Kamiyama Samatarou (try saying that three times fast!) is the son of god. No, he’s not Jesus, he’s just a normal high school student. He is fairly spoiled, though, since everything he wants magically appears in front of him. Luckily, he has no aspirations of meeting espers, time travelers and aliens…
Despite getting everything he wants, life for Samatarou isn’t that great. His family is pretty abusive, and he’s got the mean tsunderekko/guardian angel/childhood friend Tenko watching his every move. This prompts him to go into emo mode.
In the first episode, we’re introduced to all the characters and get a good feeling of who they are right off the bat. The dad (God), is wacky and doting. The mom is kind of an exhibitionist. Samatarou’s big sister is the rough type, and his little sister is Primula, only lolier (is that even possible!?).
Tenko is pigeonholed into being the tsundere childhood friend who is starting to develop feelings for Samatarou, but what’s this? New hotness! Yes, this anime is going to center around the age old battle between childhood friend and new hotness. Personally, I think Tenko will win. It’s only her and Samatarou in the ending credits, and plus she has the advantage of knowing him since the day he was born! Anyone want to start a ‘tai ‘tai Tenko club?
Character designs for this anime are great. Tenko is cute and mean at the same time, and I love that weird zipper thing she wears in her hair. Maybe it’s my old age/growing knowledge of anime characters, but I swear I’ve seen these characters before. Like I wrote earlier, Meme is Primula, and Komori Kuriko looks a lot like Rika to me… But whatever, I still like the designs a lot.
The animation is just to my liking. The chibi avatars they use in “god mode” are so cute, and it’s great whenever Tenko goes into evil mode. The more variations in animation they use, the better.
The OP is one of the better this season, and it might have even broken the top 5 had I heard it sooner. It kinda reminds me Megaman X level music. The ED isn’t as good as the OP, but it’s cute. I’d say it’s at least above average.
Download the OP: “Brand New Morning” by Mai Mizuhashi
Download the ED: “Toshokan dewa Oshiete Kurenai, Tenshi no Himitsu” by Miraku
Overall, Kamisama Kazoku looks to be one of the better anime this season. It’s a good mix of comedy and romance. I’m always rooting for the childhood friend (who usually gets the shaft), and I have a good feeling Tenko will win this one! Next ep is already the beach episode, so I guess I’ll have to wait a little longer for real character development.