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.
Kamisama no Iutoori 2 was simulpub in English as As the Gods Will: The Second Series by Crunchyroll since October 30, 2013. Kodansha Comics USA has been releasing e-books of the series since November 3, 2015. It has also been published in Italian by Star Comics since April 11, 2015.
Kamisama no Iutoori Ni is the second story in this series, which intertwines with the prequel, Kamisama no Iutoori.
"Oh, my god. My life... is boring. Today, this one day... Began just like any other. And this one day, which started like any other... Was about to end. It was supposed to happen... " -Takahata Shun, Kamisama no Iutoori
Imagine a seemingly normal day in high school: everyone's conversing about trivial matters, getting ready for class to start, and sitting at their desk patiently. Now, what exactly happened that ruined the usual day for every teenager that had attended class?
Sensei's head was blown up,
followed by a Daruma doll sitting in front of the class, and the homicide of anyone who moved at the wrong time.
This gruesome tale puts you through a series of compound emotions: Bitter-sweet, exciting-anger, suspenseful-sorrow, and many more fusions of sentiments have had me captivated by this story from chapter 1.
I couldn't help but think, "the kids who didn't attend that day sure did get lucky..." NOT.
Kamisama no Iutoori Ni is a beautifully drawn sequel in modern day Japan that follows the adolescents who had been absent for the sick, horrendous, and unrelenting survival games. But, just because they hadn't made an appearance at school didn't mean that the absentees escaped the fate that awaited them.
The story follows Akashi, a simple-minded juvenile who possesses a credulous and naïve nature. He leads the readers and other characters into a series of games that force morality and life against each other. Knowing of the incident that his school experienced from media, Akashi couldn't help but be worried about his childhood friend, who he had gotten into a fight with that morning. The small conflict resulted in him storming off before class had started and avoiding that day's nightmare. Mind-boggling and idiotic for a few of the more complex personas, I can't say I always escape their resolve.
The story continues testing the characters with childrens' games, such as red-light-green-light. The art doesn't lack in exquisite scenery and changes appropriately with each game, of course having their twists in order to be gut wrenching thrillers. Diversity of setting goes from a haunted school classrooms to a realistic bird eye's view of Tokyo's ground. The realism of the art reminds you that all of these students are just, well, students. The variety doesn't stop there; characters' unique design styles are used wisely from personality to personality, even changing throughout the chronological timeline, and some characters are very effectively drawn with more of a cartoon-like edge.
Exploring the theme of friendship and trust is a consistent overall theme for this manga and one of the reasons I love it so much. But don't let that statement allow you to believe this is some happy ending fairy tale. The story has had me at the edge of my seat a number of times, wondering who and who won't live to the next chapter. Character after character is disposed of, some even being my favorites and well developed. (Avoiding painful flashbacks and spoilers.)
This series is amazing and a must read for anyone who enjoys a survival game. Don't take my word for it and explore into this traumatic tale.
-->If you are unfamiliar with the prequel and were wondering if you need to read it beforehand, worry not, I will answer all your questions.
As the Gods Will is a manga about tests of courage, intelligence, strength, teamwork, and friendship.
One day, all high school students around the world were given certain tests and games by a mystery man in order for him to single out "god's children". Most of these tests were simple childhood games like red light/green light, left hand/right hand, or hopscotch, but with deadly stakes.
Unlike it's prequel, the kids in this story never made it to school
when the "darumas" started the deadly games due to many reasons like sickness or skipping school, but their goal is the same: survive.
Like it's prequel, the story adds many elements of horror and gore to keep the reader engaged in a guessing game on which character will survive and who will not, and it's real life similarity feels fresh when kids face life or death choices "should I risk my life for a stranger? "should I risk my life for my friends?" "should I risk my life for love?"
Teamwork and unselfishness are put to the test and many kids' true nature will come out when their life is against the wall.
The character development is superb. Everyone gets a backstory and you will definitely get attached to some characters, which isn't always a good thing with survival genres...
It was even comical in some parts, to understand a character's ideology and determination just to see their dreams come crashing down when their luck runs out.
The art definitely makes you feel a certain degree of empathy with the aggressiveness of their facial expressions. The character designs fit their personalities, and the antagonists are complex and very creative.
This manga has it all, from romance to comedy, from mystery to supernatural. It's shounen elements are very noticeable, and the ridiculous outcomes, character relationships, and the witty, eccentric, and bizarre character personalities make this underrated manga an enjoyable ride.
-->You "don't have to" read the prequel, but it's recommended to do so in order to understand and recognize many characters and plot developments that crossover to this story.
Still, this sequel falls a bit short of it's predecesor with it's lack of character resolve and plot fluidity.
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Kamisama no Iutoori Ni, cool a second series set at the same time as the first, this is totally going to be different. At first I thought that this was going to just be a repeat of the original but after getting into it Kamisama no Iutoori Ni is leaps and bounds superior to the original. The story telling is so much nicer, the pacing is smooth and nothing happens no where near as quickly as the original. The solving of puzzles were no longer coincidental,
there was a plan of action that allowed for them to survive as long as they can. Obviously the end goal is the same, to survive until the end. Unlike the original the winner doesn’t become a God but instead fights the winner of the students who were at school to obtain the powers of a God. With the trials and tribulations that are presented in front of them it really feels like a do or die situation and at times it really does seem like there’s no way out. Romances between characters and deaths hit you hard as you say to yourself ” no, no this can’t be happening.” The chapters aren’t predictable, there are points where they give you hints of whats going to happen and then it hits you at the moment before it happens and it just wrecks you hard. Kamisama no Iutoori Ni has everything I like to see in a story. Overall I give the story an 8/10.
The characters in Kamisama no Iutoori are a lot more relatable, each character gets their own back story for why they are how their like in the present situation, a lot of the characters skipped school because they felt unwanted or unneeded and suffered from depression and used the situation to play into the puzzles willing to die at any moment. Its really interesting, Kyioshirou Ushimitsu is a character that at first you dislike and think he is no where near as good of a psycho character unlike Takeru Amaya from the original, that’s until you learn his back story and at that instant you attitude towards him changes and you begin to like him just as much if not more. The character designs were average yet when it comes to school students you don’t have a lot of room to work with to make them interesting. The personalities of the characters differ a lot as time progresses, you could say that a lot of the personalities are just modified variations of one personality but that’s a very bad way of looking at it, when you look at the larger picture you can see that the personalities differ quite a lot. The development of characters happens a lot as the games and puzzles go on in time, you see the characters change in attitude by either becoming more scared and paranoid or taking a role of leadership even if it means they lose their sense of self worth and original personality. With the large quantity of characters that either die or become less important as time goes on your idea of who is reliable as a team member drops as you no longer have as much contact with them while other characters become better because they do have more face time. Overall I give the characters a 7/10.
Kamisama no Iutoori Ni potentially has better artwork than the original, I phrase it this way as the backgrounds don’t really go up in standard yet its the emotions, the expressions and the actions that get better. There are panels where you are just awing at them as the characters expression is just so beautiful and brilliant to look at. Once again this is the strongest point of the art. The emotions are no different, the art really displays a sense of peril or fear in the faces of the characters when they find themselves in unfavorable situations, when you see important characters die to see the expression before their death and the ones who mourn for them it just makes you stop and take a real good look before you go to the next page. Motion is captured really well and you truly have a sense of motion, whether everything is going fast or time is going slow. Overall I give the art an 8/10.
Normally with sequels reading the original is a mandatory thing that has to be done in order to understand the story yet Kamisama no Iutoori Ni is different in that sense. Since the story starts in the same time period as the original it’s not like you are really missing on a lot yet I still recommend that you read the original so then you have an understanding of what is really at stake in the early games. Overall I give Kamisama no Iutoori Ni a 7.6/10 and I recommend you read it if you enjoy the slaughter of a lot of characters, smart strategies and planning and a psychological aspect thrown in.
This is my first review ever so here it goes. I'm mostly doing it, because after I finished catching up to this I though "How the hell doesn't this amazing series have a anime yet".
This is a two part series. Read the first part before reading this. The second part is superior, but only because, the first part gets you used to the concept of the series and introduces you to quite a few characters that end up becoming a part of series two.
When I started reading this I was disappointed, because part 1 had different characters and was ended on a cliff hanger and
you did find out what happens to those characters until around chapter 100 with only getting brief glimpses of them up until that point. I must say it didn't take long for me to get over that and enjoy this series, because as much as I liked part 1 this one introduce a lot more characters and had way better character development then the ones in part 1. (Though I think it mostly, because this one has such a wide variety of characters.)
What is the Story - A unknown person shows up with supernatural godlike powers. All children from 15-18 are forced to play deadly children games (Jump Rope, Red Light/Green Light, Musical Chairs, etc.) until according
to them someone replaces them as god. At the start of the series you don't how many people can win these series of games. The only thing we know is that all across the world these children have to play.
Story and Art 8/9 - The story is good as of now, but it could be even better in time. The author is holding back a lot of information and focusing more on his characters. The best part of this story is how UNPREDICTABLE it is. Character plot armor is non-existent in this manga. The art is fantastic. I would give it a 10, but very rarely some character designs aren't as good as others. I will say it has some of the best visuals I've ever seen though.
Characters - Death. There is a lot of death in this manga. So you think it would be filled with fillers characters to get killed off. Once and awhile he gives you one, but almost all the time all these characters backstory are filled out eventually, or their personalty is shown to the reader. He flesh's out all these characters so well. Sometimes they die right away, or survive for 100's of chapters for a shocking death later on, but so many deaths have so much impact not just because they are sad though. Somehow in a manga filled with death so many deaths come across hopeful, or the character who dies stands tall with no fear in face of the cruel godlike beings. It tricked me at the start with having many characters come across as bad/evil, but the real bad guys of course are these so called "gods". Some of these characters come across as psychopaths or insane people, but 100 chapters later you can't believe how invested you are in the characters you initially hated. So many memorable deaths and character moments of bravery I can't even count.
Shun is the MC of part 1. He has one goal to kill the god(s). Akashi is are MC in part 2. While the first part lacked hope part 2 has hope because, Akashi has one goal. Win so he can revive everyone that died.
Enjoyment - At first I was reading the manga for the shock value and how unpredictable it was, but the ending for part 1 was so good I had to start part 2. Part 2 is a slow start, but then blows part 1 out of the water with its characters and the eventually crossing paths of the 2 parts is so satisfying. It goes from being depressing for seeing characters die to moment after moment of these characters defying the odds and going against these so called "gods". All the arcs are good, but two arcs in particular stand-out.
Rock, Paper, Scissors is the most intense arc I've ever read. It was at this arc which is about 50 in did I understand how good this series was.
Cops and Robbers - One of my favorite arcs of all time. Characters get split up, but this arc not only has them all in one place, but introduces many more exciting characters.
That's it. Read this. It needs a anime. This also had the most rewarding punch in any story ever. You'll know what punch when you get to it.