So here’s an interesting one. A series I dropped during Impressions a while ago comes up again and gets a full review. What changed I wonder?
Kamisama Kiss is a 13 episode Romantic Comedy series based on the ongoing manga by Julietta Susuki and published by Hakusensha. The anime is from Director Akitaro Daichi and TMS Entertainment for the Fall 2012 season. As of this review, FUNimation Entertainment (US) is the only licensor for the anime while Viz Media holds licensing rights for the manga. Streaming wise, Hulu currently has the series legally in Japanese for free. As does FUNimation, but they also have the English dub available for Elite Subscribers.
|Sealing a contract with a kiss? Yup, this is a Shoujo series!|
Here we have your typical Shoujo/reverse harem anime. There isn’t really much new or innovative to be said about it. It’s nicely animated and fluid, though it has some moments of comedy where the animation is kinda meh. But I can’t really fault it that much. As for the music, it’s simple poppy/upbeat music mixed with slightly instrumental ones to coordinate with a folk sound suited for Japan and it’s culture, related to religion. It really is a lot of fun to watch what the series does with animation to bring the humor in, and after coming from much more serious series and films lately (ie Penguindrum, Wolf Children, and Kids on the Slope), it’s a welcome change for me.
When I tackled this series in my Fall 2012 Impressions, I mentioned that this had a sort of Fruits Basket vibe about it. Little did I know, at the time, that Kamisama Kiss was directed by Fruits Basket’s director. That’s right guys! So if you’re wondering why it feels kinda familiar then there’s your answer! Similar to the animation, the story doesn’t really try anything new here, however that doesn’t mean the story is terrible. It’s a really nice story, and, although it has a few bumps, it flows rather nicely. It goes from moment to moment, giving us really beautiful pictures that you can remember because of everything mixed into it. As for the ending, it can be interpreted as open ended or as a complete story. Like I mentioned before, the manga is currently ongoing so there is a possibility of a second season later on down the line once there’s more story to adapt. However, the ending we were given, for now, is still rather satisfying, completing the current arch pretty well.
|LOOK AT THE FISH!!!!!!|
|(On screen text) Whistle....|
|So we meet again, Mr. Fox- I MEAN.... Tatum.|
|Ladies, your buffet of cute men.|
|See? Pretty moments!|
Next time, I take on another reader request.... But I may need to grab some lunch first. Until then, otaku on my friends!
Final Rating: 6/10 It’s nothing new, but that doesn’t mean it’s complete crap.