In a world where westernization and the spirits of old Japan intermingle, three soldiers from the military are requested to join up with Spirit Affairs, an organization dedicated to fostering understanding between humans and spirits. But when they arrive, they find that they will be paired with half-spirits for their missions. And understanding their new partners and the hardships they have suffered might be a bit of a bumpy ride.
Overall the violence is pretty standard for its rating. Blood comes from cuts and such. However, there are a few unusual deaths where people’s blood (or life force, hard to say) is taken from them and the corpses are pretty gross. The monster that feeds off of them, a female spider thing, is pretty scary too. Also, there is the beheading of fox spirits and the draining of their blood for a ritual. It’s surprisingly graphic for a show that is more reasonably balanced in this section at the start, so be warned.
Nothing too unusual here. At worst you’ll have a b-word once or twice, but most of the time you’ll only find d-mns and such.
Cleavage. Lots of it in the case of one ally and a villainess. That’s about it for the typical nudity, but I should address another issue. The manner of birth for half-spirits. It heavily implies women are raped and such to achieve it. Also, one character has an affair that results in pregnancy. We never see stuff actually “going down,” thankfully. But one villain’s desire to “plant his seed” into the heroine is extremely uncomfortable for multiple reasons and you should be well warned on this before taking the show up.
If Japanese folklore, including spirits, half spirits, and such bother you, skip this show. Although there’s no real indoctrination going down (there rarely is with Japanese shows), the main heroine is a half spirit. There’s no getting around that. If it bugs you, choose another show to storm.
This show was amusing enough for what it was, but it doesn’t break or even bend many rules. And the ones it does flex near the end actually only leave a funny taste in the mouth.
The animation is sub-par (although the lighting is very strange. It’s almost as if everything is washed out. I’m not sure if this was intentional or simply due to a bad video format via Hulu). The music is rather forgettable, though the chant the girls sing is actually nice. The story is on the more predictable side, as is the norm for these kinds of shows. The only real surprise was how far some issues were taken. The main villain is all about happy-rape-fun-time so he can get more “power” and it’s quite disturbing once certain facts come to light concerning his intended victim. But most disturbing of all is that a large part of the end focuses on how he got to be messed up in the head and how we should suddenly feel sorry for him. Which is really hard to do considering that he’s getting ready to rape an unconscious girl… The show manages to salvage itself and return to its predictable and average roots by the very end, but the “redemption” angle they tried to pull will only leave an odd feeling behind, largely tainting what could have been a rather cute ending.
If you like these kinds of shows and are not concerned about a bit more creepy on the villain plate, you might enjoy this show. The comedy isn’t stellar, but it has its moments. But if you like characters to be consistent and really “earn” their change, this show might just give you the willies. Especially if the whole shoujo thing isn’t for you in the first place. I mean, there just happened to be a spark between each partner? And they all just happened to be evenly numbered (twins come as a pack, I guess)? Can’t get much more predictable than that.
Personal rating: Young adult
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Magical girl, comedy, romance
Legal streaming: Hulu