The series is set during the Edo period, in the Fukagawa ward of old Edo (present-day Tokyo). Because the area is prone to fire and flooding, residents rent everyday items like pots, futons, and clothing from shops instead of purchasing them, so as not to impede them when they flee. Obeni and Seiji, an older sister and younger brother, run one such rental shop called Izumoya. However, mixed in with their inventory are tsukumogami, objects that have turned into spirits after a hundred years of existence. The siblings sometimes lend these sentient items to customers. Both Obeni and Seiji can see and talk to these spirits, and other tsukumogami often come to the store after hearing of the famed siblings. (Source: ANN)
Tsukumogami Kashimasu is a slice of life set in 17th century Japan told in mystery format. At the heart of the story are Seiji – serving as Nick Carraway equivalent (see Great Gatsby), and the tsukumogami – everyday objects turned sentient. Each episode features a nuance on human relationships, while building towards the main mystery surrounding Seiji’s sister’s (Oko’s) past. The tsukumogami themselves, though initially wary of humans from insecurities of a previous ownership, face the respective realities of their past, and slowly come to terms with their existence and role in the siblings’ lending shop.
While the mysteries themselves aren’t something to write home about, the underlying character development of the lending shop’s clients between the start of each mystery and the end has a certain allure. That said, the character development of Seiji himself is lacking – though one may argue that’s just the way he was written.
I found the series overall a gentle and charming experience, each mystery had a meaningful (albeit sometimes obvious) plot twist, and the character relationships felt genuine. Solid 8.
P.S. My bias is that I think Tsukumogami is deserving of a higher score than its current score of 6.61 at the time I penned this review.