I loved the first few episodes of Kamichu so much that I was really excited about the manga. I was a bit apprehensive that it wouldn’t capture all the moments of the anime that made me smile, but I needn’t have worried, it’s just as delightfully adorable as the anime!
Story In Brief
Kamichu is a story about a young girl called Yurie Hitotsubashi. One day she becomes a God, but she doesn’t know what kind of God she is, what she’s supposed to do or what her powers are! It’s up to her friends to support her as we go on a journey with Yurie as she discovers her powers, tries to make a guy at school notice her, make difficult decisions as a God and help lots of people on the way.
This works so well for me because Yurie is so utterly selfless and charming you just know that even if she makes a few mistakes, or the odd bad decision, everything will turn out ok, because she has the best intentions. There’s a wonderful dynamic between her two friends, the greedy Matsuri who sees Yurie as a way to get money and attention to the failing Shinto shrine, and Mitsue who is more level headed and concerned about Yurie. The moment I knew the story was special was when (spoilers beyond this point) her powers bring a storm that whips Ninomiya Ken up into the sky and she has to save him. The long hair when she’s a God is such a lovely touch, because she does seem to transform into this stronger character for a few moments, but her power is wild and out of control like her hair.
This does have the same charm of other anime such as Totoro and Spirited Away, plus I find it is more believable because the Gods are everywhere, and everyone could see them if they wear the charm that Yurie draws. I love the Gods which are everyday objects like LD discs and toys!
The main reason the manga fell down for me, was that I loved the shark creature in the anime which seems to be a more squidy thing in the manga. Also the Akita God was more amusing in the anime. It doesn’t have quite the same warm goosebumps feeling as the anime, but then, I’ve only seen 2/3 episodes so I can’t make too strong a comparison. In the anime in particular I preferred the detail of the Land Of The Gods.
It did however, recreate key moments that made me laugh or smile such as: Tama being chased around by Matsuri! That little racoon creature in the boat that takes Yurie through the gateway to the Land of the Gods is sooooo cute. Also, I’m sure lots of girls can remember being younger and having a crush on some guy who didn’t really noticed they existed, and this is portrayed in such a cute way in the manga!
I feel so sad everytime he doesn’t remember her name. :'(
It’s such a magical moment when she travels to the Land of the Gods.
It’s so funny whenever Matsuri and Mitsue squabble.
Yurie’s feelings for Ken are so sweet.
Yurie can make people so happy, she can grant their wishes. :)
The three girls go shopping together, poor Yurie!
Clearly, being a God is going to take some getting used to!
Overall, I would say this is a must for anyone who loves the Kamichu anime or Spirited Away. The characters are just as loveable, and it might just leave you with the same warm, fuzzy, magical feeling. :)