Kannazuki no Miko

Kannazuki no Miko
Kannazuki no Miko manga vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Himeko Kurusugawa and Chikane Himemiya.
神無月の巫女
Genre Magical girl, mecha, romance, yuri
Manga
Written by Kaishaku
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Ace
Original run 20042005
Volumes 2 ( List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Written by Sumio Uetake
Music by Mina Kubota
Studio TNK
Geneon Entertainment
Mausu Promotion
Licensed by
Geneon USA (2006-2009)
Sentai Filmworks (2009-present)
Original network Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama, Channel Neco, KBS
English network
Original run October 1, 2004December 17, 2004
Episodes 12 ( List of episodes)
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Kannazuki no Miko (神無月の巫女, literally Priestesses of the Godless Month) is a yuri manga series created by Kaishaku. The series, centering on the relationship between main characters Himeko and Chikane, also has elements of magical girl and mecha themes in its plot. [1] The 14-chapter series was serialized by Kadokawa Shoten in the monthly Shōnen Ace magazine from 2004 to 2005.

The series was adapted into a 12-episode anime by TNK and Geneon Entertainment, which aired in Japan from October to December 2004. A drama CD, based on the anime version, was released on November 25, 2004 by Geneon. In North America the manga was licensed by Tokyopop and the anime by Geneon USA; the anime license was transferred to Sentai Filmworks in 2009. In 2010, the anime aired on the Anime Network as Destiny of the Shrine Maiden.

Plot

Himeko Kurusugawa and Chikane Himemiya are two high-school girls at the prestigious Ototachibana Academy in the fictional Japanese village of Mahoroba. They are also the reincarnations of the solar and lunar mikos. When their ancient enemy the Orochi (the eight-headed Yamata no Orochi of Japanese folklore) rises once more the girls' long-sealed personas awaken to defend the world. The Orochi awakens on the first day of October ( Kannazuki, "the godless month," in the traditional Japanese lunar calendar), Himeko and Chikane's shared birthday. The first Orochi who tries to kill one of the mikos is Sōma Ōgami, Himeko's childhood friend (who is in love with her). However, after a blinding flash of light brings him to his senses, he rejects his fate and vows to defend Himeko against the other Orochi. The mikos must awaken Ame no Murakumo to combat the threat, while Sōma repels the Orochi's efforts to kill them.