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[[caption-width-right:200:Kujou Himeka, Hanazono Karin, and Kujou Kazune]]

->''"No girl with an iota of sanity would transform into a god on her first date!"''

[[{{Dojikko}} Klutzy]], [[ThisLoserIsYou underachieving]] sixth-grader Karin is miserable. Not only are her [[ParentalAbandonment parents dead]], but her beloved cat, Shii-chan, just died, and on top of all of that, she gets terrible grades in school. Little does she know that, thanks to [[RingOfPower a ring]] that was [[OrphansPlotTrinket left to her]] by her [[MissingMom late mother]], Karin is about to transform into a goddess, and her life will never be the same. Teaming up with [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kazune Kujou]], she vows to protect Kazune's cousin Himeka from [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Kirio Karasuma]], who is after her for unknown reasons. Karin also gets a crush on Kirio's twin brother [[{{Bishonen}} Kirika Karasuma]], but could he be involved with his brother's plans? And why does the NewTransferStudent Michiru "Micchi" Nishikiori have a [[TransformationTrinket god transformation ring]] of his own?

Created by Creator/KogeDonbo, the original manga was supposed to be a one-shot AffectionateParody of magical girl series, but its unexpected success caused it to be continued for seven volumes and aired as an anime show. There is also a sequel, ''Kamichama Karin Chu'', where Karin and Kazune's KidFromTheFuture comes back to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, and introducing new character [[IdolSinger Jin Kuga]] and giving the main cast [[FrillyUpgrade new transformations]].

Not to be confused with the vampire series ''{{Karin}}'', or with ''{{Kamichu}}'', the other series about a girl who becomes a god.
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* AffectionateParody: Of the magical girl genre, though it slowly turns more serious, and Chu plays things a tad straighter.
** Tokyopop's translation of the original manga comes off as poking fun at the TotallyRadical style they applied to other translations of theirs.
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Kirihiko Karasuma's true plan]]
* ArtShift: to [[TheSeventies seventies]] {{shojo}} style to tell the story of Miyon's play, and Kirio's view of a disguised Karin.
* BigFancyHouse: both the Kujous' and Karasumas', to the point where both Karin and Ami have gotten lost in them. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when Karin wonders why they all have such big houses. Jin's mansion is much bigger, and [[BishieSparkle sparkly]]. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a subversion, as Jin doesn't live in the house himself, but lives in a shack, and has never been inside the actual house.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Pretty much all of the main guys, expect maybe the relatively plain Yuuki [[spoiler: [[{{Bifauxen}} and also Kirika]] ]].
* BlankWhiteEyes
* BlueWithShock
* CallingYourAttacks
* [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Boy]]: Jin. Kazune as well in retaliation. While we're at it, Micchi also fulfills the clingy part quite well.
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:Kazune]]
* DarkMagicalGirl: Nyx, and later Rika.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Kazune]] at the end of the first series.
* ElevatorSchool: Sakuragaoka Academy has elementary, middle, and high school branches.
* EveryoneHatesHades: Averted. Jin, who draws his power from Hades, is a "bad boy" type but actually a pretty cool guy, a ChivalrousPervert at worst. [[spoiler:Further played with once it's revealed he's actually a vessel created by [[BigBad Kirihiko]] [[HijackedByGanon for his eventual revival]]. Jin is still a completely separate person from Kirihiko, though, and 'Hiko takes his power from a different god (Zeus) anyway.]]
* {{Expy}}: Kirika and Kazune look an awful lot like [[{{Pita-Ten}} Ten-chan]].
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: A couple examples. [[TangledFamilyTree Confusing!]]
** [[spoiler:Kazune and Himeka are initially introduced as cousins with Kazuto being Kazune's father, but actually Kazune is a clone of Kazuto and Himeka is Kazuto's daughter. Karin is either a clone of or a deaged (depending on canon) Kazuto's wife/Himeka's mother.]] Kazusa is said to be Kazune's twin sister [[spoiler:but is implied to be a clone of Himeka]].
** [[spoiler:Kazune finds out Jin is (supposedly) the son of Kirihiko's relative partway through Chu, but he's actually a clone(?) of Kirihiko.]]
* FamilyThemeNaming: To the point that the Karasuma and Kujyou families effectively have {{Tangled Family Tree}}s of names in addition to the actual one.
** Kirihiko Karasuma has [[ThemeTwinNaming two children]] named Kirio and Kirika. Later another sibling by the name of Rika is introduced. [[spoiler:She actually took part of Kirika's name as a pseudonym in-universe.]]
** Kazuto Kujyou has two children [[spoiler:(or clones of himself and his actual daughter, whatever)]] named Kazune and Kazusa.
** Karin's name [[spoiler: is Suzuka with the kanji reversed, with one [[AlternateCharacterReading read differently.]]]]
** The two Himekas are the odd name out in their respective families, but still tied in by the fact that [[OneSteveLimit they share]] [[AvertedTrope their names]].
** And finally, [[KidFromTheFuture Suzune]]'s name is written with kanji from Kazune and Karin[[spoiler:/Suzuka]]'s names.
* FanGirl: in-universe example: Kazune, Micchi, and Jin all have their own respective fan clubs: the Kazune-Z, Michirians, and Jeens. Jin's fangirls can get downright violent.
* FountainOfYouth: In the backstory, [[spoiler:Kazuto Kujou used this plus a MemoryGambit on his wife, Suzuka (better known as Karin Hanazono), to help them hide the research of the Gods' rings from Kirihiko Karasuma]].
* GirlishPigtails: Karin's twin pigtails
* GratuitousEnglish: I AM GOD!
* GroupieBrigade: IdolSinger Kuga Jin is often surrounded by hordes of fangirls. Karin has had to fight her way through the crowd to talk to him more than once.
* HijackedByGanon: In ''Chu'', new villain Rika turns out to be trying to revive old BigBad Kirihiko, on his orders.
* InvisibleToNormals: The god transformations.
* IdolSinger: Jin
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kazune
* {{Joshikousei}}
* KidFromTheFuture: Suzune
* KissingCousins: Himeka has a crush on her cousin, Kazune. [[spoiler:It turns out that Kazune is actually a [[CloningBlues clone]] of her real father, Kazuto Kujou.]]
* LethalChef: Karin's cooking is compared to multiple blasts of her main attack in one episode
* LittleMissAlmighty
* LukeYouAreMyFather: [[spoiler:Karin, [[InvertedTrope you are Himeka's mother.]] By extension, your real name is also Suzuka Kujou]].
* MeaningfulName: Michiru means "to fill with water" and is used when describing the tide rising. In ''Chu'' he gains the powers of Poseidon/Neptune. This wasn't actually a reference to [[Franchise/SailorMoon a certain other "Neptune"]] [[NamesTheSame named Michiru]].
** Apparently Koge Donbo was going to list his god as Poseidon (the greek name, to match the others), but got mixed up because of the ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' character and put the roman name instead.
* [[MagicalGirl Magical Boys]]: Kazune, Karin's love interest, and several others
* MagicalGirl
* {{Meido}}: Karin wears a maid outfit while kissing Kazune, leading Ami to call her "the scandalous maid".
* MindScrew: Well, maybe not ''that'' much, but the story gets pretty complicated. The anime introduces a bunch of new plot threads, some of them seemingly related to ''Chu'', but then [[LeftHanging never got continued]], falling further into this unintentionally.
* NeuroVault: [[spoiler:Himeka is where her father, Kazuto Kujou, had hidden his research on the Gods' Rings. Then, he separated her into [[TwoSiblingsInOne two]] [[InvertedTrope halves]]]].
* NewTransferStudent: Micchi, later Jin
* NoKoreansInJapan: Averted by Mi Yon Yi (Miyon), who is a friend of Karin and Himeka's.
* NoSenseOfDirection: manga-only character Ami
* NonHumanSidekick: Nyake
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In a side chapter, Karin and Kazune get their hands stuck together and have to change into their gym clothes in the storage shed. Kirio walks in on them in a... rather compromising position.
* OffModel: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/am_i_kawaii_uguu_8631.jpg Am I kawaii?]]
* OminousLatinChanting: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQiDQ-G5fM8 The Ring of Zeus]]''
* ParentalAbandonment: Karin, Kazune, Himeka, Micchi, Kirio and Kirika all have dead parents. [[spoiler:Kazune and Karin, however, are clones of Kazune's supposed parents, and the Kujous are actually Himeka's parents, though they're still quite dead.]]
** In the anime, [[spoiler: only Kazune is a clone. Karin was turned into a young child/infant with no memories of her previous life.]]
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame
* PostEpisodeTrailer
* PowerOfLove: in full force in the sequel, where the finishing move is Love Attack, and the mid-season power up comes from Love Evolution.
* RapunzelHair: Kazusa
* ReincarnationRomance: ... Something like that.
* SchoolPlay: Miyon writes one for the school festival. It's a bastardization of "Literature/SnowWhite", "Literature/SleepingBeauty", and "Momotaro".
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: the plot of ''Chu'', though it's more like Set Right What Will Go Wrong.
* ShoutOut: [[{{Pita-Ten}} Koboshi]] helps Karin out when she gets sick during the SchoolPlay.
* SlapSlapKiss: Karin and Kazune
* SophisticatedAsHell: The Tokypop translation has shades of this, combining surprisingly lofty vocabulary with childish silliness.
--> ''"Now I get it! His sexism exists to compensate for his own personal inadequacies! Jerk."''
* SpinOffspring: Koge-Donbo's little-known series ''DokiDokiTamaTan'' stars one Nishikiori Tamae who is apparently Michiru's daughter.
* TalkingAnimal: Nyake
* TangledFamilyTree: [[spoiler:Age reversal and cloning make for one confusing genealogy.]] The [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo initial misinformation]] the audience is given doesn't help matters much.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Karin
* TransferStudentUniforms: Jin, but not Micchi. Rika wears her old uniform in her first few appearances but changes to Sakuragaoka's once she actually starts attending the school.
* TransformationSequence
* TransformationTrinket: the Kamika rings
* TwoSiblingsInOne: an [[InvokedTrope invoked]] [[InvertedTrope inversion]] with [[spoiler:Himeka. In the manga, Kazuto Kujou split her into two halves and [[NeuroVault had hidden his research in her; in the anime, she was originally one person, but Kirihiko made a copy so he could have Kazuto's research for himself]]]].
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Karin to [[spoiler:Kirika]] in season 1 episode 16. Made even funnier when the former notices the "Boing".
* VerbalTic: Nyake adds "da shi" to the end of her sentences.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Jin's father, which is the reason he became an [[IdolSinger idol]].
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler:Kirika]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Kazune is ''terrified'' of bugs. His cousin Himeka loves them.
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