Mokke – Anime Review

The Essentials

Name: Mokke
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Episodes: 24
Released: October 2, 2007 – March 25, 2008
Based On: Mokke manga by Takatoshi Kumakura
Director: Masayoshi Nishida
Produced By: Madhouse, Tezuka
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Mizuki Hibara: Nana Mizuki
Shizuru Hibara: Ayako Kawasumi
Ojii-chan: Katsunosuke Hori
Obaa-chan: Hisako Kyouda
Kazama: Chiwa Saito
Hisako: Mai Hashimoto
Takatsu: Rie Kugimiya

Major English Cast

N/A

Scores

Animation: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Story: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Music: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 7/10 (x 2 = 14 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 8/10 (x 5 = 40 pts)

Total: 154/190 (81.1%)

Review

Mokke is about two sisters – Shizuru and Mizuki Hibara – and their tale of trying to deal with the supernatural world around them. Shizuru, who attends high school and is the older of the two sisters, has the ability to see or otherwise sense spirits and other things from the “other side,” while Mizuki can’t sense the spirits, but can become easily possessed by them.

From this premise, the series sets off to be an episodic tale of how the two sisters deal with different supernatural phenomenon and how each of them grows in response. Mizuki is naturally insecure due to her nature of easily being possessed, but this insecurity extends into other areas as well. Meanwhile, Shizuru usually feels like she has to be responsible for Mizuki, but often finds that her knowledge and ability just aren’t up to the level that she would like. She also has a somewhat rocky relationship with her classmates due to her ability to see much more of what surrounds them.

Mokke is interesting in the sense that there isn’t really anything noticeably spectacular to this series, yet it remains for the most part entertaining throughout. The individual stories in each episode usually tend to be an interesting watch, each usually coming with it’s own “moral of the story” or something like it.

On the technical front, like I said, there isn’t necessarily anything spectacular about the series. The animation is probably around normal, as is the music.

If you’re looking for a good wholesome slice-of-life/supernatural series, then you’d like Mokke.

First Watched: October 2007 – April 2008
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Yes

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