Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she's just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity!
Nanami has all kind of new responsibilities she doesn't understand, dangers she's unaware of, and a cranky ex-familiar who's...actually pretty hot. What's a new-fledged godling to do?
Kamisama Hajimemashita has been published in English as Kamisama Kiss by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint since December 7, 2010; in French as Divine Nanami by Delcourt since June 8, 2011; and in Polish as Jak zostałam bóstwem!? by Studio JG since April 24, 2015.
At first, I thought this manga was going to be just like any other forbidden love theme. I didn't think much of it when I saw summaries and pictures but when I actually started reading, I absolutely loved it. The reason is because it's not too romantic. Well, at least not yet. Anyways, I hate sappy, cheesy, overdone romance mangas that have no point whatsoever. I'm sure you do too. This manga isn't like that at all. In fact, Tomoe even hates (like really hates) her at the beginning but they start to soften up to each other even though Tomoe tries to hide it.
When I picked this up, I assumed that it would have the typical shojo manga storyline. I decided to read it to test it out. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but that's what I do; I don't read a manga series if I don't like the art AND the story. It has to be both. I absolutely loved this!
The story is very cute and I think I liked this almost as much as Vampire Game, which is the very first manga series I ever read. Nanami is very adorable (in a sense...) and the fact that she gets the shrine from a dude who's scared of dogs is hilarious, as I can relate to Mikage in such dislike. The character development is well paced, and the scene with the white snake is hilarious... (Sorry if this is too much of a spoiler ^_--)
If you are looking for manga that has a good plot, beautiful art, and foxes, check this out... ;)read more
This is my first review here so sorry for possibly sounding incoherent or something.
I gotta tell you, I don't really like shoujo manga and animes. I tried, but I found them too clichéd (gah, hate clichés) and mushy and I usually hate the main female characters with such a passion I can't continue with the story. What is up with the annoying love triangles too? Not to mention the art style tends to be so... cheesy or just... weird. Hope this doesn't offend anyone, they're just not to my taste.
Anyway, I started reading this because my sister recommended it. I was skeptical, cuz of the reasons I listed above. But once I started, boy I fell in love with this.
What makes KH so amazing is that it keeps all the GOOD elements of a typical shoujo manga but doesn't overdo them, and also has other amazing things added to it. I don't get why this is so underrated: this is obviously a masterpiece.
None of the many synopsis I read for this do justice. At the beginning, I thought this was just a light hearted story consisting of several funny and heart warming arcs. And I loved this for that. Even though there were some unoriginal plot elements, the mangaka just added this unique something to them that kept me from being bothered by that.
As the story developed I realized that in fact, most arcs and just simple revelations within them all were put there foreshadowing so many things for the bigger plot/arc that is shown later on in the manga. It becomes slightly more serious, but just very slightly. It's just amazing how the mangaka wove all those little plot elements together.
The romance is slow, but not frustrating in a bad way or dragging. There's always a chemistry between the two MCs and the romance of other characters are well developed and cute as well.
All of the subplots are fun to read and heart warming as well, I was never bored reading any of them.
I don't know for others, but I personally really love this art style. It doesn't have characters drawn so unrealistically beautiful, but they definitely don't look ugly. I'm not sure what you call them exactly, but the art when showing a very funny situation is very well drawn too. I laugh every time at them. Last but not least, the character designs are really well done.
Additionally, the art is always consistent throughout the chapters, if not improved subtly but greatly.
I agree that on the surface the characters seem pretty bland, but I promise they're not. Yup, there is a cheery high school girl who stumbles upon a fantasy world and gains powers, she meets a yokai boy, everybody comes to like her, etc. The yokai boy isn't very friendly, is powerful. But seriously, they're not the usual type of characters in any manga. I actually like Nanami a lot (she's the female MC), which is a miracle for me really.
Nanami IS weak, she's just a high school girl after all. But she knows this and tries hard at all times to be independent, and though she doesn't always succeed, readers can come to like her for how down to earth, strong, caring and brave she is. Also, she's not very intelligent, no, but she's not ignorant. She's not a little kid.
All the characters in KH are all lovable, and even the are antagonists. There's only a very thin line between good and evil, which I love. Everyone's feelings seem real, and they're very well developed.
Full points, of course. This is one of my favorite mangas or possibly my favorite out of all, and I re-read this many times. It has a slice of life feeling (which I usually find boring... I know, I know, I'm just a very picky reader) but it's not boring or anything thanks to the fantasy elements and quirky characters.
So, I give an overall score of 10/10. What is there not to like of KH? None, really.read more
First of all, I don't understand why this manga is so underrated. I've read several reviews for this manga and most of them were saying that "something is lacking" and "could've been better". They even compared it to other shoujo mangas that have similar plots, and NONE of them were even as good! The mangas that those reviewers suggested were the predictable and fast-paced mushy lovey-dovey stories. It was irritating to the extent that I stopped reading after 4 chapters.
The story line may seem like "psh-puhleas" kinda thing, but it's not. Although the story isn't very original (since there are other mangas with story lines of protagonist girls becoming a deity), the important thing about this manga is that the mangaka doesn't rush the 'romance', it's pure genius in my opinion, 'cause it's got me thinking if Tamaome really likes Nanami, because their relationship is 'Master and Servant'. It's really hard to understand the feelings of the characters (except for nanami) because they all seem attached to Nanami because of her compassion as a master, not as a girl or as a woman. That is the genius in this manga--the readers get sucked in with the idea that the followers don't 'love' or 'like' her, they respect and want to protect her, because they love her as a 'master'.
That's the illusion the mangaka is creating, but slowly, we realize the feelings of the characters in a BELIEVABLE way. Like for example, in a usual shoujo mangas, the most predictable thing a protagonisits would say is "I don't know if i love her--is this love---do I really like him---yadayada" , but in kamisama, none of the characters themselves realize their feelings. Even the readers (me) would think that their relationship is confusing.
For me the good points of this manga (including the art and etc.), is that the 'romance' is quite unpredictable that it kept me up late ate night and I couldn't sleep. And you will surely look forward to seeing Nanami grow as a god(ess).