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Neo Yokio - Show review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Sep 28, 2017 - 8:27:38 AM

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Neo Yokio - The first season of the series does not have a tagline. In a city of culture and finance, a young exorcist must uphold the family tradition of protecting clients from demons. As he makes his way through the diverse city state cultivating his personal brand, he soon finds out there is more to life than his view as he interacts with people of varying experiences and backgrounds.

Kaz Kaan is a vain and wealthy magistocrat who wants to free himself from the title of Neo-Riche due to the fact that he has to work for his money in the family business of exorcism. Charles is Kaz’s mecha butler who looks after him and attempts to keep him from being trapped in his vapid and decadent lifestyle, but he holds a secret that his employer doesn’t know. Helena St. Tessero is a fashion blogger with a devoted following who are willing to do anything to impress her, but after a near death experience she starts to see the falseness of it all. Aunt Agatha is the stern matriarch of the Kaan family responsible for making sure Kaz keeps up with his demon-hunting duties for the socialite residents of Neo Yokio able to afford his services.

Neo Yokio’s first season is a fun romp that gets better with each episode as it pulls you into a world made up of different anime tropes. I enjoyed the callbacks to different classic Japanese cartoon shows made to fit into the structure of this narrative. This show feels like the type of Eastern animated series Whit Stillman would have made, but with a Wes Anderson aesthetic. I am glad I stuck with the series because the trailer and first episode were not the best example of Jaden Smith’s voice acting ability but I am glad to say that he improves during the course of the series. Ezra Koenig has created an animated series that plays out like the subject of one of Vampire Weekend’s songs and does so in a manner that is both bourgeoisie and grounded. The 6 episode season is full of charm that makes it feel like a modern day anime Beverly Hills Teens on the East coast. I rate the first season of this series a rating of 3 out of 5.

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Rouén Robinson has been an avid moviegoer since childhood and has been critiquing motion pictures for almost a decade. He has been a film critic for The Cinemas on Tempo and was a judge for FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island, an off shoot of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Rouén lives in Grand Bahama and can be reached at redr1976@icloud.com and on Twitter @thereelrouen

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