An anime adaptation of the popular web manga from Web Comic Zenyon by author Yako Gureishi, Somali to Mori no Kamisama is a 12 episode TV anime series which had a pre-screening event at Anime Film Festival Tokyo 2019.
Episode 1 was also made available one week in advance of the broadcast release for Crunchyroll premium members, as the anime is a Crunchyroll co-production.
This anime is very beautiful. All the visuals and character designs are neat. The characters are interesting, at least the Golem. The backgrounds are nicely created and they look real good. The animation is good even though it really does not need much. The opening is surprisingly good. The music is quite weird but catchy as well. The visuals in the opening are beautiful. The ending is also cool looking. The song is sung by Somalis voice actor. For some reason the ending is CG but the anime doesn't have or use CG
Story: We start off by Golem finding a
human child abandoned in a forest. He takes care of the child and later names him Somali. In this world humans are thought to be extinct since all the other species hunted them down since humans were kinda dumb. Now Golem and Somali travel around the world looking for Somalis parents or just other humans which is proven to be very difficult. We meet different kinds of creatures every episode.
Characters: Golem is a very tall and interesting looking character, I just love his design so much. He talks in Unnecessarily obscure language. Everything is so weirdly formatted and spoken out for example "Commence sleep at once" and "Exercise further caution during consumption" He care a lot about Somali and her well being. Somali is a small girl that is disguised as a Minotaur since people hunt down and eat humans. She likes to explore unknown things despite her "Dads" warnings. She likes to chase animals and likes everything cute. She tends to get in trouble with her surroundings.
If you like wholesome adventures I recommend this anime to you.
A very heartfelt story with amazing visuals, and captivating character designs, and a world that keeps on expanding, if you're a fan of series like Made in Abyss or Mahoutsukai no Yome, then you're even more sure to love this one.
Seeing how the series revolves around Somali and her travels together with Golem, you can expect to meet lots of different characters, in various types of environments, and the journey is full of emotion, and suspense, and a looming sense of despair. Despite the overall cute appearance of this show, don't let it deceive you, it's out to rip your heart straight out of
your chest. Although, sadly some of the better world-building scenes from the manga were cut out, I had to bump the Story rating down to an 8, but it is still very enjoyable, and a great adaptation.
My favorite thing about the anime adaptation so far, the background artwork, and the scenery, the visuals are absolutely stunning and even breathtaking at times. Major props to Chiho Nakamura who did Color Design (also did color design for Youjo Senki) and Vincent Nghiem (Background Art Director, debut)
Vincent especially, he put a ton of effort in the backgrounds, which absolutely helped this anime stand out. Considering the manga's gorgeous artwork that they had to live up to, they did an outstanding job in delivering and surpassing my expectations.
The soundtrack is so good, I honestly can't wait for its release. It helps give so much more emotional impact to certain scenes, and don't even get me started on the OP and ED.
There is a wide variety of types of characters, all sorts of different races and species, and you slowly get introduced to more and more, and it helps build up the world very nicely. Some allies, and some foes, there is a really solid cast and even recurring characters outside the main two. The character designs themselves are very well done, even the background characters with zero significance have great levels of uniqueness to them.
There's just something super captivating about seeing these characters come to life. I firmly believe that everyone who has read the manga can still thoroughly enjoy what the anime has to offer, and vice versa. They each have their own benefits and strengths. Some scenes are cut out in the anime, and some orders of events are even rearranged, but I don't think it detracts from the show at all. In fact, some things even flow together nicer in the anime than they do in the manga. A very enjoyable watch, and definitely one of my favorites of the Winter 2020 season.
I highly recommend watching it. You will not regret it, this anime is an emotional roller-coaster, even just 4 episodes in, it already has some heavy heart-hitting scenes that could make a grown man cry. A solid adaptation of one of my favorite manga, and I firmly believe that both can be enjoyed equally, with or without the other.
This anime is gonna be one of those ones that we look back on years from now and remember very, very fondly.
This is honestly the best anime of this season for me. I look forward to it each and every week. Here is why!
The opening is just so peaceful. It's the kind of tone that's relaxing and great honestly. A opening I could listen to for hours. But that goes for the show too! The way the show presents itself, it's charming, peaceful, beautiful. All of the above. From not just the sound, the story, the characters, but it's art too. It's really beautiful.
Speaking of the story, I honestly feel tears are going to be flowing down my face by the end of this with what
it has built up so far. It's a real heart warming story, and Somali herself is just a blessing, and a treasure. She's a wonderful character with how upbeat, bright and so energetic she is, and the golem himself, is a real great dad. I wish the best for the both of them. But there is more than just the characters.
The whole world that they have set up is just interesting in general, and makes you wonder what else is within this world. With it being mostly populated by creatures.
Overall Somali is a must watch for this season for sure!
• Somali to Mori no Kamisama is an emotional and adventurous anime that stems off of a wholesome premise, the bond between parent and child. Throughout the anime we are exposed to various themes such as loss, discrimination, and bonding.
• The story is focused on our two travelers, Somali and the Golem. Due to certain circumstances, the Golem is watching over Somali as her father figure while they search for her real parents. A premise that is not very unique on it's own but is enhanced by the odd combination of human and golem.
• As mentioned, Somali is a human in a world filled
with various sentient creatures and plant life. The challenge she faces is one beginning from ancient times, the food chain. Humans were both distrusted and highly sought after for their meat resulting in their near extinction. This poses an actual threat in this anime and spices things up. You are constantly worried that her identity will be discovered which will result in her being hunted down.
• In addition, you have a ticking time bomb to this story. The Golem only has a limited time left to live and has to fulfill his mission. This creates a lot of emotional strife and cements itself as the main obstacle for the anime. Will they have to part ways?
• My favorite aspect and a part of what makes this anime so special. The art is simply eye candy. Vibrant, dreamlike, and unique are a few words that come to mind. If nothing else, the art alone will captivate you.
• Both the opening and ending are distinguishable and well made. They put you in a state of relaxation, perfect for the type of theme this anime goes for.
• The OSTs also sound good and fit the situation at hand. Nothing so far has stood out in particular, but similarly to the opening and ending, the OSTs have a dreamlike and relaxing vibe to them.
• As of this point we have been introduced to a few side characters. Aside from the obvious traveling duo, we have the people they meet along the way. They tend to aid in strengthening the bond between the duo and slowly changing the Golems outlook on life.
• The main duo are definitely interesting and contrast one another. The Golem strict and emotionless is the opposite of Somali, carefree and energetic. It is nice to see how they interact with one another and observe the bond they have deepening. On the other hand, the side characters aren't very memorable but still get the job done. Not much depth to them, backstory, or personality.
• Even though I tend to not particularly care much for relaxing adventure anime, I find myself excited to watch this every week.
• I can say my favorite aspects are definitely the art and the unique combination of main characters.
• For now I will leave this show at a 7 even though I personally give it an 8. Nothing major has yet to happen in the story and the side characters have been a little weak. I do expect this rating to change as the series ends since it will have to tackle the fact that the Golem is dying. This moment will either make or break the anime. If done well, I will definitely increase the rating to an 8.
• I recommend this anime to fans of adventure, slice of life, fantasy, and drama. You will find yourself relaxing and being in awe of the art. If you are expecting a lot of action or a completely wholesome anime, you will be disappointed.
• Definitely a good seasonal anime that is worth watching. It has a memorable art style and has the potential to be a stand out of this season.