An episode inspired by Japanese summer festivals, which tend to take place in July. It is also the last of the July episodes, leaving the next month to end the God of Death arc.
1. ‘Kinomiya’ could be read in kanji as ‘Tree Shrine’ or ‘Wood Shrine’. I considered localising this, but the joke is not important enough or central to the story to matter. It’s also a Japanese-style Shinto shrine and a real-life surname, so I felt keeping the name in Japanese worked.
2. The four trees featured can all be found in Japan. I carefully picked the names of the four girls to all be short nicknames of their trees and the least confusing options. If you’d like to learn more about these trees, here are the relevant Wikipedia links:
3. Shrine maidens are girls and women who willingly dedicate themselves to maintaining Shinto shrines while also performing rituals, dances, and the like. I’m not really in any position to explain, so you should probably also [see Wikipedia](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miko) for this one.
Screenplay: Yumi Kageyama
Art Directors: Yuki Yukie, Tomoko Ide
Animation Director: Mitsuru Aoyama (doing good work)
Episode Director/Storyboard: Yasuo Yamayoshi
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