When Makoto Seiki was only a toddler, her mother passed away, making her the heir to their family Shinto shrine. Ever since then, she could see and interact with Gintaro, the fox spirit who acts as the gods' messenger.
Makoto grows up and goes to high school. She still talks to Gintaro every day, and is known by her classmates to give very good fortune readings (which are really Gintaro reading the will of the gods). When Makoto jumps the gun and gives an incomplete fortune to one of her more popular classmates, it backfires and she blames it all on Gin. Being lazy but proud, Gin does not take that well and runs off.
Makoto searches everywhere for Gin to apologize, realizing that people need her help more than she needs her pride. Making up, they set out to help people in need who come to the shrine.
This show is cute and sweet, bordering on saccharine. The big crisis that gets Gin and Makoto back together is that a pair of toddlers can't find their kitty, for goodness sake...!
But it's also got a lot of heart, and even some depth. Gin and Makoto's spat, for example, directly parallels the popular girl's problem of miscommunicating with her boyfriend. Gintaro's gruff exterior hides a sensitive back-story, briefly illuminated by a flashback of his life as a mortal fox, and why he cares for the Seiki family the way he does. There's just something about the way he and Makoto interact that feels genuine and familial.
It's hard to say where this show is going (unless you read the manga, of course), but hopefully the introduction of characters depicted in the intro will liven things up. I'm certainly curious about what happened to Gintaro's partner in heraldry, at the very least.
Bottom line: if you didn't think a girl cuddling up with her giant fox friend was a cute idea, this show probably isn't for you.
Watch this episode, “The 15th Successor and Gintaro” here, and decide for yourself, then read our comments on other anime pilots from the Fall 2013 season below...
- KILL LA KILL
- STRIKE THE BLOOD
- GOLDEN TIME
- NAGI NO ASUKARA
- BEYOND THE BOUNDARY
- MAGI: KINGDOM OF MAGIC
- SAMURAI FLAMENCO
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