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Review/Recap: "Kamigami no Asobi"

Kamigami no Asobe
crunchyroll.com

Title: Kamigami no Asobi

Genres: Fantasy, romance, harem

Simulcasts: Saturdays on Crunchyroll

What's it About? Yui is a normal high school student who finds a magic sword in her parents' shrine one day and is transported to a magical academy against her will. She discovers that the god Zeus has called her to help six gods who have lost touch with humanity -- two Greek, two Japanese, and two Norse -- and she is tasked with learning alongside them so they learn what it means to be human. However, the gods -- all handsome boys -- are also there against their will, and aren't as receptive to the idea.

Intial Impression: There are scenes in this particular episode that point to the idea that this is going to be fanservice for the ladies -- the opening scene has one of the male characters stripping to transform (carefully censored as he does so, of course), and the closing credits has several shots of the gods nude under blankets. So far, from this first episode, it will be tough to tell whether they are planning to play this material for laughs or if they're going to play it straight. It doesn't help the distinction when the gods are each introduced in the typical shoujo style (flowers suddenly start blooming around them). As the show continues, we will see where this will be going.