Anime / Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama

Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama (Cocotama: Secret Apprentice Gods) is an anime series produced by OLM Incorporated, based on Bandai Namco Entertainment's line of dollhouse toys marketed to girls. It premiered in October 1, 2015, replacing Tamagotchi during the Fall 2015 Anime season. The series is also been streaming in Nico Nico Douga, but it's region-locked in Japan only.

The anime follows Fifth Grader Kokoro Yotsuba, who is rather a Cute Clumsy Girl but has a tendency to take good care of her belongings. One of the things she treasured the most is a Colored Pencil set, which her grandmother gave her during her kindergarten years and told her that everything has souls, including items. Though one day while at school, her colored pencil set at home starts glowing and an egg pops out, revealing itself to be a tiny but powerful furry creature known as a Cocotama. This Cocotama, named Luckytama had fun by running into the desk until...

..Kokoro got home from school, and was somewhat surprised and shocked to see him! It gets worse from here as he is doomed to disappear unless she signed a Cocotama Contract in order for him to exist. Despite him having the worst magic ever, she decided to do it, but is faced with rules, including not revealing their existence or telling them to others. After then, she then encounter other Cocotamas that befriend her or cause her trouble as well as dilemmas of her trying to keep them a secret and keeping a very low profile.

First revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Toy Fair, the anime and toy franchise is a cute and adorable take to the Pals with Jesus trope and to usual Shojo anime, with stealth elements of Shinto Animism mixed in. Let's say it's a cute, unusual mix.

On April 28th, 2017, a Cocotama movie was released in Japan alongside a Tamagotchi short film, Tamagotchi: Big Operation Secret Delivery. The movie and the short film were first announced around the 1st anniversary of Cocotama and the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi, respectively.

Still in Work In Progress.

Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama provides examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Some supporting characters in the anime gets their time to shine on some episodes only, particular to Kokoro's human friends.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: All Cocotamas comes in different colors while Amanda, the pet cat of the Yotsuba Family is colored purple.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Luckytama, Melory, Oshaki and Geracho used all of their magic together in Episode 6 to find their way back to Kokoro.
  • Badass Adorable: Cocotamas don't usually fight but their magic can pack some serious punch when cast at the right moment. Episode 9 proves their magic helped Kokoro's team win a friendly Futsal competition.
    • Vivit alone gets an good mention, since her magic and resolve to find problems for Nozomi to resolve is what makes her a good fan favorite.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Episode 3 Part B.
  • Central Theme: "Every thing has a Soul". It doubles as an Arc Words referring to Kokoro's bond with her Cocotama friends.
  • Character Development: Characters in the anime tend to develop their overall personality with each episode, with Kokoro, Luckytama and Melory being the main examples. The Noratama Trio, Nozomi and Vivit are also getting some character development.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Present in Episode 27 during the start of the second arc of the series.
  • Childhood Friends: Kokoro, Hina and Ayaka were best friends ever since Kokoro is in first grade.
  • Conspicuous CG: Everything regarding the Cocotama House gets some CG rendering shots, and it was very good.
  • Evolving Credits: The opening credits of the series changes everytime a new character was introduced, with the recent one being introduced in Episode 27.
  • Fansub: Wasurenai was officially subbing the series, but cannot get pass through Episode 3 and since stuck in Development Hell.
  • Funny Animal: The Cocotamas themselves, considering they all got animal-like features including tails based on the items they're born in.
  • Fun Size: Cocotamas, again.
  • Gratuitous English: Most of the toys use English for some names of the characters and the packaging. The same goes to the official website.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Funny enough that the Cocotamas are only wearing underpants as their clothing and nothing to cover their top. Tama-Senin however wears a loincloth instead.
  • The Magic Goes Away: The failing condition if a contractor broke the promise in the Cocotama Contract, which results to a serious Laser-Guided Amnesia.
  • Magically Binding Contract: The Cocotama Contract, which has some important guidelines that a contractor must follow.
  • Meaningful Name: Cocotama has a rather interesting naming. Coco is short for "Kokoro"; meaning Heart and "Tama" either means Soul, God or Egg. It depends on how you portray the translation.
  • Merchandise-Driven: It's a Bandai Namco Entertainment Franchise, so it's obvious were getting toys based on it.
  • The Movie: A Cocotama movie was released in Japan on April 28, 2017, and a Tamagotchi short film, Tamagotchi! Big Operation Secret Delivery, was screened with it.
  • Overly Long Name: Each of the Cocotama's name was so long, that they just call themselves by their given name instead.
  • Pals with Jesus: A somewhat interesting take on the trope. In this case, Kokoro is friends with small, furry apprentice gods.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at of those and let's see if you won't go "aww". Also Amanda has an honorable mention.
  • Rousseau Was Right: The series has no fixed villain by default and there are no inherently evil characters.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Luckytama and Melory's relationship in the first few episodes.
  • Shaking the Rump: Cocotamas does this when casting their magic. The boys gets a serious butt shake while the female ones were less offensive, sans for Sarine and Parine.
  • Ship Tease: The series constantly teases Kokoro and Ichinose getting along together, though she doesn't like to admit it to her Cocotama friends.
    • Luckytama and Melory are going to this path also, but it's in the more of the line of Just Friends / Sempai/Kohai thought it starting to evolve to loving each other.
  • Shōjo (Demographic)
  • Spiritual Successor: Strangely, to Mirumo De Pon due to the series having the same premise (fairies to Mirmo while furry gods in Cocotama, yet the theme and execution were different) and happen to have the same writer.
  • Sugar Bowl
  • Trouser Space: The signature Egg Underpants. All Cocotamas keep their Cocotama Contract inside it like magic, and the contract papers were twice their size!
  • True Companions: Kokoro's friends were this, and not just her human ones but her Cocotama friends as well.