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Why Aren't You Watching HOZUKI NO REITETSU?

This show debuted as one of the best of the season. Now if only we could figure out why...

As a hobby, Hozuki raises giant koi plants which scream and may also imprison the souls of the damned.
As a hobby, Hozuki raises giant koi plants which scream and may also imprison the souls of the damned.

So I asked Shogun-in-Chief Tom Pinchuk if I could do a followup review of one of my current favorite anime, HOZUKI NO REITETSU. Being the gracious fellow that he is, he told me to knock myself out. So imagine my surprise when my request came to bite me in the butt, and I sat down to write the followup and realized I don't actually have much more to say about it.

And yet, so many words follow...

It's not because it's gotten bad—far from it. The humor and weirdness are still the same quality set out in the first few episodes. The theme song is still just as infectious even after nine episodes. And Hozuki is just as cool-headed yet simultaneously vicious.

Viciously bored.
Viciously bored.

Watching Hozuki apply his ruthless acumen to all aspects of his life is probably my favorite part of the show. Oh, you want to take a tour of the philanderers' hell because you want to transfer there one day? Hozuki knows that you really just want to hit on the hot demonesses who torture men! Did you throw out your back? Hozuki will treat you with experimental medical techniques that only resemble torture in the slightest ways. Does your hat look like a butt? Hozuki will set you straight.

The show also continues to expand the world of Japanese Hell in organic yet bizarre ways. As a political entity, naturally Hell would have a cadre of muckraking journalists. And you know what? If they weren't two-tailed cats who constantly quote novels I would actually have been disappointed.

Sexy kangaroo. Because reasons.
Sexy kangaroo. Because reasons.

Tom had tried to warn me about this before, you see. It's hard to review these slice of life shows because reactions are usually so binary; you either find the show amusing or you don't. Generally the lack of a through line of plot makes it hard to comment on story, too, and it was a big deal to me that the two halves of episode 9 directly tied in with each other.

So if you're looking for something weird, wild, and above all binge-worthy, HOZUKI NO REITETSU is highly recommended. Just... don't ask me to explain why coherently. Sorry Tom.

Matt Murphy is a freelance nerd who has contributed to many nerd websites. You can reach him by going to where the light meets the shadow, by sending out zeta-brainwaves or by following him on Twitter @Murphix.

Kino88on March 7, 2014 at 6:35 a.m.
Murphy.......are you telling me to go to HELL?! Fair enough, so long as it's Japanese hell, I bet they serve a mean curry dish!, Lol
ElHaon March 7, 2014 at 8:57 a.m.

It's funny, but they shouldn't focus too much on the main character Hoozuki. King Yama on the other hand is awesome.

Vapovileon March 7, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

Interesting concept for a show. Haha though I must say Murphy, the combination of the title and picture made me think of the fish shouting "WHY AREN'T YOU WATCHING HOZUKI NO REITSU?!" It was a very amusing image xD.

I do love anime that is seemingly random, so I will be sure to give this one a shot as well.

takashichea moderator on March 7, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.

I tried the first episode. It wasn't for me. I guess I didn't get the humor for this show.

zaldaron March 8, 2014 at 2:36 a.m.

This is exactly the kind of humor I like just bizarre enough but not overly done. Very enjoyable. Watched about the first four episodes so far I believe and was not disappointed. Not getting all the jokes...and it is odd heaven and hell are on speaking terms but different religion and philosophy.

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