The main characters in Kannagi are Nagi, Jin, Zange, and Tsugumi. Nagi is a goddess whose duty is to cleanse impurities. She meets Jin when she is brought into the story, and Jin helps her in her battle to cleanse the impurities. Jin Mikuriya is the boy who summoned Nagi by using wood from her sacred tree to make a carving. Jin has taken Nagi into his home and they become friends. Jin goes crazy with the thought of an attractive young girl in his home. Tsugumi was just introduced; she goes to school with Jin and is a longtime friend of his. Zange is Nagi’s sister and is also a goddess. She is under the disguise of a Catholic nun who listens to people’s problems. She presents herself as a nice and caring individual, but in reality she torments Nagi.
Nagi and Zange are both goddesses set out to destroy impurities. Because Nagi’s tree was cut down, she has a slight disadvantage compared to Zange. Zange also takes the role of a Catholic nun because Catholicism is a strong religion in the west and she wants to appeal to the masses and be even more powerful over Nagi. Zange is not a good representation of Catholicism. Catholics are forgi...
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...ruggle between Nagi and Zange is a classic feud between sisters, but it shows that Zange is the lesser of the two sisters because she does not portray Shinto or Catholic values. The presence of shide paper helps solidify Nagi’s purification processes and gives support to the value of purifying impurities in the Shinto religion. Kannagi is a great anime show for learning more about Shinto and understanding its basic values and ideas.
Davies, Roger J., and Osamu Ikeno. The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture. Boston: Tuttle Pub., 2002. Print.
Nobutaka, Inoue. "Ritual Implements and Vestments." Encyclopedia of Shinto. Ibaraki Prefecture, 6 Feb. 2005. Web. 03 Feb. 2014.
Varley, Paul. Japanese Culture. 4th Edition. Honolulu: History of Hawai’i Press, 2000. Print.
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