Yato’s trapped in the underworld and is at the mercy of the nightmarish, Izanami! Can his friends rescue him from the land of the dead? And if they do, what will the revelations of Yato’s family mean to the world of Noragami? All this and more in Noragami, Vols. 10 – 12 from Adachitoka.
In the wake of Yato’s battle with Bishamon and the revealing of Kugaha’s role in orchestrating the conflict, it’s time for the gang to recoup and unwind! Hiyori attempts to resume her school life, only to find it sidetracked thanks to Yato’s antics, and Yukine takes his next step on the road to being a fully functional shinki. Meanwhile, hanging over it all is the unanswered question: was Kugaha a solo act, or was he merely the start of something much bigger? Adachitoka’s charming supernatural action adventure series continues with Noragami, Vol. 7!
Not sure if it can be called a midweek review when it’s coming on Friday, but whatever it’s called, this is it! Before we get to this week’s review of Noragami, Vol. 5, some news.
- Waku Waku NYC was last weekend and Kodansha had some new titles to announce!
- Sticking with Kodansha for a minute, they’ve added their entire digital catalogue to the Comixology, meaning that there are now over 350 volumes from 53 Kodansha series available at the site.
- A few days ago, Gangsta creator Kohske took some time to respond to some questions from his English fans.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for September 13th, which sees Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 return its return to the list!
And now, onto this week’s review of Noragami, Vol. 5!
Intrigue, betrayal and tragedy abound in Noragami, Vol. 5 from Adachitoka! Kugaha, a resentful servent of Bishamon, continues to scheme against his mistress, spinning his web and luring other servants of Bishamon into doing his dirty work. However, even this master planner is surprised when Yato shows up on Bishamon’s doorstep!
While Yato struggles with a possible cure for Hiyori’s half ayakashi problem, something’s rotten in the house of Bishamon. Adachitoka turns their eye to what being a shinki entails, the problems that can arise with them, and their relationships with the gods in Noragami, Vol. 4!
After the dramatic fight that closed out the previous volume, Yato’s new Shinki, the spirit of a deceased which can become a weapon, Yukine struggles to adjust to the after life and his new role and relationship with Yato. Tempers flare and patiences begin to fray, and if attempting to reign in his smart mouthed, disrespectful Shinki wasn’t enough trouble for Yato, he also has the unfortunate luck of crossing paths with the warrior god Bishamon who’s got a score to settle with our favorite down on his luck deity! Adachitoka, the creative team behind Alive continue to explore their world of working class Gods and evil spirits while also shedding some light on Yato’s history with Noragmi, Vols. 2 + 3!
Welcome to first midweek manga review of the 2015! As mentioned in Monday’s review of Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 2, I’ll be posting two reviews a week for the month of January, but only the Wednesday reviews will get the news round ups. So, before we get to my review of Noragami, Vol. 1, let’s take a look at some of the news highlights from the last month or so…
- In December, Kodansha Comics announced the acquisition of Naoshi Arakawa’s Your Lie in April, a series about a young piano prodigy.
- Viz picks up Mikansei No. 1, Sgt. Frog and Hands Off! for digital release. All three titles have previously been released in the US by Tokyopop, but if you missed them the first time around then here’s your chance to take a look at ‘em!
- Kodansha (Japan) has announced plans to release digital editions of their manga magazine simultaneously with their print editions.
- Kodansha Comics will once again be taking over Kinokuniya in New York City! The event, slated for 6 PM on Januaray 14th will feature new license announcements, a Q&A with the editors and giveaways! So if you’re in the area be sure to make your way over there.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Dec. 27th.
And now onto the midweek manga review of Noragami, Vol. 1!
From Adachitoka, artist of Alive: The Final Evolution, comes the supernatural action/adventure comedy, Noragami. Noragami, Vol. 1 introduces us to Yato, a down on his luck god desperate to build up a base of worshippers. Unfortunately he’s not a terribly likable fellow and has zero marketing skills. As a result he’s forced to leave his number in some rather suspect places, such as alley way walls, bathroom stall doors, park benches and more. As one might suspect, the kind of requests, prayers and pleas for help he receives are not exactly up to his demanding standards, thus hijinks ensue.