Synonyms: Kamigami no Asobi: Ludere deorum, Kamiaso
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Jun 22, 2014
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.321 (scored by 9752 users)
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SynopsisThe story revolves around Kusanagi Yui, who is ordered by Zeus, a god and the headmaster of a school he created, to teach the meaning of love to young and handsome gods. The reason he has for doing this is to cancel the negative effects of the weakening bond between the world of the divine and the world of the humans.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kamigami no Asobi
Other: Kamigami no Asobi OVA, Kamigami no Asobi Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
From the perspective of someone who watched both seasons of Uta no Prince-sama, Kamigami no Asobi is a solid 6. It's by no means a spectacular show, but it does its job decently well in 12 episodes and makes for an entertaining, if not particularly fascinating, experience.
The concept is a unique one: Kusanagi Yui, a pretty normal Japanese girl, is summoned to a strange school to help teach young gods how to care about humans. In the first episode alone, she encounters many of her new classmates, as well as Zeus himself, the commanding king of the gods who created the very school out of thin air and can restrict the other gods' powers.
As the show continues, it becomes slightly obsessed with "normal" concepts, as Yui attempts to essentially teach the gods how to be human; this either works or doesn't, depending on the episode. Sometimes it can be very entertaining to see how the gods deal with the new ideas, with some of them enjoying themselves and others remaining totally confused. However, this also serves to erase any urgency that might've been created by the fact that Yui and the gods have only one semester's time to spend at the school. We know that they will be stuck there forever if the gods don't learn to care about humans in time, but there isn't any real worry about that goal being unreachable.
Around halfway through its run, the show's main storyline begins to kick in, with deeper secrets revealed about certain gods, all of which serve to lead up to the climax. This is where I personally became more disillusioned with the show as a whole, mainly because of its pacing and how the story was ultimately treated. Its largest issue is that it relies on emotional investment - it doesn't really have any impact if you're not invested in the characters, and although I was enjoying the show up to that point, I didn't really feel attached to anyone except my personal favorite god, so it was difficult for me to care about most of the story. This problem mainly lies in the fact that each god's backstory was featured in only one episode, and because most of these episodes were also padded by everyday "shenanigans", the backstories are rather simple and poorly fleshed out.
The characters are nice enough. None of them made an impact on me enough to be added to my favorites list, but I did enjoy watching some of them. Others annoyed me, whether it was due to (in my opinion) too much screen time or unappealing personalities.
A short rundown:
Apollo is arguably the most featured out of the gods. I didn't care for him, as his usual attitude is very bubbly and he tends to dominate any scene he's in; I also found his backstory one of the weakest, especially considering the mythology upon which it was based.
Hades, god of death, was my personal favorite. While he wasn't anything groundbreaking and only got one real focus episode, he was also one of the most entertaining characters due to his reactions to various situations.
Takeru was a Japanese god, and I frankly can't recall much about him. Neither he nor his quieter brother Tsukito impressed me particularly much.
Balder is possibly one of my least favorite characters in the show. I initially liked him, but suffice it to say that he plays a large part in the darker plot and ultimate climax, and that he's cast in a light that I found pretty out-of-character and frustrating. We are naturally supposed to sympathize with him to a point, but I found much of his eventual behavior to be either unsympathetic or just plain insulting.
Loki, trickster and friend of Balder, was conversely a pretty decent guy. He, too, is focused on more and more as the show draws to its close, and although I found his character to be around as shallowly developed as the rest, Hosoya Yoshimasa delivered an outstanding emotional performance that served to make me like Loki that much more.
Thor, Dionysus, Thoth, and Anubis are all more minor gods who also appear in various episodes. Due to their receiving less screen time, there isn't much to say about them, aside from Thoth being quite entertaining with his habit of slamming both hands against a wall / onto a desk / etc. in every appearance. Zeus himself does appear past the first episode, but isn't featured as much as I'd have liked him to be.
Finally, there's Kusanagi Yui herself; while more detailed than Uta no Prince-sama's Haruka, she's not an optimal main character in my eyes. She begins the show with a very decided backbone and strong opinions, standing up to Zeus himself and trying to deal with her new surroundings. However, as the show goes on, she just lets the gods and their personalities take over. We never really get to a point where she speaks up for herself and tells arguing or upset gods to shut up or calm down; she just continually makes weak protests or looks wide-eyed and worried. There are some points where I expected her to logically react more strongly, but she remained easygoing and passive. It's not a huge problem most of the time, but it did become frustrating for me as time went by.
The art of this show is basically easy to look at. Hair shading is an interesting, rather watercolor-esque style, while the character designs are pretty appealing and backgrounds are prettily done. There's nothing groundbreaking about much of it, but it is very pleasant. OP animation didn't appeal to me as much as ED, mainly because of a grittier and darker feel in the latter.
The musical score is relaxing and pleasant, with some nice flutes and strings used - not memorable per se, but then again it's been some time since I saw the last episode. I didn't care for the OP although it was catchy, but the ED stuck in my head after each listen and I personally found it a very cool song.
All in all, if you're looking for something light and fun, Kamigami no Asobi isn't a bad choice. It's not a masterpiece and has its few problems, but I also found it easy to watch and to comment on each episode. For me, it's just a cute, rather fluffy anime with characters that won't irritate you too much and a unique story. read more
This anime was a beautiful anime that I eagerly awaited each week. The art was wonderful with stunning colors and beautiful designs, and the voice acting was very good. I loved the character development and the costumes for each character. This anime is very much a reverse harem, if you don't like those, then maybe you shouldn't watch this anime, but you might be astounded by the interesting storyline. I believe this anime is based off an otome type game, and while I haven't played the game, I quite like the anime. This anime has a kind and caring main character who try's her best to be helpful and make the best of the situation. The main character is surrounded by gods from different cultures who each bring a different persona to the mix. This anime was very fun and made me laugh. I ecspecially loved the little shorts at the end of each episode. read more
Singing boys, reverse harem, Daisuke Ono (second season UtaPri). Lots of cheesy moments and lots of men driven to woo the One Strumpet.
Both are romantic fan service driven towards ladies (and curious males)
The male voice actors for both series sing in the beginning and endings (only Uta No Prince Sama is more geared towards the men and their individual songs where this one is more geared towards mythology in some way)
And both are Otome game series by Broccoli.
Both are reverse harem shows. They have a bunch of guys and one heroine. In Kamigami it is gods and in Uta no prince sama it is singers. Both have funny moments.
School setting, bright colours, fluffy romance, cute boys, similar comedy/silly antics, one girl changing the boys' lives, and lastly, same game company.
You can also relate the characters together as well because they share similar tropes. Ittoki/Apollon, Balder/Cecil, Tsukito/Masato, Takeru/Syo just as an example. =P
Reverse harems in the setting of a school that's not ordinary.
Well, both have the harem aspect of the show. The male characters of each harem really resemble the other. I just recently began Uta No Prince-sama and as soon as I saw each character I knew that each character resembled the other. Such as Jinguji Ren and Balder Hringhorni for instance. Or maybe even Ittoki Otoya and Apollon Agana Belea. Also, in Uta no Prince-sama there's some singing action going on there, now in Kamigami no Asobi, there's also singing from each character but only in the opening and the closing of each episode. Both plots are quite amazing and I seriously do recommend one or the other if you liked either of these amazing shows.
Both anime are reverse harem
Both female protagonists are dense in love, and have difficulties getting along with the male characters. Also finding out who they really love. Yet Yui seems to be more braver and smarter than most female characters in reverse harem.
Both anime are romance and filled with fan service for fangirls.
The male characters in both anime sang the endings
If you loved Brothers conflict, then you are also gotta love this ;D Just saying
-> They are both reverse harem
-> All the boys are beautiful
-> They all live together (to some extent)
But, in my opinion, Kamigami is a lot better since there is an actual plot to the show. Also, unlike Ema, the protagonist actually reacts to the advances she gets.
-both anime have handsome male characters
Opening Theme"TILL THE END" by Apollon Agana Belea (Miyu Irino), Hades Aidoneus (Daisuke Ono), Tsukito Totsuka (Yuuto Uemura), Takeru Totsuka (Toshiyuki Toyonaga), Balder Hringhorni (Hiroshi Kamiya), Loki Laevatein (Yoshimasa Hosoya) (eps 2-12)
Ending Theme"REASON FOR..." by Apollon Agana Belea (Miyu Irino), Hades Aidoneus (Daisuke Ono), Tsukito Totsuka (Yuuto Uemura), Takeru Totsuka (Toshiyuki Toyonaga), Balder Hringhorni (Hiroshi Kamiya), Loki Laevatein (Yoshimasa Hosoya)
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