Kamigami no Asobi


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Kamigami no Asobi

Kamigami-no-Asobi
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Genres: drama, romance, supernatural
Themes: bishounen, gods, male harem
Objectionable content: Mild
Running time: 23 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 12
Vintage: 2014-04-05
Opening Theme: “TILL THE END” by Miyu Irino, Daisuke Ono, Yuuto Uemura, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Hiroshi Kamiya, & Yoshimasa Hosoya
Ending Theme: “Reason For…” by Miyu Irino, Daisuke Ono, Yuuto Uemura, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Hiroshi Kamiya, & Yoshimasa Hosoya

Plot Summary: Yui Kusanagi is ordered by Zeus, a god and the headmaster of a school he created, to teach the meaning of love to young and handsome gods. The reason he has for doing this is to cancel the negative effects of the weakening bond between the world of the divine and the world of the humans. (from ANN)


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Just my impressions of the first episode -

[details=spoiler]Meow! Be still, my heart!

LOL Yup, I will be watching this one![/details]


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Episode 2 –

[details=spoiler]So, this little girl is supposed to teach the gods about love and humanity. Now, why can’t I get a job like that? But all Yui wants to do is go home. Silly girl! And she’s still afraid of Pegasus too.

Apollon is her only friend and ally for now. The academy appears to be on a floating island. Zeus finally appears and introduces everyone, but it seems he left out a couple. If the gods fight, the academy will be destroyed, so Zeus binds the gods with shackles in the form of jewelry that seals their powers. They will disappear upon graduation. If they graduate.

Zeus provides a container and tells the gods that they must fill it up by understanding the human heart. They have one year to accomplish this or they will all be trapped on the island forever. The Egyptian god, Thoth will be their instructor. Nice that Zeus chose the Egyptian god of wisdom, but I wonder if he also knows that Thoth also settled disputes between the gods as an arbitrator. Nice choice in either case. But I thought Yui was to be their teacher.

Spirits are to be their classmates and that fills up the school pretty quickly. I was wondering why the academy was so big for just a few gods and now I know. Zeus tells Yui to help the gods graduate. That’s it? LOL Thoth takes Yui with him and she’s still worried about her family. Thoth tells her that Chronos, the god of time, will return her to the same exact moment she was taken, and none will be the wiser. Other than that he tells her to take good care of her necklace – the Sword of Heaven’s Gathering Clouds – and not to lose it. But it also looks to be a shackle that cannot be removed. Thoth tells Yui that the sword will guide her.

Thoth shows Yui to her room – it’s gorgeous! There is a uniform and a student handbook. Thoth wasn’t kidding when he said that Zeus modeled the academy on human ones, but I’ve never seen one this beautiful. There is even a weird little doll, named Melissa, that is there to take care of Yui. The rooms for the gods are just as beautiful and are modeled in the image of their respective countries. The Greeks get a hot spring too! Fan service time! LOL

Impressions of what an entrance ceremony is were hysterical. I suppose I shall end up feeling sorry for Yui after all, since she is the one guiding these guys. Loki the trickster and Susanoo are going to be butting heads constantly I think, but I also think that will be the basis for them to become friends as well. Yui tries to round up some of the gods for the entrance ceremony, but they aren’t interested. I suppose they want to be stuck there forever

Yui and a few others set up for the entrance ceremony, but Hades, Susanoo, Thor, and Loki never show up. Funny that Apollon is the student rep. As he faces Zeus for the class pledge, Yui notes that Apollon seems different. As he gives his pledge, Yui realizes that they are all in the same boat. She hopes they will all make the best of it. But it seems that Zeus is expecting some kind of tragedy. I hope not![/details]


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Press Release


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Episode 3 –

[details=spoiler]Beach Blanket Bingo! LOL Nice of Zeus to change the season so quickly into summer. The view aside, I think the beach trip is a good idea to bring everyone together. But did Zeus really have to make fall arrive before the holiday even started? That was mean!

Apollon as student council president. Okay, I can see that. He certainly has the passion for the job. And the gods are introduced to fireworks! LOL I can’t believe that none of them had ever seen fireworks before. They have really been out of touch! It seems that the fireworks accomplished the goal too. Perhaps the truants will actually show up at school now.[/details]


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Episode 4 –

[details=spoiler]Join a club! Make friends! Learn the human heart! Too bad it doesn’t quite work out that way. But at least some of the gods are starting to get it.

Lesson learned: Strawberry rice cakes overcome misfortune every time. Even a god shadowed in misfortune can find happiness which is nice. However, I think the puns have to go. LOL Still, it was nice to see Hades change a bit for the better.[/details]


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[url=http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Kamigami-no-Asobi/The-Forbidden-Academy/Watch][/url] [b]Episode 01 is now LIVE![/b]

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Episode 5 –

[details=spoiler]I love the nicknames Thoth has given the guys! And he wants Yui to get Susanoo to join a club. But Susanoo has his own ideas and wants to be left alone. It finally comes down to a contest of swords. If Yui wins, Susanoo will join a club. During the kendo fight, I think Susanoo is a little impressed by Yui. But he feels that she’s weak and postpones the duel until she’s stronger.

I think he’s starting to soften towards Yui. He even lets her run and train with him. When Yui’s life is in danger, Susanoo manages to overcome his sealed powers and transforms in order to save her. There also seems to be a lady in his past that perhaps he wasn’t able to save. Of course Zeus must punish him for using his powers. Yui tries to explain, but Zeus is suspending Susanoo and if he doesn’t repent, he will also expel him. If that happens, Susanoo will be turned into a statue!

As a result of all this, Susanoo rejects Yui again. Tsukuyomi is the one that fills Yui in. There was a goddess that used to take care of Susanoo when he was young. She fell from a cliff and Susanoo was too weak at the time to save her. However, those that saw this blamed Susanoo for pushing her off the cliff. This only serves to make Yui feel worse. But it does explain some things about Susanoo.

It looks like Susanoo is about to apologize, but Yui stops him and makes Zeus listen to her this time. The rest of the gods come to stand with her. Zeus doesn’t like this situation, but Yui tells him that while the other gods are learning about humans, Zeus himself is the one that understands humans the least of all. I liked how Yui stood up to him and told him to learn from the others. LOL Zeus actually relents and allows Susanoo to return to class. But it’s interesting that Hades said that Zeus knew this would happen all along. Now, Susanoo just has to join a club! Back to square one![/details]


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Episode 6 –

[details=spoiler]It’s Tsukuyomi’s turn to shine. When he collapses, Thoth threatens “the imbecile” with not being able to graduate. Well, Tsukuyomi is a little dense, but he’s learning, and he takes his school duties and studying very seriously. Loki tells him that all he lacks is love. Producing “lover’s rings”, he places one on Tsukuyomi’s finger and one on Yui’s finger. The rings attract one another and stick together. One of Loki’s little jokes?

Unfortunately, the rings can’t be separated, so Yui and Tsukuyomi are stuck – literally. And no one else can separate them. Loki explains that the rings can’t be removed until the couple understands one another. Tsukuyomi gravely accepts his mission, but Yui is not happy about this at all. Then Tsukuyomi asks what a couple is. I have a feeling this isn’t going to be easy, especially when Loki volunteers to teach Tsukuyomi all about love - starting with a kiss!

But what’s a kiss? Loki has to explain that as well. Yui still isn’t happy and then, after taking his usual notes, Tsukuyomi asks Yui to kiss him. He moves in for the kill, but Apollon, Balder, and Susanoo adamantly protest and end up getting electrocuted. At least they stopped the kiss. So, what happens now? Well, first they have to explain it to the teacher. I’m surprised Thoth let them get away with it. Actually, he really doesn’t and things need to be explained to him as well.

Things only get more complicated and funnier after that, thanks to the wrong kind of book Loki loaned to Tsukuyomi as a guide to relationships. The other gods observing them from the background doesn’t help much either. Tsukuyomi needs to focus less on his “missions” and just enjoy life more. Yui tries to explain it to him, but he just doesn’t get it. He isn’t interested in learning either. Yui really has her hands full with this one!

Tsukuyomi prepared well and the moon viewing is a great success. Now, I’m just trying to figure out how Yui and Tsukuyomi changed their clothes! LOL When they are alone again, Tsukuyomi tells Yui that although he really doesn’t understand, perhaps he did enjoy himself. He even smiles and Yui smiles too. The rings separate and disintegrate! Of course Loki lied for his own amusement. They only had to understand one another without really becoming an actual couple. Loki is chased down while Apollon, Balder, and Susanoo think the worst – that Yui and Tsukuyomi are now a couple. Yui and Tsukuyomi just smile at one another. Yui has won over another one![/details]


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[url=http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Kamigami-no-Asobi/Beautiful-Shackles/Watch][/url] [b]Episode 02 is now LIVE![/b]

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Episode 7 –

[details=spoiler]It’s time for the cultural festival, but Zeus has made it snow again. Going for a seasonal theme, it’s decided to have a Christmas Market. Why do I get the feeling that Zeus is going to ruin that as well with his sudden weather changes?

Balder is getting too attached to Yui and Loki is getting jealous. Yui herself is starting to feel uncomfortable with all of Balder’s attentions. Amazingly, Loki did not know that Yui was human. Now he likes her even less and is more determined to keep Yui and Balder apart.

It gets to a point where Balder takes Loki to task. Thor steps in and tells Yui their story. I can see why Loki may be jealous, but that’s no reason to act that way. Even with Balder’s warning, Loki goes after Yui. He intends to make “special memories” with Yui, but she turns it around on him and now Balder is the jealous one.

As student council president, Apollon is supposed to open the festival with a lighting ceremony. However, Yui seems to be missing. Balder has cornered her again, asking her how she feels about him. How is Yui supposed to answer that? Jealous flares up again when Balder gets the idea that Yui is in love with Loki. He attempts to kiss Yui, but Loki finds them and pushes Balder away, yelling that Balder is only supposed to look at him! Will this be the end of their long friendship? I know Yui is going to feel awful about this.[/details]


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Ep. 01

I’m generally not a big fan of otome adaptions in the first place, but the setup for this one just seemed a bit too convenient as a first episode.


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[url=http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Kamigami-no-Asobi/Sea-Breeze-Conflict/Watch][/url] [b]Episode 03 is now LIVE![/b]

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[url=http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Kamigami-no-Asobi/The-Curse-of-Hades/Watch][/url] [b]Episode 04 is now LIVE![/b]

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[url=http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Kamigami-no-Asobi/The-Unforgivable-Heart/Watch][/url] [b]Episode 05 is now LIVE![/b]

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Episode 8 –

[details=spoiler]The Christmas Market goes on as Loki faces off against Balder. Loki tells Yui to leave them. She goes back to her stall and Thoth comes to buy all of the red bean soup. Once again, Thoth manages to find a wall to push Yui up against. I wonder what kind of stall Thoth is running to have so much money already.

Balder arrives, surrounded by his admirers. He heads straight for Yui’s stall, but she managed to slip away. She wanders through the Market, unable to face Balder just yet. As Yui visits her friends, I can see how Thoth made so much money. He’s a very “persuasive” businessman. LOL Meanwhile, Balder is frantically searching for Yui.

Yui also avoids Loki at his stall. Unfortunately, Thor spots her and calls her over. Selling really isn’t his thing, so he leaves it to Yui and walks away. Yui stays, but Loki wants her gone. He even denies wanting to make memories with her and tells her to stay away from Balder. Yui wants to know why Loki said that Balder belongs to him. He denies saying that too. He tells her again to stay away from Balder or there will be “trouble”. Loki warns her that they will both get hurt.

Balder arrives to hear that last part and accuses Loki of being in love with Yui. Loki denies it, but Balder keeps repeating it, and gets more and more angry. He barges into the stall and grabs Yui. Loki tries to stop him, but Balder drags Yui away. Yui finally makes him stop and his anger flares up again, but he calms down. He explains to Yui why she’s so special to him. Once again, he tries to force himself on her.

Loki arrives and tells Balder to let Yui go. Balder begins to glow as he tells Loki that if he can’t have Yui, no one will. Loki is able to get Yui away from him, but something is happening to Balder. His powers are no longer sealed! Loki approaches Balder and tries to get him to snap out of it. Receiving minor injuries, Loki continues to walk to Balder until he can hug him. Balder returns to his normal self and passes out.

As Balder sleeps, Loki tells Yui that he will explain things as long as she promises not to tell Balder what happened here. Once Balder is put to bed, Loki tells Yui about Balder. No one ever loved Balder for himself, but because he was the god of light. It was a very lonely existence for Balder. Yui was unique in that she wasn’t drawn to the light, but to the person. When Balder loses control of his emotions, he becomes a different person, as Yui saw. Loki also tells her about the results of those rampages.

Yui admires Loki for watching over Balder, and tells him how hard and painful it must have been. She wishes she could help and Loki finally sees why Balder was drawn to Yui. Loki tells her that Balder also saved him from loneliness and tells her about the first time he witnessed Balder’s rage. He didn’t remember what he did, once it passed. Balder now wakes up, telling Loki that he heard his voice and that they will always be together. He vaguely remembers a dream and asks Loki where he got his injuries, as he grows alarmed at the sight of Loki. Loki laughs it off as one of his pranks that backfired.

Balder then asks for Yui. He remembers looking for her at the Christmas Market. Loki says that she will be back soon. Balder sits up and asks Loki if he loves Yui. Loki says that he doesn’t but turns his face away. Then the two friends smile at each other. Yui arrives with the water and it seems to her that things are fine once again between Balder and Loki. She smiles and tells them that Apollon is going to do something special and invites them to go.

Out on the water, everyone releases their floating lanterns. It’s a beautiful sight as they rise up into the night sky. Balder takes a moment and tells Yui how grateful he is to have met her. He apologizes for causing her and Loki trouble. Yui is happy that they are all friends now. The stalking may be over, but it looks as if the jealousy may not be, as Balder and Loki each take one of Yui’s hands. Later, Thor is walking with Loki and says his name. Loki says that he knows and that he will “kill Balder with his own hands”. Thor agrees with him. What?![/details]


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Episode 9 –

[details=spoiler]Six months have already passed at the academy and Thoth announces a special event – midterms! Yui is thrown into a panic. It’s time for an intensive study session. Tsukuyomi has taken excellent notes, but understands none of them.

Something is wrong with Apollon. Ever since Yui had that strange dream about him, Apollon has been falling asleep at the drop of a hat. Yui asks him if he’s okay and he tells her that he’s fine. But he isn’t. He suddenly says that he must never be happy because he committed a crime. He snaps out of it and tells Yui to forget what he said. Yeah, like that’s going to happen!

Yui dreams again, or perhaps it’s a vision this time. She sees the woman that Apollon was with. She tries to see a happy future for herself and Apollon, but something happens to the power he gave her. Apollon suddenly realizes that Yui is no longer with him and goes running back for her. Yui sees the woman cry when she thinks about her future with Apollon. Yui reaches her hand out to the woman, but Apollon grabs it which stops Yui’s vision and pulls her back to the present.

Now it seems that Apollon has become the stalker as he begs Yui not to leave him. All the guys come running to protect Yui. But where were they when Balder was bothering her? LOL And Apollon doesn’t remember what he was doing to her either. I think too that Yui’s vision may have been real. Some of the petals that were floating around in the vision are on the floor in the hallway.

The study party is in full swing, complete with snacks! Yui is still worried about Apollon and it seems that Hades is as well. In fact, all of the gods seem to be concerned over the way Apollon is acting. Yui is thinking about it and has another vision. Apollon runs to a river, calling out for Cassandra. Then he sees her body float past. He goes into the water and takes Cassandra’s body into his arms, crying with grief. Yui wakes up in bed. Was this a dream? When did it start? What was the dream and what was real?

The doors to the balcony slam open and those petals flow into her room. Yui goes out on the balcony and sees Apollon walking below. She runs after Apollon, calling his name. Yui finds him at a pond in the woods and the apparition of Cassandra hovers over the water. The bewitched Apollon enters the water, apologizing to Cassandra. Yui follows Apollon into the water and grabs him from behind. Cassandra disappears as Hades and Dionysos arrive and call out to Yui.

Apollon is put to bed and the Dionysos tells Yui about Cassandra, a mortal woman that lost hope for the future and killed herself. And how Apollon blamed himself and cried for days afterwards. Hades tells Yui that Cassandra never arrived in the underworld, but clings to this one, too attached to leave it. Yui just saw a ghost! Hades thinks that Cassandra bears a grudge against Apollon and may cause him harm. But why did Yui dream of her? Hades warns her that Cassandra may want to harm her as well.

Apollon is suffering in his sleep and sits up to claim that he killed Cassandra. He screams and the ring that seals his powers turns black. A black cloud also appears in the globe. Hades and Dionysos have to hold the thrashing god down on the bed. Yui runs for help and Cassandra watches her. I wonder if this is going to be another case of Balder and Loki playing tug of war with Yui. Perhaps Cassandra thinks that her Apollon is in love with another mortal girl.

Yui bangs on the doors to the throne room and calls for Zeus. The doors open and Zeus tells Yui why Apollon’s ring turned black, and also the reason why he brought Apollon to the academy. Yui begs Zeus to help Apollon, but he can’t. It looks as if it will be up to Yui to save Apollon herself. Thoth stops her and wants to know what she will do, but she doesn’t know. Not yet anyway. She excuses herself and keeps running.

Apollon rises from his bed, and attempts to leave the room. Cassandra appears before Yui. Remembering what Hades said, Yui begs Cassandra to set Apollon free. But by the look on her face, I don’t think it’s Cassandra that holds him. It could be the other way around. Apollon’s guilt could be causing everything to happen and could also be holding Cassandra to this world. Cassandra tells Yui that Apollon doesn’t hear her, but she wants to save him as well. Cassandra asks for Yui’s help.

Hades and Dionysos chase after Apollon as he wanders outside again. Everyone stops when Yui approaches, but it isn’t Yui. Cassandra has borrowed her body. Cassandra tells Apollon why she killed herself. But Apollon still tries to blame himself. Cassandra has her memories of their time together and is happy with that. She tells Apollon not to blame himself anymore as she hugs him. Cassandra tells Apollon to find happiness and he begins to cry.

Cassandra comforts him, happy that she was finally able to talk to him. She thanks him and bids him goodbye as she leaves Yui’s body. Then she thanks Yui as well before she disappears in a swirl of petals. Hades states another reason for the dead not leaving this world and it’s one of love and protection. Apollon’s ring returns to it’s normal color and breaks. The cloud disappears from the globe as well and it even fills up a little more. But with all of this happening, everyone has forgotten about the midterms! I really enjoyed this episode. I always liked Cassandra’s story and I liked the way it was used here. Of course, this version was much nicer![/details]


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[url=http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Kamigami-no-Asobi/Episode-6/Watch][/url] [b]Episode 06 is now LIVE![/b]