It's the end of the line for Omamori Himari as Shuten-doji and Tama's plans are now in full effect.
What They Say
Yuuto Amakawa comes from a long line of demon-slayers. Orphaned seven years ago without a single living relative, he has been protected and been able to live life as an ordinary high school boy - until his sixteenth birthday when his protection charm wears off. Just as he is about to be in real big, demon-packed trouble, a mysterious catgirl named Himari appears and pledges her allegiance to him, promising to protect him forever.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Omamori Himari offers no surprises at the end of its twelve episode run as it essentially goes through the motions, like much of the show has done. With Himari having pushed Yuto away enough to go after Tama herself, that leads to the big battle between the two in order to unleash the nine tailed fox. Himari herself is given over to the bloodlust of the cat and transforms significantly into something very deadly, and sexy of course, and it's a fairly pitched battle for the first few minutes while everyone else replays what she said before she left and realizes what she really meant by it all. And lo, the mad dash to get to her to try and stop her from going to far begins.
Shuten-doji's plans get tweaked a little bit by things as well and he has to be more upfront about his goals, which really sets Kaburagi out of sorts since he thought Shuten-doji was just going to eliminate the Ayakashi. Learning that he's actually intending to wipe out humanity as well gives him a very different view on his partner, not that he can do much about it. Striking a deal with Shuten-doji was never a good idea and he's learning that fast. The problem that Yuto has is that even as events change, Himari is still in her bloodlust mode and he now has the unwelcome task of having to stop her before she kills him and everyone else around her. It's not like you can't see how this will go and how it then shifts to the Real Final Battle against Shuten-doji in order to save the world from his evil machinations.
Also not a surprise is that a nice chunk of the final episode is given over to everyone hanging out together at the end to poke and prod at each other about where their futures may lie. Everyone in their own way still wants Yuto for themselves so there's lots of glares and raised voices before some schoolmate arrive and realize that Yuto is indeed living with a harem. What was nice is that the ending sequence for this shows the house from the outside and the life that it's held for Yuto since he and his parents first arrived. It's a nice little bit of nostalgia to close things with and adds a bit of heartwarming atmosphere to all of it.
While I had problems with Omamori Himari, I didn't outright hate it. What I did was not care about it. Everything here is in the predictable structure and the characters don't really offer much. It's filled with people in varied costumes that make no real world sense in the slightest, the usual harem angle and less than thrilling action sequences when we do get them. There are fun and interesting moments here and there, but they're outweighed by the mediocrity of the setting and story overall. It's only some characters at rare times that get to overcome this. This is a show that would do alright but wouldn't be a knockout hit because it's essentially more of the usual without anything that really makes it stand out. They threw everything and the kitchen sink into it and that's what we get out of it.
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.