Finding Hope in a Hellish Place
- Episodes : 13
- Genre : Comedy, Supernatural, Fantasy, Seinen
- Airing Date : April 2018 - June 2018
- Studios : Studio Deen
Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season: Sono ni Introduction
Hell is a very busy place! Regardless of what your beliefs are, there are people who need to be judged, records that need to be maintained, different levels of hell to be managed, and of course, fires that need to be put out–no pun intended–. While there is all this chaos going on, there is one demon who stands above all the others. No, he is not known for his power or figure, Hoozuki is known for his prowess. He can intimidate his boss, King Enma, the ruler of Japanese Hell, into doing anything he wants, Hoozuki can easily solve problems through dialogue, and is a well-respected demon in hell. Today too, someone needs Hoozuki’s help. Let’s just hope he can get there before they dig themselves too deep of a hole!
1. It’s Just as Good as the First-Half of the Season
The thing that a lot of comedy anime tend to slip up on in the second season is innovation. Thankfully, Hoozuki does not struggle at all here and delivers a consistent, funny dialogue all throughout the series. There is so much material that could be covered in Hell. They always manage to go onto a new topic, usually two, per episode meaning that the story never stalls or stale jokes are brought up again and again. In fact, we saw significantly less Hakutaku in the second cours of Hoozuki, but it is not necessarily bad as there is only so much schmoozing and boozing that Hakutaku can do before we get bored of seeing him fall victim to his own vices. In fact, the only characters we are thrilled to see every time and they never get old, are the creepy Zashiki Warashi who look like the spirits that they are and their reactions are creepy and cute at the same time.
2. It’s Japan, just... in Hell.
Something really great about this series is that if you want to see what living in Japan is like, Hoozuki paints a fairly accurate picture. If you are working, that is. There will always be someone with the answers who is terrifying and yet cool and calm at the same time, there is always someone who is a bungling fool and you are not sure how they got hired. There is always the office crush aka Okou-san, and there is always a boss who is so inept that you wonder just how they rose to power, King Enma. Thankfully though, Hoozuki manages to get everything done which also happens in real life as well.
3. Building on that, Hoozuki Is Also About Japanese Culture
We have touched on this in the past at some point, but Hoozuki actually talks about a vast amount of Japanese history and beliefs rooted in Shinto. While we do learn some things, learning more about the backstories behind things also gives better and greater context for the way Japanese people can act and think. Not to mention, too, you get to learn really cool facets of Japanese history that are not necessarily valuable pieces of information, but it’s still cool to know.
1. You Hate Explanations
This is more of a response to point three, but if you do not enjoy learning via a show, then you should skip Hoozuki. Since he is surrounded by people like Shiro, Nasubi, the Zashiki Warashi, and more, there is a lot of explaining happening. While it is cool for some, we understand that some people may be put off by the fact that we just spent a few minutes learning about how Izanagi moved to hell and is insufferable.
These are just some of our thoughts in regards to the series Hoozuki no Reitetsu, but we hope that you have found it enjoyable. It seems like the anime will be off air for awhile as the series doesn’t seem to be teasing that another season is coming. Then again though, there is so much source material overall for the series that there could be a chance we could see more. We are not holding our breath and bid Hoozuki farewell to go back to his work desk. What are your thoughts on this series? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! Till next time!