Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods

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  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (114)

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods is an anime series that was first aired on TV Tokyo in October 2013. The story is set in a small town in Japan, where the protagonist, a high school girl named Makoto Saeki, inherits the position of a shrine maiden from her mother. The shrine is dedicated to the Inari fox god, and the position of the shrine maiden is responsible for communicating with the god's messenger fox, Gintaro.

Throughout the series, we follow Makoto and Gintaro as they form a bond and work together to fulfill the various requests that come to the shrine from the local townspeople. These requests range from helping a lost child find their way home to resolving conflicts between family members.

One of the central themes of the show is the importance of the local community. The shrine and the messenger fox are considered integral parts of the town's identity, and the interactions between Makoto, Gintaro, and the other townspeople highlight the interconnectedness of their lives. Over the course of the series, Makoto learns to appreciate the people around her and to understand the importance of the shrine and her role as a shrine maiden.

Another theme that runs throughout the show is the idea of tradition versus modernity. Makoto struggles to balance her duties as a shrine maiden with her life as a modern high school student. Her classmates view the shrine as outdated and irrelevant, and Makoto herself sometimes feels unsure about whether the traditions of her role are still relevant in the modern world. However, as she helps the townspeople and interacts with Gintaro, Makoto comes to understand the value of tradition and the role that it plays in connecting people to their past and to each other.

The character development in the show is generally strong, with Makoto and Gintaro being the two most fully-realized characters. Makoto begins the series as a somewhat aloof and unsure teenager but grows into a confident and empathetic young woman over the course of the show. Gintaro, for his part, starts out as a gruff and sometimes uncooperative messenger fox but gradually opens up to Makoto and becomes a more caring and compassionate character.

Aside from Makoto and Gintaro, the show's other characters are somewhat less fleshed out. Makoto's best friend, Satoru, is a supportive but somewhat one-dimensional character, and the rest of Makoto's classmates are mostly just there to provide contrasts to her own personality. The townspeople who come to the shrine with requests are similarly not given much backstory or detail, but their interactions with Makoto and Gintaro are often heartwarming and provide insight into the connections between the characters and the wider community.

Visually, the show is nicely animated and has a warm, colorful aesthetic that matches the tone of the series. The supernatural elements are well-integrated into the show's world and are often used to create visually interesting scenes and sequences. The show's soundtrack is a standout feature, featuring a mix of traditional Japanese instrumentation and more modern sounds that help to reinforce the themes of tradition and modernity that are present throughout the series.

Overall, Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods is a charming and heartwarming anime series that is well worth watching. Its focus on community and tradition is refreshing, and its characters are generally well-developed and likable. The show's visuals and soundtrack are also high points, making for a delightful viewing experience.

Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on October 16, 2013.

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Summer Cleansing
12. Summer Cleansing
December 22, 2013
It's time for the Summer Cleansing and the girls get up early to put on their shrine maiden outfits. Tatsuo drops by to mention that a foreign-looking boy has arrived. When they step outside, they find the student council president Kirishima.
Makotos Future
11. Makotos Future
December 15, 2013
As Makoto continues to worry about what she should do in the future, she turns to Gintaro for advice. And on the day before the summer cleansing, Tatsuo's friend Takami Yoshitomo and many others gather inside Saeki Shrine to prepare.
It Really Doesnt Matter
10. It Really Doesnt Matter
December 8, 2013
Satoru continues to practice hard as a member of the kendo club, but he hasn't managed to make any friends within the club. One day, he gets in a fight with another member, Kosugi, and ends up in a match against the team captain!
Im Sorry
9. Im Sorry
December 1, 2013
While everyone else is out, Aki and Sachina visit the Saeki shrine. They are joined by Yuuya and two other boys. While playing, they accidentally break one of the shrine dippers! An enraged Haru chases the children but she quickly gets lost.
Humans Are Strange
8. Humans Are Strange
November 24, 2013
Hiwako learns that her father is returning from a trip overseas and begins searching for his birthday present. She asks Yumi and Makoto for advice, and they end up going to a new shopping mall in the area to buy a present.
Shrine and Temple
7. Shrine and Temple
November 17, 2013
Makoto, Gintaro, and Satoru are walking with Haru through town when they happen to pass by a large temple. Makoto overhears a familiar voice and it turns that the temple is the home of Yumi's boyfriend Shohei.
How Do I Look
6. How Do I Look
November 10, 2013
After his first kendo practice the girls are all vying for Satoru's attentions. Everyone is talking about him, and there's a clamor when they discover that he's living with Makoto. But at home, his stiff demeanor makes it very awkward.
Season of Warmth
5. Season of Warmth
November 3, 2013
The herald from Satoru's family shrine, Haru, wants to be with Satoru, even refusing to go home. After an argument, Haru runs away from the Saeki shrine.
Satoru and Haru
4. Satoru and Haru
October 28, 2013
Makoto is shocked after her father tells her that they will be welcoming a new family member, which turns out to be a boy from another shrine. While napping, Gintaro notices a boy in a high school uniform looking at him.
The Place Where the Gods Are
3. The Place Where the Gods Are
October 20, 2013
Makoto finds a turtle herald near the Saeki Shrine and enlists the help of Gintaro to find his home. The next day they travel to the Shoubai Grand Shrine to meet two other heralds.
Learning to Compromise
2. Learning to Compromise
October 13, 2013
Makoto goes to school with a member of an elite family, Funabashi Hiwako, and their divide is a large one. After an intense encounter the dynamic changes and the next day at school the drama unfolds further.
The 15th Successor and Gintaro
1. The 15th Successor and Gintaro
October 16, 2013
Saeki Makoto discovers that she is the 15th in line to receive a special gift, to be able to see the fox spirit Gintaro. Makoto seeks the help of the messenger of God and she learns to communicate Yumi's fortune.
Where to Watch Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods
Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods is available for streaming on the TV Tokyo website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods on demand at Amazon Prime and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 16, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (114)