[Anime] Kannagi (かんなぎ)
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a nice Japanese-style Gods/Modern Fantasy anime series on TV. Even better, a Japanese-style Gods/Modern Fantasy anime with lots of girls. The last time I saw something close enough was Tenchi-Muyo (天地無用！) back in the 90’s.
The new anime that falls under this genre is Kannagi (かんなぎ).
My first encounter with Kannagi was with the Japanese comic book. In fact, I remember I bought the set (volumes 1~3) when I visited Tokyo in 2007.
For those of you who read Doujinshi, you might know the author Takenishi Eri from his (her?) Typemoon paradies.
The stories centers around the goddess (?) Nagi, who came to life after Jin – the male lead high school kid – carved a statue of a female spirit from the wood retrieved from a downed tree at the local shrine.
Like your regular romance genre anime, you got a list of girls for Jin, including his childhood friend Shino and Nagi’s “sister” Hakua. Surprisingly, based on the latest comic episode, it seems like the author revealed that Nagi actually has a past love (in the work, Nagi seems to possess different personalities, with the main personality claiming that she lost her memory). This is interesting given that many readers in Japan had been criticizing this development heavily.
One interesting aspect I want to point out about this work is how it effectively made Nagi’s voice actress Tomatsu Haruka (戸松遥) into fame. In this work, not only does the 18-year old seiyu take on the lead role, she also handles both the OP and ED themes.
Despite her young age, Tomatsu has appeared in several major works including Zettai Karen Children (絶対可憐チルドレン ), Gundam 00, Moetan (もえたん), and To Love-ru (To LOVEる) to name a few. She also took on major roles in these work, putting her as sort-of rising star.
Will Kannagi be the decisive work to boost her into the hall of fame enjoyed by Seiyus such as Mizuki Nana and Tamura Yukari? At least I think she has a pretty good chance.
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