Kamigami no Asobi Episode 1 First Impressions

In terms of otome game adapted anime series, this opening is pretty strong. It begins at a climactic battle where the gods are fighting and Yui Kusanagi, our heroine is begging them the violence to cease. And about a minute into the first episode we get a magic boy(?) transformation where Apollon takes his true form like a BADASS. I have to say, I really enjoyed that transformation sequence. He reassures Yui that everything will be okay and they fly into the fray astride a winged horse.

Now that’s an introduction.

Rating: 4/5 curiously excited clouds Crop_4 CloudsExcited Transparent

Kamigami no Asobi Episode 1 (18)Unlike other otome heroines who usually aren’t given much character development just because she is you in the game, Yui has a few layers to begin with. She’s into kendo and she’s trying to figure out what to do with her future. On first glance I think she seems more down to earth than let’s say Yui from Diabolik Lovers or Chi from Brothers Conflict. When Yui gets home from school, she hears a booming voice call her name and stumbles upon a glowing sword in one of the storage units (yeah, walk towards the glowing shack because shacks are always safe). Anyhow, she tries to pick up the glowing sword, it floats up from the box, lightning flashes, Yui blacks out and she reawakens in a green room of sorts. When she tries to approach the sword again, it transforms into a little necklace around her neck (handy) and she wanders about the building trying to figure out where she is. Her first thought is that she was kidnapped while she was unconscious, second that she travelled back in time? She ends up bumping into the gods one at a time.

Thank you for introducing each love interest with a random bloom of flowers -_- (as if we didn’t already know from the poster). She meets Hades, then follows a bunny into a room where she meets the calm and seemingly emotionless Tsukuyomi and, shortly followed by a brief interrogation by Susanoo. And well, I don’t blame Yui for being freaked out. Her comedic relief scenes are quite amusing. When Yui reaches the top of the palace/mansion, she gazes out into a beautiful world unlike her own and meets a winged horse which completely sends her sprinting in the other direction. (I don’t blame her). She then bumps into the flirtatious Loki who’s looking for Balder, klutzy and adorable (with a dark story in the game), whom Yui meets in the courtyard. Loki intervenes on their conversation, claiming he ran into the Greeks and tells Balder that this place has been “set up” by someone *cough Zeus.

Kamigami no Asobi Episode 1 (39)Speak of the devil, Yui’s magically transported into Zeus’s throne room where he explains the relationships between the gods and humans are weakening and that he’s assembled the gods struggling the most with humans in order. Zeus orders Yui to help the gods understand what humans are, what love is within the academy of the gods so that “terrible future” can be averted. Well, I definitely like this heroine’s personality because she’s not at all passive to the events being thrown at her. She storms out on the God of Gods!! (pretty cool). After reaching the garden, Yui meets Apollon and OHMIGOD IS HE SWOON-WORTHY. GOOD GOD APOLLON. He’s an absolute prince to her and he’s completely understanding and intrigued by her situation. I don’t blame Yui for having a sparkle moment with Apollon because he is SO DASHING *BLUSHHHHHHH********* ohmigodohmigodohmigod.

The credits show the Apple of Hesperides tumbling down a ribbon and each of the gods is featured with it as he sings his part in the ending song. I cannot wait for the ending song to be released. According to Greek mythology, the Apple of Hesperides was given to the fairest woman in the world but in this strange Greek-every other culture-mythology mash up, I guess the apple is supposed to represent Yui and how all the gods will be contesting over her. Very excited to follow another otome-anime and I’m interested to see how the writers will reconcile so many different love interests in such a short amount of time. Introductions seem solid and there must be more to the sword that’s currently dangling off Yui’s neck other than the fact that it chose her as the human representative. I hope Yui gets to interact beyond a surface conversation with the gods just because each of the gods have such a heavy back story in the game routes. Overall, I found the mash-up of gods interesting. Rather than trying to figure out which gods exist or not, just make all of them coincide in a multicultural existence.

Hope you girls are ready to go on this fangirling squeal-worthy review journey filled with gorgeous bishounen gods.

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

2 thoughts on “Kamigami no Asobi Episode 1 First Impressions

  1. I like the heroine and Apollo. He is very swoon-worthy. Although I am very weary of mythology gods concepts. I have read my fair share and in that respect Diabolik Lovers and Amnesia were a series that feel had better story concepts.

    Some may argue that the characters were not fully fleshed out but with a strong unique concept they brought it more than made up for it. I have mixed feelings on the series and for me to be really cheering for it it’ll have to hopefully present a more interesting story in future episodes.

    That said really like the ending theme song for Kamigami no Asobi:)

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