Kaminomi ep 7: A whole new Kaminomi experience


I never expected to love this episode so much! For one, following through last episode’s approach of seeing the situation from the heroine’s perspective instead of Keima’s worked wonders! Despite following the manga content closely, they were able to add in filler scenes that complimented the entire arc so damn well. Sure, the anime may have lost its full gag effect but it did create an unexpected character buildup that caught my interest.

All the scenes focusing on how Chihiro goes with her every day life is animation well spent. Even the idiotic moment where she did her air guitar is a good way of saying to the viewers “fuck off if you think I look stupid! I’m the heroine of my life!”. She may be weird through and through but it’s evident how Keima’s words pierced her heart causing her to change dramatically, living the life that she’s meant to be, without the influence of other people.

Still focusing on the buildup, i’ll admit that I really hated Chihiro’s character but after seeing how the filler scenes developed her character, I began to feel sorry for her and started admiring her. Misguided as she may be, constantly influenced by the world around her, it’s apparent in this episode how she’s trying to stand out. How can you not admire a character like that? Sure, she may be wasting her efforts as she repeat a viscous cycle of doing what she wants yet being influenced by the world around her but the fact that she’s trying is a good enough reason for her to be admired.

I also loved the dream sequence that she had at the earlier parts of the episode. It may be me but I think that it’s because of that dream that she realized that despite her failures at confessing, there’s one man who stood by her side. For a romanticist like me, this scene sells damn well!

Kudos animators for capturing moments like this! Keep this pace up!!

Not coming far from Chihiro when it comes to character development, I really loved Keima’s expressions in this episode. This is the first time that Keima felt so vulnerable (this won’t be the last) and the animation complimented it very well.

This is the very first episode that Keima gracefully lost his composure. Even before he snapped at her, even during last episode’s events, his impatience shows and it got the best of him.

Following through with Keima’s pent-up emotions, we also see how Keima, despite his claims of not wanting to get involved with the real world, cherished, to an extent, his relationships with his past captures.

Don’t think that he did this at the spur of the moment. If there’s one thing that I’ve been keeping up tabs with Katsuragi Keima, it would be this inner suffering of his… I presume this won’t become very much apparent in the next episodes but in future arcs, this will eat him up ( the manga has done a good job concealing it though)

Concluding this arc would be Keima’s godly GAR which wasn’t that noticeable during Kusunoki’s arc. Man, how I missed this! and it even took 7 episodes before I get to see this again!

I really hope they would continue with this pacing after next episode’s recreating scene. The flow of seeing the capture arc from the target’s perspective is brilliant for this series. Not only did it match the mature character designs but it also gave manga followers of Kaminomi a different view on the arc we already read, recreating that arc into a different, enjoyable experience.

Is it me or did they exactly follow this kiss scene without the subtle censors?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ryo_kun
    May 27, 2011 @ 15:31:48

    I think this is perhaps the best arc out of all others for both seasons. In fact, it is great to know that Keima never give up with his own life. Which is a shock for me as he never seemed like he care, and is always playing with his PFP to pass his time.

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  2. baka~
    May 27, 2011 @ 22:16:58

    Well, Keima has been quite a solitary figure, never standing out or being dragged by the opinions of other people. In a shounen-esque way, he does his own thing at his own pace and this brings out his unique personality

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  3. Keiri
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 20:49:56

    Chihiro certainly became quite the engaging person for someone as average and boring as she deemed herself to be. It’s ironic how the way she judged herself in that negative light opened the door to allow the audience to notice the kind of multifaceted girl she is once she released more of her pent up emotions; a girl who was insecure and frustrated because she couldn’t see the specialness of her own individuality until Keima gave her the confidence to do so. Personally for me, this has been my favorite Kaminomi arc so far and it’s almost amusing in a way how someone who didn’t outwardly possess any unique and interesting characteristics like Kanon or Ayumi do, turned this into one heck of an appealing story due to the emphasis on being “ordinary” (It wouldn’t be strange if a lot of viewers identified themselves with Chihiro’s case). This arc actually turned out to be one of the more realistic ones due to how normal a life Chihiro led and the best part of it was that “normalness” actually caused the mighty Capturing God to trip up towards the end. That was a great twist I did not expect, even if the signs were pointing towards it in the previous episode. 😀

    If there’s one thing that I’ve been keeping up tabs with Katsuragi Keima, it would be this inner suffering of his… I presume this won’t become very much apparent in the next episodes but in future arcs, this will eat him up

    Now this is something that really piqued my interest. I assume Kaminomi won’t stick to a “rinse-and-repeat” template of Keima merely capturing girls with different problems and have him do only that in the long run. It’s good to know his quests are gradually having an impact on him as well although from the sound of it, it seems all this capturing business is having a snowballing destructive effect on him? Should I expect this to be more of a serious issue in the sense that there will be future events which will end up thoroughly beating down, and then positively developing his character from those experiences?

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  4. baka~
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 23:01:15

    This arc actually turned out to be one of the more realistic ones due to how normal a life Chihiro led and the best part of it was that “normalness” actually caused the mighty Capturing God to trip up towards the end.

    Chihiro may have a sharp tongue but she is a representative of the majority out there who look down on themselves and on their inner potential to stand out. Oddly, As seen in Keima’s monologue, this capture may even be considered as reflective of what he has been doing and how he has been changing ever since he started this goose chase.

    I assume Kaminomi won’t stick to a “rinse-and-repeat” template of Keima merely capturing girls with different problems and have him do only that in the long run

    Sadly, this would continue until season 3, probably even longer at season 4 before things spice up a bit.

    Should I expect this to be more of a serious issue in the sense that there will be future events which will end up thoroughly beating down, and then positively developing his character from those experiences?

    Considering how the anime can emphasize drama/seriousness of the situation, you can expect this to be happening. But so far, all experiences that Keima had, developed his character. If you remember, he evaluated all his previous captures in Chihiro’s arc, and that proves Keima’s interest in what he’s been doing outside his “realm” of 2D games. Like shounen characters, Keima is growing but what I really like is how he is being eaten by his own naivety in the sense that he still looks at himself as a “God” yet is becoming more and more influenced by his human emotions.

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