I'm not a fan of harem shows or reverse-harem shows. Several attempts at watching them failed and faltered before I even reached more than 4 episodes, titles including: Amnesia, Uta no Prince, Corda D'Oro, etc. But I needed something light and fun to watch so I tried Kamigami no Asobi.
The official summary is: "Yui Kusanagi is ordered by Zeus, a god and the headmaster of a school he created, to teach the meaning of love to young and handsome gods. The reason he has for doing this is to cancel the negative effects of the weakening bond between the world of the divine and the world of the humans."
While it's nominally true, that's not what this series of 12-episodes is really
about. Zeus is as much an ass here as he is in the myths and creates a floating island/garden and kidnaps young gods from Norse, Japanese, and Greek pantheons and places them here and puts Yui in charge of teaching them about humanity in order to make sure they can relate to humans and thus have worshippers or some such and no one can leave until the "class" graduates from this fictional school he created. For an added bonus, he seals their powers and puts them into human bodies with all the limitations that come with being mortal. The first episode provides a good "WTF" introduction to Yui's situation.
Yui ends up as a sort of nanny/teacher of humanity/and spiritual counsellor to a group of angry young gods who want to go home. The comedy and drama arises from her interactions with the young gods who all fit a certain stereotype in yaoi-land. It's worth noting that the director, series composition, and character designers are all women which undoubtedly contributed to the beautiful character designs and themes of friendship that dominate the series. Sure there are the usual attempts to pair Yui with every male character since this is based on an Otome game but Yui comes out as much more strong-willed and independent than the average bland female protagonist often found in such a series and all the male characters have such strong ties to other male characters that Yui ends up in the role of a supportive sister/friend.
A major spoiler here but I think you should read it if you want to know what happens: ( Read more... )
This isn't a stellar animé series but it does what it sets out to do: deliver a show with beautiful animation, well-known seiyuu, fanservice, and a light-hearted tone that appeals to female viewers and at 12-episodes it was short and had a good ending. I rather enjoyed it.