Posted by psgels on 28 August 2011 with categories: Kami-Sama no Memo-Chou



Yup, now that this arc has officially finished, I can say that it’s the best arc of Kami-Sama no Memo-Chou so far. The two extra episodes really did it, and allowed this series to really create a surprisingly interesting story with some very creative twists. Oh, and Narumi… he actually popped up as a very good leader; that’s not something that many of his counterparts can boast here.

So I have been rather busy lately, so I don’t have as much time as I’d like to really speculate what’s going on. Because of that the truth behind the mystery really came out of left field for me, and that made it all the more satisfying. I love how nearly all makes sense with the build-up that these past four episodes have put into it.

the only thing that I’m a bit iffy about is the Fourth’s reasons for keeping silent. I mean, I understand them, but Renji was willing to destroy everything he built up, which basically involved him putting the lives of everyone loyal to him on the line. Was that really worth it for a simple pride issue? The only thing I can think of is that he didn’t expect Renji to go as far as he did.

I really wonder: can the final four episodes top this? It al depends on what kind of material they’re gonna adapt. The thing is: I do not think that this will get a second season. The thing with JC Staff is that they in general are very loyal with their series… and yet Aoi Hana did not get a sequel (this has been confirmed: disappointing sales were the reasons). Based on recent years this was about the only series of theirs that really left with an open end and that did not get a sequel along the way… but then Uragiri and Yumekui Merry came around, both with disappointing sales. In the same way, I really can’t see Kami-Sama no Memo-Chou’s sales to turn out good. It does have the typical JC staff tropes, but it executes them in a completely different way from usual, to the point where there’s hardly any cliched moe left at this point. Even Alice’s antics are nothing like her counterparts (we can thank her excellent voice acting for that; I shiver at the thought of them putting Rie Kugimiya on the job again…). The problem is that this is just all speculation, of course. It’s gonna take years before we fully know whether this is true.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

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  1. meow says:

    *BIG SHOCKING PLOT SPOILERS – WAIT FOR A GOOD TRANSLATION IF YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN ONE YET*

    Was that really worth it for a simple pride issue?

    Was it a simple pride issue? Renji loved Hison but she had apparently fallen in love with someone else and even bore his child. The Fourth would rather Renji thought she had died rather than put him through that heartbreak – I imagine the Fourth might have taken it pretty hard too, since it’s implied they were both interested in Hison. The shock might have been what caused him to get stabbed and fail to protect Hison. He might have found out about Hison’s true state of affairs during the attack. I actually sort of agree with the Fourth’s stand here. I’m not sure how that idiot hothead Renji might have reacted to the news, at least right away. I kind of feel sorry for both Renji and the Fourth over Hison.

    Bigger shock to me is that Hison is voiced by such a prominent male seiyuu. I’m pretty sure that’s Ken Takeuchi. He has played some androgynous roles before but I totally don’t buy Ken playing a former girl. A female seiyuu doing a boyish voice would have worked alot better for me, unless his character actually had work done on her vocal cords. I’m not quite sure why she’d have to switch genders, in spite of her injuries. The only person she would have to be hiding from would be Renji himself I think.

  2. meow says:

    Sorry. Not Ken. I meant Akira Ishida. Sorry they sound similar so maybe it’s either. I can’t read the japanese credits so I’m not sure.

  3. notintheface says:

    This is one of those shows that I feel like I could watch indefinitely, were it to continue for several seasons. The cast, the dialogue, and the plotlines are all so enjoyable. too bad that’s not likely to happen though.

  4. meow says:

    Yeah, interesting plotlines so far, especially the first one. Would be interesting to see something like a kaleidoscope of issues facing youth in urban Tokyo. I have mixed feelings about how prominent Yakuza are in the story though, to the point where the main character, a high school student, all but joins one in a pretty realistic setting.

  5. notintheface says:

    I too find that somewhat unbelievable but at the same time it’s kind of cool to see a different portrayal of the yakuza. We often see them as big, scary corporations but seeing a tight-knit brotherhood of hoodlums is sort of fresh, if a little cheesy.

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    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
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    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
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    *here and there
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    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
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    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
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    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
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    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.

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