Kamigami no Asobi

So I cannot explain the excitement I felt, when I learned that a new anime revolving around mythology was coming out this year. Last night at around 1 in the morning, my sister and I decided it was about time we saw episode 1. And let me tell you, it was hilarious, not on purpose, but none the less it was funny.

I do not want to spoil the entire show, but just in case SPOILER ALERT. 

Sweets

So to begin with, the cartoon has very nice animation and very pretty scenery. The characters are all cute, and each of the male characters come from different mythologies. There are the Greeks: Apollon the sun god, Hades the god of the underworld, Zeus the god of all gods and head of the school, and Dionysus makes an appearance later and he is the god of wine and pleasure. There are the Norse: Loki the god of mischief, Baldr god of light and purity, and Thor god of thunder who also enters in later. There are the Japanese: Tsukito god of the moon, Takeru god of seas and storms, and Akira the god of the sun who comes into the anime later on. And the Egyptians show up only briefly: Thoth god of wisdom and a teacher in the school, and Annubis god of the dead.

The characters have very extreme personalities that are just like most basic anime personalities exaggerated to the extreme. They are still lovable, but they do not have the depth I was hoping for. I do not know how others expected this anime to turn out, but even though I knew it was a reverse harem that should not be taken seriously, it still had so much potential.

The story opens up with a strange scene where the gods are in battle and a young girl is attempting to stop them. This scene most likely shows a future event. At the end of the episode you learn who the characters are. But let me tell you, there is a huge shock when you watch Apollo go through the magic boy transformation, almost exactly like sailor moon.

O_o Fabulous

O_o Fabulous

Then the audience is shown a regular school girl at school and walking home with her friends. Her name is shown to be Yui, the main character and the one who was trying to stop the gods. She is actually pretty cool, mostly in comparison to the basic female personality of of this genre. She is calm and does not have the extremely childish or easily pushed around anime girl characteristic. She is skilled as a swordsman and is unsure of her future since she is about to take the entrance exams. Her family owns a shrine (obviously) and she accidently finds a magical sword that transports her to a garden. At one point, after meeting each of the male charcters, who were almost all rude or sexually inappropriate, she actually reacts and gets angry at Takeru. She also stands up to Zeus and tells him no when he told her that she was brought here to help the gods connect to humans again.

Scared

She was obviously afraid and her little chibi reactions are great cause it gives her character a personality.

 

My sister seeing the above scene, said "Be careful girl, he rapes."and I laughed for ten minutes straight. Zeus shows to her his transformation skills, which all mythology enthusiasts know he is very talented at changing and that is most cases if he does transform while in the presence of a beautiful youth, he is about ready to 'woo' them, or kidnap them. Take for instance Europa, Io, Ganymede, Callisto, and Leda, all youths who Zeus abducted.

My sister seeing the above scene, said “Be careful girl, he rapes.”and I laughed for ten minutes straight. Zeus shows to her his transformation skills, which all mythology enthusiasts know he is very talented at changing and that is most cases if he does transform while in the presence of a beautiful youth, he is about ready to ‘woo’ them, or kidnap them. Take for instance Europa, Io, Ganymede, Callisto, and Leda, all youths who Zeus abducted.

The ending was another surprise where each of the male gods sang the ending song together. They, also, had a lot of fan service with the characters half naked in beds together. It is actually very funny with how exaggerated it felt. The golden apples at the end are allusions to the golden apples found in three Greek myths. The golden apples are found in Hera’s Garden of the Hesperides where a grove of trees bore immortality-giving golden apples. The golden apples are also found in the myth of Hippomenes and Atalanta, as well as the story of Paris, who had to choose which goddess was most beautiful. The golden apples can also be found in Norse mythology as a source of immortality to the gods. The apple can connect back to discord in general, and opens many doors of interpretation that I should not bore you, the reader, with.

Golden Apples

In general, I am not a fan of the anime, but that does not mean it is bad or wrong to like. I have seen many reverse harem anime in my time, and I expect that this one will be very much by the book. Hopefully it will prove me wrong.

-Blog Barista

 

I Have Reviews for Both of the Below Suggestions:

If you really wish to see an amazing anime influence by mythology and religions check out Hoozuki no Reitetsu by Natsumi Eguchi.

If you really wish to see an amazing anime influence by mythology and religions check out Hoozuki no Reitetsu by Natsumi Eguchi.

If you really wish to see an awesome manga that is influenced by mythology check out Olympos by Aki.

If you really wish to see an awesome manga that is influenced by mythology check out Olympos by Aki.

 

 

 

Hades from Olympos (Left), Hades from Kamigami no Asobi (Right). Is there really any comparison?

Hades from Olympos (Left), Hades from Kamigami no Asobi (Right). Is there really any comparison?

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