A slow down as Yuto and the gang go back to his grandparents place and he discovers his past.
What They Say
'The White Cat of Noihara'
In an attempt to make Yuto recall the lost memories of his childhood, Himari takes Yuto to their hometown of Noihara. The trip gets out of hand when Rinko and Shizuku decide to tag along. Yuto and the others are met by Kaya the zashiki-warashi and are just getting settled in at Yuto's deceased grandparents' home when they are attacked by a group of Ayakashi.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Omamori Himari changes things up just a little bit for the fourth episode, though not before engaging in some of the usual tomfoolery. Having the show open with Yuto struggling to remove his hand from Himari's breast before she awakes is amusing enough, even as she reveals that they used to do much more. Shizuku has to up the stakes even more by appearing out from under the sheets and practically prodding him in the crotch when Rinko walks into the room, full of righteous fury and anger. Everyone has their reasons, but to Rinko they're all just getting up in her business.
This episode decides that the focus is going to be a bit more on the past and Himari suggests a return visit to Yuto's grandparents, a place he hasn't been in quite some time. Unfortunately for Himari, she mentions this in front of everyone else so it becomes a group trip with Yuto having Himari, Rinko and Shizuku tag along. And as you can imagine, there's someone else at the house that's going to be a part of the merry little band as Kaya is introduced. Kaya's the small spritely type, a zashiki-warashi in fact, who harbors a deep hatred for Yuto simply because his being alive keeps Himari away from her. The little rivalry shows easily, but you can see the frustration with Rinko as she just knows that there's yet another potential rival there.
The past is revisited nicely here, shades of Tenchi Muyo, as we see a younger Yuto meeting with Himari in cat form early on and getting along very well. The two of them did everything and it helps push a bit more the kind of bond that they have, though it's one that rests more on Himari's shoulders than Yuto's. Himari's a bit more provocative than usual this time around too, which is amusing though not unexpected, as she fans herself with her dress lifted high and straddles Yuto in a way that would make and young (or old) man's blood boil. There's a good relaxed atmosphere to the episode overall, barring Kaya's outbursts, until we get a group of Ayakashi who decide they want to take out Yuto once and for all. Obligatory action ensues, though it's worth noting that once again all new characters introduced are female. Nameless so far at least, but female nonetheless. And showing much cleavage and/or underwear. There's plot to be had here, but it's really very secondary to the fanservice.
Omamori Himari slows down nicely here and I actually enjoyed the background material that we got. The fanservice is obviously predictable, but that's a big part of what the show is built around and they do make it appealing enough. The characters are still pretty one dimensional at this point though and there's that incessant need to add yet more scantily clad young women to the show instead of really working with what they have. Of course, they're just adapting the manga, but that's what sells these days. Omamori Himari continues to be an average show at best that's done competently, but even with the little bit of extra we get here it's really just the kind of show that's filling a slot that every season has with simple gratuitous fanservice.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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.