Monday, April 09, 2007

Kami-chama Karin - First Impression

Kami-chama Karin is based on a shoujo manga by Koge Donbo, who's also well known for Pita Ten and Di Gi Charat. Apparently it was supposed to be a short one-shot manga, but was popular enough the manga ended up running for seven volumes, then spawning a sequel, Kami-chama Karin Chu. Is it good? Bad? Does it have more in common with Haruhi than Lucky Star? We'll see in a minute...

Best. Line. Ever. Double points because she says it in English.

(Brief) Summary:

The anime starts out with one of those "let's throw the viewer into the middle of the action even though they won't know WTF is going on" scenes, which always drive me nuts. Introduction, conflict, climax, and conclusion--didn't they pay attention in Literature class? A bunch of characters I don't know, doing things I don't understand, for unknown reasons is a great way to kill my interest. But anyway, Karin seems to be a mahou shoujo--or more precisely a mahou megami, since instead of Sakura's "Release!" she says "I am God!" before she transforms. Kids these days are cocky little bastards, I guess. So she transforms and goes to battle a seed (Lost Logia?) along with three bishonen...when something goes wrong, and we're taken back in time to the real beginning of the story.


Shii-chan says knock you OUT!

At the beginning, our heroine, Karin, is mourning the death of her pet, Shii-chan, because her parents are also dead (parent mortality in anime is staggeringly high...) and now she feels like she's all alone. She does live with her obaa-san, but she just yells at her for getting lousy grades. As she's standing over Shii-chan's grave, Kazune, the obligatory bishonen, shows up and makes fun of her, so she punches him--plus 50 moe points to Karin for knocking him on his ass. Her day seems to be getting worse and worse when she runs into another orphan girl, Himeka--and it looks like they'll become friends, even though it turns out Kazune's her cousin.

I keep expecting her to bust out a camcorder for some reason...

Kazune seems to take an interest in Karin's ring, a memento her mother gave her--the ring lights up and the rest of the day Karin finds herself with Haruhi-like powers. She scores 100 on a test, which floors her classmates since Karin's normally a Baka Ranger, and she hopes for a thunderstorm to cancel phys ed for the day, and out of a clear sky it starts pouring rain. Karin's a little freaked out, but it looks like the strange events are just starting...

Clash of the Titans!

First Impression:

Kami-chama Karin is easy to recommend if you like ultra-cute anime--the character designs remind me a lot of Snow Fairy Sugar, Winter Garden, and Pita Ten, and the animation quality seems a little above Pita Ten so far. It seems like a basic shoujo story so far, with Karin finding she has a mysterious power, probably lots of fights/misunderstandings between her and Kazune in store before they ultimately get together, and from the first few minutes it looks like we'll get the "bishonen who has a crush on the heroine even though he has no chance in hell, just to annoy the male lead" character somewhere down the road too. I just hope there isn't anyone as obnoxious as Mitarai in Pita Ten in this cast--I liked Pita Ten overall but after the first few episodes he appeared in, I just wanted to see Mitarai get run over by a cement truck.

At least she doesn't wear it on her left hand like Nemu...

I'm not a huge shoujo fan, with some exceptions (Cardcaptor Sakura, Daa!Daa!Daa!, and Hime-chan's Ribbon) but this is interesting enough I'll keep watching for at least a few more episodes. The OP credits are really out of place with the contents of the first episode (closer to the OP of Yume Tsukai than Sugar), and imply that the series could get darker/more serious at some point down the road.

3 comments:

adun said...

I've yet to watch this but I just hope it doesn't go along the lines of Pita-Ten. I loved Pita-Ten so seeing another version of it would just suck. Also Mitarai was one of the funniest elements in Pita-Ten. Yes he was damn annoying, but if he weren't there Pita-Ten wouldn't have been as crazy as it was.

suguru said...

That's true, Mitarai did cause a lot of the insanity...I think the last time I watched this though I marathoned it and it was just too big a dose of Mitari's guy-equivalent-of-ojou-sama-laugh to take at once...

Lilin said...

Cute, i like those cute animes, just watch it for the art not the story. Nice review