Posted by psgels on 24 November 2012 with categories: Kamisama Hajimemashita

Just like Sakurasou, a sell-out episode. Where Sakurasou came with the sister, Kamisama Hajimemashita treats us to a beach episode. The big difference is that where Sakurasou got lost in its own cliches, Kamisama Hajimemashita used those clichés to achieve some really good character development.

And the simple reason for this was something major that Tomoe did in the sea 526 years ago. This was back when he was still completely different from who he used to be, and stole one of the eyes of someone called the dragon king, who is very strict with debts, to the point where it gets hilarious. This episode danced around the issue, but this seems to have been a major defining moment in Tomoe’s life. The biggest hint for this was that he was practically baited into it by that tramp: the issue had to be solved somehow, to the point where he felt that it was worth risking Tomoe’s life for.

What made the beach part of this episode enjoyable was how fresh it was. Rather than just showing the female cast parade in swimsuits, they really added stuff that was personal to the cast: Tomoe being unable to enter the water, Nanami unable to buy a swimsuit, to that one girl skipping along while just being dumped by her boyfriend. This episode really made sure to spice up such a clichéd set-up, and made it fun again, and it was the school example of how to do such an episode right.

Plus, the guy with the scarf just lost all of his dignity with that speedo of his. I burst out laughing there, but at the same time I really like the mystery around him and the irony of how he has basically been watching Tomoe from behind without him noticing it. I really want to see Tomoe’s face when he finds out. The creators already managed to create this expectation that it will be awesome just from the few times he has bene in the picture. Now that is good storytelling.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. Kiseki says:

    Well…there’s no reason for the female cast to parade in swimsuits…when this is a shoujo after all…

    Mikage took a backseat in the manga until much later. It seems that they’re setting up for the anime-original ending this way, somehow.

    • TheUltimateReaper says:

      Well I’m glad I never watched this knowing now that they are going to deviant for the source material. Shame because psgels was making me curious with his rave reviews.

      • Kiseki says:

        It isn’t too different so far. They switched Himemiko and Kurama’s introductions around for some reason (idol tengu will probably attract more viewers than catfish princesses, I guess), but Mikage’s appearances are the only thing that’s different otherwise.

        But judging by the DVDs, this is probably a 1-cour show and won’t get anywhere with the story thanks to that.

  2. mistress_kisara says:

    Yes, they did deviate a little from the manga but they still included the imprtant parts..

  3. Arno says:

    An anime has no duty towards a manga.

    It’s like asking an opera to stick to the original novel…

    • Kiseki says:

      It seems to me that the purpose of this anime is to sell the manga rather than to sell itself. It’s definitely not going to be able to get anywhere with the manga material and there isn’t a good cutoff point, so while an original ending is understandable, they’re cutting out a lot of important stuff. I can’t see that going well…

  4. sushiyassin55 says:

    Little Busters dropped? Oh man…
    psgels, you’ll continue watching the series right?

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  • Enka
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:02 AM)
    Dude, I literally said two sentences in the beginning and you’re the one who got angry. It was about Chun Li and poking fun at your correction of my stupid joke. Where do yiu grt that I think that I’m superior than you? If anything, you seem to have a superiority complex, what with your statement that you’re a fugitive of the Iranian government. Did you have to bring that up in this discussion? Nope! You only did so to enlarge yiur own importance.
  • Enka
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 11:59 PM)
    1. A joke doesn’t have to have a blatant “this is a joke don’t take it seriously” label on it. 2. If your feelings weren’t hurt you wouldn’t rant about my making fun of you in parties 3. My dad is in Seal Team Six and he is in the CIA and he killed Hitler. Am I saying you’re lying? no, I’m saying what the heck does that have to do with anything. Lmao
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 11:59 PM)
    I actually did go back once about 5 years ago, but I did that as an American citizen under an alias. Talk about looking over your shoulder all the time and overwhelming paranoia, but hell … at the end of the day it was worth seeing that place, family and friends and my aged dog one last time before he passed away.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 11:56 PM)
    @Emma: hehe backstory, yeah maybe I’ll save that for the 2nd cour after I drop my tsundere act a bit lol
    But yeah Iran (like many other countries such as Mexico, Russia, Albenia and many more) has a mandatory military service period for males who’ve reached 18 years. Iran also happens to have execution in place as punishment for draft dodging. Ours is two years and I bailed out the country under false pretenses when I was in service and then never went back.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 11:43 PM)
    I don’t think I could ever be cut out for the military and I am thankful my country doesn’t draft.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 11:42 PM)
    @Bam: The marked for execution bit, kind of just hit me by surprise there, soz =<
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 11:41 PM)
    @Bam: …Jesus you have even more gone into your backstory. Not joking there mind, your a genuinely pretty interesting case…
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 11:24 PM)
    Anger is just my natural response to those who think they are smarter than they really are.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 11:23 PM)
    That was not a joke but a backhanded insult, and I’m conditioned to respond to those kind of petty shit. If you would’ve just said ‘it’s just a joke’ and left it at that then I would’ve responded with much more gentleness. And please, don’t flatter yourself kid, I’m a runaway soldier sentenced to execution by the Iranian regime so if you think you can ‘hurt my feelings’ you are gravely overestimating yourself.
  • Asuka111
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 08:42 PM)
    Wouldn’t that be crazy, lol

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