To no surprise, Kamisama Hajimemashita ended its anime adaptation in an understated way. Simple, clean and with nothing over-the-top; sums up the series.
There was nothing unexpected here. We knew Nanami would eventually have to rise to the occasion, and she did so very well. Her role in the Kamisama Hajimemashita wasn’t necessarily about development or transformation, but rather perseverance. She didn’t undergo any drastic changes, but helped many in her short stint as the Land God.
What I loved most about this episode was its atmosphere. A bit of that light comedy which the series prides itself on was present in the episode, making me very happy. As I’ve said before, Kamisama Hajimemashita‘s strength was the comedy and to see it being maximised is always a pleasure.
The second half of the episode wrapped things up nicely, starting with a little teaser of a character who didn’t make an appearance. With a second season unlikely, it must have been the staff having a little bit of fun with the series. Then came the very conclusive final scene. It satisfied the need for closure, yet did so very naturally and quietly. It didn’t come out of nowhere but it wasn’t made out to be a huge deal – I liked it being downplayed.
A nice way to wrap up the series if you ask me.
Kamisama Hajimemashita was possibly the most underrated anime of the year. Definitely the most underrated of the season, and wrongfully so if I may add.
Out of the fall season, it’s one of the plainest anime. There isn’t any special animation going on – sometimes it’s considerably low quality -or a breakthrough story setting, just simplicity doing wonders for an anime. If I had to summarise the series in one word, it would “Low-key.”
It didn’t do anything complex. It focused on making funny episodes by using the great cast of characters we saw. The male youkai are actually the second reverse harem that I’ve liked because they each have a comedy factor to them, and they’re memorable on their own and as a collective.
Even though I wasn’t a fan of the romance development the series had to offer, I don’t consider it to be a nuisance. At the very least it didn’t detract from the enjoyment of watching this anime and sometimes it was a nice break from having 100% comedy episodes.
If you didn’t give this series a shot this season, I understand. It looks like a typical shojo, which it is, but its comedic value is high which makes it so much fun to watch. In a season of good shojo anime, this one was also good. Different from the other two, and at times more fun to watch.