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October 3, 2012

Anime Review: Kannagi

Unlike your typical school romance harem comedy, Kannagi has distinct features that separates it from the rest of the crowd.

KannagiSynopsis:

Our unlucky protagonist, Jin, uses the trunk of a sacred tree to carve a statue for a school project. When he takes it outside, to his surprise it begins absorbing the surrounding earth and transforms into, hold your breath on this one, a girl! So like all similar setups this guardian deity is pretty pissed that her tree was cut down and lives with Jin while she takes out her anger on squashing bugs....er, cleaning the "Impurities".

Review:

Kannagi is like a school romance harem anime, but it limits the extensiveness of unrealistic sappy cliche moments, accidental ecchi scenes and boring slice of life moments. Rather, Kannagi is what you would describe as a charming, funny, and entertaining anime targeted at the young teen. As from the story and overall presentation it is pretty evident that the characters all pretty much a bit childish and immature at times. Of course though, this is not the case for the whole series, but compared to other anime of similar genre, you can instantly see the differences. That said, the story is pretty imaginative and simplistic to delve into. Our main character Jin carves a statue from a scared tree which in turn transform into a girl! With her memory all hazy, the girl instructs him to help her clean the city of "Impurities", which are in forms of insects. However mostly, the anime features a comedy slice of life situation rather than leaning more towards action and the supernatural.

The art was very well done. The detail was suitably highly detailed from the characters to the environment around them. The art style truly reflected the real world in this anime. Movement is fluid and natural and the characters and their surroundings are drawn consistently every episode. Not many still shots or other effects are used in place of actual movement.

The music used in Kannagi was very well done, it fits their respective scenes and help add to the overall atmosphere. The variations of the main theme as well as the instrumental versions of the opening and ending are pleasant to hear and give me nothing to complain about. The voice actors also did an excellent job in bringing their characters and their personalities to life.

Kannagi featured plenty of variety of characters from your typical childhood friend to your tsundere high school friend. It is all there to be enjoyed by the viewer. Jin was pretty much an immature kid which acts indecisively at times, however towards the end of the series, he seems to man up a bit. As for Nagi, she stays pretty much the same mysterious person right till the end.

Overall, I would say that it was quite enjoyable and entertaining to watch. The characters all felt suitable for their respective roles throughout the episodes and the art style was simplistic and unique. The theme songs were quite good, although the ending songs were not really to my taste. However, I must admire the effort that the animators did to have a slight variation of the ending theme for each episode. In the end, the story was quite straightforward, silly at times, and sometimes funny to watch.

STORY: 7
Quite simple and straightforward, it features mostly a slice of life anime with comedy elements thrown about.

ART: 8
Quite simple and detailed. The animation was quite fluid and smooth.

SOUND: 8
Voice actors did a great job in bringing their characters to life.

CHARACTER: 8
Although they were slightly immature, the characters were all lovable and unique in their own way.

ENJOYMENT: 7
Kannagi can be considered more of a slice of life comedy anime with accidental harem implications.

OVERALL: 7
There were some interesting and funny moments to keep you going to the end. Although the story is not really interesting, the characters make the anime come to life.