Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Manga Review: Noragami: Stray God, Volume 4, by Adachitoka

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5-4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: April 2015
Volumes: 14+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.
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RightStuf Synopsis:

Though a powerful warrior goddess, Bishamonten suffers from taking on so many shinki. Among Bishamon's many shinki, a terrible plan is formed by one of her most trusted aides. This shinki has dangerous ideas and gets involved with the mysterious Stray. Kazuma has a sense that something is wrong, but can he figure out what exactly is going on?
Meanwhile, Hiyori desperately wants Yato to fix her, but he is presented with a solution that is hard to accept. Will Yato fix Hiyori, even if it means he'd have to cut all ties with her?


I wasn’t really feeling the last volume, but this one was definitely a step up.
We get some more of Yato and Hiyori here, see that Yukine is doing better and working after the last volume. Yato is trying to push Hiyori away, because a human being close with Gods and ayakashi is bad, and they eventually forget about them with time. I like the development here, how they’re all kind of wondering and aware, but none of them want it to happen. I also really like Kofuku; she’s so adorable and positive, and just great.
But mostly we got to see and understand Bishamonten. She pretty much collects Shinki, because she wants to save everyone, only she can’t take care of all of them. It’s a slippery slope and she’s going downhill. Her closest shinki are trying to help, but it’s hard, and she’s set in her ways. I was surprised by her storyline, and saddened. There’s also someone working against her, and that’s going to be bad.
This volume was better, and now I’m looking forward to the next one again.

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