On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
In the future, aliens coexist freely with mankind on Earth. One such alien is NieA, a lazy yet spirited girl who wastes away her days while living with the studious Mayuko. And life isn't easy... Mayuko is always short on food money, the spa where she works is about to go bankrupt and Mayuko's alien-crazy friend Chiaki is obsessed with NieA. A light, mostly comedic slice-of-life show.
Niea Under 7 and Kamichu! work on two levels: as the portrayal of an unconventional society and as minutiae of the individual. Both explore societies where the surreal has become commonplace, where humans have come to accept the "weird" reality of the world with which they are presented. By contrast, NieA and Kamichu illuminate the extraordinary aspects of ordinary life. Despite its fantastic elements, both series tell relatable, compelling stories about real people.
Niea Under 7 and Kamichu! are not for the average anime fan. They are quirky, fanciful and simple, and I wouldn't want them any other way.
Moe Katsuragi is depressed. She caught the boy she loves in the arms of two others, and she's heartbroken enough that one rainy evening, she wishes she could die. Answering her call is Risky, a pint-sized shinigami who wants to take Moe's soul to the underworld! However, Risky shares his body with Safety, an apprentice angel who wants to help Moe see the errors of her ways and reconcile with the boy she pines for. Torn between hope and sadness, Moe will try her best to win the heart of the one she loves amidst the chaos of her two new companions, Risky and Safety!
What would happen to you if you had a divine being come to save your love life? What if YOU were that divine being? Risky Safety and Kamichu! address these two very similar questions, though they go about it in slightly different ways.
Risky Safety is considerably more comical than Kamichu!, and has a drastically simplified art style. Even so, both stories are endearing and attempt to show people dealing with ordinary relationships despite the presence of divine power. Indeed, both series illustrate that it is, in fact, not divine power that brings us together, but just being human.
Kamichu! might not be perfect for all Risky Safety fans, as it lacks the sheer amount of comedy that the latter has, and likewise, Risky Safety may be too comical for fans of Kamichu!'s romance, but the two series still share very similar feels, enough so that I feel justified in making this recommendation.
In the rural town of Ayukawa, humans live side by side with monsters of different races. Though they appear to be human, these monsters have special characteristics such as the abilities to change shapes, to grow claws, to blend into walls and many others. Hatoko, nicknamed Petoko, is one such monster from the Petopeto race; she has an unfortunate tendency to, quite literally, stick to those who make contact with her. One day, she sticks to a boy named Shingo as he tries to stop her falling into a pool. During their enforced togetherness, Shingo begins to like her, but Petoko worries about whether she - as a perfectly designed trap for male humans - can ever be truly loved...
Maya Kumashiro is an uptight teenager who has returned to the Waldstein “Occult Academy” following her father’s death to assume his role as principal. With a hatred of the supernatural, she initially intends to run the school into the ground, but her plans are thrown into chaos when a new teacher, Minoru Abe, descends from the sky. Claiming to be a time agent, Abe informs Maya that he has been sent from the future to prevent the Nostradamus prophecies from coming to pass. With a rift to another dimension due to open at the Waldstein Academy that will lead to aliens conquering the earth, the unlikely pair must locate a mysterious object known as the Nostradamus Key and destroy it before humanity falls prey to the occult once and for all.
Kajiwara Sora is a shy girl who loves to draw. She's a member of the art club at school, even though one of the other members scares her sometimes. She finds drawing things like flowers or fruit easy enough, but she puzzles over how to capture more fleeting moments, like the flapping of a bird's wings or a cat that won't sit still. There are things she can draw, and things she can't draw, and with the help of her friends in the art club, she's going to experience them all to the fullest.
Sit back, relax, and drink in the atmosphere. Because Sketchbook and kamichu are pretty much that. Sure, they both have comedy and their own merits, and Kamichu's atmosphere is more yellow than sketchbook. But if you need a calm, silly little show to make you feel good, look no further than either sketchbook or kamichu!