Kamiyadori (カミヤドリ?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe. It was serialised in Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace. The manga is licensed in North America by Tokyopop, in France by Kurokawa, in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini Comics, in Italy by Play Press and in Germany by Carlsen Comics.
Set in a dystopian future, the world has been ravaged by a biological disease that transforms humans into monsters called the Kamiyadori. The Right Arms is a military peacekeeping group whose members have been infected with a strain of the virus, granting them superhuman strength. To prevent the spread of the virulent disease, all the people that are infected by the disease have to be executed. When Right Arms agents, Jil and Vivi, cannot kill a young boy and his sister, hope is created in the dystopian world.
- Vivi is the protagonist of the series and is a Right Arms agent. She is gifted with the ability to mimic any movements. Because of this, she often repeats what other people say and is nicknamed "Gadget" by her colleagues. She often refuses to wear clothes. She is merciless and emotionless when it comes to killing Kamiyadoris. She possesses no common sense.
- Jillald (aka. Jil) is a Right Arms agent. He constantly tries to keep some clothes on Vivi. He refuses to use his right arm when he is killing Kamiyadori. He is nicknamed "Mad Righty" because of his ruthless killings of the Kamiyadori in the past.
- Caros is Jillalds partner whom together were of said to have killed far over sixty infected. He is nicknamed "Mad Dog" for his in discrimination towards all infected. He often quotes songs and lullabies during his killings of infected (i.e. Enter Sandman)
- Alisa is the commander of the Public Safety Headquarters.
- Rady is a public safety officer. He was forced to work with Vivi when one of their buildings were overrun with terrorists. Vivi criticises his skill by saying "disqualified". When he is infected with the virus by a Kamiyadori, Vivi kills him.
- Gato is a heavy-set Right Arms agent who hates to appear weak in front of Jillaid.
- Kismee is a Right Arm martial arts instructor. She was raised up by prostitutes. She is very talkative. She is nicknamed "Scratch" for the scar across her neck, living as it is were "just a scratch" although it reveals a dark past .
- Anita (aka. Talker) is a girl has the ability to communicate with The Searcher, who see what happens to the Right Arms agents during their missions. She uses this ability to report to Alisa about what happens to her agents.
- Redona is a ruthless Right Arms Agent.
- Clevort was a former army captain before he indiscriminately murdered 60 civilians before he fully cooperated with the public safety officers with his arrest. He was sentenced to death at his trial. The Public Safety Commission intervened and Kismee took him in as her partner.
Kamiyadori is written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe. It was serialised in Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace. Kadokawa Shoten released the 5 bound volumes of the manga between March 1, 2004 and March 25, 2006. Tokyopop released the 5 tankōbon of the manga between December 12, 2006 and March 11, 2008. The manga is licensed in North America by Tokyopop, in France by Kurokawa, in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini Comics, in Italy by Play Press and in Germany by Carlsen Comics.
As of March 2009[update], Kadokawa Shoten has released the first tankōbon volume of the manga's sequel, Kamiyadori no Nagi (神宿りのナギ?) on December 26, 2008. Kamiyadori no Nagi was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Ace Assault before being transferred to Shōnen Ace in March 2009 when the Ace Assault ended in Japan.
|Release date||ISBN||Release date||ISBN|
|1||March 1, 2004||ISBN 978-4-04-713607-6||December 12, 2006||ISBN 978-1-59-816633-0|
|2||August 1, 2004||ISBN 978-4-04-713652-6||April 10, 2007||ISBN 978-1-59-816634-7|
|3||January 26, 2005||ISBN 978-4-04-713700-4||August 7, 2007||ISBN 978-1-59-816635-4|
|4||August 26, 2005||ISBN 978-4-04-713744-8||December 11, 2007||ISBN 978-1-59-816636-1|
|5||March 25, 2006||ISBN 978-4-04-713804-9||March 11, 2008||ISBN 978-1-42-780217-0|
IGN's A.E. Sparrow criticises the artwork of the manga and "too many nude or semi-nude scenes" of the protagonist. Mania.com's Jarred Pine criticises the manga on its uses of "scantily clad women" and "bad ass men with even badder weapons". ActiveAnime's Scott Campbell commends the manga by saying, "the art is dark and grungy like the world being depicted, but can just as quickly become quirky and funny as the story offers a bit of humour here and there. Any humor supplied is tongue-in-cheek, making it all the more enjoyable for its subtlety. The buildings and structures drawn into the backgrounds are excellent and really add to the whole atmosphere of a ruined, barely holding on world that the characters are immersed in. The character details are just as good – everyone looks fairly different and it’s easy to recognize who is who due to how much actual detail has been put into each of them. It’s so great when an artist takes the time to make each of their characters identifiable – it’s so much more realistic and makes the story easier to follow and therefore enjoy". Jason Thompson's appendix to Manga: The Complete Guide compares the mangaka's earlier work Testarotho with the manga with "Sanbe focuses less on the monsters than on human-human violence and dark moral issues. (On the other hand, there’s only so many times you can do the “please shoot me before I turn into a monster” routine)". He also commends "a whole cast of shady, above-the-law characters, distinctively depicted with Sanbe’s excellent figure artwork." However, he criticises the "third-world setting" being drawn in "too much detail" as well as lack of plot movement.
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