Kamisama Hajimemashita (神様はじめました) or ‘Begin Life as A God’ is a supernatural shoujo anime produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Akitaro Daichi. The anime series is based on the manga by Julietta Suzuki. It is also known by Kamisama Kiss.
Genre: Comedy, Shoujo, Supernatural
Length: 13 episodes
Studio: TV Tokyo, Dentsu, TMS Entertainment, FUNimation Entertainment, Pony Canyon
The storyline may seem a bit familiar but if you are a lover of shoujo anime then this is a must watch for you or for those who seem to can’t get enough of those sappy supernatural teen romance. It’s the kind of anime you want to watch during some rest time if you’re up for some light hearted comedy and a bit giddiness.
The anime starts with our heroine Nanami Momozono becoming homeless and alone due to her father running away from his gambling debts. While contemplating on what to do she helps a guy up a tree being barked at by a dog. After shooing away the dog, the guy introduces himself as Mikage and is grateful enough to listen to Nanami’s troubles. He then decides to help Nanami out by letting her “house-sit” at his place since he had troubles of his own and had to leave his home. Thinking as some sort of prank, Nanami takes on the offer and is given a kiss on the forehead before Mikage disappears.
Upon arriving, Nanami is surprised that the place is a shrine. Inside, she meets guardian spirits Onikiri and Kotetsu, and a white-haired bishi fox youkai scribe named Tomoe. She is then acknowledged by the spirits except Tomoe as the new land god of the shrine. Her roles are to answer the prayers of the believers, a bit of match making and cleaning! Most of the supernatural beings she meet aren’t quite accepting of her status so they challenge her in different ways including Tomoe.
Life as a human teenage land god isn’t quite as it seems since balancing ones social life while doing her responsibilities require a lot of patience and a familiar with a sulky temperament could be a big help. There are several supporting characters involved such as a superstar crow youkai and a snake familiar who are bishounen in their own way as well. It’s not just spirits but Nonomi has her hands full when it comes to answering prayers and meeting other deities with far more power than her.
All in all the storyline was not so different from the usual shoujo manga but it was well balanced considering it had to balance out the supernatural action and the romance at the same time. I recommend the best time to watch this would be during R&R. The drawings makes me go all nostalgic for Fruits Basket.
The action scenes aren’t as lively but more focused on the ‘look’ of the character. If the anime made your heart race and whimper from giddiness then it surely did its job.