Gugure! Kokkuri-san Episode 4

Magic Kaito subs seem to be delayed, so have a Kokkuri-san review!

It’s like a wacky family sitcom! But instead of a family, you have animal spirits haunting a young girl.


Despite Kokkuri’s protests, the tanuki spirit, Shigaraki, ends up staying at the Kohina household.  Shigaraki claims that his stay is only temporary, until he finds a new family to haunt.  But, since all the families he’s haunted have been brought to ruin, that might take a while…

This is the face of ANGER. …Even though Kohina looks just the same as she always does just trust me on this.

In the next short, Shigaraki “borrows” some money from Kokkuri, and Kokkuri follows him to see what the tanuki is up to.  It turns out that Shigaraki actually uses the money to keep a child orphanage running.  Kokkuri is almost touched by this, but the actual truth is not so heartwarming…

“wow Shigaraki can actually be a pretty nice dude, oh wait”

In the last short, Kokkuri once again worries that Kohina is being bullied at school, and so decides to keep an eye on her.  Kokkuri (and Inugami, who tagged along) eventually find out about a boy Kohina is “interested” in.  The boy is revealed to be… an alien.

Kokkuri actually looks pretty nice with that hairstyle.
A new character appears?!?

My Opinion:

This episode was so-so.  Not as funny as previous episodes, even though Shigaraki is a pretty amusing dude (at times).  The comedic chemistry between Shigaraki and Kokkuri just isn’t that great.  The story arcs this time around just weren’t that great either.

Shigaraki’s main “gag” is that he’s a really awful person.  Which I guess is supposed to be funny?  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  It’s more of a morbid humor than I like, personally.  The last story arc concerning Kohina and the alien boy… that really just struck me as more weird than funny.  Kokkuri’s reactions, on the other hand, are always pretty humorous.

Overall, this was sort of a dull episode.  Fortunately, the animation quality has stayed constant throughout all four episodes; and the voice acting is always wonderful.  There appears to be more characters that are set to be introduced in upcoming episodes, and I am tentatively looking forward to that.  Hopefully they are more entertaining than Shigaraki.  At the same time, I am slightly concerned about this series having too large a cast.  Having a larger cast means more chances for comedy, but it also allows more chances to be sloppy with the characterization.

Anyway, out of five for this episode:

precure heart2precure heart2 and 1/2

I don’t like Shigaraki much but this ED picture was cute.

2 thoughts on “Gugure! Kokkuri-san Episode 4

  1. moeronpan December 15, 2014 / 11:27 am

    I’m slowly getting through this and I gotta say I’m kinda sad you didn’t include pictures of the alien because even though you thought it was more weird than funny I laughed like an absolute idiot.

    • Ariana December 15, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      Some screencaps I didn’t include because I didn’t want to spoil people. Also I’m trying to nudge people towards actually watching the anime, shhhhh.

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