Posted by psgels on 16 November 2012 with categories: Kamisama Hajimemashita

Holy crap! The ending of this episode was just perfect. Overall it was a bit of a weird episode, full of the hormones of teen-aged girls. That alone was quite enjoyable in how the creators managed to portray it, but the thing that all of that was building up to was even better: Nanami (there are quite a few characters named Nanami this season by the way… which is quite confusing) actually gets mercilessly rejected by Tomoe. After all of the romantic hints, he has no intention whatsoever to become romantically involved with his master.

On top of that, this episode had a really good director working on it. I mean, this series usually has very creative and varied camera angles, but this episode was quite special: the variety in shots really impressed me, and it brought out a lot of emotion from the characters, even more than usual. When the entire point of this episode was romantic angst, it really helped to bring this episode to life with Nanami’s feelings being thrown on a roller coaster.

And then there was the ending of the episode where Nanami was first dragged on top of a building, only to fall off it. That’s where the direction really impressed me, because it really managed to portray Nanami nearly falling to her death. Oh, and on top of that, I also found out that Akitaro Daichi has been personally adapting the script for each episode. That definitely explains a lot, and why this show is so incredibly consistent. I mean, I have hardly seen one weak moment in the characterization between the characters.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. witchy says:

    That ending really had a great impact, and that was a very refreshing confession. I was expecting she will deny it because she had some tsundere streaks on her, but she surprisingly didn’t.
    Tomoe dropping her really implied that he did think of her as cute, and I think he was too shocked lol. I like the blue puddles against white background. At some point they’re engulfing Nanami like an amoeba, and sometimes they just creep out somewhere…I can’t understand the symbolism though. Something about water? =.=

  2. Sabella says:

    I personally think this was the strongest episode yet, though I have to admit that I haven’t noticed many flaws at all since I’m so busy enjoying myself with each new episode. The characters are just so dynamic with their personalities and interactions.

    Having read some of the manga, I’m looking forward to seeing where the anime will end, even as I keep hoping that there will be a second season sometime down the line.

  3. kero says:

    oh my LENS FLARE* * *

    I’m enjoying how a lot of the girls have been up front about their love rather than denying it, but of course there will be set backs

    Ending was pretty good, I love how they use traditional music and instruments, like the drums during the falling scene.

    Was hoping Tomoe would keep his long hair though.

  4. Avalon says:

    This show just gets better and better! God, if this has a good ending it may very well end up as one of my favorite of this already great season!

  5. lialiakicks says:

    I’m really curious as to how this show will end considering that the manga is still ongoing. (It’s only 12 episodes right?)

    I absolutely love this show- the art, character development and story are all good. Most importantly, I think I love this show because I really like the director, Akitaro Daichi. Homeboy directed Fruits Basket and that’s one of my favorite animes of all time.

    So yeah, I’m definitely watching this show to the end. Here’s to hoping that they make a second season! ;)

  6. Mir says:

    A wonderful show. One of my faves this season. Loved it so I went on a marathon binge of all the manga chapters available online….I just had to know what happened next. And now, I wanna know what happens next. :D Hubby enjoys it with me, too, which is nice. The humor works for me, and the characters engage me.

    And both the Op and Ending songs are fun as heck to sing along to. I always look forward to that. It’s a plus. It’s horrifying when there’s crappy themes (or at least crappy to my ear). When I look forward to and don’t tire of the songs–like I loved the ones used in Higashi no Eden and Un-Go and GITS: SAC– big bonus.

    I also enjoy Psycho Pass and Shinsekai Yori, but dang, those are dark. Love Magi, which has humor and that utterly winsomely charming Aladdin. Also keeping up with Zetsuen no Tempest and “K” and Robotics;Notes. I thought this season would just be only maybe 2 to 3 animes I’d follow, but I’m following a lot. :)

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  • wicked
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 07:26 PM)
    Fire dragon arc! Fire dragon dies in the 5th episode
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.

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