Yuuri Mito is a typical, normal Japanese teenager. He goes to school, works on people's motorcycles and performs exorcisms. Okay, that last part's a little bit unusual, but his family lives in a shrine and they do that sort of thing. Still, you would think he'd know enough to be careful with an ancient relic he finds in the woods, especially when a mysterious goddess appears and tells him to leave it alone. Unfortunately, despite Mito's best efforts, the seal gets broken anyway and a number of dangerous "tayuti" that it held in stasis get loose. This is bad. Mito also ends up with a beautiful goddess girl who decides that she's going to marry him. This might not be so bad. if he wasn't already caught up in the middle of a war between the entities he's released. The flesh may be weak but the spirit's more than willing to compensate.
Tayutama is a cute little action romance that won’t dazzle you with complicated characters and plot but still manages to be an enjoyable watch. I should say first off if you don’t like your anime with a healthy serving of moe and ultra cute artwork, then you can just stop reading now and not even bother with this series. I liken it to eating cotton candy, while it appeared filling when you stuck it in your mouth in the end it’s not very filling. But it tastes good!
The overall plot is the weakest link in Tayutama. The series starts with spirits known as Tayutai, being released accidently into the world along with three very powerful evil spirits and the reborn goddess Kikurami who becomes known to the world as Mashiro. The male lead Yuuri's family runs the shrine dedicated to this goddess and is the descendant of the person who helped seal the three evil spirits with the goddess many centuries before. While I did find the initial premise to be interesting it doesn’t do a very good job in explaining them or any of the other developments that unfold as the series progresses. Way too often things are left unknown or lightly touched on as it moves from episode to episode. You start off expecting this great battle between the three and Mashiro and Yuuri but it never really materializes. It’s not terribly original and it has plot elements that frankly have been done to death in anime. But it doesn’t unfold the way most of those series do in regards to the romantic elements and that alone allowed me to enjoy it quite a lot.
The characters are solid but unspectacular. Mashiro is very cute and moe and is a likeable character. While she does manage to grow some as a character over the course of the series she really doesn’t get a lot of background depth and pretty much manages to stay within the male fantasy of the perfect obedient wife roll. Yuuri is typical of the male lead in anime, not terribly exciting and a bit of a self righteous personality who is a bit to moral in his values to be a real person. Honestly the first guy (of any age really) who would turn down the opportunity to sleep with a girl when she is basically throwing herself at you, is going to be the first. This is one of the strange things about Japan I just don’t get. They have all these bizarre perverse fetishes and echii and yet portray these guys as pillars of morality in an immoral world. It’s pretty tiring. The most interesting character and the one who makes the most growth over the series is Ameri. While her basic archetype has been done many times over as the tsundere best friend who can’t admit her true feelings for the lead, she comes across as sympathetic and a bit tragic. The rest of the supporting characters and the antagonists are pretty uninspired as a whole. We learn very little about them, particularly the pasts and motivations of the villains. What we do find out is very simplistic and disappointing.
The animation was quite well done and the magic combat is very exciting and fun to watch. Character designs are going to be hit or miss with people. I found them to be very cute but others are going to think they are "too cutesy". I can see both points of view. Artistically it reminds me a lot of the art from Shuffle!. The music is definitely the highlight of the program. Both OP/EN songs fit the tone of the series are were very fun to listen to. The cast is made up of largely unknown and relatively new seiyuu. I found this to be very refreshing as it was nice to hear some new voices for a change and their performances were all very good.
In the end, I just don’t understand someone who really hates this series. It was a pleasant little romance adventure story that ended sweetly and kept my attention. Is it an all time classic? Hell no, but it was a fun and entertaining adventure. You could do a lot worse than this.
This anime is not finished, if I got to decide I'd not finish this and spend the rest of the budget on a new project, perhaps a 13 episode anime about farming carrots where all you get to see for the entire series is some dude watering the carrots with a strawhat on his head. This would be more meaningful and worthier to watch than Tayutama -Kiss on my Deity-. Of course I'm well aware of the fact that the production of the anime is long since finished, it's just not finished broadcasting, but just take what I said initially as a hypothetical scenario, a better a scenario.
The only good thing about this anime, well the two episodes I watched before I decided to drop it since it will perhaps be the most foreseeable anime of all time, is that you actually laugh at how bad it is. The screenplay is almost as bad as Green Green's screenplay and there was no screenplay in Green Green. I just finished watching the second episode and I'm laughing while typing this. I honestly don't see how anyone would enjoy this. Not even sexually frustrated teenage boys craving for a harem of pretty girls all to themselves and when I don't even see this special group of people liking this then it really must be bad.
There are characters in this anime. Please do not mistake them for anything else, they are infact characters with a script to follow. However I do think that a tennisball on a stick would have sufficed or even done a better job than the characters. I'm just glad the voice actors got paid.
I kind of disagree with the disappointment of the other reviewers. I followed this thing religiously and it beat out, for me, every other spring 2009 anime I tried. Here's why: it's a moé supernatural romance comedy with a main female lead with fox ears THAT IS ACTUALLY GOOD.
And very good it is.
Okay, I'll admit, it has some clichés, but they are overshadowed by the expert handling of some of them. What really gets me is that it balances the moé factor with some really deep moments.
The art itself is nice and moé, just the way I like it. The character designs are varied and for the most part very, very memorable. Obviously, since Yuuri is the male protagonist in an anime based on a visual novel, he'll be a bit plain, but that's to be expected.
The biggest part of why I liked Tayutama so much was the skillful use of silence and suspense in two-person exchanges. These scenes were orchestrated beautifully. If it weren't for these, though, I may have given Tayutama a 7 or 8, because really, there are some things that could have been improved.
Tayutama is a refreshing anime, if you can call it that. Not overly ecchi, not overly headache-inducing, and it gives you a nice uplifting feeling that might or might not have you considering Shinto just so that you can maybe get a foxgirl out of it.
If anything, watch it for Mashiro's moé factor and Nue's comic relief I guess. It's a nice ride regardless.read more
Okay, let me start by saying that when I found this anime, I was quite thrilled by some recommendations, and, in fact, even some of my friends liked this. Then I watched it. Ewh.
Pretty much mediocre story about usual guy finding an unusual girl with him having childhood girlfriend who loves him. Can this get any more generic?
The artwork was okay, not too fancy, not too bad, pretty much usual artwork.
Probably the best aspect of this anime was its soundtrack. Sometimes the uplifing melodies were making you relax, sometimes awkward themes were actually making you feel uncomfortable about the situation, and at some point somewhat ambient piece was very well used near the final scene.
Despite the fact that this anime had a very good potential, and I actually watched it because I thought something terrible will happen in the end, because Ameri was at times even feeling suicidal, nothing of interest has ever happened. And this main guy... Argh, he's acting so stupid at the times.
The only thing which kept me in this anime was storyline and character development of Ameri, but like I said, the ending has crushed my every hope for anything interesting to happen.
If you want some good plot, don't even think about watching this. If you want some good character involvement with each other or any character development, I'd rather not recommend you this. If you want something with good artwork, this anime does not offer anything like that. But if you like generic and mediocre harems, then this one is just for you.read more