some character development but we got to know her away from the men who will no doubt seek to occupy her life in harem-style shenanigans in the future.


Hmm, well that’s good I suppose. Any other positives? Oh! We get a cute tanuki girl who’s properly introduced! She works at the Inn, and she’s adorable! Also her voice actress sounds familiar but it’s not listed on MAL… very mysterious either that or she’s new to the industry and I’m just imagining things.

Thanks for the exposition!

So it’s a good episode then? It is, I mean the story is good and the old dude who ‘drops in’ and gives her some backstory on her grandfather is great, and the fact that she continues to make decisions that seek to make her autonomous from the male influences is also great even if ultimately she’s only in this situation in the first place because of a male’s poor decisions.

The sins of the father and all that, or grandfather as it is in this case…

I sense a ‘but’? —But! And this is rare for me because I seldom—if ever—talk about animation quality but it must be said, this is a fucking drab and seldom ugly looking show. Like in the first episode I could overlook it because the scenery changed enough that you didn’t focus on it, but here it’s like… how did anyone think this was deserving of a passing grade. Like it’s not incompetent or faulty or a train wreck by any means, it’s just so bland and uninspired it saps whatever little personality was there to begin with and leaves a limping skeleton behind.

I’m sure this’ll come back in a later episode and be important. Fan ex Machina.

Uh-oh, are you dropping this show too? I know I said I wouldn’t drop any shows this season, but I think that was optimistic not only of myself but of the quality of the shows that I thought we’d be getting… I’ll give it another episode, but considering this is a goddamn 26(!) episode season, I really don’t think I’ll make it to the end… well unless more cute girls are introduced!

She’s talking about her cooking! Mind out of the gutter, perverts!

Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Episode 1.

What’s the show? Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits Episode 1 (2018).

Uh-huh, and I take it that’s what it’s about? Well kinda, I mean if you wanna be simplistic about it. There’s layers here you see… our protagonist Aoi is a lonely 20-something woman who has the ability to see ayakashi (who are like spirits, except some are harmless and some are pretty bad). One one day while going about her daily life she is kidnapped by Ginji, some alpha douche oni (ogre demon) who declares his intention to marry Aoi!

Yup, that’s how courting goes in Japan, right?

That seems kinda sudden and also ~problematic~. Indeed, although he has reason to presume so as her grandfather, who raised her, incurred a substantial debt when visiting the spirit world and offered his granddaughter’s future hand in marriage to Ginji instead of paying his incurred debt.

What an asshole! Pretty much. And while Aoi loved and respected her grandfather she refuses to be ‘sold off’ like property and instead of accepting Ginji’s marriage demands she decides to work off her grandfather’s 100 million yen debt by working in the Inn instead!

“Ogres are like onions…”

Girl power! Sure, something like that…

What do you mean by that? Well I know this anime is directed towards a female audience but try as I might I don’t understand the appeal of this show at all… it’s kind of like our female protagonist is nothing but a commodity to be traded, and somehow women like this? Like… *sigh* I’m probably going to walk into a trap here but I need to draw a weird comparison so bare with me…

WHAT?! But how will I get my sandwiches?!

Go on then… So my irl waifu was totally into this show once we finished the first episode, and rather than probe to the reason why I let it go I mean I get it this show isn’t for me. But where I had a problem was how this possessive, arrogant, dominating demon Ginji is somehow seen as an attractive mate and prospect. I mean I totally got Johnny Depp vibes from this guy and I don’t mean ‘quirky movie goth Johnny Depp’ but rather ‘abusive, alcoholic in real life Johnny Depp’.

Sexy ogre… I mean, what?!

Okay, so I guess it’s not for you? It’s not even that. It’s just, uh, well you know…

really don’t know why you’re asking me? Women are as much a mystery to me as the meaning of life and how magnets work. I’m wrapping up this review now because I feel like there’s more to this show then meets the eye, after all it’s going to be a 26 episode season so fingers crossed it goes in a ways to explaining itself.

Right, so do you recommend this show? Not really, I mean it’s skirting around being something I outright hate and just remaining passable as it is, I guess we’ll see if future episodes decide to break out of their allotment in life as it were. Not to be reductive but I figure there’s a large portion of the female population who will enjoy this show a lot more than I did, and to them I say more power to you!

When his nail game is stronger than yours…

But? But, I just don’t get it, like I know this show’s kind of wants to be a reverse harem, what with the cute shape shifting Fox boy being the Jacob here, but let’s face it, this Bella will ultimately end up with the Edward, because this shit is obnoxiously predictable.

Oh god, did you just invoke ‘Twilight’!? Perhaps I did! And with good reason, because this show feels as annoying and predictable and obnoxious as that series did. I mean it’s generic, devoid of a defined female protagonist whose beset by a sudden influx of male suitors who fall into generic tropes that run the gamut of what women are ‘in to’.

Is that a euphemism?

Well clearly this show isn’t for you, are you going to keep watching? Damn right I am, it’s not everyday you get to rag on something so obnoxious. B–besides, even despite how bland she is I kinda like the female lead and want to follow her and hope she makes the right decision, even though I know he totally won’t and will end up with that possessive Johnny Depp wannabe! Don’t do it girl, go for the cute fox shape-shifing fox boy!

Mm-hm… So do you recommend the show? Those who are into cute girls doing cute things and ecchi and what not need not apply. I can’t even begin to say how far out of my comfort zone this show is! But there’s no doubt an audience for this kind of thing, I just can’t hope to speak for them with any authority or intent. If you like handsome and potentially problematic boys preying on an otherwise conscientious female then this is the show for you! Or maybe you just like imaging yourself at the center of a reverse harem?! Ain’t nothing wrong with that! Personally though I don’t think the show is worth my time, but simultaneously why not give something new a go! Recommended for… well you know who you are…

Dat view tho.