Omamori Himari Episode #09 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Thursday, March 04, 2010
Release Date: Thursday, March 04, 2010

It's like the animators realized the only way to make this average show more appealing was to dirty it up more. Hurray!

What They Say
Himari and the others head outdoors for art class, where Yuto is attacked a second time by Ageha the air demon and Sasa the ippon-datara. According to Ageha, someone is picking off Japan's Ayakashi. A man named Kaburagi from Public Safety's Section Four joins them with the intention of contacting Yuto.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
By all appearances, Omamori Himari is about to get fairly dark and involved with its storyline. So that means before the storm we get a big episode of fanservice and fun along with a surprisingly large dose of blatant sexuality. After some of the drama of the last couple of episodes with Kuesu in particular, something like this is pretty welcome. Thankfully though, they don't spend the entire episode doing it as they introduce the main plot for the next couple of episodes which is actually kind of intriguing. And this is why Omamori Himari is so frustrating as it goes from being incredibly mediocre to then providing a decent hook towards the end.

The initial, ahem, thrust of the episode is that the class is heading out for an outdoor sketching session at a nearby large park area. Everyone gets to go and sketch what they want, though several of them seem to congregate by the fountain and complain about it. At least until Shizuku, in a flimsy nightie, pops up out of it all soaking wet and sprawls out for them wondering why they're showing such an interesting. More nakedness occurs elsewhere as Himari has decided that she'll give her master the proper model for his sketch by stripping down completely after finding that partially unclothed may not cut it. Rinko is there as well and throwing a fit until she starts competing for who can have less clothes on. What takes it to a surprising level even for this show is that the two girls are practically all over each other in different states of undress trying to win Yuto's approval.

Thankfully, this doesn't take up the entirety of the episode, as much fun as it is, as a man named Kaburagi arrives claiming to be from Public Security Section 4, a group dedicated to dealing with Ayakashi. He's interested in convincing Yuto to do some work for them since he's a demon slayer and there's a big nasty demon out there. Suddenly, out of nowhere, everyone seems to know about a cannibalistic Ayakashi that's been eating heavily in the West and is now in Japan to enjoy some local flavor. The situation gets complicated as other Ayakashi have made their way into the conversation, such as Ageha, and that has the Ayakashi in conflict with each other when the big bad Tamamo arrives with her compatriot, Shuten Doji. Keeping in tone with the show, Tamamo takes a nice big bite out of Himari's swelling chest in order to feed, so at least she's a fanservice oriented cannibal.

In Summary:
Sometimes I still don't know what to make of this series. It waffles in being the kind of show it wants as it has at times a good story, thin as it may be, and then veers off for copious amounts of fanservice as it wants to be pointless and fun. The combination of the two has not gone smoothly unfortunately and the show feels at odds within itself at times, such as the chest sucking sequence at the end where it comes off poorly. With the cast having grown a bit now and many of them popping in to participate with the end story, you realize more that the characters have little substance to them and it's hard to even remember the names or past appearances of others. I'm still not finding this to be a bad show but rather a mediocre one that's uncertain of where it wanted to go. It's not a bad way to find some cheap fanservice thrills though.

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