“Gods These Days…” – Kamichu! (Manga) – 8/10 Sugar Cubes


The Moon! Artemis! the great goddess of the splendid past of men! Are you going to tell me she is a dead lump? ~David Herbert Lawrence

Genre: School/ Supernatural/ Spiritual/ Comedy/ Romance

Review Status: Full (19 Chapters/ 19 Chapters or 2 Volumes/ 2 Volumes)

Licensed: Unlicensed in the US

Art: Decent. Clean. This is aimed at pre-teens, so it’s more stylistically simple than a few others I can name, but good for what it is.

Summary: Yurie Hitotsubashi was just an average middle school student living in the city of Onomichi on Japan’s inland sea in the easygoing times of the 1980s. She spent her days worrying about exams and trying to get Kenji, the clueless boy she likes, to notice her. Then during lunch one day she suddenly announces to her friend Mitsue that the night before she had become a goddess. Their classmate Matsuri quickly latches on to Yurie’s newfound divinity as a way to promote her family’s bankrupt Shinto shrine. She hopes that replacing their hapless local god, Yashima-sama, with Yurie will make the shrine more popular (and profitable). Now, with Matsuri as her manager, Yurie has to grant wishes, cure curses, meet aliens, and attend god conventions. All the while attending school and working-up the courage to confess to Kenji. (From ANN.com)

Review
: I can’t deny it- this manga was a lot of fun. Even though Yurie just wakes up a goddess one day, and everyone accepts it right off the bat (logic fail?), this story really isn’t about her getting her powers in the first place- it’s about how she deals with them while trying to live a normal life. But then again, aren’t they all like that?

Well, besides the seemingly-generic storyline, this story has a lot going for it. Yurie isn’t tasked with saving the world. She’s not given a list of things to complete. Nope, her whole thing is about learning how to use her powers, and to use them in a way that will benefit people while trying to make the fewest amount of mistakes possible.

Being a goddess isn’t as simple as it sounds- even though she knows she’s been given powers, she hasn’t the first clue how to use them. She has issues figuring out what wishes to grant. Somehow or another, she must stave off the god of poverty, and confess to the guy she likes- all with the help of her trusty friends!

This is a story rife with Japanese mythology, too, mainly in the form of the spirits that wander about town- Since you won’t get much information about them, you might have to do your own research into the ones that interest you.

Overall, this was an interesting, amusing look at life as it would be if an ordinary girl woke up extraordinary.

Recommended: It’s okay. Except for the leaps of logic one must take in a few places, it isn’t too bad. If you’re thinking of this for a younger sibling, you might want to explain about other countries having different standards of what’s acceptable in terms of nudity, as you will see the backsides of the girls as they’re getting out of the bath. Other than that it’s cleaner than clean!

Other series you might like:
Azumaga Daioh (anime),
Shugo Chara! anime or manga),
Sailor Moon (manga or anime),
Cardcaptor Sakura (the anime),
Kiki’s Delivery Service (anime)
Princess Tutu (anime)
Someday’s Dreamers (anime or manga))

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