Posted by psgels on 8 November 2012 with categories: Kamisama Hajimemashita

I love how this show is able to cheer me up no matter what. This once again was the best episode since the first episode, and that first episode really was in a league of its own with all of the hyperactivity going on there. This episode was utterly hilarious in its first half, and incredibly charming in its second.

I usually dislike fevers because they’re often forced in for extra drama, but here the creators made brilliant use of it by having Tomoe dress up as Nanami. As an added surprise, Shinjirou was again hilarious in combination with him, toying with a lot of the bishounen idol cliches. His entrance alone was just delightful in the way that it created this expectation that things would get crazy, and they did.

What this episode also did really well was portray love: Nanami’s crush developing was very good, especially now that she also got to see a chunk of his past and how much he changed. His previous master is also finally introduced here. This part worked particularly well due to how much I like the characters already, after just six episode, and I really have to say that Kamisama Hajimemashita has some of the most consistently enjoyable characters of the season.
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

7 Responses

  1. Airies says:

    Out of all of the shoujo shows airing this season, this one is my favourite. The art style is so simple but so nice on the eyes, the characters are funny and relatable, the comedy is quite hilarious, the episodic format is quite enjoyable and the the opening song is so good! No much negatives to say about this show except maybe that it should of been 26 episodes and not 13.

  2. Avalon says:

    I am loving this show, but I am finding it interesting that you place the 1st episode in such high regard. About the only thing I liked about that episode were our two lead characters. It was the later episodes that sold this show for me.

    Either way, this show reminds me of InuxBoku even if the leads are quite different. The think about that one though is that none of the stories were interesting/entertaining, just the characters. This one has interesting AND entertaining stories.

  3. Kiseki says:

    Previous master? His first master was Mikage so if you’re referring to Yukiji…

    They’ll get to her later. (And then they’ll never get to the rest of her.)

    • Witchy says:

      I think he meant Akura-ou or the Bloodthirsty King. Yeah sadly if this is only 13 episodes, they’ll never get to the very interesting parts. I just read the manga because I was getting impatient, and oh boy the mangaka is brilliant.

  4. Stars says:

    I love how sometimes this show just seems to be a huge parody of shoujo, (that tengu!) and then it get serious and ends on a lovely heartwarming note. And the ending! It’s always a seamless transition from the end of the episode. Love it.

  5. RABUJOI says:

    Also our favorite KamiHaji episode so far. It just had so much going on. They could have just had an episode that focused on Tomoe-as-Nanami, but that turned out to be only half of the running time. The rest was Nanami being swept back in time – the fact it was not a dream and her soul was actually in the past, was both extremely cool and a little creepy.

    Nanami seems convinced that the roguish Tomoe she saw back then wasn’t who he COULD be and is capable of, but who he WAS and has moved on from, and isn’t buying Mizuki’s admonition. Looking forward to whether she ever tries to learn more from the fox’s mouth what he was up to, or if she’ll let sleeping foxes lie.

  6. kero says:

    i like how the episode makes you feel a mixture of emotions, I laugh at the funny bits, and love all the heartwarming bits. and there’s still an air of mystery and glimpses of characters you know will show up later.

    I think on the whole this develops a lot better than tonari, I like the characters in tonari as well, but it the plot so far just goes around on itself.

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 12:03 AM)
    I agree that there are loose threads in Evangelion that were probably never fully developed by the committee, and a lot of symbolism (primarily Christian) that were only there for flare and edginess. But everything I say is backed up by the information available in the material or straight from the infodumps. If you see the Eva proposal to TXN (Tokyo TV) you can see that everything, and so much more actually, was planned from the beginning; albeit some stuff did change when Anno lost his mind.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:58 PM)
    The alpha strike was to infiltrate Central Dogma and take command and eliminate everyone inside. Seele is not really a sentimental type, if you hadn’t notice, so a ouple of hundred casualties before everyone turns to goop is pretty inconsequential.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    @Aidan: Gendo is one of the few at NERV (if not the only one) who knows about the scrolls and the truth behind the Evas, and keep in mind Shinji is primarily piloting 01 just to get his acceptance; so he was certainly needed. Plus in the original series you need an intermediate vessel to connect thru an entry plug (Shinji and Asukas, moms) so not any kid will do. This is before the dummy plug and Toji mind you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:50 PM)
    There is being obtuse and indirect. And then there’s just being plain nonsensical. I don’t want to spell out everything but I hate to see people tie thin threads together and act like it was some great master-plan when it could just as well have been a guy just throwing any random shit together that he could think of. Ikuhara for one got away with that bullshit far too often.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:45 PM)
    @Bam, And why was alpha strike necessary? If the goal is to destroy the evas and such then why not do as I suggested. Remove Gendo. Then it would be a piece of cake. And killing everyone just seems excessive and really unnecessary.
    Pretty sure anyone in Shinji’s class was suitable to be an evangelion pilot. And alright, shinji’s connection to the Eva is a reason to keep him in. But Gendo…not so much. He doesn’t influence it in any real way personally.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:28 PM)
    I actually really enjoy Evangelion for being obtuse and indirect. Not spelling everything out is part of the show’s charm and legacy. Now Eva has spawned numerous anime which do this wrong (looking at you Darker Than Black) but that isn’t really their fault. If you want something simple and basic go watch the endless supply of Nisio Isin’s stuff with neverending exposition and deafening verbosity.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:20 PM)
    I don’t think Kaworu needs much characterization. He’s the 1st and 13th angel who took human form since the DNA of one of Dr. Katsuragi’s team was fused with parts of Adam on the day of the 2nd impact. He’s basically the alien who finds sympathy for humans and ends up sacrificing himself for them. This is almost the same as in Rebuild and the manga, albeit he’s sexuality is much more clearer and is used more extensively for tension relief in the manga portrayal.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 10:49 PM)
    Keel Lorenz needed Gendo as his connection to Eva-01 (which is outfitted with Yui Ikari’s soul) and Shinji is crucial to the third impact. You want Shinji to reach maximum desperation in order to achieve synchronization. And if you pay attention you get why Seele couldn’t use their own pilots, as they needed the kids from the Gehrin project.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 10:46 PM)
    *their
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 10:44 PM)
    What Seele does in EoE (or respectively ep25-26) is known as Alpha Strike. They take down the entirety of the apparatus that has the only chance to hinder the their plan, as they role is completed by that point.

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