Kamisama Kazoku – 01
A boy named Kamiyama Samatarou and a girl named Tenko are sitting in class when their teacher asks a question about whether bloomers should be abolished or not. This piques Samatarou’s interest, and makes Tenko wonder if he’s thinking about something strange. Their teacher then goes a bit crazy talking about how much he loves bloomers, even taking off his pants and showing off the bloomers that he’s wearing underneath. Tenko accuses Samatarou of being responsible for this, but it’s actually their father’s doing – it seems that the Kamiyama family is a family of gods and goddesses. Tenko still considers Samatarou to be the one responsible since it was his thought that triggered his father to come and perform the “miracle.” She feels that he’s been getting what he wants since he was little, being spoiled by their father. After school, Samatarou expresses his desire to go home alone. He and Tenko are together so much that the class thinks that they’re going out. One of Samatarou’s friends then comes by and invites him to go to the game center together. Tenko refuses to allow him because according to her, it’s a den of evil. Samatarou gets pissed off because she’s always so bossy – once in a while, he’d like to do what he wants to do. But then, while Samatarou’s sister Misa comes by and keeps his friend busy with her beauty, Tenko drags Samatarou off.
The two end up in the park after Tenko punched Samatarou. Seeing a pair of twins roll by in a stroller, Tenko remembers how they were born in the same hospital on the same day. While Samatarou is his parent’s biological child, Tenko was found outside the hospital. Their father had taken her in and named her Tenko because she was an angel. The two of them have been together ever since then. Samatarou eventually apologizes after seeing Tenko’s smiling face. Tenko thinks to herself that they always end up making up. When they return home, they find that their entire family (father included) is dressed in bloomers. After a really embarrassing bout with everyone having fun (at his expense) at a family athletic meet conjured up by his father, Samatarou spends the rest of the night sulking in bed. He doesn’t show up for the sukiyaki dinner that Tenko prepares, despite the family’s efforts to get him to come out. It’s not until that night, after his parents jump into his bed and take his blanket, that he’s forced to go downstairs. He eats the sukiyaki that Tenko left for him on the table, but then hears her voice. She’s wrapped herself in his blanket, which his father had thrown into the dining room, and is now huddled beside the refrigerator. Samatarou realizes that she had been waiting for him to come down. She appears to be sleeping, but still reacts through her sleep to what he says. After he goes back upstairs, she wakes up and sees that she’s got his blanket around herself, which makes her quite happy.
The next day, the two go to school together. An energetic Tenko accidentally falls down some bars that she’s trying to walk on, but Samatarou catches her. In class, his friend tells him that there’s going to be a female exchange student coming today. Tenko thinks to herself that since he’s surrounded by goddesses, Samatarou wouldn’t have any interest in normal girls. But as it turns out, Samatarou can’t keep his eyes off of the new girl, Komori Kumiko. Tenko can’t believe that Samatarou declares (twice) that this girl is beautiful.
ED: 「図書館では教えてくれない、天使の秘密」 (Toshokan de ha Oshiete Kurenai, Tenshi no Himitsu) by ミラク (Miraku)
Watch the ED! Mirror 1 Mirror 2
The OP is really heavy on the guitar in a very good way and Mizuhashi Mai is a surpringly good singer. The ending is decent group song, but I haven’t listened to the it nearly as many times as I’ve been playing the OP over and over (which should tell you something).
Wow, that was tons better than I had expected it to be (actually, I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect). This had high quality animation, a good love story (triangle) developing, along with cute and funny characters who have god powers. The bloomers thing was quite unexpected and funny.
The central plot here revolves around the relationship between Samatarou and Tenko. Though not related, the two have been raised together (try hard not to get sis-con vibes here). But from the OP animation and Samatarou’s reaction, it looks like a triangle will form between him, Kumiko, and Tenko. If I had to guess, I’d say that the childhood friend archetype would win here, but it’s too early to tell. Aside from the love aspect, the other half of the story seems to be about Samatarou learning to become a god by living in the human world and about Tenko being an angel. It’ll be interesting to see how that develops alongside the relationship aspect.
As for back information, Kamisama Kazoku is based on a series of light novels by Kuwashima Yoshikazu (Matthew pointed out to me that he also wrote the lyrics to the opening and ending song.). From what I’ve heard, the first episode follows the novel fairly closely.
And before anyone asks, it’s important to note that this series will only be thirteen episodes long. From the preview, it appears that next episode will be the pool episode.