In line with the holiday season, Gugure! presents us with a Christmas & New Year themed episode, wrapping up this series in the most lovely way possible.
The Christmas portion of this episode saw Kokkuri-san and Kohina helping an awkward father choose a present for his daughter, Noelle. It all seemed normal enough, except that this father was a work-obsessed lawyer, whose harbours a fear for all things un-sue-able. That was why he cowered in fear upon realising Kokkuri-san was a ghost – because he couldn’t think of any way to sue a ghost. Lol, what a phobia… But I have to say, from a very bizarre standpoint, it totally hit home. Such is the life of lawyerly people who are completely absorbed in their work. May I never turn into such a no-life (literally) *kiseki fervently hopes and prays*
At the beginning of the episode, he was mistaken for a perv who was trying to hit on little girls. Can’t say I blame Kokkuri-san for attacking him, because the way he talked to Kohina (heavy breathing and all) was so dodgy it totally screamed paedophile *shudders* It is sad to think that he had to approach so many little girls to ask for help choosing a present, because he didn’t know what his own daughter liked. The staff-san did amazingly poking fun at it, but there is no disputing the amount of truth to such a phenomenon – there really are parents out there who are all-work-ignore-children.
Thankfully, Kokkuri-san gave him a little charm to enable him to speak to his daughter. With it, he was full of confidence and the little party that they ended up throwing at his house went off without a hitch. It was smiles all around as they feasted on a party bucket of chicken while exchanging gifts. Kohina even got her coveted remote-controlled cup noodles. However, all things, no matter how good or fun, have to come to an end. And when the clock struck 10, it was time for all of them to leave because the charm was wearing off. As it turned out, it was no ordinary bestow-upon-the-wearer-confidence charm, but a charm to enable Noelle to see him. This is the point at which the story starts pulling at the heart strings (kiseki comment: it’s the music, just like in episode six, it’s totally the music!!), because it was then revealed that he was already dead. It is a pity that it took dying for him to realise how he wasted his life away working. To have hated his workaholic father, then turn out to be exactly like him even though he experienced all that loneliness and resentment just speaks volumes of the harsh realities that working adults face. Such a vicious cycle. That said, it was a very lovely thing that Kokkuri-san (and Kohina) did for the man to enable him to cross over with peace. However, the same can’t be said for the way they treated Inugami – poor little thing sitting all by his lonely self in the dark. Couldn’t hold back an awwww.
Before the year came to an end, Kokkuri-san decided it was time to clean the house. And Inugami, ever the useless creature, decided to “take out the garbage” by annihilating everything EXCEPT Kohina in sight. No Inugami, no. Not even that beyond bloody adorable “kyurun” could save you.
After that catastrophe came New Year’s, and in true Japanese culture, that entailed a visit to the shrine. Lol, I did find it odd as well that these spirits were visiting a shrine. But ohwells… *shrugs* As with what happened during the Christmas portion of this episode, the shrine visit also gave us a rather serious moment. Kokkuri-san seemed to have a flashback (again, no clue about his promise to the mysterious being), after which he delivered a monologue on the fragility of humans and how time treats spirits and humans differently. I do agree with what he said in that the lives of spirits are too slow to live with humans but too long to live alone. Being human, I guess I never did give this much thought. But it is true – how does one reconcile living a painstakingly long life of loneliness with the painfulness of saying goodbye? I suppose that’s why Kokkuri-san’s wish was for the time he now had to last forever. It is beautiful that he treasures Kohina so much.
And so, after 12 lovely weeks, Gugure! Kokkuri-san is finally over. Sighs, I really enjoyed this series so much, I am practically weeping having to say goodbye. I wish the time I had with Gugure! would last forever too~~ every episode has been such a treat, with the trolling, the humour, the music (kiseki comment: I so NEEDS the OST), and the seiyuus. OnoD stole the show as Kokkuri-san (at his baka best), and Hirohashi Ryou was too kawaii as Kohina (I loved the way she went desyu). But nobody made me giggle more than both the Inugami seiyuus, Sakurai Takahiro and Saitou Chiwa. Sakurai had a massive number of roles this season, but his Inugami was my favourite by far. Then we have Nakata Jouji (this dude, respect) and Toriumi Kousuke as the paedo-tengu (he’s soo disturbing in this one, but that’s Toriumi for you – the man’s amazing lol). And of course, not forgetting the lovely narrator, Tamura Yukari. Kiseki has very much enjoyed watching and reviewing Gugure! (Mondays aren’t going to be the same again…). Thank you for reading and thank you once again to Komorebi and Shion for covering for me. To show my appreciation, kiseki presents more pictures. Viva, screencaps~