“Kiitarou’s Youkai Picture Diary”
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki is basically a visual diary of the main characters and Kiitarou’s experience with Youkai within Japan. After getting kicked out of his home and finding a new one in the mountains to live in, Kiitarou meets many different Youkai, where his strong spiritual sense or knowledge either allows him to deal with their troubles or befriend them.
The whole anime is quite enjoyable for a short. When it came down to all the different Youkai within the show, it actually created some variety from episode to episode as each of the Youkai had different powers. Having this many Youkai actually allowed for a good learning experience about Youkai that exist in Japan, what they do and how to get rid of them.
The animations within the show use a softer tone for its background, but are more solid for its characters, creating a based in which creates emphasis on its characters being the main focus on the anime. Kiitarou’s interactions with the Youkai are fun and silly, where it was nice to see how the relationships would originally come about and then affect later episodes, tying up everything together neatly.
Kitsune Best Youkai!
OP/ED: For a short there was no OP but an ED for each episode. However, the ED did change from episode to episode and Youkai to Youkai matching with all the different occurrences from each episode.
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki Was it Good?
For a short it provides the much needed attention for its air time, with both comedy and educational elements it allows for an interesting watch. Kiitarou’s interactions with Youkai are the main reasons why this anime should be watched, all in all its a nice, fun bundle of shorts.
Recommendations: There are a an abundance of anime out there which deal with Youkai, and Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki provides for some very similar Youkai which generally pop up in other anime. With a focus on Youkai and their interactions leading to both comedy and education it provides to be an easy watch, thus I recommend the following:
- Mob Psycho 100
- Youkai Watch