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Posted November 17, 2011
This manga... I sort of liked it. The translator's notes at the end stated that this manga is heavily influenced by Shintoism, the native religion of Japan, which I'm not that familiar with, but I'm glad I read the notes as I read the story, because it helped me appreciate the manga more. I think you also have to be familiar with Japanese pop culture too in order to really understand why a goddess would want to be a pop idol.
Anyway, I'm interested to see where this is going. I liked the characters, and the story picked up the pace a little towards the end. The author uses a very clean and simple style for the art, which I found pleasing to look at.
Posted September 19, 2011
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Kannagi is a newer manga, which deals with a young goddess. The overall story is appropriate for younger readers, however the language is more appropriate for older readers. It's not that its graphic, however it is filled with mild curse words. The art itself is simple yet strong in its portrayal of emotions and humor.
The first chapter you are introduced to Jin, who apparently has a fear of spiders. Or at least he dislikes them. (Who can blame him?). Jin decides to carve out an image of a girl from this sacred tree that was being chopped down. Before he is able to exhibit his carving, something quite strange happens. The carving comes to life, and turns into a beautiful girl. The girl explains to Jin that she is a goddess; she came from the sacred tree. However, Jin has his doubts. Despite his doubts, they remain mostly silent and he questions who she really is in his thoughts. I would've preferred to see more interaction about the goddess' identity. Nevertheless, it remained interesting and humorous.
The goddess' name is Nagi. She is like a child or a foreigner to the world. She is fascinated by toys and TVs (how do those pictures move again?), and various other events. Nagi lives with Jin for the time being, but when caught by one of Jin's friends, she claims to be a family member suffering from terrible circumstances. A split personality, due to her families upbringing!
As the story unfolds there are more proofs of Nagi's goddess qualities, yet Jin still seems a bit doubtful.
I give this manga a three out of five stars. The storyline is interesting, however the art is minimal and the theme of the story does not match the use of language. Another annoying feature was the frequent change of font and the hard-to-read fonts. Nevertheless, it's a quick, fun read!
Posted August 7, 2011
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