Gingitsune (ぎんぎつね Gingitsune, lit. Silver Fox) is a fantasy slice of life Seinen manga series written and illustrated by Sayori Ochiai. It was first serialized in Ultra Jump on 2009.Makoto Saeki is the daughter of a shrine priest in a small Inari Shinto shrine dedicated to the God Ukanomitama. Despite being the fifteenth generation heiress of the Shrine, she is living a good life after her mother died. However, she has an unusual gift when she met the messenger of the god Inari: an anthropomorphic fox named Gintaro, declaring her the successor. Gintaro can see a short glimpse into the future and find lost things despite being rude and unmotivated, but still developed a good friendship with Makoto. As she is the only girl who can see the spirit, both of them decide to be a go-between for the gods and humans as they try to help those who come to the shrine.It has currently sold over 1 million copies in Japan, though no fan translations of it exist. An anime began airing in October 2013, and has ended in December 2013, spanning 12 episodes and covering the first 3 volumes of the manga.The anime is watchable on Crunchyroll. Premium members worldwide except Asia may watch it, and other viewers may watch it free in the following areas: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Central and South America, and Portugal.
Tropes present in Gingitsune:
The Ace: Satoru gets a lot of attention because he has even better grades than Hiwako, is very good at Kendo, and good looking. He's also a lot better when it comes to keeping the shrine clean and following rules than Makoto is.
Broken Ace: However, people who don't know him don't tend to see his emotional isolation and virtually non-existent social skills. Additionally, the reason why he's so helpful at home is because he's afraid of being a burden.
Alpha Bitch: Yumi initially comes off like one. However, she gradually warms up to Makoto and becomes good friends with her, and surprisingly didn't consider the other girls to really be her friends in the first place.
Ascended Fridge Horror: Since the heralds live very long lives, they will see many of the heirs/heiresses die. This is discussed in episode 3, though Gintaro insists that he isn't sad about the fact. Haru realizes that it's best to give Satoru some space to allow him to make friends with other humans because of this.
Dark and Troubled Past: Satoru's introduction in episode 4 shows that both of his parents died in a car accident. His grandfather then tries to raise him, but passes away shortly afterwards as well, forcing his aunt to raise him along with her two kids. Unfortunately his cousins and aunt are strict with him, and the former even boss him around, making him pick up their toys for them. As a result, he doesn't like living there, and moves out at the first opportunity. He also begs Makoto's father to let him move out after he's found a place to live in despite his guardians already giving him the money to help with living expenses.
A Day in the Limelight: Many of the episodes, especially after the introduction of Satoru and Haru in episode 4 ("Satoru and Haru").
The turtle herald in episode 3.
Episode 7 covers Shouhei's family shrine, and the two local heralds there, Fuu and Fuku.
Episode 8 focuses on Hiwako and her father's assistant, Shinichi.
Episodes 9 and 10 focus on Haru and Satoru, respectively.
Debut Queue: The early episodes introduce a couple of new characters each time.
Gentle Giant: Gintaro is very large and imposing, but he's quite the Nice Guy too, and it often takes a lot to get him angry. Even then however, he doesn't seem to hold grudges for very long.
Heavy Sleeper: The two lion-dog heralds, Saimaru and Utamaru, who fall asleep a couple of times while talking to Gin and Makoto.
He Is Not My Boyfriend: When Satoru and Makoto go out, several people assume they're dating and she has to keep telling people that he's just a friend of the family who happens to be living with them.
Hidden Eyes: Satoru, a few times in episodes 4 and 5 when he has a falling out with Haru, and again in episode 6 when the girls try to force him to be more social. Later episodes continue this, as he is always struggling to hide his emotions.
Hiwako towards Tatsuo, Makoto's father. Yumi teases her about it when she discovers it.
Shinichi towards Hiwako. Aside from their ten year age difference, he also works for her father. In episode 8 he asks the gods to let him not fall in love with her to avoid the problems that would crop up if they were to develop a relationship.
Hot-Blooded: Haru tends to yell quite a bit, partly because she's a fairly young herald (80 years or so, but compared to Gintaro's hundreds she's still fairly new), and partly because she doesn't think people take her seriously due to her extremely short height.
Humble Pie: The first episode had this with Makoto. She and Gintaro had an argument because she was using using his power for selfish reasons and acting like a brat when she didn't get her way. After realizing she was wrong, she apologizes and starts treating him with more respect. Also, Yumi tries to get back together with her boyfriend, but it isn't until she learns to be more humble that she is successful.
Haru complains about being woken up by noisy kids visiting the shrine in episode 9, then starts cheering on the girls when they fight against the boys. Gintaro later complains about not being able to sleep through the noise and points out that Haru ended up being the loudest one.
In the same episode, she criticizes Gin for liking tangerines. But then Satoru tells them that she likes creamed buns. Gin immediately jokes to her about this.
Intergenerational Friendship: Makoto and Gintaro, a high school girl and centuries-old herald, though they've been together since Makoto was 4 years old. It's said that it's rare for an heir to be so young. Satoru and Haru also have this, with Satoru first gaining "the sight" when he was 5.
Invisible to Normals: Heralds can only be seen by people with "the sight", which are usually shrine heirs/heiresses. Because of this, most people no longer believe they or the gods exist. This also becomes awkward when Makoto talks to them in public and people think she's talking to herself.
Makoto yells at Gintaro and tells him to leave after Yumi's fortune telling goes bad, partly because Makoto didn't give the full explanation. She then realizes how important he is, and goes back to apologize to him.
Satoru realizes that he shouldn't of sent Haru away, and goes out looking for her.
The Napoleon: Haru acts this way a lot, and is often Hot-Blooded as well. She thinks the others don't take her too seriously because of how tiny she is.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The little kids damage the dippers and one of the fox statues in episode 9. They then run off, but return later to apologize for it because one of the boy's grandmother told them that the gods would be angry with them, and that the fox spirits would eat them. Makoto's dad brushes it off, but accepts the apology since they realized what they did was wrong and promised not to do it again.
Posthumous Character: Yuuko's death meant that she has passed "the Sight" down to Makoto. The former gets mentioned semi-frequently since Makoto was 4 years old and has trouble remembering her mother sometimes.
Tatsuo, Makoto's father, is quite fine with Satoru moving in, despite Makoto's initial protests about a non-blood related boy and a girl living under the same roof. He also doesn't get angry with the kids after they damage a couple of things at the shrine.
Satoru's grandfather, who vowed to raise Satoru as his successor after the latter's parents died in a car accident. Unfortunately he too passes away shortly afterwards, and Satoru's aunt is a much worse guardian for him.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Makoto is the more passionate and excitable one while Gintaro is very laid back, lazy, and more level-headed.
His partner Kinjiro was also a red oni to him, being more active and emotional.
Also the addition of Haru, who can get very Hot-Blooded and Satoru, who usually keeps his emotions in check.
Scenery Porn: The backgrounds have a huge amount of detail and vibrant color. The show also plays up Shrines and Temples and nature blended with modern architecture to maintain excellent visual variety.
Secretly Wealthy: Yumi thinks Makoto's father was this in episode 11. He actually was supposed to inherit a local brewery business, but gave it up to marry Makoto's mother, a local shrine maiden, and became a priest instead.
Seinen: Not kidding, Ultra Jump is a Seinen manga magazine. A lighthearted Slice of Life is unusual for Seinen.
Those Two Guys: Most heralds work in pairs. The two lion-dogs are always seen together.
Trademark Favorite Food: Gintaro loves tangerines, but will settle for oranges, and whenever Makoto needs to ask him for a favor, she gives him at least one. There's a flashback showing him as an ordinary fox and a woman giving him a tangerine.
Haru claims to like fried tofu, though it's mostly due to not having tried anything else. Although it turns out that she really liked cream buns and is embarrassed by the fact. Gintaro teases her about it when he finds out, due to her making fun of him for liking tangerines earlier.
Tsundere: Haru, who reluctantly becomes friends with Makoto and Gintaro.