Tsugumomo (Season One)

Tsugumomo Title

Kazuya discovers that the obi he carries around to remind him of his mother is actually a tsugumomo and can take on the form of a teenage girl, but that’s not even the weirdest part… that’s coming any minute now!

Tsugumomo (Season One)

What did you watch?

Back in the spring of 2020, I spotted a new season that I thought might be worth checking out. Of course, that was based purely on the promo poster, which is how I normally select what I’m going to watch. However, I quickly discovered that there was a season one and so I decided to binge that first. The series I’m referring to was Tsugumomo. There’s something exciting about going into a season knowing absolutely nothing about it, which is why I’m going to let you know right now, that there will be spoilers below. That’s your cue to go watch it.

Tsugumomo Episode 10 Sunao and Kotetsu Shocked

What happened?

Kiriha, she’s the tsugumomo, rescues Kazuya from an amasogi which is when an inanimate object is given life through someone’s uncontrolled emotions. She is quick to berate and put down Kazuya, but sleeps in his bed and pretty much takes over his life, including bath time! Before long, they are summoned to see the local god, Kukuri who wants Kazuya to become a Malison Cleanser which is basically an exorcist for amasogis. Kiriha refuses, but has to fight to keep Kazuya from accepting. They lose the fight and accept the position. It’s worth noting that Kazuya seems to attract Malison particles so you can expect plenty of madness.

Kazuya and Kiriha begin to take on the rogue amasogis and try to help the person responsible for creating them. If they destroy an amasogi, the creator will receive a divine punishment, so it’s best that they convince them to destroy it themselves. They’re about to face some pretty weird situations, especially at high school is a bubbling pot of uncontrolled emotions!

Tsugumomo Episode 1 Kiriha claims Kazuya

What did you think?

This series tends to focus on an amasogi of the week and has Kazuya and Kiriha attempt to solve the problem. These often spiral out of control and with Kazuya being such an inexperienced Malison Cleanser, things just seem to get worse and worse. There is an ongoing story that runs through the season and beyond. Something happened to Kazuya when he was younger and we as yet don’t know what that was. He also slowly manages to build a harem inside his house as Kukuri and her shrine maiden, Kokuyou move into Kazuya’s house. This story is full of raunchy moments and lots of classic awkward ecchi tropes. Basically, it’s a lot of fun.

Tsugumomo Episode 2 Kazuya defeats the Book Golem by asking Chisato to come to his house

What was your favourite moment?

Even with all the great ecchi moments, I’m going to say that my favourite moment was the ninth episode – The Letter. We had seen some pretty hilarious and outrageous things up to that point, but the series took a major swerve and delivered a truly chilling episode full of creepy amasogis. The tone was fantastic which was a bit of a surprise given how the previous episode, which was also excellent, featured a harem building perfume and zombies. This series is able to brilliant switch between moods and the characters are comfortable in either setting.

Tsugumomo Episode 9 Ekos growth approaches Nanako

What was your least favourite moment?

After pulling us in with some bizarre situations and interesting characters, they decided to turn Kiriha and Kukuri into children. That made things pretty awkward. However, they took things a step further when they visited with another local god and played a game of concentration for money… and lewd acts. It got pretty creepy. There were still some funny moments, but it was uncomfortable viewing.

Tsugumomo Episode 7 Taguri won at Lewd Concentration

Who was your favourite character?

I really want to say Kokuyou, and I wouldn’t be lying, but she didn’t have nearly enough to do in the season. Kiriha, however, is dynamite. She’s funny and outrageous, but also a little violent and dangerous. The best thing about her is that she is what the protagonist of a harem series should be, only she’s the girl. Her confidence is incredible which allows her to say and do whatever she wants. Kiriha was a major factor in my overall enjoyment of the series.

Tsugumomo Episode 3 Kiriha headbutts Kokuyou

Who was your least favourite character?

That’s fairly easy. It’s Taguri and her lewd game of concentration, but mostly because of her interest in Kiriha and Kukuri when they were in the child form. They could have left that entire episode out and it wouldn’t have changed anything in the season.

Tsugumomo Episode 7 Taguri

Would you like some more?

Well, I started this season because I wanted to watch the second season so you can bet your house that I will be diving straight into the next one. This series had the feel of a classic ecchi mixed with a supernatural monster of the week style series and it worked really well. Then, with the overarching plot that hasn’t been resolved, I really need to know more and hopefully, I’ll get that from season two.

Tsugumomo Episode 12 Kiriha slapping Kazuyas bum

What have you learnt?

I’ve never been opposed to the monster of the week format and this series has shown once more that it can and does work. Many of these episodes would work individually or in a different order and that creates a lot of flexibility. It’s like writing a series of novels that can be read in any order. That would give you the maximum chance of pulling new readers in. There’s nothing more daunting than looking at a series and realising that there are so many books to catch up on.

The other thing to note is the way this series managed to mix the lighthearted ecchi moments with the serious and chilling moments. I think the reason that it worked was because of the characters. Kiriha has a definite edge to her and that allows her to transition between being goofy and endearing and crazy. Most of the other characters walk a line between the two styles. It helps that they don’t feel out of place in either scenario.

Tsugumomo Episode 10 Kiriha grinning nude

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