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Kashimashi – 01

We open with a silent conversation between two girls, and one of them kisses the other just as a third girl walks into the room. Backtrack to sometime before that, there is a stealthed spaceship in orbit that’s researching humans. On Earth, Osaragi Hazumu is climbing a mountain and identifying the plants on his way up. He trips and falls through some bushes, landing in the exact same spot where he fell on Kamiizumi Yasuna sometime before. Hazumu had helped her gather some plants and the two had hit it off. Yasuna had let it slip that Hazumu looks like a girl, but Hazumu didn’t mind too much. Back in the present, Hazumu’s friend Asuta is looking for him, but Kurusu Tomari, a childhood friend, doesn’t know. Asuta remembers telling Hazumu that he should confess to Yasuna, and Tomari had agreed. However, as Hazumu remembers, his friend Ayuki warned him if that a confession failed, then they might not be able to return to the original friendship. In the end, Hazumu did confess, but Yasuna rejected him. A still-hurt Hazumu continues to climb up the mountain, but as day becomes night, his friends become worried, especially after Asuta tells Tomari and Ayuki about the rejection.
In orbit, an explosion occurs on the spaceship and it starts a descent course for Earth. At the Osaragi home, Hazumu’s parents are worried for Hazumu, but his teacher Tsuki Namiko (who’s had no boyfriend for her 35 years), vows to find him. Unfortunately, she falls into the hole in front yard before she could get very far. Back on the mountain, Yasuna is replanting some primula flowers that she and Hazumu originally grew at school, but the painful memories are too much for her and she starts to cry. At the base of the mountain, Asuta, Ayuki, and Tomari are still searching for Hazumu. Tomari is particularly concerned because she knows that Hazumu has always been very sensitive, and she also feels responsible for his pain because she encouraged him to confess.
Hazumu steps out onto a cliff overlooking the city and spots a shooting star. He starts to wish to it, but then notices that it’s an actual object – the spaceship that’s coming straight for him. It hits him square in the head and then both he and the ship disappear. A new body is formed and a voice apologizes to Hazumu. At that point, the spaceship starts broadcasting around the world, identifying themselves as aliens. After projecting out a picture of Hazumu, the beings continue by saying that while landing from an accident they injured an earthling (Hazumu). However, in the process of regenerating him, the aliens changed Hazumu from male to female. Yasuna and Tomari arrive in time to catch the new Hazumu as she’s being beamed down, and Tomari is taken aback after finding her hand on Hazumu’s breast. Hazumu wakes up, apparently unaware of what had just happened.

OP Sequence

OP: 「恋するココロ」(Koi Suru Kokoro) by eufonius
Opening song was played in place of the ending song for the first episode. It’s another good one by eufonius (I have yet to not like any of her songs).

I’m very pleased with how the first episode of Kashimashi turned out as it’s pretty much everything I was hoping to see (and I’ve been waiting to see this since last fall). The general concept (boy gets hit on the head with a UFO and gets turned into a girl, shoujo-ai ensues) still gets to me in the I-can’t-believe-that’s-the-storyline sort of way, but I’ve really grown to like it thanks to the manga. The first episode gets a bit more sci-fi: there are a lot more spaceship and “Sora Hitoshi” shots than the manga. Other changes include the addition of the scene where Yasuna replants the primula flowers on the mountain and the addition of Yasuna when Hazumu is beamed down. They’re giving Yasuna a bit more screen time early on, but I don’t really mind because, as that final scene with the three girls shows, the focus of the series is still on the triangle relationship between Hazumu, Yasuna, and Tomari. And considering the future shot that they show in the very beginning, things are going to get interesting.
Animation was pretty top-notch, so no complaints there. The all-star cast for the main three – Ueda Kana, Horie Yui, and Tamura Yukari – did a great job, though Ueda-san’s voice was a bit too feminine for a male high-schooler. I also have to mention that the English (not Engrish) was great, and had me laughing really hard. It equates to something like a poorly acted English dub. I also found it funny that the guy said “six thousand five hundred and sixty feet,” but the subtitles below said 2000 meters.
So I’m looking forward to next week, which should involve Hazumu buying a bra and getting used to being a girl.

January 11, 2006 at 5:09 pm
  • January 11, 2006 at 5:14 pmKiraTakuto

    Well it seemed they kept true to the manga at least, but it seems they decided to add a little more fanservice than needed. If i remember correctly, after Hazumu (the main character) is turned into a girl, he/she is still wearing his clothes, not completely naked….

  • January 11, 2006 at 5:15 pmOmni

    You would be correct…

  • January 11, 2006 at 5:24 pmDaveJS

    Wow! I’ve been waiting for this premiere for a while now. I just hope it’s good and does the manga justice *keeps fingers crossed*

  • January 11, 2006 at 5:26 pmbj0rN`-

    hurray! another song by eufonius! i liked their song in futakoi and futakoi alternative!

  • January 11, 2006 at 5:45 pmKaito

    i dont recall the manga having much fanservice at all..
    i hope they dont put too much pointless fanservice in the anime. >_

  • January 11, 2006 at 5:48 pmRooboy

    All fanservice is pointless, that’s why it’s fanservice. :)

  • January 11, 2006 at 5:57 pmRasmiel

    “All fanservice is pointless, that’s why it’s fanservice.”

    Not Shakugan no Shana fanservice. It practically had Omni regain his interest in the show (I remember it, you evil man) XD

  • January 11, 2006 at 5:58 pmmemb

    I’m really waiting forward for this one, the manga is totally kawaii.

  • January 11, 2006 at 7:26 pmavex mode

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 11, 2006 at 7:43 pmEliteF22

    Yuri => fanservice.

  • January 11, 2006 at 7:45 pmKaito

    haha, for a guy who gets hit in the head like that, you’d think he’d lose a lot more memory than that.

  • January 11, 2006 at 8:42 pmcyw1988

    can i ask a question???

    will it be shoujo ai all the way or will he turn back into a boy sometime later…

  • January 11, 2006 at 9:05 pmKaito

    the manga isnt even done yet, only on volume 2?
    nobody knows if he’ll turn back into a boy, yet.

  • January 12, 2006 at 3:03 amSycia

    Haha, I was flipping out at the America-guys sequence. XD The people sound like they’re being threatened at gunpoint to dub this!

    Still, although I’m not one for romance, it looks sweet enough to consider watching more…

  • January 12, 2006 at 3:20 amtaykoubou

    It seems Team_Tomari has already released episode 1. It seems fast for me, I’m afraid of the quality. If you want to get the torrent, http://www.animesuki.com/group.php/503.html

  • January 12, 2006 at 3:52 amKiraTakuto

    I found it surprising they actually got people who spoke proper English for the Americans lol. It’s usually some Japanese VA trying to speak English but badly.

  • January 12, 2006 at 4:04 amzenmastar

    Anime concept suck, i felt like slapping the creator after i saw this anime

  • January 12, 2006 at 4:38 amavex mode

    Get out of my internet zenmaster!!!!

  • January 12, 2006 at 5:00 amAizenji Sorato

    Nah, it’s not that everybody must like this anime genre…As for me, the yuri part is ok, but i sorta dislike the concept, since i’ve had enough of the “triangle relationship” thing

  • January 12, 2006 at 5:05 amRincewind

    Yeay! I was waiting for this one!!
    I really likes the manga, I hope that the anime dont ruin the story… and lets hope that she (he?… whatever…) remains as a girl. :D
    For Shoujo-ai´s sake!!

  • January 12, 2006 at 5:42 amWererat42

    I’ve been waiting for this… cool. There aren’t enough shoujo-ai animes. I especially like the fact that they got actual English VAs for the NASA people. That alone raises the production value several bars, though I may have to get used to the art style.

  • January 12, 2006 at 2:30 pmmangamaxx

    Thought it was weird how they don’t really show Hazumu’s face till he turns into a girl.

  • January 13, 2006 at 6:47 amDemon Eyes

    Someone said that yuri=fanservice?

    Why the hell is yuri = fanservice!!??

    In this show where yuri dominates, you can’t call it fanservice.

    This show is about yuri so it ain’t service in this.

    Maybe it was at the end on Shuffle! when Sia and Kaede kissed or in Tsukiyomi Moonphase when the girls kissed. Thos weere done to please the odience but not this one.

    Shows like this take yuri seriously like Kannazuki no Miko or OTOME.


  • January 13, 2006 at 3:21 pmXellos-_^

    Anyone else up for a Girl/Girl/Girl ending =D

  • January 13, 2006 at 5:33 pmZim4o3

    Btw, Team_Tomari’s release were an .avi with a .srt being seperated. In other words, a softsub. :o

    I’ll still go with the raws and wait for the widescreen if there’s any.

  • January 17, 2006 at 1:03 amBooyah

    Hey I thought it was called Kasimasi not Kashimashi. That’s what the Anime News Network says.

  • January 17, 2006 at 1:08 amBooyah

    Oh nevermind. Tat’s wat Anime Nfo says Kashimashi. So confusing.

  • November 4, 2006 at 6:45 pmgigi

    wat channel is kashimashion and wat time?