Nanami Momozono, current land god of Mikage Shrine, and her fox familiar Tomoe have faced many obstacles during their time together, but none so challenging as the one posed by the wealth god Ookuninushi—if Tomoe's wish to be human is granted, he must learn to live as one, and Nanami will have to return to being a human.
As the couple look to the future and reflect on their former adventures, Nanami tries to figure out their new living situation as her high school graduation approaches. But no matter the path they choose to walk, Tomoe and Nanami's love will endure.
Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kamisama, Shiawase ni Naru Anime Review
Grounded in Shoujo roots, Kamisama Hajimemashita, also known as Kamisama Kiss, continues showcasing the sweet and sometimes tumultuous relationship between Nanami Momozono, the human-turned-land-God of Mikage Shrine, and her fox familiar, Tomoe. In the OVA, “Kamisama, Shiawase ni Naru,” we get to delve even more intimately into their magical world.
The OVA begins with a warm winter day where Nanami and Tomoe, along with their friends, are trying to embrace and find happiness in the everyday routine of their strange, supernatural life. Woven with heartfelt emotions and enchanting magic, this anime masterfully explores the beautiful chaos of love, duty, sacrifices, and the pursuit of happiness in a world where humans and yokai coexist.
The narrative brilliantly takes a leap from the usual high school drama to a more poignant slice-of-life drama. The story doesn’t waste any time in cheap thrills or redundant clichés, choosing instead to focus on Nanami and Tomoe’s feelings and how their bond develops. It’s not just about a God and her familiar; it’s also about two individuals from completely different worlds coming together and finding common ground. “Shiawase ni Naru” beautifully wraps up their delicate relationship with a heartwarming ending that will leave viewers smiling, teary-eyed, and wholly satisfied.
TMS Entertainment does a seamless job in maintaining the soft, ethereal aesthetic of the anime. The fluid animation beautifully portrays moments of dramatic tension, humor, and romance. The usage of vibrant colors is a visual treat, and the character design remains consistent and distinct throughout. This, combined with meticulous world-building, results in a captivating visual narrative.
The music is excellently woven into the storyline, with timely orchestral pieces adding extra depth to heartfelt moments. The opening theme, “Kamisama no Kamisama” sung by Hanae, complements the narrative well and sets the right tone for the start of the anime. The voice actors fit their roles perfectly, enhancing the overall impact of the anime.
The beauty of Kamisama Hajimemashita has always been its well-rounded characters, and this OVA only strengthens that aspect. The development of Nanami and Tomoe is handled with the utmost care, showcasing an alluring blend of strength, vulnerability, and determination. Even the side characters shine in their roles without overshadowing the lead pair.
“Kamisama Hajimemashita: Kamisama, Shiawase ni Naru” is a must-watch for fans of the series and may even attract new fans with its blend of magic, love, and slice-of-life drama. It’s well worth the investment, whether you choose to rent, buy, or stream it. Heartwarming, magical, and deeply emotional, this OVA completes Nanami and Tomoe’s journey so well that you’ll be left wishing for more.
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