The series starts at the same time as the original but follows the survival story of new characters, particularly the ones who didn't go to school at the first day, who face different challenges than those in the first series.
High school student Yasuto Akashi's day begins like any other, but a fight with his best friend—Senichi Aoyama—causes him to skip school. Akashi realizes that he is in the wrong, and so he immediately returns to school. However, instead of open gates, he finds the school completely sealed off from the outside world. Soon after, a giant cat's head blasts through the windows, and Akashi spots Aoyama dressed in a rat costume while drenched in blood.
Only three students manage to leave school alive that day, and similar occurrences are reported throughout the world. Akashi is not free from harm, however, as he is invited to partake in a deadly game whose participants are composed of those who missed school on that fateful day.
One of the most satisfying survival game manga I’ve ever read.
As an avid fan of survival manga, I believe Kamisama no Iutoori stretches the potential of a survival game. The plot is predictable with level by level progression, but the character growth shows the true value of being constantly forced through life-death situations. Instead of being attached to the distant ultimate ending, you become close to the characters, get invested in their lives, and watch them get slaughtered. The character-focused story takes the importance away from the fallacy that the games themselves need to be interesting. Overwhelmingly complex rules and convoluted strategy are boring. I
read survival manga to suffer, triumph, and love as though I'm a character in the story.
Friends die. Enemies die. Your beloved dies. Play stupid game after stupid game. A miscalculation, mistake, defeat means another friend dies. There’s no time to mourn. You’re welcome to breathe that sigh of relief when you survive, but it’s not over yet. It’s never over. When you find yourself out of friends, you have to open your heart again. Feel free to trust strangers because they will become your dear friends until death do you part.
There's no true divine protection that you can rely on. Strong or weak; lovable or detestable; beef or chicken. Ultimately death is unavoidable. You can’t always hope for a savior to gallop in at the last second. Eventually all you can do is wish for a beautiful death - too bad that may be asking for too much. Some are fortunate enough to shine like a star before being extinguished. Others are unceremoniously swept away like trash. But supposedly it's better to lived and lost than never to have lived at all.
Survival is an actual achievement. When you meet other survivors, you can understand what they went through. Players are forced to continue to play game after game while carrying the hopes and dreams of their fallen. In order to survive, you betray who you thought you were, fight against every human instinct, and grow closer to the true you. The journey to victory and godhood is paved with the sacrifice of those who believe in you the most.
Kamisama no Iutoori does a great job at avoiding the annoying compromises that other survival manga make to the idea of survival. Perhaps you can call me a sadist. I love watching well-written characters die. Unlike in other survival manga where writers become too attached to their favorite characters or fear backlash for killing off someone popular, there is no true mercy. Not everyone gets a hero's drawn out blaze of glory. There simply isn't enough time for that. Sometimes, a beloved character's death is a just few panels, just a momentary realization that they died. But it makes you appreciate them for how much they changed and far they came. Remembering the lives of characters who have died is what makes survival stories fun.
And let's just say I had a lot of fun. Enjoy the games :)
Kamisama no Iutoori Ni is a sequel that lacks the thrill of survival of its prequel, and the reason for that is because it turned into a more Shounen battle manga.
Focusing on those students that skipped school while the games were occurring, the story begins at the same time as the previous one, it has its ups and lows, but the games here are not that interesting, and while they are being played there is no sense of worry or fear of what's going to happen, as most of it just plays out just as you expected, or just is unpredictable for the sake of
it with no real purpose. The story went a bit nuts with the whole Tomfoolery and Cops/ Robbers arc, but the final arc is absolutely great and had what was missing for the most part in the series, the thrill.
The art is just amazing and a great leap in terms of skills compared to the prequel, the last 50 or so chapters really are eye candy.
The characters are a hit or miss for the most part, the main character Akashi is just not as interesting as Shun, but the chemistry he has with the rest of the cast is something worth appreciating. My main complaint is that the characters from the first Kamisama, are just forgotten... excluding Shun and Amaya and maybe Akimoto, the rest don't really do anything, maybe it's because the number of characters introduced where huge but they were wasted, and that's a shame.
Overall the series is a fun read, i did miss for the most part the serious tone ofits prequel.
Kamisama no Iutoori Ni, like many other psychological death games, seeks to solve the question of why we are alive. Does it succeed? I honestly have no idea.
I don't write many reviews, but after finishing this I felt motivated to type something out. The author, Kaneshiro Muneyuki, is the mind behind several other works I enjoy, including Jagaaaaaan and Bokutachi ga Yarimashita, both of which are pretty messed up and show the raw tendencies of human nature. However, the prologue/prequel to Kamisama no Iutoori Ni, called Kamisama no Iutoori, fell far short of my expectations. I read Kamisama no Iutoori Ni roughly half a year
after finishing its prequel, and I can say that it far outshines the first installment. We follow our main character, Yasuto Akashi, through a series of games based off of traditional Japanese playground games. The plot doesn't stand out as particularly different among death game stories: survive all of the games and you will be given the ability of the Gods. However, the typical survival game genre is executed not flawlessly, but with great skill. The simplicity of most of the games helps to show this: the rules are basic but there's always a twist which helps the characters to grow and develop.
Although the characters are also relatively predictable, the way the plot yanks them around really helps each to shine. Most are given enough time to showcase the dreams and beliefs, before cruelly being shut down. In fact, even when you know they're coming, the character deaths are well-placed, some with dramatic exits, some dying from a simple game of rock-paper-scissors. The fact that anyone can die at any minute is always a given.
Of course, this generally excludes our main character who is protected with an incredibly thick layer of plot armor. Akashi is a generic shounen hero: selfless, brave, and trustworthy. He goes through the ranks of the story motivated by his friendship with Senichi Aoyama, a fellow soccer player, Mochida Rui, the first girl he meets in the games, Natsukawa Megu (Nutmeg), a girl he later falls in love with, and Ushimitsu Kiyoshirou, an eccentric guy who takes to our protagonist. Akashi doesn't really stand out in any way or another as exceptionally different from the average hero, but he certainly serves his purpose as the ultimate selfless being. As his friends die, Akashi somehow manages to survive, against almost impossible odds, but carries all of their feelings within them, a trait essential to a truly shounen hero. Until the very last battle, he refuses to give up, and truly believes that he can save everyone and bring them all back to life when he becomes a god. Although this attitude makes him obnoxious to some, it ultimately serves as a shining light that many within the games are drawn to, leading to his large group of friends and consequently the large base of decently important characters. This group of characters is crucial to establishing the many answers to the ultimate question: why do we live?
For Akashi, the answer is clear: he lives to carry on the hopes of everyone around him, and to save them all in the end. But the answers vary for everyone. Akashi's foil, Amaya, lives purely for selfish reasons and wants to destroy the world. Ushimitsu lives for the sake of Akashi. Takahata Shun lives to kill the god of the world. While the answers are different, they all aim to portray the idea of doing what you want to do. Whether that means sacrificing yourself or living in fear or just going about causing mass destruction, it is important to follow your own beliefs until the very end. This is shown time and time again: with the tomfoolery powers the characters are given in the middle, or with Akashi's decision to save Natsukawa over killing an enemy. Live for yourself. Or, in Hanna Felix's words, "Just live how you want to live."
Does Kamisama no Iutoori Ni succeed in its goal? I don't think I can really say. But it certainly makes a point. In the biggest mess of a world, the most important thing you can do is stay true to yourself. If you're interested in death games, I recommend that you give this one a try. While it may not be perfect, it certainly shows the struggles of man and that hope can arise in the darkest of situations. In true shounen death game fashion.
I judge a story with its ending becuase an ending makes a story whole and strong. Kamisama Iutoori Ni disappoints me with its ending but I can't think of any possible endings that could fit with the story after everything that happened there. But before we talk about the ending (I'll not give spoilers but just describe how it feels), let's talk about what makes it cool. This contain mild spoilers but kinda helpful for you so you won't say that you're not wasting your time if you decide to read this.
I appreciate the sense of freedom of the author to extend his imagination of
killing and destroying everything mercilessly. You better expect the unexpected here since lots of things will surprise you especially this: Character deaths. Never stan or favorite any characters. That's what I've learned in this story and it hurts when you see your favorite character died in a grotesque way. Even interesting characters, whose story is unknown and forever will be unknown, died without showing how cool they are. It's strangely entertaining for me because it gave me more thrills. If you're not into gore and character deaths, this manga will be kinda hard for you. Aside from that, the arcs never fail to amaze me because there are lots of twists and turns of events. The story became more nerve-wracking and nail-biting as you go on. It's like you are riding a roller coaster as you go on reading and then suddenly your ride crashes as you reach the ending.
Now here comes the ending. I mentioned that I appreacite the arcs of this story because of its awesomeness. The last arc was really epic a perfect climax for me and then the ending hit me. I was like "Wtf. So what's the purpose of those things?!" Everything became pointless!! I know that this kind of manga doesn't usually end with a happy ending but this kind of ending which turns everything pointless for the characters and readers, it's frustrating and not deserving. It was like the story was on the top of the cliff ready to jump in heaven but unfortunately fell in the deep ocean. The ending will make you regret and say "Why did I read this? I just wasted my time." I think the ending ruined the story but like I said I don't know any other ending that could fit. If only the author change some certain parts of the story, the ending could be different.
The journey of reading this is fun and if you're into gore, you'll gonna like this. However, I've warned you with the ending. It's not a good one.