Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Manga Review: Noragami: Stray Stories, Volume 1, by Adachitoka

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Volumes: 1+
Spoilers?: No.
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RightStuf Synopsis:

Volume 1 of Noragami: Stray Stories features bonus comedic stories following fan-favorite characters from the main series!
As a god with few followers, Yato looks to build his wealth and reputation by taking on jobs to help folks in need. Someday Yato hopes to be worshipped by hordes of people and have spectacular shrines built in his honor. But for now, he simply needs to find some work and save up enough money to build his first shrine. No job is too small for Yato, the god-for-hire.


I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this spin-off, but being a fan of Noragami, it was a given that I’d be picking it up. I thought it would be more of a parody, or comic strips with the characters. Instead, it’s actually just short stories about the characters, and they’re not all comedy-based.
Yato tries to help someone, he tries to teach someone a lesson, tries to become a top-seven god, someone tries to kill him and then write a non-fiction book about him. My favorite chapter, though, is when Yukine gets a survey for shinki about their god, and he learns there are other options out there. The ending, where the gods get the surveys with comments and feedback from their shinki, is quite sweet. That one still makes me smile.
This was a really fun side volume, funny and sweet. The humor in this series is great, balanced evenly with the serious and heart-warming moments. I look forward to reading more.

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