vacation anime #1: Kannagi

The beginning of vacation means more time to bum around…and more time to watch anime! Banzai! I do have to reward myself for all the hard work I’ve done, don’t you think? And so, here I am commencing my ‘Watch as Much Anime as You Can!’ plan. As promised, to make up for my long hiatus, I will provide you with an onslaught of reviews of the shows I’ve watched. For my first offering, I give you some good dose of fun with Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens.

Enter Art Club member Mikuriya Jin who carves out the image of a miko he saw as a kid as an entry for an art exhibition. Imagine said statue coming to life after the revelation that the tree was, apparently, a sacred Nagi tree and that miko was actually a god (or goddess, if you will). Imagine poor Jin getting the shock of his life as his carving started to move about, bossing and kicking him around. Imagine them living together and trying to make heads and tails out of Nagi’s behavior. Imagine me laughing my head off during the course of the show.

As I’ve said, Kannagi offers its viewers with a healthy dose of good, clean fun – although I have to admit that somewhere in between, Kannagi seemed to go astray. Originally, Nagi and Jin were to find and exterminate impurities together but this objective was set aside as Nagi tried to figure out how it was to live amongst humans and learn their ways along the way – that plus the emotional, inner turmoil and identity crisis that Nagi experienced later on. That is already a common anime ploy, though, so it is more or less forgivable. Besides, Nagi’s antics are more than enough to make up for everything.

Apart from that, Kannagi is a really enjoyable show. Art-wise, it’s wonderfully drawn. It kind of reminds me of K-On!!, actually. Despite the seeming lack of any plot development, the comedy is enough to make you watch everything through the end. Or maybe that’s just because it doesn’t take much to make me laugh. Anyways, as the title is Crazy Shrine Maidens, expect a lot of funny scenes and Nagi-faces. Being a simple show about self-discovery, friendship and the pleasure of youth, Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens is as refreshing as a spring breeze.

P.S. Watch out for the Lucky Star cameo somewhere in there! LOL.


Nagi. Named after the tree where she came from, Nagi is a boisterous, adventurous and mildly sadistic, though very pretty girl, which makes her being a land deity not that apparent. She experiences memory lapses at times although the cause of these is not quite clear. I don’t know if it has anything to do with her being in a vessel or anything. But yeah, she goes out of her way to help others and do make mistakes someti – okay, most of the time. What’s commendable, though, is the fact that she recognizes her mistakes and makes an effort to atone for them through her own ways – even if her ways do make other people worry more about her.


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