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Noragami: Stray God Volume 05: 04/12/18

Noragami: Stray God Volume 05

Noragami: Stray God Volume 05 by Adachitoka continues the Bishamon plot with more being revealed with how she is being manipulated by her most trusted advisor. Meanwhile, Yukine's new friend is missing and he makes a startling discovery about his disappearance.

More broadly, this volume is about kith and kin, and life and death. As I mentioned in my post about volume 4, Yato and Bishamon have opposing ideas on how to approach the fragility of human life. Both agree that life is precious but how they go about celebrating and protecting it is very different.

A panel from the manga

Bishamon can't save everyone hurting and feels guilty for every life lost. She tries to make amends by taking on those lost souls as her regalia, thus creating for herself a large and complex family. Yato, meanwhile, does his best to help people help themselves. He wants them fight back against the depression, the bullying, etc., and live.

Although I am still reading through the manga, this is the last volume I'm going to review individually. I might do a summary review once I've finished a major arc or the entire series.

Four stars

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