Kamisama Hajimemashita - 02
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I doubt Kamisama Hajimemashita will get as much attention as the other two shojo series running this fall and that will be everyone else's loss.
An episode in a school setting and the introduction of a new pretty boy character just screams shojo standard but that doesn't stop it from being amusing at every given opportunity. Though I'm hesitant to make the comparison, there is a comedy vibe from this series resembling that of Ouran High Host Club which I do adore and even though Kamisama Hajimemashita is still leagues below Ouran, the same style comedy just works so well for me.
In its own way the series is shameless, of course in a totally shojo way. Whenever I think of shameless comedy my mind automatically goes to anime series such as Haganai or most recently Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, series that aren't trying to be clever but focus on delivering laughs. Kamisama Hajimemashita falls somewhat close to that category mostly because its working with a familiar setting.
The new character and second to addition to Nanami's "harem" seems to be a lot like Tomoe, which was the main source of comedy. I'm a big fan of personalities clashing in anime, because the outcome tends to be geared towards the comedy instead of the drama and that is what we get here. Kurama, the new crow-angel character, will most likely provide comedy in the long-run by clashing with Tomoe which is completely fine by me.
It does look like there are more characters to come, which raises the concern of this series being a 'bishojo of the week.' This route is sure to alienate a lot of non-shojo anime fans who have picked up this series but I'm hoping the series manages to do more with this abundantly simple setting and plot developments.
Not much else to say about this episode, which to be fair says a lot about the series. Just to be clear, this series isn't deep, thought-provoking or anything unique; it is a simple romantic comedy with a supernatural twist to it and that's okay as long as it keeps delivering the comedy which so far has been a delight to watch.