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.
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.
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.
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.