English: Our Home's Fox Deity
Synonyms: Wagaya no Oinarisama
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2008 to Sep 15, 2008
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.371 (scored by 7150 users)
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adventure fantasy shounen supernatural
SynopsisThe Mizuchi bloodline has long been hunted by Yokai, or monsters. Toru and Noboru Takagami are descendents of this bloodline, and under their grandmother's discretion, are given a secret weapon to combat these monsters. It is Tenko Kugen, a fox deity who can take the shape of a man or woman at will. The mischievous deity is accompanied by a shrine maiden, Ko, who will both live with the Takagami brothers at their house. Life just got complicated.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Wagaya no Oinari-sama
Side story: Wagaya no Oinari-sama. Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
I always find it odd that so many shows get labelled as something other than what they are. Even stranger is the fact that almost everyone will view the series in a given way, often missing a prominent feature of the show.
Wagaya no Oinarisama (or Our Home's Fox Deity), is just such a series as, whilst very clearly being a supernatural/fantasy tale, the strong slice of life tone of the story is often overlooked or completely ignored.
Based on a series of light novels by Shibamura Jin (with illustrations by Hoden Eizo), the series was first adapted for manga by Shofu Suiren, and was originally released in Dengeki Comic Gao! from February 2007 before being transferred to Dengeki Daioh in April 2008. The anime adaptation, produced by Zexcs, and directed by Iwasaki Yoshiaki (Gokujou Seitokai, Hayate no Gotoku season 1, Love Hina, Zero no Tsukaima season 1), began airing in April 2008 on Chiba TV.
The story is surprisingly straightforward, and centres around two brothers - Takagami Noboru and his younger brother Toru. Noboru is the head of the Mizuchi family who, for many generations, have been exorcists, priests, and practitioners of arts involving water ki (lit. Mizu-chi). Because of their strong spiritual power, the brothers find themselves the target of a youkai. Noboru, because of his age, is less prone to attacks, however Toru represents a tasty morsel for any passing demon.
Enter Kuugen, the fox deity that used to be the guardian of the Mizuchi family until it's meschievous behaviour managed to get it sealed away in a cave. Noboru and Toru release Kuugen in orderto protect them (especially Toru), from the various demons who want to eat them.
The animation throughout the series is generally very good, however there are some noticeable flaws with some of the characters faces and body movements at times. The character designs are a tad on the generic side (I'll go into this in more detail in a bit), however this isn't really any big issue with the series, especially given it's focus.
The backgrounds and settings are also verging on genericism, and whilst the art may be detailed, the often cheery overtones can be at odds with some of the "darker" story elements.
The sound and music is of a very good standard throughout the series. The voice actors are generally able to bring the characters to life, and whilst I would have wanted Toru to sound more "boyish", Shimamura Yu does well to bring a certain air of gentleness to the character. The fact that Kuugen requires two voice actors (Nakamura Yuichi for the male, and Nogami Yukana for the female), is something unusual, and can be amusing at certain points, especially when the gender switches mid scene.
The sound effects are used to good effect throughout the show, and are fairly understated during the action sequences (moreso than I would have expected). The thematic music is generally atmospheric, however there are some tracks that don't seem to fit with the on-screen action.
On the whole, the characters are decent enough, if a little on the bland side. Although there is development for both Noboru, Toru, Kuugen and Kou, the amount was definitely mismatched given the prominence of the characters. It would have been nice to se more depth to Kou's character, and to know more about her as well. Toru, on the other hand, ends the series pretty much the same way as he began it - naive, helpless, and far too trusting. Given that he's one of the main characters, and protecting him is one of the main plot points, it's odd that he shows very little in the way of growth.
This disjointed development is symptomatic of the episodic style of the show. In some respects the series has let itself down by having no real plot other than the basic premise, something which is reinforced by the format of the show. However, given that this is very much a slice of life tale (a little more unusual than most, but that's actually a plus point), I found myself enjoying the series far more than I thought I would. When viewed in the same light as shows like Aria, To Heart, Binchou-tan, Mokke, etc, the numerous "filler" episodes turn out to be rather enjoyable romps in the realms of absurdity. The basic premise after all, is nothing more than an excuse. The main concept behind the show was simply to put Kuugen, and Kou to a lesser degree, into the modern world, let them explore, and watch as they try out new things.
One of the biggest plus points for this series is that it is enjoyable because of it's flaws. The generic character designs and artwork hark to typical school comedy-dramas, something which actually works in favour of the show as it's not really meant to be taken seriously. Unfortunately some of the flaws can't be hidden by the charming nature of the series, or the appeal of certain characters - the biggest one of these being the fact that the show really doesn't go anywhere. It would have been nice if the loose ends had been tied up and, whilst the ending is enjoyable in it's own right, it just doens't feel complete.
This isn't a show that will appeal to everyone. Fans of Rental Magica, Aria, Mokke, etc, may enjoy the series, however it probably won't appeal to hardcore action junkies.
Wagaya no Oinari-sama is a decent series, and is very enjoyable if watched in the right frame of mind. A second series would be nice to see though, or at least an OVA that explains a few more things about the characters. read more
Wagaya no Oinari-sama is a show I was very excited about seeing this year. And for the most part it didn’t let me down. It follows the fox spirit theme that seems to be so popular lately but has a number of interesting new ideas that make it fresh and interesting.
The premise of the story is that two brothers who are the children of the former water priestess whom their family has been involved with for many years are being targeted by other evil spirits and specters. In order to prevent anything from happening, a fox spirit named Kuugen takes on the task of protecting the boys along with the family’s sentinel Kou. The action starts off fast and the story starts moving along pretty fast and most early episodes revolve around various specters targeting the boys, mostly Tooru the youngest who seems to be especially delicious to these evil spirits. It’s an interesting premise and I found myself drawn into the story immediately.
However in the end I did find myself disappointed. Mainly because while the overall theme was laid down pretty well there was not a very detailed overall story line or goal. Basically it was just this week fight this monster, rinse and repeat. There was also quite a few what you could call "filler" stories that really had nothing to do with anything that the rest of the show was about. Oinari-sama diets, goes to work, goes to the hot spring, etc. While I didn’t dislike these stories the fact that there wasn’t any real story depth in any of the other episodes was a letdown.
The main characters do get fleshed out pretty well. Noboru, Tooru, Kuu, and Kou all have plenty of screen time to get you to know them well and they are all enjoyable characters. Kuu and Noboru get the most story time. To not give away any spoilers though they left quit a few loose ends with pretty much all of the main characters but especially and probably most confusing of all is Kou- the sentinel. They give her some mysterious powers and an important artifact early on but fail to give any follow up or explanation later. The most glaring omission being her special ability. She also has almost no back story to explain why she is a sentinel or why she is so clueless on everything or any of her history prior to the start of the show. This is probably especially disappointing for me because she was my favorite character from the show.
The supporting characters are given pretty fair treatment as well, though a number were kind of left hanging with no real resolution to their story arcs. Sakura is the one with the most screen time and maybe she could be considered a main. She is the comic relief and her constant angst about confessing her love to Noboru and what the relationship is between him and the various girls around him are is pretty funny. But none of this is resolved in the show nor is her rivalry with any of the other "love" interests.
The music was really great I thought. The ED themes were especially good. The voice acting is also top notch. The performance from Kuu and Kou were very good and I thought they nailed the personalities down well. The animation is also very exceptional, with a few exceptions. While the two main female leads looked very good, Noboru and Sakura were plain looking most of the time.
Overall though I come away from this show with a very positive reaction. I really enjoyed it despite the things I mentioned above and I think anyone who watches it will like it as well. Hopefully a second season will come and that will allow the things that were left open to be resolved.
both involve youkai's, and have a similar feeling, except natsume yuujinchou is not as lighthearted as oinari sama.
Both has a male main character who finds a spiritual creature (in wagaya a fox and in Natsume a cat) that end up protecting them.. they also share that both creature know a person related to the male main character, who is also had a spiritual power..
So they are pretty much the same..
The main characters in both Anime inherit something from their grandmother. Thus their slice-of-life ends up adding a supernatural element to the whole matter.
I'll mostly be reiterating what has already been said: They both deal with a young man/boy who has a haughty guardian and they both must contend with youkai who pursue the main character(s). They both also have episodes that deal with helping youkai and Shinto gods in solving problems. Somehow, I just get a somewhat similar feeling when watching Natsume as when I watched Oinari. On the other hand, as others have said, Wagaya is more light-hearted and less melancholy/nostalgic than Natsume. It's been a year and a half since I watched Oinari so I may be remembering certain details incorrectly. Anyway, if you've watched one of these, there's a chance you may like the other.
In both series, there's that mystical feeling. Along with that, the main male protagonist meets an entity who is not so normal and displays supernatural powers.
There is of course the case of supernatural themes involved in both series dealing with various strange incidents and the creatures involved.
Both series also features somewhat of an episodic sequence that often incorporates what the main characters face in their every day lives.
There are some similar concepts, like old Japanese deity figures and characters living among human beings. However, unlike Gingitsune, the deity in Wagaya no Oinari-sama can be seen by anyone, so instead, the deity has chosen to live and take part in a human lifestyle -- running stores, being part of organisations and similar situations. In Gingitsune, only those who are a part of a certain family line can see the deities inhabiting the various temples around the country.
Bot shows are basically based around young children/teenagers and the relationship they form with the deity/semi-deity characters that make up the other half of the cast, and this is the main strength of both shows.
Both stories involves with fox deity and their human companion, while the Okami in Gingitsune is an apathetic tsundere, the Okami in Wagaya no Oinari-sama is more of a curious mischief one.
The style of both series are similar involving spiritual beings living among with humans in the community. As such, there is a supernatural taste accompanied with a touch fantasy.
The setting of both series also takes place in modern times rather than in a fantasy world.
There is also a slice of life feeling as each day presents a different challenge for our main characters. Speaking of main characters, both series' protagonist are descendents with special gifts. With these gifts also comes responsibility. These responsibilities includes protecting their community and helping others in need.
Opening Theme"KI-ZU-NA ~Haruka Naru Mono e (KI-ZU-NA 〜遥かなる者へ)" by Hitomisora (Hitomi Yoshida & Sora Izumikawa)
Ending Theme#1: "Kaze ga Nanika wo Iou to Shiteiru (風がなにかを言おうとしている)" by Kou (Saori Hayami) (eps 1-18)
#2: "Shiawase no Kotodama (シアワセの言霊)" by Kuu (Yukana), Kou (Saori Hayami), Tama (Mikako Takahashi) (eps 19-24)
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