Anime Recommendation: Zakuro

Hulu Description:
Westernization, a time when humans and spirits coexist— The Modernization of Japan has begun. The Ministry of Spirit Affairs is established to resolve mysterious incidents involving the nation’s spirits. This ministry consists of representatives from both the human and spirit worlds. Zakuro, Susukihotaru, Bonbori, and Hozuki are all half-spirits (a hybrid between human and spirit) who have been partnered with the second lieutenants Kei, Riken, and Ganryu. These half-spirit girls and the male second lieutenants are all assigned to Spirit Affairs in an effort to join forces and carry out any tasks given to them!

Zakuro is one of those “short and sweet” shojo series. It’s only 13 episodes, but tells a complete story set in the Meiji era, a time when Japan rapidly industrialized and embraced Western technologies. It’s refreshing to see an anime set in this time frame (the main anime of note set in this time is Rurouni Kenshin), and the rich mythology is fascinating. It’s more of an action-romance-fantasy with fun characters, and I highly recommend it.
Watch it on Hulu or Crunchyroll.

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