Kamigami no Asobi at a Glance

kamisobi ep 1

“Buttons-popping”.

So here’s the reverse harem otome-adaptation I was looking forward to this season, and right off the bat its pretty clearly a cut above La corda d’oro – Blue Sky. Whereas Blue Sky may’ve had an only slight off the wall premise (the childhood friend decided to uproot his otouto and his friend without asking because he needs them for a music competition!), Kamisobi goes full-speed ahead into demento territory. Yui Kusanagi is a high school student on the cusp of her third year of high school, the daughter of a shrine family who has always enjoyed swordswomanship but who is unsure of what she wants to do with her life going forward. One day at the shrine, she hears someone calling her name, and finds a glowing sword in a storage shed that transports her to another world. However, bad luck for Yui since this isn’t Magic Knight Rayearth or even Maze~The Megaburst Space, so she doesn’t get to go on a mystical adventure chopping things up nor does she get a mech and a royal loli – nope, she just gets to be in an otherworldly high school with a bunch of socially dysfunctional deities.

So, I’m thinking its not a coincidence that Yui’s surname is Kusanagi, i.e. the legendary sword (Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi) that was utilized by Susano-oh to defeat the Yamato-no-Orochi and thereby save Kushinada-hime’s life. You may be familiar with this if you’ve ever seen Blue Seed, which in turn you may be familiar with if you’ve ever been to a con in America and stopped by an ADV/Sentai table… I swear they released that damn show at least ten times. Anyway, the Kusanagi is part of the Imperial Regalia. It is also, as I said, a sword, and, heeey, wouldn’t you know it, Yui KUSANAGI seems to have a bit of an affinity for swords!

Rolling along… the cold open of the show involves one of the gods having a buttons-popping, crotch shot near-miss mahou shounen transformation, so you know this shit is gonna get good. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get terribly so in this outing, although that would seem to be the nature of such things. It doesn’t help that circumstances contrive to place all the characters in such a state that not a single one of them knows what is going on and spends their time being hostile or openly baffled by it. Yui starts off pretty decently on the whole, what with the competency with a sword thing, but even she’s looking pretty dopey by the end of the episode, and this is even after she tells off Zeus for being a demanding jerk.

As it turns out, Zeus is concerned about catastrophe because a bunch of the gods don’t really get people – the relationships between gods and humans are breaking down! Fucking atheists, amirite? Zeus thinks the best way to solve this is to pluck up a Japanese girl who is a reasonably devout Shinto, pluck up these socially stalled gods, and toss them all into a high school setting. ~Magic~…. well, y’know, for the viewers; I’m not terribly convinced as to the overall wisdom of the plan. Oh, yeah, and all the gods have flowers blooming in the background in their first appearances because, well, why the hell not?

I have high hopes based on the taste we get here. The flubbing around in confusion will drop away since we’ve got the first episode out of the way, leaving much more time for near-nudity. Hopefully Yui will manage to cling to her full personality and not morph into the usual wilting damsel that these shows feature. And, hey, if she doesn’t, at least I can loop mahou shounen transformations endlessly to Benny Benassi’s Satisfaction, which would make the entire show worth existing.

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One Response to Kamigami no Asobi at a Glance

  1. Artemis says:

    I am getting really sick of protagonists named Yui. (Didn’t we just have one of those in another reverse-harem series?) Anyhow, that transformation sequence pretty much sold the entire series for me – while I doubt the show is meant to be taken as a comedy, it sure as hell worked for me. And as you say, Kamigami no Asobi is leagues ahead of the rather generic Blue Sky in every way I can think of, so I’ll probably be dropping that and keeping this.

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