Otome Yōkai Zakuro
(おとめ妖怪 ざくろ?, "Demon Maiden Zakuro") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lily Hoshino. It began serialization in November 2006 in the monthly seinen
manga magazine Comic Birz
. The first tankōbon
volume was released by Gentosha in January 2008; as of September 2010, five volumes have been released. An anime adaptation produced by J.C. Staff and directed by Chiaki Kon began airing in Japan in October 2010.
The series is set during the Westernization of an alternate Japan, where humans and spirits coexist. To solve the problems that arise between the two, human lieutenants Kei Agemaki, Riken Yoshinokazura, and Ganryu Hanakiri are partnered with half-spirit girls Zakuro, Susukihotaru, and twins Bonbori and Hozuki to form the Ministry of Spirit Affairs. However, Zakuro cannot stand humans who accept the Jesuit customs and Agemaki has a severe fear of spirits.
During the Westernization of an alternate Japan, humans and spirits coexist. To maintain harmony between the two, the Ministry of Spirits is established and humans and spirit representatives are chosen. Lieutenants Kei Agemaki, Riken Yoshinokazura, and Ganryu Hanakiri are chosen to be the human representatives and are partnered with Zakuro, Susukihotaru, and Bonbori and Hozuki, respectively. However, Zakuro cannot stand humans who accept Jesuit practices so easily and Agemaki has a severe fear of spirits.
The Otome Yōkai Zakuro
manga is written and illustrated by Lily Hoshino. It has been serialized in the seinen
manga magazine Comic Birz
since the January 2007 issue released on November 30, 2006, with publication ongoing. The chapters have been collected by Gentosha in tankōbon
volumes. The first volume was released on January 24, 2008; as of September 24, 2010, five volumes have been released.
An anime adaptation produced by J.C. Staff and directed by Chiaki Kon began airing in Japan on October 4, 2010. The series is simulcast by Crunchyroll, making the anime available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Portugal. In a press release, the Crunchyroll Vice President of Licensing Rob Pereyda stated: "These kind of unique adventure titles, full of intricate exposition and engaging plotlines, are just what Crunchyroll needs. What we love about Otome Yokai Zakuro
is the very combination of intriguing concept, exciting story and fantastic animation the title has. We look forward to an overwhelmingly positive fan reaction forthcoming."