Kamisama Hajimemashita 3 ~ make nice with the fish
October 17, 2012
Episode 3 of Kamisama Hajimemashita (AKA Kamisama Kiss) was another cute episode. It also did a good job of introducing slowly developing the storyline between Nanami and Tomoe. One of the things that struck me about this episode, however, was that it doesn’t follow the common anime practice of keeping the characters in a single outfit all of the time. Nanami, in particular, was shown in 5 different outfits, just in this one episode.
To be clear, my point isn’t that Kamisama Hajimemashita is unique in showing the characters in different outfits. The artwork, however is one of the things that attracted me to this show from the beginning, and I think the fact that the creators made the effort to dress Nanami up in so many different outfits is a sign of the loving care that is being used in making this show.
I think one thing the multiple outfits do is help to give the illusion of elapsed time. This story was meant to have taken place over the course of several days, and seeing Nanami in multiple outfits helps to make that clear.