'Child of Kamiari Month' Ending Explained: Kanna takes on her mother's legacy
'Child of Kamiari Month' is a heartfelt story that explores themes of loss, trials and hope. As per the synopsis of the movie -- "A year after losing her mother, a little girl learns that she must journey across Japan to the annual gathering of gods in the sacred land of Izumo."
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For Kanna, who is still grappling with the loss of her mother, she soon finds out that her mother, Yayoi, was actually an Idaten-shin, or the descendant of the gods. Yayoi comes from a long line of the gods of running. While she often ran, it's a habit she inculcated into Kanna as well.
However, Kanna has always struggled to find her stride in track and field. When she loses a race on the day her mother dies, Kanna believes that her mother passed away because of her inability to win. Months later, when she loses yet another marathon, Kanna lashes out at her father and takes refuge in a shrine, where she adorns her mother's old amulet. Here, she meets Shiro, the white rabbit of Inaba and the messenger to the gods.
Shiro explains who Yayoi was and how Kanna is now her successor as the Idaten-shin, as she wore the amulet. As Idaten-shin, Kanna is tasked with collecting chiso, or banquet food for the Kamihakari, or the gathering of gods, which happens in the sacred land of Izumo. While she faces off against Yasha, who belongs to the Sokushiki clan of demons, they soon strike a friendship when Kanna saves his life during the God of Suwa's test.
Kanna collects all the chiso from the shrines and almost makes it to Izumo, when she crosses paths with a god imposter. God imposters are born of apathy, rage and despair and are fuelled by their desire to become gods. This god imposter feeds off the fact that Kanna takes on this journey in the hope of seeing her mother again. The god imposter pretends to be Yayoi and nearly steals the chiso from Kanna.
However, Shiro and Yasha are able to save her. Kanna then admits that she knew the god imposter was fake, but she is so desperate to see her mother and nothing seems to matter to her. She gives up on her mission and breaks the amulet, disconnecting her from the world of the gods as she no longer wants to run. But when she has a vision of a memory where her mother encouraged her to keep trying, Kanna realizes that this journey indeed was a way to be with her mother, taking the same path she used as Idaten-shin.
Kanna barely makes it in time to Izumo, and while the broken amulet doesn't let her see the world of the gods, she can hear them. Finally, she reaches the Izumo-taisha and hands the chiso to the gods, completing her mission. While she is still unable to see her mother, she is glad for her journey and the friends she's made along the way. She returns home happier and livelier, ready to go down the path her mother once did as Idaten-shin.
'Child of Kamiari Month' also known as 'Kamiari no Kodomo', premieres on February 8, 2022, only on Netflix.