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Gingitsune Episode #12 Anime Review

The day of the Summer Cleansing has arrived, and despite sounding like some sort of health food craze gone wrong it’s actually more of a spiritual cleansing. Makoto and her family and friends have been busy preparing for the event and the big day finally arrives. Big in a relative sense. Haru is quick to point out once the shrine patrons arrive that Satoru and her’s shrine has a much larger turnout for such events. Luckily, this is the last bit of noise we get from the young herald before Gintaro whisks her off to wherever heralds go during special events like this. READ MORE...

Gingitsune Episode #11 Anime Review

The cleaning ceremony is almost here, and Makoto is worrying about getting ready for it on time along with worrying about her future. It turns out the real reason she wanted to be a shrine priestess was because her mother was one, and that’s her only reason. She can barely remember her mother, and the fact that her mom was only a shrine maiden was because it was a family obligation makes her wonder about what she should really do. There are moments in Gingitsune where I’m not sure they were telling us the truth about only heirs being able to see the heralds. The opening of this episode furthers my suspicion, at least when it comes to Makoto’s father Tatsuo. He seems to aware of where the heralds are sitting or standing, appeared to look directly at Haru once, and now in this episode Gintaro says he doesn’t want to divine where Tatsuo is because it takes too much effort. How every suspicious, but probably irrelevant. READ MORE...

Gingitsune Episode #10 Anime Review

This is a difficult show to write about. Not much happens in each episode of Gingitsune. It’s not that the show is bad, but with little conflict or turmoil it just washes over you. I have no doubt that many people would find the show boring, but these types of quiet slice-of-life series are often slower paced. Even so, this show might be setting a record for as little happening as possible in a given half an hour. Satoru is still trying to find a balance between his perceived duties toward Makoto’s father’s hospitality, and his own activities. That split responsibility puts strain on his relationships with his fellow kendo club classmates. His team captain notices the conflict and steps in to try to get Satoru to relax. What follows is similar but different to when Makoto and her friends attempted to welcome Satoru to the shrine. READ MORE...

Gingitsune Episode #09 Anime Review

In the last couple of episodes of Gingitsune we saw what the humans were up in their day to day lives. Which of course makes you wonder what the fox heralds do all day. While the monkeys loved to people watch, Gintaro spends most of his time sleeping. Which gives Haru plenty of time to make a fool of herself. Haru has been practicing her divination flame, which isn’t anywhere as strong as Gintaro’s technique. She’s too proud to accept his offer of instruction, and is harshly critical of anything anyone does. Awfully self important little fox spirit, isn’t she? READ MORE...

Gingitsune Episode #08 Anime Review

This is a pretty hard episode of Gingitsune to describe in terms of plot. Not much actually happens, it’s the perfect definition of a slice of life. Even the heralds take a back seat, we only catch a glimpse of Gintaro and Haru as they observe a tiny bit of the events from their home at the shrine. It’s mostly about how having friends has changed Hiwako’s attitude and outlook on life. The problem at hand is simple; Hiwako wants to buy her absent father a birthday present, and doesn’t know what to get him. To her rescue comes her ‘not driver, father’s assistant’ Yoshizumi. Yoshizumi, the poor bastard, has been driving Hiwako around at her father’s bequest for several years now. He’s seen Hiwako go from an emotionally closed off teenager to a far happier young woman who’s finally coming out of her shell. He’s also now finding that he’s getting a crush on his boss’s daughter, and he’s aware of just how bad that is. Watching the poor man beat himself up over it all episode is both amusing and a bit sad. It’s okay man! You might have a chance, she digs older guys! READ MORE...

Gingitsune Episode #07 Anime Review

Now that Satoru and Haru are settled in a bit it’s time to give them a tour of the town. The first stop just happens to be Yumi’s boyfriend Shohei’s temple. Shohei has quite a large family, and a father who takes his job very seriously. I was surprised to see that, he didn’t seem the type to come from that sort of background. In a country were the dominant religion is a combination of different Shinto and Buddhist beliefs, it’s not unusual to find that a temple may house a small shrine on it’s grounds. Strange things have been happening in the temple, and many of the younger monks are starting to think it’s the work of ghosts. Although both religions respect each other’s space, there has been some decline of the small shrine at the temple simply for the fact that as time progressed the symbol of that shrine, the local monkey population, disappeared. Now more people visit the temple, and when Buddhism is mostly used for funerary rituals you can start to understand why people think there might be ghosts about. READ MORE...

Gingitsune Episode #06 Anime Review

Well, this certainly is a clash of cultures. With Satoru and Haru coming to live with Makoto and her dad it’s not unexpected that the girls would start talking. Now I know why Makoto was worried about a boy coming to live with them. She’s really not the sort to revel in the sort of attention the girls are giving her about the situation. Satoru is stiffly formal, and is still trying to keep out of everyone’s way. Compared to the the way that Mokoto and her dad behave there is bound to be awkwardness. Even Gintaro manages to mess up when he casually knocks Satoru around and Satoru takes the roughhousing as a punishment. It’s clear that it will be awhile before everyone is comfortable in this new living arrangement. READ MORE...

Gingitsune Episode #05 Anime Review

The misadventures of Satoru and Haru continue in this episode. Still feuding since last week, the pair must learn to stop trying to shoulder their problems on their own and ask for help. Which, of course, Makoto and her dad are more than willing to give. We saw where the strife Satoru was dealing with came from last week, but we get recap of it here from a slightly different perspective. Why are these shows so filled with jealous relatives? Too many anime and manga series back on the dead parents and jerk relatives angle, it’s a trope that the industry can’t seem to shake. READ MORE...

Gingitsune Episode #04 Anime Review

There’s one last major character in Gingitsune that we’ve yet to be introduced to. We’ve seen him and his herald in the opening sequence, but he has yet to make an appearance. Little did I expect that he would be a boarder coming to live with Makoto and her father at their shrine. Have I mentioned how great Makoto’s Dad is? Makoto gets angry at him for not telling her about the boy beforehand and he just laughs it off. He’s perfectly dorky in a way that only a widower anime Dad can be. READ MORE...

Gingitsune Episode #03 Anime Review

We know from previous episodes and the opening credits that Gintaro isn’t the only spirit lingering around shrines in the world of Gingitsune. Surprisingly, he’s the only one that Makoto has had any contact with. That changes when a displaced turtle spirit arrives on the steps of her shrine, looking for a new home. His tale is one that isn’t too surprising. The pond and small shrine at it that he used to call home had been demolished for a construction project. With nowhere to go he started walking and ended up at the next town over. Being the good kid that she is, not to mention future shrine priestess, Makoto thinks of a new home for him and takes Gintaro on a ‘date’ to deliver their friend. READ MORE...