Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- – Season 2

Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- – Season 2

After losing her grandfather, Aoi—a girl who can see spirits known as ayakashi—is suddenly approached by an ogre. Demanding she pay her grandfather’s debt, he makes a huge request: her hand in marriage! Refusing this absurd offer, Aoi decides to work at the Tenjin-ya bed and breakfast for the ayakashi to pay back what her family owes.

When Ougon Douji appears at Tenjin-ya to pick up her servants, Aoi learns that this woman is not the child ghost she once assumed, but the founder of Tenjin-ya and Orio-ya in the South of the Hidden Realm. What’s more, she orders Ginji to return with her to Orio-ya, much to Aoi’s shock. When Ginji puts a familiar mask on, Aoi believes he could be the Akashiki that saved her life when she was young. When she protests about Ginji leaving, she is Spirited Away to Orio-ya.

Aoi is now a prisoner at Orio-ya. She is treated like a slave and the employees at the inn torment her more than when she first arrived at Tenjin-ya – but she is not without allies. Ginji is still by her side, trying his best to get her back to Tenjin-ya, but Aoi stubbornly refuses to leave Orio-ya without him, even though she knows that he must have his reasons for leaving the Tenjin-ya master.

She realises that Orio-ya is a cursed land, and they must prepare ceremonies offering up great treasures to prevent natural disasters occurring. With her friendly manner and talent for apparent realm cooking, Aoi slowly begins to show her talents and how she can help the residents of Orio-ya hold off the curse that plagues them.

The relationship between the master and Aoi takes a back seat as we watch the one between Ginji and Aoi develop. As Aoi learns more about her friend and possible life-saver, she understands more about his position in the apparent realm and the life he has lead up to now. She learns that Ginji and Ranmaru are practically like brothers and what was once a strong bond has now become a strained, complicated situation now that they are both in Orio-ya. But they both feel a responsibility to protect the cursed foreign land from the natural disasters it experiences if certain demands aren’t appeased.

In order to be able to bring Ginji back to Tenjin-ya, Aoi makes a deal with Ranmaru to go and collect a mermaid scale – a rare treasure in a place that is deadly to Akashi but humans can pass unscathed. When she successfully brings back the artefact, Ranmaru has to acknowledge her determination and courage. But Ai, being the nice person that she is, agrees to remain in Orio-ya to ensure that the ceremony is successful.

Aoi’s character has developed well thanks to the wide-range of akashi around that’s she had to play off of. I was a little worried that the scenes at Orio-ya would be disappointingly repetitive at first, seeing that everyone despised her and treated her like no more than a skivvy. What I didn’t want was another season of exactly the same thing in a different part of the hidden realm, so I was pleased to see things finally begin to take a different turn in this season. Having said that Aoi’s character has developed thanks to the supporting characters, I was also glad to see Aoi finally venture into the realm of the dragon palace alone without Odanna or Ginji or any of the other characters rushing to her aid or her relying on them to literally get her through the hidden realm at times. I was glad to see her finally accomplish something on her own.

Aoi has also stepped up her cooking game, too. She’s surprised many ayakashi with her culinary talents and fascinates them with her apparent realm techniques and preparation. She is very patient and amicable, all the while drawing them in with her talents. She has requested that she be the one who prepares the ceremonial feast, and I’m looking forward to seeing all this deliciousness all laid out.

Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- has been a real feast for the eyes – in the characters, the backgrounds and Aoi’s culinary spreads. Although, at this point, I’m wondering what the ending to this one will be. Of course, it will be great if Ginji is able to go back to Tenjin-ya, but will that really be the conclusion to the season? I still want to know where Aoi will choose to live her life – the hidden realm or the apparent realm – and what the result of her relationship with Odanna will be. Will they marry, will he let her go? Will he let her continue to manage her restaurant, the Moonflower? I have so many questions still, so I’m hoping they will be addressed in the episodes I have left.