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[[caption-width-right:344:The Shrine Maidens of the Godless Month]]

It was one of those days for the innocent Kurusugawa Himeko: Wake up late on your [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday sixteenth birthday]], rush to get ready and get to school... Then an ancient evil wakes up with designs on world destruction, a couple of anthropomorphic robots trash the school dormitory, and life as you've known it is over.

On top of all this, Himeko is also the ''Hi no Miko'' (Priestess of the Sun) one of a pair of miko (shinto priestesses), destined to summon the Sword God Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi to defeat the evil god [[{{Orochi}} Yamato no Orochi]].

Himeko is taken in after the destruction of the dormitory by her friend and fellow priestess Himemiya Chikane (the Tsuki no Miko, or Priestess of the Moon), and tries to get on with her life as much as possible even as the two girls attempt to learn the ritual which will summon Ame no Murakumo and come under periodic attack by the eight "necks" of Orochi, henchmen of the evil god, who run the gamut from serious (Tsubasa) to traitor (Tsubasa's younger brother, Oogami Souma, who fights on the side of the Priestesses) to downright goofy (Nekoko, the catgirl, who [[spoiler:levels a fifty square kilometre region of coastal Japan for the lulz]].)

Though ''KannazukiNoMiko'' attempts to fool viewers into believing that it could be a schoolyard drama (which it is, to an extent), and then a mecha action show, the truth is that it is, essentially, a love story. (Actually, a rather simple LoveTriangle, wherein Himeko has some feelings for both Chikane and Oogami Souma, but initially believes that those two are a couple, while both of them hold romantic feelings for Himeko.) The strange blend of seriousness and humor in the series makes for a very "love it or hate it" reaction from viewers.

As a point of interest, the term ''Kannazuki'' in the title is the name of the tenth month in the old, thirteen-month Japanese calendar, and literally means "The Godless Month". (Japan now uses the Western calendar, with all-new month names.) In mythology, this is the month where all the gods of the pantheon gather for their yearly meeting in Izumo -- and thus, for the purposes of the series, not out in the world to keep Orochi from making a nuisance of himself.

As a humorous aside, playing on ''kannazuki'' as the 10th month, ''Kannazuki no Miko'' began airing in October. Whether this was intentional or not is unknown.

After the original Creator/{{Geneon}} release of ''Kannazuki No Miko'' went out of print, SentaiFilmworks reissued the series in 2009 under the title ''Destiny Of The Shrine Maiden''.
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!!Tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Himeko's foster parents, as well as Souma and Tsubasa's father.
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Most people who haven't seen the show already know it for the infamous [[spoiler: rape of Himeko during episode 8]]. Even if they don't know that, people are well aware that Himeko and Chikane become romantically involved; for most of the first few episodes the series didn't seem rather GirlsLove but more RomanticTwoGirlFriendship driven.
* AloofBigBrother: [[spoiler:Tsubasa]].
* BigFancyHouse: Chikane's house. TheThingThatGoesDoink is actually in the absurdly large indoor bath.
* {{Bishonen}}: Souma and Tsubasa, among others.
* BettyAndVeronica: For Himeko, Souma is the Betty and Chikane is the Veronica.
* {{BFS}}: Tsubasa's WeaponOfChoice. [[spoiler: Souma eventually gets it]].
* BlankWhiteEyes
* BoobsOfSteel: One of the reasons why Chikane [[spoiler:can trash Souma easily and steal his mecha, then takes it to the enemy base then slaughters the Orochi necks on foot.]] "Lunar Boobs" ''indeed''. Also applies to Sister Miyako, to a lesser extent.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by one of the Orochi whilst getting his ass kicked-"THIS IS WHY I HATE GIRLS WITH LARGE BREASTS."
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[BoysLove Sort of]]...or at least Reiko seems to think so.
* CatGirl: The aptly-named Nekoko.
* CallingYourAttacks
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Himeko and Souma have known each other since childhood. Souma is completely in love with her and Himeko has feelings for him too. However, her feelings for Chikane are stronger.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Who knew it involved breast fondling and works after two compressions?)
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Chikane curb stomps and kills ''every'' Orochi Neck other than Tsubasa.]]
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: Shared by Chikane and Himeko.
* [[DynamicEntry Dynamic entry]]: Episode 2, Souma, on a motorcycle.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Chikane's birthday gift to Himeko is to kiss her while she is unconscious. Sorta.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Chikane.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The ''leaves'' sparkle.
* EvilCounterpart: Tsubasa, for Souma.
* {{Expy}}: The series ''KyoshiroToTowaNoSora'' features expys of many of ''KannazukiNoMiko'''s characters, including Chikane, Himeko & Souma.
** One of the robots looks like Providence from GundamSeed. And it has remote weapons too.
** Chikane herself is basically an expy of Azuma Hazuki from YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito.
** The whole series itself shares many plot points with ''HadesProjectZeorymer'', especially the Orochi Necks with the members of the Hakkeshu in the Zeorymer's [=OVAs=].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Chikane, or so it seems at first.]]
* FanService
* FemmeFatalons: Corona has long, rather tacky orange nails with star decals.
* FirstKiss: Himeko, from Chikane.
* FreudianExcuse: Each of the first six necks of Orochi have one.
** While {{Freudian Excuse}}s like [[AbusiveParents parental abuse]] and [[RapeAsBackstory rape]] give relatively plausible motivations for wanting to destroy the world, Reiko's "my manga of my dreams isn't successful" thing comes across as overly {{wangst}}y.
*** I always thought Reiko's bitterness towards the world came from how her manga/anime got screwed by {{Executive Meddling}}.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lots of it.
** Seconds-long flash-backs of the priestesses ritual are shown a few times throughout the series, so quickly and briefly that you don't really understand what's going on but subconsciously register [[spoiler:the blood]].
** The whole first part of [[WhamEpisode Episode 8]] heavily hints that [[spoiler: Chikane's ''[[FaceHeelTurn up to something]]'']]
** Watching the show several times will induce cringing during some seemingly perfectly innocuous moments, such as Chikane commenting that she likes the color of Himeko's robes better than her own or even just [[CatGirl Nekoko]] saying she doesn't like to get [[PlayingWithSyringes injections]]... Also the fact that on the painting-scroll-thing of the Orochi monster, seen in the very first episode, the eighth head is quite deliberately separated from the others and won't be seen at first glance, but that's less foreshadowing and more you-will-only-notice-it-when-knowing-to-look-for-it.
* [[TheForeignSubtitle Foreign Subtitle]]: Under Geneon the full title was ''Kannazuki no Miko Destiny of the Shrine Maiden''. Sentai's release shortened it to ''Destiny of the Shrine Maiden.''
* FriendshipTrinket: The matching seashell halves start off as a Friendship Trinket but get upgraded to Love Trinket for Himeko and Chikane.
* FuroScene
* {{Gainaxing}}: Chikane does this when Girochi wraps her in his chains. [[{{Narm}} It makes the scene just a wee bit hard to take seriously.]]
* {{Gayngst}}: At least part of what motivates Chikane's choice is her self-loathing and contempt for the "dirty" aspects of her feelings towards Himeko.
* GirlsLove: Duh.
* GrandFinale: [[spoiler:The series ends with Orochi being destroyed permanently]].
* HairColors: Himeko is blond, though there is also a reference to her hair being reddish-brown in the Drama CD. Chikane has an ojou's typical dark blue, which is referred to as black in one episode. Sister Miyako's hair is purple and Tsubasa's is a pale green.
* HairContrastDuo: Himeko and Chikane are an archetypal example and can be considered modern {{Trope Codifier}}s.
* HeroicRROD: [[spoiler:Souma's Orochi-granted powers eventually [[TakenForGranite petrify him]].]]
* HotWings: Tsubasa's mech.
* HumongousMecha: If they took the mecha part seriously, it'd fit right in GGundam for some weird reason.
** [[WordOfGod According to their creators,]] the series is an homage towards HadesProjectZeorymer.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Himeko is positively puzzled about what Chikane sees in an "ordinary girl" like her.
* IdolSinger: Korona.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Both Chikane and Souma exhibit this towards Himeko.
** Also [[spoiler: Otoha]], towards [[spoiler: Chikane]].
* {{Joshikousei}}
* KickTheSonOfABitch: An oddly recursive example. [[spoiler: When she joins the Orochi, Girochi reaffirms what a {{Jerkass}} he is by harassing Chikane, wrapping her up in chains and calling her a pervert. But since this was right after her heavily-implied rape of Himeko, well, dude kind of had a point. And then not long after, Chikane completely annihilated him, as well as the rest of the Orochi, to prove just how powerful and evil she had become post FaceHeelTurn. But since they were the priests of the BigBad, who had previously attacked the heroes, manipulated Chikane, and destroyed the town, they're far from blameless either.]]
* KissingDiscretionShot: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when Chikane kisses Himeko in episode 1: the camera cuts away right before their lips meet...and a few seconds later, it cuts back, and the kiss continues for several more seconds!
* KnifeNut: Tsubasa. Chikane also uses knives a lot in the second half of the anime.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The English DVD cover makes it pretty clear who Himeko ends up with.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Himeko and Chikane.
* LikeThatShowButWithMecha: It's based on an older Kaishaku work known as ''Cross Triangle''.
* LingerieScene
* LoveAllegory: Himeko's seashell story.
* LoveTriangle: Chikane wants to protect Himeko, who only has eyes for Souma.
** Fourth side: [[spoiler: Otoha]] wants [[spoiler: Chikane]] all to herself.
* MayDecemberRomance: Implied in the epilogue: [[spoiler:Assuming that it happens during Himeko's current lifetime (rather than some future reincarnation) and that Chikane was reborn immediately after her death, they have at least 16 years' age gap between them.]]
* MeadowRun: In the opening.
* MeaningfulName: Himemiya Chikane and Kurusugawa Himeko, since Hime means princess. Additionally Oogami Souma, as Oogami meaning "great god".
* {{Meido}}: Chikane has a whole army of them, to go with her BigFancyHouse. Otoha is the only one named.
* {{Miko}}: Himeko and Chikane.
* MindRape: A rather nasty one given to [[spoiler: Chikane by Miyako.]]
* MixAndMatch: GirlsLove + HumongousMecha.
* MomentKiller: The Orochi, Otoha, and Chikane's GirlPosse all get moments like these, interrupting meaningful moments between Himeko, Chikane, and Souma.
* {{Mood Whiplash}}: It's a series about {{Schoolgirl Lesbians}} and [[CrazyAwesome giant mechs battling]]. It's obvious this would show up several times.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Some watched it for the SchoolgirlLesbians. Some, for the HumongousMecha. Some, for the {{Moe}}.
* NaughtyNuns: Miyako.
* NiceGuy: Souma is a genuinely nice guy who wants what's best for Himeko.
* NietzscheWannabe: Tsubasa does ''not'' have a high opinion of the world.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Magical lesbian girls who fight against giant robots because they're the reincarnation of shrine maidens and- yeah.
* NobodyTouchesTheHair: Himeko, [[spoiler:as a result of DomesticAbuse in her childhood]].
* OffModel: Himeko in episode 4.
* OfficialCouple: Himeko and Chikane.
* TheOjou: Chikane.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase: Himeko's "Chikane, what am I supposed to do!?"
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Tsubasa and Souma, as well as Himeko and Chikane, in a way.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Himeko.
* {{Orochi}}: This Orochi's necks are giant necha.
* OutOfClothesExperience
* PantyShot
* ParentalAbandonment: Himeko, Chikane, Souma, Tsubasa.
* PillarOfLight: Any time one of the Orochi's mecha gets destroyed.
* ThePowerOfLove: Souma, in holding off his conversion to Orochi.
* PromotionToParent: Kazuki to Souma, but [[spoiler: he's not Souma's biological brother]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Souma and Chikane.
* RedStringOfFate
* {{Reincarnation}}: Himeko and Chikane. While the necks of Orochi return each time, there is no indication that they manifest in the same people. The two priestesses are an example of both the "destined love that survives death" and the "duty that survives death" type of this trope.
* ReincarnationRomance: Himeko and Chikane.
* RetGone: [[spoiler:After defeating Orochi and restoring the world, Chikane was apparently erased from existence. However, in TheStinger, we see her and Himeko reunited at some unspecified time in the future. Also see the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue]]
* RocketPunch: Megaton Knuckle!
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Chikane and Himeko. Also, it is implied that Himeko's roommate Makoto has feelings for her, and [[{{Meido}} Otoha-san]] quite clearly has feelings for Chikane.
* ScrewDestiny
--> '''Chikane''': Even if the Gods of Death would block my way, they absolutely won't stop my love for you.
** Which makes her [[spoiler:raping of Himeko to ensure that she is the one that dies, thereby playing along with destiny, even worse.]]
* ShrinesAndTemples
* ShrinkingViolet: Himeko.
* ShoutOut
** [[strike:Big Bang Punch]][[GiantRobo Megaton Knuckle 2]]
** [[strike:Hikari Ni Nare]][[GaoGaiGar Blast into pieces!!]]
* SolarAndLunar: Chikane is associated with the moon, Himeko with the sun.
* SparklingStreamOfTears: Not always, but pretty common.
* StarCrossedLovers: Himeko and Chikane ''never'' get to be together in any of their past lives [[spoiler:because the reincarnation loop requires one of them to kill the other]]. However, [[spoiler:they probably finally are able to be together after Chikane breaks the reincarnation loop and returns to Himeko]].
* StockShoujoBullyingTactics: Himeko is cornered by Chikane's fangirls, but since hurting Himeko in any way is Chikane's BerserkButton, it doesn't end well for them.
* StrikeMeDown: Chikane's involves [[spoiler: joining the Orochi, slaughtering most of its members, take in its powers, and deliberately make Himeko angry so Himeko would hate her and kill her. This is because Chikane's previous incarnation killed Himeko's previous incarnation in order to seal the Orochi, and was unable to break the cycle due to an implanted hatred for the god she was to summon. Chikane believed that was unfair, and was determined to be the sacrifice this time around.]]
* SuperEmpowering: Himeko's power is to do this to Souma.
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Souma]], if only temporarily.
** Also [[spoiler: all of the Necks of Orochi]] except for [[spoiler: Souma and Tsubasa]], courtesy of Chikane.
* TitleDrop: Invoked by Chikane at the last episode.
* TouchedByVorlons: Ties in with the reincarnation aspect, the two priestesses being initially selected by the gods.
* TriangRelations: Himeko believes her friends Chikane and Souma are in a serious relationship, and is somewhat oblivious to the fact that those two are willing to lay down their lives to protect her.
* TroubledButCute: Tsubasa.
* TwelveEpisodeAnime
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Himeko, Chikane and Souma.
* UptownGirl: Chikane (the rich girl) and Himeko (middle class).
* VerbalTic: {{Catgirl}} Nekoko sports the standard "~nya!"
* VirginPower: Chikane and Himeko are supposed to be virgins, which was more of a pre-requisite in the anime but a full on condition of retaining power in the mangas, leading to [[spoiler:the whole rape scenario]].
* WhamEpisode: Episode eight.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Thanks to the RetGone that [[spoiler:removes Orochi altogether in the new timeline, the Orochi Necks were able to live as normal humans without falling to despair, events that would lead them to be disillusioned are removed, rather than having them becoming KarmaHoudini. To wit:]]
** [[spoiler:Tsubasa and Souma led a better, stable life, presumably because their parents aren't that abusive this time around. Tsubasa is still an antisocial loner, though, just not homicidal.]]
** [[spoiler:Miyako and Girochi are more adjusted and faithful to God, presumably because either they become stronger after the war that costed them everything instead of falling to despair, or their faith are untouched because said war never happened.]]
** [[spoiler:Corona is now able to become a successful IdolSinger without going for prostitution, presumably because either she worked harder, or the fans are more appreciative to her.]]
** [[spoiler:Reiko is now able to make a manga that she liked and still become a successful mangaka without going for DarkerAndEdgier against her wish]]
** [[spoiler:Nekoko is no longer an experimental guinea pig, in fact she's welcomed to become an assistant in the hospital she's in.]]
* YuriFan: Himeko's favourite manga is a yuri by Reiko.
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