The Melancholy of Kamiyama Samatarou

Quite a pretty good intro episode to a potentionally interesting new series. Seriously, this season is really anime overload, there’s just so much good in it, I do hope that the anime gods have left enough good for the rest of the year, though with Gainax-Shaft Negima in Fall, I’m quite assured.

So, we have another light novel anime series, which is the latest fad this days, with shows like Shana, Suzumiya Haruhi and etc. From what I’ve seen though, I’m glad of that, as since there seems to be a dearth of really nice manga available for anime conversion, while the light novels scene seems to be blooming. Not really surprising as it’s really easier to break in and involves lesser work than drawing.

Now, Kamisama Kazoku is about Kamiyama Samatarou, future god-in-training, who’s living on Earth to learn up about humanity “under the guidance of the sacred scriptures”. However, his family doesn’t seem to be… err… conducive to those studies as his father, the God, keeps making Samatarou’s wishes granted through miracles as Samatarou himself doesn’t have any powers. More so that his mom and 2 sisters (the bastard) seem to not treat him as a boy, resulting in quite a lot of “sexual tension”. Well, basically, your average dysfunctional family.

One saving grace that he has is Tenko, his guardian angel, supposedly, who was born on the same day, time and place as Samatarou was (again, thanks to his father). They pretty much grew up together and have quite a semi sisterly-brotherly childhood friends relationship going on here. She’s pretty cute and has some tsundere-ness to her, giving me quite a moe high :P.

Animation’s pretty good, and for some unknown reason, the art style reminded me of Eureka 7, and I had to double check to make sure BONES isn’t on to this. The OP is pretty catchy while the ED is OK.Overall, an interesting series and fills up the rom-com niche this season for me.


  1. flou Said,

    May 20, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

    The reason you’re thinking of Eureka Seven is that the character design for KK is one of the animation directors for Eureka Seven :)

  2. melange Said,

    May 20, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

    What’s with the fad of starting posts about anime with “The Melancholy of ……”?

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 21, 2006 @ 12:44 am

    @flou: Ah…. I see… no wonder. The art style is very Eureka 7-ish.

    @melange: No particular reason, it just kinda fits in poor Samatarou’s state in the show. (Voice of Truth: Kurogane’s just a attention freak.)

  4. xion03 Said,

    May 21, 2006 @ 7:22 am

    hihi, i searched on ANN, animeNFO, TT, AS, DA… after that google – and finally found it under the name Kamisama Kazoku… stupid me :)

  5. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 21, 2006 @ 12:04 pm

    Haha, XD. Now that you’ve mentioned it, I didn’t put up the name of the show :P.

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