Kaminomi ep 6: The girl who aspires to become anything yet desires nothing


The anime adaptation of Kaminomi may never compare in terms of quality with the manga but if they keep on adding this anime-original scenes then I am seeing hope!

First off, the anime-original content for this episode expanded much on the events of Chihiro’s capture and what’s good about it is that it recreates Chihiro’s arc with much emotional content compared with the manga’s goofiness. It’s not a bad thing since I have given up hope in the anime retaining the manga experience. Instead, I would suggest to continue with this flow. Add in more anime-original scenes to expand the character arcs and we’ll see a different kind of Kaminomi, a mature one fitting of its art style and animation.

Regaining back my interest in the anime adaptation of Kaminomi, let’s proceed with the uniqueness of this episode and what makes it good:

Anime Original Content 1: Ayumi preparing Keima's drink

Ayumi’s simple gesture is a very welcome addition for this adaptation. Not only does it look cute and romantic but it also reveals how much her attitude towards Keima have changed.

Anime Original Content 2: More on Chihiro's side

This is pretty much a giveaway but I don’t care anymore. The good thing with this scene is it emphasizes what makes Chihiro’s personality. She may be the typecast for background characters but what ‘does’ background characters contribute to a story anyway? What makes them as they are?

Chihiro desires nothing yet sees it in herself to aspire for a goal. No matter how vague that goal is, no matter how temporary, she’d still go after it until she loses interest and chases after another. It’s no surprise how negative of a trait this can be as she’s leading her life to nowhere and this is the very reason why she’s infested with an escaped spirit. She’s easily bored yet lacks the resolve to move on and what better way to show the majority of her personality but through this content.

Anime Original Content 3

The way she flipped through channels, calling her friends to quench her boredom, not reading her homework or deciding to end the conquest because it’s not ‘fun’, for someone not ‘inspired’ to become anything, to ‘do’ anything, can we truly blame Chihiro for the way she’s acting?

Anime Original Content 4: A Merciless God

If there’s anything that made me like this episode the most, it would be this scene. Honestly, I never thought I would feel sorry for Chihiro. Seeing her forced to do something she doesn’t want to just feels sad and this scene expressed that emotion accurately. Man, I never thought i’d have the urge to punch Keima right out.

Now let’s asses further the improvement of this episode.

One, they didn’t waste time on needless animation such as Keima’s “hiatus” from the previous episode. Two, the development wasn’t overly dramatic when compared with Haqua’s “moment” with Elsie during her arc. Three, there’s no ‘trying hard for comedy’ scenes much like with what happened to Kusunoki’s arc (where some scenes that were supposed to be funny are not doing their job). Everything has been effective and I really love this pace for the anime. I just hope that they continue with this trend in order to deliver Kaminomi from an emotional and mature perspective, matching its animation and choice of music.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ryo_kun
    May 18, 2011 @ 23:06:15

    It was a very lovely and romantic episode, love it very much. I’m actually not that fond with Ayumi until this episode. I think her simple, yet cute gestures is what makes her a really lovable character. That said, her impressions increased exponentially in my book. Wonder why I never notice how lovely she is on the first season. XD

    Overall, great turn in events for Kaminomi, this arc is certainly different from the others, including the first season and man, Chihiro’s route sure was hard to get. Now I really can’t wait for next week! 🙂

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  2. baka~
    May 19, 2011 @ 20:30:17

    Don’t think that Chihiro’s route is over though. The real capture will begin next episode 😀

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  3. Keiri
    May 19, 2011 @ 22:59:38

    What I found myself really liking about this episode were the buildup and subtlety of events, particularly with regards to Chihiro’s gradual change of personality towards Keima over the course of the days they spent together. Slowly but surely, it seems pretty clear that she’s falling for him instead if her excitement in engaging in meaningless chatter with him and her veiled disappointment at the end when he pushed her to confess were any indications of it. This reminded me of why I love subtle romantic progress rather than those obvious “guy and girl blush around each other whenever they meet” kind of development.

    Also, I gotta agree about Ayumi looking a lot cuter in this arc and her tsuntsun-ness towards Keima didn’t seem as annoying as it used to be in Season 1. Even her stomping on Keima looked adorably forgivable now. Oh and about her unconsciously remembering Keima… Ayumi might have lost her memories of Keima’s brief “romance” with her but Elsie mentioned that she remembers him even if her mind doesn’t because Keima filled the emptiness in her heart. What is the contextual link between this? Is it her feelings? I recall similar situations of characters in other series where they were portrayed to care for and love someone even if the former had lost memories of the latter. It’s like the case of the feelings or body unconsciously remembering things (through activities such as close interaction, or when the “amnesiac” person was shown familiar love and kindness by their partner) rather than the brain physically retaining those memories. Ah, if this issue takes a spoilerish turn then it’s okay. You don’t have to share the details if you don’t want to spoil anything. 🙂

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  4. baka~
    May 19, 2011 @ 23:28:07

    Oh and about her unconsciously remembering Keima… Ayumi might have lost her memories of Keima’s brief “romance” with her but Elsie mentioned that she remembers him even if her mind doesn’t because Keima filled the emptiness in her heart.

    It’s more of Ayumi became kinder. Taking the spoiler element out of the equation for this explanation, referring to what Elsie shared in this episode, the way Keima helps girls can be seen as… Touma defeating Accelerator… Ever since Touma defeated him, Accelerator may still have retained his personality but he became kinder.

    Likewise, the girls that Keima saved still retained their “negative traits” but it was greatly toned down. Ayumi still feels uneasy with Keima but not because she sees him as someone disgusting. Shiori, as seen in her omake scenes after her capture, is still a bookworm and is still afraid of talking to others but she’s making the effort to voice out her opinions. As for Kanon and Mio, I don’t think these will be spoilers since these are details in the omake which may never get animated. So moving on, Kanon still has her stun gun but doesn’t seem to use it on people while Mio still acts high and mighty but has learned to accept her situation.

    After Chihiro’s arc, I’m thinking of doing a post containing the afterstory omake since not all of the characters got their omake animated. And Tamaki Wakaki had some interesting notes for each of them during the character designs 😀

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  5. Keiri
    May 22, 2011 @ 00:56:35

    That would be a great help in assisting non-manga readers to understand the elements in the original better. Of course, feel free to do it at your own leisure. 😀

    So pertaining to this…

    It’s more of Ayumi became kinder. Taking the spoiler element out of the equation for this explanation, referring to what Elsie shared in this episode, the way Keima helps girls can be seen as… Touma defeating Accelerator… Ever since Touma defeated him, Accelerator may still have retained his personality but he became kinder.

    Do correct me if I’m wrong but from what I understood about this, particularly after associating it with Accelerator’s case, Ayumi (and the rest of the rescued girls) behaving kinder towards Keima is not so much directly related to them unconsciously remembering him, but more because the emptiness in their heart was filled, they feel better about themselves as a person and thus their attitude towards others is better than when they were before? So Ayumi being kind towards Keima in this episode was more or less due to her knowing that Keima was concerned for Chihiro, and therefore Ayumi approached him because she’s confident that he can help her friend?

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  6. baka~
    May 22, 2011 @ 01:11:23

    the emptiness in their heart was filled, they feel better about themselves as a person

    Exactly. The way Keima does his job of capturing using love is somewhat a purification where he forces the loose soul out of the girl and strengthens that girl in order for her to not be affected again by such negativity from other spirits. This results in the girl having a more positive outlook in life as seen in the after-scenes of the previous captures.. Well, this is emphasized further by the omake content but we’ll just have to wait if this would ever get animated (probably filler arcs).

    So Ayumi being kind towards Keima in this episode was more or less due to her knowing that Keima was concerned for Chihiro, and therefore Ayumi approached him because she’s confident that he can help her friend?

    Not necessarily have Keima help Chihiro but more of fixing up his relationship with Chihiro. From this we can assume that she’s concerned with both of them. It is understandable why she’s concerned with Chihiro since she’s her friend but Keima is… well, after her relationship with Keima got better, we could assume that what you said about “feelings or body unconsciously remembering things” holds true at this point… I would like to continue but anything more might become a personal bias as well as spoiler since the girls’ emotions play a major role later on.

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