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Ephemeral-Garden's Shounen Onmyouji Tv Review

Shounen Onmyouji

Shounen Onmyouji tv Review

Abe no Masahiro is the grandson of the famous Onmyouji Abe no Seimei; a fact he is constantly reminded of. When Masahiro was young, he had a second sight, the ability to see ghost, spirits and demons. He believed he had lost the ability, later realizing that his grandfather had sealed his power.
One day, he meets a mononoke who refuses to tell Masahiro his name, so Masahiro names him "Mokkun". He soon learns the mononoke's true name is Touda, and that he was one of his grandfather’s twelve shikigami.
Soon after meeting him, Mokkun breaks the seal on Masahiro's second sight.
Masahiro then sets out to prove he’s more than just Abe no Seimei’s grandson and to become the greatest Onmyouji, even better than his grandfather.

Based on the synopsis by Mew1Mokuba.

Story & Characters

Shonen Onmyouji, or Shonen Onmyouji ~ The Young Spirit Master as it is called in South East Asia, is a 26-episodes long anime about exorcism during the Heian era in Japan based on the real character that really existed with such power, Abe no Seimei. Originally a light novel written by Yuki Mitsuru, and was then turned into manga and anime in the year 2006 by Studio Deen.

However, this story revolves around his grandson, Abe no Masahiro. To be acknowledged and worthy the title of the grandson of the great Abe no Seimei, Masahiro has been trained by his grandfather to master the art of exorcism or the art of spirit. But no matter how great he sounds, he is still a normal teenager attending classes and doing work in the Onmyou Dorms, where all onmyou apprentices gather. There Masahiro is mostly insulted by his friends, usually from the Fujiwara clan by saying that he should work hard to be a better onmyouji, not just by clinging onto his grandfather's fame.

This anime has a mixture of comedy, historical and supernatural elements of the Japan culture. And of course, there are also good doses of actions and romance inside. If you're interested in Japanese history and gods, you might want to check this anime out.


Characters

Abe no Masahiro - The third grandson of the great Abe no Seimei. As a part of the Abe clan, Masahiro has an exceptionally strong spiritual sight ever since he was a little boy, but was temporarily sealed by Seimei, only to be released until he is ready to become an onmyouji. He is a young, energetic 13-year-old that thinks his grandfather is a raccoon for always pissing him off whenever he fails to do something. Despite that, Masahiro is a very powerful onmyouji as it was shown in the anime. Being able to perform long chants and spells quickly and perfectly is something fascinating.

Abe no Seimei - The grandfather of Masahiro that was based on the real character in Japan. He is the legendary onmyouji who has the trust of the emperor. He may be old, but his skill as the legendary onmyouji have yet to deter. He loves giving disappointing remarks on Masahiro's onmyouji skills, but in truth he love him and is constantly worried about him. He is the current master of the 12 Shinshou for now, and all of them respect him.

Touda/Guren/Mokkun - He is one of the 12 Shinshou, as is said to be most powerful among the 12 in terms of combat skills. He has the appearance of a black-skinned demon, but still considered a God despite the more demonic look compared to the other Gods. Has red hair, wears a golden ring on his head which is said to control his overflowing powers. He wields a trident and hurls fire from hell for long range attack. His real name is Touda, but Seimei gave him another name called Guren. However, he usually takes the form of a white dog/fox mononoke known as Mokkun and is always seen around Masahiro. They share a long history of friendship which brings tear to the eyes.

This anime has lots of characters, but of course, you have to watch the anime to know more! And oh no no, this anime is not only about history, spells and action, they have also centered the issue of trust and friendship, and was put to good use in the later episodes.

Rating: 8

Art

The character design of Shonen Onmyouji is good. Sadly, no, they don't fashion themselves in the latest hairstyles or outfits of the modern world, but they keep the settings of the Heian era with the onmyouji's clothings, matching tall black hat, squarish shoes and very baggy pants. Not overly done, but still true to the original look. Then we have the designs of the 12 Shinshou in their traditional + fantasy mix of clothings.

One thing of the anime that I have noticed is that there are some scenes that actually reminds me of Final Fantasy 7. The part where Sephiroth stood in the middle of flames and slowly turning his head backwards and and stare straight into your eyes? This anime has relive the great Sephiroth scene, for real! It does feel a little funny to share something similar to the great game, but still, Shonen Onmyouji is a great anime with a feature of its own that some anime might not have.

Then you have traditional Japanese houses, huge castle where the emperor resides, Shinto temples in the middle of mountain where they pray to the Gods, carriages as transports and all kinds of Japanese demons and monsters.

Other than those, the anime is just well done. The art still sticks to the setting that it was intended, and the result is a satisfactory art.

Rating: 7

Sound

The first thing I would like to say is the voice acting. You might not have all the famous voice actors you love in this anime, but they definitely did a great job in making the characters alive.

Kaida Yuki, the person behind Masahiro, did well in bringing out Masahiro whether he is chanting long, getting angry on his grandfather, trying to keep his profile low in the Onmyou dorms or talking with Akiko. He may sound a little feminine, but that suits him best.

Just to add, since this takes place in the Heian era, you don't get to hear very obvious swearings inside. And I find people in this era speaking surprisingly with manners, with the -dono everytime they talk to people.

The rest of the voice actors well of course, have done really well. Since when did the Japanese voice actors ever failed us anyway? To those who really take notice of the voice actors behind every anime they watch, you have famous Ishida Akira and Tanaka Rie working in this project as well.

The second thing would be the OP and ED. Since this anime only span 26 episodes long, the OP and ED never changed. OP was performed by Hikita Kaori with the song Egao no Wake, The meaning of your smile. The song somehow fits the plot and the setting, with a little fantasy touch into it. Not to racy, not to upbeat, but more of the anime fantasy type. And of course, with our beloved Kajiura Yuki involved in the creation of this song, it is just fantastic.

Although compared to the really nice OP, the ED was not really to my liking. Sang by Kiuji Saori with the song Yakusoku, Promise, I find this song a little funny and weird. The voice of the singer, well, she seems like she is just singing with the tip of her throat. But I still wouldn't deny that the ED does related to the story of the anime.

Rating: 7

Presentation

If you put historical and supernatural elements with a good number of action, comedy and romance, you get Shonen Onmyouji! The actions and fighting scenes in this anime is really interesting. With chants, beads, talismans and all kind of different hand figures that I am not known to, I get more insight to the world of onmyouji, although there are some distorted and fantasy touch to it. You're watching Exorcist Japanese style!

The storyline develops slowly nut nicely, and of course, we are first introduced with Masahiro and his friendship with Mokkun, and then we move on to knowing that Seimei is the legendary onmyouji. And then Masahiro is all grown up and we get to see him sneaking out from home at night and see him kicking some demons' butts. Interesting isn't it?

All story has its enemy, and of coursethis anime is definitely not without it. However, there are different enemies because this anime is divided into 2 arcs. The first is the Kyuuki Arc, which span from the 1st to the 12th episode. And then from the 13th to the 26th episode is the Kazane Arc. Both arcs are interesting in its own way and yeaaaah, with the second arc with much more serious and ill butts to kick into.

I give you a thumbs up for this anime. The storyline is good, the art is not bad, the sound department, well, is satisfactory. But what makes this anime likable is mainly because the concentration on trust, loyalty, and friendship. And they test each of these at the end it just makes you feel all stressed and suspense it nearly killed me.

If you are a fan of Studio Deen, this anime might be worth the watch for you. If you are a big fan of Kajiura Yuki, she did get herself involved in the OP. You like Ishida Akira and Tanaka Rie? Try looking out for the characters inside.

Either way, I find this anime enjoyable with all the traditional settings and clothings, and the supernatural aspect of the anime makes me to keep on watching. So overall, the presentation is good and is worth a thumb up.


Rating: 8

Final Verdict

7.67 (good)

Reviewed by Ephemeral-Garden, Jul 16, 2008

Comments

  1. shoujoboy Jul 16, 2008

    It's been a while since your last review... good to see that your back. I gotta wonder though, you feeling rusty? Your review is riddled with sentence structure issues. You have some massive run-on sentences as well as an over abundance of commas.

    Quote: The rest of the voice actors, well, of course, have done really well.

    Just using that sentence as an example. The heavy comma usage breaks up the flow of reading. Sometimes your choice of words forces you to use commas when all that you really need to do is remove extraneous words.

    All in all you still have the skill to write quality reviews. It's clear you have an objective mindset when writing and are quite capable of getting your thoughts across. But it's the little things that keep you down, on this review at least.

  2. BossMac Jul 16, 2008

    Indeed you were very objective in your review and like just like every time I agree with sho, he's right.

    But it just goes to show that we care for you... we find those little things even if the big things are already enough. That's how much time we got on our hands...

  3. toong Nov 02, 2008

    I have not watched this film yet, although i have it, but after I have read this, i will watched it as soon as possible

  4. pigmypuff Jun 05, 2009

    sound's cool

  5. Fanatik007 Jul 12, 2009

    good review)

  6. lordryo Jul 28, 2009

    Good review.

  7. SchRita Aug 23, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  8. Andy1308 Sep 25, 2009

    ho,ho,the theme of the anime is kinda confusing..

  9. SchRita Oct 31, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

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