There’s a whole class of anime out there called iyashikei, whose entire goal is to have a calming, even healing effect on the viewer. I cannot think of a purer example of this goal in recent years than the first episode of this series.
The whole first episode is built around that appeal, starting from its premise: an overworked, overstressed bachelor is gloomily plodding his way through life until a cute fox spirit shows up to pamper him. Maybe there’s something genuinely supernatural about his state, as he radiates a nasty aura that brings other around him down, but that doesn’t matter so much. He’s desperately in need of some pampering, and that’s exactly what Senko provides. Naturally, he’s wary of this whole odd situation – who wouldn’t be? – and he’s reluctant to take advantage of what Senko offers, but her irresistible cuteness and calm demeanor win him over. He gets the proper meal and social companionship he’s been lacking, even getting to use her lap as a pillow, so he feels more refreshed. It seems too good to be true, but (so far at least) there are no catches.
What’s remarkable about this episode is that it feels like it should be a lot more boring than it actually is. Credit for that largely goes to Senko herself. She’s not the hyper, genki personality you might expect, she’s fully competent and confident in her abilities, and she doesn’t easily lose her cool. She really acts like she’s been doing this for centuries. She’s also incredibly adorable, with the production staff wisely putting the biggest animation effort into the expressiveness of her bushy tail. In other words, the series doesn’t try to force its cute factor; it’s just naturally cute, which is pretty rare for anime. The one disruption to the episode’s healing atmosphere is the whole business with stroking her tail, which is clearly meant to have some sexual connotations, but even that scene isn’t overplayed enough to ruin the mood.
The one big knock against the first episode is that this is one of the weaker full-length series this season on technical merits. The animation is good enough to get the point of each scene across, but the character designs are somewhat flat and unrefined. But surprisingly, that doesn’t dampen the effect of the series much. There are also suggestions that Senko is no a stranger to the protagonist, and she admits in passing that some kind of debt to his family exists, so there’s at least a bit of mystery afoot, but I could see a whole season of the purely healing fare seen in this episode working just fine. You can also free Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san anime watch online and free download anime.
Remember that time when your parents, grandparents, sibling, teacher, your best friend, your lover, or someone told you that ‘there’s no such thing as free lunch?’ Tell that to Kuroto Nakano and he may surprise you. It just happens so one day when he comes home after a long day of work and finds a kitsune demi-goddess in his home!
Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san is about the fluffiest anime you can find this year. Literally, Senko’s long smooth tail combined with her gentle personality brings a feeling of easiness. Nakano’s miserable life changes forever after meeting Senko. From the very first episode, I was prepared of nothing less than a relaxing slice of life comedy. It’s what makes the manga so charming to read with the amount of daily life adventures…and misadventures. Animated by Dogakobo, this was also the perfect choice for a studio. They’ve been known to be involved with a lot of slice of life content, though recently leaning more into the ‘cute girls doing cute things’ category. This show makes that mold in some ways with an adult main character and demi-goddesses that does more than cute things.
Slice of life, as everyone knows, is not much about a linear plot or complex storytelling. If you’re new to the genre, that’s ok because it’s easy to discover why the genre works so well for this anime. From day one, Senko decides to take care of Kuroto without any form of real payment. It’s essentially free lunch with some added bonus such as Senko’s fluffy tail. Besides that, Nakano can hardly resist the adorable charm of Senko and the being taken care of after a long day. Anyone who works the generic 8-5 pm shifts will know how enduring that can be. What awaits Nakano at home is this adorable little goddess declaring her duties to take care of him. While not being experienced like a housemaid, she is very much devoted to her promise. When Nakano feels down, she tries to cheer him up; often with the aid of her tail if necessary. When he needs advice, Senko becomes his personal life coach. It seems Nakano’s life really turned around with this newfound luck.
Or does it?
As this all sounds like him winning the lottery, it’s not as easy as it seems. Other characters such as the kitsune Shiro and Nakano’s neighbor Yasuko also gets involved in their lives. Contrary to Senko, Shiro treats Nakano more as a servant. On the other hand, Yasuko also gets very curious about Senko. With her otherworldly appearance, she becomes a joke for cosplay. Later in the story, we have the alluring kitsune Yozora entering Nakano’s life and aims to show her seductiveness. But really, there’s not much else to add for its main cast or is it necessary. The anime is aimed to be as relaxing as it can be. Despite the additional elements of drama, this never turns into a moody show with oversaturated melancholy. This may surprise viewers considering the way the synopsis sounds at first. Realistically, Nakano does feel a heavy weight in his life. He works at a company with long grudging hours that puts a stress on his mental health. If you put yourself in his shoes, you’ll understand.
At some point in this anime, I asked myself the real reasons to watch this in the first place. The simple answer is to relax and enjoy the simplicity of slice of life. While there’s some subtle romance elements and minor drama, it always succeeds at what a slice of life show is. Here, we have 12 episodes that ranges from the reality of a stress at work to a relaxing day at the beach. Senko is also way too charming to keep eyes off of despite her inexperience with working with modern technology. However, the overall vibe of the show may occasionally rub viewers in the wrong way. There’s the age difference and it doesn’t help that Nakano gets mistaken for a pervert early on. Senko herself is also a target for hilarious borderline fan service moments. The show aims to bring comedy but there’s definitely some hidden innuendo when Nakano buries himself into Senko’s fluffy tail. I mean, the show is trying to be fluffy, right….?
Finally, I do want to applaud the voice acting for such a small yet talented cast. Senko’s dialect contains an accent of formal Japanese and ancient speech tone. With her personality, it makes her sound very distinctive compared to other characters. We also shouldn’t forget the colorful and vibrant upbeat theme songs performed by the voice actors themselves. The fact is, there’s a lot of talent that went into this show beyond just the adorable character designs and charm.
I love a classic slice of life anime these days and Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san managed to be just that. The author knew what they were aiming for from the start and this anime turned out to be a terrific picture. It uses supernatural characters to blend in with real life segments to bring about this charming creative work. Now, maybe there is such a thing as free lunch.