Kami-sama no Iu Toori

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Kami-sama no Iu Toori
神さまの言うとおり
Manga
As The Gods Will (Kami-sama no Iu Toori)
Written byMuneyuki Kaneshiro
Illustrated byAkeji Fujimura
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineBessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Original run20112012
Volumes5
Manga
As The Gods Will The Second Series (Kami-sama no Iu Toori Ni)
Written byMuneyuki Kaneshiro
Illustrated byAkeji Fujimura
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run20132016
Volumes21
Live-action film
Directed byTakashi Miike
Written byHiroyuki Yatsu
ReleasedNovember 15, 2014
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As the Gods Will (神さまの言うとおり, Kami-sama no Iu Tōri) is a Japanese manga series written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Akeji Fujimura. The series is composed of two parts.

The first part was adapted into a live action film directed by Takashi Miike[1][2][3] released 15 November 2014.

Plot[edit]

As the Gods Will (Kamisama no Iutoori)[edit]

During a day at high school, Takahata Shun witnesses the explosion of his teacher's head, after which he and his classmates find themselves forced to play children's games, such as Daruma ga Koronda (a game like Red Light/Green Light), with deadly stakes. With no idea who is behind this mysterious deadly game session, and no way of knowing when it will finally end, the only thing Shun and other students can do is keep trying to win. Numerous games follow, each one with more and more casualties. Shun encounters Takeru Amaya, a muscular and disturbed young boy who takes great pleasure in the events. Despite being polar opposites, they manage to work with each other.

The final volume sees the creator of the games, Kamimaro, launching his final games with all the remaining victors. Shun and Amaya try to kill him with magical "bombs" used for one of the games, but they get wounded by their own weapons and as a result are thrown out, on the verge of death, for trying to cheat God.

As the Gods Will: The Second Series (Kamisama no Iutoori: Ni)[edit]

During the same timeline as the first part, Yasuto Akashi skipped school the day the games began, after having a fight with his best friend, Senichi Aoyama. While his classmates competed in the games at school, Akashi and other students who skipped school must compete in a separate set of games in order to survive.

After some deadly games and trials (where Aoyama dies after reconciling with Akashi), the two series join together when Ushimitsu, one of Akashi's friends, save Shun and Amaya, protagonists of the first series, from their doom after they tried to cheat the "God" of their games.

The god of the second series, Sein Kami, is killed midway through the story, impaled by giant school tools when his sister Acid Mana finds his games to be too "boring". She then takes over the games.

The god of the first series, Kaminokouji Kamimaro, is revealed to be a human fed up with life who was given God powers by Mana, he created the games out of boredom, to find another god and be erased in the new world. He dies together with Shun in Judgment Old Maid, the penultime game, happy to have finally found a "friend" (Shun).

In the end, Acid Mana is revealed to be a "human" living in the "outside world" and she has created the world where the events of the story take place. Her goal was to find the new god of this world, throughout the games.

The last remaining survivors (Ushimitsu, Akashi and Amaya) become "Gods" but realize they can't bring back all the people who died during the games (only their memories of them, or empty shells/puppets).

The final game between the 3 "Gods" is a dice game where each number gives a number of hits, each hit destroy a memory. Amaya standing as "the god of destruction" (living for himself) loses against Akashi "the god of hope" (living for the others) who dies shortly after, having lost every memories, even of himself.

Ushimitsu, truly loving Akashi, decides to rewind the events at the beginning of the games with him as the "God", waiting for Akashi to confront and release him of his loneliness.

As the Gods Will Zero[edit]

Mana is in fact Anam, an Earthling from the future, after the Earth has been swallowed up by the Sun. She, along with 99 others, won a lottery that let them board a spaceship to be the only people to escape the death of the Earth.

Acid Mana is over 400 million years old, and is the creator of the Earth that the main story takes place in. She created it, along with many other versions of Earth, so that her friend Mamoru could return to his family and so that she could ease her boredom.

She, along with Sein Kami, who she also created, enters the version of the Earth in the "most boring era" and grant Kamimaro his Tomfoolery, thus starting the entire story.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

As the Gods Will started as a manga series, written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Akeji Fujimura. The series completed with 21 Chapters under 5 Volumes. It began serialization in the 28th issue of Bessatsu Shounen Magazine, released on February 9, 2011, published by Kōdansha, with the concluding chapter released in 2012's 38ths issue, released on October 9, 2012.

On January 16, 2013, an ongoing parallel sequel manga titled As the Gods Will: The Second Series written and illustrated by the same authors as the first part began its serialization in the 635th issue of Weekly Shounen Magazine, still published by Kōdansha, moving from Bessatsu Sounen Magazine. The series starts at the same time as the original but follows the survival story of new characters, particularly the ones who didn't go to school at the first day, who face different challenges than those in the first series. Kamisama no Iutoori Ni was simulpubbed in English as As the Gods Will: The Second Series by Crunchyroll from October 30, 2013 to January 6, 2017. Kodansha USA has been releasing e-books of the series since November 3, 2015.

Live-action film[edit]

A live-action film based on the first arc of the manga, Kamisama no Iutoori, was announced in 2013 with Takashi Miike (director of the films Aku no Kyōten, Mogura no Uta and Ace Attorney) set to direct the film. The cast includes Sota Fukushi as Takahata Shun, Hirona Yamazaki as Akimoto Ichika and Ryunosuke Kamiki as Amaya Takeru.[4] In 2014's 32nd issue of Weekly Shounen Magazine, the release date for the film was revealed to be November 15 of the same year. In the same issue, Mio Yuki was confirmed as joining the cast as Takase Shouko, an original movie character counterpart of the original story's character Hirai Shouko.[5]

Characters[edit]

As The Gods Will (Kami-sama no Iutoori)[edit]

  • Shun Takahata (actor - Sota Fukushi)
  • Ichika Akimoto (actress - Hirona Yamazaki)
  • Takeru Amaya (actor - Ryunosuke Kamiki)
  • Shouko Hirai
  • Yukio Sanada
  • Takumi Enokida
  • Tadakatsu Okuhira
  • Kamimaro Kaminokouji
  • Satake (actor - Shota Sometani)
  • Aya
  • Haruhiko Kikkawa
  • Morikawa
  • Matsuwa
  • Hanaoka
  • Yuu Shirosaki
  • Mikami
  • Kobayashi
  • Daigorou
  • Yuuta
  • Mako
  • Takamatsu
  • Kotarou Maeda
  • Eiji Oku
  • Hamauchi
  • Masakun
  • Junko Bandou
  • Mudou Imura
  • Genki Yamada
  • Heita Tadano
  • Maki Ootsuka
  • Kouhei Shida
  • Takuto Tokuta
  • Takahiro Kaburagi
  • Masashi Ookuma
  • Shouta Kageura
  • Michio Hirano
  • Kyouko Hirai
  • Atomu Katsumata
  • Ryou Sera
  • Musashi Mizuhara
  • Ippei Shirato
  • Naitou
  • Ashiddo Mana

As The Gods Will The Second Series (Kami-sama no Iu Toori Ni)[edit]

  • Senichi Aoyama
  • Yasuto Akashi
  • Sein Kami
  • Takahashi
  • Rui Mochida
  • Kiyoshirou Ushimitsu
  • Mei Hoshikawa
  • Kai Hara
  • Masami Tsuge
  • Megu Natsukawa
  • Akira Toroi
  • Kagemaru Shimura
  • Yae Hourai
  • Tasuku Higashihama
  • Yuu Tenma
  • Najib

Reception[edit]

The manga sold 1.5 million copies.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kami-sama no Iu Toori Horror Survival Manga Gets Film". Anime News Network. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  2. ^ "Takeshi Miike Directs Sōta Fukushi in Live-Action Kami-sama no Iu Toori Film". Anime News Network. 2013-11-23. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  3. ^ 三池崇史×福士蒼汰で漫画「神さまの言うとおり」を映画化!. cinematoday.jp (in Japanese). 22 November 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Takashi Miike Directs Sōta Fukushi in Live-Action Kami-sama no Iu Toori Film". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  5. ^ "Live-Action Kami-sama no Iu Toori Film Slated for November 15". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  6. ^ Kevin Ma (2013-12-03). "Miike Takashi to adapt psycho-thriller manga". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2013-12-05.

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