Happy New Year everyone! Sorry I haven't been able to post an anime review lately. My teachers think that I have no holidays and they gave me 2 major papers to work on during the holidays until the 2nd week of January. It was such a pain!
Anyways, for the anime review today, I have for you a recently wrapped up anime - Kamisama Hajimemashita. This is a shoujo anime adapted from Julietta Suzuki's manga of the same name. The anime version was first released on October 1, 2012 and ended last December 24, 2012, with a total of 13 episodes.
There is no news of whether a second season is in the works, but the manga is ongoing and the ending of the anime itself is hanging, so let's keep our fingers crossed!
The anime features Nanami, a high school girl who recently lost her home due to her dad's bad debts.
She sits in the park and encounters a man stuck in the tree because of a dog chasing him. Nanami saves him and he promised to give her a home in the temple. Before he leaves, he gives Nanami a kiss on the forehead.
When Nanami arrives in the rundown temple, she finds that the man is actually a the Earth Deity Mikage and the kiss on her forehead was an act of passing the deity seal. Now she must perform the duties of an Earth Deity!
The love interest in the anime is Tomoe, a fox who becomes Nanami's familiar (sorta like a servant). At first Tomoe refuses to become Nanami's familiar, saying that he will only serve Mikage, but by some circumstance, Nanami forces his service on him. In order to become one's familiar, the deity has to kiss the familiar.
The succeeding episodes talks of Nanami's quest in becoming a good Earth Deity. She encounters several obstacles and discovers a complicated love for Tomoe.
There are a lot of interesting characters that Nanami encounters in the anime.
Otohiko is the Wind Deity who is sort of Mikage's closest friend. He has a gender confusion. He is not convinced of Nanami's apprenticeship of the Earth Deity seal and so he tests her out regularly.
Mizuki is a snake familiar who lost her master. He tries to kidnap Nanami with the intention of marrying her, but in the end is apprehended by Tomoe. In the later episode though, he helps Nanami and becomes her familiar.
Kurama is a crow goblin in disguise of a rock star. His very popular status makes him an air-head, and because Nanami ignored him, he takes a liking to her. Once he realized she has the Earth Deity seal, she tries to steal it from her, but is tortured by Tomoe. Nanami saves Kurama from being dinner and eventually becomes a very close friend.
Sukuna is the dragon king who has deep feelings of hatred for Tomoe for stealing his eye. He creates an agreement with Nanami that if she can return his eye, he would released the captured Tomoe. In the end though, he was stopped by his wife, the Turtle Queen.
One of the biggest hits for me is the graphics. It is extremely well-drawn and quite close to the original drawing of the manga (much better in fact!)
The story is also not that boring, as there are a lot of interesting things happening each episode. The characters are well-developed too, especially Tomoe, who has a very dark past behind him.
The comedy of the anime is really funny too! I really like the cute moments such as the picture above. The love story is okay and the conflict that Nanami being a human and Tomoe an immortal fox is not original, but interesting.
Like I said earlier, the story is quite interesting, but the romance line is nothing so unusual anymore. I am actually reminded of the Korean Drama My Girlfriend is a Nine-tailed Fox, except that a guy plays the fox in this anime.
The story ended so soon too! The ending is not that exciting, but since there is an on-going manga, I am expecting to see a second season soon. There are a lot of unresolved questions in the anime that the 13 episodes were not able to cover.
I recommend this anime to shoujo lovers. This honestly is just a feel-good anime, if you don't like the serious stuff (like the previous anime review Durarara!). If you're not too in touch with your shoujo, this is however, not a good place to start. First-time shoujo watchers might not like shoujo as much afterwards (the first shoujo I watched was Hana Yori Dango - that is good stuff). However, the fantasy element in this anime, plus the amazing graphics and animation is surely something to watch out for!
What do you guys think? Any shoujo anime you'd like to recommend?
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