Izumi Koutarou whose family have live in Izumi Hot Spring for generation, but the spring suddenly dried up a couple of years ago resulting in the family huge debt. As they prepared to skip town to runaway from debt collector, the guardian deity of the house Konoha-sama appeared. Konoha-sama who was supposed to be a really frightening god, appeared as a cute girl wearing no clothes. What will happen to this family debt problem, and what is the power of Konoha-sama?
I would have to say that the story was probably the high point of Kami Sen's assessment, although that's not really saying much. I really liked the basic premise though. Deities, spirits and the underlying memories/amnesia plot device(s) were entertaining but I felt that it wasn't executed to its fullest potential. I can't quite put my finger on it specifically but I would have preferred a little more time and or panels dedicated to the main plot line. At times I felt that the story was being dragged on too much on something entertaining but rather "unnecessary"-- fillers if you will. Being a manga aimed at the more comedic + ecchi side of things, I could be asking for too much here. The ending was decent, it was written in the "fast forward some time and then have a character flash back to the events prior" style, something I'm not a huge fan of but it was acceptable I suppose.
I usually don't have any problems with artwork in manga but I felt like the designs in this were bland. Sure, the art matched the pacing and events of the story but being a ecchi manga and keeping your female characters on the plain side of the design spectrum is a bit of a waste. I'm not saying the female cast were a total train wreck, but when I felt that our male lead was more facially aesthetic, then we might have a problem. The manga also triggered one of my pet peeves-- too many similar looking characters. I wasn't sure if the drawer was trying to be politically correct with the whole gods=genderless thing but when they all have mostly the same facial designs with simply minor adjustments and recoloration, I tend to believe that's just due to poor execution.
I liked the variety of characters. The several gods introduced to us had their own personality and their place in the story. However they, along with the supporting characters lacked depth. Our male lead is the only one with some character development, well if you can call it that. Simply put it was just emotional transitioning from coming to terms with his feelings and thoughts. As far as antagonists go, they were basically fodder. Minor conflicts here and there and they were pretty much downplayed to the point of just being there for the story's sake. Don't expect too much in this department overall.
Simply put, I liked it. The flaws are clearly evident and there could have used improvements and tweaking to the story line and art. If i had to score it in terms of words, it was an all-around average manga. Despite the somewhat wasted plot and the monotonous art designs of some characters, I wouldn't go out of my way to avoid reading this. However if you have other things you want to get to on your reading list, I'd keep this manga at a lower priority but do try to get around to reading it eventually!read more