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Nanami used to live in a ramshackle apartment with her father - a man who spent half his time gambling and the other half hiding from debt collectors - until one day the scoundrel ran away, leaving his daughter hungry and homeless. That is, until she meets a mysterious stranger in the park who deems her the new goddess of a local shrine! Unfortunately, Nanami’s new home is occupied by Tomoe, a fox familiar who objects to the presence of a mere mortal and immediately begins to bicker with the girl. If she can manage to form a contract with the troublesome man, he’ll be obligated to accept and help her perform her duties. But there’s a catch: Nanami has to kiss him first, and who’d want to lock lips with that awful guy?!
On a day like any other, average middle-school-student Yurie Hitotsubashi got the surprise of a lifetime – she became a goddess! Unfortunately, even with her newfound powers, Yurie still can’t manage to find the courage to confess to Kenji, her crush. With Yurie’s fame comes others’ fortune; Matsuri, caretaker of the local shrine, names Yurie the shrine’s new goddess and becomes her manager – for yen and glory! Along with Yurie’s faithful best friend Mitsue, the trio set forth on an adventure to find out what it really means to become a goddess.
Both stories start off basically the same.
The main girls (Nanami in Kamisama Hajimemashita and Yume in Momo) are also quite similar. They are both kindhearted girls who got abandoned by their irresponsible fathers but who don’t give up their hope and try to somehow get alone with their situation. They meet someone who changes their lives (Nanami meets Mikage and Yume meets Momo) and turns them from an ordinary girl into something extraordinary (Nanami into a land god and Yume into the earth’s representative). At the beginning they’re both a bit gullible about their new role and have to prove themselves to others who think that they’re not suited for the job or don’t fit the image. Through their new role they also meet some possible love interests.
In the end, I enjoyed both mangas and I had the same feeling while reading them even through there’re also many differences.
While Kamisama Hajimemashita has a lot of Japanese folklore in it, Momo has its very own version of devils which have little to do with the devils from the myths. But all in all I think that if you liked one, you should at least check out the other.
Both series are about a girl who becomes closely entwined with a shrine, and the otherworldly being who are tied to it. The heroine in each case does not merely clean up the shrine, but she takes an active role in fulfilling the wishes & prayers of those who visit.
Sachie Wakamura's mother has just passed away, making her an orphan. Suddenly, a man claiming to be her grandfather appears asking Sachie to live with him. Things aren't as simple as they seem to be when she realizes her grandfather is the boss of a yakuza gang and she is to live with him and the rest of his men. To make matters worse she is assigned a bodyguard named Rakuto, who is the handsome, popular student council president at her new school. Sachie must now try to fit in with her new family and deal with her developing feelings for Rakuto, who appears to only see her as the granddaughter of his boss. Are Sachie and Rakuto destined to continue in this master-servant relationship forever or will her feelings finally be reciprocated?
What they have in common:
- The stories both revolve around the couple and their developing relationship.
- Both girls in each story have the male as the protecting figure, and they're both ninja-esque.
- Both couples have complications arising from a difference in "status."
- Both stories have wonderful art, coming from someone who's very picky, and the bishies are lovely.
- While they both have humor elements, Shinobi (in comparison) is a bit darker than Arakure.