Zakuro // Girl Demon Zakuro // おとめ妖怪 ざくろ
The series takes place in the Meiji Era (which is anywhere between 1868 and 1912). During this time 3 Soldiers are sent to the Spirit Affairs where they work with half spirits to resolve the issues between spirits and humans. But as they continue with their jobs a greater problem presents itself which is deeply related to Zakuro’s past. As the story continues to unfold Zakuro’s problem grows bigger and the Spirit Affairs are forced to resolve it. Otome Youkai Zakuro gave me a pleasent surprise because every episode was significant and contributed to the story. The story was well paced which a lot of anime series fail to do these days. A lot of new series I watch these days tend to leave off all plot until the final episodes which makes the series seem rushed.
However Otome Youkai Zakuro advances the plot more with every episode that goes by which doesn’t make the ending or any part of the series seemed rushed whatsoever. The actual plot was actually really well written and not overly complicated. The problem with a number of series these days is they try to be so creative that it just over complicates things. Otome Youkai Zakuro didn’t try for too much which is why the story flowed so well. The plot of the series seemed pretty simple and straight forward and as it unfolds it becomes something beautiful. Also unlike a number of series out there, Otome Youkai Zakuro actually has a proper ending instead of leaving the series up in the air.
Opening Theme: “Moon SIGNAL” by sphere
#1: “Hatsukoi wa Zakuroiro” by Mai Nakahara with narration by Takahiro Sakurai
#2: “Junjou Masquerade” by Aki Toyosaki, Yui Horie, and Yuuki Kaji
#3: “Futari Shizuka” by Kana Hanazawa and Satoshi Hino
[Oct 20, 2010] MOON SIGNAL / Sphere
[Dec 22, 2010] Otome Youkai Zakuro Original Soundtrack – Renka Onban
[Feb 09, 2011] Otome Youkai Zakuro Variety CD “Kayou Kobanashishuu”