- Full Title: Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)
- Genre: Romance, Supernatural, Comedy
- Length: Television series, 13 episodes, 24 minutes
- Anime Studio: TV Tokyo, Dentsu, TMS Entertainment, FUNimation Entertainment, Pony Canyon
- Director: Akitarou Daichi
- Original Creator: Julieta Suzuki
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.