Kamisama ni Natta Hi (First Impression)
- Studios: P.A. Works
- Source: Original
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy
- Synopsis: “At the end of the last summer vacation of high school, Youta Narukami spends his days preparing for the university entrance exams, when a young girl named Hina suddenly appears, proclaiming herself as the “god of omniscience.” Youta is confused and does not believe Hina when she tells him “The world will end in 30 days.” After witnessing Hina’s God-like predictive ability, Youta begins to believe her powers are real. Hina, who is innocent and childlike despite her supernatural powers, decides for some reason to stay at Youta’s home. Thus begins the start of their lively summer before the end of the world.”
I already know I’m going to cry. I haven’t even started this first episode and I know for a fact that by episode 12 (or whatever the last episode ends up being), I’m going to be laying on the floor in a puddle of tears, there’s just no way around it. I hope you all brought tissues and a tub of ice cream, cause we’ll need it. Jun Maede is the master of tear jerking stories and from all of the articles and panels that I’ve seen about this show, he says that it’s his saddest one yet. Let’s…..dive in…
It hasn’t even been a minute, why am I emotional? It’s crazy to think about but this white and blank scene with “god” in the center, reminiscing, brings this sense of nostalgia. We don’t even know what the story is about and I already feel nostalgic? Someone pinch me.
The foreshadowing is “in your face” type of foreshadowing. Maeda-san doesn’t beat around the bush with the story and gives it to you straight. Though the events that lead up to the end of the world are still up in the air. The foundation of the story is so strong, it sticks with you yet the components to that point are still a mysterious pulling you further and further into the story. One of the reasons why Maeda-san is one of my favorite writers of all time.
I love play on the names, from Narukami (wink wink), to Izanagi which are names of gods and then we have Odin….Sato-san! The slapstick comedy works wonders with the voice acting of Sakura Ayane (God) and Hanae Natsuki (Yato). Their energy and the way they play off each others tone makes a wonderful combination and I can’t wait to see where their relationship takes them!
If I didn’t believe in God before, I for damn sure do now. I just love the character designs but especially our “god” in human form. Truly the ray of sunshine in a world that is about to end. PA Works is doing a phenomenal with every aspect of the show, so no complaints here!
Jun Maeda, similar to Makoto Shinkai, has a certain artwork and background style that is apparent in each of his works. Clannad, Angel Beats, and Charlotte (just to name a few) also show case this nice background aesthetic. I really love the Jun Maeda style!
No question, you need to watch this show whether you’re a long time anime fan or newcomer…this will mean something to you by the end of it. There aren’t that many writers that can bring me to tears, but Jun Maeda has yet to fail to bring me to tears with every story that he creates.
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