For his art project Mikuriya Jin carved a statue from the recently chopped local sacred tree. As he is about to bring it to school, the goddess of the tree, Nagi, descends upon the statue, having slept until now, not knowing of her demise. Since the sacred tree can no longer protect the surrounding area from impurities, Nagi has to do it herself now, dragging poor Jin with her.
Volume 2: Kaiketsu Yousei Puniata (The Amazing Fairy Puniata)
Volume 4: Hildegard no Shiro
Volume 5: Molly
Volume 6: Croquis
Kannagi had four volumes published in English as Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens by Bandai Entertainment from June 7, 2011 to April 10, 2012 before the publisher went defunct. It has also been published in Italian by RW Edizioni under the GOEN imprint since November 28, 2015.
[::UPDATE::] July 27, 2017.
Series completed at Vol. 12 Chap. 78.
[::(LIKELY THE FINAL) UPDATE::] March, 2017.
Welp, I guess that's it.
I'm pretty sure volume 11 is already complete and I remember seeing a Korean scan of it somewhere. Unfortunately it seems all scanlating groups dropped the series and unless one of you guys know how to read Korean and is willing to translate, we're out of luck.
It was a great saga and it will always have a special place in my heart. Takenashi-sensei certainly changed the cute-comedy genre of manga art and surely made her mark on the moe "revolution" that peaked in 2005~2010. I
have no doubt those active in this segment of the industry see Kannagi as an important piece of reference and hope this continues to be true in the future.
My opinion on the quality of the story and art haven't changed, I stand with the same ratings I gave it years ago. It's a solid 8. Cute story, lovely characters and an overall heartwarming fantasy slice-of-life that sometimes confuses you, sometimes scares but usually ends each arc with a lovely conclusion.
For anyone seeking similar franchises I'd recommend Seto no Hanayome and Ika Musume, similar settings and same style of comedy.
That's all. Have a lovely day.
[::UPDATE::] December, 2016.
New chapters/scans/volumes/any info whatsoever nowhere to be found.
[::UPDATE::] December, 2015.
Chapter 59 scans translated.
[::UPDATE::] August, 2015.
Sorry guys, I'm flying blind here.
The only English scanlator I knew that was still doing this series had its last update with chapter 58 on March. Amazon.jp already have the 10th volume for sale, so I can only hope they translate that someday. It's a shame to have it incomplete, but if even Noboru's Zero no Tsukaima is now getting completed, I still have hope to see a closure to Jin and Nagi's tale.
Also, a little TL note, I wrote this review years ago, and years ago my vocabulary wasn't so great and honestly I was still a child. So yea, the quality is pretty low. I'm planing on re-writing it soon.
[::UPDATE::] February, 2015.
Volume 9, chapter 57 translation released.
[::UPDATE::] August, 2014.
Currently on Volume 9, Chapter 54.
It seems we are not that close to the ending as we thought. Takenashi is giving us hints that there's still more to come.
It seems, however, that the story is losing its focus... Hopefully this is just transitory.
It's back! And publications are now -supposed to- be bi-monthly.
It's been bothering me for a while that nobody reviewed this until now.
More than 7 years have passed since it started and no one wrote about it... weird.
Before starting with the review itself just a few considerations:
-If you watched the anime and now wants to know how the story continues you may start reading from volume 3, chapter 18. Thats where the anime adaptation stopped.
-Back in 2008 the author Eri Takenashi was hospitalized due to her illness and was submitted to several exams which kept the manga in hiatus for undetermined time until Jan, 2012 when it was announced she would start working again. However, its publication depends on her health status, that's why there isn't a schedule of publication and you can't know for sure when the next chapter will be released neither if there will be one.
-Bandai Entr. also announced in the beginning of 2012 that they'd decided to drop Kannagi series and would stop translating, so now, the only way to read it is through online scanlating groups.
-Kannagi's popularity also dropped after a overreacted "otaku rage" on events that happened in volume 6 (similar to what was done with Haruhi's endless eight) people tearing volumes apart, flooding foruns, etc, etc... A lot of fan boys dropped the series although it wasn't smth THAT shocking.
-If this wasn't enough, the coast area of Shichigahama, the model town of Kannagi, was completely destroyed by the 2011 tsunami.
Life in the real world really sucks sometimes :/
I'll do a little summary of the story since the one here is really small. If you don't want to read it, just jump a few lines.
Kannagi's story goes around the life of Jin Mikuriya, a high school freshmen who's a little introspective and shy sometimes. He's very sensitive to spirits and supernatural stuff. When he did a sculpture for his art project, using a sacred piece of wood, it transformed into a vessel for the self-titled god of their land, Kannagi (Nagi)-sama. Nagi explains to Jin that she was in a mission in the "human world", she must clean the "impurities" that have been appearing as insects around the town and exorcise them back to where they belong. Along with that, she also needs to acquire popularity because if people start forgetting about her, or stops praying to her shrine with time her god powers will start decreasing until finally disappear.
That's where their story together start.
[end of the summary]
In my opinion, this is one of the most interesting and original stories that I've ever seen, basically because it mixes supernatural with the "easy-going" slice of life without losing it comedy. The romance in it is also "moderated" so it doesn't turn into a romantic comedy. Right in the beginning you go straight to the point, without fillers. At each volume the characters are introduced to a new problem with very different situations, this way you never get bored of it.
There's also a lot of references to other stories and old mangas/anime.
What I like in Eri Takenashii is that she writes what is on her mind, and don't bother with what the fans are thinking or if someone wouldn't like it.
The supporting characters of this series are just amazing. If it was possible I would like to see a side-story of each one of them. The highlight of this manga would be for sure the comedy.
Daitetsu confusion over simple things and Tsugumi been jealous of Nagi and Zange made me lol for hours.
I have nothing to complain about.
It's clean and really well-drawn. You have that simple "moe" style depending on the scene but also very detailed drawings.
I could (and would) give it a 10, but since you can't know for sure if there will be an ending and when will it come out, I have to stay with the 8/10 for now.
Hopefully we'll have another chapter published in the next months, it looks like thinks are moving to the ending. If so, I'll be glad to change this score.
Kannagi may be one of most underrated series in manga and anime. Once I read in a discussion board: " Kannagi is a great piece of work just with tragic circumstances. " which is true indeed.
Thanks for reading. Feedback greatly appreciated, and please, give Kannagi a try!