Kannazuki no Miko begins in the village of Mahoroba, where time passes slowly for both man and nature. Two students from the village's prestigious Ototachibana Academy might as well be night and day. Himeko is shy and unassertive, while Chikane is bold and elegant. Despite this, they love each other, and nothing can come between them, no matter how hard they try.
On the two girls' shared birthday, a sinister voice corrupts one of their friends into attacking them, and just when it seemed grimmest, the lunar and solar priestess powers that lay dormant in the two girls awaken, dispelling the evil. That was only the first hurdle, however. The two must now fend off the countless others who would threaten their well-being—even the people closest to them!
In my opinion, Kannazuki no Miko could have been a real masterpiece, or at least something very close to that. Unfortunately, it has its bad(but it also depends on the viewer point of view) elements.
The plot it's not one of the best ever written but it really has quality and potential, expecially if you are fascinated by japanese folklore. That's why I found it very intriguing, not particulary original tough.
The best point about KnM is all about the way the part of the plot involving the main characters relationships is developed and their characterisation, expecially the one regarding Chikane. It's really intense how the anime
depics in a delicate yet very strong way her personality, her feelings. She's probably the best character in the whole work but the others are not bad at all, even if the antagonists seems to lack in something, they're not as interesting as they probably should be.
The voice acting was pretty god in my opinion, it has really high moments, but, even if it sure has its ups and downs, it doesn't even come close to "bad",never.
Aother very good point in the show is the soundtrack. First of all, the opening and the ending theme are extraordinary and really suits the anime. Overall the music and sounds that go along with this show are good too.
Also, graphic in general, and character design are really, really good. The style is enjoyable, pretty but not too much, the colors are perfect. The animation on the other hand, are qualitatively instable. Some can really impress you, and some can even perplex you.
There's just something that can bother someone while watching the show.
I'm referring to the action scenes. Not that there's something wrong with them of course, 'cause they should be there but...well, some kind of viewers could really find the Mecha scenes bothersome. Somehow It feels like they doesn't fit, that they aren't necessary for the show. They don't have the power to possess the same or at least a similar relevance and intensity that the character relationships have. It's like that for almost every mecha scene, excuding maybe just a few. It seems like they don't have a strong, real reason to be there, so they could be really annoying. Also, they're not really good, qualitatively speaking..
So, in the end, if you're ok with mecha action, and of course, homosexuality doesn't bother you, just try this, 'cause Kannazuki no Miko really deserves it.
Ps: Since English's not my motherlanguage, I truly hope i just wrote something understandable X°°D
I don't even know why I liked this series. It's another "we have to save the world with giant robots" anime, with anime staples such as catgirls, bishounen, and panty shots, all spiced up with some blatant lesbianism. It's a joke in premise alone, but the follow-through makes it a surprisingly capable tale of forbidden love.
As you can probably tell, I wasn't expecting anything overreaching with Kannazuki. I wasn't disappointed. The anime sticks to a giant robot battle formula for the first half with just the slightest hints about where Chikane and Himeko's budding relationship is going. Fortunately for viewers, a huge twist awaits and
the redemption goes full-throttle to the very end. So why sit through the first half? Chikane.
Chikane is the center of this guilty pleasure. Himeko, Souma, the bishounen priests and the Orochi are all dull as dishwater. Chikane is the ray of light that shines on this series for six episodes. Her inner turmoil between being Himeko's friend and her growing desire to be her lover are intriguing enough to warrant the rest of the crap the series throws at you. This is where they payoff comes though, as Chikane's personal anguish becomes the center of the story before long and thus Himeko's character becomes much more interesting. Everyone else though... yeah.
The animation itself has its ups and downs. The sharp hard lines turn me off a little, but the flow and detail are all good. It's a solid production but nothing remarkable.
The music has a subtle but distinct air to it, coming from the (personally) underrated composer Mina Kubota also responsible for the score of Kaleido Star. The great BGM is sandwiched between a techno-flavored OP and a less dancy but equally energetic ED, both of which are sung by the prolific KOTOKO.
I enjoyed this anime far, far more than I probably should have. It's melodrama will not be to everyone's tastes and a few will probably abandon ship somewhere in the ridiculous first half, but those that carry a flag for Chikane and Himeko or yuri anime in general will hardly be let down.
A timid young girl named Himeko has a fateful meeting with Chikane, the elegant daughter of an obscenely wealthy family. There's an immediate emotional connection between them, but Chikane, bound by protocol and social convention, finds herself unable to act on her feelings while Himeko is kind of dating her bland childhood friend Souma. By the time the first credit sequence plays out it's revealed that they're the latest reincarnations of shrine maidens who must defend the world from a mythical beast who wants to destroy it for some reason. Ooookay.
The more I watched this show the more convinced I became that it's all an
elaborate pisstake. Let's take the bad guys, who include a busty vixen, a loli catgirl, a failed pop star, and a bored manga artist. They attack the maidens and Souma randomly, usually one at a time and with no apparent strategy, in giant robots that literally appear out of nowhere. After the battles the girls return to their normal (relatively speaking) lives as if nothing had happened. It's full of clichés and self-consciously dramatic moments like heart wrenching speeches and sudden gusts of wind that signify events of great meaning. It laughs in the face of concepts such as subtlety.
But, really, that's all window dressing. Kannazuki no Miko is really about the developing relationship between Chiakne and Himeko. The problem is that Chikane is the only interesting character in the entire show. Himeko is continually bawling and wallowing in doubt and self pity. Souma is the stereotypical hot blooded love interest who'd do anything to protect his object of affection and he shouts a lot. Ugh, who cares? The bad guys spend most of the show standing around in their own little dimension doing nothing, and receive token development by way of a brief image montage.
Yet there was something that kept me coming back for more. It was certainly not the clunky animation, bland designs, or pedestrian direction. It might have been the promise of hot girl-on-girl action or simply the trainwreck-like quality of the storytelling. Kannazuki no Miko is pure soap opera melodrama and I was unable to tear my eyes away from the carnage unfolding on my screen. It's utterly awful but in a strangely compelling way.
Ugh. Talk about an anime that started off so well and quickly deteriorated into a disappointment. The first episode of Kannazuki no Miko impressed me so much—the animation quality, the seemingly likeable characters, the potential for romance, even the mecha battles. I really thought this would be a yuri that I would actually enjoy. But as the series progressed, I soon realized that the romance was mushy and the story and characters were as generic as can be.
The story is, or at least started off, cliché. An ancient evil (called the Orochi) revives and the fate of the world rests in the hands of two
high school girls, Himeko and Chikane, who must become the Solar Priestess and the Lunar Priestess, respectively. Turns out, however, that one of the Orochi, Souma, is in love with Himeko and chooses to fight against the rest of the Orochi. Chikane, at the same time, decides to go yuri on Himeko.
In fact, the romance in KnM is pretty much a battle between het and yuri, as Himeko doesn’t know whether to choose Souma or Chikane. Chikane gets Himeko in the end, but either way, the romance was mushy at best, if not downright corny. Souma’s catchphrase seems to be “I’ll protect you!” and Chikane says to Himeko at one point, “Your smile….your smile is my sun.”
Needless to say, as a yuri, KnM offers a fair amount of fanservice, with plenty of shower scenes and girls stripping (though such scenes lessen towards the end of the series). There’s also a yuri rape scene. Of course, nothing is actually shown; it’s all left up to your creative imaginations.
The Orochi fight using mechas, and I actually didn’t mind the mecha action, though I did get tired of Souma using the same attack over and over again. The Orochi themselves are diverse and have dark pasts (and thus have a reason to be evil), but they’re all based on anime stereotypes—a catgirl, a pop idol, a mangaka, and a juvenile delinquent, to name a few. Though I liked some of them, I also found them to be unoriginal.
Which brings me to my next point. The characters are generic. There’s the main character’s best friend, who does nothing other than comfort said main character. There are three jealous girls who relentlessly bully the main character. There’s the caring older brother, who just happens to be a bishie. These types of characters can be found in just about any other common anime. Even the lead characters are uninspired. Chikane and Souma are over-idealized, perfect characters. Souma seemingly has no problem at all dispatching the other Orochi. It doesn’t matter that he’s second to the lowest ranked Orochi; he’s a good guy, so he can’t possibly lose. Himeko herself is a weak, even annoying, lead. She always needs protection; she never can do anything herself. And worse yet, she doesn’t have any character development. In the beginning she depends on Chikane for support, and in the end she still needs her.
The soundtrack is standard, never really standing out except for the overly dramatic opera music during battles (which annoyed me) and the theme that plays throughout the series (which I liked). The OP and ED are sung by Kotoko, which will please you Kotoko fans, but overall are decent but not particularly memorable.
Animation is perhaps the series’ strongest point. I loved the sharp, detailed character designs, and the girls certainly make for nice eye candy. The backgrounds are average, however.
-A nice epilogue.
-Decent mecha action.
-Ayako Kawasumi voices Himemiya Chikane.
-If you like to laugh at corniness, here’s a classic exchange between Himeko and Chikane:
(Chikane starts crying)
Himeko: I’ll be your handkerchief.
Chikane: How nice. A handkerchief made of the sun.
-The final three episodes are difficult to get through, largely due to the two girls spewing soppy proclamations of love to each other.
-Annoying or overly-idealized main characters.
-Minimal to no character development.
Well, if you’re a hardcore yuri fan, then you’ll want to add this to your list as soon as possible. Otherwise, I think that, if not for the soppy romance and weak leads, there’s some untapped potential here for quite an entertaining series.
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