Kamisama Hajimemashita Review

Kamisama Hajimemashita

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There are quite a number of romance anime that aired this fall season. One of them is Kamisama Kiss (I’ll use this because Hajimemashita is such a long word). The story is quite simple, and with the hype going on about Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun(a fellow romance anime), I put this anime on hold for marathon-ing later.

I really enjoyed watching this anime. The atmosphere is so relaxing that you can watch it any time of the day to relieve some stress. It’s not that thought provoking. It is just there to be enjoyed, that’s all. There are moments that can make you sympathize with the character and later on burst out laughing with its perfectly timed jokes. There’s also a constant shifts in animation which aid giving the scene a lighter mood.

He doesn't care about her problem

As you can see with the genre, this is a supernatural romance. And it quite did a decent job blending the two genres. Unlike Inu x Boku SS , which wasted its interesting yokai-elements and shifted its focus on the romance, Kamisama Kiss balanced them well. Although for me, the romantic development is kinda rushed (especially Tomoe’s confession at the end of the anime), it is still good.

the last kiss

One thing that bothers me are the characters. Yeah, I really do like Momozono Nanami and Tomoe with each other. They’re really a cute couple. Nanami is a very likeable female lead, unlike many other shojou female characters. She’s cute (not overly cute), clumsy and a kindhearted person. Although sometimes I question her choices, I still understand her.

Tomoe is an interesting character. Not just because he’s a fox yokai with cute little fox ears above his head. He barks more than he can bite. So its kinda nice watching his relationship with Nanami develop. He’s caring and even though he is binded by Nanami’s orders, he can exercise his freedom by choosing how he can serve her. I kinda see him liking Nanami for the fear of losing her more that him attracted to her. He was once left behind by Mikage and we saw in the anime that he fears for it to happen again. But then again, feelings can arise from that right?

Oh he’s cute especially during the times he was turned into a child by the Thunder deity, Narukami.

Chibi Tomoe

The problem is the supporting characters. They have lots of potential to be a great character especially Mizuki (the snake yokai) which I considered as the best thing that happened to the show.

Mizuki trying to play flute

Along with Kurama, they are underdeveloped and felt like a one dimensional characters. They had a good introductions in the anime but then they slowly fade into the background. Maybe because this series only have 13 episodes and the mangakas always take their time developing a character in the manga, but it’s not an excuse. Even Tomoe and Nanami felt a little bit underdevelop for me. I can’t help but compare it with Tonari. Even though Tonari’s plot seems to go round in circle, the characters at least are quite developed.

Anyway, I really love the OP and the ED of Kamisama Kiss. Ahh-Ah-Ah-Ah Kamisama onegai da… Ahem.. They are really relaxing and catchy. The dreamy voice reminds of the OP of Mawaru Penguindrum (only a little bit creepier). The voice acting is good, especially Mizuki’s and Nanami’s.

The art helped in giving off the relaxed and fun atmosphere of the anime. It’s not that amazing and you can see some bad qualities especially in episode 7, but nonetheless it is still good in the eyes.

As for the second season, there are no announcement yet. But there is this guy who bought a mask to Mizuki which seems like a new and essential character so maybe…

Overall, this anime is one of those simple anime that can spark great interest and enjoyment. I had fun watching it. But it’s time for me to take a break watching romance.

7 stars

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11 thoughts on “Kamisama Hajimemashita Review

  1. I think you summed up the reason why I consider Kamisama Kiss so good quite nicely. It’s not so much art as it is entertainment, and the series is based around that fact. As you said, you can pretty much watch it almost any time, and in a lot of different moods. It doesn’t require you to think too hard about it, but it also engages you enough that you don’t just turn your brain off (at least, for me it did).

    The series packs a lot into a mere 13 episodes, and I thought it did so quite well. There was a romance plot (or perhaps subplot would be more accurate), an arc for Nanami, and numerous supernatural. . .mysteries, I guess you could call them? Anyway, to have covered all those things while retaining its core of being a light-hearted comedy was, I felt, commendable.

    I liked Kamisama Kiss quite a bit (far more than I was expecting to), but not many other people were talking about it, so it’s good to know others saw it and enjoyed it too.

    P.S. Great job with those GIFs!

    • I think that Kamisama Kiss is a little bit underrated. As you said, not that many people talk about it. Glad to know you liked it as well 🙂 I would recommend this anime to those who need to review for their exams but also want to relax by watching anime.

      P.S. Those GIFs are not mine. Credits to the creators.

  2. i actually loved the anime but for me the manga is more better its like they kinda rushed in the anime, especially the last ep were tomoe kinda confessed to her its like there changing the whole manga/plot that was the only part the let me down

    • It’s actually one of the problems when it comes to anime adaptations from manga. If I’m right, the manga is still on-going so they needed to create their own anime ending.

      And yeah, it felt kinda rushed and forced that I found it really “cheesy”. But overall, this was a good and refreshing anime. I’m still hoping for a second season 🙂

  3. they have to do another season >o< what about nanami going bk in time and acting like yukiji and the new guy (keep forgeting his name) there a lot of unanswered questions in the anime and it would be sad to just end it at that 😮

    • I understand how you feel 😀 However, shoujo anime always get shortchanged. Familiar with Special A? Maid-Sama? Both never got a second season despite being decent shows. I dunno how well Kamisama Kiss did in Japan but let’s be optimistic and wait for a second season!

  4. After reading the manga up to the latest chapter, i can see a bit of Inuyasha in it. I was not happy with the Inuyasha anime, so i’m kind of relieved with how kamisama is going. At least it is really nanami that tomoe loves and not being fixated with yukiji since she was not the human he first fell in love with in the first place. It was really nanami who time travelled. It is just all due to the tying of their fates. Nice story!

    • Oh interesting. I might check out the manga after all 🙂

      There are OVAs coming out for this show so maybe there’ll be no second season? Anyway, thanks for the comment.

  5. Season 2 was announced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 The manga gives the characters more depth and it’s become really dark now that it’s exploring Tomoe’s past, and Nanami really grows as a person throughout it. Plus, Kirito, the guy at the end with the mask in the anime, is a pretty big villain, and one of the reasons why Tomoe is who he is. The manga does start off light hearted just like the anime, but you quickly realize this isn’t just a rom com. It’s a deep, dark story that is more than what it presents.. 🙂

    • Oh, now I’m getting more excited! Thanks for sharing 🙂

      I’m looking forward to see that Kirito guy. I was tempted to pick up the manga but I might as well wait for the anime 🙂

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