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Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi in Japanese, (literally "Afterlife Inn Cooking") and in English, "Bed and Breakfast for Spirits" is a Japanese light novel series written by Midori Yūma and illustrated by Laruha. 8 volumes have been published since 2015. A manga adaptation was drawn by Wako Ioka in 2016. A 26-episode anime television series adaptation by Gonzo premiered on April 2, 2018.

Basically Japanese Mythology meets Cooking Stories, meets Arranged Marriage.

Kind but practical college student Aoi Tsubaki has the ability to see Ayakashi (spirits or demons), a trait she inherited from her recently deceased grandfather. In the habit of feeding ayakashi in the Apparent Realm (the human world), she gives food to a hungry ayakashi at a shrine. But soon after, our heroine is kidnapped by said ayakashi - an ogre called only "The Master" (O-danna-sama). He takes her to the Hidden Realm - where all the Ayakashi live and reveals himself to be the innkeeper of a prestigious establishment called Tenjin'ya. And, more importantly, Aoi's late grandfather owed him a debt and had promised Aoi as collateral - meaning that as compensation, Aoi must marry the ogre. Aoi negotiates with the Ogre instead, choosing to work off her grandfather's debt by cooking at a restaurant at the inn.

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However this deal comes with a time-limit, and Aoi finds herself in a Beauty and the Beast style situation (complete with magical flower), as if she cannot pay off the debt, she will be forced to marry the Master - which, as the story progresses, starts to look like less of a chore. Other plot points involve Aoi's tragic past, her different interactions with other employees at the inn and the dangers of malicious ayakashi.

Has been compared to Kamisama Kiss.


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Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits contains examples of:

  • Accidental Marriage: Though it's an arranged marriage to pay off a debt, the suddenness of the reveal has shades of this.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Odanna, Ginji, Akatsuki and even Byakuya all apply.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Kasuga the Tanuki with her raccoon ears applies. Subverted by Suzuran's ayakashi form, as she turns into a massive earth spider - and is pretty handy in a fight.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Odanna is an oni, a creature usually depicted as capricious and hedonistic - and he is those things, but also shows a genuine concern for Aoi's happiness.
  • Fantastic Racism: Many of the inn's inhabitants feel Aoi makes an inappropriate bride and employee because she is a human.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Aoi in the Hidden Realm and Tenjin'ya.
  • Food Porn: Lots of loving shots of Aoi's cooking.
  • Geisha: Suzuran is a very popular geisha in the capital.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The ayakashi are outright stated to eat humans on occasion, which is why Aoi was taught how to cook. Giving an ayakashi tasty food can discourage them from eating a human.
  • Kitsune: Ginji.
  • Parental Abandonment: Hooo boy, Aoi's father is never seen, and her mother just up and leaves one day, almost causing her very young daughter to starve to death - if not for the intervention of a mysterious ayakashi.
  • Punny Name: Odanna-sama means "master of the household", as he is the innkeeper, and carries a more archaic meaning of "husband".
  • Real Men Cook: The majority of male characters are capable of making at least some dishes by themselves.
  • You Sexy Beast: Many of the ayakashi are...not unattractive. Especially Odanna and Ginji.
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