Kamisama Hajimemashita S2

September 26, 2015

Before I knew it, the sequel was already here. Okay, so I wasn’t paying attention because I wasn’t such a big fan of the series. Therefore when Kamisama Hajimemashita S2 came out, I wasn’t particularly that excited but at the same time I needed to watch this so as to know and keep myself updated if there is any progress between a young human girl who became a local deity and her handsome but brooding fox familiar. Oh, what do I care? It was just an excuse to convince myself to watch this anyway. Let me just hope there is some sort of a romantic progression or something. Or I am going to complain to the deities about… Ah, never mind.

Episode 1
A short flashback shows the formidable bloodthirsty pair of Tomoe and Akuraou. No demons can stand in their way. Then one day, Tomoe just vanished from Akuraou’s side. And back to Nanami’s shrine, things are peaceful as always. Tomoe ‘abusing’ Nanami to get into shape. Ah yes. Peaceful alright. When Nanami sees Tomoe looking longingly at a butterfly, Mizuki explains that each deity has something that represents them. Mikage is represented by a butterfly. Otohiko comes down to check on them. He is still not convinced Nanami is a strong deity and because of the Gods converging at Izumo for a Divine Assembly in October, it is decided that Nanami will attend if she passes a test. At first Nanami isn’t interested but when Otohiko mentions that maybe some deities know of Mikage’s whereabouts, she starts thinking about it. Otohiko gives her a shikigami egg in which it will draw nutrients from her energy and hatch in 7 days. If the shikigami turns out beautiful and appeals to him, she passes. Only if Nanami knows what a shikigami is… So before she could begin warming her egg, Mizuki accidentally steps on it! It cracks! Oh sh*t! Not even the first day! A little monkey hatches out. Cute? Well, Nanami treats it very well unlike Tomoe who sounds very jealous as he hints she doesn’t need a monkey familiar. All she needs is only him. Even so, she can’t just abandon the little monkey, right? It goes without saying, the fox and the monkey don’t get along well.

As Nanami does more research on shikigami at the library (the silly grin to herself is making others freak out), a spider demon attacks her. If not for Tomoe coming to her rescue, she could have been done for. She realizes she is weak and not qualified to go to Izumo at this rate. That is why she requests Tomoe to leave her alone so she can become stronger by doing things herself. It makes Tomoe feel that he is not needed? Nanami thinks she can become stronger with her talismans. When Ami thought she saw demons in a room, Nanami hands over some of her talisman to protect her. Tomoe warns Nanami that a spider demon’s miasma has spread all over school and this will be hard for her to handle. Stubborn Nanami thinks she still can. She puts her talismans at several places but at the library, the dark patch swallows her up. The talisman didn’t work. Tomoe again had to come to her rescue at the expense tainting his hands. He tries washing it off but it won’t come off that easily. He remembers how he was filled with blood and Mikage picked him up to clean him up. The demon attacks him. Nanami wakes up at the infirmary safe. Ami too. She regrets her talisman didn’t work. Otohiko disguising as the school nurse ticks off Nanami for neglecting the monkey (since this affects his reputation as a tester). She wants to try again but he hints to her to stop wasting time writing talismans and should consider this monkey as her talisman. What power does she desire most? She wants to protect and thus she names the monkey Mamoru. He suddenly knows what to do and as it runs around, its aura purifies everything around. This includes saving Tomoe from becoming darkness’ dinner. Tomoe pats Nanami’s head. That’s the reward she gets?

Episode 2
Tomoe confronts Otohiko and knows he planned this from the start. The egg takes 7 days to hatch and since it already has a form on the first day, this might be a trick to increase Nanami’s godliness. Then there is the case of who is going to accompany Nanami to Izumo. Blame the budget. Tomoe and Mizuki will decide themselves via shogi who to go while she goes out to buy air tickets. Wait a minute. What kind of airlines takes you to that divine place? Mamoru warns Nanami that vicious presences are trying to get her. She runs to the park and bumps into this guy, Kirihito. The evils turn out to be former deities who are jealous that Nanami as a human deity gets to go to Izumo. They tell her not to go and badmouth Tomoe. This is when Kirihito chides them back for their character. No wonder they are former deities. Heck, they are not worth calling that. This angers them as they kill him. Nanami becomes upset. She unleashes Mamoru to purify them. Kirihito is amazingly still alive but covered with blood. Nanami wants to take him to hospital but he teases her by trying to kiss her. She freaks out and runs away. His fox familiars that Nanami bumped while buying air tickets return to him. It seems Kirihito doesn’t want to stay in this pitiful body and vows to regain his true form.

Tomoe seems to have beaten Mizuki in shogi and even has him signed a letter to acknowledge that victory! Suddenly Nanami says Tomoe will be staying while Mizuki will tag along. WTF?! What the hell?! He won fair and square! Actually Nanami is thinking if Tomoe goes, deities will speak badly of him and she doesn’t want that. At the airport, only Isara sees her off. Who can blame Tomoe in foul mood who is forced to dress up like Nanami in school to cover for her? I don’t know how Mizuki was careless to let Nanami slip off his snake and fall straight down. Can’t he swoop down and catch her? Nanami wakes up before the shrine entrance. She meets a myriad of Gods (weirdoes if you ask me). But the God of War, Takehaya doesn’t like Nanami because she is unable to demonstrate any godly powers. He warns her not to attend or else. She won’t be cowed and enters the shrine that leads to the banquet hall. Mizuki and Mamoru are lamenting they are late and cannot go in without a deity accompanying them. Which deity would be running late at such an important assembly? Well, Otohiko seems to be… Such luck… Nanami seems to be lost and it is like walking forever in this maze. The light goes out. Total darkness. Fear starts to seep in. A little butterfly light guides her to the banquet hall. Nanami is still indecisive so he tells her each deity isn’t omnipotent and each has their own strengths and weaknesses and roles to fulfil. She is the only one who can see through the eyes of a human, be by their side and offer them a shoulder to lean on. That is her strength and only hers alone. Attend the assembly and see with her own eyes. Make her presence felt and be proud. He won’t attend it himself and leaves. Nanami opens the door to the banquet hall.

Episode 3
Takehaya is of course not pleased to see her. It is revealed the host of this place, Okuninushi is the one who invited her but before he has her join the Divine Assembly, he wants her to go to Yomotsu Hirasaka. It is the entrance to the Netherworld and since the guard is away at this assembly for 7 days, demons will try to break it but they usually fail since 7 days aren’t enough. However he feels there is a powerful force there enough to break it. Nanami will accept this task if he agrees to tell Mikage’s location. He might not know but he will help her find him. Otohiko is not pleased he is assigned to be her guide there. He just shows her the way and goes off. Nanami wants Mizuki to stay behind and find the one who guided her to the banquet hall. She believes that is Mikage. Meanwhile Kirihito is convincing some demon boss to enter the gate (which is already cracked open) and under the pretence to get Akuraou’s body so he can be immortal, the demon takes the bait but it seems that lowly demons who step into it turn into dust from the poison. Having second thoughts? Only deities can withstand it. With Nanami entering the picture, the demon boss takes Kirihito as hostage to accompany him into the Netherworld. Too bad he burns up. Nanami dives in to save Kirihito.

Meanwhile, Tomoe continues to be in bad mood. I guess the only way for him to accept this is that he is going to enjoy himself all night long. It is not like Nanami is coming back, right? So he goes to seek the company of those raccoon geishas. But it looks like his mind is somewhere else. One of them relates a story about Akuraou who believed to have gone on a rampage here 600 years ago. Akuraou killed all of them and only Mizutama (who was just a little girl then) was the only survivor. Had not Tomoe stepped in to condemn Akuraou’s massacre, she might not be here today. Mizutama tends to Tomoe but he suddenly dreams of Nanami. Fearing she would be back at the shrine, he rushes home. Well, he only sees Kotetsu dressing up as Nanami… Don’t ask. His heart is filled with warmth seeing that Nanami left a letter for him. However it is for him to cover her English test and to study hard to get 80%. Only 4 more hours to the test… Nanami wakes up in the Netherworld as Kirihito warns her not to eat anything the denizens offer or she will never return to the surface. With more of them appearing, the only thing they could do is run. At least they won’t chase them into the water. Too bad Nanami can’t swim and he had a hard time pulling her up to shore. Otohiko is trying to look for missing Nanami but Takehaya tells him to forget it since the Divine Assembly is about to begin. Nanami’s tummy growls and she thought she could use her talisman to change the mushroom into food. Not working. Kirihito also tests her confidence on it and her hesitation proves she isn’t. They are then taken by a pair of demons to the shrine of Izanami, the presiding goddess of the Netherworld.

Episode 4
Nanami sees Izanami’s help to return to the surface. Although she will allow her but not Kirihito. Because he is already dead and should not be wandering around in the land of the living. After sealing away Kirihito, Nanami is adamant she still wants to bring him back all because she can’t leave without knowing who he really is. Huh? So she eats some food to become a denizen of the Netherworld. Then she goes off to look for him. Meanwhile Kirihito recalls everything. As Akuraou, He was trapped in darkness for so long till a recently deceased human named Kirihito Mori stumbled upon him (he was buried under tons of snow). He knows it is his time to pass on but because earlier he argued with his mom and doesn’t want to end it this way and hopes Akuraou could help do him a favour and apologize on his behalf. He can use his body while at it. Akuraou agrees on a whim just to escape this darkness. So when he wakes up in hospital in his new body, he is overcome with emotions. He has never seen light and felt the warmth for so long. He starts apologizing to the parents who are very relieved to see their son back alive. Kirihito kept a low profile and had his familiars do things on his behalf. Now, he wonders if that is all a dream and he is still trapped in the darkness. He starts panicking when Nanami opens the door to save him. She brags about using her talisman to guide her here and she gets an unexpected hug from him! So warm… Kirihito is suspicious when Nanami mentions about Tomoe’s name. Now they have to escape without Izanami detecting them. Meanwhile Kotetsu and Onikiri receive a message from Otohiko that Nanami is lost in the Netherworld. This rings alarm bells for Tomoe so he vows to bring her back. Time to head there.

Izanami’s servant, Hiou is sent to bring Nanami back. Kirihito is weak but is still okay because he stole some of Nanami’s hair and wrapped it around his hand. As long he has a part of a deity touching him, his human body will not rot from the poison. They have to make haste when Hiou threatens to burn the entire forest. As the talisman guides them to the gate, it is darker than usual. It might be because somebody has sealed it. Yes it is. Takehaya has placed a seal and guarding the place. He is not pleased to see Tomoe here and easily defeats the raging fox. True, a familiar can never best a deity. So Tomoe uses some tool to turn himself into a powerful youkai. As Kirihito weakens, Nanami will be bait to lure Hiou away. What can she do with only a single talisman left? Before cat girl can pounce on her, Tomoe saves the day. Master and familiar reunite in an emotional hug. But he wants answers about her actions. Can we talk in a better place? As they make back out to the surface, Nanami is exhausted and falls asleep. Kirihito tries to attack Tomoe but since he is also tired, he calls it a day for now and escapes with his familiars. Tomoe can’t help think of Kirihito’s question of what Nanami is to him.

Episode 5
Nanami is recovering but Mizuki is feeling bad that he was unable to do anything for her. Okuninushi although mentions about the complaints he has been receiving for her did in the Netherworld, he will overlook it. But when mention Tomoe is in prison for turning into a youkai and no longer her familiar, Nanami sprints out to go see him instead of heading to the Divine Assembly. She wants to make him her familiar again but he wants to think about it. Nanami goes to negotiate to Okuninushi for his release. Mizuki hands Tomoe some deity peach pills Nanami got from a deity. She thought if they go their separate ways, she wanted to give him something that will keep him safe. Because Tomoe can’t stop thinking about Nanami, Mizuki points out he is just somebody who is in love with a human girl. Tomoe goes to see sleeping Nanami and wonders if he desires her. He kisses her to redo the contract again. Nanami is of course happy for him to become her familiar again and even saw it in her dreams. This makes Tomoe be mean to her and as noted, each time he starts blushing thinking about her, he has a tendency to do this. So much so, Nanami starts crying that she cannot understand why he is yelling at her. He apologizes. Then he tries to play reverse psychology with her because she had no qualms about her familiars sleeping with her an even undressing in front of him (although she’s wearing a permissible camisole), he tries to change for her and even hints of doing things while she is sleeping. He might be just fooling around with her and she didn’t like it very much and hits him away.

Nanami continues to work hard at the Divine Assembly and even tries to help another deity with her work! A week later as the deities celebrate their last night at Izumo, Tomoe earns Nanami’s ire when he didn’t like the dress she is going to wear to the banquet. Mizuki hopes he doesn’t get carried away by eloping or something. He doesn’t want to be alone again right after he found a new master. Nanami sees that butterfly and follows it to Mikage. He praises her for doing well in the past week and being good to Tomoe. As for seeing him, Mikage can’t do so now or else his 20 years absence will be for nought. Until Tomoe completely ceases to need him, he has no intention of seeing him again. He adds about the taboo relationship between a human and youkai. Because humans’ life is short and fragile, they can fall in love multiple times and change with the passage of time. But youkais live for very long periods and rarely forget or let go. This is a hazardous position for even Tomoe. Nanami knows he is talking about Yukiji and although Mikage has used his powers to forget her, it won’t last forever. As for bringing Nanami to him, Tomoe believes humans are fleeting and frail and fears of being involved with them. He believes she can teach him human bonds are no weak and wants Tomoe to bond with humanity again. He wants Tomoe to take her hand and not his. He wants Tomoe to choose her himself. But it seems he still has a long way to go. Just when Tomoe spots Mikage and rushes to him, off he goes.

Episode 6
So when Tomoe asks what were they talking, she says nothing. Oh sure, nothing important. But this has Nanami wonder her own predicament. Her life is short and yet she longs for Tomoe. So while Okuninushi is impressed with her work, however he apologizes he couldn’t find Mikage’s location. But Nanami is okay with that. Since Okuninushi is going to have his date with human women (fair love for all!) so she asks him about the possibility of love between different forms. It depends on the duo. Nanami then bumps into Isara and upon learning she returned home alone, she suggests going on a date now. Is this just a fancy name for a girl’s outing? So Nanami tells her predicament. Her reply is that nothing will start if she takes inaction. Izanami is grateful to Nanami for helping to reach her feelings to Kotarou. Meanwhile some lowly youkai, Yatori meets up with Kirihito and wants to help him in retrieving Akuraou’s body. He admires Akuraou and wants to become his minion when he dominates the world. As proof of his loyalty, he will present Akuraou with the sacred Mt Kurama by taking over a tengu there. Kirihito doesn’t place much hope on him and doesn’t expect results but is going to use him for he is worth. Of course Yatori actually knows Kirihito is Akuraou and was just putting up a façade. Nanami accidentally steps on a little kid tengu on the streets, Botanmaru. He is looking for Shinjuro, the third son of Sojobo. He disappeared 17 years ago. Tomoe didn’t like this a bit and mistreats him. He strikes a nerve when he badmouths he might not be able to fly. But the usual kind Nanami is willing to hear him out. When Botanmaru was younger, he was crying because he already had wings but cannot fly. His brother told him about Shinjuro who was also like him. He was judged harshly and beaten up. However one day he got injured and fell off the mountain. It is said that tengus who fall from the mountains are useless. Botanmaru was told to grow stronger. Now he is in the same predicament and he hopes to find Shinjuro to ask him something. He believes he has grown into a fine tengu by this time. But where to find him? Look no further because Botanmaru recognizes his face. Hey… Isn’t that Kurama???!!! This guy is Shinjuro???!!! Make no mistake about it. It’s him. Unbelievable. Speaking of which, he is in a concert right now enthralling all those swooning fan girls. Oh yeah. He even wrote a song suitable for today’s concert. Although he can’t play the guitar and that is just for accessory.

Episode 7
Sorry Kurama. It is not Nanami who wants to see you but Botanmaru who is here to take him back. As Sojobo has collapsed, miasma has been filling the mountains and being prone for tainted creatures to enter. Botanmaru wants Kurama/Shinjuro to succeed as the next head and believes in him despite Kurama preferring the material world more. Because Botanmaru has been away from the mountains too long, he collapses from exhaustion. As they ride back to the mountains, Kurama remembers he was abused, bullied and ostracized by the rest for being weak. He never cared anyway. Only Suiro was the one treated him kindly and thus he looked up to him as a big brother. When Nanami and Tomoe get separated from them, Kurama felt a barrier within the mist. He sees Suiro who blames him for damaged wings for helping him out. When Shinjuro was tossed into the pits with lightning beasts to help make him use his wings, Suiro jumped into save him but got zapped. He is now bitter and believes he shouldn’t have helped him. However Kurama knows this is an imposter because he could hear the real Suiro playing his favourite flute song on the mountain top. Once Nanami and Tomoe are found, Suiro greets them before his gate. Kurama immediately bows his head and seeks apology for not keeping in touch. Nanami feels strange because as if Suiro is ignoring and treating her coldly. Meanwhile Jiro shows no mercy and punishes the weak. He even does this in front of the young ones. You weak, you die. He is visited by Yatori who tells him Shinjuro is back and might succeed Sojobo since Jiro isn’t all that popular. But Jiro is not fazed for he has trained hard to become stronger. He will let no one stand in his way. Nanami has to walk miles to go to the toilet (because Jiro won’t let her use his) when she stumbles upon a wilted sakura tree. The young tengus are shocked to see a woman but still believe Suiro is much prettier than her! Anyway they told her the current gloomy situation which doesn’t look too good. Nanami uses her talisman to bloom the sakura tree to make them feel better. However she notes it is wilting fast since her power is not strong enough and hopes for Sojobo to get better fast. Also, this is the first time Jiro and Nanami meet.

Episode 8
Jiro gets rough to extract answers out of Nanami. Thanks to Mamoru biting his hand, they escape. But this left Jiro feeling how fragile her hand he held was. Nanami runs back to Tomoe who could feel she is trembling all over. Kurama thinks of handing those deity peach pills to Sojobo to cure him however Suiro believes it is not that easy. Ever since Sojobo collapsed, he has been kept deep within the halls with heavy security. Since Jiro is the acting head and master, nothing gets passed him and outsiders like them are surely to be thrown out. Kurama wants to see Sojobo face to face then but Suiro says this is still too much for him. Several tengus heard of Kurama’s return and think he is back to succeed Sojobo. They plead for him to do so but Kurama clearly does not wish for that although he is in a dilemma to say it out loud (just look at Botanmaru’s puppy dog eyes filled with expectations). Suiro tells them to let Kurama rest for now as he is tired after returning and leave the knotty matters later. Suiro has a favour of Nanami. Take Kurama and leave the mountains tomorrow. As he has left for so long, he cannot be asked to be part of it in this state. He talks about Kurama’s kindness and how he never asked for help from anybody once. That is why the most Suiro could do is watch over him to reduce his burden. Kurama knew Suiro saw through him that he had no guts to back up his big words. He is having cold feet infiltrating the hall but since Nanami is here to lend her help and support, I guess he better go through with it now.

Jiro continues to toss out weak tengus. He is stumped Yatori can enter his tight barrier but the latter notes there were holes everywhere due to his weak heart and mind. Jiro becomes furious and displays a burst of great barrier energy. He hates being considered weak and believes is strong as steel. Kurama has got blueprints of the hall. The plan is for them to be split into groups. One group will be invited to drink Jiro while the other finds Sojobo. Botanmaru wants to help but Kurama tells him to stay out. Tomoe suggests Kurama go drink with Jiro (since tengus have to settle the score themselves) while he and Tomoe look for Sojobo. I mean, Jiro already knows how Nanami looks, right? Kurama isn’t so sure of this plan and starts arguing so Nanami puts her foot down. This is her plan. She and Botanmaru will go find Sojobo while you guys go drink with Jiro. That is final. So while Tomoe ponders a lot about Nanami and the likes that night, maybe she was sleepy or something that she crept up to sleep in his futon. His instincts to rape her almost get the better of him when Nanami comes to. She realizes she is in the wrong and returns to her side. Next day, both try to shrug off this incident since they both might be half asleep then. Tomoe screws up that he was daydreaming he mistook her as one of those geisha raccoons but came to due to her lack of boobs. WTF. Good thing or not, she isn’t bothered with it. Kurama disguises as a tengu returning as a land deity with Tomoe as his familiar to gain invitation into Jiro’s compound. Nanami (dressed as a male) sneaks in with Botanmaru and they begin their search.

Episode 9
Jiro is a tough talker. He even says bad things about Nanami. Just when you thought Kurama could get him drunk with sake, that guy can’t hold his liquor. Jiro thinks Kurama wants revenge to make him drunk but since he invited him to drink, he is going to accompanying him finishing this bottle. Oh sh*t. That is when Tomoe transforms into Nanami and starts seducing Jiro. This shock was enough to disrupt his concentration and weaken the barrier. This is good since Botanmaru is leading Nanami in circles. When they find Sojobo, they are shocked to see his petrified state. Looks like somebody removed his soul. Yatori finds and captures them. Although Jiro tries to be tough with ‘Nanami’, Tomoe chides him for hypocrisy and double standards because despite he badmouthing a mere woman, he calls her a celestial maiden. But what makes Tomoe mad is seeing himself in Jiro. Yatori reports he captured intruders. Tomoe is about to attack but Kurama stops him and allows Jiro to exact punishment on him. They both got caged up. What else to do when they’re stuck together? Argue and blame each other! Jiro becomes mad when he believes Botanmaru is a traitor. This is when Nanami tells him off for raising his hands against somebody weaker. Despite Jiro believe in the strongest will survive and it is better for the weak to die to save the trouble of being protected, he is being told that it is not like he has lived alone or never received help before. But Nanami is surprised that Jiro’s reaction indicates he wasn’t the one who removed Sojobo’s soul. When Yatori tells Jiro to go deal with Kurama and Tomoe, Yatori reveals he is that culprit. His goal is to remove Sojobo and rule the mountains with the tengus under him. He made a fake touching note from Kurama and since Sojobo was so touched and let his guard down, Yatori did the necessary. Nanami uses her barrier to purge him and doesn’t care despite he threatens they will not know where Sojobo’s soul is if he is killed. Jiro becomes confused thinking about Sojobo’s teachings. Several young tengus accidentally bump into him and they start to shiver in fear. Sojobo could see how scared they are. But the guards alert him that Nanami is running around trying to claim this compound as hers so she can nullify Jiro’s barrier and look for her friends. The path she leaves behind is plated with gold! Botanmaru finds Kurama and Tomoe and frees them while telling what he has discovered. Once Nanami finishes her barrier, the entire place is sparkling brightly in gold!

Episode 10
Now where could Yatori hide Sojobo’s soul? Hey. There is a room which is not paved in gold. Jiro breaks the wall to reveal an underground passage. It is a compound where all tengus avoid thanks to an accident 17 years ago that disabled a tengu for life (Suiro). Jiro dives down the deep hole and tells Nanami not to come closer. Too late. Looks like the raijuu found her. Before its lighting strikes her, Jiro moves in to protect her. He is close to death and would have been along with Nanami had not Tomoe come in to beat up this bad kitty. Tomoe thought he could impress Nanami but she is more concerned and crying for Jiro! Hey wait. DID JIRO CONFESSED TO NANAMI???!!! The raijuu then spits out Sojobo’s soul. Jiro has not waked up ever since and Nanami is crying over it because she thinks it is her fault. Time for some Tomoe consolation. The village recovers once Sojobo gradually wakes up. Jiro is walking in some dark limbo when he heard Sojobo’s voice. He is telling Jiro about everybody making mistakes. He is like everybody. They’re all the same. The dark clouds vanish as Jiro sees Nanami at the sakura tree. Enough for him to wake up (partly thanks to the peach pills). Tomoe is perhaps sulking over Jiro’s confession but acts indifferent as usual that he won’t be bothered if Nanami returns his love whatsoever. Had your fun teasing her now that she is close to tears? Kurama brings them to the sakura tree where they will have a party to celebrate Jiro’s recovery. Tomoe must be regretting his bad treatment towards Nanami because she chose to sit next to Jiro (fox guy got monkey boy instead) and then he flies her up to have a first class beautiful view of the sakura tree. Tomoe’s depression is just so obvious… Jiro is thankful to Nanami and those pills because had he not taken them, he would have to amputate his wings like Suiro. Asking her about those pills, she says it is her parting gift for Tomoe when he decides to walk his own path. Jiro would love to have Nanami stay a little while longer so he could imprint this lovely scene of her smiling amidst the sakura petals in his head. I’ve got a better idea. Why not just take a picture? Oh, right… Nanami somehow got drunk before they leave and as Tomoe carries her back, she mumbles she loves him. Yeah, same to you. Oh, did you know Kurama is coming back down with them?

Episode 11
Akuraou wanted to see a ‘sea of fire’ but Tomoe brushes him off that he may be able to start it but not quell it. Tomoe would love to show him his sea of fox fire but that will be another day. Kirihito has found another way to enter the Netherworld via stone mirror after the deities sealed off Yomotsu Hirasaka. Kirihito isn’t impressed with Yatori having the guts to return after his failure but leaves him to do as he pleases. Yatori joins him in his descent and Kirihito is curious that he didn’t burn up like the rest. Who is he? Someone who once served Akuraou. Is he lying? Well, Yatori claims Akuraou won’t remember him since he was shy and always sitting by a corner. Yatori then talks about the fearsome partnership between Akuraou and Tomoe. So formidable that the deities left them alone till one day they had a fall out and everything went downhill from there. This works up Kirihito as he blames Tomoe who became a fool for getting a crazy idea of wanting to become human himself. Kirihito finally finds Akuraou’s body and it is sitting on top of the fire mountain. It cannot be destroyed since his body regenerates. Eternal regeneration. He is close to collapsing so Yatori thinks it is time to go back before he dries up and come back another time. If he has a way to extinguish the flames anyway. This irks Kirihito because this means he would have to seek Tomoe’s help. But he will pay any price to get his body back. When they return, the poisonous gas is leaking and it got one of his fox familiars. He cannot risk breaking and sealing it after working so hard to find a way back to the Netherworld. But when his ‘mother’ is at the door, he has no choice but to break it.

Nanami is watching a marriage proposal on TV and shocks Mizuki that she has received one. Mizuki then punches Tomoe without warning! Nanami clears the air that it is not her who is getting married. It is Isara who is proposing to use her shrine when she is ready to marry Kotarou. Mizuki is relieved that Nanami isn’t quitting her deity job to get married. But Nanami says there is no way she is going to ever get married. Your heart breaking, Tomoe? Kotetsu and Onikiri remind Tomoe to get them new talisman before the New Year. Tomoe explains to Nanami about the rotation of the 12 animals serving as deity for the year so it has become a tradition to go to the Year Deity’s shrine to get a new talisman. Initially Tomoe and Mizuki would go themselves (and to settle their score) but since Nanami wants to come, can’t argue with that, can’t you? There are shrines bearing their names that they must walk through first. For those wanting to visit the deity, they must reflect the past 12 years of their lives. Again, Nanami thinks it is no big deal and skips right in. Tomoe knew it would be trouble because she went in first and didn’t come out like the rest. She may be lost somewhere in her conscious and despite it is taboo to walk through the shrine of others, they don’t have the luxury of that and need to find her. Well, Nanami is a young kid again! She sees her father who gave her a candy bar. When Mizuki tries to pick her up, she kicks him thinking he is a kidnapper! When Nanami returns home, she sees her mom apologizing to people whom her husband owes money. But mom puts on a caring and lovely smile whenever Nanami is around. This shocks Tomoe as he never heard her speak about her parents. He can sense Nanami’s mom is suffering from an illness and has not long to live. There is a side of her he doesn’t know and is interested to watch this a little longer.

Episode 12
Mommy tells Nanami never to rely on her father. She laments that their family has always been blessed with only a single child. Even that, they are all girls. There’s a legend behind it. Something in exchange for being beautiful but because of that they have no luck with men. That is why she wants Nanami to grow up stronger and to stay single if she has to. ‘Brainwashed’ Nanami agrees not to get married. After her mom died, shortly her house burnt down after her father got careless with a cigarette. Now it is time to go fetch her. Mizuki thought he could do a better job but she remembers him as the kidnapper. But when Tomoe is in the picture, she gladly goes with him! Because she is a kid, Tomoe can easily satisfy her needs although she is sad that she doesn’t want to go home because there is nobody else but her. He promises she will soon become the mistress of a rowdy house. She thought he was referring to her getting married and making a new family but quickly dismisses it as she will stay single. He disagrees her bad luck with men. She is just bad with judging character. He gives an example that he will be by her side and provide for her everything she desires. Does this mean he loves her? How could he not say yes after looking at such cute face? Then he proposes to her and will remember it for the sake of keeping her smile. At the end of the journey, he realizes what he has done and starts panicking. What if this, what if that? Regretting it? Nanami wakes up not remembering a thing but thought she had a long dream. Now Tomoe is not pleased! He is bothered by it! Hey, at least Mizuki is cleared from being a kidnapper. Tomoe thinks of refreshing her memory by giving her ice cream like he did but she gives it to Mizuki who wanted it. Nanami then says she doesn’t remember her mom’s face much since she died young and all the photos of her were burnt in the fire. This makes Tomoe ponder how Nanami has changed in the last 12 years. They’re the same person but yet so different. Where has that kid Nanami disappear to?

They bump into something big and woolly. The Year Deity is trying to shear the sheep before its year comes as it is blocking the shrine but looks like it is stubborn. Tomoe thought of doing this the hard way but with Nanami displaying her usual kindness, the sheep instantly agrees to be sheared. After the Year Deity gives the talisman for next year, as gratitude he also gives Nanami a picture of her mother (he took a memory he saw in the shrine). Seeing how happy she is, Tomoe realizes that Nanami the kid didn’t disappear. It was there all along even if she doesn’t remember. It will always continue to be with her. Nanami returns to her shrine and is proud of all the New Year talisman she has written but Tomoe chides her of her bad handwriting. Snippets show how the characters are doing. Okuniushi is swamped with work as he gets a call from his grandma who is no other than Izanami. Isara hints to Kotarou of going to Nanami’s shrine for the New Year (also to check out their reception venue) but he is more obsessed in completing a new record for his Rubik’s Cube. Kurama gets a surprise visit from Jiro, Suiro and Botanmaru who are here to check on how he is doing. Also, they want to give their thanks to Nanami so they’re asking him for directions to her place. No wonder Jiro tagged along… Mikage drinks with Otohiko. When Nanami looks at the snow, she remembers somebody telling her about becoming a mistress of a rowdy house. She cannot remember who but looks like it came true with her familiars arguing among each other. With the rest complaining Mamoru is making Nanami treating him like his mom, she doesn’t mind being one. Mizuki is worried that this means she will leave them and get married. But she asserts she won’t get married. Maybe. This made Tomoe blush. So there is hope? Maybe.

The Deity Is Boring…
Sadly, this season isn’t as good as I hope for it to be. If I had to sum it up in one word: Boring. Hardcore fans of the series may want to curse and kill me but sorry, I am not a big fan of the series. Just an ordinary casual boring anime viewer. The relationship between Tomoe and Nanami didn’t particularly go anywhere. Heck, I don’t think it moved. There are a handful of moments that see them getting close, getting a little romantic, you know, those kind of scenes that makes you want to scream out to them to just get it over and make out already. Okay, so I exaggerated. But doesn’t everyone who watched shoujo genre want to see or expect this kind of outcome? Despite we know that it can’t be that easy (and close to impossible) for our main duo to just say those magical words. Therefore the so called romance between Tomoe and Nanami feels fleeting and just teasing us. Like as though those scenes are some sort of a ‘reward’ for watching but you know it won’t last long as they’ll be interrupted by something. Frustrated? Disappointed? Yet another no-show? Well, shoujo genre veterans would have come to expect this.

The comedy and light hearted moments don’t feel excited or funny enough. It is there because for those who have watched the first season, we are somewhat familiar with the spontaneous humour that is already seen then. There isn’t any reason to deviate from this but it is hardly anything new especially to those who are already on the brink of boredom like yours truly while watching this. Then there is the eternal quarrel between Tomoe and Mizuki. They are always on each other’s nerves/throats and getting ready to pounce on each other if they have the chance. And they would finish each other off had not Nanami been around to stop them. It is amusing at first but then it becomes a drag. You know it is going to be something of the same. The only thing that I still find funny is the squeaky voice narration at the beginning of most episodes because sometimes it is like trying to adlib certain scenes and the story so far.

Although Nanami and Tomoe are the main characters, I don’t think there is much to say about them because they’re basically the same. Especially their frustrating romance which I shall avoid talking. Nanami is your usual lively girl who wants to help anybody and everybody even if she is at her limits. It is both good and a bad thing but I’ll leave you to discuss that yourself what are those. Thus the only story interesting for this season was the final episode whereby we get to peek into Nanami’s tragic and lonely past. It was a great insight to her younger days albeit just a short bit but even that wasn’t enough to save this season as a whole. And Tomoe, being the moody fox around doesn’t necessarily help things because he is already a tsundere by being cold with Nanami but yet can’t help sink into depression or annoyance when she looks the other way. Oh, how far he has fallen. At least only in this aspect. But you can count on him to be around whenever she is in trouble. He is not her familiar for nothing.

Other characters feel like they do not play a decent impact overall this season. For characters from the first season, they just feel so lacking. Like Mizuki has been just relegated to a side character, picking arguments with Tomoe and doing nothing much. Same case for Kotetsu and Onikiri. So minimal that you feel it is the same as now appearing at all. Kurama was particularly missing for the first half of the series so I guess they decided to make up for it by giving him a mini story arc about his tengu clan in trouble. At least better than Isara since she had no big role in this season and the only relationship she has now with Nanami is that they are good friends. Otohiko… Still so gay… Then there is the mysterious Mikage who is still mysterious as ever. Well, at least he met Nanami once but that is about it and then he goes missing forever (last scene clips do not count). I thought it would shed some light about this guy. Just enough to tease us and that is it. If you have forgotten all about Ami then I don’t blame you because I certain am almost had I not referred back. Along with Kei (whom I believe did not even pop up with a decent cameo this season, she is relegated to being forgotten since Nanami’s adventures take her out of her school.

New characters also feel lacking although some may be interesting. For example, Yatori remains to be the most interesting one because of his enigmatic motives. He puts on a dumb act but there is more to meet the eyes to this guy. Therefore of all the characters in this series, Yatori is most intriguing. Better than Akuraou/Kirihito who seems to be biding his time trying to get back his body. This ‘side story’ of his feels like a teaser and possible a new direction of the story if they ever decided to make another season. Jiro looks like an antagonist potential thanks to his unkind and strict ways but it just feels so odd for him to fall in low with Nanami. Even the great almighty strong tengu would fall weak to the powers of love ;). Suiro and Botanmaru aren’t much either and are just slightly relevant but didn’t make a big impact during their arc. Mamoru isn’t particularly memorable too especially when he spends too much time as a little monkey by Nanami’s side and even if he is in his human boy form, he doesn’t leave any much impact. Okuninushi is as good as forgotten once Nanami’s adventure to Izumo and the Netherworld (like I said, last scene clips do not really count). I thought he would have a better role instead of just showing his pretty face but so much about getting my hopes up.

I personally think the opening and ending themes sound funny. Take for example, Kamisama No Kamisama by Hanae as the opening theme. In addition to the fun and playful instrumental opener, I remember this singer who also sang the opening theme for last season sounded in between whispering and singing. It is no different in this season. I thought it would be better for her not to just sing and let this piece be an instrumental, which I think would sound much better. At least the opening credits animation is fun to watch because we see the characters in certain scenes doing a funny dance. Hanae also sings the ending theme, Ototoi Oide. This is a slow and lovely piece and I suppose her whispering-cum-singing fits this song better. It is one of the better songs throughout both seasons. There is also a special ending theme for episode 6 whereby Kurama sings Tsubasa Bassa Hazard, a slow rock.

It might not be magical this season and casual viewers like me watching the second time round will be disappointed. The introduction of new characters but the overall plot hardly goes anywhere and the appalling romance… Ugh… Thinking about Tomoe and Nanami being hopefully romantic now is akin to be as something traumatic. But it is still not as bad that it sucked, that you want to scream out to your monitor screen especially when the season ends to give back 24 minutes x 12 episodes of your life back. This means there is still hope if they ever come around to make another season because I am still giving this anime (like many others) another chance. Another chance for me to make me believe in miracles and the magic of anime and romance once more.

Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA

December 13, 2013

I almost forgot that this series too had an OVA. Kamisama Hajimemashita OVA follows the current trend of bundling special episodes with manga volumes so hardcore and borderline fans of the series could buy to add it to their collection and increase sales of DVDs which would look good in the books. Oops… Ahem. Anyway, this OVA takes place after at the end of the TV series based on the very super fast episode summary of what happened in the TV series at the start of the OVA. So what else is left for the OVA? Trying to develop further the relationship between the new shrine master Nanami and her familiar Tomoe. Can love blossom between a human and a familiar? We can only hope…

OVA 1: The Deity, Getting Dumped
Remember that long kiss at the end of the TV series? Yeah. Nanami is so happy thinking about it till she had to remember Tomoe’s words that he vows never to fall in love with a human. What a spoil sport. She sees Tomoe in a sneaky transaction with Tanuko. She hands him a black box that he requested. He is happy that with this, he doesn’t need useless Nanami anymore as he can’t stand how annoying and selfish she is. Shocking, eh? So disturbed that Nanami seems to be watching a drama of this similar situation and has no appetite for her dessert. When Mizuki accidentally finds the box, Tomoe snatches it away and hides it. Nanami is ever more suspicious to know its contents. Kurama comes by to share his crab delicacies (because he has nobody to eat them with). The guys get into an argument about drinking so Nanami suggests they hold a competition. They agree and get down to it. This is a ploy so Nanami can sneak out and find the box. She is still upset Tomoe thinks of her as such. She finds the box in the kitchen and is puzzled to find a pair of pears. Suddenly Tanuko tells her not to eat them. Seems Tomoe had requested them so she had to find the best there is. Nanami remembers she wanted to eat pear tarts but didn’t know if Tomoe was ignoring or listening to her. Then it hit her of Tomoe’s conversation with Tanuko. She misinterpreted the word ‘yonashi’ because it could both mean useless and pear. It warms Nanami’s heart to think that even though he acts cold, he still cares for her. She goes back to where the guys are but her happiness is cut short when she sees them all drunk. Tomoe is impersonating as Nanami and they’re arguing if her boobs are this big or just wearing pads!!! Tomoe accidentally touches Nanami’s boobs and then resumes the argument that she really doesn’t wear pads. Nanami blows her top.

OVA 2: The Deity, Going To The Hotspring
Nanami wants to go somewhere for the holiday. But the shrine doesn’t close for any holiday. But if they can get Mizuki to guard the shrine, they can take a day trip. Yeah. Nanami wants to go to the hotspring. Mizuki isn’t happy he is made to watch the shrine alone while Tomoe gets to be with her (Tomoe claims he needs to protect her). Mizuki argues he is spoiling her too much and if he continues this, Nanami will become a useless person. Nanami overheard this and is overcome with dramatic shock. They arrive at the hotspring area and despite only a day trip, Nanami has packed bags like as though she is staying for months. In order to prove she is useful, she declines his help to carry them and will carry all of them herself. Looks awfully heavy… Can she really handle it? At the hotel, they meet Isara and Kotarou. Nanami learns about the Koiiwa stone. Legend has it if you touch it with your partner, you will forever be together. Nanami is excited to go touch it but Tomoe is only interested in soaking in the hotspring. For once, Nanami uses her scary authority to force him to come along. Or else… Koiiwa is only a walking distance from the hotel so the quartet start their journey. While Isara and Kotarou are helping each other like the lovebirds they are, Tomoe tries to extend his helping hand to Nanami. However she still thinks that she wants to show that she is not useless and refuses any help. This gets her into all sorts of trouble like nearly slipping off the cliff. Still don’t think you need any help? Before they reach the stone, they need to climb up a steep cliff. Tomoe feels Nanami’s gear is not fit to climb and wants to turn back. However she is eager to prove she is not useless and starts climbing. She is so stubborn in not wanting to disappoint him that it is annoying Tomoe. So he jumps up and tells her to grab her hand. Because she is in a dilemma and taking too long, Tomoe slips. Instantly, Nanami releases herself to grab him. It’s just a ploy for Tomoe to have her grab his hand. He tells her even if they don’t touch the rock, he’ll always be with her. If she could do everything by herself, his existence would be meaningless. He wants her to depend on him more. Nanami feels better that despite being useless herself, whenever she is with him, the world is her oyster. To her dismay, Isara and Kotarou points out that there are stairs nearby to climb the cliff. Bummer. As the couples touch the rock, Tomoe had this feeling that it looks fake. Maybe. Because there is a statement that says it can make any dream come true. Including money and love… Fake alright… The quartet return to their hotspring and have a nice bath. The girls have a nice conversation but there is none in the guys’ side. The OVA ends on a potential with the appearance of whom I believe to be the Bloodthirsty King. He is not happy Tomoe is working for a human girl and is going to make him remember who he used to be.

Still Believe In Miracles?
Well, it is rare for an OVA to actually end with some sort of potential of a possible future plot. This should make fans and viewers discuss if there would be another OVA or a second season. As we know, although we get to know about Tomoe’s past from the TV series, it still isn’t really resolved and with Bloodthirsty King seriously coming into the picture, those carefree days are going to turn into bloody days. That’s just my speculation but back to this OVA. Despite there is seemingly no big progress in Nanami and Tomoe’s relationship and it feels more like status quo, but at least we get to see moments of them together. If not, there are deeper meanings to why Tomoe does something. It is always for Nanami’s best interest even though it might not look like it on the outside. It is true that Tomoe will always be loyal to Nanami but if she is hoping to take it to the next level of romance, she can keep dreaming. Unless by some miracle that would change Tomoe’s mind. Like I speculate the Bloodthirsty King making his move may hasten, test and push that relationship forward. So I think for now, it is better that they maintain things the way it is now instead of rushing it. Nanami is still cute when she is clueless or in shock. After all that has happened, she should at least trust and believe in Tomoe more than before. She knows him well enough on what to expect, right? Not the kind of perfect character or knight in shining armour she is hoping for but she’ll be glad to know that there will always be someone by her side. I don’t think that would be a miracle. That would be fate and destiny.

Kamisama Hajimemashita

July 21, 2013

Quick. Name a high school girl who became God. If you answered Haruhi then you must be one of those fanatics under the religion called Haruhiism. I guess it can’t be help since Haruhi has a cult following and is quite popular among many otaku who may or may not be her fan/admirer/worshipper. Can you name another girl who became God? For those who have watched an earlier anime called Kamichu, yeah maybe. But recently did you know that there is another ordinary high school girl who became God? Well, sort of. Not the kind that you might think He is the Almighty. Somewhat a bit lower than that. How does a deity sound? Close enough to be God, no? If you are guessing Kamisama Hajimemashita is that said girl then you are absolutely right.

Our main heroine who would soon find herself as a deity would be Nanami Momozono. She has a father who is very much like Hayate Ayasaki’s parents. Deep in debts due to gambling and one day he decided to become Houdini and pull a disappearing act by vanishing from his daughter’s life. The sad part is that he didn’t take everything with him and what he left behind are 2 things: His daughter and his debts. With the debts piling up, she is forced to be evicted from her home and becomes a homeless girl. No home, no vigour, no life. By the way, this is not a tragic sad drama story. It is supposed to be a romantic love comedy. Yes, you read that right. She meets a man who offers her a ‘house’ that turns out to be a shrine that houses a familiar. The only catch to stay in this house is that she must become an Earth deity. And so begins a new chapter in Nanami’s life and you could have very much guessed it that a mortal human girl like her would fall in love with her handsome fox familiar who doesn’t really trust humans. You know that ever-taboo thing about humans and demons falling in love. Yeah, right. Stories like these always break through such barriers because we all love a good romance fairytale despite knowing that it’s near to impossible in the real world.

Episode 1
Nanami was once a lively school girl till her father’s addiction to gambling rack up the debts. This is followed by a farewell letter and it all ends with the debtors taking away the house. In addition to poor, now she’s homeless. At the park, she sees a man hiding up the tree because of his phobia of dogs. After shooing the dog away, Mikage is grateful for what she has done. He has returned to this land after a long time and learns how Nanami recently lost her home. Mikage knows he can’t come back to his home after a long absence and strikes a deal with Nanami to give her his house. He kisses her forehead and gives directions to his place. Isn’t this an abandoned shrine? Nanami is scared out of her wits when an angry voice lashes out at Nanami, thinking she is Mikage who left him for 20 years to watch over the house. Tomoe is going to kill this Mikage dude! Till he realizes she is not. But her spirit feels like Mikage’s because of the kiss mark on her forehead. Learning of her predicament, Tomoe explains Mikage was the local Earth deity. The fact he gave her this shrine means she has also inherited his role as the Earth deity. The shrine familiars-cum-attendants, Onikiri and Kotetsu welcome her but she is not going to accept all this yet. The feeling is mutual for Tomoe. Because they can’t get along, Tomoe notes it is either she goes or he goes because he has no intentions of serving her. Then he disappears. Anyway with no place to go, Nanami sleeps here. Morning arrives and she thinks last night’s episode was just a dream. Apparently not. Onikiri and Kotetsu are here to greet her and make her do house chores! Wow. Being an Earth deity is hard work. Scrub the floors and walls, pull out weeds… Feels like being used, eh? Nanami learns a little about Tomoe from them. This shrine used to house a dog deity but due to Mikage’s fear of dogs, a fox demon was chosen instead. Later, Nanami could hear the inner voice of an old woman who came to pray. She is able to hear because it’s an Earth deity’s job to hear prayers of people who make offerings. They shove to her a stack of prayers made from the last 20 years!!! Holy sh*t! Tomoe diligently wrote each one down so that Mikage could look through upon his return. He also helped look after the shrine that’s why there are still a few faithful believers. Touching? Nanami’s conclusion? She’s not cut out to be an Earth deity because she’s just a normal high school girl. Taking the easy way out, eh? She wants to set things straight and has the duo take her to the other world where demons roam freely.

They find him frolicking and drinking. Onikiri and Kotetsu try to convince him to return but he doesn’t’ care anymore about the shrine. He is glad he is free and doesn’t need to be a divine messenger. Nanami didn’t like his words and confronts him. She tells him off he has a home to return and that’s how he treats it? She goes off alone in a huff and bumps into several demons who want to eat her. Because the demons are fighting over her, Onikiri and Kotetsu manage to rescue her and escape. Tomoe beats up the demons since he is in a bad mood. The familiars try to convince Nanami to make Tomoe her divine messenger. Once she seals a contract with him, he will obey her every word. All she has to do is kiss. Eh? What? Not up to it? In her panic, she leaves but encounters an old woman needing help. It’s a demon in disguise and Nanami could’ve been toast if not for Onikiri and Kotetsu once more. Another round of chase as Onikiri passes Nanami several warding talisman. Whatever she writes in them becomes true. However the charm can’t be more powerful than she is. That makes it practically useless, right? Well, at least she could do body substitution. Tomoe decides to go see Nanami’s crying face. She’s climbing up a tree to escape. The demon grabs her leg and Tomoe enjoys watching her struggle from above. The familiars want Nanami to seek Tomoe’s help but her pride won’t allow her. In that case, she drags Tomoe down with her. Then she kisses him. With the contract sealed, she obeys him to save her. In the aftermath, Tomoe takes out his frustration on the demon because thanks to her, he is now a divine messenger again. There goes his freedom. Nanami thanks him for saving her and they return to the shrine.

Episode 2
Think all what has happened is still a dream? Nope. Welcome to reality. At least now the shrine is liveable as Tomoe has gathered some decent furniture. It just sinks in to Nanami that she kissed Tomoe last night. Despite Tomoe putting up a polite expression, underneath it all he is still upset. Needing to gauge how powerful Nanami is, he wants her to turn a tub of water into sake using her talisman. Tastes like water… Don’t give up just yet Tomoe! He continues to do the chores when Nanami sees the TV news that a popular idol, Shinjirou Kurama is attending her school, Uchigami High. She remembers she needs to go to school and is over the moon that an idol is schooling there. Hanging out with celebrities and gossiping is what a high school girl should be doing. Tomoe forbids her to go out because she will be a target of demons. And since she is a powerless girl, going out alone is akin to be begged to be eaten. If she still insists, there is one condition: She has to wear a cat ear hood. Standing out like a sore thumb. Everybody’s laughing. So embarrassed… Classmate Isobe can’t get enough of teasing her. All is not lost when suddenly Kurama becomes the new transfer student in her class! Dream come true! She thought he was approaching her. Till he tells her to get off his seat. Double embarrassing. Nanami cries at the toilet so Tomoe comes to check on her and tries to convince her that because of this, she has no reason to come to school anymore. She isn’t going to listen to him and leaves. Kurama waits outside and apologizes for his behaviour for taking out his frustration on her. It’s because everyone looks at him like an exotic animal. In that case, Nanami admits she is the same too and won’t look at him again. Bye. Isobe teases Nanami what cheap food she brought today. She thinks of buying bread when she realizes she’s got 30,000 Yen in her pocket. Similarly, Kurama notes he is missing that same amount. The other girls accuse Nanami of stealing it but Kurama remembers he gave it to her. Nanami knows he is lying when Tomoe comes in to prepare a feast for her as she is the Earth deity. He also lets everyone know that he will not tolerate any slander to his master and points out Kurama’s money on the floor beside him. Strange, because Kurama remembered he put that cash in her pocket. Nanami is grateful despite everything that has happened, he always put her first.

Next day, she ditches the hood to walk to school. Because of that, Tomoe has to secretly follow her around so that he could protect her if trouble comes knocking on her door. Her classmates want to know more about Tomoe and if he is coming today. Upon learning he won’t since she brought her own lunch, they become uninterested and ditch her. We know who her real friends are. Kurama offers to give Nanami a ride but she refuses, pissing off the other fan girls. Later at the rooftop, Kurama confronts Nanami and wants to know why she hates him when most girls would die to be with him. He becomes arrogant and offers to be her boyfriend but she tells him off that if he keeps talking down to people, he won’t even make friends. That’s when Kurama reveals his true form. A black pair of crow wings. He doesn’t care for any other people because all she wants is Nanami. Nanami the Earth deity. However he is pinned down by Tomoe. He recognizes Kurama as the crow goblin from Mt Kura. Kurama tries to persuade Tomoe to be his familiar if he becomes an Earth deity. All he needs to do is bite Nanami’s heart. Offer refused. Tomoe turns Kurama into an ostrich! Guess what? Tomoe is going to cook him for dinner and when Nanami eats him, he can become one with her as meat on her butt! Oh, Tomoe. You make me laugh yet so scary. So the students are surprised to see an ostrich running around being chased by a blue fireball. The chase ends when the ostrich bumps into a girl. Nanami recognizes the ostrich’s pendant belonging to Kurama and knows Tomoe is behind this. She wants Tomoe to turn him back this instant and learns about Kurama’s real identity (too bad he wasn’t really a fallen angel from hell). She will let Kurama off the hook if he doesn’t cause her any more trouble. Also don’t be mean to her. He becomes touched with her kindness. And perhaps even more when Nanami tends to his bruised face. She may not like him but there are others who do so he has to take care of that pretty face of his. Tomoe is not too fond he got lectured while the culprit gets tended. Jealous?

Episode 3
The Priestess of the Lake, Isara will visit Nanami to pay her respect to the new Earth deity. Tomoe wants Nanami to stay in her room instead while he handles everything. The reason being he won’t allow Nanami the rookie to blunder and spoil everything. Under the pretence that Nanami is ill, Isara’s attendant, Aotake thinks she is being rude or feigning something and wants him to show her. Tomoe and Aotake continue to trade barb wires. Nanami who has been eavesdropping makes her entry. Tomoe couldn’t understand why she had to appear because now he has to protect her. The guys still want to fight and clearly Tomoe is superior as he turns Aotake into a fish! That’s Nanami’s breakfast. How does grilled fish sound? Nanami orders Tomoe to put down the fish and reconcile with it. Isara finally breaks her silence and apologizes for Aotake’s rudeness. She gets down to the point. She has come here to tie her fate with another. Ten years ago she fell in love with a boy, Kotarou Urashima. He was 8 years old then and notes he must have grown into a fine man. Their fates were torn apart and she wants to be reunited. However she can’t meet him like this because of her true form. Tomoe doesn’t want Nanami to accept this but she does. You got to help those in love, right? The problem is that there is rule that forbids love between demons and humans. Nanami has a feeling their love won’t work out but there is no harm trying. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be asking a deity’s help, right? Next morning, Tomoe wants Nanami to reconsider her decision and is willing to call it off with Isara. Nanami is adamant and will head to town to search for Kotarou. That’s like searching for a needle in a haystack. Tomoe fears if Nanami leaves, it will be like Mikage’s case in the sense she will not return and agrees to follow her.

They end up eating at an ice cream parlour and Isobe is the last person Nanami wants to bump into. Isobe is being annoying so Tomoe is about to do something to him. He didn’t get a chance since Nanami orders him to stop. The employee tries to calm them down when they realize this guy is Kotarou. Are they lucky or what? That night Nanami meets up with Kotarou at the park and the guy seems to be quite timid. He doesn’t remember about Isara and keeps fidgeting with his Rubik’s Cube. She manages to get Kotarou to promise to meet Isara. Nanami lends Isara her school uniform and with Tomoe’s disguising power, she looks more human than a fish. Isara and Kotarou meet. She is happy to see him but he is panicking. He doesn’t remember her. She confesses to him but he doesn’t know how to react. She is intrigued by his Rubik’s Cube and he teaches her he puzzle. He leaves to get drinks and realizes his heart couldn’t stop pounding. However Isara is in trouble when a couple of ruffians start to pick on her. Nanami wants to help but Tomoe stops her. From this part on, it is up to Kotarou. He needs to have the slightest will to make this work. If it does, it will turn out for the better. Her job is to give him that slightest push that will make him change. Kotarou wants to save Isara but is scared that his legs won’t move. Then he felt a little push and his legs start moving as he makes his way to Isara. Nanami uses her talisman to help give that little nudge.

Episode 4
A white snake is crawling in school so Nanami rescues it from the others who want to harm it. Little did she know that a snake mark has curled around her right arm. Tomoe learns about this and explains it is a mark that she will be betrothed. She can be picked up by it anytime… Because of this, Tomoe becomes the new transfer student in her class to protect her. Annoying fan girls… They can’t get enough of good looking guys, can’t they? Because he remembers all her classmates’ name, Nanami makes it clear to him that their relationship is that he is the son of the family who has taken her in. It’ll be odd if they go by that ‘master’ and ‘servant’ thingy. Tomoe seems to be tired and dozes off in class. Nanami wanders off on her own and got kidnapped by Mizuki Suenagaku, that white snake in human form. It was when Tomoe realizes Nanami is gone and in his rage throws his blue fireballs to go look for her! I think in the process he freaked out some fan girls. Mizuki is awakened by a couple of Mizuki’s umbrella demon familiars in his home. Mizuki wants to marry her but she refuses and goes off. Mizuki doesn’t seem worried. After walking on the same path for a long time, to Nanami’s horror she has returned to wear she has started. Mizuki notices Nanami’s bruised knee and immediately treats it. He promises to treat her better than Tomoe. She is in a dilemma because Tomoe promised to protect her and yet he isn’t here. Nanami watches the plum buds blossom even though it’s not in season. Of course this isn’t part of the real world. Mizuki says his master, Yonomori always loved them. Nanami retires to her room. Next morning, she notices the unappetizing breakfast she is served. Frog in a bowl? Tomoe cooks way better than this. Noting something amiss, Nanami opens the curtains to where Yonomori is sitting. The seat is empty. She realizes this shrine has no deity and thus nobody has come here for a long time. Meanwhile Tomoe has located Mizuki’s shrine. Right at the bottom of the dam. Time to go barging in.

Mizuki explains to Nanami how the townspeople used to think this river was cursed because kids often drown in them and built this shrine. Yomonori was a deity of this shrine then and like other deities, she cannot survive without worshippers. When the people abandoned this shrine, Yonomori went missing (she died actually). Mizuki promised to stay here and protect the shrine with Yonomori. Nanami understands how he is feeling because Tomoe had somewhat undergo the same thing. Mizuki says if she really wants to comfort him, she should stay here with him forever. She can’t because there are people waiting for her to come back. Mizuki gets desperate and tries to hug her. That’s when Tomoe’s perfect timing comes breaking in. He’s one mad fox. Tomoe hugs Nanami after freeing her from Mizuki’s clutches. Then he sets the place with his blue flames. Mizuki’s water powers aren’t enough to douse the flames. He remembers Yonomori telling him that she was merely returning to the earth and isn’t really dying. She made him promised this plum tree that he won’t cry even if he is alone. This tree is the only thing Mizuki has left that connects him to Yonomori. It is precious. But Tomoe couldn’t care less and is going to burn it to ashes! Atone for your sins for abducting Nanami! Nanami stops Tomoe. She talks to Mizuki and apologizes she can’t stay with him. But she promises she will come watch the buds with him if he ever feels lonely. Tomoe is not impressed she made such a promise in front of him because it made him feel he was like a tool. I guess he’s just jealous she was awfully close to that snake. Then noticing her bruised knee, it made him realize how fragile she is and that she could just die from a tree fall. He must make sure she doesn’t break and that he doesn’t break her.

Episode 5
The deity of thunder, Narukami learns Tomoe has a new master. Didn’t she know Mikage ran away 20 years ago? And since she can’t have Tomoe, she is going to challenge Nanami to see whether she is worthy of her deity title. Tomoe can feel Narukami getting closer due to her incessant lightning flashes closing in from a distance. Since he knows she will visit, he can’t follow Nanami to school. He has Kotetsu and Onikiri accompany her instead. As he waits, the sky turns clear and wonders if he had made a mistake. He realizes the storm headed towards Uchigami and Nanami is being targeted. Narukami barges into class and transports Nanami into another dimension so they can have their showdown. She persuades Nanami to give up her deity title to end her suffering. However Nanami believes she isn’t having a hard time thanks to Tomoe and his familiars’ kindness. Narukami will not have that. Tomoe arrives in time so Narukami thinks he has grown weak as he accepted her as his master. It pains her to see him subservient to a human. She takes out a hammer and whacks him. This turns Tomoe into a little kid. Kawaii! Then she steals the Earth deity mark on Nanami’s forehead. Because Tomoe is still loyal to Nanami, Narukami makes them an offer. If Tomoe wants to return to normal, he must visit his shrine she has taken over and Nanami must become her servant. Kotetsu and Onikiri are forced to follow Narukami since they have to be loyal to masters of the shrine. So now… Lost her home, no money and worse, stuck with a kid. Things get from bad to worse when Tomoe gets a fever. No ordinary hospital can help. Luckily Kurama was passing by and takes them in. As explained, Tomoe’s body is rejecting the change which is causing him fever. He must return to his original form or else the fever won’t stop. Nanami nurses him as he dreams of a nice lady, Yukiji. Despite being the same cold Tomoe inside, at least he can still say thank you.

Narukami tires of waiting for Tomoe to return. Especially when the shrine is so run down. She orders her dog familiars, Koume and Kotake to get Tomoe back. Kurama continues to pass sneaky hints to Tomoe that he is useless. Next day when Tomoe accompanies Nanami out, he hints that she should be taking care of herself instead of thinking about others. Then he collapses again. Koume and Kotake arrive to retrieve him but Nanami vows she will find a way to save him herself. Tomoe shoots her down and doesn’t want to live on her pity. He decides to go back to the shrine because it there is nothing she can do. Actually, it pains him to let her see him in this form. Narukami dotes on Tomoe but he isn’t too fond of her. She wants him to swear loyalty to her forever but runs away and goes into hiding somewhere in the shrine. Nanami sits dejectedly when a butterfly sits on her shoulder. Kurama passes by and is told what happened. He passes to her a feather of his that enables her to see the supernatural. Nanami could feel Kotetsu and Onikiri clinging on to her and pleading for help as Tomoe has gone missing and to save the shrine. Narukami can’t find him so what makes Nanami think she can? She is confident and makes a deal if she does, Narukami must return him. After 1 hour… No Tomoe in sight. The butterfly leads her to a pocket mirror that once belonged to Mikage. She picks it up and feels Tomoe’s warmth. He is sleeping inside. She reaches for him. Narukami notes that if Tomoe refuses to be hers, she won’t need him. So she sends her familiars to return Nanami’s Earth deity mark as well as the hammer to return Tomoe back to size. But hey. He’s looking pretty hottie with flowing long hair. Is Nanami smitten with him? As gratitude, Tomoe kisses her! A new contract to be her shrine familiar, that is.

Episode 6
Nanami can’t get that kiss out of her mind. So much so she gets a high fever. She doesn’t want to skip school since she has missed too many classes. Otherwise she may have to repeat another year. Kotetsu and Onikiri suggest Tomoe disguise himself as Nanami and attend class on her behalf. Nanami: Great idea. Tomoe: Sh*t. So when ‘Nanami’ enters class, woah, let’s just say she doesn’t have that goofy look and is more pensive. Since when did she look this cool? Kurama finally returns from his weeklong idol job. Tomoe’s disguise must be perfect since Kurama can’t even tell. Kurama is disheartened to learn Tomoe has become a transfer student in this class. He intended to get closer to Nanami while he is away but know feels he must move faster. As the class progresses, Kurama thought of helping out ‘Nanami’ in every way but she just looked back with that piercing stare that screams ‘what the f*ck did you do that for’. ‘Nanami’ tells persistent Kurama to stay away thinking that he is only after her heart as an Earth deity. However Kurama is serious that he wants to capture her heart (fan girls faint like crazy). She punches him and warns never to touch her again. Kurama then advises the miasma level has gotten thick in school and to stay away from dark places. Nanami’s classmate, Ami Nekoto suddenly finds the changing room all darkened. Some perverted demon is out to get her when ‘Nanami’ comes in. She tells Ami to run along. But when Ami realizes she can’t leave her friend behind, she turns back. Tomoe is about to teach this perverted demon a lesson when he gets distracted with Ami’s return. The demon gives Tomoe the slip and is about to pound on Ami but was kicked by Kurama. Angry Tomoe takes the demon behind doors and… You don’t want to know what happens to him. In order to make Ami shut her mouth, Kurama pecks her cheek and hopes this will be their secret. Works like a charm. Kurama ‘advises’ Nanami that he can’t be around like Tomoe to protect and to be careful. ‘Nanami’ says Tomoe will be coming to school from tomorrow then.

Mizuki pays Nanami a visit and is he going to cook that soft shell turtle for her meal? He better not! Taking advantage when the fox is away, huh? Mizuki is trying to speak ill of Tomoe and Nanami doesn’t like that a bit as she doesn’t want to judge him on his looks or he used to be. Mizuki then lets Nanami breath some incense so that her soul can travel to the past to see the real Tomoe. The Tomoe that she won’t even recognize. Next thing Nanami knows, she is in a different land and a different person. She meets an injured boy who warns the Bloodthirsty King is looking for her. As she nurses him in a shelter, the boy turns into a demon and it is a ploy just to eat her. Before he can do that, Tomoe’s blue flames burn him to ashes. But Tomoe gets rough with her and sizes her up how splendid she is. Nanami feels this isn’t the Tomoe she knows. Tomoe goes away when he hears his acquaintance calling him. Nanami uses this chance to slip out and run away. Tomoe’s acquaintance seems to be the Bloodthirsty King and he is somewhat disappointed the village has only old women and children. The pretty ones may have gotten away. Asking if he has seen a lady named Yukiji around, Tomoe says he did not. Nanami tumbles and the next thing she knows, she is back to her normal self and is relieved that was just a nightmare. Mizuki asks if she has met Tomoe. She replies she didn’t. Tomoe then comes back and is furious this snake guy is here and kicks him out. When Tomoe pets her head to feel her fever, Nanami recognizes this warmth and knows this is the Tomoe she is familiar with. In her relief, she starts crying.

Episode 7
Now that Tomoe is coming to school frequently, more and more girls are attracted to this handsome heartthrob. And there’s Kurama too… Nanami notices timid Ami hiding nearby and when confronted, she reveals she wanted to thank Kurama for his help the other day but because girls are always around her, she feels hard to approach. Because Nanami would help get her to talk to him, Ami wonders if she is some kind of deity exorcising demons (Tomoe disguised as Nanami back then). Nanami figures she’s more of a person who answers prayers. Kurama is at his usual self, rejecting girls fawning over him. But when Nanami places a talisman that hides his presence, Kurama starts to get pretty annoyed that none of the girls are realizing how hot he is! This setup is to allow Ami to meet Kurama and thank him. However he doesn’t remember her. Devastated Ami trips and reveals her strawberry print panties. Isobe sees this and teases her but Kurama tells them off about getting excited about just one peek. After Isobe runs away in fear, Kurama talks normally with Ami. Nanami is happy with the outcome but Tomoe isn’t. He cautions her that what she is doing is trying to tie the fate of a demon and a human together. Imagine if Ami finds out Kurama’s true identity, she won’t be thanking her anymore. Nanami still in denial thinks Tomoe is just mean because a human rejected him. She thinks it’ll be great if humans and demons can get along and feels there is at least a human he wants to be friends with. He says as long as he can protect her, it’s more than enough. Yumi Sakurada approaches Nanami to admit she likes Tomoe. Because she is always with him, she wants to know if they’re going out. Nanami denies and Yumi feels relieved, hoping she would set them up to walk home together. Nanami agrees despite feeling uncomfortable. Later as she studies by herself regretting her actions, she is surprised that Tomoe is still around. He chides her for trying to hook him up with a human and reminds her she is his highest priority. That’s when Nanami realizes she is in love with him.

Kurama talks to Tomoe and warns that Nanami is at puberty age whereby she could easily fall in love. He hints he Tomoe should’ve selected him as his master but Tomoe scoffs it off and doesn’t want him to lump Nanami together with the other girls. When 2 hot guys come out of a dark room together, what do you think a couple of girls will misinterpret this as? It better not be true… Nanami seems to be bothered about the word boyfriend and despite being close to Tomoe, it’s not that they’re that close enough to do stuffs that couples do. Her friend, Kei Ueshima thinks she is confused about the relationship and advises to do something different like dressing up cute. Because if guys think she’s cute, they’ll come to her naturally. They know she likes Tomoe. So Nanami after school tries to do something different with Tomoe by having him take her to the aquarium. However he doesn’t seemed too thrilled like as though she is forcing him to come along. Her last ditch attempt has her bringing him up the building to watch the night view. Still no change in feelings? Suspicious Tomoe then gets straight with her. Noticing her unusual behaviour today, he spills it that she better not be falling in love with him and reiterates those words Kurama said. Because if he doesn’t watch her, then she might fall for him. Nanami surprises him and admits she loves him. Tomoe asserts he won’t fall for a human girl and hangs her precariously on the building edge till she changes her mind. Nanami becomes distressed that he never loved her back or said she was cute. The surprise causes Tomoe to let go of Nanami. Free fall. He dives to save her but she won’t allow him to touch her since she feels she has been rejected. Tomoe begs to save her this once even if it means not touching her ever again. They land softly as he hugs her. Nanami realizes she can’t stop loving him. Strong, warm and kind, she’s falling in love with him even more.

Episode 8
Nanami is depressed that she doesn’t even touch her food. Can you blame her after being rejected? Tomoe tries to force feed her but stops. That’s when Nanami observes he has stopped touching her ever since. Ami suggests going to the beach to cheer her up. Of course she would love to but Tomoe disapproves. He can’t enter the sea and touch the water, thus he won’t be able to save her. She is confident she has her friends. Plus, Mizuki says he can take her. So Tomoe ends up going with Nanami and her friends. Kei is not happy since they can’t be picked up by other guys! Tomoe knows Mizuki is trying to get to him because he nonchalantly touches Nanami when he knows he couldn’t. Somewhere on the beach are Mikage and Otohiko the wind god. Mikage continues his watch over Tomoe while Otohiko goes for a swim. He sees Ami and Nanami swimming and decides to pull a prank. He pulls Ami down under. Nanami becomes frantic when she doesn’t resurface and rushes back to shore to beg Tomoe for help. Tomoe couldn’t refuse his master’s order so he enters the sea to pull Ami out. Once she is safe, suddenly the Dragon King Sukuna emerges from the sea. Everyone is put under a sleeping spell. Sukuna has finally found Tomoe. Touching the ocean made him able to trace where he was. He claims Tomoe owes him a big amount of debt. 526 years ago, he killed many great sea creature guardians, destroyed the entire North Gate and gorge out his left eye. He kidnaps Tomoe into his clam and heads back to his undersea palace. Nanami feels guilty for letting Tomoe get into this predicament and holds onto the clam to follow Sukuna all the way down. However she can’t hold her breathe any longer.

Sukuna rescues her and drops her off a rock. He gives her a bill to pay later but Nanami wants Tomoe back. No way. He owes him lots of debt. Since she is persistent, he tells her of a way. If she can get his left eye back which is said to contain tremendous powers when eaten, he will do so. But he is not confident she can do it since it happened 526 years ago. Don’t underestimate her. She will get it back so he better keeps his end of the promise. She goes back to Mizuki and wants his help to send her back in time. At first he was reluctant because he felt jealous of Tomoe who had a very caring master. He hates him. But he can’t refuse her still. He uses his incense to bring her back to the past. Last time he only sent her soul, now he will send her body too. He can help as her guide. Nanami arrives in the midst of a snow blizzard and a strange woman asking her to trade something warm for the Dragon King’s eye. But upon hearing Mizuki’s voice, she scrams. Mizuki explains she is a mermaid demon called Isohime and it’s dangerous for her to wander around alone. But Nanami can save the trouble of finding Tomoe because there he is now. The dark, evil, bloodthirsty Tomoe in the midst of killing a sea creature guardian, fresh off from stealing the Dragon King’s eye.

Episode 9
Tomoe quickly leaves the scene so Nanami rides Mizuki’s snake and tail him. She spies on him giving the Dragon King’s eye as medicine to his beloved Yukiji. She is very ill. When he goes to fetch water, Yukiji collapses. Mizuki thought this is a good chance for her to snatch the eye but to his surprise, Nanami helps her to swallow it. Won’t she regret it? True she wants to save Tomoe but she can’t sit by and watch a person suffer either. Yukiji seems better now so Mizuki notes it is time to leave. Nanami says she can’t pay for Tomoe’s dues from the past and needs to do so with something from the present. When she wakes up, she wants to know if Mizuki could help trace Isohime. Back then, she wanted to trade something for her Dragon King’s eye. It means she has it inside her body. Isohime now runs some shady trading business in a cave underneath a cliff. She is happy to hear Nanami wanting to trade the eye. Her clairvoyance confirms Nanami has it in her body but in exchange of extracting it out, she wants 30 years of her life. Mizuki thought she won’t accept it but she surprises him once more and accepts. Well, she’s young and 30 years is nothing compared to Tomoe who has only a day. Isohime not only extracts the eye but her Earth deity mark. Of course she is stopped dead in her tracks by Mizuki. Though he doesn’t really understand Nanami, he decides to help her once more because with her he can be herself. He kisses her to be her familiar. With new powers, Mizuki takes back the mark. Nanami is shocked to learn she has a new familiar. She orders Mizuki not to kill Isohime and let her go. He can’t defy her orders and feels a nice sensation to it. Is he turning into a masochist? The Dragon King’s eye turns out to be a little round ball the size of a pachinko ball. What… The… Well, shape and size doesn’t matter. Before Isohime escaped, she gave them tickets to the undersea palace. Nanami is glad Mizuki didn’t kill her but he says he was joking and even if he was serious, he won’t do it in front of his master. That includes Tomoe.

While Sukuna is balancing his books, Tomoe breaks free from his clam imprisonment and goes on a rampage. So he was just suppressing his power because he doesn’t want to get gory in front of Nanami. Now it’s free for all. Mizuki and Nanami are on their way to the undersea palace in a turtle taxi. Nanami suddenly can’t help think about Yukiji and feels gloomy she is nothing compared to her. She feels scared to meet him now. So will they turn back? No way. The turtle picks up another passenger, Kamehime. She shows them a very beautiful kimono she made for 7 days. It is for her husband waiting at the undersea palace. Suddenly a turbulence causes her to lose the kimono. Nanami wanted to retrieve it but was stopped by Mizuki. She can’t be out of her mind, is she? What about her kimono she worked so hard on? She can do it again and the days she spent, she enjoyed making them. This made Nanami feel embarrassed about herself because she was preoccupied of how her feelings weren’t being reciprocated. When they arrive at the palace, they see Tomoe fighting Sukuna. The palace will be destroyed at this rate. When Tomoe sees Nanami, he quickly hides back inside the clam! Nanami tells him everything and what she had done to take him back. She says she doesn’t care if he doesn’t share her feelings or love somebody else. When he comes out, she immediately hugs her. She continues that her feelings for him won’t change no matter what even if he doesn’t look her way. Kamehime turns out to be Sukuna’s wife and she isn’t pleased on what is happening. She lectures him of not learning his lesson after losing his eye to Tomoe. When Nanami shows the Dragon King’s eye, Sukuna dismisses it is his. Has she been scammed? He’s not taking that back. Mizuki, who has been missing since their arrival, returns with the kimono and hopes he would accept this in exchange for Tomoe. Sukuna won’t accept such rag. Oh no. What did he say? So it was made by Kamehime? He’ll gladly accept it. While Kamehime slaps Sukuna about, Tomoe is disheartened to learn that Mizuki has become his junior. Can they really work together?

Episode 10
We go back several hundred years in time when Mikage first met Tomoe. The fox is on the verge of death when Mikage picked him up. He sees an enchantment mark cast around his body casted by a fiend who was once a deity. Tomoe promised to spend the rest of his life with a human girl but she died. Even if he dies, he can’t be with her since he is not human. He loved her so much and would have traded the world to be by her side. Mikage decides to grant him power. When the sun rises, his wounds will slowly heal and his memories gradually fade. This is the gift of oblivion. Tomoe wakes up from this dream and thought he sees Mikage. Oh. It’s Mizuki. He kicks that snake to go back to work. Wasn’t he slacking too? Mizuki hears more of Tomoe’s past from Onikiri. When Tomoe first came to the shrine, Mikage made him his familiar. One night, Tomoe saves a girl from being devoured by a demon at the bridge. However in her panic, she touches him and this causes him to go berserk. He got so wrapped up in dealing with her that he let the demon get away. Mikage lectures him. Boy, it took the whole night. He forbids him to use violence. Onikiri wonders why Mikage took him in and he replies he had that death shadow on his face then. Had he not taken him in, he would have died like a poor rabbit. Next day, Tomoe is at the bridge and the girl waits for him there to thank him. She is about to touch him and this almost made Tomoe go on the offensive had not Mikage stop him. Noting that he hates humans and asking him why, Tomoe replies he doesn’t want to have anything to do with the weak. Mikage tells him he is the one who is weak and should get stronger. While Mikage regrets of saying such harsh words, Tomoe reflected the truth in his words and soon matured into a fine familiar over the next several hundred years. Till the day Mikage left home and never returned. With Nanami arriving, Onikiri notes that he has having more fun. But Tomoe beats up Mizuki back to work while he lectures Nanami to get her lazy ass off from bed. It’s Sunday. Onikiri thinks Tomoe has become such a fine familiar. Is it?

Because there aren’t enough girls for the mixer, Kei forces Nanami and Ami to tag along. She wants a boyfriend. No buts about it. Nanami knows she only wants Tomoe but she can’t say no now. So she stays quiet from Tomoe when he asks about the party she is going to. So as the mixer gets underway, in the next room are Tomoe, Mizuki and Kurama. Eavesdropping. Well, it’s not that they’re jealous because Tomoe doesn’t even know what a mixer is! Leave it to Mizuki to explain it. The indecent way… Because a white snake suddenly came out from Ami’s handbag, Nanami takes Mizuki away to the toilet. Maybe he doesn’t want to get left out from the fun? Tomoe snatches Mizuki away and tells Nanami to continue her fun. Nanami thought she’s a goner now the cat is out of the bag but he seems pretty cool with it. Nanami realizes that it doesn’t matter to him if she hangs out with other guys. One of the guys, Kohiruimaki sees Nanami down and goes to talk to her. He seems nice till he gets too close to her. That’s when Tomoe kicks him away and tells him to scram. And he blames the snake for it too. Nanami thought he had already left but apparently although he gave her permission to have fun, he didn’t give any to flirt with idiots like that. Nanami sees sadness in his eyes as he takes her away by force. She notices his grip to be tight and asks if he is jealous that she was with another guy. Surprisingly, he admits he is. Just as the mood between them was about to get romantic, they realize Mizuki had been staring at them the entire time. Nanami nearly died of a heart attack and is left wondering if Tomoe really likes her. Meanwhile Kurama has taken centre stage entertaining her friends. They totally dig him!

Episode 11
Mizuki feels bored for being stuck at home. Kotetsu suggests learning about human culture before roaming around. He turns on the TV and they see Kurama’s concert. Upon learning Nanami and her friends like this idol, Mizuki wants to see how well he stacks up against him. However he becomes afraid of the Tokyo city. So big. So crowded. So polluted. Yeah, he even get conned by a weirdo into buying some sticker. A deity afraid of a pesky saleswoman? Mizuki continues to get into lots of trouble. Whether it’s asking for directions or being chased by police. Is he serious in using the sticker to pay for his taxi fare?! Luckily Kurama is there and so Mizuki gets it to pay him for it. Then Kurama’s manager thinks Mizuki is his classmate and invites him to some promotion party, much to Kurama’s dismay. The food doesn’t taste good as Mizuki wonders how Kurama can get used to such life. Kurama tells him to go back home. Mizuki tastes human liquor and passes out. A girl finds him and brings him to the rooftop. When he comes to, she talks to him that she is from the countryside and an actress wannabe and is totally inexperienced (she was just fresh off from a scolding by her manager). Mizuki feels the same that she is having trouble fitting here and shouldn’t force herself. On the contrary even if it seems tough, she still loves this place and won’t give up yet. It makes Mizuki realize as he heads home. Even though he won’t call this city his home, there are others who do and manage to prosper. This is where they call home and their life. He gives her his sake as thanks. Drink it herself and she will purify. Give others to drink and it will bring great fortune. When she hands her manager to drink this sake, she becomes a politer person.

Nanami is all dressed up ready to go to the Ferris wheel with Tomoe. But why the heck is he still in bed?! Don’t remember?! She kicks a fuss till she discovers a hairpin. Tomoe quickly takes it away from her and agrees to go with her. She becomes suspicious on who this hairpin belongs to and he dodges every question on it. Nanami can’t help think it belongs to Yukiji but tells herself not to think too much and enjoy herself. Nanami gets upset when Tomoe touches a girl to correct her hat. I guess he doesn’t know about fashion as much about girls. Tomoe hears people ‘screaming’ nearby. It’s the roller coaster ride. He is interested. But Nanami isn’t. She’s scared. I suppose she is infatuated with him and decided to go. Till she realizes too late. Wait for the drop… After that, Tomoe helps fix her hair. When she goes to get refreshments, the stall lady compliments Nanami’s ‘boyfriend’ because she heard lots of other girls talking about this handsome hunk. Nanami denies they are dating but hopes that will come true some day. However that happy mood turns sour when she sees Tomoe touching other girls. Upset mood again. So what that girl tripped and he helped her out? Nanami runs her mouth saying he used to like a human girl named Yukiji. Tomoe denies ever knowing such person. Nanami calls him a liar and runs away in tears. She feels guilty and hangs around thinking back. Then she rides the Ferris wheel alone and realizes she really wanted to ride it with him. Then her hair comes undone and realizes it was that hairpin that held it together. Tomoe has finally found her and joins her. He reveals that she has never tied her hair before and bought that hairpin. However he ended up never using it and held on to it. Now that she has gotten to ride this, he wants her to smile like this afternoon. She feels happy and thanks him, thinking if Tomoe has decided to live in the present, then she has found true happiness.

Episode 12
Nanami hears rumours that her shrine is haunted. She tells off those wives that Tomoe cleans it. I guess they don’t know who Tomoe is. I guess that’s why there are no visitors. She feels the need to do something to attract people and decides to hold a fall festival. Of course Tomoe pours cold water and doesn’t want to have anything to do with it. This doesn’t deter Nanami as she gets to work by cleaning up the portable shrine even if it’s still broken. Nanami wants people to see the hard work Tomoe put in to make the shrine clean and she wants to do her best. Tomoe tells her that it is because she is the Earth deity, the air here is clean and free of miasma. Abandoned shrines attract miasma and something even Tomoe can’t cleanse. Remember the first time she got here? Nanami continues to work hard in creating a poster and distributing them. Mizuki and Tomoe give their ideas for the activities but they seem impossible. Till Kurama comes in with his own like kagura dance and fortune drawing (Nanami invited him). Tomoe says their shrine once did kagura dance but never told Nanami because he didn’t think she was ready. He takes out the kimono and lets her try. She looks great in it. Tomoe proceeds to train her to dance and becomes very strict. Spartan fox! As for the music, Mizuki is learning to play the flute. No sound… Keep practising… During the break, Tomoe notes Nanami was nervous in wanting to be perfect but it is that same nervousness that is causing her to make mistakes. He tells her a method to calm down by writing ‘human’ on her palm and swallowing it. Tomoe becomes Spartan fox once more when he learns she did this a lot when she was young. Back to training!

Otohiko observes Nanami and finds her an average human and doesn’t understand why Mikage chose her. Was he mistaken? Mikage disagrees and notes there is a reason why he chose her. Oddly, she has passed all the tests Otohiko put her through like Narukami and Sukuna’s case. Otohiko is going to make one final exam for her. That night when Nanami continues practising her kagura dance, Otohiko pays her a visit and tells her he is here to test her if she is worthy of being an Earth deity. Next morning, he releases a bottle that contains thick miasma upon the shrine. Nanami becomes devastated that everything has become corrupted. She uses her talisman to cleanse everything but they just burn away with no effect. Tomoe and Mizuki become alarmed at the thick miasma. Tomoe rushes to find Nanami. He brings her to bed and wants her to rest but she feels responsible as an Earth deity and wants to do something about the miasma. However Tomoe says she is not needed and he will do something about it. Those words hurt Nanami very deeply. She thinks she failed to live up to his expectations and can’t do anything without his help. At the lowest point in her life, she packs up her bags and leaves the shrine in tears. Tomoe senses Nanami is gone and looks for her. She is nowhere in the shrine. Traumatic memories of how Mikage left him resurface. Could Nanami have pulled the same trick on him?

Episode 13
Tomoe goes all out to look for Nanami, not caring about the state of the shrine. Mizuki too. Looks like Onikiri and Kotetsu are left to handle the miasma. Tomoe even heads to Uchigami. He didn’t find Nanami but all the boys and girls are glad this hottie is back. Oh, Kurama is so ignored by his rival… Tomoe’s flames can’t find her or sense her presence. Well, keep looking. You see that upset face on Tomoe? Apparently Nanami has used a talisman on herself to become invisible like the air. She’s sitting on the bench alone. Like deja vu. Like yesterday once more. Short snippets from the first episodes as flashback. It hit her that she just left the place she calls home. Then when she hears a couple of girls looking forward to the festival, she rushes back to the shrine to save it. By this time, a more dangerous miasma has appeared. It’s not part of Otohiko’s plan and this effeminate guy panics that he can’t undo it all. Time to flee. This miasma releases the earth spider. Anything it touches rots away. So dangerous that Mikage was the only one who sealed away many centuries ago. Nanami reaches back in time before Kotetsu and Onikiri fell victim. They tell her this miasma can’t reach town or else. The only thing left to do is for Nanami to do her kagura dance. At first she’s nervous seeing the enormous spider but eases up after hearing Tomoe’s voice and using his method to calm down. She surprises everyone watching with her flawless and elegant dance moves and is repelling the spider back. All she needs to do now is not falter on the last step and trip. Oops. Spoke too soon. Tomoe protects her from the spider’s crush and kisses her hand. He tells her he chose her as his master so don’t be afraid. Mizuki wanted to help out with his flute but I guess he still sucks. Don’t get in the way.

Nanami gets up and continues her dance. Mikage is captivated by it and sends his butterflies to her. Her kimono’s motif changes into them. Otohiko wonders if has planned all this from the start. Nanami successfully drives the spider back and restores order. Tired but happy Nanami collapses onto Tomoe’s lap. During the night of the festival, it is crowded with people. Thanks to Tomoe helping out in the flyers’ distribution. But where did they get all the manpower to man the stalls? She can thank Isara and Sukuna employing their men (or fish, rather) in helping out with the stalls. It is even hotter with Kurama around and drawing the crowd. He didn’t even do anything… Otohiko gives Nanami some gifts he bought for her to make amends. He believes she can do her kagura dance which is the climax of this festival. As expected, everyone is enthralled watching her flawless performance. I guess it wasn’t a fluke against the spider since she gets to replicate it here. The festival is a huge success and Nanami hopes this would help dispel the bad rumours about the shrine. Tomoe praises Nanami’s dance as the most beautiful thing ever in the world and Nanami feels very happy. Then he wants to make a contract as her familiar. Didn’t they already? Well yeah. One from his heart. He kisses her. Man, this one is a loooooooong kiss… I think it lasted over 20 seconds! No, I don’t think the screen froze.

Do You Believe In Miracles?
So another series ends… Just like that. I can’t say that I am disappointed but to say that I am very happy isn’t very accurate either. It’s not so much of how it ended. Basically this shoujo type anime is quite light-hearted compared to the other kinds of shoujo animes that I have seen. Please don’t get the wrong idea that I am a shoujo genre expert and lover but comparing this show to the likes of say Full Moon Wo Sagashite or even Kimi Ni Todoke, the level of drama on the love wasn’t that intense. Not very deep. Because of the comedy elements that they blend into the show, even when Nanami did confess straight her feelings to Tomoe, I didn’t feel that OMG impact. The kind where my heart would leap out of my throat. Maybe it is because I have come to expect it that in this kind of genre, the human girl and demon boy would eventually fall in love with each other. It would be tad annoying if they didn’t right? It seemed like their romance was going nowhere with Nanami having to save her town from a gigantic disaster and ultimately her own festival. Love had taken a backseat because these are more important matters to attend to. Then as the series draws to a close, suddenly out of the blue, a very long chuu~. Do you call this a miracle? Or a last ditch attempt for some saving grace of the show?

Nanami just like any other characters grows a lot and because of her cheerful and never give up attitude, you’ll find her cute and supportive in the things she do. Just like any other characters who put others first before herself, it is those admirable traits and more on why others are attracted to her. At least for most of the characters that we see in this anime. Life may not be perfect but she is much better when she started out as homeless and penniless. She has a place to call home and familiars whom she can call friends. Except maybe Tomoe would be much more than that one day. From zero to hero. A normal high school girl to an Earth deity. Is this a miracle? Or is it fate? So Tomoe too isn’t perfect. He might be strict about lots of things and seems like he doesn’t give a damn. But every decision and action he makes are for Nanami’s sake. Perhaps he was just playing stubborn fox and not open up her heart entirely to her but if they are going to be a powerful master-familiar pair, trust is a vital component. Something which I think Tomoe realized and approved of in the end. Both of them can be funny at times. Especially when Nanami puts on her incredulous and over-reacting reactions and Tomoe he goes into sarcastic or beat-the-crap-out-of-you-because-I-am-stronger-than-thou mode. We have a peek into his past but nothing much is revealed. Especially about his connection with the Bloodthirsty King and if his memories of Yukiji are completely forgotten. Maybe next time. Personally, I feel that Nanami may be the reincarnation of Yukiji. They look pretty similar, right? That’s one reason why Tomoe is attracted to her. And of course, the same voice… Heh…

Mizuki tries his best to be helpful but his easygoing and carefree nature isn’t going to sit well with Tomoe. It is a good thing snake boy met Nanami for he is able to move on from his old master and serve a new one. Nanami’s personality also helps him open his eyes that everything doesn’t necessary need to be vicious or selfish. Or maybe Nanami is just an exception. Kotetsu and Onikiri feel like mascots of the series and their main purpose to provide comic relief (and some minor back up here and there). I’m guessing that they don’t have faces, that’s why they always put on that mask, right? You could make a guess when you see Tomoe lifting off their mask one time and his reaction of I-think-it’s-better-to-leave-it-on. Ever since Nanami ‘tamed’ Kurama, it felt like this crow goblin has been reduced to a secondary role. I thought I was expecting to see some serious showdown between him and Tomoe but it never gets that serious and at times their confrontation just feels comical. I suppose Tomoe doesn’t want to waste his energy fighting with some demon he knows he will best in the end. After getting all the attention he wants for years, he finds Nanami attractive because she doesn’t give in easily to her charms. There’s always something more worth it when it is harder to take, right? And I believe that Kurama is interested in Nanami no longer because of her Earth deity mark but as someone who genuinely likes her for who she is.

Mikage is still the mysterious person in the end. For I am pretty sure he has plans in the bigger picture. It feels like he is taking his time setting up the pieces for who knows what. From Tomoe’s departure and even to perhaps selecting Nanami as an Earth deity. One thing is for sure, he’ll continue to keep watch on both of them from the shadows. Or a butterfly at least. The other minor characters are amusing but aren’t memorable in the long run as far as this anime is concerned. Ami and Kei are just sticking around Nanami just to show us Nanami has some real human girl friends. I’m not sure but based on Ami’s body reaction, she may have a crush on Kurama. Not like normal (if that is the correct word) fan girls but more than that. Whatever happened to Narukami after she gave up Tomoe? Did she find someone new to go after? Isara’s love with Kotarou seems to be going well so there is no need to bother with them. Money minded Sukuna may look tough and menacing but he is under queen control from his wife. Isohime? Still in the trading business isn’t she? Otohiko? Is this really a man or a woman? Is he foe or friend? Most likely the latter since he sticks around Mikage.

Perhaps what this series is trying to subtly tell us is about abandonment. We see Tomoe becoming a very traumatic fox whenever the thought of someone abandoning him comes to mind. He still has not gotten over it and thus you can explain this is one reason why he seems possessive and controlling over Nanami at first. Just like in real life, when someone whom we put our trust and faith in suddenly walks out, the shock becomes a scar and fear imbued deep within our heart, mind and soul. Of course Nanami’s cheerful and helpful personality is another lesson that most of us should heed. Then there’s that love transcends time and race too. How often have we heard in stories about forbidden love, especially the ones that pits lovers between different species? Can it work out? A human and a demon falling in love and living life like a normal family? Only Nanami and Tomoe can make that happen. It’s all in their hands to show us that this is possible.

TMS Entertainment helms the production of this series and they are more famously known in producing animes like Hamtaro, Lupin III and Detective Conan. Though the art and drawing seems light, nevertheless with the characters like Nanami having round doe-like eyes, Tomoe and Kurama having the bishonen look, our main characters here look good enough for eye candy for the shoujo genre. Something close to Itazura Na Kiss, another romance themed anime that this production studio produced. This series also lacks the fanservice that you see in many animes today. Except maybe for that beach episode but that doesn’t amount to anything much.

Nothing really spectacular about the voice acting. Shinnosuke Tachibana (Taito in Itsuka Tenma No Kurousagi) as Tomoe is rather okay playing a fox familiar. Feels like his range of emotions are limited seeing Tomoe doesn’t show many emotions and even if he did it was probably for a short while. Even if he did get upset or going to get back at you, it feels a little ‘flat’. Suzuko Mimori as Nanami didn’t sound as bratty as her role as Sherlock in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes or the men-sceptical Himiko in BTOOOM. She also doubles as the voice of Yukiji. Other casts include Nobuhiko Okamoto as Mizuki (Niizuma in Bakuman), Daisuke Kishio as Kurama (Suginami in Da Capo series), Akira Ishida as Mikage (Gaara in Naruto), Daisuke Namikawa as Sukuna (Waver in Fate/Zero), Hiroki Takahashi as Otohiko (Eiji in Prince Of Tennis), Akemi Okamura as Kamehime (Nami in One Piece), Hyousei as Narukami (Superbia in 11eyes), Satomi Satou as Ami (Wendy in Fairy Tail) and Kaori Shimizu as Kei (Akira in School Rumble). Popular veteran seiyuus making their cameos include Yui Horie as Isara, Mamiko Noto as Yonomori and Yu Kobayasahi as Isohime. The opening theme is the same name as this series and is sung by Hanae. I thought for this anime pop, the singer’s voice was somewhat between whispering and singing. You know, when you’re trying not to sing aloud and make that softer voice when singing? Yeah. That. Hanae also sings the ending theme, Kamisama Onegai. Once again, she sounded like she was whispering her words. Like as though it’s her singing style. Maybe she was trying to make it sound breathy and sultry (what do you expect when you have the opening lines that go “Ah, ah, ah, ah~…”). Hmm… A bit echo-y too. There is a Kurama version of this ending piece but it doesn’t fare any better. Although the style is rock music, the way he goes “Ah, ah, ah, ah~…” felt funny. Really.

You don’t have to be a very firm believer in any religion to believe in miracles. And most miracles happen not because you pray so hard to God but rather you put in your own effort in the first place. Because you have taken the first step, getting momentum and picking up pace after that is easier. Though, the outcome isn’t really guaranteed and despite there is a slim chance it will happen, when it does, that is why it is called a miracle. Being appointed as a deity may seem cool but there are lots of other responsibilities that go with it. You know what they say about great powers, right? That’s why I have to decline if somebody wants to pass the baton in becoming the next toilet deity or the god of poverty (haha!). My life would stink then. Haha. So the next time you are feeling so poor and pray to God real hard to strike a lottery, don’t just pray and wait for the newspapers to announce your name as the multi-million dollar winner. Go buy a lottery ticket. Simple as that. Because money don’t grow on trees and fall into your palms. Simple as that.