Dec 9, 2016
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.
Reviewer’s Rating: 10
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