As KamiAso progresses, we get to see a little more about each of the gods – we started this with Hades in Episode 04, and continue with Susano-o, Tsukuyomi, and Baldr in episodes 5, 6, and 7 respectively. Unfortunately, while KamiAso still keeps straddling the line between taking itself seriously with its ridiculous concept and making fun of itself, it’s starting to lose some of its charm. As more and more of the dating game aspect comes out – namely every god falling for the heroine – it gets less and less interesting. There’s not much new in framing these situations and meetings in typical school events, but the fumbling of the various gods in handling these situations is still endearing – trying to figure out what club Susano-o could be in without actually joining a club, or seeing how seriously Tsukuyomi takes his job as disciplinary chair (to the point of bodily searching everyone for contraband items such as snacks, in case you were wondering) are still the fun points of the episodes. We also start to see more of the gods’ backgrounds. Of course, a lot of liberties are taken, but their basic stories are still there. I can tell I’m going to have some trouble when we get to the Greek gods; Baldr’s episode was enough to make my eye twitch at their interpretation of the Baldr-Loki-Thor dynamic, but time will tell.
It’s a little nice, having each episode be sort of stand-alone, and they do still try and subvert many expectations, including the characters’; Tsukuyomi’s episode is especially fun because in the midst of the typical “connected and have to spend the day together” trope, we start to see more interaction within the group of gods themselves.
KamiAso has become more typical, but at least it’s not dragging. Each episode is still interesting and cute enough to sit through without checking the progress bar, but a lot of it is starting to feel like an “oh okay, this episode” show as each situation arises. Watching for the times Anubis pops up in the background, eating, has become almost as fun as the actual episode events; I hope we get to see more of him soon. While KamiAso is trapped by the fact that its origins are an otome game, it is at least still trying to keep those situations fresh. Hopefully the next few episodes will pick up the liveliness of the series’ beginning.