First Impression: Kannagi #1

Jin Mikuriya pulls an all nighter carving a statue of a “wood spirit” out of a tree trunk only to find that it later explodes and a young girl emerges from within. The girl identifies herself as a guardian deity of the land from whom all living things in the area were born. The sacred tree she slept in was recently cut down, and the trunk was subsequently given to him.

The goddess rushes to the sacred three to confirm the truth. She is enraged.

Now, black insects the goddess calls “impurities” infest the area around the late sacred tree, which previously kept them in check. The goddess is frustrated as her humanoid “container” cannot hold the power to exorcise those bugs.

Seeing a brief session of Magical Girl Lolikko Cutie on TV, however, inspires her to use a stereotypical mahou-shoujo staff toy to draw power from the environment in instead.

She enlists the help of Jin, who somehow can touch impurities, to hold the bugs still while she performs the exorcism ritual (which looks pretty much like a magical girl performing a killer move).

With their first mission accomplished, the goddess introduces herself as “Nagi,” and demands that Jin let her stay in his house.

The rest of the episode depicts the stereotypical sexual tension Jin feels as he sorts out how they would live together.


Doki Doki Hour #1: Recognition


Doki Doki Hour #2: Adjustment


Doki Doki Hour #3: Temptation


Doki Doki Hour #4: Embarrassment


Doki Doki Hour #5: Accident

Nagi Fanboying

First, the OP is fantastic. It’s catchy. It has dancing. And, GWOSH, Nagi is so cute~!!!!!

Second, Nagi’s speech pattern reminds me of Horo. Just replace “warawa  ” with “watchi” and there you have it. Since Horo is cute~, Nagi is cute~.

Third, I kind of prefer Kugimiya Rie to voice Nagi. Not that Haruka Tomatsu have a bad job with it, but her voice reminded me so much of Kugyuu.

Fourth, one of Nagi’s quirk is that she enjoys making puns. She made two this first episode: 「蜘蛛でキモ」 (“kumo de kimo,” lit. “spiders are disgusting”) and 「神饌の新鮮」 (“shinsen no shinsen,” lit. “fresh fish offering to god”). This geeky side of her makes Jin goes “huh?” as a tsukkomi, which I find quite funny. She also made a Crayon Shin-chan face after making the second pun. Nice reference.

Fifth, I still don’t get what the T-shirt below says. Must be something funny. Have to wait for the sub then.

Sixth, so Nagi is another taiyaki whore. But, man, I love her taiyaki face.

Impression

Kannagi has a slice-of-life atmosphere, which I welcome and this is one of the reasons why I like the episode. However, I noticed that the background music was absent for most part of the episode, making it too silent. So, the flow of the episode seems a tad bit “bland” for the premise of the series. Perhaps they haven’t finished all the BGMs yet?

The anime is different from the manga a little bit as the writer eschewed the scene where Aoba sees Nagi and Jin together at the end of chapter 1 of the manga to show how Jin gets into adolescent moral crisis at the premise of living under the same roof with a girl. While this is quite funny, I would appreciate it if that they went faster and introduced Aoba right away.

The ED is nice and serene. I couldn’t believe Haruka Tomatsu sang both the OP and the ED. Her singing voice is so different from Nagi’s voice. What range.

I haven’t read the manga beyond the first chapter yet, so I don’t know what this series has to offer. My attention seems to go away easily if there are not enough chaotic or epic development later. I hope that Yamakan already have such a development prepared.

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2 Comments

  1. Kadian1364
    Posted October 5, 2008 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    >>> I kind of prefer Kugimiya Rie to voice Nagi. Not that Haruka Tomatsu have a bad job with it, but her voice reminded me so much of Kugyuu.

    And Kugimiya Rie wouldn’t have reminded you of other roles she has done? Nothing against her personally, but I think Ms. Kugimiya is suffering from overexposure (and typecasting).

    I liked this episode also. The characters are charming in their naivete. I hope the show doesn’t develop into yet another typical harem comedy, but plays up the natural spirituality aspects.

  2. cardcaptor
    Posted October 5, 2008 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    @Kadian1364

    “And Kugimiya Rie wouldn’t have reminded you of other roles she has done?”

    Of course she would!

    “Nothing against her personally, but I think Ms. Kugimiya is suffering from overexposure (and typecasting).”

    And I’m suffering from Kugimiya Disease.

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