Somali to Mori no Kamisama is the story in a fantasy world of a young girl and a golem acting as her father traveling together.
This manga is as Slice Of Life as it can get, no big events happen, with an absolutely outstanding art we follow our two protagonist trough amazing landscape, forest and city and the encounter with lots of non human species.
The awkward father/daughter relationship is quite entertaining since the father is a golem, an odd entity unused to contact with any other form of life than animals.
i definitely recommend this manga for it's amazing art
and the very good slice of life story it provide.
Somali and The Forest Spirit is like a cold beverage on a hot day.
You're covered in sweat, eager to rush something cold down your throat, then after you take a big gulp out of that sweet beverage, you let out a cry of utter satisfaction.
This manga revolves around a world, in where humanity declined, and non-humans have taken over.
Somali, a human girl, was lost and bound with chains in a certain forest, until that forest's guardian, a golem, finds her.
The golem then leaves the forest, which he spent all of his life protecting, to search for the girl's family.
Now the premise might sound like
another fantasy manga, but I personally, never actually read something this soothing.
The scenery presented is amazing, and the atmosphere leaves off a sense of childlike wonder, something that I've been craving to feel again.
The father-daughter relationship, between the golem and Somali is super cute, and every panel of them doing something together is just heartwarming.
Without going into details, I recommend this to anyone who seeks a lighthearted, cute and wondrous adventure story, that leaves you feeling happy.
If you're having a bad day, this is an effective form of medication
This manga is in one word: Soothing.
A simple slice of life anime or manga is something to watch or read while not concentrating. It's perfectly calming. Such is this manga, especially one thing: the artwork.
While the story is simple in its design, it slowly develops like an rpg. At every point, you stumble across another hint for the final destination of your quest. The same thing happens in this manga. A young girl named Somali is shackled and left alone in a forest for (yet) unknown reasons until the guardian of the forest, a golem, finds her. After having protected the forest for
many centuries, he sets out with the girl to find her parents. Looking for hints, they meet many interesting animals, witches and other fantasy characters, most of which act more mature than humans, who are nearly eradicated after a long fight with the fantasy characters. Keeping quiet about the fact that Somali is a human, they travel through amazing places with luscious fruits, soothing lights, antique houses in a perfectly illustrated cheerful world. Truly, I've read my fair share of manga, a couple of which had amazing artwork, but nothing comes close to Somalo to Mori no Kamisama. If anything, it makes me want to live in the world illustrated here. Every single detail is nicely drawn and only adds to the wornderful atmosphere. I found myself in a trance looking at some of the pages. Especially the wiches library. If we had a library even remotely looking like that, I could read books all day there.
The artwork is not the only good point about the manga. The story is simple, but effective. Although it sounds repetitive from this review, it doesn't feel that way. Every step to take is logically explained and only feels more magical combined with the extraordinary artwork.
As mentioned before, most of the characters act quite mature. Seeing a small girl and her guardian, a golem, they often engage joyful chatter and explain the interesting elements of each area as both of the main characters are often unfamiliar with the rest of the world. The golem lived in solitude in the forest and his awkward speech with other species and the little Somali who often hides behind him of is amazed by the deliciousness of food makes this manga truly enjoyable. At this point (after 10 chapters), there is quite a cast of characters already, each with his own treats, notably and beautifully illustrated with the amazing artwork, which only adds to the liveliness of the characters, who sometimes have to defend a place from monsters.
Everything that happened in this manga simply calmed my soul. The stunning artwork (I cannot run out of positive adjectives to describe this) truly gives you the feeling you are living within the illustrated fantasy world. The likeable cast and a simple story that is wonderfully executed is soothing to see. If my enjoyment wasn't clear yet, go read this right now and see for yourself how I was automatically immersed in the story and the chapters flew past in the blink of an eye.