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Finished series: Kamichu!

We've finished watching Kamichu! I reviewed the first episode here (a long time ago!)

Yurie, a middle school student, turns into a (shinto) god. Just how she knows and how that works, no-one tells us -- but there she is one anyway. Her friend Mitsue doesn't believe her at first, but her classmate Matsuri, who happens to be the daughter of a shinto priest, smells an opportunity. It turns out her dad's shrine isn't doing very well (financially), and her father is more interested in growing vegetables than making the shrine viable once more -- he leaves that job to Matsuri and her younger sister Miko.
Matsuri starts coaching Yurie in using her divine abilities, starting with calling forth some wind. However, Yurie overdoes it and it turns into a typhoon which threatens the 'club room' (really a spot on the roof) of the calligraphy club, of which Kenji is the sole member. And Yurie is secretly in love with Kenji -- except he is so absentminded that he misses even the most blatant of hints. Yurie goes back to school and uses her power to save him.

And so Yurie is introduced to the intricacies of being a god. Her mission is to help people: first and foremost Matsuri who 'exploits' Yurie as the new deity of their shrine. (The old one dissapeared for a bit, but Yurie got him back. He acts as her mentor.) But meanwhile, Yurie is also a (shy) middle school student, so that makes for an interesting combination -- her school life has to go on as well! One of the things Matsuri starts is Yurie's divine consultation: Yurie dons her 'divine' clothes and gives advice to her schoolmates (in return for donations to the shrine, of course). This is mostly about matters of love, of which Yurie has very little experience herself. But Mitsue seems to be the only one clued in on that. ;)

I liked the bits where Yurie enters the realm of the gods best: it's a nice visualisation of the shinto concepts of divinity in everything. But I also liked the part where Yurie temporarily transfers to another school because she attends a god convention after school.
I had read the manga before watching the series, and some of the plot-points in the series are radically different from the manga. And some of the plots don't even appear in the manga -- most of these rank among the weakest episodes, I think. Still, it's not a bad series plot-wise -- but don't expect anything epic either!
Visually, the series is decent. Keep in mind that this is a series of six years old, so there's no slick CGI effects, and the animation doesn't have that super-clean computer-generated look. Voice acting is nice, though Yurie has a bit of a squeaky voice.

Good points:
- Interesting take on divinity (as defined by shinto);
- Amusing situations.
Bad points:
- Some weak episodes;
- Animation doesn't measure up to current offerings anymore;
- If you don't know some of the central themes of shinto, you'll have a hard time interpreting some scenes.

If you're looking for a series that's easily digestible, this one would just fit the bill. I'll give it a 7.
Tags: anime, full review
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