…It’s not Inuyasha, I swear.
|I adore the Kamisama Hajimemashita manga, so I was very excited to learn that an anime adaption was coming out. After the failure that was Arcana Famiglia, I need a good shoujo fix and between this and Kaibutsu-kun, I think this season can do it for me. Of course, this could turn out to be a failure as well, but let’s not think about that yet…|
Production and etc - I’ve never really heard of the animation company doing this series before (TMS Entertainment), but they did Mine Fujiko and Zetman earlier in the year, so I assume that this will stay about the same level of quality as this first episode was. I can’t say that the animation was the most brilliant that I’ve ever seen, but if it doesn’t degrade, I’ll still consider it better than pretty much everything by DEEN.
While I didn’t even really notice the OST and the ED isn’t my favourite, I’m oddly attached to the OP song. Not so much the random Nanami fanservice (which feels weird coming from a shoujo anime, which normally likes to focus a lot of the attention on the attractive men around the heroine. …Or maybe that’s because I watch a lot of otome games turned anime), but I like how calming the song sounds. It’s like something Yakushimaru Etsuko (the woman who did the OPs to Penguimdrum and Arakawa Under the Bridge) would preform. With the OP beings named “Kamisama Hajimemashita” and the ED being “Kamisama Onegai“, I think they’re overkilling the whole god theme a bit. …Though to be fair, the entire anime is about Nanami’s god duties… with… romance… things.
…Romance things like this.
Nanami’s seiyuu, Mimori Suzuko (Sherlock in Milky Holmes and Himawari in Yuru Yuri) sounds more or less how I expected her to in the role. Ishida Akira as Mikage? He did a good job as well. The role that totally blew me away though was Tachibana Shinnosuke’s performance as Tomoe. He nailed that role and Tomoe’s arrogance completely. It was perfect, even though I was expecting a different voice for the character.
Damn, this guy is fabulous.
Overall, I enjoyed this. Maybe not as much as Kaibutsu-kun, but that anime has the added comedy to it’s genre. I imagine Kamisama Hajimemashita should pick up as more characters are introduced since they bring out different sides of Nanami and Tomoe. The production seems good enough. It’s not great, but it’s not all that bad either and the simplicity kind of gives the anime it’s own personal style. As a bonus, they’re also sticking close enough to the source material for my liking. Whatever they took out, I didn’t care enough to remember it anyways. I can see potential with Nanami’s character since they’ve portrayed her with enough of a backbone, and I think that will work well for the anime. …I just hope that people won’t be too put out by the lack of actual comedy and how stereotypical the storyline looks. I think this will be the calming anime for me to watch in between all of the action series that seem to be present this season.