First Date Review: Omamori Himari

Topic started by gia on Jan. 8, 2010. Last post by gia 4 years, 6 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13

In spite of this, the show fails to appeal.
In spite of this, the show fails to appeal.

Vital Statistics

Title: Omamori Himari
JP Title: おまもりひまり
Studio: ZEXCS
Director: Shinji Ushiro
Based On: Matra Milan's manga of the same name

Release Information

Licensor: Crunchyroll
Airs: Thursdays
Episodes to date: 1
 

 

The Story

Some guy sleeps in on his birthday, and some girl who lives next door gets upset and tries to wake him up, but he molests her in his sleep, so she sics her cat on him. Surprise reveal: he's allergic to cats. So of course within the next five minutes he has acquired a cat demon bodyguard, based on some vow the bodyguard's family cooked up when one of the guy's ancestors saves one of hers centuries prior.
 
Turns out the guy is becoming a major target for demons because the charm he got from his grandmother mysteriously wore off, hence the need for said cat demon bodyguard, who also molests him frequently, to the ire of the next door neighbor girl.
 
Sound familiar?

The Review

Disclaimer: Honestly, I didn't go into the show in the best of moods. But it definitely didn't help pick me up.

Omamori Himari is basically Kanokon, but with a cat, and maybe more monsters. And throw in a bit of Spice and Wolf, because Holo seiyuu Ami Koshimizu voices our resident catgirl bodyguard, Himari, with a very similar old-fashioned Oiran flavor to her dialect. But honestly, if you've seen any shounen romantic comedy with a touch of martial arts and/or supernatural in its story, you've seen Omamori Himari.

There is not a single original aspect to the story or characters, and I found myself completely bored. When I got halfway through the first episode I actually thought it was over, it had felt that long. You guys know that I'm usually pretty forgiving and optimistic about shows, but..geh. There was just nothing for me to cling to as a possibility. There was no irony or wink-wink-nudge-nudge in the familiarity, just straight out everything we've seen in every show like this since the '90s.

I will give the animation team credit, however, for doing what they could by incorporating a couple of visual tricks to jazz it up a little bit.
To be honest, it's not like the show's aiming for Shakespeare or anything. But it's neither ironic in its kitsch, nor earnest in its attempts to present something fun and funny. It just kinda...wasn't. As I said earlier, my mood may be affecting my ability to find redeeming qualities here, but I'm squinting as hard as I can, believe me.
 
I suppose if you're someone who genuinely enjoys a lot of the second-tier shounen rom-coms-- Ah! My Buddha, Akikan! (early episodes, at least), Nagasarete Airantou, Kanokon --then you're probably the sort of person who'll be able to enjoy Omari Himari, too. But if you're not...well, you can probably just skip it over entirely.
Post by Chengy (1,711 posts) See mini bio Level 17
The first picture looks interesting, nearly makes it interesting enough to watch the first episode :p
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Chengy: IT'S A TRAP!
 
If that's the kinda thing you're reaching for, I can recommend some hentai titles that would be decidedly more fulfilling =P
Post by Chengy (1,711 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@gia: heh no thanks, dont really like hentai, just a bitta ecchi :P
Post by Sabas (8 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I have a weird liking to Matra Milan's art style, but anime adaptation is bleh. Then again, it's yet another harem fanservice manga from a mangaka whose previous works are...ero-manga. So take that for what you will.
Post by Addfwyn (408 posts) See mini bio Level 16
That's disappointing, I kinda liked the look of it going in, but if the story is lackluster then pretty pictures aren't going to be enough to get me through more than an episode or tow. 
 
I guess I'll be sticking with Durarara!!
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
The story sounds completely bizarre.  I am one of those guys who enjoyed Kanokon (shame on me) and Spice and Wolf so I might like this right?  I don't know.  The art style does look nice and clean though.
 
 
@Chengy said:
" The first picture looks interesting, nearly makes it interesting enough to watch the first episode :p "
It does make it tempting to watch it now.   :P
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@JJOR64: Well, story-wise it's NOTHING like Spice and Wolf-- the only similarity there is Ami Koshimizu's take on the lead, who has a similar sound (but nowhere near as awesome a personality so far).
 
If you liked Kanokon, though, you might dig this. As long as it's not too repetitive.
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@gia: I will probably just skip this one right now.  There are other animes I want to check out.
Post by Chengy (1,711 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@gia:
well after a few drinks i decided to watch this, it wasnt actully THAT bad, its better than chu bra tbh, nothing amazing about it but nothing that makes me just drop it instantly like various other anime. Though im not sure if thats just the tolerance of alchol :p
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Chengy: Might be ;) I guess I still hold out hope against all hope that Chu-Bra could still develop something clever...at the very least it has a (slightly) more unique premise.
Post by Chengy (1,711 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@gia: Yeah i hope so too but i know inside that it wont get much better :
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Chengy: Entirely likely :\ And Japanese companies wonder why anime isn't doing so well? Not that there aren't tons of factors, but c'mon...this season is amazingly weak all in all, I think.
Post by Chengy (1,711 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@gia:
Yeah, the autum season wasnt brilliant but their were a few good series like Nyan Koi, To aru Kagaku no Railgun and various others, this winter season seems rather poor : /. Anime series in general are getting rather poor, kindal ike the video game industry it seems, i wish their were more great series like Clannad, Elfen Lied, Myself;yourself and such.
Post by DocHaus (925 posts) See mini bio Level 18
Finally took a look at this episode to see what the buzz was about. As a friend of mine said, "It feels like every scene in this episode was already used in another show."
 
Skimming through the manga, it seems to be a slightly better version of Rosario plus Vampire, but that's about it.
Post by Slim (238 posts) See mini bio Level 3
@gia: 
 
The best comedy of the Winter season so far is Idiots & Tests & Summoned creatures.
Post by Black_Rose (1,204 posts) See mini bio Level 11
@Slim said:
"The best comedy of the Winter season so far is Idiots & Tests & Summoned creatures. "
Uh...I'm probably going to get a lot of crap for this, but I thought Ladies vs. Blutlers was hilarious.  
 
Anyway, this show sucks, I'm probably going to watch a couple of more episodes, if I still don't like it I'll most likely drop it. 
Post by Slim (238 posts) See mini bio Level 3
@Black_Rose: I'm HUGE into Strat RPG games and vs Butlers huge hair character design bothers me in some way. Watching her big blond shit rolls bothers me deep down inside in some way I can't understand. It's primal, my disdain for her hair. I want a ninja chick with huge tits to run into every scene and cut her hair down with Super Ninja-Cuts.
Post by Captain107 (1 posts) See mini bio Level 1

well yeah personally i hate vs butlers, its really just cringy and bad, i mean seriously, skl for butlers and rich ppl? snobby lol and also dnt like the art and main blond girl will rlly piss me off, altho omamori i quite like personally (includin the art alot) nice and new :)    tbh animes r runnin out so its real hard 2 get original which is y if there is 1 tht comes out itll be a huge hit, anywayz i read some of the manga then stopped, dunno why mayb its cause i was readin 20 mangas at same time but (for fact i hated kanokon and dropped it) the manga was prtty gd and im interested if it sticks with manga, but srsly i like this kind of stuff shouen, martial arts, ecchi and romance altho if the plots ridiculously BS then..... :(    
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Hmm, interesting to see the debate on Ladies vs Butlers. Not what I would have expected.
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