Destiny of the Shrine Maiden

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  • TV-14
  • 2004
  • 1 Season
  • 6.6  (382)

Destiny of the Shrine Maiden, also known as Kannazuki no Miko, is an anime series that aired in 2004. The show revolves around the story of two high school girls, Himeko Kurusugawa and Chikane Himemiya, who are chosen to become the Shrine Maidens of the Sun and the Moon, respectively.

The story is set in the fictional town of Mahoroba, which is believed to be a sacred place where the two powerful gods, Orochi no Ookami and Ookami no Kami, reside. The shrine maidens are tasked with performing a ritual every month to appease the gods and prevent the world from being destroyed.

Himeko and Chikane are childhood friends who attend the same school but have very different personalities. Himeko is a shy and reserved girl who enjoys reading books and being alone, whereas Chikane is a popular and outgoing girl who has many admirers.

As the two girls embark on their role as the shrine maidens, strange events begin to occur in Mahoroba. Creatures known as Orochi appear and attack the town. It turns out that Orochi is actually a group of people who worship the god Orochi no Ookami and are intent on taking control of Mahoroba.

Himeko and Chikane soon discover that they are the only ones who can stop the Orochi and save the town. However, they also come to realize that they have feelings for each other, which makes their task more complicated.

The show is filled with action-packed scenes as Himeko and Chikane battle against the Orochi and the supernatural powers that they possess. The animation is top-notch, with colorful, intricate character designs and fluid fight scenes.

In addition to the action, the show also explores complex themes such as love, romance, sacrifice, and duty. Himeko and Chikane's relationship is central to the story, and their struggle to balance their duty as the shrine maidens with their feelings for each other adds depth to the show.

The voice acting is superb, with Noriko Shitaya and Ayako Kawasumi bringing their characters to life. Their emotional performances capture the pain and struggles that Himeko and Chikane face as they battle against the Orochi and their own feelings.

Junji Majima also delivers a standout performance as Tsubasa, a close friend of Himeko who becomes embroiled in the conflict between the shrine maidens and the Orochi. His character adds a layer of complexity to the story as he struggles to come to terms with his own feelings and loyalty.

Overall, Destiny of the Shrine Maiden is a must-watch anime for fans of action, romance, and drama. Its stunning animation, powerful performances, and thought-provoking themes make it one of the standout shows of its time.

Destiny of the Shrine Maiden is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on October 2, 2004.

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Priestesses of the Godless Month
12. Priestesses of the Godless Month
December 18, 2004
Himeko overpowers Chikane and the Orochi are defeated. Chikane reveals to Himeko the details of their past lives which she could not remember.
Dance of Swords
11. Dance of Swords
December 11, 2004
The final battle is upon them. Himeko and Soma battle against Chikane and the Orochi. Himeko leaves Soma to go after Chikane, and the two fight eachother one-on-one over the fate of the world and the destiny of the Shrine Maidens.
Invitation of Love and Death
10. Invitation of Love and Death
December 4, 2004
Alone, Himeko revives Ame no Murakumo. Chikane comes back to her, and the two talk about how everything began and what has gone wrong. It seems as if Chikane has come back for good, until she tells Himeko that she intends to kill her.
To the Edge of Hell
9. To the Edge of Hell
November 27, 2004
Himeko is having a difficult time accepting that Chikane has betrayed her. Things get a little easier when Makoto comes back to school and she and Himeko reconcile. Chikane, on the other hand, fights and defeats all of the other Orochi, except for Soma.
Storm of the Silver Moon
8. Storm of the Silver Moon
November 20, 2004
Himeko notices that Chikane is beginning to act oddly around her, but cannot figure out why. While out with Soma, she buys Chikane a present. Later, Himeko goes to the mansion to give it to Chikane.
Rainfall in the Hell of Love
7. Rainfall in the Hell of Love
November 13, 2004
While on their date, Soma and Himeko take shelter from the rain in an abandoned warehouse. Chikane is confronted again by Sister Miyako. Soma and Himeko are attacked by four of the Necks.
You, Where the Sun Shines
6. You, Where the Sun Shines
November 6, 2004
Chikane and Himeko look back over the circumstances of how they met and became friends. Together, they train to be able to fight Orochi. Himeko and Soma have another date.
Over the Darkness of Night
5. Over the Darkness of Night
October 30, 2004
Soma is able to repell Tsubasa's attack, but Tsubasa gets away. Soma starts training, to ensure that when they meet again, he will utterly defeat him and protect the Miko. Soma learns that Tsubasa is, in fact, his older brother.
Direction of Affection
4. Direction of Affection
October 23, 2004
Soma finally asks Himeko out on a date. Chikane helps her get ready. The two go to the amusement park. The 1st Neck, Tsubasa, confronts them and Soma must protect Himeko.
Secret Love Shell
3. Secret Love Shell
October 16, 2004
Due to the damage to the dormitory, and her injured roommate blaming her, Himeko is in need of a place to stay. Chikane offers for Himeko to stay in her mansion. At school, Chikane's fans begin to bother Himeko.
Overlapping Sun and Moon
2. Overlapping Sun and Moon
October 9, 2004
Chikane and Himeko must face the truth about their destiny and confront the events that are ahead of them. They learn about the ancient conflict between Orochi and the Miko.
The Land of Eternity
1. The Land of Eternity
October 2, 2004
Chikane and Himeko Kurusugawa share the same birthday and are reincarnations of the Solar and Lunar Miko, or Shrine Maidens. On their birthday, the incarnations of the evil Orochi awaken in their human hosts.
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Destiny of the Shrine Maiden is available for streaming on the The Anime Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Destiny of the Shrine Maiden on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    October 2, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (382)