Kamisama Kazoku – Anime First Impressions

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Kamisama Kazoku is one of two anime making their debut this month. The other is Demonbane. So is the anime scene saturated with the school kids god genre, or can we take one more?

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Kamisama Kazoku is one of two anime making their debut this month. The other is Demonbane. So is the anime scene saturated with the school kids god genre, or can we take one more?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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16 thoughts on “Kamisama Kazoku – Anime First Impressions”

  1. I dunno if it’s semantically correct, but -tai is the verb ending for want. Like Tabetai yo! So it’s ‘want ‘want Tenko! Perhaps it’s dumb and incorrect, but o’well.

  2. I agree that Tenko will probably win based on your same conclusion: Its only her in the ending credits.

    Is it me or can you always tell who’s going to get who by how much attention they get in the opening/ending?

    The only exception I can name is Shuffle!

  3. >> I dunno if it’s semantically correct, but -tai is the verb ending for want. Like Tabetai yo! So it’s ‘want ‘want Tenko! Perhaps it’s dumb and incorrect, but o’well.

    Er.. As far as I know its probably incorrect cos verb endings aren’t just used by themselves. ^^0 ‘Want want Tenko’ would probably be more correctly rendered as “Hoshii (want) Hoshii Tenko” but that wouldn’t go with the TTT theme… Er..

    Tabetai Tabetai Tenko – Want to eat x2 Tenko

  4. I watched the first two episodes and I really like it so far. Both the OP and the ED are great. I hope Tenko wins out in the end. That’s what I’m predicting, but you never know.

  5. > Maybe it’s my old age/growing knowledge of anime characters

    Well, you missed that Tenko looks exactly like Rakka from Haibane Renmei, and that was only four years ago, so I think you can grow more.

  6. this looks lie a great series shame they ruined it bye doing all the episodes after 6 in mkv wich wont work for me no sound or subs on it very anying.

  7. Just finished watching it. I was kinda skeptical about the series initially as it seemed a little overdone. I’m really glad the story picked up later towards the 2nd half of it. The story was pretty well done. TOTALLY in love with the OP and ED. Thanks for posting it!!!!

  8. I love Kamisama Kazoku!!! I watched the first episode in Japan a year or two ago and I loved it!!!!! But WHY has it only got 13 episodes!!!!!!!! Its sooo annoying…….. I watched it all in about two nights and its all too short but I am soo happy that Tenko and Samataro got togethor in the end!!! I hate it when other people meddle with the romance in anime it always happens…

  9. Personally, this is one of the best animes I’ve seen in a long time. There’s much to be said about this anime, but I cannot put it into context. You would understand the quality of the show if you watch it for yourself. I highly reccommend it and give it a 5/5 star review!

  10. I love it! Beautiful anime =) Tenko kawaii! Incidentally, while watching, and now that gives me a strange feeling of warmth and appeasement ^__^ I recommend all to see, my rating: 10 out of 10!

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