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Kamunabi  
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Description
A series of short stories detailing the exploits of Dr Imibe Kana, a researcher on Japanese mythology and religion, as she travels around the country becoming involved in various occurrences centred around ancient traditions and folklore.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
神南火 ~忌部神奈・女の神話シリーズ~

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Latest Release(s)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 6.8 / 10.0 (8 votes)
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Last Updated
September 26th 2016, 1:03pm PST


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Year
2001

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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #959 increased(+230)
Monthly Pos #2034 increased(+585)
3 Month Pos #4403 increased(+202)
6 Month Pos #4928 increased(+1384)

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On 29 reading lists
On 48 wish lists
On 29 completed lists
On 1 unfinished lists
On 31 custom lists

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Intelligent and informative, but...   
Rating: 6.3 / 10.0
by calstine
July 29th, 2016, 12:17am
Kamunabi is strongly reminiscent of Morohoshi Daijirou's works, in the sense that the author is very well-informed on the myths, religions and traditions that he's writing about, and is not afraid to make the reader aware of the fact... In a droning tone and long-winded detail that comes off more as a theology or sociology lecture than a piece of fiction based on real-life facts.

And therein lies the weakness of this manga: while the protagonist is one of those cool, tough women you can't help but admire, the mini-plot of each chapter is interesting, and the information presented is pleasing to someone like me who doesn't want to forget that she's reading about an entirely different culture, it's done in a clumsy, ham-handed fashion that irritated me. (And I'm a patient woman, so I can only imagine how the preachy tone will be received by other readers) If you'd like to see a manga which does it right, then you need only look to Ghost Hunt, which managed to incorporate walls of text about Japanese ghosts and demons into amusing dialogues, library trips and argument sessions.

Nonetheless, Kamunabi is still worth a read for mythology enthusiasts, people who have an interest in Japanese history, and those who'd like to see a strong, independent, intellectual heroine in action.

Note: For those wondering what this means for Munakata Kyouju Ikouroku and its prequel, which have a similar format and to which Kamunabi is a side story: thankfully, the parent series do a much better job with the exposition.

... Last updated on August 30th, 2016, 7:08pm
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