Visual Novel: Kamigami No Asobi
Yui Kusanagi is an average high school girl who also works as a miko
on her family's shrine. One day, while she's at the shrine's warehouse, she finds a mysterious Cool Sword
, Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi, that takes her to another world - a garden created by the mighty Zeus
for the gods to live in. In the middle of the garden, there's a high school that some of the gods attend. Zeus gives Yui the task to attend the school and teach the gods about love
in a time where the worship to gods is slowly receeding. Thus, in the school she meets Apollon and Hades from Greek Mythology
, Tsukito and Takeru from Japanese Mythology
, Loki and Balder from Norse Mythology
, and Anubis and Thoth from Egyptian Mythology
. However, there's a problem - she doesn't know anything about love, and if she refuses, she'll be punished by Zeus.
A visual novel for the PlayStation Portable
released by Nippon Ichi and Broccoli (after the success of the latter with Uta No Prince Sama
) with art by Kazuki Yone (of Hakuōki
fame) in 2013, it was adapted into an anime by Brains Base
in 2014. A sequel to the original game called Kamigami no Asobi Infinite
is scheduled to be released on 2015.
A translation project of the game is on the making, and can be found here
This visual novel and its anime adaptation provide examples of:
- Action Girl: Yui learnt swordsmanship at a young age and has kept practicing it since then.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Loki was shunned by most of the other gods as a child because he was always playing tricks on people.
- All Part of the Show/Throw It In: During the school play, Thoth's script gets wet so he has to improvise his narration, which makes it more interesting considering all the chaos that ensued
- Anime of the Game: Began airing in spring 2014.
- Attempted Rape: A PG version happens in the anime Two times on episode 7, with Loki planning on doing something to Yui but stops when she believes he is implying that he wants to be friends and becomes happy with him. The second time is at the end of the episode with Balder trying to force a kiss on Yui in an attempt to make her "only see him." Loki prevents Balder that time.
- Attention Whore: Loki, through out the series, but especially in episode 10. While the others (Hades, Balder, Apollon, Takeru, and Tsukito) want the prince role in Cinderella because they all like Yui (who they want to play Cinderella), Loki only shows interest after Apollon mentions that the Prince is the star (though he isn't, that's Cinderella). Loki then proceeds to derail the play after he gets a small part.
- Beach Episode: The third one.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In the game, both Balder and Apollon on their respective routes, Loki's and Hades', though this is not their fault, as they lose control of their powers for external influences. The anime only portrayed Balder's case.
- Breather Episode: Episode 10, in which the students perform a School Play of Cinderella after a couple of comparably angst-heavy episodes, followed immediately after by the main conflict of the show.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The relation Yui has with some of the gods, such as Hades and Takeru.
- Brought Down to Normal: Zeus does this to all the student Gods so that they'll be forced to stay in the school as humans
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Seeing as it's an Otome Game, it comes with the territory.
- Chained Heat: The main plot during Tsukito's route in the game has him chained to Yui via magic rings, thanks to Loki's trickster ways, and are told that they'll only come off if they become a couple and eventually fall for each other. This was adapted, but downplayed, on the anime.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Balder's route has him being extremely possessive of Yui and dislikes seeing her interact with Loki in a manner he thinks she should only interact with him. In the anime, Loki manifests some shades of this when Balder starts showing interest in Yui.
- Cross Over: The point of the game itself: it is a giant crossover of gods from different mythologies... in high school!
- Cruel to Be Kind: Hades pushes others away because his curse brings misery on those who get close to him.
- A Day in the Limelight: The anime follows a pattern of episodes like this to create a Balanced Harem, while developing a plot.
- Demonic Possession: Cassandra, as a ghost, does this to Yui with her permission in the anime
- De-power: Zeus seals the gods' powers for the duration of the school year...
- Power Limiter: ...with fashionable accessories that the gods cannot remove.
- Disaster Dominoes: How the end of the play gets ruined in episode 10.
- Divine Date: All of Yui's love interests are gods from various pantheons.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: For both the anime opening and ending.
- Dog Boy: Anubis' hair resembles dog ears and they move as Expressive Ears would.
- Driven to Suicide: In the anime adaptation, Cassandra after Apollon gives her the power to see the future
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Akira aka Amaterasu.
- Dysfunctional Family: We have two main examples.
- The Greek Mythology family, to the surprise of no one. Apollon, Dionysus and Hades get along wonderfully with each other, but as soon as Zeus is added to the mix things get dysfunctional. Hades hates him and Apollon is cold towards him. Zeus can't seem to bond with any of them even if he has their best interests in mind.
- The Japanese Mythology family issues is the main focus of Tsukito's route in the game. Akira can't get along with Tsukito or Takeru, Tsukito is unable to understand family bonds at all and Takeru just wants to fix their problems.
- Faceless Masses: The other students aside from Yui and the gods. Justified in that they are dolls created by Zeus, and they do not possess a soul.
- Fanservice/Mr. Fanservice: The guys get Shirtless Scenes such as during the Beach Episode, in which some of their swimsuits are more revealing than others.
- Several scenes in the ending theme, one of which shows several of the gods with only a sheet over them.
- Thoth leaves most of his shirt buttons undone.
- Several of their god forms outfits leave little to the imagination, case in point: the Greek gods and Loki.
- Fantastic Racism: Loki was discriminated during his childhood by all except Balder and Thor.
- Fiery Redhead: Loki
- Green-Eyed Monster: Balder doesn't take it nicely when Yui starts spending time with Loki. In the anime adaptation, Loki gets jealous of Balder's closeness with Yui, as he doesn't consider her important enough to gain their trust or be with Balder. (Among other reasons.)
- Apollon was jealous after seeing Yui with Balder.
- Guilt Complex: In the anime, Apollon for causing Cassandra's death
- Harem Genre: A "Reverse" Harem with Yui as the lead.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: The basic plot of the game is that Yui, a mere mortal, is able to help each god solve their own problems and 'graduate', avoiding their terrible fates, thanks to the sheer power of the love a human heart can provide.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Loki, Balder and Thor, with emphasis on the first two.
- How We Got Here: Episode 10 begins with the gods passed or dead on the floor and covered in what appears to be blood.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Balder thinks Yui is special because she sees him as a person and isn't immediately drawn to his light like other people are.
- Implausible Deniability: Yui repeats some of the things Loki said to her, such as saying they will "make memories together" and that Balder belongs to him. He denies saying them, even after Yui points out that she heard him say them.
- Japanese School Club: This is how the game separates the plausible routes. If you choose to join the Student Council you may choose between Apollon, Tsukito and Balder, the members of said council. If you decide to go for the Club Activities route, you get Hades, Takeru or Loki. The clubs each character joins change according to the route pursued.
- The Klutz: Balder, who falls down just as Yui meets him for the first time.
- Kuudere: Tsukito
- Letting Her Hair Down: Yui while being possessed by Cassandra.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Loki didn't realize Yui was a human until long after everyone else did both in the anime and in his Love Route. Balder didn't realize that Loki was unaware.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Some of them have long hair, but Balder is the most prominent case.
- All of them (with the exception of the Egyptian Gods) get long hair in their god forms.
- Lost Lenore: Only in the anime Cassandra to Apollon
- The Nicknamer: Apollon and Loki are the main cases. Thoth doesn't shy away from giving insulting nicknames to the other gods, either.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Takeru as Cinderella's step-sister in the school play.
- Not Himself: Both Balder and Apollon when they lose control of their powers. Apollon also shows a case of this on Episode 9 of the anime.
- Once an Episode: An angry/annoyed Thoth invades Yui's personnal space by pinning her against a wall.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: In the anime's adaptation of the game plot, Cassandra was Barred from the Afterlife (never made it to The Underworld) due to Unfinished Business with Apollon, though she wanted to help him rather than hurt him, as ghosts are sometimes known to do. She was able to possess Yui and talk through her
- Plucky Girl: Yui
- Power Incontinence: Their Power Limiting accessories keep the gods from using their powers voluntarily, but being under emotional distress can cause them to use it uncontrollably and break the accessory, which is clearly against the rules, as Takeru learns the hard way.
- Pungeon Master: Hades. Most of the time no one else gets them.
- Running Gag: Hades wondering if he's to blame for any instance of misfortune.
- Thoth doing a one armed kabedon on Yui whenever they meet.
- The Smurfette Principle: Yui is the sole (real) girl in all the school, despite the great amount of goddesses that could appear. Justified in that this is an Otome Game.
- Stepford Smiler: Apollon is hiding a lot of suffering behind his smile. Similarly, Balder never stops smiling even while committing suicide.
- Student Council President: Apollon.
- íThree Amigos!: Thor, Loki, and Balder.
- Tomboyish Sidetails: Yui.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hades loves daifuku because it means good luck. Strawberry Daifuku makes him question if it should be allowed to feel that much happiness at once.
- The Trickster: Loki, of course.
- Transformation Sequence: Only in the anime, as shown here. Apollon's is shown in the first episode, and the others also transform in the last episode.
- Tsundere: Takeru.
- Twelve-Episode Anime
- The Underworld: Inevitable mentioned, as Hades is a main character. During his love route in the game, Yui has to go to the Underworld to get him back. It's not pretty.
- Unequal Pairing: Since Cassandra was a human, Apollon gave her some of his power to make their relationship equal. In his main route in the game Anubis seeks a way to make Yui immortal in order to be with her in equal lifespans.
- Verbal Tic: Apollon likes to repeat words, justified in that he's the god of prophecies, and those being as precious as they are, he picked the habit of repeating them twice to avoid confusion or forgetfulness.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Zeus transforms into a child to prove his powers to Yui. In the game, he chooses this form in order not to appear too imposing or intimidating to her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Balder to Loki for being mean to Yui.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue, purple, green