Kamisama Kiss

Alt title: Kamisama Hajimemashita

TV (13 eps)
2012
Fall 2012
4.365 out of 5 from 21,701 votes
Rank #304

Nanami used to live in a ramshackle apartment with her father - a man who spent half his time gambling and the other half hiding from debt collectors - until one day the scoundrel ran away, leaving his daughter hungry and homeless. That is, until she meets a mysterious stranger in the park who deems her the new goddess of a local shrine! Unfortunately, Nanami’s new home is occupied by Tomoe, a fox familiar who objects to the presence of a mere mortal and immediately begins to bicker with the girl. If she can manage to form a contract with the troublesome man, he’ll be obligated to accept and help her perform her duties. But there’s a catch: Nanami has to kiss him first, and who’d want to lock lips with that awful guy?!

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snivets
6.5

Although I only give this 6.5/10, I really did enjoy watching Kamisama Hajimemashita and would love to see a sequel that goes into more detail about the previous shrine owner and what his motivations are. Story: Nanami loses the house she lives in after her father disappears. While contemplating her situation in the park, she saves a treed man from a dog. He gives her his home as a thank-you gift, but that home turns out to be an abandoned shrine. Nanami must work to gain the trust of Tomoe, the shrine's pretty main familiar with a tragic past, and you have the beginnings of a supernatural love comedy. Love comedies require a tricky balance between comedy and romantic development, and I think this one does a good job. It's not mopey or melodramatic, nor is it sappy. In fact, Tomoe and Nanami spend most of the show comically arguing with each other. The climax of the last 2 episodes is a fairly predictable "love conquers all," though, so don't expect to get anything new or revolutionary out of this show. Animation: Big shoujo eyes and skinny bishounen everywhere. Typically, the characters get more attention than the backgrounds, but there's really not much to complain about here. Sound: I liked the voice actors, and the light Jpop theme songs. They fit the mood and setting of the show. Characters: Did I mention bishounen everywhere? There are two main and a handful of side characters, but the only one who showed any kind of character development was Tomoe, and even then it was really only him begrudgingly accepting that he loves Nanami. The main character herself was similarly disappointing: too boring, too weakly characterized, with not enough of her own personality, hopes and dreams. I think anyone with a taste for shoujo will eat this show up along with its bishounen. Other than the fairly weak characters, it doesn't contain any major flaws, but I would not recommend it to anyone who dislikes shoujo.

JadeJellie
10

How do I begin this review? Hm, Okay let me start. This anime is really enjoyable, I personally loved all the characters but my two favorites were, Tomoe and Mizuki. But I really have to say, I dislike the whole plain highschool girl that is full of spirit and every male in contact of her falls in love, or has this crush or they must be there when they call. It just is so annoying.  I gave the characters a 9 because of, Nanami. She is really a bland character the only interesting thing about her is that she went through a struggling life because of her gambling father. But it truly annoys me, because how utterly useless she is all the time, In the first season the only real part she was useful was when helped out in the very last episode, other than that she is truly a bland and spoiled character that needs alot of development.  To be completly honest she reminds me of Kagome from Inyusha or voice is very similar and her everybody loves her because she's the main character thing.  Tomoe is very similar to Inuyasha but not, he isn't a demon. But a fox, I believe the creator took a lot of inspiration from Inuyasha, The characters, the designs. The whole he loved a girl from the past and wanted to become human for her thing, and not only that. But Nanami is obivously the recarnation of Yukiji. Uh it's to much like Inuyasha, it kills me. What makes this anime a 4 stars for me is well, the story. Even though it's too similar to Inuyasha it's still really interesting. The Gods, The Familiars and the Netherworld. The whole thing about good and bad spirits and clean air, its just so pure I loved the story. I just don't love Nanami all that much. SPOILERS  She falls in love with Tomoe obivously Tomoe can't recieve her feelings in the beginning, but he does. Of course and he protects her in any way possible. Similar to Inuyasha I get it. In the end I really loved this anime and I think you will to, if you liked Inuyasha and Fruits Basket.  The whole time, when Tomoe spoke all I thought about was Kyoya from Ouran HighSchool Host Club, Oh yeah he plays the voice of Tomoe. ENJOY!

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