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Kokohana Kitan

Konohana Kitan is a 2014 manga by Sakuya Amano. Its story revolves around Yuzu, a fox girl who becomes an attendant in a traditional Japanese inn, Konohana-tei. The manga is a Slice of Life story revolving around everyday lives of the attendants and the visitors of the inn, with some surprisingly poignant storytelling concerning the Japanese mythology and traditions atypical to the genre.

The manga was adapted into an anime in 2017, and is available for viewing at Crunchyroll.

Konohana Kitan provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Time Period: At first the series appears to take place in a version of the Edo period where most people are Little Bit Beastly, but then increasingly modern-looking clothing begin to pop up on ordinary humans. Eventually it's made clear that everything happens in the present day, but not entirely within our world.
  • Bifauxnen: Natsume is very tomboyish, and she gives the impression of being a man at first glance.
  • Bishonen Line: When Ookami applies herself makeup, somehow she becomes a Little Bit Beastly, like her employees. This baffles all of them except Kiri.
  • The Comically Serious: Sakura always has a stoic expression, even in comical situations.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Satsuki was at first cold and even hard on Yuzu, but soon enough she softens her attitude towards her.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The ending theme is performed by the voice actresses of the six main characters.
  • Eldritch Location: Konohana-tei is an unusually benign example; it lies somewhere between the mortal world and the afterlife, and people can stumble there from our world when they are near death or emotionally lost, usually finding some form of guidance to their sorrows. Gods and spirits from the Japanese mythology are frequent visitors, as well.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Yuzu has honey blonde hair, and is an incredibly nice and cheerful person.
  • Iyashikei: What little conflicts the show has are of the small and everyday sort. The audience is expected to focus more on the calm, gentle atmosphere and the amusing antics of the main characters than to feel any kind of tension.
  • Idiot Hair: Yuzu has one, and fits her occasionally clueless and klutzy nature.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Typical to its genre, the entire main cast consists of young women and teenaged girls.
  • Inn Between the Worlds: Konohana-tei appears to be this. See Eldritch Location for more details.
  • Little Bit Beastly: All the attendants of Konohana-tei are either this, or outright Petting Zoo People.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: Yuzu is a traditional example of the archetype, well-meaning and earnest, but occasionally klutzy or clueless.
  • Older Than They Look: Kiri may look not much older than the other girls, but there are hints she's much older.
  • Parental Substitute: Bikuni Yao took care of Yuzu ever since she found her alone in the snow as a baby.
  • The Perfectionist: Ren is this, both in her looks and while performing her job.
  • Species Surname: Okami, the head attendant, is an anthropomorphic wolf, and her name naturally means "wolf".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Natsume is the tomboy and Ren is the girly girl.
  • Yuri Genre: The manga began life in the magazine Yuri Hime S, and even when relaunched in a different magazine the romantic attraction between the female characters is still clear, most notably between Satsuki and Yuzu, and Natsume and Ren.