Omamori Himari Episode #08 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Release Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Catgirl fans will rejoice as Himari goes into complete kitty mode this time around.

What They Say
Himari and Kuesu finally clash. When Kuesu's magic bullet grazes Himari, her demonic nature nearly overcomes her. After nursing the injured Himari back to health, Yuto heads to Kuesu's hotel to make his feelings clear, where Kuesu reminds the forgetful Yuto of their past together.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Omamori Himari has been uneven in some ways because it's been a fairly mediocre show that has had some surprisingly enjoyable moments. I expected the show after the first episode or two to descend to blandness and banality but they've managed to maintain my interest just enough to keep checking it out to see what will happen. The introduction of Kuesu added a little more potential to the show but they went with a costume design that's been overused for years unfortunately which in turn minimizes her effectiveness.

The last episode did bring Kuesu and Himari to a duel between each other, one that put Himari into a bloodthirsty mode that has been talked about but not fully seen. Her reactions were interesting and it was good to see her go to that level, but the fallout aspect of it has to happen with Yuuto being there to try and calm her down when she takes a special medicine that will help. Himari's cat-like playfulness has had its fun moments throughout but it's a big focus early on here for 'plot' reasons so the catgirl fans of this show will definitely love it. It's a good moment of lightness after the more serious material but it's still pretty much what you'd expect to happen. But that sort of sums up Omamori Himari in general.

Where a lot of the episode focuses on is a discussion between Kuesu and Yuuto when he goes to her place to visit her to try and settle things out. There's a lot of past between them but for Yuuto it's difficult due to his lost memories. There's a few sticking points between the two but Yuuto is slowly feeling bad for what's happened in the past and the promises made because of what happened to his memory. But the main sticking point that's going to be the hardest to get past is that while he's all for her reviving her family's status, he simply won't go along with her if it involves hurting the Ayakashi. His life has become something he likes as he lives with several and has established relationships that work and complete him. Of course, there has to be some pent up drama in here followed by comedy relief, but that's what a predictable show is all about.

In Summary:
Omamori Himari has been pretty fluffy throughout with some additional moments of seriousness here and there to give it more weight. For people newer to anime, I can definitely see the appeal but for those who've been around the block it doesn't offer much outside of a catgirl. And sometimes that's enough. This episode does a decent job of adding a bit more between Yuuto and Kuesu, which is needed because of the way she's been presented so far, but it's not going to dramatically alter anyone's perception of the series. I keep coming back to the thought that it's not a bad show or poorly executed, it's just sort of there and lacking anything strong enough to help it rise above mediocre.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: C
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Omamori Himari