I'm finally on-board with this show but in truth, anyone who knows me would tell you I never really had a chance.
Inoue Kazehiko as his AWOL partner-herald Kintarou amounts to beyond perfect. It can't have been convenient for the producers - Japanese building codes forbid Miki-san and Inoue-san from being in the same studio, as the load-bearing walls can't support the sheer weight of awesome. But I'm glad they made this call, because it's truly incredibly to hear these two titans play off each other, albeit all too briefly. I hope we see more of Kintarou as the series progresses.
Kame-Kami (Yamamoto Kanehira), displaced when his small shrine was demolished in the name of progress, than with either of the first two episodes that dealt with Makoto's school friends.
small Matsunoo Taisha altar at the local Shoubai Taisha. That's the home of the two old lion-dogs Gintarou commiserated with in the first episode, Saimaru (Kusumi Naomi) and Utamaru (Ueda Youji) - though they call each other Righty and Lefty. Their conversation with Makoto is one of the best scenes of the series so far, loaded with the same evocative sadness that pervades Natsume Yuujinchou when it focuses on the loneliness of ageless spirits who choose to become close to humans. It also frames Gintarou and his relationship with Makoto better than anything else we've seen in Gingitsune so far, and proves the series is capable of emotional depth and subtlety when it's at its best.