First Impressions: Kamigami no Asobi


What does it mean to be human?

Kamigami no Asobi is a lively reverse-harem series based on the visual novel of the same name, and if it ends up anything like the Hakuoki series, it should be a treat to follow. It's got everything: gorgeous boys (for everyone into that), fanservice, and a heroine who might actually be able to hold her own, unlike Diabolik Lovers' Yui. It's also rocking animation that doesn't prompt me to recoil in horror from the screen. I think it might be worth following!

The Yui of Kamigami no Asobi is a regular high school student who happens to love training with swords, but she's not made too much progress when it comes to her love life or even entrance exams, like her friends talk about. One day after school when she returns to the shrine she lives in with her parents, she happens upon a magical sword that seems to have only just appeared. She touches it, which she should have known is always a bad idea in this kind of a setting, and suddenly she's transported to a magical world with hot, rude guys running around everywhere, and no one knows where they are. It's just a bunch of weird, pretty boys with strange personalities walking around lost.

After bumping into the not-so-Mr. Nice Guys and wandering around aimlessly, Yui comes face to face with Zeus (yes, that Zeus), who's roped her and the rest of the men she's met with over the course of the episode into a little scheme of his: learning what it means to be human and everything that comes with it. Oh, and those pretty boys? They're actually gods like Hades, Susanoo, Baldr, Loki, and Dionysus, who haven't done very well at their jobs. They're going to learn from Yui and each other about humanity and what it means. And at Zeus' insistence,  she's going to stay in this bizarre academy and land of the gods until he says otherwise.

It was a strong episode, especially given the explosive beginning depicting a battle that's inevitably going to take place, but I was interested in seeing what kind of personalities the guys bring to the table and why many of them seem to have chips on their shoulders. I'm also hoping that Yui acts less like a wide-eyed waif than she has so far, given the fact that she's been presented from the start as a strong character. I don't want to see her devolve into the same kind of boring girl that permeates these narratives, so hopefully the next episode gets more of a regular plot established and answers many of the questions I find myself with at the end of the first one. I also want to see more male transformation sequences, because now that Mikisugi's gone, he's going to need a replacement.

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