I just saw Kannazuki no Miko. I put it off for many years in spite of being lead to believe this was a really great anime and having been recommended it a few times. Guess you could say I've been saving it and worried it might not live up to the hype. ...and holy shit that was something. It really had me choking up by the end I'm not gonna lie. If I still had a heart it would be wrenched to the extreme.
I like how this took some pretty surprising turns and twists. Lot of things I expected to see happen didn't and vice versa. Like one little thing was with the school bullies. I fully expected them to harass and seriously bully Himeko, and maybe rough her up a bit to cause some drama with Chikane having to save her or comfort her. Instead they were just a minor nuisance that didn't really come up more than a couple times. I was mainly very surprised by the direction the plot/romance took considering what I've heard about how japan feels in regards to yuri. I didn't want to believe it at first and kept telling myself she must have been under some mind controll or something but it was really getting to look like Chikane lost her mind and turned to the dark side, and Himeko was gonna end up with what's his face. For that matter I'm surprised what's his face's brother got taken out like he was, I figured he'd have been part of the final show down, rather than getting his ass mostly handed to him half way into the show.
It was strange though, while I have no real idea what went on in the making of the anime it felt almost like the creators were trying hard to make something great, but were being pressured and forced to shove in stupid garbage tropes from generic mecha anime. Main things being the overly colorfully main mecha design (which I was okay with), male hero character that acts like yelling will make him more powerful, and most of all the really out of place and bizarre villains that didn't match the tone of the show at all. An idol, a catgirl nurse, and a freaking manga artist. Part of me wanted to believe they were there as an ironic joke, but I really don't think that was the case. Especially not when they tried explaining what lead those characters
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