While playing in the snow one day at her shrine, the land god Nanami Momozono witnesses her familiar—the fox youkai Tomoe—collapse, with dark markings appearing on his body. Tomoe's former master, Lord Mikage, appears after his long absence and places Tomoe into a magical pocket mirror in order to stave off his ailment.
Mikage explains that long ago, before he and Tomoe had met, the fox youkai was in love with a human woman. Seeking to live as a human with his beloved, he made a deal with a fallen god, but he only ended up cursed and dying. When Mikage discovered Tomoe, the god made the youkai forget his human love as a quick solution. However, something has changed recently to reactivate the curse; Tomoe has fallen in love with his new human master, Nanami. Since there is no way to stop the curse, Nanami wants to stop Tomoe from getting cursed in the first place by traveling back through time, even if it means they may never meet. As Nanami travels back hundreds of years to save her precious familiar, she discovers that she is far more closely bonded to Tomoe than she previously thought.
To speak about this OVA it's important to acknowledge first of all the huge difference between the manga of Kamisama Hajimemashita and it's anime adaptation. The adaptation has never been completely faithful to the manga, and the same happens with this OVA. If you haven't read the manga, this OVA is just a great addition to the anime. However, if you already read the manga, you won't be able to help feeling a little disappointed.
The OVA is very well done, just like the regular anime; good art, good cast, good rythm, good everything. The love between the main characters is reinforced and some
secrets are revealed. BUT! (And this is a huge "But") The feels one gets in the manga are 300% more intense than in the OVA, so as an adaptation, it's just mediocre.
I'll try to explain briefly what we are missing in the OVA without giving any explicit spoiler:
First of all, the time-travel logic is far better depicted in the manga, and Nanami goes through way more hardship to accomplish her mission. Besides, with regard to the whole story, it is in this Past Arc where we are supposed to discover most of the important information about the nature of Tomoe and Nanami's relationship, as well as Tomoe and Yukiji's, which is not explaind in the OVA at all, when it really shoud have been because it is by far the most interesting part of the story and it really changes everything. (It is there where you finally say "Hey! This is clearly not Inuyasha!" ) But not trace of it in the OVA.
Last but not least, within this arc of the manga, Nanami gets to know quite well Akura-ou, who becomes a major character in the following arcs, and the absence of the Akura-ou part in the OVA, added to the fact of condensing everyone's favorite part of the manga (4 volumes of it actually) in barely 4 episodes, only makes me fear that there might not be next anime season in the future.
The past arc of Kamisama Hajimemashita has been one of the most pasionate stories I've read in a manga, and one of the most coherent time-travel stories I've ever come across. So it saddens me considerably to see it cheapened like this.
However, as I said at the begining of the review, if you haven't read the manga, go ahead, the story is undoubtably enjoyable and sweet.
I watched Kamisama Hajimemashita a while ago so i forgot how good this anime actually is. Especially these ovas. I'm going to review these series as a whole (including both seasons and the ovas).
I have this rule that i'm not going to make reviews about shows that i love because i tend to see them as if they are perfect and i know they're not, so i'm not very objective making reviews about my favorite shows but i'm going to try it anyways. Ok with that being said let's continue.
The genre of the anime is comedy and romance, and that's exactly what they
gave me. While it may appear as the tipical shoujo, kamisama hajimemashita gave me a different feeling because it mixes a lot of elements and they get along really well. In the ovas we see a little bit of the Feudal Japan and i'm not a big fan of that type of setting but with the ovas i think i might changed my mind.
What i love about this anime is that it has the right amount of romance and the end of the show really feel like it has closure, because what i hate about shoujo anime is that they often have an open end like the characters have 0 emotional contact or they end up with a forced finale, you know what i mean? but with Kamisama hajimemashita it's different, i know this is not the end, because the manga still has some material to read, but honestly i feel that i'm way too happy with the ending it had. I guess i could say it was perfect. If they decide to make more ovas i'm always ready for that but even if this is the end i'm totally fine with it.
Well the art it's not that awesome to be honest, yet it feels good to watch. Certainly is different from any other shoujo and i like that.
The sound was ok. it wasn't bad but it wasn't good either, i guess you could say the soundtrack is forgettable since it doesn't leave any mark in my head but as i said it's not bad. The voice acting was great tho. I think the voices fit the characters very well and is always a pleasure to hear seiyuus that i love such as Okamoto Nobuhiko and Akira Ishida.
The characters are very lovable, they are funny and cute. I liked everyone, even the antagonists. Ok yeah, i know that Nanami was a bit annoying sometimes but c'mon i know you're gonna love her. The characters do have some development, but the one with the most development is definitively Tomoe, you'll see him change trough the whole series and you'll fall in love with him just as i did. The characters felt really refreshing and they never failed to make me laugh.
Overall enjoyment 10/10
Wow i'm actually giving this a ten. I only use this score with my absolute favourites. I had a hard time trying to figure out the score i was going to give to kamisama hajimemashita, because it may not be one of my all time favourites but i loved it and i could definitively rewatch it a lot of times. You really should give this one a try if your weakness are love stories (just like myself).
It made me cry, laugh, smile and fangirl A LOT.
If you love shoujo and haven't watched Kamisama Hajimemashita WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???? WATCH IT RIGHT NOW.
It was so good I actually cried. (Rarely cries when watching tv shows or movies)
End of story.
I really don't want to spoil anything but this really is the sole reason I was willing to continue with the story and read the manga. The TV show arcs are a little too "slice of life" for me. I'm the type of person who likes watching love stories that have A LOT of life or death drama and those in which the girl kinda "changes" the evil male protagonists.
Hence I'm kinda a fan of the Hunger games XD. ALSO, AI TO MAKOTO, a manga from the 70s
is soooooooo good. It deserves so much more attention. I didn't cry for that but I just love the female lead so much... then again, I often prefer male leads cuz the girls are often quite weak.
I fell deeply in love with all the episodes of Kamisama Hajimemashita from Season 1 to 2 to its OVA version. I love the development of the two main characters; from enemies to friends, and eventually, to lovers. Unlike, the many animes that I have seen, the streak of independence, wit, kind-heartedness, positivity, and charm in Nanami was a welcome change from the dimwitted and damsel-in-distress qualities that female leads in this genre have been stereotyped with. Same with Tomoe, who, though initially had difficulty wearing his heart on his sleeve, still managed to overcome the usual cold and steely demeanor, which often characterized anime
male leads even when they are, supposedly, in the euphoric and passionate state of being in love. Though, I must admit, that compared to Takumi Usui of Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, Tomoe still came across as a bit restrained. But that's understandable, considering the different plots and conflicts from which their characters were anchored on.
Moreover, I like how some of the loose ends were tied together in the OVA version. How the premise of having just one true love for youkais was faithfully kept even when the name Yukiji cropped up. I've seen hints of how this would be resolved through Mizuki's time-turning incense and when the wind god, Otohiko, mentioned about the great intertwining bonds in Season 2 but how the two factors would come together to weave a tight story, was of course, entirely of Ms. Julietta Suzuki's doing.
For me, Kamisama Hajimemashita is one of the few anime I would never ever get tired of watching (fact is, I've watched it just a little less than a hundred times already), while hoping that there'll be more in Nanami and Tomoe's story, that it'll continue until both are old and grey.