Omamori Himari Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Neko to Shoujo to Arerugii

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Based on the manga by Matra Milan, which has been running in Monthly Dragon Age since February of 2007 and has had six volumes released in Japan, Omamori Himari is a planned twelve episode series that seeks to bring what appears to be a fairly pedestrian manga to life. The manga is being released in the US by publisher Yen Press and this series is being animated by the studio Zexcs, which has been involved in a variety of different styles of shows.

The premise of Omamori Himari is rather straightforward. We're introduced to a modern day setting in which the central focus is on a young man named Yuto Amakawa. Yuto isn't aware of it but he comes from a very long family line that's of great importance as one of the name houses of the country that deals in controlling and eliminating the Ayakashi population, or the spirits that inhabit the world. His parents died earlier, on his birthday no less, so now that his birthday has come around again he's a bit depressed. His best female friend in school and in life is a cute young woman named Rinko who obviously cherishes him a lot as she does all the things you'd expect for a young man living on his own after such tragic experiences.

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