Anime of Tomorrow
Kamisama no Memochou (review)
Final impression – A really compelling drama (8/10)
Summer 2011 (title literal translation – God’s Notebook)
Narumi just wanted his high school life to pass by in an ordinary, orderly fashion so he could become an ordinary, orderly adult. But when his cheerful classmate Ayaka insists that he be involved in extracurricular activities, any hopes of his life remaining quiet disappear. She introduces him to a group of young men who work under the command of hacker genius and self-proclaimed NEET detective, Alice. Under her guidance and the assistance of her friends and subordinates, Narumi finds the desire to grow beyond his pitiful goals of mediocrity into someone capable of changing lives.
Kamisama no Memochou is an excellent example of what can be done with anime as a story-telling medium. It depicts genuinely good people facing incredibly trying dilemmas. Anime with similar tones include Durarara!! and Eden of the East, but those two anime go into supernatural or science-fiction themes that Kamisama no Memochou stays very far away from. Even the drawing style and character designs of this anime take on a style of realism seldom seen in anime and when it’s done this well…that’s really cool. It watches like a regular, well-written drama with a wonderfully varied and eccentric cast. Characters have complementary little quirks with well-established motives and designated strengths that give them a nice team cohesion. Each mini-arc of the story is dynamic, interesting and spans a range of tones from mysterious, dramatic, suspenseful, romantic and even comedic where appropriate. For a no-nonsense drama, you can’t go wrong with Kamisama no Memochou.