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Hoozuki no Reitetsu Costumes

Hoozuki no Reitetsu

Nothing is sacred and everything is a punchline in Hoozuki no Reitetsu. This 2014 anime has a total of 13 episodes, adapted from an ongoing manga serialization of the same name. Categorized under the comedy genre, its humour is at times light-hearted and at times dark, and other times almost nonsensical. Each episode consists of self-contained segments, sharing the same recurring characters and settings, and there is no real narrative arc to tie the episodes together. Cultural and historical references galore come not only from Japan, but also from China and the West, with a healthy portion of pop culture sprinkled all over as well. The titular protagonist Hoozuki is an important official in the Japanese hell, a place that is a mishmash of Japanese, Chinese, and Buddhist images of the underworld. Through his daily dealings in his job, where he seems to be the sole man responsible for making sure the 272 hells do not freeze over (except in the cold hell, where it should freeze over), we encounter many figures and stories from Japanese history and legend. It is these figures and stories that we will take a closer look at. We will also explore how hell is depicted in this anime. Come back to this post after looking over our detailed examples, then we will explain how we think it all comes together.