Welcome to the Heavens, where Zeus rules supreme and no one can defy him. He’s created a school solely for the use of god’s to learn about humanity. Unless someone can teach them about the human heart, then the future will be in shambles. It’s up to the human representative, Yui Kusanagi, to teach these eight gods what humans are all about. Unless they earn the right to graduate, then they will be stuck at the school for eternity. Yui will put herself at risk for more than one circumstance, but will this be enough to unshackle the chains around the hearts of gods?
Apollo: The Myth
Apollo, whom we know as Apollon in Kamigami no Asobi, is most famously known as the Greek god of light and music, as well as an oracle of Delphi. Ancient lore states that he can control the sun by pulling it with him from a four horse chariot. His reputation as a prophetic deity is an immense part of his powers, and he’s dutifully worshipped throughout the Greek world. As far as relationships go, Apollo is the child of Zeus and twin brother to Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt. Lore describes Apollo as a handsome, young man, yet was known for his cruelty when angered.
Apollon Belea: Sun
Kamigami no Asobi, presents Apollon as a counterpart to the mythological Apollo with his godly abilities focusing around the sun, which is fitting since his personality is just as bright. Not only that, but he possesses a charismatic and charming approach to everyday life. Unlike the mythological Apollo, Apollon only harnesses Pegasus, whom he uses to fly around the school grounds created by Zeus. Another point of connection is his power of prediction, where Apollon can peer into the future, although the future is never set in stone. This occurs when Apollon attempts to peer into the future, hoping to find a hint as to how to save the school function from ruin. He’s not always so bright (but how could a sun god not be bright?) which is illustrated when he gifts the power of prediction to a mortal, hoping to raise her status to that of a god and stay with her. The ending certainly wasn’t happily ever after, and since then Apollon became scared of losing people he cares for. His relations are Zeus, his father and Dionysus, his brother.
Dionysus: The Myth
Dionysus was most commonly known by his Roman name: Bacchus. Throughout lore, he is known as the god of wine, agriculture, and fertility of nature. He represents the duality of wine: on one hand he brings joy and happiness, and on the other he can lash out with a brutal rage. He is commonly attributed to life and death, where there is rebirth after death, and is commonly worshiped in the spring when the leaves are just starting to grow. Mythology states that Dionysus is the son of Zeus, and is the only god born of a mortal woman.
Dionysus Thyrsos: Wine Enthusiast
Although they share the same name, Dionysus from Kamigami no Asobi has distinct characteristics different from his mythological counterpart. He’s known as the Greek god of wine and merry-making. It’s absolutely true that Dionysus thrives around wines, and he even goes so far as to suggest joining the gardening club in school. He’s exceedingly proud of his garden, especially his grapes which are used to make juice for a play production. His role isn’t as prominent as the others, but his support is nonetheless there. He only displays indifference to the position he’s in, which is being stuck at the school until he graduates. Throughout his stay, his personality is that of cheerfulness, and he’s always there to support his fellow friends. He is Apollon’s brother, and also Zeus’ son.
Hades: The Myth
Hades is the ruler of the underworld and god of death. Although he’s mainly known for the morbid aspects of his godhood, Hades is also known as god of hidden wealth, which is in reference to mined gold, silver, and precious metals. As leader of the realm, Hades has to supervise trials and punishment of the dead. At his side is Cerberus, a dog with three heads and a serpent’s tail that captures those who try to escape from the Underworld. Ancient lore depicts Hades as a stern, regal man, sometimes with a dark beard on his face.
Hades Aidoneus: The Underworld
Hades is indeed Greek god of the underworld, which he believes is his curse to bear. Although he doesn’t have a guard dog by his side, Hades does carry the grudges of the dead on his body that have compiled over time. He believes that this grudge will cause misfortune to anyone who dare try to get close to him. This occurs as Yui, human representative, tries to go star-gazing with him. He warns his fellow comrades, and even sincerely wishes they leave him alone since he will only bring misery. It isn’t until he notices others taking misfortune and turning it into something enjoyable, that Hades starts to open up to others. Normally, Hades has a standoffish personality when around people and tends to keep to himself.
Tsukuyomi: The Myth
Tsukuyomi is the Japanese god of the moon, and is said to have lived with his sister Amaterasu, the sun goddess. The story goes that she requested Tsukuyomi go represent her at a feast hosted by Uke Mochi, goddess of food. This didn’t end well, especially since Tsukuyomi ended up slaying the food goddess. Uke Mochi prepared the food by spewing it out of her mouth. Legend decreed that by turning to the ocean, fish came out of her mouth; and by the same account, when facing the forest, game toppled from her lips. He found her presentation of food so disgusting, that he couldn’t let her live a moment longer. His actions caused drastic consequences, which involved his sister forsaking him and never wanting to gaze upon his face again. She moved to another part of the sky, therefore creating the concept of day and night.
Tsukito Totsuka: The Moon
Tsukito, Japanese god of the moon, spends his time taking diligent notes and following around his brother, Susanoo. As a moon god, he spends his time gazing at the moon, oftentimes holding a moon viewing. His personality is stoic and rigid, yet he is friendly towards his comrades. He believes that he lives to fulfill his duty and for no other purpose. Making rash decisions isn’t part of his norm, and he possesses the underlying sense of a perfectionist. In a sense, Tsukito is much like a robot with his cold demeanor and by-the-book standards in life. It’s when he’s viewing the moon with people he cares for that he cracks a smile, finding the moon a more beautiful sight than he had ever seen before.
Susanoo: The Myth
Susanoo is the Japanese god of the sea and storms. He’s prone to a quick flare in anger, which caused his sister, the sun goddess Amaterasu, to kick him out of her court and out of heaven. He took up residence in the community of Izumo, which was a land terrorized by an eight-headed dragon. The tail of the dragon became one of the imperial treasures of Japan, which was formed as a sword. Legend goes that he married the girl he had rescued from the dragon and proceeded to produce generations of gods to come.
Takeru Totsuka: The Sea
As god of the sea, Takeru often acts rashly and on instinct. He can range anywhere from a fierce beast to a calm teddy bear. Normally, Takeru only drops his guard around his brother Tsukito, and acts defiant against anyone else. Although he doesn’t slay dragons, he does save Yui from falling to her death. His difficulty with trust comes from a horrid past that set him as an outcast from the village, since no one would believe him as innocent. As an adult, he still carries the painful memories of a maternal guardian falling to her death. Yui’s fierce compassion in his defense might just have Takeru believing in humanity once again.
Baldr: The Myth
Baldr is the god of light and purity in Norse mythology. On the other side of the spectrum, he has a twin brother Hodr, god of darkness. One of the stories states that Baldr had one of the best ships ever built, named Hringhorni. After a nightmare where he had died, Baldr’s mother made all things on Earth vow not to hurt him, although mistletoe escaped this vow. Loki found out that mistletoe was Baldr’s weakness and tricked his twin Hodr into killing Baldr. Later on Baldr escapes from Hell, where he and Hodr take over the rule of Asgard.
Balder Hringhorni: Light
Balder is the Norse god of light and has a two-sided personality. His general demeanor is one of happiness and charm, but when his emotions become unstable he turns into the god of destruction. Loki is his best friend, and they share a bond that not even the oblivion of the universe could break. Loki knows of the mistletoe weakness and even has a dagger fashioned from it, but cannot bring himself to harm his friend. They both hail from Asgard, where they were alone and alienated from the people. In this they found each other, and now everyone must work together to stop the god of destruction from destroying the universe.
Loki: The Myth
Loki is the Norse god of shape-shifting, and is often associated with tricks and jokes. His parents are giants, yet he maintains a solitary position among the species of gods, giants, and other beings. He’s not one to meddle in the business of god’s, and is often portrayed as a coward that only cares for self-preservation. He’s always looking out for number one: himself. Although he is portrayed as helpful, it’s usually only if the situation is advantageous for him. Loki’s whole being was opposite to the traditional values of those that lived in the pre-Christian Germanic era, which may be the only conclusion plausible for the fact that no one has worshiped him in modern times.
Loki Laevatein: Fire
As a god, Loki is best associated for his use of fire. He’s evil when it comes to playing practical jokes and tricks on his friends. It’s blatantly obvious that he looks out for himself, Baldr, and Thor, but anyone else is history. When faced with a situation he would rather not participate in, Loki uses one of his many tricks. For example, he didn’t want to deal with the human representative Yui, and handed her a candy that turned into a huge puff of smoke, which allowed him to escape. Another portrayal of his practical jokes occurs when he attaches Yui and Tsukito by the hands through a pair a rings. Of course, he teases all the gods by hinting that they had to have a romantic encounter before the rings would separate. With the use of these jokes and tricks he seems insincere, but he values his friendships and only hopes that they continue to grow.
Thor: The Myth
Thor is the Norse god of thunder, but is also associated with lightening, storms, and protection of humankind; and is often portrayed as wielding a hammer. His loyalty and honorability provide an ideal image for warriors to strive towards. The physical strength he possesses and duty bound morals make him one of the best men for carrying out any formidable task. He hold the giants at bay, since they are enemies of the gods, and traverses the sky by a chariot pulled by two goats. In Norse lore, Thor embodies thunder, while his hammer is the embodiment of lightening.
Thor Megingjard: Thunder
Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is the voice of reason between his two best friends. He offers clarity to Yui, who is generally confused when it comes to the intimate bond between Loki and Balder. When it’s crucial, Thor doesn’t hesitate to inform Yui of the past between the three of them. Not only that, but he is a pillar of support to his friends and is usually found following Loki’s lead, especially when joining the going-home club. Thor remains a statue of stoicism, yet displays rare emotions of concern when it comes to his comrades and the future.
Brothers Conflict might not be about heavenly beings, but the reverse harem and love drama are certainly present. Ema Hinata, the new sister to thirteen brother’s, is more than excited to have a large family. This is no ordinary family, and one by one the brother’s fall in love with her. Some are teasing, while others are supportive, but each brother cares in his own way. It’s a battle for one maiden’s heart, but is she up for the challenge?
Tohru Honda is a determined girl and supports herself even when times are tough. Fruits Basket is a dynamic reverse harem. When she runs into the Sohma family, members of the Zodiac, it’s a mess of secrets and obstacles. Each member of the family possesses an animal of the Zodiac, and turn into that species when hugged by the opposite gender. Will Tohru and the Zodiacs be able to accept each other, or will they erase her memories and keep their secret?