Kannazuki no Miko (神無月の巫女, lit. Priestesses of the Godless Month) is a yuri manga series created by Kaishaku. The series, centering on the relationship between main characters Himeko and Chikane, also has elements of mecha themes in its plot. The 14-chapter series was serialized by Kadokawa Shoten in the monthly Shōnen Acemagazine from 2004 to 2005.
Himeko Kurusugawa and Chikane Himemiya are two high-school girls at the prestigious Ototachibana Academy in the fictional Japanese town of Mahoroba. They are also the reincarnations of the solar and lunar mikos. When their ancient enemy the Orochi (the eight-headed Yamata no Orochi of Japanese folklore) rises once more the girls' long-sealed personas awaken to defend the world. The Orochi awakens on the first day of October (Kannazuki, "the godless month," in the traditional Japanese lunar calendar), Himeko and Chikane's shared birthday. The first Orochi who tries to kill one of the mikos is Sōma Ōgami, Himeko's childhood friend (who is in love with her). However, after a blinding flash of light brings him to his senses, he rejects his fate and vows to defend Himeko against the other Orochi. The mikos must awaken Ame no Murakumo to combat the threat, while Sōma repels the Orochi's efforts to kill them.
The miko are The Solar Miko and The Lunar Miko, Ame no Murakumo's allies in his fight with Orochi. They have the duty to revive Ame no Murakumo. It it revealed near the end of the series that, in order to save to world, one of the miko should be killed by the other miko, as a sacrifice. After this, the miko reincarnates with their feelings intact but with all the memories from their past lost.
Ame no Murakumo is the god of swords. When Orochi rises, it is prophesied that only the god of swords will stand against it and be able to undo the damage that Orochi causes. Ame no Murakumo, who shares the name of the legendary sword Kusanagi, rests inside its shrine on the moon until it is brought forth by the Miko of Sun and Moon. Ame no Murakumo takes the shape of either a giant sword or a humanoid mecha, which can be piloted like the Orochi mecha. None of the legends warn those who summon Ame no Murakumo of the terrible price that the god of swords demands to restore the world. Also, the god of swords does not appear to be the subject of unambiguous appreciation; when Ame no Murakumo lay dormant after its previous battle against Orochi, its shrine on Earth was placed under a seal of six swords. Unless Ame no Murakumo and its priests set this arrangement up themselves to test the powers and determination of the future Miko of Sun and Moon, this means someone felt Ame no Murakumo was best kept locked away unless it was absolutely needed. During their most recent battle, Orochi displayed a great hatred for Ame no Murakumo. The god of swords itself did not address its enemy however; the only times it possibly spoke was when it was addressing one or both of the Miko of Sun and Moon in a feminine voice.
In the anime series are revealed only two miko, who are also the heroines of the series.
The great villain of the series is Yamata no Orochi (邪神八岐大蛇, Jashin Yamata no Orochi), an evil god who wishes to destroy the world of humanity and create its own realm, a place of darkness and nihilism. Like its counterpart from Japanese mythology, the Orochi of Kannazuki no Miko has eight 'necks', its eight worshipers and followers, who are also called Orochi ( snake ) by association. Each of them possesses a mecha, which is both an 'other self' for the Orochi members and an embodiment of a lesser god (which rise time and again from the ashes of destruction), which forms part of the evil deity Orochi's body. Each individual follower has exaggerated personal characteristics; there is some indication that the evil deity granted its followers great physical strength and endurance, a limited capacity for teleportation and levitation, as well as a unique power or weapon to suit their individual character. A follower who has the willpower to repress the wellspring of rage that rises in their minds when Orochi claims them can use the powers they have gained against Orochi. The evil deity, unfortunately, administers a dire punishment to those who resist it. Orochi chooses its followers from those who have experienced great pain in their lives and have given in to despair. Each of the seven Orochi fit easily into archetypes, consisting of a sociopathic criminal, an unintelligent brute, a former Japanese idol, an anti-social manga artist, a catgirl, a seemingly betrayed friend, and a disillusioned nun. They are extremely discordant with each other and do not coordinate attacks on the miko until the middle of the series.
- Tsubasa - Take no Yasukunazuchi (嶽鑓御太刀神)
- Sister Miyako - Yatsu no Onokoshizuchi (八雄炬御鎚神)
- Girochi - Hi no Ashinazuchi (飛埜御脚神)
- Corona - Ooube no Senazuchi (大宇邊御蟲神)
- Reiko Ōta - Ho no Shuraizuchi (火殊羅御雹神)
- Nekoko - Izuhara no Tamazuchi (鋳都祓御霊神)
- Sōma Ōgami - Take no Yamikazuchi (武夜御鳴神)
- Chikane Himemiya - Yokusemi no Mizuchi (翼脊深御観神)
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