Over thanksgiving weekend I picked up an anime I hadn’t heard a lot about, despite its age, and decided to watch it in a straight shot. This was on top of the normal over-eating and drunken debauchery. It was a good break from the new anime season (which has its good and bad moments), and from some older series I was watching.
I had run across “Kamichu!” while surfing around the web. I figured I love Slice-of-life anime, and I’m a sucker for moe girls, so why the hell not. It ended up being fantastic — though, I may be bias because I love slice-of-life anime. At only 16 episodes, it can’t hurt.
The story revolves around Yurie Hitotsubashi, a middle school student who wakes up to find she is a god. In this world gods are common; they seem to have great influence. It shows how she develops as a god, and as a person. I would say the over-arching theme is a romance between her and a boy in her class, but it is only a backdrop to the sub-plots in every episode. I’m not going to say this plot is the most original, but it pulls off tried-and-true devices better than most.
Each episode brings its own charm, and its own characters. It is very lighthearted, with seldom a tense moment. Every character fits in perfect, and nothing ever seems out of place, not even a shoryuken by a cat. The characters are the main focus, each with their own draw, and each with their own charm. Yurie is great, she fits exactly the role she is meant to play. She is cute (d’awww cute), nice, and just a bit klutzy, which makes her being a god even better. The only character that was sort of left hanging was Yurie’s younger brother. This kinda of irked me, but not a lot, the focus was on Yurie’s romance, not him.
Each subplot is great, I can’t think of one I disliked. Even something as ridiculous as Martians somehow becomes believable… well maybe not believable, but enjoyable nonetheless. The only similarity between the plots is that most, not all, revolve around Yurie helping people with her new found powers. Each episode develops her powers a bit more, as well as her personality.
The artwork is also great; I would compare it to a Makoto Shinkai’s or Miyazaki’s art. Though obviously not quite as good, being a TV series and not a movie or OVA. It’s smooth, colorful, and has just the right cartoony touch, at times, to make the world come alive.
If you’re a huge fan of action, I might stray from this one, you’ll be disappointed. But, if you want a relaxing anime, something along the lines of Aria, I would say GO WATCH KAMICHU RIGHT AWAY. It’s definitely something great for a pick-me-up, or just a good smile.