[Japanese Culture 201 Spring 2018] Like Fukigen no Mononokean? Watch This!

They say you cannot learn about Japan through anime, and for the most part, it’s true. However, there are some anime that give us a small essence of Japanese culture, food, and its society. One such anime in the recent years has to be Fukigen no Mononokean.

Teaching us about culture, supernatural beliefs, and some aspects about Japan, Fukigen no Mononokean was a fun anime that was a joy to watch and reminded us of older anime like xxxHolic. This season, we have 2 anime for you that will make you excitable as they are similar to Fukigen no Mononokean in some ways, especially when it comes to culture. Hang tight as we explain more!

Liked Fukigen no Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean)? Watch Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits-)!

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2018 - Ongoing

Aoi is not your average university student. She possesses the power to see ayakashi. This has never been an issue for her and sometimes, she takes the time to feed them. One day when she was doing just that, a demon appears declaring that Aoi will be his bride to repay a debt her grandfather owes. Unwilling to sell herself for her grandfather’s debt, Aoi offers to pay it off by working.

Major Similarities Between Fukigen no Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean) and Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits-)

1. Youkai Galore!

If there’s something that Fukigen no Mononokean has in common with Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi, it’s all of the youkai, or as Kakuyiro no Yadomeshi refers to them, ayakashi. Ayakashi refers to youkai that are above water, so there is that limitation, but overall, we get to know different ayakashi throughout the series and how they relate to the story or Japanese culture as a whole.

2. Getting to Know the Supernatural

Just like how Ashiya learns about youkai and their part in life, Aoi also learns about ayakashi and has to adapt to them in her life. Now that she is living in the Hidden Realm to pay off her debt, we get to see her interact with many ayakashi from big and small. Plus, we get to see how they have actual feelings and emotions! This dives deeper into how the Japanese view the supernatural and gives us a better idea of the legends and mythologies that many may forget about because they focus on things like the Shinto religion.

Liked Fukigen no Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean)? Watch Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori (Yotsuiro Biyori)!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2018 - ?

Rokuhoudou is a Japanese tea shop that is run by four men, Gure, Sui, Tokitaka, and Tsubaki. These four men keep Rokuhoudou running and are constantly more than happy to serve any customer. Here, you can enjoy a warm cup of tea and wagashi surrounded by bishounen eager to please.

Major Similarities Between Fukigen no Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean) and Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori (Yotsuiro Biyori)

1. Something about relationships between boys...

One of the fun parts about Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori has to be that it has an all-male cast, which is a major hit with female fans. This is similar to Fukigen no Mononokean and contributes to its popularity. However, they are both somewhat slice of life-esque and all about the lives of these boys, revolving around their subsequent themes. For Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori, it’s about the cafe and how the boys wish to better it and the experience customers have.

2. A classic type of feeling

It must have something to do with Abeno and his secret room, but Fukigen no Mononokean has a classic type of feeling, but it could have to do with some rather traditional Japanese aesthetics for many of the settings. The same can be said of Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori which is set in a traditional Japanese cafe in the bamboo forest. This gives it that rather traditional Japanese feeling, like going to Kyoto might for many. Pair that with the love for tea, matcha parfaits, and wagashi and you have a bit of that traditional Japanese culture that isn’t always shown in anime.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for an anime with a little bit of Japanese culture, we hope we were able to provide it with our Japanese culture 201 course with anime from Spring 2018. Do either of these two anime interest you? Are you watching them and have something to say? Share everything in the comments down below!

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Author: Jenangelx3

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