Riding the high of a heartfelt kiss she shared with her familiar Tomoe, Nanami Momozono seems like nothing can bring her down. However, that changes when she witnesses Tomoe receive a mysterious black box and claim that possessing it, he no longer needs Nanami. By creating the perfect diversion, Nanami is determined to find out what this box contains.
Kamisama, Onsen ni Iku
After Nanami overhears her familiar Mizuki talk about her possibly being too spoiled by Tomoe, she becomes hell-bent on proving her capability to be independent. During her trip with Tomoe to a hot spring hotel, Nanami learns about a stone that allegedly grants a lifetime of happiness to couples who touch it together. However, the long path to the stone may prove a bit overwhelming as long as Nanami refuses Tomoe's help.
Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA Review
Let’s begin with a quick plot synopsis before we dive into the depths that are the Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA series. Our lead character, the goofy highschool girl named Nanami, suddenly finds herself homeless after her dad skips town to dodge some debt collectors. Just when she thought things couldn’t get more hopeless for her, she has a chance encounter with a strange man who endows her with his home, which happens to be a shrine. Unbeknownst to her, this also transfers his role as a land god to her. A god in charge of a shrine? Right, you heard that correctly, folks! This sets Nanami on a whimsical journey filled with friendly and not-so-friendly spirits, supernatural events, and even a love story.
With such a unique premise, Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA offers a blend of comedy, romance, and slices of life with a sprinkle of supernatural elements. The unique blend draws you in as it unwraps a world seen from the eyes of a hapless – if rather spirited – land god and her life around the handsome, fox demon familiar, Tomoe, and other mystical beings of the shrine.
Narrative and Character Development
Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA goes beyond the usual cutesy romance of its parent series, delving deeper into the relationships and backstory of its characters. Its narrative progression doesn’t merely believe in the usual teen love troupe but rather infuses an emotional depth that is bound to leave an impact. Each dialogue, each frame, each episode unravels layers to the characters’ personalities that get you to appreciate them more.
Animation and Sound
The artwork in Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA is simply sublime. The characters are well designed, and the backdrop, especially the shrine and its mystical environment, is brilliantly rendered with a lot of attention to detail. The sound design of this anime is a treat to the ears, and the opening and closing songs are catchy and blend perfectly with the ambiance of the show.
Should You Watch It?
If you’ve loved the parent series, Kamisama Hajimemashita, then the OVA is an absolute must-watch! But fret not, even if you’re new, the OVA paints such a vivid experience that you’d want to dive back into the series. That said, one cannot deny that having previous knowledge of the series would enhance the experience. If you’re a fan of anime that brilliantly couples gorgeous artwork with a distinct narrative, and enjoys a good element of romance and comical relief than Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA is for you.
Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA excels in delivering a balanced mixture of supernatural, romance, comedy and slice-of-life anime with high-quality animation and sound design. With the exceptional character development throughout the OVA episodes, it certainly leaves you desiring for more of Nanami and her crazy world.
Rent it, buy it, or stream it, Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA certainly lives up to the high standards set by its parent series and then some. An absolute delight and a worthwhile addition to your anime collection!
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