Kamisama Hajimemashita Ep 3: Nanami’s First Task

Princess Himemiko of the Swamp makes an appearance at the shrine in request for Nanami to help her reunite with a boy named Urashima Kotarou whom she met ten years ago. Ignoring Tomoe’s protest, Nanami accepts and takes on her first real job as a Land God.

Impression:

<3 <3 I’m so happy Himemiko has finally debuted, she’s one of my favorite characters. During this arc she doesn’t get much time to shine, but in the future she definitely will- but it’s a question whether or not the anime will cover the arc- *eyes Production Crew* and done properly.

Kotarou is a shy boy, he is an expert with the rubik cube. I found it utterly adorable how Himemiko clamped his face and snuggled up with him. What I found really funny was how she was attracted to him at first because of his crying face /pffth.

It’s good to see Nanami making progress as a Land God, it’s a shame they left out the detail that by practicing with the shirofuda too much, it drains her energy and makes her exhausted altogether. But the more she practices, the stronger she’ll get.

Once again, I was rather pleased to see the bare minimum changes and cuts from this arc. However there’s a couple of things that really bothered me throughout the episode, and it was that nagging thought of, “Why did they re-arrange the order? What was the point of it? How did it benefit the production?

You see, Kurama actually debuts AFTER Himemiko. And the canon  (aka manga) reason why Nanami went for ice cream with Tomoe was that she missed going to school. It’s a bit frustrating knowing that everything would’ve definitely flowed more smoothly if they just had followed the path.  And finally, it’s a real shame that they actually cut out Tomoe’s POV of Nanami and her classmate whatever his name is going on about her family’s debts and how her father abandon her. Tomoe during this scene actually saw it as ‘lovey dovey’.

Honestly speaking, I don’t want to rant too much about the show, but seriously I need to get this off my chest.
It’s been three episodes and I’m already SICK of the shoujo bubbles. They are really abusing it and it’s starting to drive me insane. The animation also faltered quite a bit, I hope it will be touched up in the DVD/BD release, whether I’ll ever get the chance to see whether it happens or not varies on whether this show gets a physical release by Funimation. Although, at this point if the anime just turns out crappy, despite the fact how much I love the series, I might not even bother investing in it.

Next week we meet Mizuki, but aw man- I’m hoping it’s part of their ‘re-arranging’ the order of events rather than entirely cutting out an arc that contains a vital plot device. Without it, my god- this whole adaption, without a doubt will crash and burn. I don’t mean to be negative, but they CAN’T. LEAVE. THAT. OUT! That’s just how important it is.

 

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tchoke

Hi, I’ve been reading your review for Kamisama Hajimemashita for awhile now, even though it’s just 3 episodes so far. And yeah, I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND YOUR FRUSTRATION WITH THE BROKEH AND REARRANGEMENT OF ARCS ARGH. But for this episode when Nanami first uses word bind on Tomoe, I’m SO glad that they followed the scenes exactly like the manga panels (sit down and start making up with the fish!) because Tomoe’s expression was just so priceless. Also apparently Nobuhiko Okamoto, who’ve done roles like Usui Takumi and Okumura Rin, is voicing for Mizuki which I find really odd because I’ve… Read more »

Mai
Mai

I think what made that make up with fish scene lacking was that the phrase arrow came out first than Nanami’s voice. It wasn’t sort of synchronized for me, and so the effect was…not immediate. Anyway, I heard some clips of the drama cd, and I think the way Nobuhiko portrayed Mizuki’s voice was quite good. I don’t know about Usui’s anime voice, but Mizuki’s voice by Nobuhiko definitely didn’t sounded like Rin. It was more cheerful and…playful…and not deep? I don’t know. It was just really different. The drama cd clip is in YT btw…if you haven’t heard of… Read more »

tchoke

Oh yeah yeah, about that delay. It’s probably because they added an extra ECU shot of Tomoe shaking hands with the fish, so it kinda slowed down the whole comedic effect but oh well. Hmm, I haven’t heard the drama CD yet but I will tho. I’m looking forward to see chibi Tomoe too! Because that’s also the arc where we first see Tomoe’s youkai form (OH DAT LONG HAIR) and judging from the ED, it’s safe to say it’s likely to be animated. Besides that arc’s actually pretty important later into the manga so yeah, I’m keeping my hopes… Read more »

Mai
Mai

I see. Didn’t know it could affect like that Ü You should check it out! It’s really nice to hear haha Ü I can imagine Mizuki moving in my mind XD

Mai
Mai

@Eva: YW Ü Sorry for not elaborating though >.<

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