Kamisama Kazoku – Anime Review

The Essentials

Name: Kamisama Kazoku, God’s Family
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Episodes: 13
Released: May 18, 2006 – August 10, 2006
Based On: Kamisama Kazoku light novels by Yoshikazu Kuwashima
Director: Kimitoshi Chioka
Produced By: Toei Animation
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Tenko: Ami Koshimizu
Samatarou Kamiyama: Daisuke Kishio
Kumiko Komori: Ai Maeda
Osamu Kamiyama: Masashi Ebara
Venus Kamiyama: Nanaho Katsuragi
Misa Kamiyama: Yumi Touma
Meme Kamiyama: Akemi Kanda
Shinichi Kirishima: Hiroaki Miura
Suguru: Yasuhiro Takato
Fumiko: Mariko Kouda
Ai Tachibana: Mamiko Noto
Lulu: Ryou Hirohashi
Lulu (child): Tomoko Kaneda

Major English Cast

N/A

Scores

Animation: 6/10 (x 4 = 24 pts)
Story: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Music: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 8/10 (x 2 = 16 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 7/10 (x 5 = 35 pts)

Total: 143/190 (75.3%)

Review

Kamisama Kazoku is a story about Samatarou, the son of God, and his guardian angel Tenko. Samatarou is currently living on earth in order to train to know what it’s like to live along with humans so that he may become a better god when he grows up.

Samatarou and Tenko are childhood friends, but are rather confused about how they feel about each other. Their feelings are tested and prodded as the pair have to work through several situations, such as a girl arriving in their class whom Samatarou falls for, as well a mysterious girl who shows up on their doorstep who grows several years in age every day.

Kamisama Kazoku is a reasonably good comedy, which is able to keep up a pretty good pace of new material to keep the story fresh. One issue I had with the story, however, is that it’s one of those shows which establishes the central “problem” right off, and then the problem just spins it’s wheels through 2 or 3 story arcs until it’s suddenly resolved at the end. I guess there may be sort of a feeling that the events of one story arc lead into another, but it isn’t necessarily obvious.

The biggest minus to this series – unless the fansubs were just made from bad raws – was the animation, which I thought was generally sub-par for a series released in 2006. The music was good, however.

If you’re looking for a different type of series (how many series deal’s with god’s family?) which has some laughs, but don’t really care if your anime has some flaws, then you may very well like Kamisama Kazoku.

First Watched: July 2008
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Yes

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One thought on “Kamisama Kazoku – Anime Review

  1. I remember enjoying this show when it was on. The big plus? Koshimizu Ami as Tenko. That was when I realized just how good a seiyuu she is. (Horo in Spice & Wolf, Kallen in Code Geass, Tenma in School Rumble, Nina Wang in My-Otome, Saya in Naisho no Tsubomi, Charlotte Yaeger in Strike Witches — all excellently played)

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