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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
An Amazing All-Around Anime
By Antonio D. Paolucci
Before I had purchased Kamichu, I read all I could on it and found that a lot of critics agree that it's a Spirited Away for TV. Spirited Away was a masterpiece, that's for sure, but in Kamichu's case I expected a episodic copy of Miyazaki's Oscar winner. That, for me, was all I needed to purchase this DVD, and what I honestly expected was something wholly different than what I got. Kamichu itself is a masterpiece; it covers all the grounds of a great anime, and while it does share a lot of similarities to Spirited Away and many other Ghibli films, it still has it's own little style that separates it from the Ghibli bunch.
To me, an anime needs four things to make it great: animation, story, characters, and music. Kamichu excels in every field. The production value of this tiny little series in excellent. You can actually see the money that was put into this anime; every head movement is fleshed out, the leaves on every tree in the background shakes in the wind, and there are sunspots and shadows dotting places so insignificant as to seem wasteful, yet it adds to the overall excellence of the animation.
As for the story and characters, it follows a timid little girl named Yurie who recently found out she was a god. In the episodes on this volume, Yurie, with the help of her friends, goes about figuring out just what her powers are, or even if she has powers. But eventually word gets out to the public that Yurie is a god, and the attention is turned directly on her. Yet she must also go about being a little girl as well, and that includes school, a bratty older brother, taking care of her cat, and finding a way to get the attention of her crush.... The cast of Kamichu is so small and intimate that it's virtually impossible not to like. All of the characters have their little nuances that separate themselves from the others.
The music is great as well. It matches the simplicity of the series and story well, and adds all the right emotions to scenes it backs. Anyone who finds they love this series should also get the soundtrack from Geneon.
One thing is certainly true about the early comparisons to Spirited Away: Kamichu the series matches the Spirited Away movie in sheer excellence. Whether you buy the special edition box set (which I highly recommend) or the regular edition of this volume, just find a way to get this anime. It's just short of perfection, and well beyond brilliance. I recommend Kamichu to anyone who just enjoys anime, and especially for anyone who is seeking an avenue into the world of anime. This has become the new ambassador to anime for newcomers.
2 of 19 people found the following review helpful.
By Lori Kaminsky
Yurie (whose a teenage girl) finds out that she is a god. She tells her friends and tries to find other gods as well as having to deal with aliens.
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Very Cute, Pure Escapism
Yurie is a junior high school girl that discovers that she is a god. Yurie's friends try to help help her discover her powers, things don't go exactly as planned. She meets a boy and falls in love, she accidentally causes a typhoon, and embarrasses the heck out of herself. Her friends decide to make her the chief deity of a local shrine. Yurie has to learn the goddess business quickly. Things aren't easy, but Yurie is optimistic, adorable, and has some very supportive friends. With those things going for her, Yurie is bound to find happiness in the end.
This anime is very cute. The character designs, animation, soundtrack, and voice acting are all quite good. It has a very Miyazaki vibe to it. This show is very solid. My only complaint so far is the really fluffy story. It's not very serious. I can see girls liking this anime a bit more than guys. Especially girls in their teens. I'm a 27 year old automotive technician, so this story isn't exactly my thing. But I am enjoying it for what it is, and I'll continue watching it. most of us watch anime to scape from the tedious real world that we live in. This anime offers that experience, and that's what really matters. Just because I rated this volume 4 stars, doesn't mean that it's not a 5 star series. It's hard to achieve 5 star level in just a few episodes. I'll let you know how it turns out as I continue to watch.