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Noragami: Stray God, Volume 15: 11/03/22

Noragami: Stray God, Volume 15

Noragami: Stray God, Volume 15 by Adachitoka (2016) is the last volume I read over the summer of 2022. Yato, now the owner of a shrine, albeit a wee one, is qualified to attend the Divine Council's meeting. He's thrilled to go even if his status as a God of Happiness is in dispute following the aftermath of the hospital attack.

After the previous heavy hitting volumes, this one is a lighter affair. There is still the lingering threat to Yato's wellbeing if his "father" is killed. And there's the on-going feeling that he should avoid Hiyori. But all of that is downplayed in this one.

Instead the focus is on the variety of deities that attend the event. There is also a banquet to give out awards for the most successful deities for the previous year. One of the awards goes to a very special former station cat.

Finally we have Stationmaster Tama. Everything that Ôkuniushi says about her is true — Tama was a cat born in 1999 and was appointed as the stationmaster of Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture in 2007. Her popularity was a great boon to the failing rail line, and she single-pawedly earned over a billion yen (about $10 million) for her local economy. Sadly she passed away in 2015, but then was enshrined as a local deity.

For now this is where I stop with reading and reviewing Noragami until I get the urge to check out a bunch more from the library. The series is on-going with volume 26 coming out in Japanese next year. Volume 25 in English translation also comes out around then.

Four stars

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