English: Kamisama Kiss
Synonyms: Kami-sama Hajimemashita
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2012 to Dec 25, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.091 (scored by 48362 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 13, 2014
Well, like normal romance, she is taken in by someone and falls in love with the person even if he is not of this world. It would be fine if this was a normal romance with the man being a human but in this case, we have a fox spirit who has a really bad temper at times. At first glance, I guess you could consider Tomoe a muli-personalitied demon. He will fix Nanami dinner after telling her he despises being her familiar; call her a idiot when he is trying to save her; and things similar of that nature. With all the whining he seems to do about her, you would think he would just up and quit when he got a chance, right? Well, that’s what I thought when he was free of his duties at one part but then he reinstates his position as her familiar again. That is not a real spoiler as it happens really early in the show but it’s a good example of just how split this guy is.
The opening is a bit, I don’t know. It’s just a bit confusing. It’s all images of her with a song about being a girl and just starting to be a girl? I’m confused as to what the opening was supposed to do as they don’t really do anything but show this young girl. It didn’t fit the show at all making me want to skip it every time. Other then that, the animation and everything reminds me of a lot of other shows out there with a supernatural spoof. It’s dark in a colorful atmosphere. It’s hard to explain as the darkness is just the addition of dark purples and blues but then the brightness of those colors pop. In artist terms, the supernatural part of the show is dark hues and the brighter everyday parts are more of lighter shades of pastels and such.
Now let’s talk about the voices. I love the how comical the narrator is and she helps bring a bit more life to the story. She doesn’t pop up at any old time, only when it seems like it’s supposed to be a comical part of even when some sort of hardship is happening like in the beginning. Sadly, every once in a while, she does come in at a wrong time when talking about what happen in the last show. Nanami talks way too much. She seems to want to be as good a narrator as the narrator is. When she first wakes up from her dream, she talks on and on about what she thought was a dream. This happens a lot it seems. Her voice is a bit annoying as she still seems rather stuck up, a very good contrast though to the rather gentle voice of Tomoe. Well, gentle might not be the right word for him as he is rather stuck up and rude to Nanami but he is voiced by one of my favorite voice actors J. Michael Tatum, the same voice as Sebastian from Black Butler. It’s a very calming voice and it is fun to see him sort of freak out at some parts because of Nanami’s mistakes or his own. I think that’s what sets Tomoe apart from the others that Tatum has voiced before.
I really thought it was a cute show although a bit to short. The ending was a ok ending but there is so much more that could of happened both before and after that I feel it falls a bit flat. I really did love watching it non the less. read more
Dec 12, 2014
When you think about it, one's home is a very precious thing. It's a safe haven. It's private. It contains the parts of one's life he or she loves the most, including family or that newly imported figure. When someone says that the atmosphere feels "homely," it's because at that moment, it is reminding him or her of that one place where he or she can truly be at peace. Sadly, some people don't have such a location. Others still are forced to change it. Within Kamisama Hajimemashita is a story depicting finding one's home with the help and support of those held dear.
The adventure begins rather quickly. Nanami Momozono is a high school girl who is forced onto the streets after her father's gambling habits cause her to lose her home. One night, she saves a man who, as thanks, gives his "home" to her.
Kamisama Kiss (as it is also known) lays out its events in a rather episodic fashion. Much of what occurs involves Nanami overcoming difficulties based on her human status in a fully spiritual world. She has no powers, she's clumsy, and is helpful to a fault. However, her kindness almost always turns the outcome in her favor. Whether it is matchmaking the local swamp god or befriending her kidnapper, she finds it in her heart to love those around her. This trait is one that many characters from many shows obviously have. But it seems more appropriate here, given her literal god-like position.
Kamisama Kiss is a tale about the home. At the same time, it attempts to weave in the romantic relationship that develops between Nanami and Tomoe, her familiar. The romance involved is nothing powerful, but it is interesting. In a sense, it's about two people from different backgrounds (race, ethnicity, culture, etc.) coming to terms with the emotions they have. The season pits both of them on opposite sides of the spectrum. But as it unfolds, they begin inching closer and closer until at least a somewhat satisfying stopping point is reached. Its exploration isn't too deep, however. Besides Tomoe's strong animosity towards humans, the anime never truly questions or investigates such a pairing.
And therein lays the problem. The romance and home ideas seem to be constantly butting heads in terms of story-telling. That is, the show doesn't know whether it wants to focus on the romance or the "finding one's home" side. Both are done nicely, but a dissonance is created where it doesn't know what it wants to be. It tries to use the romance to facilitate the home idea. When it does, it becomes more about the relationship and less about the overall message.
What is the ultimate message? The show tries to drive home (pun intended) the idea that one's home isn't necessarily where you were born or where you're able to be productive. Indeed, it's the place where one feels most comfortable. Being able to just relax and not have to worry about the outside world. Walking through that front door to be greeted by the things you love. That's home. Honestly speaking, the concept is simple, but one rarely gives it any thought. And that's because having a home in this sense is, for the majority, second nature.
Kamisama Kiss is, for the most part, rather plain.
The art style itself appears quite "soft." The colors involved are generally boring, in that the show doesn't go out of its way to make anything incredibly eye-catching. This is true for the environments and the character designs. The locations are typical: the school, the shrine, the park, etc. The designs for the characters are tame, despite the spiritual nature that enshrouds them. The exception is Nanami. She has a beauty and radiance about her that is unnatural. The combination of her large eyes, taught smile, and lengthy brown hair probably give this effect. However, considering how there are thousands of clones like her in the anime world, her presence in the show was strange to say the least.
In regards to actual animation, it varies between average and slightly below average. The show incorporates minimalist drawings and animation for good comedic effect. As the show progressed, however, the animation began to degrade. This is especially apparent near one of the ending sequences. Despite the buildup involved, what is given is never fully shown (i.e., not properly animated).
While the story may be askew, the characters of Kamisama Kiss are, for the most part, not.
Nanami is the star. Her kindness and determination know no bounds. A land god by day and a teenage girl by night, she does her best to bring happiness both to the shrine she calls home and to its inhabitants. Her determination often puts her in a bind, but she never lets it get the best of her. This is also true of her relationship with Tomoe. Her feelings are usually unrequited, but she just sees it as another obstacle to triumph. She starts the season unsure of where her life will take her next but by its conclusion, she can safely find solace both at home and in the heart. That is, for her, "home is where the heart is" is just as true as "heart is where the home is."
Perhaps the most interesting character is Tomoe. His abrasive behavior and general lack of empathy make him difficult to approach, let alone get along with. However, as the anime demonstrates, there are underlying causes for this. The show characterizes Tomoe as this rude servant. However, like the humans he hates, he is multidimensional. The audience learns of his past, of his motivations, and of his more endearing qualities. There is actual reasoning for his standoffish attitude, and it was pleasant to learn of its underlying causes.
The side cast also does their job nicely. While each have their own personality, they serve a higher purpose. And that is in developing the relationship between Nanami and Tomoe. As easy examples, Mizuki (the snake familiar) provides Nanami with historical insight. Likewise, Kurama gives Tomoe important information pertaining to dealing with society. The side characters are able to do this because they specialize in these areas. And this is true for the rest of the characters. In their own way, they are able to add at least a smidgen of growth to the ever growing connection between the two main leads.
The OP is, surprisingly, very good. The whispering vocals, the single guitar chords, and the more prevalent Chinese guitar give off a simple mellow feeling. The middle part with the perhaps clacking castanets is also a fun little transition.
Following the footsteps of the OP, the ED is sung in a very quiet manner. Again, the single guitar chords give the piece a more mellow effect. In fact, it almost makes everything eerie or mysterious. The beginning "ah, ah, ah..." is also a very smooth lead-in for the rest of song.
The soundtrack is also well done. The atmospheric pieces really add nicely to the overall spiritual theme of the show. The piano keys, the hand drums, and especially the piece involving the "water ripple" sound (very hard to describe!) were executed nicely.
Voice acting wise, there are no standout performances to be had.
Romance is my forte. All of the blushing, the hand holding, the kissing, the hugging, the mutual feelings, I love it all. This one has most of these traits, and utilizes them well enough. Watching Nanami fall for the familiar she found was, therefore, quite an enjoyable experience. On top of this, she's mysteriously beautiful. Seeing her differing outfits or jubilant expression were usually enough to make me swoon.
The comedy involved isn't anything grand. It does what it has to given the circumstances, usually with the minimalist animation talked about earlier. The hilarity involved also stems from the character interactions. Many of the cast rarely get along, so seeing them constantly arguing or teasing one another was usually possible to get a good laugh.
Kamisama Hajimemashita is the beginning of the couple that is Nanami and Tomoe. The stories involved, the romance, and the characters are fun to see, and I am anticipating what the continuation of god and servant will be.
Story: Fine, romance and home but gets lost in itself
Animation: Fine, soft, plain, and with at best average animation
Characters: Good, Nanami and Tomoe blossom, with literal supportive side cast
Sound: Good, great OP, okay ED, good soundtrack
Enjoyment: Good, Nanami is beautiful and so is romance
Final Score: 6/10 read more
Nov 14, 2012
The plot has it all: beautiful animation, interesting story, spiritual world of youkai, deities, shrines, current world and school life as well as different handsome male characters. Everything is perfectly combined and thus great romance and comedy has been created.
Nanami may call herself super lucky considering her life before meeting Mikage. Now, treated like a goddess (which she became), her familiar cooks, cleans, makes appointments, has great manners, takes care about lots of things and is extremely handsome and powerful – how not to fall in love?
The romance grows with each episode. You can’t wait to see what will happen next. There are a lot of obstacles on the way. We do not get to know or see everything of the characters past, but it is still enough to understand it in the context and wish for more…
I highly recommend it to all who like to watch romance genre from time to time. read more
Dec 8, 2012
Ah kamisama, where are you when I need you the most?
Ah kamisama, why can't the world be perfect?
In a nutshell, Kamisama Hajimemashita (also known as Kamisama Kiss) is based on the manga of the same name written by Julietta Suzuki. She is known for several other lighthearted shoujo manga that involves supernatural elements such as Karakuri Odette. The series debuted in Fall of 2012 along with many other shuojo titles.
The series tells the story of a young girl named Nanami Momozono, who is alone..abandoned, and helpless. The innocent little lamp makes an interesting encounter with a strange man (Mikagi) and from there, her life changes forever. But wait, it doesn't stop there. She also encounters the big bad wolf (or rather familiar) Tomoe. Along with him comes the package of two other spirits (Onikiri and Kotetsu). After a contract sealed by a kiss, the two forms as peculiar relationship. This series details their relationship and what's to come from it because the world is never fair. It's not perfect.
Furthermore, this series is quite a strange one if you look on the surface. We have a normal human with no experience of the supernatural in a strange relationship with strange being with strange ears and a strange personality. Did I mention strange?
The relationship between Nanami and Tomoe is one of the most strange, amusing, and interesting part of the series. A human and a familiar relationship has trouble written all over it especially the gap of difference between the two. Nanami is a normal human girl who has normal skills in life with normal friends attending a normal school. On the other hand, Tomoe is a supernatural being with supernatural abilities and able to accomplish feats with supernatural degrees.
This is like trying to get a cobra and mongoose to be best friends...
From the beginning, Tomoe is very frustrated at Nanami's lack of progress in what she's trying to become and adjusting with her new life. He becomes increasingly annoyed at home, at school, and almost whenever he's around with Nanami, or precisely whenever he feels nothing is getting done. This example can be seen early in the series as result of Nanami's lack of progress with her new responsibilities. Yet at various times, there are sweet and tender moments where Tomoe feels empathy, care, and even jealousy for her. Wait a minute..is that a male tsundere I see in Tomoe??
Being a shoujo series adapted from a shoujo manga, expect shoujo themes and elements. That typically transits in to the romance part of Kamisama Kiss. Even from the second word of the title and the pilot episode, one can expect romance in it. It's not one of those love at first sights though or a helpless crush but rather a strange one to say the least. To add to the mix, there are other characters such as the highly popular idol at school Shinjirou Kuram. He's the narcasstic type who causes trouble and tension between the duo but at the same time can be a fun guy to get to know with. There are other characters who occasionally adds in their own spotlights to the series as well such as the snake familiar Mizuki, Nanami's friend Mei, and later on a more dramatic entry of Ryuuou.
This series is overall quite lighthearted. There is virtually no fan-service except “maybe” the beach episode in the latter half. It's more of a series where its comedy outshines its romance aspects especially the strange relationship between Nanami and Tomoe. Other characters adds in the comedy even during scenes where action is presented. So, if you're looking for some serious mindfuck, ecchi fan-service, or a dynamic story exploring serious themes, then you might be disappointed. Still though, the romance part does begin to blossom later on in the series especially after a pleasant date (maybe not entirely for Tomoe) and some tender moments.
The artwork of the series is lighthearted as well. The art seems to be a bit pale and plain at most times that reflects the nature of this shoujo series. Most of Julietta Suzuki's artwork balances between romance and comedy and that is presented in Kamisama Kiss as well. The series focuses more on the characters rather than anything else with its artwork thus it's just ordinary; nothing too special to be honest.
Soundtrack and music applies here as well of being lighthearted. There is no intense or techno music rhythm even during some of the more dramatic and action scenes. Kurama's entry is often accompanied by his own soundtrack theme that brings out the inner fan girls at school so in some ways, it can be considered a little rock on added to the mix. The OP and ED songs are also lighthearted with one half of the title “Kamisama” being echoed for the latter. Once again, it seems to just be in the background with a pleasant melody rather than anything special.
Overall, I found Kamisama Kiss to be a charming little gem but nothing too special. It doesn't shine much as the series is shoujo with lighthearted themes. It's not mainstream compared to a few of the other shoujo series in the industry today (especially this Fall Season of 2012). But what it does have is a relaxing way of presenting romance mixed with comedy especially with the strange duo of Nanami and Tomoe. It's one of those series where you can sit down, watch it, and then tell yourself “well, that was cute”. And of course, cute is another word to describe Kamisama Kiss especially with the supernatural elements mixed in. Some of the episodes does seem a bit dry with a lack of flavor but it can still be a fun watch especially if you enjoy its shoujo themes.
Jan 21, 2015
The story is unique for a shoujo; not going to give a description of it since the synopsis is right there. It was really refreshing to see well drawn male characters surround Nanami and still have it end up NOT being a harem! It blends romance, comedy, fantasy, plus demons together wonderfully. With all its light-heartedness, it still has some sad and serious moments too. I wish it could have been longer, but a second season's up now!
Not much I can say about the art, being the least artsy person I know, but the usual scenes are bright and lightly colored while the more demonic/villainy stuff is darker. The way they blended both types together was great!
The opening and ending themes seem boring and ridiculous when you first hear them, but as I saw more episodes they seemed perfect. Still, they weren't much. The voice acting was good but the soundtrack didn't seem to have many defining moments.
It was a bit disappointing to see the characters not being as well-developed as the story is. Still, Nanami is a very good heroine, Tomoe is a very good tsundere, and the supporting characters are just... there. Some are okay, but I do feel they could have given more time to them.
Despite the character flaws, I enjoyed this a lot, thanks to its story and artwork.
I just can't give this an 8/10! I would have, had the characters been better, but until then it gets a 7/10. Definitely worth watching but not one I'd put in my favorites or anything. Perhaps I'll check out the second season and see if it has improved or not! read more
Mar 21, 2013
The anime has lovely artwork and a pleasant soundtrack (including the opening and ending theme which are gorgeous!) I find the characters appealing and engaging, also the comedy is rather light hearted and bearable in comparison to many slap-stick alternatives.
I find it hard to not get into this anime considering that it combines comedy, a bit of action, supernatural and romance all in one. Best part is that it's quick to watch and more importantly has a rather satisfying ending.
My only complaint is that it probably would have been more interesting to have more episodes and extended the development in that duration considering that the characters and story hold so much potential. read more
Jan 13, 2014
Overall: 9/10 read more
Aug 1, 2014
The story isn't complicated whatsoever. In fact, it's incredibly basic and easy to understand. Even with the few snippets of backstory that was shown, you can piece together a few things. The animation was nice and somehow suited the love interests character as well as the main. As for character development-wise I felt like they tried way, way too hard to make Nanami a mixture between a Mary Sue (basically a character with no flaws) and your typical average shoujo klutz. Though, it is cute to see Tomoe rescue her all the time so I can't have too many complaints. I just wish she could have been a bit stronger as a character -- then again, it only has 13 episodes. Sigh, only when it's over do you realize that where you started out with no expectations, you slowly begin to expect a little something, whatever that may be.
The ending was slightly disappointing for reasons that I won't bother going into due to spoiling the ending.
All in all, I didn't feel that watching this anime was a waste of time. Give it a chance. read more
Jul 27, 2014
The story kinda started off as a main occurrence then expanded into some side stories. The manga's storyline is better of course, but the anime has an enjoyable storyline as well. You will not be lacking a lovely dose of gods or traditional clothing mixed in with some mythology.
I guess the art could have been better, but overall the art was very cute and pleasing to watch. It was done in a shoujo-like style, with the females possessing large eyes and the males having smaller, sharper eyes.
The background audio and the voice acting were both spectacular. I ecspecially enjoyed the voice acting though. I believe the voice actors match the characters personas in a wonderful way. Although please register that I'm talking about the Japanese voice actors, because in all honesty most American voice actors sound like rubbish in anime.
I love the characters. You start off with Nanami, who has just lost everything being thrown into a new world, and then there's Tomoe who is kinda tsundere-ish in characteristics. They have comedic arguments once in a while as well. The characters all have lovely personalities that grow on you at one point or another. Also I enjoyed Nanami's emotional development in the anime.
This is where I become extremely biased. I totally end entirely loved this anime because it had traditional clothing incorporated with mythology and gods. I really loved watching this anime.
It had everything I looked for in an anime. Which is traditional clothing, mythology, and a cute romantic interest. read more
Jun 16, 2014
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Now, the plot may not be that original, but who cares? It's an enjoyable anime, that's more than enough to satisfy the regular viewer.
Story 9/10:A quick synopsis of the anime would be a girl becomes a deity, and get's a familiar. As she starts to train to become a better deity her relationship grows with her familiar. The story is basically set up for a romance theme, and it's quite interesting. There are some cool fight scenes and very good plot lines. It's definitely not a "unique" story line, but what matters is it fits into the anime very well. The anime is hilarious at times, and also has touching/adorable moments.
Art 9/10: Aside from the main characters blushing consisting of cross-marks across her face (I can't stand that), everything else about the art is consistent and well done. The characters are appealing, and so is the scenery.
Sound 10/10: When you first press that play button, your ears will be gifted with an amazing OP, and then towards the end an amazing ED. They're both soothing to the ear and have great lyrics.
Character 9/10: There's a lot of character development as the story progresses. I first assumed no development was occurring because all the characters were in a bit of a slump, but I was relieved when I started to see more growth. Of course, each character has their own back story and they're all pretty interesting.
Enjoyment 10/10: I really liked watching this anime, and it's probably the only romance I'll ever watch. I found myself laughing out loud a lot, and I really like the main characters and their personalities. It's not just lovey-dovey things, the characters often stay true to their personalities and that's what is best.
Overall 9/10: *I'd recommend this to anyone whose looking for a quick romance anime, with a bit of action.* read more
Jan 10, 2013
Interesting plot, a girl loses her house but is given a new house by a mysterious man and becomes the new Earth God of a shrine. Needless t say it doesn't start perfectly but things turn out alright in the end!
Not much to say, the art was nice and well animated, with nice backgrounds and textures.
The OP theme was really catchy, after a couple episodes I found myself humming along! The ED theme was not so catchy but still was pretty good.
SE, some of them were fairly generic. BGM, nothing really stood out as bad, but nothing stood out as extremely good either. It was okay.
Decent enough cast, not extremely unique but not bland either, just right.
Tomoe, a Fox Demon, at first unwillingly bound to Nanami and very cold and unfriendly, but eventually warms up to her...
Nanami, just a regular schoolgirl whose father was neck-deep in debts. Eventually kicked out of her house, then because the Earth God of the shrine.
Mizuki, a snake familiar who originally was an enemy but soon became a friend.
Kurama, a pop-star crow demon!
I enjoy anime with Youkai and Japanese mythology in them, so I won't deny that did boost my enjoyment levels a bit~
If you like romance, supernatural themes, Youkai, with a Slice of Life on the side, then this is the anime for you!
Nothing too complex, there a few sad moments but over an easy and happy anime to watch and just enjoy without having to pick everything apart to figure it out. ;) read more
Oct 27, 2012
As a HUGE fan of the manga this anime has to be one of the BIGGEST things I've been looking forward to. I always hoped it would be animated and freaked out the day I found out about it (two days before it aired)
The story is awesome I recently got into watching/reading anime/manga about youkai/ayakashi/akuma, whatever you want to call them, and when I first read the manga I fell in love with it.
As for the anime.....one word. AFRIKINAMAZING!!! (yes that counts as one word Xp)
There are a lot of funny characters in the series and it's developed pretty well but what really sealed the deal for me was Tomoe....Tomoe Tomoe Tomoe!!!!! I absolutely L O V E his character...sure he seems like an ass in the first few episodes but boy does he grow on you....and keeps growing and growing annnd again GROWING.
His character design is amazing and his voice -ahhhhhh- fits really well!!! I love his little attitude and just him in general!! He reminds me somewhat of Miketsukami Soushi from (Inu x Boku SS) and Inuyasha put together. He has kind of an attitude like Inuyasha but more of an appearance like Soushi in his 'youkai' form. *sorry I'm being bias about Tomoe of course I like all the other characters too buut Tomoe and Nanami. That's really what the anime and manga are about*
All together I have high expectations of this show hope to see a second third fourth and maybe fifth season of this show (hoping the manga last that long and it stays popular) I recommend this and will recommend this 1,000,000 times to ANYONE who likes this sort of genre of shows.
Watch the show...you'll reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally love it! read more
Jun 4, 2013
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It's about a girl who's father is a complete idiot ending up with a huge debt that leaves our heroine Nanami homeless with no friends, no family, nothing to turn to, things relating to a dog, a mysterious man and little magic Nanami ends up being a deity at a abandoned shrine!
we meet our male protagonist, Tomoe, a demon fox who is the shrine deity's unconditional servant and ends up being Nanami's servant, much to his dismay.
both out protagonists are complete opposites; Nanami being kind and warm-hearted and Tomoe being distant and cold, naturally in he beginning he isn't happy about a 16 year old girl being a deity but eventually she starts to grow on him as the series progresses.
The art in the series is fantastic and I couldn't find anything wrong with the sound.
there were many parts of this anime that made me smile and laugh and always left me wanting more - i finished the entire series in one day! i just couldn't stop watching!
for reasons unknown it does not state there is romance in the anime but let me assure you there is! and a few kiss scenes :) which is needed more in other romcoms!
the only issue I have is that its only 13 episodes long! and I am desperately holding out from a second season since there is so much more that needs to be shown! I ended up reading the manga :D
GO WATCH THIS PLEASE! 13 EPISODES YOU CANNOT GO WRONG! read more
Apr 9, 2013
I was a bit apprehensive about watching this anime to begin with. I thought it would be very cliche` and boring but I was pleasantly surprised and completely wrong.
If you are looking for a romance/comedy then this is one is probably a must watch. There were moments where I anticipated what was going to happen but instead I was left in tears of laughter from the comedy side of this anime.
I don't really think there is any real flaw in Kami-sama Hajimemashita. The only thing that I dislike about it is the fact that there are only 13 episodes, however, for an anime that is short and has an ongoing manga it is tied up pretty well and doesn't leave you with that sense of disappointment you get with most animes that are short and sweet.
I know a lot of anime fans out there dislike the heroines in animes that don't play much of a role in the story line but for this particular female protagonist you will find she actually does a lot and isn't a hopeless damsel in distress :) read more
Jan 26, 2013
I'd say my love level for this was on Par with Skip Beat...and that's high.
I love strong female leads, who aren't Mary Sue's.
She's good but she isn't afraid to say she hates you. HAHA
The fox man had to grow on me..I will not lie but now I am willing to allow him to hang out with Youko Kurama, InuYasha and Sesshomaru...poor Sessho..the only one without ears.
Anyways, I loved the story it was very unique to me and the characters show amazing development. I doubt a season 2 will happen due to how it ended but I sure as hell will continue reading this!
I love it! It just didn't get a 10 because for me...it's hard to get a ten. read more
Mar 30, 2014
Things to improve:
-I wish it followed the manga plot a little more,then it would be a lot more interesting.