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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?!
Both Kamisama Kiss and Shinobi Life showcase the developing relationship between a "protector"-like figure and a girl who is unfamiliar to his lifestyle. Simiarly, both manga deal with the concerns of the lead heroine, and the past lover of the main character.Both manga have fairly established OTPs, though Kamisama Kiss has more humor and supernatural elements than Shinobi Life (which is fairly realistic apart from the central 'timetravel' aspect).
First off, I'll state that these two manga (Shinobi Life and Kamisama Hajimemashita) are in my top ten of all time... thus I may be biased. =) But, if you feel the same, read on: 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. In the case of Shinobi it's obviously a ninja, and in the case of Kamisama a fox demon.
- Both girls in each story have trouble adapting to the lifestyle of their male counterpart.
- Both stories have wonderful art, coming from someone who's very picky, and the bishies are lovely.
- Both stories deal with the past of the male counterpart. I won't spoil it for you. =)
- Both can get a little difficult to follow if you skip through or, in my case, have one too many cocktails during your reading session.
- Kamisama has more humor and is more lighthearted.
- Kamisama is a little bit more "episodic" than Shinobi, but still neatly carries the plot.
- Shinobi has many more historical elements, which gives it a more realistic air (aside from the time traveling of course).
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?
Kagome was just a normal girl, until one day she fell into a well that brought her to feudal-era Japan. After encountering hordes of demons and discovering that she's the reincarnation of a priestess, Kagome must now journey to protect a sacred jewel from evil with the help of a half-demon named Inuyasha. Along the way they make many enemies and friends, and travel between the modern and feudal eras.
Both manga are similar in that the lead heroine feels conflicted about the feelings of the lead hero. She wonders if his love for her stems from his love for an ancestor that looks like her.Also, both manga deal with the love between a school girl with power and her protector. They also have elements of time travel, and having the "outsider" adjust to the new time period are somewhat central to the story.
The elite and beautiful Ririchiyo Shirakiin has a bad habit—she can’t help but lash out at people with her vicious tongue, all while hiding behind a mask of haughty cool. This attitude has a lot to do with people minding her business because of the Shirakiin family name, but it troubles Ririchiyo to no end. In search of independence and solitude, she moves to the Maison de Ayakashi, an apartment building full of wealthy tenants and with its own Secret Service. Ririchiyo is eager to be alone, but upon her arrival, she is greeted by Soushi, an SS agent arranged for her by her parents. Ririchiyo tries to turn Soushi away, but Soushi’s dogged devotion to his new mistress will not be deterred. The threat against the residents of the Maison de Ayakashi are not to be taken lightly, after all. And despite his puppy-like demeanor, Soushi is not to be trifled with either…
The power to cross over dimensions is one that is deeply coveted -- a lesson that childhood friends Sakura and Syaoran learn the hard way when an unknown enemy attacks an archaeological dig in their country. As a result, Sakura's memories are scattered to different dimensions, causing her to fall into a deep sleep. In order to save Sakura's life, she and Syaoran must journey to various worlds in search of her memories, with the help of fellow travelers, Fai and Kurogane. But finding Sakura's memories won't be easy, and the price for traveling through time and space is high...
Syaoran of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles and Kagetorra of Shinobi Life have similar personalities. They are both capable of martial arts and are devoted to their princess. Fai from Tsubasa and Renkaku from Shinobi Life are similar. In both series, there is a lookalike of one of the main characters.
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles deals with dimension travelling while Shinobi Life's plot delves into time travelling. Ancient Japan is one of the main settings of Shinobi Life and is one of the worlds visited in Tsubasa.
The characters in these series have tragic pasts. *SPOILER* Kurogane in Tsubasa has a similar backstory revealed in volume 13 as Hitaki from Shinobi Life. They are both antisocial, gruff ninjas who have sworn to become stronger after their parents were brutally killed. *END SPOILER*
The plot progression is similar in that the first half is simpler and lighter compared to the very convoluted plot in the second half. *SPOILER* Tsubasa's plot gets very complicated with clones and alternate worlds while Shinobi Life gets complicated with villains and parents being from different timelines. The identities of the parents of the protagonists from both series are shocking twists. *END SPOILER*