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 was published in English as Kamisama Kiss by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from December 7, 2010 to October 3, 2017. It has also been published in French by Delcourt since June 8, 2011, and in Polish by Studio JG since April 24, 2015.
This review is meant for people who want to get into this manga and need a lead or are insecure about it because of rumors. Also this is a spoiler-free review that will help the new ones but offer depth to the ones who already read it since the writing implies stuff that can be interpreted.
Kamisama Hajimemashita, oh man there are so many things to say about this. Do you ever feel that you need a change in your life? We all know by now that anime and manga are a really good way to escape reality and enjoy yourself (temporarily unfortunately).
Why did I
say that? Well, Kamisama Hajimemashita takes that concept literally and presents us a girl who becomes homeless after her dad left home because of debt collectors and ends up in a temple where she can forget her problems temporarily and enjoy the fantasy of being free and independent. A rarity in modern days if you ask me.
Compared to the typical fantasy setting, here we are presented with a set of responsibilities that Manami the main girl has to do in order to maintain her status and overall happiness in that holy temple. The first part presents the new world revolving around the temple and the people/gods which live around it or even in other dimensions. An important lesson that we all know but not usually apply is that sometimes you have to be vulnerable and take a risk helping someone for free not expecting anything in return besides their friendship and trust. Our main protagonist its applying this concept every time she can and this helps her develop as a character and getting to know the enviroment that the fantasy world of the temple offers in the same time. Not to mention that in life you do not succeed every time and this is taken into consideration even here.
What I said above is what the first half is striving for and in my opinion it has done an exceptional job doing. The second half has the same adventures sometimes even befriending people so much to the point of "adopting" them as a familiar. Not going to go in the detail to what a familiar is just because when I read reviews myself I like to have explained the reasons why the plot is good not the plot itself. Also in the second part we catch some glimpses or romance and sexual tension between some characters and as we go closer to the end the manga becomes a full fledged romance and it is executed as amazing as the adventuring fantasy part assuming you read until then.
Now to adress some negative opinions and prove them wrong in order to convince you that they are unfounded. Some say the manga becomes a reverse harem at some point and that is completely wrong because probably this guys can't see the difference between a close friendship and a romantically inducing one. Still here i would like to add that teasing isn't meant to be taken seriously.
About the people who complain about furries and just label anyone watching this as a furry no questions asked. Most of the character designs are inspired from japanese mythology and adapted to catch the eye of the people in this era.
Why is this anime liked mostly by girls? Is it worth watching if i am a guy? The response here is subjective but i would say yes. The thing is that the female lead's personality is fairly simple with some special qualities that are still human like kindness and sensibility which makes female readers relate easier to her. On the other hand the male lead is what girls would imagine to be the dream personality of a possible male partner so it is basically like this manga nailed most of the male traits to suit female readers. I personally find it to be adorable how girls think these days.
Now as a note. I never review anything that is subjective such as paneling drawing quality or pacing. So you have to figure for yourself if this is for you or not. With all this being said I hope I managed to at least make you interested in checking this manga out and if not there is always something that will suit your taste so thanks for reading.
I really like this manga at first and as the story progressed on, I started liking it more and more. But, there were many things that really changed my opinion about this manga.
ART 8/10: The art was really nice and I really liked it, but there was nothing really special about it.
STORY 7/10: The plot of the story is unique, but the vibe of it was like any other shoujo manga.
CHARACTER 8/10: At first, I thought that Nanami was a weak heroine and she needed Tomoe to save her all the time. But, she progressed and she was weak but not as
weak as before. Considering she was a goddess, she was really weak which was kind off a turn down for the story.
ENJOYMENT 6/10: As it was nice in the starting and the middle, I didn't like the ending at all.
Overall, I will give this manga a 6/10. It was a manga that barely went over the passing mark for me.
Watching the anime of Kamisama Hajimemashita last year left me with lots of questions and excitement that led me here to read the manga. And so, I was really glad that I've finished reading it.
Being able to see Nanami, Tomoe, and Mizuki's journey made me happy as if I was really in the manga. The arcs were breath taking that it didn't even left some holes. It even arrived with the ending smoothly.
At first I was slightly not sure about the art, but not long after, it became better and better.
Most of the characters may always look
having perseverance and determination, but of course the variety of their motivation gave them spectacular characters.
I am one of the girls who loves romance and this never failed me to have the romantic excitement. The author did such an amazing job in surprising me with romance. I just love seeing cool and handsome male leads. HHAHAHA.
This manga is my favorite romance. Thus, I am proud of the mangaka. Cheers and Kudos to her, both the manga and the anime were a success.
I can't say everything I want about this manga or this will be seven pages long. Short version: read it, it's good.
If the art isn't your style, I'd suggest watching the anime then starting off where the anime ends (approx chapter 65) cuz the art improves DRASTICALLY as the manga continues.
The characters are all so lovable, the story is interesting, and the central love story is one of the best I've read. The whole world is so comforting, I was so sad to leave the story behind, but the ending was so good so I can't complain.
Read it, it's mostly sweet romance mixed with funny
moments, but also some gut-wrenching emotional parts later on. Love it!