Translation: Althea Nibley & Athena Nibley
What They Say
Yato is a homeless god. He doesn’t even have a shrine, let alone any worshippers! So, to achieve his ambitious goals, he’s set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee of course). He hopes that one day he’ll be able to build the temple he feels he deserves, but for now he can’t be picky about the jobs that he chooses to accept. From finding lost kittens to overcoming school bullies, Yato is divinely intervening all over the place!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As the volume kicks off, we find ourselves in the aftermath of last volume’s events. It turns out that last time’s cliffhanger was a bit of a tease, as Yato was unable to cut ties with Hiyori after all. However, as a result of him attempting to she’s decided to shut him out, which ironically upsets him and drives him nuts. This is followed by a good bit of silliness, though it does result in a bit of resolution between Yato and Bishamonten, as well as a hilarious image of Yato in the 80s that shows up for a brief gag. And we also learn that the masks are the result of names being given to ayakashi, making for an intriguing parallel to shinki.
After a further reveal of how the world of gods works, as well as the brief introduction of the god Ebisu, we get… even more silliness. Yato takes over Hiyori’s body during her high school debut, making a strange mess of her social life. It’s all rather goofy, but fortunately for both the reader and Hiyori herself, Yato ends his stay in our heroine’s body with an act of over the top heroism. After this comes a rather filler-y chapter focused on money, though it does at least end with a nice little bit in which Hiyori gives Yato the “shrine” that he’s always dreamed of.
We then find out that Ebisu is tied up in the masks, before advancing to the one little bit of solid plot advancement in the volume. It turns out that Yato has actually continued to work with the Stray in secret on some dirtier jobs, which is how he’s been able to stick around despite his lack of fame. It’s actually a decently shocking bit that works in well with what else has been hinted at, especially earlier in the volume, making for a pretty powerful moment. Now that he has his shrine, though, Yato tries to finally cut ties, setting up the cliffhanger to end the volume.
With this volume the series decides to take a step down, opting for mostly silly short stories without too much importance. Obviously now is at least the time to do as such, right after a big arc wrapped up, but it does feel like a bit of a step down. Fortunately, though, the book is at least smart enough to keep some new plot threads popping up in the background, as well as ending on an intriguing twist. And of course there are at least a few gags that make for a solid chuckle, though it’s definitely not all A-grade material. All in all, it’s a bit of a shame to see an entry in the series so full of fluff, and it doesn’t feel like it’s playing to its strong suits, but at the very least it looks like it’ll be back to form soon enough. For now, though, we get an acceptable but none too exciting book that should at least help to tide fans over as they wait.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A-
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: October 13th, 2015