Alt title: Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens

TV (13 eps)
Fall 2008
3.687 out of 5 from 7,538 votes
Rank #3,372

Mikuriya Jin makes a woodcarving from the remains of a guardian tree, but he gets much more than he bargained for when girl materializes from the statue! Her name is Nagi, the troublesome and at times violent deity of the land; and with nowhere to go, she announces that she will stay with Jin. Now, with Jin’s help and a magical girl wand purchased at the local convenience store, Nagi aims to exorcise the impurities that are infecting the land. Though when the sacred tree is finally uprooted, it is only a matter of time before her powers will diminish; thus, a new object of worship is required, and what better object than Nagi herself! However, obtaining your goal of becoming a popular idol is not so straightforward, especially when you have to compete with your sister, who is unwilling to share her fan base and plans to sabotage you at every step!

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This was recommended to me by my 2020 Secret Santa! Thanks a lot if you are reading this! So Kannagi has some amazing comedy, simular to konosuba, i do have to admit that some of the jokes have aged, but it was around that era that i started watching anime so it was very nostalgic hearing otaku jokes and the like. It make fun at a lot of cliches and it seems to be very aware of what it is doing, almost like a parody of what was a typical slice of life anime those years. I do have to admit that i was surprised at some episode concepts the anime used to make jokes (that in the end fell a bit flat because of its age). The story is in my opinion the worst part of the anime, it seemed like an afterthought, that the director forgot after the second episode that the story even existed, and it had the moments of 'OH YEAH THERE IS A STORY HERE' every 4 episodes, until it reached the last 2 episodes and the director remembered ' oh damm i have to put a conclusion'. The same can be said about its main message, the thing that gave it the drama tag here, it was just an afterthought, like it was burried and overshadowed by its other components. The characters have to be the most enjoyable part of the anime, they are the center of the comedy and the events of everything in the anime are limited withing what the charecters are doing. There are a lot of character troupes used, but its only so the anime can make fun of them later. Overall, it was a very enjoyable show that had my expections very low at the start and surprised with its charm in the middle.

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