Sasami Tsukuyomi is a beautiful tenth-grade girl who happens to be a total shut-in, refusing to even go out of her house. She constantly relies on her doting older brother Kamiomi, a teacher in her school, to take care of her, including dressing her up, even though she despises his slavish devotion to her. She spends most of her time watching Kamiomi's daily life outside the house through her "Brother Surveillance Tool" and his interactions with the Yagami sisters — fellow teacher Tsurugi, who looks too young for her thirty-one years of age; Kagami, the middle sister, Sasami's classmate and a sleepy sixteen-year-old; and Tama, the youngest at age nine with a ridiculously hot body.As it turns out, however, his life is not so ordinary, and that's what slowly motivates Sasami to start connecting with society.Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ("Sasami-san@Dismotivation") is a light novel series written by Akira and illustrated by Hidari, published by Shogakukan under the Gagaga Bunko brand, currently standing at ten volumes since 2010. It is also adapted into a manga with illustrations by Akira Nishikawa and published in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday since October 2012, as well as a Twelve Episode Anime directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and produced by Studio Shaft as part of the Winter 2013 Anime block.
Beware the Nice Ones: Tama may be a genuinely sweet, loving kid, but hurt her siblings and friends, and she will absolutely show no mercy to anyone who dares do so. Juju (or at least her zombified body) learned the hard way (and lost some limbs in the process) why no one messes with Amaterasu, her creations and her friends, and still expect to get away with it unscathed.
Big Brother Attraction: Tama to her "Paparin" Kamiomi. And Sasami to Kamiomi. Inverted with Sasami parents, her mother was the older sibling and was attracted to Sasami's father, her little brother
Bi the Way: Sasami really enjoys affection from both Kamiomi and Kagami.
In Episode 1 Sasami receives Valentine's chocolate shipped by "Amazonas".
Sasami watches her brothers' activity through her Vayo.
In Episode 2, there is a fridge full of Red Blue. The logo looks like a bull.
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Tama, Kagami and Tsurugi, respectively (the order also coincides with their age order, youngest to oldest).
Body Horror: Sasami's repressed persona created from her time in Tsukuyomi Shrine manifests itself as an arm sprouting from her chest. Tsurugi later changes it into a rabbit.
Edogawa has a penis! How I wish I was making that one up.
Brother-Sister Incest: Justified in the most nauseating way. Tsukuyomi's lineage inherits the power of Amaterasu and they rely on incest to maintain the purity (i.e., divine power) of their lineage. This power is matrilineal, and the male side of the family is basically just a Glorified Sperm Donor. This system is maintained by thorough indoctrination and what is basically a lobotomy.
Kamiomi freely admits that he has no common sense.
Every character is a Cuckoolander in their own way. Tama thinks she's a frog, nobody seems particularly confused by the entire world turning into chocolate and back again, etc.
Cool Big Sis: Tsurugi to her sisters. Even if they're but her creation. At the end of Episode 7 she even contacts Sasami, asking her to take care of Kagami and Tama while she settles matters back at the Underworld.
Cool Sword: Tsurugi has Ame-no-Murakumo though it's only good for self-defense. Later, Sasami's mother shows up with the sword of misfortune, Ame-no-Habakiri, at her disposal.
Crossover Cosmology: It's strongly implied that other pantheons exist, and they can be quite belligerent toward each others. Juju (as the Amaterasu) fights Baron Samedi in a flashback. The Baron doesn't seem to be a black man.
Cult: The Arahabaki, which to the Yamato gods is what the Titans were to Olympian gods.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Juju stains the floor red with Kagami's blood and throws Tsurugi to the Underworld almost effortlessly in Episode 6. Having borrowed the sword of misfortune from the King of Underworld and also received His divine protection helps. Next episode, however, Tama reverses the tide of battle when she manages to break Juju's Ame-no-Habakiri with Tsurugi's sword, then proceeds to eat some of her body parts before Tsurugi drags Juju back to the Underworld.
Deus ex Machina: Literally and repeatedly. It helps that the main characters are literal gods. Namely: Tsurugi bailing Sasami multiple times, Juju decides to retake the mantle of Amaterasu to let her daughter live freely, and Susanoo appearing to defeat Kuzuryuu.
Diabolus Ex Nihilo: The... aliens. Okay, they aren't trying to screw everyone, but the net result is the same.
Everyone Is Related: All named characters have some sort of connection with the sun goddess Amaterasu.
Friendly Enemy: Edogawa Jou vis-a-vis Tsukuyomi Sasami. It doesn't help that Jou has serious case of chuunibyou and is unable to see the world outside the master-servant paradigm (and with her always being the master).
Fractured Fairy Tale: Episode 3, which re-imagines a version of the "Hare of Inaba" story, where Sasami is the "rabbit" and Kamiomi is the shark.
Heel-Face Turn; Juju Tsukyomi, after listening to the reason why her daughter didn't want to be a shrine maiden, no longer considers her a traitor, and stops forcing her to choose that path.
Egodawa Jou, after her defeat, becomes true friends with Sasami.
Hikikomori: The eponymous Sasami... and she looks too hot to be a total recluse. Turns out she was cursed by an evil deity, until the Yagami sisters free her at the end of Episode 3.
Hypocritical Humor: In Episode 2, Tsurugi childishly berates Kamiomi for being childishly happy after winning a jenga game against her.
Incest Subtext: Kamiomi is far too coddling to Sasami; likewise Sasami is far too possessive of Kamiomi.
Incest Is Relative: Then it is revealed that all male Tsukuyomis are conditioned to serve, protect and marry their sisters in order to keep the power Amaterasu/Tsurugi had bequeathed them.
I Want Grandkids: After it become obvious to Juju that her daughter Sasami is not willing to continue the Barrier Maiden duty, she force her to have kids. Just about any man will do. But the creepiest part is she choose Sasami's father/her husband/her brother.
Mind Screw: Which makes its production by Studio Shaft very understandable. For example, in Episode 1 alone, the world almost completely turned into chocolate, with the Yagami sisters fighting chocolate monsters.
When she turns into a Hikikomori (again), Sasami wants to videotape a naked Kagami and make her the new internet sensation. That seems to come out of nowhere, until you remember how Amaterasu was drawn out of her heartbreak-induced seclusion: by the laughters of the myriad gods incited by a naked dancing goddess. Naked People Are Funny, indeed.
Yuu Asakawa as Juju Tsukuyomi, Sasami and Kamiomi's dead mother
Narrator All Along Episode three begins with Sasami re-imagining the Hare of Inaba folktale as we're treated to visuals of her as the "rabbit." This would appear to be an aesthetic choice, if Sasami weren't repeatedly praising of the rabbit for its cuteness and intelligence.
Put on a Bus: Tsurugi during Episodes 7-8, before returning midway through Episode 9.
Rape as Drama: Juju will do absolutely anything to make sure the Tsukuyomi lineage continue, including setting up a hapless guy to impregnate Sasami. The way it's done, you would also feel pity for the man.
Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: In Episode 3, it is revealed that Amaterasu/Tsurugi's powers were with Sasami all along, influencing the gods to grant her wishes through Kamiomi, and that Tama was created by Amaterasu herself to serve as the next vessel for her powers.
In Episode 1, Kamiomi is seen doing the Hare Hare Yukai Dance popularized by the anime version of Haruhi Suzumiya, much to Kagami's disgust. This serves as a foreshadowing that, like Haruhi, Kamiomi is a subconscious Reality Warper.
In the next episode Kagami herself references the same series, explaining that her online game character is a vet and not a nurse, because she has "no interest in ordinary humans".
It starts with getting the basic correct: Ame-no-Murakumo is not a katana. It gets even better from there.
The way the kami works in Shintoism is that they are permeating the cosmos and not quite subject to contemporary spatiality. This is crucial in defeating Sasami's mother. About the only other works that mention this is Hisoutensoku.
Spit Take: In Episode 1 Sasami spews out the barley tea she was sipping when she sees a rather saucy scene from one of Tsurugi's eroges as seen through her "Brother Surveillance Tool".
Stylistic Suck: In Episode 1 Kana Asumi sings the ending theme as Sasami very half-heartedly; come Episode 2 she doesn't sing at all, and in the third the Yagami sisters (minus Kagami) take over. In the fifth Sasami duets with Kagami. The former sings normal and the latter sings just as half-heartdly as Sasami did in the first episode. Only she doesn't know the words.
Telepathy: If someone is capable of supernatural feats, then he or she is likely also capable of telepathy. Sasami use this to make Tama her replacement when she's bedridden.
Mental Fusion: The telepathic link is also a hub, and other people can join in. The result is like an internet chatroom between Sasami, Tama, Kagami, and Tsurugi. Jou and her folk is also capable of this, and once types on the wrong chatroom!
Third-Person Person: Tama refers to herself as such, which is justifiable, considering she is actually a little kid.
Torpedo Tits: As lampshaded by Tsurugi, Kagami has these. She's a bit dismayed that Kagami didn't use them more effectively.
Tsundere: Tsurugi plays a Type B towards Kamiomi in Episode 1.
Used to be a Sweet Parent: Juju used to be a loving mom before she died and her body was used by the god of the Underworld as a meat puppet.
Wham Episode: Sixth Episode. Juju suddenly comes Back from the Dead and it seems that she is approaching Sasami to have fun with her daughter. But no. She actually comes to force Sasami to become the priestess of Tsukuyomi Shrine again. And with the support from the God of Underworld to boot.