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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Manga Review: Kannagi


Title: Kannagi
Author: Takenashi Eri
Release: Monthly
Status: Hiatus
Genre: Supernatural, Slice of Life, Comedy
Art: B
Originality: A
Story: B
Characters: A
Humor: A
Action: B

Impression: This is the story of a now forgotten Shinto tree god, Nagi, that possesses a wood statue carved out from her tree by a young teenage boy, Mikuriya Jin. Her job as a goddess is to remove impurities in the form of bugs that are spread over the land. That was the original focus of the manga but eventually it becomes more on discovering Nagi’s true identity and past and also on how the two main characters develop feelings for each other. While writing the previous sentence, I really began to wonder if the manga-ka actually knows where she wants to take this story. The character development is top-notch but I just don’t really see what’s the point of having those black bugs in the first place despite what they turned out to be later. It’s like the story concept changed a few months right after it started. I just don’t like how this manga seems to be cutting corners on the explanations for the things that happen by saying that the characters don’t know why they’re doing the things they’re doing or why they’re around. It feels like a lazy excuse to explain the plot holes in the story.

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