Rick's an great author, and a bit of a nerd, so this almost-anime is more than worth reading. Not being a huge anime fan, I can't say how true-to-form it really is, but it seems to hit pretty much every button/plot point of what *I* know of anime.
You have a goddess. She has a `teenage' daughter hidden away. Daughter rebels, accidentally steals Mom's Godkiller Sword, escapes to Earth. Culture shock ensues, but it's okay, she finds a couple plucky human friends who teach Clueless Daughter about the Meaning of Friendship and all that. She has the obligatory snarky talking animal friend/guide/comic relief. The obligatory Big Bad who want Mom's Godkiller Sword so he can kill some gods his own self. Daughter starts out selfish and stupid, but over the course of her trials and tribulations, she learns Important Lessons about friendship and responsibility and all that other stuff.
So...yeah, basically, it will either make anime fans squeal with glee or sneer because "It's *so* derivative, <insert favorite anime here> did it *so* much better!" For us readers *not* a huge fan of anime, it's a quick fun read...definitely more Young Adult than his Bill The Vampire series, but personally, I think it's great to see an author able to competently shift genres and focus. It's well-written, a bit formulaic (no surprises, even for non-anime fans), and good light fun reading.
And if there's no character here to even begin to compare to Gan from `Bill The Vampire'...well, honestly, there's only *one* Gan. (Although, I must confess to occasional errant images of Gan showing up, punching Midnite's Daughter in the face and stealing the Godkiller Sword. Why? Because she's *Gan* and she *can*!) Some might complain that the characters are a little flat and two-dimensional, but honestly, I get the impression that was intentional on the author's part.
So, while I can't recommend this as enthusiastically as I do the author's `Bill The Vampire' series, I can say it's not a waste of time or money and I have no regrets over my purchase...even if I'm not a huge fan of anime.