Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Manga Review: Noragami: Stray God, Volume 9, by Adachitoka

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: December 2015
Volumes: 15+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Yato is a homeless god. He doesn't even have a shrine, not to mention worshippers! So to achieve his ambitious goals, he's set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee), hoping he'll eventually raise enough money to build himself the lavish temple of his dreams. Of course, he can't afford to be picky, so Yato accepts all kinds of jobs, from finding lost kittens to helping a student overcome bullies at school.


It’s hard being a God, especially one who’s often replaced, as we see with Ebisu. He’s replaced a lot, because of the mess he’s in with the masked yokai.
He’s still working with Yato, in an effort to get the word, a utensil that allows him to control the yokai. But getting out just might kill him, and he’s forced to realize that he doesn’t want to be so easily replaceable. Meanwhile, Hiyori and Yukine are wondering where Yato has gone and want to go save him. Hiyori especially, as she worries about forgetting Yato completely (Yato has the same worries, but he doesn’t realize how quickly it could happen). The other six gods of fortune, once they find out that Ebisu is the one behind the masks, want to help him, and Bishamonten takes the lead in saving him.
Ebisu’s storyline so far is surprisingly sweet, and his history makes me sad for him. But I like the way that Bishamonten backs him up, going to protect him in his time of need. It just reasserts why I like Bishamon and Kazuma so much.
There’s a cliffhanger at the end of the volume, and it makes me eager to see what happens next with Yato, as he’s in the most danger still. 
I love these monthly releases.

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