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Gugure! Kokkuri-san is not the first of its kind to show demons and spirits in a comical light, but it does have a refreshing take on human/spirit relationships where the spirit’s feelings are paternal instead of romantic. Well, at least in the case of Kokkuri-san, we can’t say the same for Inugami. For a show about a house-keeping demon, it’s incredibly funny and even the human character is her own strange, unique person. If you like kids suddenly thrust into a world of spirits, try these supernatural shows like Gugure! Kokkuri-san!

Liked Gugure! Kokkuri-san? Watch Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun (Toilet-bound Hanako-kun)!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2020 – March 2020

One of the 7 wonders of Nene’s school is said to be if you go to the girls’ bathroom and knock on the third stall while calling for Hanako-san, she will grant your wish while taking something special from you. Well… they got the wish-granting part right, but it’s Hanako-KUN. Nene is terribly embarrassed when she has to tell a boy ghost about her unrequited feelings for a guy in her school but tries to get his help all the same. When things go terribly wrong and Hanako has to save her, Nene, unfortunately, has to give up much of her free time to help Hanako manage the other wonders of their school!

Major Similarities Between Gugure! Kokkuri-san and Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun (Toilet-bound Hanako-kun)

1. The Spirit Doesn’t Quite Match the Legend

As is the case in both Kokkuri-san and Hanako-kun, young girls are drawn to a creepy legend in how to summon a spirit out of loneliness. While Kohina was hoping to make friends with the spirit, Nene just wanted some help in connecting with another human. Seeing the sorry state of these young girls, neither Kokkuri nor Hanako could leave them alone. Both these spirits spend a lot of time bothering their human charge but are also quick to come to their defense and are very powerful. It almost makes us want to try summoning a demon on those lonely winter nights!

2. A Whole Roster of Spirits from Japanese Folklore

Beyond our main characters being based on Japanese legends, the spirits we see in Hanako-kun are also based on various folklore and urban legends native to Japan. The 7 wonders are all based on or are inspired versions of popular urban legends in Japanese schools. Fox spirits, yosei, tree spirits, much like the cast of Kokkuri-san, they have human and demon versions they change from as they please and some even act in the human world as regular people.

Liked Gugure! Kokkuri-san? Watch Mairimashita! Iruma-kun (Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun)

  • Episodes: 23
  • Aired: October 2019 – March 2020

Iruma-kun has dealt with much abuse in his short life but instead of growing jaded and mean, he’s become very complacent. Even when he’s kidnapped by the demon Sullivan and told his parents sold him away, he begrudgingly accepts that’s something they’d do. But it turns out instead of a slave, Sullivan just wants a cute grandkid to love on! Not wanting to disappoint someone, Iruma accepts… only to find out that if any other demon learns he’s a human, he’ll be eaten!

Major Similarities Between Gugure! Kokkuri-san and Mairimashita! Iruma-kun (Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun)

1. Demon Father Figure

Kokkuri and Sullivan both appear initially frightening, very fitting of their demonic nature, but really just want to take care of their tiny humans. Sullivan is more a grandfather but like Kokkuri with Kohina, he looks after and loves Iruma. Both demons are also adamant about their human attending school and making friends. Watching them grow up and become more self-sufficient brings these powerful demons to tears! Kokkuri is more independent for sure as he can cook and clean for himself, but at least Sullivan makes good use of Opera to make sure Iruma wants for nothing!

2. Expanding Demon Circle

It seems like Kohina, Iruma is a demon magnet. Without even trying to, he defeats and endears Asmodeus to himself. When Clara joins, the two are often at odds as they try to be closest to Kohina. Asmodeus is more like Kokkuri as he tries to do what’s best and Clara takes more after Inugami with her constantly trying to indulge her own selfish desires for attention. Both Iruma and Kohina manage to attract demons without meaning to despite their humanity. Sometimes their uniqueness is what attracts danger to them but thankfully their mostly-well-meaning demonic friend groups are there to help!

Final Thoughts

Hanako, Kokkuri, and even Sullivan share a lot of similarities as spirits trying to look after their helpless humans. We can’t blame these little guys for finding themselves at such a loss with how to deal with the sudden wave of demons around them. It’s hard to feel bad for them though with so many funny shenanigans going on. We bet some of you wish you could find your own caring group of demons to take care of you, but hopefully Mairimashita! Iruma-kun and Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun will fill that void for you! Let us know in the comments which demon you want to be under the care of!

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Author: May

Hey friends! I reside in Georgia and use my degree in Japanese primarily to (barely) read doujinshi that hasn’t been translated. Beyond deciding who is best girl in whatever I happen to be watching, I really enjoy ballroom dancing, reading, crying over dating sims, karaoke, and being surrounded by beautiful things~ (You know, scenery, décor, boys, stuff like that). I also love talking about passions with others!

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