Manga Monday- Kamisama Hajimemashita

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Kamisama Hajimemashita or ‘How I became a God’ is a 25 volume manga by Julietta Suzuki. It was published from February 20, 2008May 20, 2016 in Japan and is still being released here in the US by Shojo Beat which is owned by Viz Media. The basic plot is: After Nanami’s father runs away due to gambling debts and she is evicted from her apartment, Nanami meets a strange man hanging from a tree because he is being chased by a dog. The man’s name is Mikage. She saves Mikage from a dog and tells him her story. He gives Nanami his house as a thank you for saving him. She accepts the offer because she is homeless. When Nanami arrives at Mikage’s home, she is shocked to see that it is not a normal home but a shrine for worship. After that she is greeted by both Onikiri and Kotetsu who are the keepers of the shrine. She then meets Tomoe, Mikage’s familiar, and she learns that Mikage used to be the Earth Deity of the shrine and has bestowed upon her his mark so that she may be the new deity. At first Nanami is reluctant, but as she lives with Tomoe, Onikiri and Kotetsu she begins to understand and works hard in her new position as the Earth Deity. As the story progresses Nanami finds herself falling in love with Tomoe, but he rejects her because the love between a human and a yokai is taboo. Despite saying that, Tomoe finds himself falling in love with her too.

This is mostly a supernatural comedy manga with strong romance themes.  Nanami is a great heroine with a heart of gold, Tomoe is a great foil for her, and the side characters add so much favor to overall story. I love this manga and it’s one that if you like any of the above things you need to give it a try!

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