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.
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!
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.
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.