Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods follows the everyday life of Makoto Saeki, who is the 15th successor to her family’s shrine. As a result, Makoto is able to see Gintaro, a messenger of the gods who is the spirit of a sacred silver fox and has lived at the shrine for over 350 years. As a messenger of the gods, Gintaro has the ability to see into the future, and uses it to help Makoto only when she is truly in need. This is the story of friendship between a delicate teenager and a shy and stubborn messenger of the gods.
First out then. :) Well, to be honest, I have a weak spot for this kind of care free/ slice of life shows. Sometimes you just want some feelgood-shows to just relax to and enjoy without to much thought needed. And this is just such show. No big issues, conflicts or drama. Just plain fun. Some perhaps thinks this to boring to watch and that is just fine, there's plenty of other shows out there for them. The story evolves around the teenager Makoto who lives at a small shrine and is the successor to the shrine and can therefore see "the heralds", the spirits who is the shrines guardians and funktions as the messenger between the humans and the gods. In this case there is a big white fox who lives at this shrine. He is lazy and a bit gruff but is a gentle spirit at heart. He can telll fortunes and helpes Makoto to find things and people when that is needed. Everyday stuff lika school, friends and chores at the shrine fills Makotos life and we follow both her and some of her friends during various smaller story-arcs. As more interesting characters and spirits join in the fun you get drawn in to their small every day problems and issues. Animation and sound was well done. Bright colours and good artwork with a lot of details makes it enjoyable to watch. The characters are perhaps a bit simply drawn but it doesn't bother me. They are lively and easy to read and understand, which is the main thing really. The deapth of the characters isn't to much to begin with, but I imagine that they will be fleshed out if the show is continued and the producers have sprinkles out a lot of story seeds for a coming season. Overall I think this is the perfect way to spend a lazy sunday, in front of the screen watching a show that don't demand much of you as a viewer but gives you a good feeling and a good laugh. Give this a go, you wont regret it. I for one is looking forward to a second season.
~Secret Santa Review~ Back when Gingitsune first aired, I remember finding the first episode dull, thinking it wasn't my kind of show, and dropping it there and then. I must have been in a weird mood that day – thanks Secret Santa for making me revisit the series! Story Well, it's a slice of life show, so there wasn't much of a running plot. Just episodic stories about the life of a Shinto priest's daughter and the shrine's herald, a big fox spirit. Most of these storylines were just there to introduce new characters, or develop existing ones, and to provide bucketloads of cuteness and comedy. Though the series predominantly felt cheery and positive, it did have its bittersweet moments – the turtle herald's story of how his shrine was forgotten in time and later demolished, as well as the fact that the heralds live so much longer than humans, their relationships seeming to end in the blink of an eye. Gingitsune was also quite educational – I learned a fair few things about Shinto customs, rituals and beliefs that I didn't know before, and the small bits of history about the impacts of Buddhism on the religion were also interesting. How much of it I'll actually remember is another thing, but I do like series that manage to teach me things without being boring. Characters This is where Gingitsune really shone. The characters are all so loveable! Apologies for any disrespect, but the big old lazy Gin was just adorable. Little Haru even moreso. And the Komainu, and the monkeys. There's not much else I can say about them. The humans probably got more development throughout the series – perhaps because our lives are so much shorter, after all. Makoto herself was a fairly standard, energetic and happy lead character (much like her father), but her friends Yumi and Hiwako were more complex than they first appeared, both being stereotyped and expected to act in certain ways, when their real personalities were quite different. Satoru's backstory, his shyness and inability/disinterest in making friends made him stand out for me, I can't think of many similar characters in other anime that have been portrayed so well. Animation and Sound Gingitsune was a nice looking series, plenty of bright colours and varied character designs. I've seen nicer animation, but a slow-paced slice of life show doesn't need such a big budget. I didn't see any off-model moments or anything like that. Loved the OP and ED, the background music fit the show very well, very relaxing most of the time. Voice acting was superb. Overall In all likelihood I would never have revisited Gingitsune unless it was for a specific reason such as this Secret Santa. I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would, including that first episode I turned up my nose at two years ago. There are a lot of slice of life series out there, so many that it's easy to forget the less amusing or intriguing ones, but I doubt I'll forget Gintarou and Haru in a hurry.
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