Kamisama Hajimemashita Anime Manga Review

Recently I was on a hunt for a new manga.  I was in the mood to read something, sick of television, but I needed a break from Jane Austen.  Something less involved was in order.  I can’t remember how I found the manga.  Perhaps it was on a recently updated list or within the constraints of a search I did but I found it none the less.  The story begins with Nanao Momozono, a high school aged girl, who recently lost her home when her father disappeared–he was a gambler hiding from debt collectors.  Now I know we’ve heard this setup before.  The bum of a father that leaves his daughter beautiful but humble daughter to fend for herself.  Usually this is where Mr. Tall-dark-and-hansome enters the story and rescues her while teaching her all about love and passion.  Well, this shoujo has a bit of a twist.  The story takes a turn when she rescues a strange man and in return he tells her of a place she can stay.  Did he expect her to stay at this shabby shrine?  It takes a while for you to fully understand why she is there but you soon meet her counterpart, a fox demon turned shrine familiar and she is now the goddess of the shrine.  There are lots of supernatural characters to meet and adventures to be had as she learns her role as deity.

By chance, when I was working on another post, I found this anime as a feature on a site.  (I had to double take, wait a minute I’m reading that)  It was fun to find an anime I didn’t know existed and a new one at that.  Kamisama Hajimemashita was released in 2012 and is complete with 13 edisodes.  The anime artwork style keeps exceedingly close to the manga and it follows most of the storyline as well.  There are some situations that happen out of order but you won’t really care while watching and some of the situations are altered to make it a little more slice-of-life/school related and less fantasy.  Although the series is short it does give you a sense of resolution at the end.  It has a cute love on par with Fruits Basket or InuYasha.  If you enjoy comedy, fantasy, romance manga and anime this is for you and as I read on in the manga it is becoming a bit reverse harem.

 

Three Great Romance Anime, Manga, Live Action Recommendations

My close friends know I have a passion for anime, manga and live action dramas.  When you find a good series in any of these categories you will most likely find it in another.  I usually find the anime first and when I blow through that I read the manga…and if I’m waiting for a new chapter to come out I will watch the TV drama.  Ok, I’m not going to hide it.  I LOVE cartoons!  The drawing style of these anime and graphic novels are what cartoons/comics should be.  These are must sees and perhaps you will soon understand my utter love for these titles.

 

Nana

Rated: Mature

This title comes in Anime, Manga and two Live Action Japanese Movies (which are a must see if you love the anime)

NANA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this one! It follows the struggle of a young girl, Nana Komatsu, coming of age.  She has to work through the emotional struggle of getting over an old love, finding new love and deciding between pursuing the “good” man in her life or the bad boy of her dreams.  Through happenstance she meets Nana Osaki an alternative chic, a little rough around the edges, who is pursuing her dream of being a rock goddess.  She struggles with her love of stardom and her lover from the past who went on to make his way in the industry.  Through their adventures the two Nanas  become the best of friends but are they willing to sacrifice everything to have their dreams?

 

Paradise Kiss

Rated:  Mature

This title is in Anime, Manga and a Live Action Japanese Movie also know as “Paradaisu Kisu”

Paradise Kiss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yukari, a serious high school student, follows the straight and narrow path her parents have laid before.  That is until she is “discovered” on the street by a fashion student.  She thinks she has stumbled upon the land of the misfits but fall in love with the magic, beauty and passion of their world.  Speaking of passion, she become enamored with the leader, George, of their indie fashion label “Paradise Kiss”.  George is voice overed in the English Dub version by Patrick Seitz who is one of my favorite voice over actors!  To be honest I haven’t seen the movie yet but it is on my list of things to do.

 

Skip Beat

Rating: Anime may be PG-13 but the manga is definitely Mature

This title is in Anime, Manga and a fairly new Live Action Taiwanese TV Drama called “Extravagant Challenge”

Skip Beat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyoko was utterly devoted to her childhood crush, Shou, and followed him to Tokyo in hopes of helping him reach his dream of being a teen idol.  She cooks, cleans and works three jobs to pay their rent but after over hearing Shou tell his manager that she is nothing more than a maid to him she goes ballistic.  She is determined to get her revenge!  Kyoko manages to enter the biggest competitors talent agency.  She is determined to become the best actress in the industry.  Can she manage to fall in love with acting and capture the heart of her companies lead actor?  Seriously, this is one of the funnest romance comedy series I’ve seen in a while.  The manga continue beyond where the anime and TV series leave off and man it is getting goooood!

Check them out and let me know what you think.  If you’ve seen them comment on your thoughts.  If you like these titles then I am sure you will also enjoy my book.