Animation: Fair
Depth: Fair
Design: Good
Characters: Fair
Story: Weak

Type: TV   (12 episodes)

Vintage: 1999


» fantasy
Verdict: Reviews @ Archen's Anime Page


Also known as: Legend of Himiko

Summary: >

Himiko is a girl without a past. All that remains is the pendant around her neck. One day the pendant activates, sending her to another dimension where she was born. This mysterious world is in chaos, and threatened to be over run by undead. Goddess candidates offer to help, but the key to saving the land and returning home will ultimately lay within a power hidden in Himiko.

Thoughts: >

Himiko-den is yet another 1990s title, where high school students get tossed into a mystical fantasy land. With so many similar titles, the ones that work differentiated themselves with a certain something that kept the idea fresh. Which Himiko-den didn't do.

It's not that Himiko-den is bad, it's just so incredibly... average. It has attractive character designs, and a fairly good fantasy setting. Everything else is generic and bland. Characters are typical. Five seconds after their introduction, you can predict everything they'll do and what roles they'll fulfill. The story is incredibly linear. Himiko-den struggles most with the poor chemistry between the two lead characters, making them annoying more than anything.

Among the mass of anime following a similar formula, there isn't much going for this one. Forgettable and forgotten, Himiko-den isn't worth picking up.

Quote: >

Iga: Look at that woman's chest.

Imari: It's so big!

Iga: Not that. I meant the pendant around her neck.

Screen Caps: >

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reviewed by archen in 2001