It’s not mahou shoujo… at least I don’t think it will be…
So Fall season is finally here and I’m pretty stoked about the wide selection of anime series this season. One of them being Kannagi. Despite having a pretty clique premise, I think this show really has potential. The characters so far are great and the animation quality was pretty impressive. This series may be one I will pick up as my blogging choice for this season. I’m not too sure yet if there will be another series that I will blog as I’ve been pretty busy (and lazy) lately, but there are a few more shows that I want to check out.
Meet Jin, your ordinary teenage protagonist. He seems to have a strong sense for the supernatural and can see spiritual beings (“impurities” being one of them so far). After creating a statue out of wood cut from a sacred tree, Jin encounters a strange occurrence when Nagi, an incarnation of a deity, comes bursting out of the very statue he created.
Nagi explains to Jin that she is a guardian deity of the land and asks how she ended up in her current form. Jin tells her that he made her the situation and shows her what has become of the shrine where the sacred tree resided. This puts Nagi into great shock allowing a bug (or “impurity”) to come into contact with her. These impurities sort of infect Nagi as she seems to be weakened by them. Nagi tells Jin that because of the sacred tree being cut down, the impurities are free to roam around and cause trouble. However, Jin is able to see and even touch the impurities without much trouble.
Nagi creates a magic wand to get rid of the impurities after being inspired by a magical girl anime she sees on TV. She relies on Jin to capture the bugs as she cannot touch them herself. Because of this new found partnership, Nagi decides to stay with Jin in his home (he happens to be living alone anyway… how convenient). This, of course, causes him all sorts of problems as Nagi has very little understanding of the modern world.
As I’ve said earlier, I think this series has potential. So far the characters seem likable and the animation is really smooth. Both of those reasons are a bit superficial, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy it. I’m not exactly sure what the show is supposed to be about though. I know that it’s pretty much supernatural comedy, but other than that and the whole “cleansing of impurities” thing. I don’t really have much to go on. I haven’t read the manga so I don’t have that as a reference yet either.
Honestly speaking, the story so far has been pretty mediocre. The premise isn’t anything new (male lead finds a magical girl bit) and the characters aren’t really that unique either. But the key word here is “potential”. What may start off slow and familiar may end up being something great in the end. Also, there really isn’t anything in here that I would call fanservice for now (good news for some, bad for others =P).
Jin is your average male protagonist. But while his character isn’t anything new, I do like the fact that he’s not too pathetic/cowardly nor is he too aggressive/over-the-top. He’s pretty much in the middle. He’s sensible, a little bit daring, and independent. I guess being more “normal” makes him to be much more believable as a character. I’m just spewing nonsense, but overall I think Jin manages to be a decent protagonist for this type of genre.
Nagi is lovable. Even though, she is a god, her personality isn’t that extreme either. She does have her moments where she acts all high and mighty, but at other times she acts a bit more sincere. In the end, she doesn’t get on my nerves like a lot of female leads do. Hurray for Nagi.
There were a few moments that I really thought were either funny or just plain adorable (yes I said adorable). Jin’s “almost perverted” moments were pretty amusing while Nagi’s discovery of Taiyaki was dangerously cute.
OP: motto☆Hade ni ne! by Haruka Tomatsu
ED: Musuhi no Toki by Haruka Tomatsu
I found the OP (not the song itself) to be pretty awesome. At first I felt a bit uncomfortable since I’m really not into the whole idol thing and the movements seemed kinda strange. However, after watching it a bit more, I felt that it was pretty fun to watch and the animation here was well done.
The ED, to be honest, was a bit boring so I couldn’t finish it the whole way through. Maybe when I’m feeling a bit more generous, I’ll sit down and listen/watch it more closely.