Kamisama no Goyounin
Kamisama no Goyounin (神様の御用人)
Publisher: Media Works Bunko/ASCII Media Works
Novel: 8+ ongoing since November 2018
Manga: 4+ ongoing
I found the following synopsis from someone on a NU forum who translated it.
A "steward" is a human who asks after the needs of the gods. One day, after some strange geezer entrusts him with a book, chronic part-timer Yoshihiko Hagiwara finds himself calling on various of the countless deities and listening to their needs, accompanied by the fox god Kogane. Thus, he ends up at the beck and call of the gods of tale and legend, who seem more human than humans themselves.
What can a mere human lacking any special powers or marvelous gadgets even do for them? And is he their assistant or just their errand boy? But there’s no denying the warm bond between the gods’ heartfelt wishes and humankind.
Why I Think It Should Be Licensed:
I think Kamisama no Goyounin would be a perfect fit for JNC. It has the combination tranquility, warmth, fluffiness, and feels to make anyone fall in love with the series.
Similar to Natsume's Book of Friends and Mushishi, it is a slice of life story that's mostly heartwarming, sometimes melancholic with a touch of supernatural where the MC travels across Japan to grant Gods' wishes, solve their problems, or perhaps just give them a sympathetic ear.
It has an adult main character for those tired of teenage main characters, and it has cute things such as Golden, the fox God sidekick (and look at that adorable cover of Volume 8 below).
The series placed #5 in the the light novel category of the Sugoi Japan Awards in 2017. According to ANN, the awards are for "promoting pop cultural works that fans feel are most deserving of foreign attention...the awards promote the works that have the "universality," "originality" and "potential" to be big international hits."
Lastly, the series has gorgeous covers. Check out the LNDB. Here are a couple:
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It's on my "Media Works Bunko" list of titles to suggest, but I think you did better job presenting it than I would have lol
Looks great, I would buy the living hell out of this if it were licensed.