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Saori Hayami ...
 Izumiko Suzuhara (12 episodes, 2013)
Koki Uchiyama ...
 Miyuki Sagara (12 episodes, 2013)
Bryn Apprill ...
 Izumiko Suzuhara (12 episodes, 2013)
Micah Solusod ...
 Miyuki Sagara (12 episodes, 2013)
Madoka Yonezawa ...
 Mayura Soda (10 episodes, 2013)
Kristi Bingham ...
 Mayura Soda (10 episodes, 2013)
Kaito Ishikawa ...
 Manatsu Soda (9 episodes, 2013)
Joel McDonald ...
 Manatsu Soda (9 episodes, 2013)
Sarah Emi Bridcutt ...
 Jean Honoka Kisaragi (8 episodes, 2013)
Leah Clark ...
 Jean Honoka Kisaragi (8 episodes, 2013)
Ryohei Kimura ...
 Masumi Soda (7 episodes, 2013)
Chris Burnett ...
 Masumi Soda (7 episodes, 2013)
Jun Fukuyama ...
 Yukimasa Sagara (6 episodes, 2013)
Rie Kugimiya ...
 Satoru Wamiya (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Yukimasa Sagara (6 episodes, 2013)
Ryan Reynolds ...
 Satoru Wamiya (6 episodes, 2013)
Hirofumi Nojima ...
 Ichijo Takayanagi (5 episodes, 2013)
Ikumi Nakagami ...
 Rena Akinokawa (5 episodes, 2013)
Tomekichi Himuka ...
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A modern fantasy based on Japanese Shinto legends. Suzuhara Izumiko is a 15-year-old girl, who has been raised and protected in a shrine deep in the Kumano mountains. She is quite shy and destroys all the electric devices she touches. When she begins to think about going out of the mountains and moving to the city, her guardian Sagara Yukimasa recommends her to enter a high school in Tokyo and forces his son Miyuki to serve Izumiko for life. Miyuki and Izumiko repel each other but their relationship begins to change when a terrifying accident occurs on the school excursion. Izumiko learns her fate as the last representative (yorishiro) of a Himegami goddess and Miyuki learns of his duty as a guardian Yamabushi of Izumiko. (Source: MAL News)

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A Shinto tale that might need researching
31 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It seems most people seem to have a problem comprehending this anime... admittedly this may be due to there being a discrepancy between the novels/manga and the anime (manga ended in 2014, anime in 2013, although the novel came out in 2012)... and, I suspect, it contains more than the anime reveals. Still, every individual episode on its own seemed to make sense, especially if one makes sense of the abstruse language characters often use.

It is a Shinto tale, so some researching could be useful at times (there are quite a lot of references, although not knowing the legends behind them doesn't necessarily preclude enjoyment of the anime) - it's really multi-faceted, though... even if it mythologically makes little sense, one can simply view it as a coming-of-age tale, as ultimately that is how it turns out... it is by no means conventional, and while some viewers might focus too much on the relationships of the characters to the exclusion of the surrounding narrative, in this instance their interactions are a crucial part of the storyline, as there was, throughout the series, a certain political struggle within the school... that was rushed, but the twelve episodes did in the end surely develop the main character.

The ideas presented, though, I think are the interesting aspect of the story here... one might be confused by them, but from an imaginative point-of-view, and with what limited explanations there are in the twelve episodes (and there are, even if viewers drop the anime after becoming very confused indeed) - concepts from having different ('spiritual') 'phases', to dancing to specifically access the subconscious, as only once suggested by a character, to summoning a spirit (unconsciously) due to loneliness - all understandable ideas (but, as this isn't a documentary they don't go on very long about them, which is why a curt or oblique explanation may be frustratingly confusing).

Ultimately, I don't think it was at all not done well... only twelve episodes, another season certainly useful, but the twelve existent episodes felt to me like they could be self-contained, although more of it would be nice...


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