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Kannazuki no Miko
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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.
Kannazuki no Miko
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.
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Kannazuki no Miko
[Score: 84% = "Buy-". Other recommended Supernatural Conflict anime: Silent Mobius, Aquarian Age]
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.
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