Posted on 2 January 2013 with categories: Kamisama Hajimemashita

Aack! Writing up the 2012 summary took way too long and I am now stuck with a huge backlog of shows that still need to be reviewed!

So yeah, blah blah Nanami runs away but then she doesn’t an then beats the spider. I’m saying this rather blunt because really: who expected otherwise? By the way though Kamisama Hajimemashita has a great ending.

The reason both of these things are possible are due to the execution, and the aftermath. I mean, who cares about that stupid spider, it’s what it did with the characters that matters here. Even when Nanami was still running away, the characters and their quirks were great to watch. The creators actually kept in the comedy, compared to other comedy shows that pull such an ending that drop all of the comedy in favor of drama.

I’m quite surprised though: this episode had a really corny plot. Yet, Nanami’s dance scene was a highlight, and the kiss at the end of this episode also was a highlight that was rather well built up, even though there are tons of romance shows that end with a kiss, and yet this one felt really special because everything came together.

The charm of this series really lies in its characters. It’s unambitious, yet they work so well that een such a cliched ending works well. Seriously, there are so many other series that would bore me to death with this kind of ending. I applaud.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. SmithCB says:

    Yeah, run away. Yeah, come back, etc etc. I agree totally. They took care of the basics then went for the jugular (or lips). The choreography of the kiss is what sets it apart from the other series. The set-up, where everyone else leaves, the praise to Nanami, like Tomoe was making his final decision on Nanami, then leaning in for ‘his’ kiss, nice and slow, then the added bonus, where she made her final decision and leaned into him for ‘her’ kiss. You could see the wheels turning. THAT was the whole episode right there. Fin

  2. witchy says:

    I really like how they ended it. That kiss showed mutual feelings, and it feels really genuine.

    I can only recommend the manga to you psgels. ^^ The Kagura arc was way different. I’ve been reading it, and it does have a very good plot overall (I find the mangaka really amazing for her foreshadowing and character/romance/plot development, and that the “villains” are not as pure black as usual villains are). It reached 90 chapters now, and it answers what the anime cannot.

    I really hope there’ll be a second season. Because they introduced an important character in the end just like on ep 13 of Code:Breaker, so it would be nice to see everyone animated again. ^^

    And Tomoe’s past being illuminated.

  3. SmithCB says:

    One follow-up. Did I miss it, or was the quetion of why Nanami had the Eye inside her never explained (the whole reincarnation thing). We’re still missing some information it seems.

  4. lona says:

    Has kamisama kiss finished??, is the 13th episode the last episode of this anime?? pls pls tell me :(

  5. Sam says:

    This blog is pretty much a piece of shit.

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  • Houlgrave
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 08:14 PM)
    No Game No Life will be fun while it lasts.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 08:11 PM)
    @Emma Totally agree, I like Chihiro, hell I like most of the girls more than Tenri, but it should have been a Tenri ending.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 07:58 PM)
    Actually probably best to say it as “Keima actually did go for someone” instead of saying he.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 07:56 PM)
    Final twgok: I just feel bad for Tenri here and disappointed then again…at least he actually did go for someone..so kind of mixed here…still , last few chapters have felt awkwardly done/series needed more chapters to wrap itself up. Still the highs of this series more than make up for it and I feel glad to have followed twgok to the end.
  • Nyangoro
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 07:42 PM)
    JoJo’s new ending theme is so appropriate, lol
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 06:45 PM)
    Now that this season is going I think it is really good. I count 5 (!) shows which I’d consider truly great, a handful more easily in the “solid entertainment” category and I still have quite a few promising series to start watching xD
    Gods damn it Japan, I have exams.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 06:11 PM)
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 06:00 PM)
    @kj No Game No Life is fucking awesome what the hell are you talking about. It delivered in every way, I was worried there for a second but I think it’s all good. I hear it’s only getting a 10 episode run though. That’s a shame.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 05:50 PM)
    @kj This GIF pretty much sums up my feelings on NGNL episode 2
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 03:11 PM)
    @Raggers I like people for short periods of time. No extension included though.

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