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How to Get Started With Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits

Greeting ogres, demons and other visitors with a hardworking inn employee, Kakuriyo has hosted guests as an anime, manga and light novel series.

There are numerous supernatural anime out there, but not all of them fall into the grim or scary categories. Just as many focus on more comedic or romantic elements, with one such show being Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits. This innkeeping anime features numerous supernatural species and races, all of whom are hosted by an unwitting worker at a demon’s inn.

The door to this series’ success opened beyond its original light novel nature, seeing it become a manga and an anime as well. This anime has been over for several years now, but the original versions of the story continue. Here’s more on what Kakuriyo is about, as well as where to watch and read its different versions.

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Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for spirits focuses on college student Aoi, who has a unique and supernatural way with the supernatural. She can see various spirits, called ayakashi, which is a power that she inherited from her grandpa. Unfortunately, one of these creatures has amorous and less than salubrious intent with her. When an ogre has his request for hunger-stopping food granted by the kind Aoi, he repays her kindness with malignant matrimony. Kidnapping the young woman and taking her to another realm of sorts, he intends to make her into his bride.

The ogre reveals that Aoi’s grandfather owed him an incredible debt — one which he never repaid. Of course, Aoi has no intention of marrying the beast, but the clever girl does think of another solution. Instead of marrying a demonic ogre, she begins working at his inn. From there, she encounters a whole host of demons and other supernatural creatures, with antics and romance blossoming from each situation.

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Midori Yuma and Laruha wrote and drew the original light novel for Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits, which began in 2015. The series is still running to this day, with 12 volumes out so far. Yuma also handled the manga adaptation, with the art supplied by Waco Ioka. This series, which is also still running, began a year after the light novels started, so far accumulating seven volumes. Viz Media has localized all the manga so far, but unfortunately, none of the light novel series has been released outside of Japan.

Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble and even Walmart carry the Kakuriyo manga, so buying it in a brick-and-mortar store is fairly easy. The same goes with ordering a physical copy or reading the series digitally, as Amazon, Kindle and Comixology carry the books. Hopefully, this will eventually lead to Viz Media bringing over the light novel series sometime as well.

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An anime for Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits was announced in 2017 before airing from spring to around fall the following year. Running for one 26-episode season, the show was still broadcast across two “cours.” It adapted the first five volumes of the light novels, although sadly, there’s yet to be a continuation or follow-up season to adapt the rest of the story so far.

Kakuriyo can currently be streamed through both Funimation and Crunchyroll, although individual episodes can also be purchased through YouTube and Google Play. The collected Blu-ray edition is available at retailers such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Amazon, making it fairly simple to check into the Bed and Breakfast for Spirits.

Timothy Blake Donohoo is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he majored in Communication and minored in Creative Writing.

A professional freelance writer and marketing expert, he’s written marketing copy and retail listings for companies such as Viatek.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing video games, watching documentaries and catching up on the latest Vaporwave and Electro-Swing musical releases.

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