[NOTE: This post is very old and no longer reflective of my opinions or writing style.]
Shinigami no Ballad is a six episode anime based on a series of light novels in Japan. The light novel series has been liscenced for release by Seven Seas Ent. (the people who did a wonderful job of translating the first 3 Boogiepop novels). The first novel was supposed to be released early this year, but now is TBA 07.
The series follows the various tales of Momo, a Shinigami girl and her flying cat familiar Daniel. Momo doesn’t appear all that often, though, as the show is really focused on each individual story.
Each episode has it’s own plot, all involving children elementary through high school. Some of the stories involve people who’s family members are tied to the world becasue of them, while others involve Momo trying to prevent a death or help people cope to one. A few of the plots involve a love story or other strengthening of character relationships.
This show has the same kind of relaxing feel that i got from watching Kino no Tabi. It’s intelligent and deep while simplistic and fun. Each of the stories was interesting and most featured great characters. My personal favorite was Tomato.
Momo is, of course, awesome, as well as Daniel who provided the small comic relief – not that a calm show like this was ever too serious. I think that’s what made it so fun – it never took itself too seriously, though it wasn’t silly either. Fans of Kino no Tabi or ARIA would probably enjoy this series.
The series is so short that I can’t say too much without spoiling it, so I’d say just go watch it. It’s worth it through and through and if you have a space 3 hours, there’s no excuse not to watch! Anyway, I was already looking forward to te novel, but now I really can’t wait for it.