Hanae ( ハナエ )

The OP/ED single for Kamisama Hajimemashita (AKA Kamisama Kiss) was released TODAY! For those of you so unfortunate as to not have heard the opening and/or the ending song (both performed by Hanae), here are some promotional videos.

The OP, “Kamisama Hajimemashita”, grabbed me immediately. It has an interesting blend of traditional sound (koto) and modern groove (light-funk guitar)

The ED, “Kamisama Onegai”, is a cover of a pop tune by the Tempters. The new version seems to be referencing Surf-rock at times, whereas the original (1968) had a vaguely Psychedelic feel to it, instead.

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This post is my final “first impression” post of the Fall 2012 anime season, I swear!

I was thinking I could get away with just two “first impression” posts this season, but it turns out this season has enough going on that the omnibus format is still quite useful. This week I include Zetsuen no Tempest for the first time. I also have juggled my pseudo-ranking scheme a little bit; shows that were previously marked “dropped” are still off the list, but some shows have failed to impress me during the first 2-3 episodes. I’m breaking this list up, then, into shows that have shown themselves to be Solid, those that I am still Following, and those that are on Probation.

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Nanami with ink brush and traditional attire.

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.

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Blogging powers … ACTIVATE!

The second week of the new season has brought us some new premieres, some solid second episodes, and some other stuff. Let’s get to it!

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Fall 2012 ~ Shoujo Kisses

October 8, 2012

This post discusses kisses as they appear in three shoujo series airing Fall 2012.

The Fall 2012 anime season brings us an unusually high number of shoujo romance series. Typically there is at most one shoujo title (excluding mahou shoujo titles, which are aimed at a younger viewer). But this time around we have three titles, and this gives us an opportunity we never had before to compare and contrast currently airing shoujo titles. (The three shoujo series this season are: Kamisama Hajimemashita, Suki-tte Ii na yo, and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun the titles have been presented in English as Kamisama Kiss, Say ‘I love you’, and My Little Monster, respectively).

Spoiler Alert: Although this post only looks at the first episodes of each of these three titles, I’ll be discussing the episodes as if you had already seen the first episodes of every one of these titles. If you want to get the full impact of seeing the shows for yourself, watch them before reading the discussion that follows.

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Time to celebrate – A new season for anime has begun!

The first week of the new season saw the premiere of several shows I had been interested in checking out. The shows I watched:

  • Kamisama Hajimemashita
  • Shin Sekai Yori
  • Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
  • K
  • Chuu-ni-byou demo Koi ga shitai!
  • Jojo’s bizarre adventure

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