Anime Review: Gugure! Kokkuri-san


Kokkuri-san is a Japanese game where children put a coin on a sheet of paper with letters on it. By inviting the spirit to come through the gate symbol at the top, the children can then ask Kokkuri-san questions, as the coin moves mysteriously across the paper to spell out words from the letters. It’s basically Japanese Ouija, and summoning the occult can mean all kinds of curses if they’re not put away properly.

But in this series, Kokkuri-san and his animal spirit friends aren’t going away any time soon! In fact, in this comedy, the spirits aren’t the ones haunting children. The little girl is haunting them! So sit back, dance uncontrollably to the opening theme like I have, and enjoy a comedy that brings together history, parody, obscure references, and science fiction!

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