Synonyms: Kamisama no Iutoori, As the God of Death Dictates, Like God Says
Published: Feb 9, 2011 to Oct 9, 2012
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SynopsisTakahata Shun's day at high school begins just as normal and boring as ever, but it doesn't end that way. After his teacher's head explodes, he and his classmates find themselves forced to play children's games, such as Daruma ga Koronda (a game like Red Light/Green Light), with deadly stakes. With no idea who is behind this mysterious deadly game session, and no way of knowing when it will finally end, the only thing Shun and other students can do is keep trying to win...
Related MangaSequel: Kami-sama no Iutoori Ni
"Oh my god. My life... is boring."
We have all had this thought at some point throughout our lives, and thanks to the high level of technology today, we are able to escape from our boring life into the amazing world of video games, movies, anime and countless other mediums. Yet we realize that they only provide a momentary relief from our boring life and we soon wish that our life was akin to our favorite movie/book/show or that we could somehow be truly a part of that world. But what if one day you were suddenly thrust into a world of fantasy and adventure, yet it is not the one you had hoped for? The old adage holds true: "Be careful of what you wish for."
And so it was for our average black haired MC, Takahata Shun, an average Japanese high-schooler leading an average boring life. That is, until one day his teacher's head blew up during class. And thus the games begins.
The synopsis will tell you a lot about the manga already and thus this review will go into the things that aren't mentioned in the synopsis while (hopefully) being spoiler-free.
While the genre has steadily gained popularity over the past decade with the rise of the Saw franchise and Hunger Games in the West, and bigshots such as Gantz and Battle Royale in Japan, the survival games genre sees its latest incarnation in Kami-sama no Iutoori as a shounen manga. And readers beware, it is a true SHOUNEN manga. With the typically average male MC somehow magically turning into the most suitable person to survive the events happening to him while simultaneously attracting every woman within a ten mile radius, this manga is not suitable for haters of the shounen genre.
The story begins by following the typical formula, the MC steadily picking up allies and rivals as he beats the challenges one by one while the minor characters become expendables... or so we think. Yes the story has unexpected twists and turns up until the very end, which makes the story highly enjoyable, especially for fans of the genre. Keep in mind that this is but the first part of the series, as it's sequel is already out. So do not expect for everything to be explained or for closure of any sort.
The characters are definitely the worst aspect of the manga as they are for the most part generic at best. There is practically no character development with the exception of the MC who actually becomes quite traumatized by the experience. To make up for that, the characters seemingly act out of character to create the appropriate setting needed to move the plot forward.
The art is nothing special. Rather, the first few chapters were somewhat poorly done (especially the facial expressions) yet it improved as the chapters went by. Some might be put-off by how detailed the repulsive parts are compared to the rest but overall, it manages to convey the story well enough.
Now let's all take a breather and realize that as I am writing this review, the views presented here are fairly subjective. Feel free to check my profile to see whether or not this review can be trusted or not. That being said, I highly enjoyed reading this manga and with only 21 chapters it is definitely worth reading. The only question that remains to any of you that decide to read this is the same one asked whenever one delves into the survival game genre:
"Who will survive?" read more
-- An endless series of 'play or die' games, where survivors from each game must continue to work together.
-- The enemies in both are aliens... until the aliens start being dicks and make humans fight it out. There's no text-sharing black sphere in Kamisama but the aliens themselves tend to be quite chatty, with the same sort of twisted humour.
-- Almost anyone can die. Getting attached to characters is a bad idea (until Kurono appears in Kamisama with his 100-points, anyhow).
-- No attempt is made to explain why, exactly, people are finding themselves forced to go at it with weird as hell enemies (Gantz goes to shit once info is shared). And a high-schooler slaughtering people with a sword is just normal. Accept it!
Kamisama is a lil' more shounenish than Gantz with its typically average>winrar lead and a girlfriend character or two wanting his 2D dick from the get-go, but it's in the same magazine as Shingeki and there aren't any orange ninjas. I like it.
The games play out more along the lines of Liar Game than Gantz, but with aliens and its sense of humour and level of craziness...
Teenagers/individuals forced to participate in mysterious (survival) games. People dying left and right.
Gantz is a lot more gory and contains nudity, while KnI has a more of a shounen manga feeling to it.
Nevertheless, both mangas are really thrilling, because somebody could just die in the next page.
Also, both become shit in their respective second stage (Gantz) / sequel (KnI).
Survival games with lots and lots of deaths. The protagonist is the plain marginate and depressive high school guy that wins confidence through the series.
Both based on school kids and supernatural survival games, which have the characters battling for their lives in weird, tense and dark scenarios.
They both share the same atmosphere although they differ in the games themselves. Gantz revolves more around action based gun wielding fights, while Kamisama deals with the characters wit and their ability to decipher the 'rules' of each game using their physical strength. Never the less, the main characters must overcome their fears and in turn be courageous in order to survive the wacky games.
The games both share the same weird but wonderful enemies, together you and the characters will be confused but entertained by the entities that they face.
Finally, you never know what will happen to the main characters as they equally keep you second guessing and may have some shock results!
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