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Nick, I’ve only known Tako-Neko for a day and a half but if anything happened to them I would kill everyone on this website and then myself.
You know, I can’t say I ever expected a stop motion spinoff of the very real James Bond movie, Octopussy, but props to whoever made that pitch to Netflix.
Jokes aside, while Okada handled the scripts for this 4-episode series, the bulk of the inspiration comes coutesy of Daisuke Tsutsumi and Tonko House, the independent animation studio he co-founded after working as an art director at Pixar for several years.
What’s important is it’s very cute.
Move over Lum, there’s a new oni ready to invade everyone’s hearts.
They are pleasingly peep-shaped, and yes, I would take a bite out of one if offered.
Nothing I love more than sight gags that are as stupid as they are potentially horrifying.
One of those punchlines that is gonna blow some current-children’s minds when they remember it from a clickbait listicle in 10 years.
Valley girl umbrella, incidentally, also belongs in the pantheon of impeccable character designs.
There are certainly a few scripting choices that, because my brain was poisoned with mid-2000s fansubs, made me think things weren’t quite going according to keikaku. But I just had to remind myself that actual kids watching this on their tablets or phones don’t even know about the ancient Nakama Wars.
Trueeee that. And as a way to introduce presumably American kids to figures and customs from Japanese folklore, I think Oni’s doing a good, perhaps even noble thing here. And it’s even in concert with its ultimate moral lesson.
It takes Onari a bit to learn that one, though.
Like obviously Putaro doesn’t actually arrive in a beat up Cadillac with his entire life inside a suitcase, but spiritually he does.
I have to imagine that wind sack he carries around with him is the exact yokai equivalent of that make and model.
They had a totally sick van with a rad picture painted on the side of it. The ladies loved it. Had to sell it off to pay rent back in ’09 tho. But trust him, it was awesome.
Note: that happens while Onari still thinks she’s lost in a village of cursed monsters who want to eat her. Truly nobody can resist the allure of those drums.
But while the requisite reverse-isekai jokes are fun, it’s once those are over that Oni introduces the elements that make it genuinely special.
The best ally any yokai could ask for: a nerd.
At least he’s not on Reddit yet.
And yes you can absolutely guess what that secret is.
This was an Urusei Yatsura spinoff the whole time!