89th G-View: Kannazuki no Miko

Hello and welcome to G-Views, where SoL reigns supreme, moe is respected and Dokuro-chan sucks poopie. Well, I’ve been wanting to review this show for a long time and I think that the time has finally come. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, one of the most legendary yuri anime in history, Kannazuki no Miko.

Bonus: In case my review is not enough to convince readers, here’s a second opinion from someone who avidly loves the series as a whole:

Kannazuki No Miko: 2nd Opinion

Genres: action, drama, magic, psychological, romance, supernatural, shoujo-ai
Themes: mecha, yuri
Objectionable content: Significant (bloody violence and/or swearing and/or nudity)
Number of episodes: 13
G-Rating: 6/10 as an action mech anime, 10/10 for ChiMeko.

Plot Summary: The highborn Himemiya Chikane is cool and aloof, the perfect young lady of good breeding. Kurusegawa Himeko is devoted to her, and secretly her friend. Their lives are undisturbed in their school, until an ancient evil suddenly rears its head. To combat it, Chikane and Himeko must take on the roles of shrine maidens of the Moon and Sun.

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Let me get this out of the way first. As far as an action anime with mechs go, this one just plain sucks. The villains are generic and uninteresting, the mechs themselves aren’t memorable and completely out of place in an anime like this and the action scenes are too short. You could have pretty much just had the heroes and villains fight each other without mechs. Would have made the action portion less ridiculous and slightly more tolerable.

Legendary first kiss

Now as for ChiMeko…
It could not be more amazing, enthralling, fulfilling.  The whole series is about the relationship of Chikane and Himeko (who is unaware of Chikane’s true feelings for most of the series), and how Chikane, foreseeing the awful fate that awaits either her or Himeko, will do anything and everything necessary to save her beloved’s life, no matter how painful it is or how much she must sacrifice. This series will tie your emotions in knots, but it will all be worth it in the end (just be sure to watch until the VERY end).
This couple has been the source of yuri discussions in the nation of a years. You would not believe how big this show’s thread is, how much has been discussed about this couple, the action portion’s crappiness and the decisions made by both Chikane and Himeko throughout the show.
Believe me when I say that both girls go through the series. Joy, glee, excitement, fear, pain, sorrow, doubt, confusion, rage. You name it, they’ve experienced it.
Like I said about the threads, the discussions on the decisions made by both ladies is quite large. Some feel sympathy while others feel that a different path could have been taken in order to reach the climactic finale. Oh the finale…wow…just…wow. It remains one of the most romantic moments in anime I’ve ever seen. A cheesy setup, but it’s the dialogue spoken that touched my heart. Sure, others may disagree. To each their own, right? the point is that ChiMeko is the main reason to watch this show. this show pretty much defined the phrase “What I would endure for yuri”.

The music: Once again, classical + Yuri. Also, the addition of KOTOKO’s songs increases the coolness of this show’s soundtrack.

The animation: Hit and miss. It’s hard to explain but sometimes it does exceedingly well and other times it doesn’t impress. It’s all about timing with this one.

KNM Cast fan art

Characters: The villains of the show are the 7 members of the Orochi. Yes, it is associated with the evil 7 headed dragon. Each of the seven Orochi fit easily into archetypes, consisting of a sociopath criminal, an unintelligent brute, a former Japanese idol, an anti-social mangaka, a catgirl, a seemingly betrayed friend, and a disillusioned nun. They are extremely discordant with each other and do not coordinate attacks on the miko until the middle of the series. that’s all you need to know about the villains. Sure the 1st head and the 7th have a history together but other than that, the other heads don’t do anything special in order to get your attention, except maybe the 2nd head.

Souma Oogami: the male lead who is best known for 1 thing: his manly screaming of Himeko’s name from the top of his lungs. This guy really does yell himeko’s name out loud when she’s in trouble. I do admit that aside from that, he’s not so bad as a male lead. In fact, some fans sympathize with him for all that he’s gone through. I don’t blame them. Even though I’m a ChiMeko fan for life, HimeGami wasn’t that bad while it lasted.

Aside from this guy, there are two other characters worthy of being mentioned because they’re awesome.

Otoha Kisaragi: Chikane’s personal maid, Otoha is loyal and devoted to Chikane. When Himeko comes to live with Chikane, Otoha immediately notices the bond between the pair and grows intensely jealous, angered at Himeko for taking Chikane away from her and hurting her mistress. Aside from playing a humorous role and some very weighty scenes of her own in the series, she is a support character who clarifies how Chikane reserved her feelings for Himeko alone.

Makoto Saotome: Himeko’s friend and roommate, “Mako-chan” is an athletic girl, one of the best runners on the Ototachibana track team. Sure her role is small compared to other characters on the show, but her appearance definitely left an impression on the viewers.

The other characters serve their purpose and no more.

BTW, this is another show where I don’t mind the English Dub at all. It’s good in my opinion. Nothing spectacular but good nevertheless.

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In conclusion: For those interested in witnessing a majestic showmanship of an intriguing yuri relationship, watch this show, provided you can stomach the bad mech action in between. Trust me, if you can, you’ll be richly rewarded for your endurance.

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29 Responses to 89th G-View: Kannazuki no Miko

  1. Kris says:

    This anime completely broke my heart oh my god it was amazing. Though the mechs were… less than. But ahhhh fabulous

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  2. Baka says:

    Dood, got chills every goddamn time the OP and ED started. Soooo good. One of the best yuri couples out there, cried like a baby in the end. ChiMeko for life, brotha.

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  3. klac says:

    I’m a bit disappointed….The anime version has less ecchi… the manga version has more ecchi between chikane and himeko though…

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  4. Todd says:

    I really loved this series, the action. drama & yuri. Overall the plot was decent and fairly easy to understand, but I was quite shocked when I watched the WHAM episode. I couldent believe Chikane’s betrayal of Himeko, I even stopped liking her for the next few episodes. It was good to see her redeemed at the end despite the death of the pair.
    Yes great yuri series, I thought it was better than Kashimashi in terms of yuri. I always enjoyed the mecha battles, however it was no Gundam or Code Geass.

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  5. ??????? says:

    I liked the manga better.No harm in liking the anime better.

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  6. This review does KnM so much justice. Their love is indeed eternal, even if the show is meh. I’m so upset about Shattered Angels and Amnesian, but at least we got Kaon and Himiko.

    Also, sometimes I feel like the only one who actually liked the mecha fights, only because at the time, I hadn’t seen any other mecha shows. Nowadays I know that there are better mecha shows, but other than yuri, very few come close to what KnM is for me. It was one of my first anime ever as well. Chikane/Himeko will be in my heart forever and ever.

    I didn’t have the chance to rewatch it for Kannazuki day, but I’ll be sure to do so at some point this month.

    Also, I did like the Orochi villains a lot, even if most of them don’t have much depth to them. Tsubasa is a husbando of mine, Miyako still remains to be one of my most hated villains in anime, Girochi’s patheticness amused me, Corona and Reiko’s spitting fire ‘I’m sixty eighth!’ dynamic was always just a blast (I wanted SO much more of them), Nekoko is just adorable and I’m fond of quoting her. And yeah, I even like Souma too, although he was in the wrong anime falling for the wrong girl. 😉

    Mako-chan, Otoha and Yukihito…to some they are forgettable, but to me they were great supporting characters. Especially the former two. My heart burns for Otoha…who is hopelessly in love with the mistress whose heart will forever burn for another. And Mako-chan just brought a smile to my face.

    Even if I don’t end up liking Kannazuki as much the next time I watch it in full (although I don’t think that’s possible), it will always remain one of my favorite anime and one of the best yuri I’ve ever seen even with its flaws and not living up to its potential. Said potential certainly wasn’t wasted though. I wouldn’t have minded some focus on their past lives and the mythology (especially the Shinto references), myself.

    Great review as always, G!

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    • Overlord-G says:

      ChiMeko will never die.

      It’s cool you enjoy the mecha fights. Like you said there have been better but I do not dislike these mecha fights too much. They’re just nothing special.

      Not good with their names but my fav 2 Orochi members are the dark nun and the idol. Souma has his garish manliness to back him up.

      Mako’s a cool friend when she isn’t being mean to Himeko and Otoha’s a victim of “the best friend” trope.

      The less we talk about the spinoffs the better, although KaoMiko retains ChiMeko’s glory.

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      • Lol, as you know, I call them ChikaHime. And no they won’t.

        Yeah, I know there are MUCH better mecha series out there (especially now that I’ve watched Gunbuster/Diebuster which you should take a look at if you haven’t already, there is yuri to be found in those and TTGL) but KnM was my first exposure to mecha or sci fi yuri, so it holds its nostalgic grip over my heart quite tightly. And I don’t think that’s an issue at all. I will agree that they are neither bad nor good. The best one was in episode 5 and 11, though. And even then, I can’t judge a good mech fight when I see one hahaha. 😛

        Yeah, Tsubasa (Souma’s brother) and Corona (the idol) are my favorites. I also really love Nekoko and Reiko (they’re cute and funny, and Reiko’s gloominess as well as how she became an Orochi really intrigued me so I was hoping that they’d explore that). Miyako (the nun) was…she makes me angry, let’s just leave it at that lol. A great villain but oh goddess I hate her. XD

        It’s funny that you bring that up, because her snapping at Himeko after her leg was broken made a lot of sense to me, even in the beginning. I really wished she was around more, but her epic comeback in episode 10 really did seal the deal. You show those bitchy fangirls, Mako-chan! I would liken Mako’s attitude toward Himeko during episode 2 to Sayaka having snapped at Madoka in episode 8, which is unfortunately why an uncomfortable amount of MadoMagi fans give her a lot of flack (although they fail to understand her soul gem was tainted and she was stressed out, which really irks me since its understandable why she’d criticize Madoka for not sharing her burden and hate herself for it afterwards). But yeah, I see what you mean.

        And Otoha…oh poor Otoha, both you and Mami (well maybe not for her anymore) are forever alone.

        I’m probably gonna work on my KnM/PMMM crossover fanfiction after I get done rewatching KnM. I only got one chapter done and have decided to collaborate with a few of my friends (two of which JUST recently finished KnM) on it.

        I mean, Shattered Angels/Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora was just disappointing. I know nothing about the manga and Kaishaku’s other works, so that might’ve contributed to my disappointment with it, but it was just…bad man. Kaon/Himiko was the best thing though, and the OVA specials with them were awesome (should’ve been the whole show lol, same with that cute Kuu/Setsuna teasing we got in one of them). As for Amnesian, well, I don’t know how it ended because they never finished scanlating it, but a lot of people read it in Japanese and were very disappointed. Oh well, I’d have rather had the cycle end in tragedy than go on with mediocrity in its midst tainting the beauty that is Chimeko/ChikaHime.

        Been talking to Animegirlzvstheworld on CR a lot, he’s a HUGE fan of the series, so dedicated and devoted. It’s really cool and all, although I’ve been trying to get him to watch some other shows as well (and we don’t share A LOT of the same anime tastes ourselves). His attitude on yuri (especially when it comes to Lyrical Nanoha and Madoka is…interesting, to say the least). It’s kind of a shame that the rest of the world (and Japan) didn’t make such a big deal about KnM’s 10th anniversary, like even a Bluray release or special like Yamibou (which I still want to see myself) got, but alas, as you say, Chimeko will live in the nation’s hearts, forever. ❤

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      • Overlord-G says:

        ChikaHime works too. I’m just more used to ChiMeko.

        She did her job of being a despicable douchebag, especially during the “mirror” scene.

        Sayaka’s a victim of being slowly consumed by darkness along with kinda being screwed over by her gal pal and useless pre-Kyouko love interest.

        Ah yes. “Mr World” from CR. He’s one dedicated fan determined to have his KnM project become a reality. I can only do what I can to help his cause but I am not a miracle worker.

        The Kyoshiro OVAs were better than the show itself.

        Be very careful with Yamibou…you’ll understand why when you get there.

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      • Oh yeah okay lol. XD

        Dat mirror scene…my first experience with mindrape (and real attempted rape, I mean did you see that Himeko illusion of hers when she was touching Chikane…yeah…)…don’t even man, that was just…aaaaargh.

        Lol yeah, that’s all true, but she’s still an awesome and tragic character, and even more so the first part in Rebellion.

        I know THAT feel. He is too much, even for me. Not that that is an issue though. His passion is certainly appreciated.

        Oh man, ain’t THAT the truth. A shame really. You can tell how bad the main show is when that’s the case. Lol okay, thanks, I’ll definitely keep it in mind. I know Yamibou is even more of a post-Utena spiritual successor trainwreck than KnM and Mai-HiME in that regard, lol. Still seems interesting and worth at least one watch. 🙂

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      • Overlord-G says:

        Rape is a very touchy subject so I get it.

        Sayaka’s pretty cool.

        Yup, mad respect for his dedication though sometimes I’d like him to slow down a bit.

        Despite a certain thing I won’t spoil Yamibou’s still worth a watch.

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  7. Overlord-G says:

    Souma’s too manly for me to despise. Besides he’s one of the few “male interference” characters who deserves a pat in the back for caring for Himeko. He just couldn’t beat Chikane. Simple as that.

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  8. the_elevator_man says:

    Had to revisit this here anime, almost as a safe haven/justification for “it can get better…it WILL get better.” Maybe that’s my substitute for Stockholm Syndrome.

    Yeah, it was my first yuri anime (watched some amv with Agony, and decided right there) so I’m biased, but I don’t think there’s many titles that can epitomize “emotional rollarcoaster” and “how much hell can I stand to hope for a happy ending” like this one.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Oh I’m sticking to my decision. You can go keep on watching if you want.

      Yeah the first one watched tends to create an automatic bias.

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  10. Kerowyn says:

    This show is the reason I was scared to watch yuri in the first place. A couple decades ago, lesbian movies were also filled with tragic love stories. Lesbians were suicidal, mentally afflicted, or or disposable. They were either discarded for a man or else doomed to die for the sake of the main hetero love story. I was worried anime was more of the same after watching this and two other less intense shows. Then, I found your site, and while you don’t necessarily spoil the shows, you at least give enough details for me to weigh the risk. I will never forgive this show for ripping my heart to shreds, putting it back together and then ripping it up all over again. But I will at least acknowledge that it’s a classic, original, and unafraid of pushing boundaries.

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    • OG-Man says:

      The dark ages of yuri. Those were hard times dood. Its roots still haunt us to this day in certain shows, particularly one with a number as its title.
      KnM is a classic in every sense of the word, like it or not.

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  11. mikotohimemiya says:

    This anime is my first work in the genre yuri and at the same time the most beloved of all yuri works. I really like Himeko and Chikane, because they love each other and value their relationships. If you have to ask me which of these two characters I like, I’ll answer it Chikane. Chikane very brave, gazing into the face of danger and at the same time kind, gentle and worry about his beloved girl. Most of all I like Chikane that for a loved one, it is ready to do anything, even sacrifice their lives. Also Chikane and Himeko except I like Soma and his older brother Tsubasa, which is the first neck Orochi. Soma has shown an example that he has a strong will power and a bold characterized, so he was able to resist the Orochi to protect the Priestess (especially Himeko, which he loves). Tsubasa I like the fact that in spite of that he is a servant of darkness, he greatly appreciates his younger brother Soma. And for him, Tsubasa changed his views on the world and help him in the fight against Orochi.
    The best moments in Kannazuki no Miko for me are friendly and affectionate relationship between Himeko and Chikane. In the final series, they confessed to each other in love, I was very touched and made prolilit tears. They were really leave, after they discovered each other their feelings and I was sad to see it. However, in the last episode, they all still met again that touched me even more.
    Also I liked their catch phrase recognition feelings to each other:
    “I’ve always loved you … To me, you – perfect, a real princess, illuminating me like a gentle sun. As the moon can shine only by the Sun so I wanted to become more beautiful and brighter all … If only you saw it.”
    Chikane Himemiya
    “I still bear … The sun shines only because there are a Moon. Only then it can smile. Just because Moon teaches him to shine. The sun can shine even brighter, to Moon was happy.”
    Himeko Kurusugava
    I really liked it like this work. Also recently, this product was exactly ten years since its release.
    However, what happens next? I guess that soon Orochi will again try to break free and thus conquer our world. And then shall appear the one who changed the fate of the two Miko in a new direction. Wind of Change was coming soon.

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