Posts Tagged ‘Kamisma no Iutoori’

Synopsis
Set at the same time as the original Kamisama no Iutoori Akashi Yasuto decides to skip school on the faithful day, at night he gets taken by a second along with all the students who skipped school that day to take place in the games in an isolated cube that no one knows about.

Story
Kamisama no Iutoori Ni, cool a second series set at the same time as the first, this is totally going to be different. At first I thought that this was going to just be a repeat of the original but after getting into it Kamisama no Iutoori Ni is leaps and bounds superior to the original. The story telling is so much nicer, the pacing is smooth and nothing happens no where near as quickly as the original. The solving of puzzles were no longer coincidental, there was a plan of action that allowed for them to survive as long as they can. Obviously the end goal is the same, to survive until the end. Unlike the original the winner doesn’t become a God but instead fights the winner of the students who were at school to obtain the powers of a God. With the trials and tribulations that are presented in front of them it really feels like a do or die situation and at times it really does seem like there’s no way out. Romances between characters and deaths hit you hard as you say to yourself ” no, no this can’t be happening.” The chapters aren’t predictable, there are points where they give you hints of whats going to happen and then it hits you at the moment before it happens and it just wrecks you hard. Kamisama no Iutoori Ni has everything I like to see in a story. Overall I give the story an 8/10.

Characters
The characters in Kamisama no Iutoori are a lot more relatable, each character gets their own back story for why they are how their like in the present situation, a lot of the characters skipped school because they felt unwanted or unneeded and suffered from depression and used the situation to play into the puzzles willing to die at any moment. Its really interesting, Kyioshirou Ushimitsu is a character that at first you dislike and think he is no where near as good of a psycho character unlike Takeru Amaya from the original, that’s until you learn his back story and at that instant you attitude towards him changes and you begin to like him just as much if not more. The character designs were average yet when it comes to school students you don’t have a lot of room to work with to make them interesting. The personalities of the characters differ a lot as time progresses, you could say that a lot of the personalities are just modified variations of one personality but that’s a very bad way of looking at it, when you look at the larger picture you can see that the personalities differ quite a lot. The development of characters happens a lot as the games and puzzles go on in time, you see the characters change in attitude by either becoming more scared and paranoid or taking a role of leadership even if it means they lose their sense of self worth and original personality. With the large quantity of characters that either die or become less important as time goes on your idea of who is reliable as a team member drops as you no longer have as much contact with them while other characters become better because they do have more face time. Overall I give the characters a 7/10.

Art
Kamisama no Iutoori Ni potentially has better artwork than the original, I phrase it this way as the backgrounds don’t really go up in standard yet its the emotions, the expressions and the actions that get better. There are panels where you are just awing at them as the characters expression is just so beautiful and brilliant to look at. Once again this is the strongest point of the art. The emotions are no different, the art really displays a sense of peril or fear in the faces of the characters when they find themselves in unfavorable situations, when you see important characters die to see the expression before their death and the ones who mourn for them it just makes you stop and take a real good look before you go to the next page. Motion is captured really well and you truly have a sense of motion, whether everything is going fast or time is going slow. Overall I give the art an 8/10.

Final Thoughts
Normally with sequels reading the original is a mandatory thing that has to be done in order to understand the story yet Kamisama no Iutoori Ni is different in that sense. Since the story starts in the same time period as the original it’s not like you are really missing on a lot yet I still recommend that you read the original so then you have an understanding of what is really at stake in the early games. Overall I give Kamisama no Iutoori Ni a 7.6/10 and I recommend you read it if you enjoy the slaughter of a lot of characters, smart strategies and planning and a psychological aspect thrown in.

Synopsis
Bored of his average everyday life with no change in it Takahata Shun’s whole world is flipped when his teacher’s head suddenly explodes. He and his classmates now find themselves playing a game of Daruma ga Koronda with deadly consequences.

Story
Kamisama no Iutoori is by no means a very original idea for a story, it seems like the writer Kanshiro Muneyuki just watched the movie Cube which had been released in 1997 depicting several people who find themselves stuck in a cube where most rooms are traps and very few are safe. Their goal was to escape the cube, in regards to that Kamisama no Iutoori is more entertaining to read as it is not as predictable and is overall better written then what Cube was. The puzzles where clever yet after the first two it seems that Shun survived only through pure luck by either being selected last so he had more Intel on the game or he stumbled across people failing at their puzzles. When things just happen because coincidence it makes for a less appealing story, when going into Kamisama no Iutoori I was hoping for more psychological aspects to be explored and even though it had been dabbled in it still really wasn’t enough to suffice for all 21 chapters. This manga also happens to be a slaughter fest as they will kill off as many people as they like just to cause a reaction, to be honest this wasn’t a bad trait as gore and slaughter was the main aspect to this story. It surprised me when in the first chapter you witness 20+ people get their heads blown off and it sets the tone for the rest of the manga very well. A disappointing aspect of the story is the idea that Shun has the same scent as Amaya Takeru who happens to be a high school student who enjoys to kill people and use them as bait to pass any puzzle that faces him. He states that Shun has a similar scent as him and that idea doesn’t get explored until the very end of the manga. The ending was very anti-climatic as you can compare it to a little kid getting shot by a toy gun and then saying that he has a shield because of magic. Overall I give the Story a 6/10

Characters
The characters is kamisama no Iutoori have average designs to the characters but considering that the characters are “regular” school students it’s some what appropriate for the designs to be average. On the other hand the personalities are something different, depending on the characters. Takahata Shun who is the protagonist of the story has a personality focused around protecting his friends, through out the manga we see him develop as friends are killed in front of his eyes. Being a good analyzer¬†allows him to play an important role to help develop strategies that can help him and his friends survive the puzzles. Ichika Akimoto is friends with Shun, as the puzzles go on she ends up learning that she is a “mega hentai” someone who gets aroused by the thrill of having their life on the line without a sure way to get out of danger. She tends to help try and get through the puzzles and expresses a love interest for Shun. Christopher Kento Akimoto is an unusual character as he really doesn’t contribute anything to the team, he is later shown as a self obsessed character who realizes that when his life is in danger he has to fight for himself to survive. Takeru Amaya is the bloodthirsty member of the team who gets sexually aroused about the concept of dying, this is similar to Ichika Akimoto. Yukio Sanada is the athlete of the team being fast and strong, being able to pull his weight on the team. The characters develop very little through out the manga but have a strong bond with each other as they have been through the puzzles and survived together which makes it even more dramatic when someone dies. Overall I give the characters a 6/10

Art
The art in Kamisama no Iutoori focused a lot on the slaughter of the characters or players if you will. There’s a lot of detail being focused on the dismembered limbs and wounds that characters have and its really satisfying when you look at it. One thing that the manga does right is expressions, there’s something about manga that doesn’t really get expressed in anime as well and that’s facial expressions. Kamisama no Iutoori has some really powerful expressions that are made through out it that invoke feeling every time you see them. It isn’t just facial expressions that are great it is also the capture of emotion and how it is presented to the reader that really makes the art shine. Even though its a still form the motion feels fluid, you can tell that a character is running fast or that someone is making a desperate dive, the movements are so natural and feel great when you read it. Any fighting that went on looked good especially if it involved Amaya, other than these examples the art was average including the scenery. Overall I give the art an 8/10

Final Thoughts
If you like survival manga with a lot of brutal deaths and a psychological aspect to it than I recommend that you read Kamisama no Iutoori. It might not be the best manga but it’s enjoyable to read and is rather short only being at 21 chapters. It can be read in a day and is good to have for a rainy day where you have nothing to do. Overall I give Kamisama no Iutoori a 6.5/10.