Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Manga Review: Noragami: Stray God, Volume 7, by Adachitoka

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: October 2015
Volumes: 15+
Spoilers?: Minor.
Volume: 1. 6. 8.
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Amazon Synopsis:

Yato is a homeless god. He doesn't even have a shrine, let alone any worshippers! So, to achieve his ambitious goals, he's set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee of course). He hopes that one day he'll be able to build the temple he feels he deserves, but for now he can't be picky about the jobs that he chooses to accept. From finding lost kittens to overcoming school bullies, Yato is divinely intervening all over the place!


After that previous volume, I expected this plot to be a whole lot more dramatic. And it turns out it’s the complete opposite of what I thought, but also in a good way. It surprised me, but I wasn’t disappointed, and it wasn’t anticlimactic like it could have been.
Instead, Hiyori is not talking to Yato because of what he did. But then she throws a party with all the Gods and shinki that she knows, including Yato and Bishamon. Which causes some drama, but mostly a lot of hilarity. There’s more problems for poor Hiyori, when Yato takes over her body and goes crazy at her high school, giving her a bad reputation. And there’s another cliffhanger at the end, where something surprising and bad is revealed about Yato and the Stray.
The most important part of the volume, though, is when Hiyori makes Yato a mini-shrine. She thinks it’s no big deal, just something to cheer him up. But to the Gods, it’s showing that he’s remembered and honored, and it gives him a step up in recognition. It’s a really important step for him, and it’s sweet how much it means to him.
I’m just seriously enjoying this series. It’s hilarious but serious when need be. The next one should be good.

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