Kannagi, Volume 1

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Nagi's a strange young girl - and not just because she popped out of a tree! She tells Jin (who's a perfectly normal high school boy) that she's a goddess...but is she really? As a matter of fact, she is! Normal girls, even strange ones, don't come from trees, you know. And soon, the odd pair start living under the same roof together. Thus begins the first volume of a bizarre manga tale that wends it way through both the comical and serious! More or less.
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Overview

Nagi's a strange young girl - and not just because she popped out of a tree! She tells Jin (who's a perfectly normal high school boy) that she's a goddess...but is she really? As a matter of fact, she is! Normal girls, even strange ones, don't come from trees, you know. And soon, the odd pair start living under the same roof together. Thus begins the first volume of a bizarre manga tale that wends it way through both the comical and serious! More or less.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It is said, not unjustifiably, that post-modern Japan has gradually lost touch with its Shinto traditions and spirituality. For Nagi, Takenashi's zealous shrine maiden protagonist, this simply will not do. Nagi is a goddess‚ a living embodiment of the shinboku (spiritual trees) who sprang from a life-sized effigy carved by an unassuming high school boy named Jin. The story focuses more on Jin's perspective as he struggles with having to live with an immature deity while also studying art and attempting to maintain a normal social life at school. The dynamic between the two characters is at times hilarious and occasionally even heartwarming. The supporting characters include Zange, Nagi's rival and sister, and Tsugumi, Jin's childhood sweetheart and romantic rival for Nagi. It is an entertaining setup that won enough converts to become a popular anime series a few years ago. Much of that success can be attributed to Takenashi's enticing artwork, which consistently portrays characters in an endearing and cute manner without devolving into sheer fan service.While it is clearly aimed at younger girls, any manga fan can get a chuckle out of this engaging work. (July)
VOYA - Deborah Miller
In the first volume of these graphic novels, ordinary high school boy Jin receives a life-changing shock when the statue he carves from a tree comes to life. Not only does the wooden shrine take the shape of a beautiful young girl, but she is actually a goddess who is bent on ridding the world of "impurities." Nagi is indeed a goddess, but by no means a fully-developed, wise one. Thus, Jin must wrestle with trying to live a normal, high school life while dealing with a rather brash supernatural being. In the first volume, Jin and Nagi work their way through some intriguing situations—some humorous, some quite challenging—as Nagi tries to navigate the real world of Western society and Jin seeks to develop his artistic talents. In the second volume, Nagi's second personality, Kannagi, manifests herself, so that Jin now has to cope with two Shinto shrine maidens. Despite the strange happenings that occur after Nagi comes to life, readers will be able to suspend disbelief and enjoy both of these manga tales. Both volumes will be relished by fans of authentic, Japanese manga. Teens unfamiliar with the manga/Anime genre may need encouragement to attempt to read these titles. (Kannagi) Reviewer: Deborah Miller
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604962673
  • Publisher: Bandai Entertainment
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 180
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

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    Kannagi, Vol. 1

    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.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    Kannagi, is it worth your time?

    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!

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