Playing With / Miko

Basic Trope: In traditional sense, a girl who tends a (Shinto) shrine and appeases the deities it houses.
  • Straight: Himiko, the girl who tends Asamiya, the local Shinto shrine in the neighborhood.
  • Exaggerated: The Asamiya is a head shrine dedicated to Amaterasu-ookami, it has thousands of believers, and Himiko is regarded as the head miko and as a living goddess.
  • Downplayed: The Asamiya is a hokoranote  dedicated to Kannon, and Himiko is simply one of the caretakers of the shrine.
    • Alternately, the Asamiya is a minor shrine in a style of Sumiyoshi-zukuri, with Himiko being the "part-time miko" caretaker.
  • Justified: Himiko's family has been tending the Asamiya since the antiquity.
  • Inverted:
    • Himiko is a kannushi.
    • Himiko is a nun.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • But when she's at home, she's actually a Miko.
    • ... who then changes his gender and keeps tending the shrine.
  • Parodied: Himiko is a Dojikko and she didn't pay attention to her training, so instead of performing a ritual properly, she just does go like "Tori-kami, Tori-kami!" in a begging way.
  • Zig Zagged: Himiko isn't really a Miko, she's just a Cosplay Otaku Girl. But when she's at home, she's actually a Miko. Except that the "shrine" is a tourist attraction. But then, she is often Not Herself...
  • Averted: Despite having Shrines and Temples, not a single Miko is in sight. *sigh*
  • Enforced: The work panders to Otaku who has Miko fetish.
  • Lampshaded: "Magical Shrine Maiden Himiko! With the power of the gods, I shall cleanse thy impurities!"
  • Invoked: Bob, visiting a Shinto shrine to find authentic Shrine Maiden "like in those Moe animes".
  • Exploited: Himiko has a boring life, and she decides to be a miko and gets training, and she becomes a miko.
  • Defied: The chief priest of Asamiya forbids women from tending the shrine.
  • Discussed:
    Bob: Hey, Himiko. How's your job of being a miko?
    Himiko: Oh, it's great. I get money from selling onuris.
    Bob: Interesting.

  • Deconstructed: Himiko doesn't like being a Shrine Maiden. It's outdated, and most people see her as a weird oracle of some sort.
  • Reconstructed: The gods are highly responsive to prayers, so Himiko keeps the job.
  • Played For Laughs: Himiko's friend, Ruri, a Cosplay Otaku Girl, tries being a Miko for a week.
  • Unintentional Troping: The clash between the old and the new is depicted when Himiko walk the streets of Tokyo in Miko attire.

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