Anime Review – Shonen Onmyouji
Abe no Masahiro is the grandson of the great omnyouji Abe no Semei, who passed his teachings on to his grandson. Masahiro lost his sixth sense and the ability to see spirits. In truth, his grandfather sealed his sixth sense in order to protect him. He doesn’t know about it until he meets Mokkun. While fighting his first monster he breaks the seal and his quest to become the next greatest onmyouji begins.
Running time: 24 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Abe no Masahiro is the youngest grandson of the great onmyouji, Abe no Semei. Unlike his famous and powerful grandfather, however, Masahiro not only can’t perform any divinations, he can’t even see the spirit world! Since his childhood hopes of being a match for his grandfather in onmyouji are crushed, he tries his hand in other trades. Later on in the series, however, we learn that Abe no Seimei had sealed Masahiro’s powers and his potential truly is rival to and perhaps greater than Seimei’s.
Unfortunately, Masahiro also fails at doing well in any of the other trades acceptable for his rank. While he sits dejectedly and without much hope, he has his first meeting with Mokkun, a mononoke, who practically falls in his lap. Masahiro is shocked he can even see Mokkun, as Mokkun is also part of the spirits he shouldn’t be able to see, let alone hear it talk. The furry mononoke resembles a cross between cat/ bunny/ monkey and knows who Masahiro is. Although his name is something else, Masahiro dubs him Mokkun, a name that stays till the end.
The duo become buddies when Mokkun, despite Masahiros warnings follows him everywhere he goes. The journey of these companions, their friendship and their fights against spirits is what chronicles the series ahead.
Based on a manga, this is an anime that would definitely be a part of your collection, especially if you are a fan of historic anime. What this series has is not just a simple chronicle about the olden times or the onmyouji battling spirits. It rather focuses on the onmyouji ways and friendships. A friend in need is truly a friend indeed! The saying is brought to justice throughout the series. Another thing that adds interest is that even though the story is fictional, but Abe no Seimei was actually a great Onmyouji in Japan. Though it is quite an old anime [I believe it was subbed and dubbed in 2008] I watched it this year and didn’t feel the difference. It’s an anime you should definitely follow if you liked other series like Rurouni Kenshin and Black Cat! On a scale of five, I’d rate it a 4/5! Watch it! And if you’ve got more time and a curious nature, check out the manga as well! :]
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