Title: Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits Vol. 6
Author: Midori Yuma (Story), Waco Ioka (Art), Laruha (Character Art)
Publisher: Viz Media
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
It has been a full year since we last saw a volume of Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits; however, despite the large time gap, as soon as I started reading, I instantly remembered where we left off!
Volume six of Kakuriyo bring Aoi and Gingi to The Eastern Lands as they are in search of ingredients in order to make the menu for the Odanna’s dinner party. While they are there, they take notice of the European influence in all of the architecture and even find rare ingredients such as chocolate! Apparently, chocolate is rare in the spirit world and quite pricey.
As they are leaving, Aoi hears the jingling of bells and is compelled to find the person responsible for them. She runs off and is put to sleep and, later, kidnapped! Sensing trouble, the Odanna heads off to The Eastern Lands and rescues Aoi, bringing her back. Despite learning of the culprit and their plan to sabotage the dinner, Aoi can only think about making food for the guests who are scheduled to arrive in just four and a half hours! Against, everyone’s wishes of her getting some rest, she works hard to prepare a meal that is well-received.
Aoi ends up fainting after everything is said and done but recovers quickly. When she mentions to Ginji who she thought she had seen in The Eastern Lands, Ginji tries to play it off as it not being a big deal but then brazenly storms off to end our volume.
This was a rather short edition or Kakuriyo but it was jam-packed with a lot of great moments. Aoi is definitely a workhorse and pretty stubborn, just like her grandfather. Still, while part of the problem with Aoi’s kidnapping is solved, the other half remains quite open. Looks like we are headed into solving that portion of it in the next volume.
Aoi said it herself throughout the volume but she says she’s a pretty tough human. She certainly displays that here. She really showed that she is taking this position as a chef seriously. Her dedication is something fierce and that stubbornness her grandfather was known for really shines through in this volume. After seeing her work so hard, it’s pretty clear that this is detrimental to her overall health. It makes you wonder if she will further develop by learning to curb some of this for the bigger picture later on in the series. We’ll have to wait and see.
So, who is ready to ship Ginji x Aoi? Ginji may be assigned to Aoi as her protector; however, the way his mannerisms are suggests he is growing very fond of Aoi. This may end up causing issues later since the Odanna still believes that Aoi is his bride-to-be. Fox boys have feelings, too, though so it will be rather interesting to see how all of this will play out in the future. As of now, Ginji feels remorse for failing to protect Aoi and wants to be punished but since no harm came to Aoi (at least not much), he will only have his pay reduced for a few months. Still, the way Ginji acts at the end of the volume highly suggests that his anger is something more than him just failing to do his job.
Speaking of the Odanna, the way he went to rescue her could just be his duty as the Odanna mixed with his belief that Aoi is still expected to marry him; however, it didn’t really seem that way. The way the Odanna acted suggested that maybe he has true feelings for Aoi outside of an arranged marriage. Something about his rescue seemed a bit off from how he has treated this arranged marriage… as if there was genuine care and concern there. He wasn’t going to rescue her just for some sort of political move. To me, that counts as some development in his character and it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Despite this being a rather short volume, there was great plot advancement and character development throughout! I like how Aoi, Ginji, and the Odanna’s characters are slowly changing and adapting to each other. All the while, we still have the prime side story Aoi being in danger while in this other world playing out all while being reminded of the main story of her arranged marriage to the Odanna. All of these storylines are intertwining with each other in ways that feel really natural, engaging, and interesting.
The tease at the end of the volume makes me want to know what happens next. Aoi’s kidnapping case isn’t solved and we were given some pretty blatant clues as to who is responsible for it all but the question of ‘why?’ remains unanswered. I feel as if we will get those answers in the next volume… I just hope it doesn’t take another year before we see it.
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