Papa-Kokkuri to the rescue!

Summary:

Kokkuri and Kohina go out on Christmas Eve to buy a fried chicken bucket, but wind up meeting a somewhat creepy middle-aged man.  The man reveals himself to be a lawyer and a workaholic, who was simply trying to buy his daughter a gift for Christmas.  Because of his workaholic tendencies, he ended up neglecting his daughter and wants to rekindle their relationship.  Kokkuri seems strangely touched by this and vows to help the man no matter what it takes.

D’awwwww.

One last night scene for the road.

In the next act, it is New Year’s Eve, and Kokkuri and the gang celebrate the upcoming new year in their typical hectic style.  On New Year’s day itself, Kokkuri and gang go to visit a shrine to make wishes.

Guess that anime reference!

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My Opinion:

THE LAST EPISODE OF GUGURE KOKKURI-SAN HAD NO RIGHT BEING THIS HEART WRENCHING, OW.  Yes, there was still quite of bit of humor this episode but both acts ended on such bittersweet notes…  Not that that’s a bad thing; as Gugure! Kokkuri-san’s stories are still amazing.  But… OUCH MY HEART……..  This series definitely knows where to hit where it hurts.

I’m not going to try not to talk too much about the stories this time, as I don’t want to spoil things.  The only thing I’ll say is, it’s implied that Kokkuri once knew either Kohina’s mother (ancestor???), or possibly Kohina’s past incarnation.  I’m sad that the scene in episode three about Kokkuri’s “promise” was never really expanded on, but I suppose much more is revealed in the manga.

The animation for this episode was just top-notch; fitting as this is the final episode.  The only real criticism I have for this episode is that it was focused almost solely on Kohina and Kokkuri.  Shigaraki and Inugami barely got any screen time or lines here.  While it’s a bit sad that the side-characters didn’t really get to do anything in the last episode, I guess it’s fitting that the focus returns back to the two characters that we were introduced to in the beginning.

Overall, a great episode.  While I’m sad that this series is coming to an end, I don’t think it could have ended any other way.

Out of five for this episode:

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Final Thoughts:

I’m not going to lie, I absolutely loved this series.  While I sometimes get a bit tired of having to watch anime to review them, Gugure! Kokkuri-san was one of the few anime that actually had me excited to watch every single new episode.  Indeed, reviewing this series has been a lot of fun—probably the most fun I’ve had in a while.

Of course your mileage may vary on how funny this series actually is, but I found it to be very clever for the most part.  But even a clever series would fail if not for such great characters, which Gugure! Kokkuri-san has tons of.  Every character is quirky, but well characterized.  Obviously some characters get more spotlight than others, but even the side-characters are a treat to watch.  (…Except that Tengu guy.)  Honestly, this is what Nekogami Yaoyorozu (a past reviewed series of mine) should have been.  After Nekogami, I was hoping for a good “slice-of-life series featuring Japanese spirits” to be fulfilled, and Inu x Boku SS (yet another past series of mine) somewhat achieved that.  But Gugure! Kokkuri-san finally managed to pull off a really top-notch gag-series with this premise.

There is just so much quality in this series.  Even though it’s a comedy anime based on a series of 4-komas, the animation is lovely and the soundtrack is very distinct.  There’s a lot of love poured into this series, which also shines through in the more serious stories it tells.  Not once did I think the more somber acts were fake or over-dramatic.  Even though this series deals with some pretty dark issues, they still managed to keep things from getting too depressing.  Yes, sometimes life is hard, but you just have to roll with the punches and look at the brighter side of things.  That Gugure! Kokkuri-san handles these subjects so well proves (in my eyes) that it really understands what a “slice-of-life” series should be.  Even though this series deals mainly with spirits and the supernatural, it has more heart as a slice-of-life series than most other, more mundane, slice-of-life anime.

Overall, while I understand that this series is definitely not for everyone and that it does get off on sort of a rough start; I can’t help but recommend this.  Yes, it’s a gag series, but it’s also so much more than that.  It really is something that must be watched.  It may not have a super complex story, but that does not make it any less great.

Out of five for the series as a whole:

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I’m sad to see this series come to an end, but here’s hoping for a season 2!

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