Kannazuki no Miko

Title:Kannazuki no Miko
Destiny of the Shrine Maiden (US release)
Kannadzuki no Miko
Priestesses of a Godless Month
Priestesses of a Godless Moon
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Notables: ASAI Kiyomi
Kotoko (I'VE Music)
MINE Kaori
Music - KUBOTA Mina
NOTO Mamiko
R1 Distributor - Section23 Films (ADV)
R1 License - Pioneer (Defunct)
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
There is a small town somewhere in Japan, surrounded by nature which is the home to a large and gorgeous high school, Otobashi Gakuen; was founded to make the students familiar with nature. Kurusugawa Himeko appears to be a normal student, leads a bright and enjoyable school life with her two friends, Himemiya Chikane and Ogami Soma. Chikane is a daughter of a distinguished family. She is excels at both studying and sports, she is wise and beautiful, she has familiar personality and is the idol of the other students (of both genders). Ogami Soma is a childhood friend of Himeko. He has problems expressing his emotions directly but he is very sincere.

But from Himeko's 16th birthday on her life will never be the same, for an Evil God has been set free - and Chikane and Himeko have to face the fact they're reincarnations of the Moon Priestess and the Sun Priestess, the only ones able to prevent the destruction of the world. But Ogami's fate is to be one of the Evil God's followers... how can he then protect Himeko as he promised?
[TV series, 2004, 12 episodes, 24 min; based on the manga by Kaishaku]

"神無月" (kannadzuki) is the tenth month of the lunar calender, literally "the month when there are no gods".
1:32min Series Opening - YouTube Video
1:41min Series Ending - YouTube Video
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Unevaluated Stretch [series:874#628]
(Two episodes watched):

Episode one struck me as a little confusing as ordinary student Himeko finds both the most admired guy and girl in her school taking interest in her. It seems that she has met them before though she's not part of the Jet-Set herself. Some sort of monster (why do the monsters that appear take the form of Mecha?) attacks the town and is repulsed by another, this one controlled by Souma. Previously he was briefly 'possessed' by the evil force but broke free somehow. I 'get' the basic framework of the premise but the details are less clear. This seems to be a redo of the old Japanese myth of an evil force, 'Orochi', that must be kept sealed in a temple but has broken loose and needs to be re-sealed. I didn't notice anything really distinctive about this take of the story (though being a 2004 version maybe it was one of the first variations). Orochi's minions have a decidedly 21st century appearance to them. The fight scenes didn't excite me much as people do foolish things like talking when they should be striking. Himeko and Chikane quickly become the best of friends (and maybe go beyond even that) while the average person would be taking a 'WTF is going on' attitude. Souma seems like an anti-hero who refuses to obey Orochi and turns against him, which might be cool. All in all, while I didn't actively hate it nothing in this show made me really sit up and take notice and I felt frustrated at the confusion and corner-cutting that I detected.

Last updated Tuesday, May 26 2020. Created Monday, May 25 2020.
Watch 7 6 7 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:874#1552]
I've heard of this series getting mixed receptions among fans, so chose to check it out for myself to see what it was like. It looked like Kannazuki no Miko was trying to dabble into multiple story elements with mecha action, a love triangle, mythical elements stemming from Japanese folktales and yuri romance. Problem is this series is way too cliched and melodramatic to be taken seriously with elements common in these storytelling elements coming about and certain characters lacking depth, being too obnoxious or dull with their character archetypes and/or dabbling into differing fan fetishes (cat girl, pop idol, bishounen, etc...). While the anime does pick up some steam in the second half away from its earlier "monster of the week" type plot, the twist and outcome are still too overblown in their dramatics for me to seriously care for them. Speaking of the first half, only the male lead of this series does much of the fighting while the two gals who are supposed to aid in saving the world are absolutely worthless throughout much of the series, with Himeko's character as the cliched "weak-willed, timid and helpless gal" being obnoxious with her whining and angsting. Not really sure what fanbase Kannazuki no Miko was aiming for with its different story elements, but your mileage will definitely vary with your enjoyment towards it.

Last updated Tuesday, September 03 2013. Created Tuesday, September 03 2013.
Buy 9 7 8 9 8 10 Devil Doll [series:874#752]
[Score: 84% = "Buy-". Other recommended Supernatural Conflict anime: Silent Mobius, Aquarian Age]
  • Drama: High (with the interesting decisions during the second half)
  • Comedy: None/Low ("nya")
  • Action: High (one mecha battle per episode)
  • SciFi: Med/High (gods, mechas, reincarnation)
  • Ecchi: Low/Med (girls in underwear, talk about breast sizes, and some scene during episode 8)
The Series Story isn't that special: Reincarnated mikos trying to protect the world from an Evil God's mechas... probably not the most unique plot for an anime. The bad guys are really stupid, and the "monster of the week" syndrome is omnipresent during the first few episodes. What's in fact new for me is the type of triangle being set up here (with a boy and a girl falling for another girl early on). While I do like the drawing style I have to downgrade Animation for ridiculously sloppy presentation of people walking and overuse of stills - and this is even more unforgivable as this is an Action series. Then again, sad and beautiful orchestral Music (Ankoku no Yami no Naka de, Kannazuki no Miko, Senkou no Kanata ni, Souma no Tatakai ~ Kimi wo Mamoru Tame Ni, Yokoku) just like many animes of this genre tend to be.

As for the substance I didn't expect too much (even though Chikane is more interesting than a girl of this much perfection would normally be). The last third of the series made me upgrade several ratings - what looked like an enhanced Sailor Moon variant for quite a while turned out to be a full-scale tragedy where the Characters have to make painful decisions. Even the side characters develop during the show, and being fewer than in Mai-HiME they get enough space and time to be interesting as well as consistent.

So while not exactly being a second Silent Mobius, in my eyes this anime beat Mai HiME by a significant margin.

Last updated Monday, January 23 2012. Created Tuesday, December 25 2007.

Other Sites
Japanese Language Series Web Site http://www.kannaduki.net/
Wikipedia entry for “Kannazuki no Miko" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kannazuki_no_Miko
Series summary (including plot spoilers); character descriptions and a summary of the episodes.

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