Fox Spirit Matchmaker – Anime Preview
Synopsis: In a world where Spirits and Humans coexist and can fall in love with each other, many Spirits see their human loved ones die before them due to the Spirits’ much longer life expectancy. Even when that human is reborn, the previous memories of their past life is erased from their memory. However, it is said among Spirits that a certain “service” is spreading. This “service” is provided by the “Fox Spirit Matchmakers” who can revive the lost memories of their former lover. This story follows a young Fox Spirit Matchmaker who tries her best to restore lost memories and spread love. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Suusu Tohan, our little fox spirit matchmaker and the heroine of the show, is the undoubted highlight if you adore chibi-sized adorable female anime archetypes. She’s clumsy, and a little idiotic but sincere and devoted to becoming a good fox spirit. The combination of her cute voice acting, character design and personality easily make her irresistible.
Tom: Suusu Tohan is indeed the highlight but also, unfortunately, the only likable character. The big trouble is that the rest of the cast are extremely hard to parse through the exceedingly random and frequent comedy not to mention the complicated and lacking in detail plot. These aspects make it difficult to latch onto any of the other characters, including our lead Narikin Susumu.
Linny: The comedy has a very stunted and hectic pace, something that tips off the fact that Fox Spirit Matchmaker is actually not directly a Japanese product . Those who have watched other shows from Haoliners Animation, the studio that’s behind Fox Spirit and other manhua adaptations, will find the rapid and random influx of gags familiar yet possibly still jarring. The greatest issue with the show is how taxing it is to follow as the dialogue doesn’t always make perfect sense and the random bursts of gags make the episode feel disjointed.
Tom: It doesn’t help that there’s a lot going on in this very first episode. The show is introducing its version of the world of Yokai to us, characters, and even more. Greater details are left out and there’s a base level of assumption for familiarity with the concept of, I guess Chinese Yokai mythology. Adding into the confusion is what seems like a bizarre lack of sound affects during the episodes main action segment.
Linny: It’s a strange thing indeed that Fox Spirit Matchmaker seems to lack sound effects for most action scenes and movements. Punches and explosions barely make any sound, in some cases, none at all, creating a lack of impact for what should be its more spectacular moments. There is some background music to accompany the more ‘intense’ scenes but even that fails to really impart any extra effect.
Tom: Fox Spirit Matchmaker is actually two years old. It aired back in 2015 in China and what we’re seeing here is the Japanese dub. It’s also based off a novel, apparently. Either way what’s here feels confusing, laden with try hard comedy and a cast of ridiculous characters, none of whom are all that clever or interesting. Unless you’ve an affinity for Chinese anime, Fox Spirit Matchmaker doesn’t seem worth a look in.
Linny: Unless you enjoy trying new media, enjoy manhua (the term for Chinese manga) adaptations or have a huge soft spot for adorable female characters like Suusu Tohan, Fox Spirit Matchmaker is not the show for you. The comedy is too hectic and the dialogue and story hard to follow which combine to make a show that’s best left on the back burner.
Fox Spirit Matchmaker is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com