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Kannazuki No Miko: Destiny of Shrine Maiden: Volume 1 Paperback – 13 May 2008


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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (13 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427809550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427809551
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rei Pardieu on 5 Jun 2008
Kannazuki no Miko is the dramatic love story of two girls pulled together by fate. One is the beautiful and extremely talented Chikane Himemiya(the blue-haired girl on the front) and the other is the adorable and clumsy Himeko Kurusugawa(the orange-haired girl), who are secretly best friends in their school. But it is obviously deeper than that, and on their 16th birthday, everything in their lives changes.

Well...what can I say? Tokyopop have done a great job with this volume; all the colour pages are left intact, the early character designs are still there, NOTHING has been censored...even the translation has been really good. I know this because I previously purchased the manga in Japanese, and have compared the two side-by-side. I also own scanlations, which I used to compare the dialogue and then checked up differing translations by looking at the kanji. Tokyopop's translation was superior in some ways.

There were a few minor things that managed to annoy me somewhat, like the way names have been romanjised. Oogami is now Ogami and Otoha is now Otowa, but this doesn't really change much in the way the story works. They have also changed the cover. The front picture has been edited so that Chikane's hair is blue, when the first volume in Japanese, it was green and Himeko's hair colour has also been dimmed from bright orange to pale. On the back of the cover, they have cropped out a lot of the actual picture, including Souma and the mechas in the background. Not that this is bad, but that they're changes.

But enough about the adaptation into English. This manga was written by the mangaka of the 11 volume series Steel Angel Kurumi, and their artwork has improved since.
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By Flix on 22 Dec 2010
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This is a beautifully drawn manga with a strong story and likable characters.It is yuri but don't be expecting them to be walking around in the buff all the time.It is rated as an 18 and does contain some nudity,fanservice and a little erotic content at the end.
The story is sweet and centers around the friendship (or more) of two girls who turn out to be the solar and lunar priestess's.It contains some mecha and develops into a love triangle later in the story.
The cover art is fantastic and although black and white the illustrations are exceedingly well drawn.If you are new to manga it might be a little full on but I think it is a bit of a hidden gem.can't wait to get vol 2.
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This was the first yuri I ever came across and I swear it turned me! It is a beautiful love story with a tragic twist of an ending, definitely a good buy for all you yuri-loving fans out there or even just those looking for a good love story with a bit of a twist to it =D
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Cute girls...but too many random mechas 11 May 2010
By Shee Mam - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this interesting manga at Barnes&Noble after finding out it was "yuri" and this said series was being mentioned a lot.
I was a bit excited after finding out this was done by the person who made "Steel Angel Kurumi".
That made me check it out...

However...

Robots. Robots, robots, robots! (Mechas, if you wish to call them that)
They are everywhere, even taking an entire page for themselves.

These things which really were not needed in the plot were just added for mecha fans.

To tell you the truth, this story could've been more understandable if there weren't mechas in the story that no one even cared for.

As mentioned earlier, this is YURI, so, if you do not know what it means...research it. And if it doesn't seem like your cup of tea, do NOT buy it.

Story:
The plot for this is a bit...off at times, but you'll understand it later on.

Design:
Wow, I can't help it. The designs for the girls are extremely adorable, which makes the manga better. The guys, well, they're plain.

Other things:
...no more robots. Please, no more. We could've done without, thank you.

All in all, this is an okay manga. But be careful, because this book bears a MATURE CONTENT banner.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
what a mess... 30 Sep 2008
By J. Giermann - Published on Amazon.com
You can see the story's description complementarily listed by Amazon... I honestly don't feel like bothering with it...

By the way, this review is from someone who has never seen the anime.

I was rather reserved on picking this series up as I've always found the mecha element corny & clunky. & indeed, I ended up returning this manga back to the store: an utter first for this comic-fanatic.
A deep & pure bond between 2 young & confused women embracing a science-fiction aura they could never possibly grasp... I was hoping that this was what the series promised, that this could overcome my distaste for mecha.
Turns out, mecha or no, Kannazuki No Miko is just bad manga, plain & simple.

Where should I begin? First of all, this is not a science-fiction as the product claims itself to be, but instead an incoherent fantasy, a very-very incoherent fantasy. The plot is a mess, making only tiny slivers of sense and carries absolutely no organic rhythm. Threads weave in & out of each other on a whim, & the effect is a poorly written script & a cheeseball plot.
The one & only highlight of this entire volume is the very last 4 pages, which while mildly erotic can't compensate for the mundane remainder.
This is the stereotype manga: big-eyed chicks making-out & giant robots & nuttin' else!

Another problem is the terribly weak & crippling characterizations. It's quite obvious that the authors winged the motivations & personalities for their characters, as if already bored of their creation. There is a male character--who I honestly don't care to remember the name of--who is infatuated with Himeko because they were acquaintances as children. We are told this... but we do not see this. Is there a reason that the authors couldn't donate a page to a flashback? How am I supposed to have any investment in this character or genuinely buy his lust? It's a hollow & flavorless characterization.
& the two main characters, Himeko & Chikane, outside of me remembering their names aren't much better.
The villains... who cares? I sure don't. Their bizzare happy-go-lucky nature sure did obliterate what tiny sense of tension existed though...
& then there is the classic scene of the timid girl tripping & being caught by her love interest. Haven't we all seen that a thousand times...

Lastly is the fatally flawed art.
The paneling of this manga is helplessly atrocious. As I already mentioned, Male Character X isn't even granted a single panel of flashback. & the over-long dialog invades every crevasse. It seems that for every panel there are at least 3 dialog bubbles, & it's highly distracting & far too busy. The manga tells, but never shows. It felt like such empty emotion, why did it even bother having pictures?
Perhaps the story would make sense... perhaps the characters could define themselves... if only the pacing were just a pinch better.
The character designs are also sub-par, so clichéd I rolled my eyes.

Everything about this series is below mundane. Even the hardcore yuri fans should avoid this mediocre mess... unless you want to pay 11 bucks for 4 pages...
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Hmm... 6 Nov 2008
By Alicia Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
Certainly not an easy manga for one new to the manga/anime world. It is rather messily put together. There's not much backstory, and a bit too many giant robot fight scenes XP But overall, I think it takes a bit of imagination. The author gives you a sort of chart for the story, the rest is filled in in your mind. I rather liked it, though it's not in my top ten. Most definitely not for the faint of heart, or for yuri-phobes. It's also a bit confusing, as the mangaka seems to dance about. But it's a cute and rather dark story that's easily enjoyable, unless you begin searching for depth.
Fascinated 12 Aug 2013
By Jazmin - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this to the seller "shawnek" and came so fast, I'm very thankful.
I'm a big fan of Kannazuki and having the manga I feel like heaven, it's a beautiful story and the books came in perfect condition, the book is taller than I thought and has a few color pages
It's really yuri 2 Sep 2014
By YuriHoney - Published on Amazon.com
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nice story, recommend to anyone who likes yuri or shoujo-ai manga
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