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How would Kannazuki no Miko fit in Super Robot Wars?

Okay, I’ve probably written enough about one anime for one month, or maybe it just seems that way because of my relative lack of other posts. This is the last one, and only loosely related.

Here are my previous posts about Kannazuki no Miko:

  1. Overview
  2. Chikane, Himeko, and THAT part
  3. Why does it have mecha?
  4. In defense of Souma

As I’ve said before, I like mecha, though I’m not as enthusiastic as Minerva X:

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Yeaaahhhh….moving on…

I also like crossovers, so when I see a series with mecha in it I sometimes try to think about how they’d fit into Super Robot Wars. Despite new series debuting every game there are still a fair number that would easily fit and haven’t been included (particularly since their increased willingness to include material that hasn’t been adapted into anime means there are even Mazinger and Getter series they haven’t used, such as the manga the page above is from), as well as a few which would present some obvious difficulties, notably Bokurano, where it’s a central concept that Zearth takes the life of its pilot every time it is used.

So, what about Kannazuki no Miko? The biggest apparent barrier to adapting it closely might be the same one as Bokurano; Ame no Murakumo requires the life of one of the priestesses to reset the damage done by Orochi. Simply leaving this aspect (or the reset itself) out wouldn’t really work because the idea that one of them must die is the only reason for Chikane becoming an Orochi. (Unless they change that to brainwashing or something.) Note, however, that unlike Zearth, this is only for the reset and not necessarily for every time Ame no Murakumo fights. (And having the reset actually happen in a crossover presents problems of its own.)

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Awesome Music Thursday: Suppuration ~core~

Another KOTOKO song; this one’s a little more intense than usual for her.

“Suppuration ~core~” was used in episode 5 of Kannazuki no Miko, for the fight between Souma and Tsubasa. (Though it is arguably even more applicable to Chikane and Himeko’s situation in episode 11, so it may be considered a bit of foreshadowing.)

The song with lyrics:

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Kannazuki no Miko: In Defense of Souma

Part 1 of this series of posts is here.

Kannazuki no Miko is widely known as a yuri series, but it’s also been described as a bisexual love triangle. So the most important male character, Souma Oogami, tends to get some hate from some of those who watched the series only for the yuri.

(This post will contain spoilers for most of the series.)

I think this is undeserved, for several reasons, but let’s just start with this. We are talking about a series in which a character who had to choose between two love interests of different sexes chose the one of the same sex, and it wasn’t because there was anything wrong with the opposite sex option or because she suddenly realized she was only into girls. How many times does that happen?

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I don’t think Souma’s good qualities not related to the triangle situation really need much defending. He’s hotblooded, decisive in the midst of angst, and a rare (in anime) illustration of how the personality of “the hero” adapts into a supporting role.

Souma is sometimes considered an example of the “male interference” yuri trope, but he’s hardly a textbook case of it. For starters, he doesn’t know he’s interfering with anything; he may or may not be aware of Chikane’s feelings for Himeko, but he definitely hasn’t seen any indication that Himeko might be romantically interested in Chikane at any point before the last real romantic interaction between him and Himeko. (And the margin isn’t even a small one if you don’t count things like the fact that the manga he buys for Himeko is a yuri one. Incidentally it’s also by Reiko, and Himeko being one of her fans is arguably the greatest relevance Reiko even has. (I swear I don’t hate Reiko or anything.))

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Why does Kannazuki no Miko have mecha, and what about those villains?

Part 1 of this series of posts is here.

Now, I am a big fan of mecha, and normally my attitude toward them is something like this:

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“Because it looks cool.” (image from Brave Police J-Decker)

However, if there’s any otherwise good show that has mecha but fails to use them well enough to justify their presence, it’s Kannazuki no Miko, particularly since there is no explanation for why the power of Orochi and the God of Swords are mecha.

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Chikane, Himeko, and THAT part of Kannazuki no Miko

Part 1 of this series of posts is here.

The beginning of Kannazuki no Miko is something a little uncommon; all three parts of the love triangle already know each other, but haven’t expressed feelings beyond friendship. The events of the first episode change this for both Chikane and Souma, though Souma effectively has a head start because he’s much more direct.

At first, Himeko and Chikane’s relationship seems barely changed from the secret friendship they already had, and Chikane tries to support what Himeko wants even if it’s being with someone else, but she gradually grows more conflicted about it.

Even while seeing their relationship as friendship rather than romance, Himeko views Chikane in an overly idealized way. But Chikane herself would be the first to say she isn’t perfect, and even take it too far into the opposite direction; it’s never explicitly spelled out, but Chikane suffers from some degree of internalized homophobia. Chikane also simply assumes (falsely) that Himeko, who she idealizes, could never have such “dirty” feelings in return.

In fact, it’s interesting to note that Himeko saying she’s realized Chikane is a mix of good and bad is associated with her romantic feelings, in contrast to many other series where idealization is associated with romance.

Alright, I’m going to be talking about Chikane’s actions in the later part of the series next; major spoilers obviously, though to be honest, this main one is the “Rosebud” of yuri.

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Kannazuki no Miko: Overview

Honestly, I don’t even know if I should call Kannazuki no Miko a “modern classic”, “cult classic”, or just plain “classic”, and difficulties in describing it briefly go well past that. Two things I can say for certain are that there are still people who consider it greatest yuri anime, and that both its defenders and detractors often have very strong feelings about it.

Note: I have a lot to say and intend to spread it out over multiple posts. This one won’t have anything about the most controversial aspects of the series, or the biggest spoilers.

Someone could say that, based on the early episodes, calling it yuri as I did above is itself a spoiler, but to this I say the opening makes it pretty clear who the official couple is.

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