Kannagi Episode 12 + 13 END – Let's wrap this one up.


Or in Jin’s case, unwrap. Ufufu…

So the series is finally over (for this season anyway) and it’s been a heck of a ride. We’ve been overloaded with fun and humor for a good portion of the series, but when things finally got down to it, they hit us hard with a bunch of drama and emotional episodes towards the end. I can’t really say that I liked the pacing that much, but overall, I think it was perfectly fine if you weren’t really watching the show for a profound story or anything.


Episode 12


Cause you had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around

Jin tries to find out more about Nagi, or more specifically, the god/spirit enshrined at the site where the sacred tree was from. After visiting a family who was supposedly one of the guardian families of the shrine, he doesn’t learn much more about Nagi except that “Kannagi-sama” saved people who tried to hang themselves during a war. Jin also tries to get information from Zange, but this probably only made things worse. Jin also finds out soon after that Nagi has ran away from home, leaving a note saying that she’s been lying all along. This causes Jin to become heavily depressed and even staying up all night awaiting for her return. However, the episode ends with Jin unsuccessful in finding or hearing from Nagi and leaving him in an unhealthy state of mind.

Episode 13


Jin and Nagi sitting in a tree… Get it? Tree? Cuz Nagi was- nevermind.

The episode picks up directly after the previous one with Tsugumi trying to find out what has happened between Jin and Nagi. Tsugumi finds out that Nagi has ran away from home, but as she tried to press further, Jin gets angry and tells her that it’s none of her business. After a while, Tsugumi realizes that she needs to snap Jin out of his depression and gives him a good lecturing. Jin springs into action and attempts to search for Nagi yet again with the help of Tsugumi and the Nagi fansite’s message board. Jin manages to find Nagi and he finally makes up with her by telling her that it doesn’t matter if she doesn’t understand herself and that they’ll “find” the answer together. Also at this time, Jin meets a ghost who appears to be a younger version of the old lady he met in the previous episode. The ghost explains her “encounter” with Nagi in the past when she tried to hang herself, but the sacred tree would break off its branches when she tried to do so. Jin and Nagi return home and Jin suddenly becomes all flustered when he sees Nagi’s cute face smiling at him. Coincidentally, Jin sees Nagi’s almost nude body after Nagi tries to grab a change of clothes. Tsugumi walks in right before Jin can “act” on his emotions and Nagi follows up by smacking him upside the head with a frying pan. Nagi goes on to say that Jin would surely make fun of her if he saw “these”. This last statement might be an attempt to keep fans from thinking that Nagi might have feelings for Jin (maybe?).


Impressions


Insert Takako epic nosebleed here.

Overall, these last two episodes have been pretty decent for me. I’ll admit that I didn’t really like episode 12 (and to an extent episode 13) purely for the fact that there was a lack of comedy in it. This is only natural since we’ve been spoiled by all the comedy and non-serious episodes for a good portion of the series. However, that’s not to say that I don’t think they were good episodes. I, in fact, think they were great for what they were. It was just a too drastic change of pace in my opinion. But at least I’m glad that they ended the series on a happy note.


Ya’ll got served.

It was kind of weird that they used the same three guys that harassed Zange the first time again in episode 12. I’m not sure if they were actually the same guys or if they just thought they could get away with using the same characters for very minor roles. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter, but I thought that was a bit interesting the point out aside from the awesome butt-kicking they got from Zange personally.


Is it just me or does Jin look especially retarded in this shot?

The events of episode 13 were kind of cheesy, but props to Tsugumi for waking Jin’s stupid ass up from his emo-ness. I swear, if he didn’t get those injuries from helping Nagi, he would have probably given them to himself. But you do kind of have to feel sorry for Tsugumi for having to see that scene at the end after all the work she’s done for Jin. Hell even the “Oops, I fell over your naked body” bit was a bit cliche.


Series Review


Thank you to all of you who actually take the time to read and comment on my posts.

What can I say about the series that most of you don’t already know?

Kannagi the anime has been known for its high quality animation/production, the very nicely timed jokes and punchlines and great character designs and personalities. It wasn’t a show so focused on heavy drama or depth in plot, but one that aimed to be a very entertaining experience. There wasn’t too many references aside from the occasional jabs at KyoAni so the show was pretty humorous and entertaining on its own merits.

The only problems that this series had were probably the overall cliched themes and perhaps the pacing of the story. However, these issues were pretty much overlooked with how interesting and amusing the interactions between the characters of the show were. Sure you have the mysterious girl showing up suddenly at your home, the childhood friend, the flirtatious one, and the whole idea of love triangle/square/whatever-it-is thing going on. But all this became a minor point for some reason. Perhaps it was because of a great cast of supporting characters or just all the great moments we’ve witnessed. Whatever it is, it’s made Kannagi a great series to follow despite its minor issues.

My favorite characters of the series has to be Akiba or Takako. Jin has pissed me off more and more as the series move on. Nagi is great, but there are times where she’s not too interesting to watch. Tsugumi and Zange are cute, but they lack great lines. Daitetsu was pretty great in his own little episode and during the whole “misunderstanding” but aside from that he was a pretty dull character. Shino hasn’t had enough to say or do to warrant her any mention really. Akiba has always been a character that connected me to the series. His otaku nature and fanboyism has made him a very entertaining character within the series and his comments sometimes really relate to what the viewer may be thinking (assuming the viewer is familiar with what he’s talking about). Takako wins purely for her awesomeness in being the fanatic she is. Some people think that she might be bisexual, but she hasn’t really shown any interest in guys. She’s been mainly a pervert when it comes to same sex relationships whether it was between Jin and Daitetsu or any cute girl and herself really.

Overall, this series has been a really enjoyable one and I’m sure many people would agree with me. Here’s hoping to another season and to the health and recovery of Kannagi’s author Eri Takenashi.

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10 Comments

  1. Posted December 29, 2008 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I must say I loved Kannagi. It has some competition, but it’s certainly one of my favorite shows of 2008. The pacing didn’t bother me – after all the build up, the tension had to go somewhere. Maybe they should have given the end a little more time than just two episodes, but I feel that’s nit picking.

  2. tommykn
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    great anime!

    two episodes for the ending is enough, no need to drag something out !!! pacing was nice, there was nearly nothing unnessecary.

    dear tsugumi, i feel very bad for you, poor girl cried, too. =(

    well, chacne for second season!

  3. sdfxrpl
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I was hoping the series would span a bit longer, or something; I mean they could have done more with the love story with Tsugumi and I was expecting another episode for the school thing the next day, until I saw the staff roll in the subs.

  4. skoll
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Tsugumi BSOD!

  5. Bublifuk
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    There should be spinoff with Akiba and Takako as main characters… called Genshiken… hmmmmm….

  6. man0warr
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    It followed the manga pretty much all the way, so definitely set up for a second season.

  7. Myssa Rei
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Poor, POOR Tsugumi. My heart goes out to you, girl.

    That said, Kannagi has certainly been come of the better offerings to have come from the last season. And despite the FANBOY RAGE going about in the Japanese forums, the DVDs are actually selling well (more than 10,000 units sold at this point), which is a good indicator that a sequel might be greenlit in the future.

  8. lelangir
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    RELEASE THE DOUJIN

  9. anonymii
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Good god, normally i hate the “oh noes i tripped and we fell on each other” scenes but this one was just too good. Delicious Nagi..

  10. Posted December 29, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    @Calaveth and tommykn: Well maybe not necessarily the “pacing” but it did certainly feel weird when the episodes were filled with fun and comedy and then all of a sudden it becomes “serious time”.

    @sdfxrpl: It’s possible that they’re setting up for another season. I can’t see why they wouldn’t given how popular the series has become.

    @skoll: Indeed.

    @Bublifuk: Takako would be giving all the members a hard time with her teasing and possibly clash with Saki a bit. Akiba would probably keep his distance since it seems that he’s not too friendly with other otakus.

    @man0warr: Yeah hopefully.

    @Myssa Rei: That’s very good news. Don’t forget that the author for the manga is recovering from surgery and hopes to continue the manga which is also good news.

    @lelangir: o.o

    @anonymii: Same here buddy.

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  • By anitations - notes on Kannagi 13 (end) on December 29, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    [...] Shokkeru: I’ll admit that I didn’t really like episode 12 (and to an extent episode 13) purely for the fact that there was a lack of comedy in it. …It was just a too drastic change of pace in my opinion. …It wasn’t a show so focused on heavy drama or depth in plot, but one that aimed to be a very entertaining experience. …The only problems that this series had were probably the overall cliched themes and perhaps the pacing of the story. [...]

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