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Our Home’s Fox Deity Review

Between a tag-team assault on PSP screens lead by Cladun: This is an RPG and Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman, as well as a trio of exquisitely packaged anime, the second half of 2010 has been a triumphant term for NIS America. Yet based on several early synopses for Our Home’s Fox Deity, it looked like the publisher’s streak was about to conclude alongside the departing year. Predictably, some critics were indifferent about a series involving a gender-bending fox god which relied on restrained charm rather than overt slapstick humor.

Shrewdly, Fox Deity‘s recurrent ‘fish out of water’ theme aims higher than simple guffaws. As the series opens, brothers Tōru and Noburo Takagami are summoned to the countryside to see their ailing mother. Upon arrival the youngsters discover the visit  is a ruse, designed to shield them from harm. Much to the bewilderment of the suburbanized siblings, they duo learns the Takagami hail from a potent of powerful priestesses, with Tōru being a target, due to his yin-rich blood. Reluctantly, the family thaws Kūgen Tenko, a mischievous kitsune, with the intent of making the fox their guardian. For Western viewers with a limited knowledge of Japanese mythology, the initial disorientation mirrors the brothers’ own puzzlement of their newfound predicament, alleviating the archetypal lethargy of opening episodes.

Soon the tide turns, as Kūgen returns home with the Tōru and Noburo, discovering the amenities of urban living. Here, amusement comes from the transgendered fox god balancing his/her animalistic instincts while trying to ‘fit in’ along the city’s denizens. As Kūgen discovers life’s ubiquities, from television to all-you-can-eat buffets, the series’ charms are as unmistakable as the kitsune’s own ears which habitually and involuntarily perk up. Gradually, the boys once-familiar landscape reveals a steady stream of secrets, as the city reacts to their vulpine visitor.

Despite a potential for adult-minded gender play, Fox Deity is consistently genial. Beyond the uncommon double-entendre, the series is suitable for all age groups. If fact, the only group who are likely to find serious fault with the series may be action aficionados. The first thirteen episode’s inclusion of compulsory conflict sequences often feel disjointed and generally lack impact. Yet beyond that blemish, Our Home’s Fox Deity will win over most viewers with its amiable characters and whimsical tone; it’s rare when an episode doesn’t concluding on a smile-inducing moment.

Conversely, NIS America’s now-requisite packaging and supplemental material is certain to leave a virtuous impression. Combining succinct character biographies, a assistive terminology list , as well as a robust collection of illustrations, the hardcover Takagami Family Album is a welcome complement to the series. Sticking with formula, both the setcase and two DVD  Slimpacks are adorned with vibrant and strikingly-drawn artwork, demanding a location to be showcased. Likewise, the series DVD transfer is spotless, with both a visual sharpness and color palette that should please the most discerning viewer.

Although the concept of a fox god coming to live with a suburban family may sound woefully trite, Our Home’s Fox Deity subdued execution elevates the material into must-watch status. Quite frankly, I approached the series with apprehension, but was immediately hooked by the anime’s muted blending of the supernatural with the familiar. Hopefully, NIS America’s winning run won’t come to a halt anytime soon.

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

33 comments

  1. Yeah, I heard mixed things about this one. But my friends who like it really like it.

  2. I feel weird every time I check out Ku-Chen.

  3. Ok, I might have to watch an episode before committing to NIS’s package.

  4. When was the show made? The drawing looks like late 90’s early 2000’s.

  5. So this is the usual price of $47.99?

    The extras and packaging are cool, but I just want a single good looking DVD case for less than $20.

  6. I have a feeling someone going to bust a nut when the Disgaea anime ships.

  7. How the actual animation. I notice some anime is real smooth while others are really rough and choppy. If they’re too jerky, I just cant get into them.

  8. I’ve never heard of the show. Sounds like it’s pretty good, but is it more drama or comedy?

  9. Great review as always Deagle. When does volume 2 come out? I’d like to get them both at once, but I’m afraid they might sell out if I have to wait a while.

  10. Nice extras, but it’s a bit too rich for my blood.

  11. Here Rosenqueen, take my Christmas money and let me go back to being broke 🙂

  12. vulpine has got to be the word of the day. Shit, I’m going to start using it in my everyday conversations.

    “I’m feeling rather vulpine today, better supersize those fries”

  13. Because it’s an animal or a guy?

  14. Thanks for the review, Deagle.

  15. Too Good To be True

    Jeez- between Deagle’s love of all things NIS and NOLA’s infatuation with Monster Hunter, I’m SURE some pay is changing hands here.

  16. I wouldn’t be too fearful. I just checked the NIS Online store and ALL the anime are in stock right now.

    Pandora Hearts Vol. 2 is up for preorder.

  17. Wait the site says “12 episodes, but the reviews says 13” what gives?

    Source: http://store.nisamerica.com/Anime/Our-Homes-Fox-Deity-NISA-Special

  18. No dub, no buy. Thats my rule for anime.

  19. Man, I wish I had a few bucks to put toward this. I saw two episodes and really liked the show.

  20. This is one of my favorite anime. Highly recommended.

  21. Sorry, but for $50, I can get a game. That’s too much for anime.

  22. Great review. I’d like more anime reviews Deagle.

  23. Why the teen rating if it’s so tame then?

  24. Any other must watch anime that came lately?

  25. Good review. I’m not familiar with the series but it sounds like sonething I’d enjoy.

  26. Is this better than ordered from NIS direct?

  27. NIS comes up with the craziest names for things.

  28. NIS is probably just being safe with this one. It’s not an official rating, right? Just suggested.

  29. I ended up getting a copy of ZHP this Christmas from Santa Prinny. I was pretty happy, dood!

  30. I’ve heard really mixed things on this one. It doesn’t really sound funny or interesting to me.

  31. I want OHFD but I’ll have to wait until my next payday.

  32. I can watch most anime online for free. Why would I spend a lot of money for this?