Hozuki’s Coolheadedness

Hoozuki no Reitetsu

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Hell is a bureaucracy, and business is running smoother than ever thanks to the demonic efficiency of Hoozuki, chief deputy to Lord Enma, the King of Hell. Whether offering counsel to the Momotarou of Japanese folklore or receiving diplomatic missions from the Judeo-Christian Hell, the demon who runs the show from behind the king's imposing shadow is ready to beat down any challenges coming his way into a bloody pulp. Metaphorically, of course... The poster boy for micromanagement and armed with negotiation skills worthy of Wall Street, Hoozuki no Reitetsu follows the sadistic and level-headed Hoozuki as he spends his days troubleshooting hell. With an abundance of familiar faces from popular Japanese legends and East Asian mythology working middle management positions, this referential and anachronistic dark comedy brings new meaning to the phrase "employer liability." Just how hard could it be to manage employees from hell, anyway?

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English: Hozuki’s Coolheadedness
Japanese: 鬼灯の冷徹
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2014 to Apr 4, 2014
Premiered: Winter 2014
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:35 (JST)
Producers: Starchild Records, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Kodansha
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Wit Studio
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Demons, Supernatural, Fantasy, Seinen
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p, 1080p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Jouji Wada – Producer
Hiro Kaburagi – Director, Script
Shouji Hata – Sound Director
Midori Gotou – Script, Series Composition
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Jigoku no Sata mo Kimi Shidai (地獄の沙汰も君次第)” by Jigoku no Sata All Stars (Hiroki Yasumoto, Takashi Nagasako, Yumiko Kobayashi, Tetsuya Kakihara, Touko Aoyama, Eri Kitamura x YOUR SONG IS GOOD)
ED1: “Ookina Kingyou no Kinoshitade (大きな金魚の樹の下で)” by Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus (東京混声合唱団) (ep 1)
ED2: “Parallax View (パララックス・ビュー)” by Sadesper Record feat. Sumire Uesaka (eps 2-7, 9-13)
ED3: “Caramel Peach Jam 120% (キャラメル桃ジャム120%)” by Peach Maki (Sumire Uesaka) (ep 8)

Episode List

01: “Making or Breaking Hell” and “The Discovery of Hell’s Mysteries”
02: “Demons and Underwear and Crabs” and “The State of Hell, and This and That”
03: “Hakutaku” and “How their discord came to be”
04: “Pretty boys need love too” and “Kajika Hell”
05: “The Instrumental Duo of the Mighty Rivals” and “Mental Sports Day”
06: “Hell Idol: Peach Make” and “The Right Arm Blues”
07: “Man and Woman and Mortal Hell” “Hell-Style Acupunture and Moxibustion Techniques” “How-to use the Johari Mirror”
08: “The Vulgar Battle” and “The 36 Views of Hell”
09: “The Ultimate Example of Ruin Through Wine and Women” and “Awash with Drunks”
10: “Dinner of the Ten Kings of the Afterlife” and “Diets are Hell”
11: “The Samurai Who was Inch High” and “Marsh Sisters on the Mountain”
12: “Lady Lilith and her Husband” and “Why Monsters are so Widely Spread Throughout the Mundane World of China”
13: “Hell’s Bon Festival of Lights” and “Idle Chat with the Great King Enma”


Hoozuki is a criminally underrated and underviewed clever comedy series set in Jigoku. Def recommend for fans of mythology and comedy.


A clever comic take on mythology, rich in culture and wit. A good sense for punchline delivery will always provide laughs.


fun references and gateway to googling and educating yourself on japanese folklore (or at least i did that cuz i like history and am a nerd)


Extremely humorous take on Japanese and European interpretations of the afterlife. Great visual aesthetic, but rather niche appeal.


the main and side characters made for a fun and entertaining romp even with my lacking knowledge in Japanese folklore


Japanese mythology, different mood and still underestimated.


Alright anime, I really like the comedies and stuff that they do.


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