So, ah, this is a rather unique rental proposal.
Earlier today, NHK announced that Megumi Hatakenaka’s novel, Tsukumogami Kashimasu (Tsukumogami For Rent), will receive an anime TV series. No details were revealed on the project, outside of the fact that it will air in 2018.
Tsukumogami Kashimasu was originally published under Kadokawa’s imprint in 2007. A sequel novel, titled Tsukumogami, Asobō yo (Tsukumogami, Let’s Play), hit bookstores in 2013.
The series is set in the Edo period, in Edo’s Fukagawa ward. Due to the region’s proclivity for fire and floods, folks tend to rent common items like clothing, futons, and pots instead of outright buying them. It’s in this world that we meet Obeni and Seiji, an older sister and younger brother who run the Izumoya Rental Shop.
Unlike many storefronts, though, Izumoya is a special place. Within their inventory are several tsukumogami: items that became spirits after a hundred years of existence. There are times when the Obeni and Seiji lend out these spirits to their customers. This isn’t an unknowing thing, mind you. The two siblings can see and communicate with these entities, and other tsukumogami tend to show up at the shop after hearing of Seiji and Obeni’s reputation.