->''"I want... to be free!"''
-->'''--Mashiro Kamitsuka'''

''Kamikami Kaeshi'' is a manga series by Creator/EmaToyama.

There is a religious ceremony called "kamigami kaeshi," where gods rest in a person's hair until their strength and power are rejuvenated. For the past thirteen years, [[TheWoobie Mashiro Kamitsuka]] has been living in a small room ever since she was three years old when she interuppted the ceremony by accident, and the gods chose to rest in her hair, as Mashiro is from the branch family. Until Mashiro returns all of the gods from her hair, she cannot see her mother.

The only contact Mashiro has with the outside world is what she can see through her window, the books she reads, and [[TheStoic Hayate Kokumiya]]--her old friend and her hair-brusher. When Uno and Seno, two creatures Mashiro discovers, escape her room, Mashiro chases after them and overhears that her aunt, who's despised Mashiro for being in the branch family, has been instructing Hayate to seal the gods in Mashiro's hair the entire time, so that the gods can never return.

When Hayate attempts to get Mashiro back into her room, Mashiro rejects this, wanting to be free and no longer desiring to be confined in her room. Her wish is answered, and from her hair returns the [[PlayingWithFire god of fire]]--[[HotBlooded Hinokagu]], who proclaims that he'll protect Mashiro.

Can Mashiro's wish come true?

!This series provides examples of:

* BettyAndVeronica: Hayate and Hinokagu for Mashiro.
* TheCaretaker: Hayate towards Mashiro.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Hayate and Hinokagu.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Akane and her son Midori.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: [[spoiler: Iwanagahime vs Konohanasakuya and Aoi vs Akane. Neither Iwanagahime and Akane takes their loss well. And both of them still haven't got over it.]]
* {{Hikikomori}}: Mashiro is techically one, but being confined in her room wasn't voluntary.
* HumansAreBastards: Hayate tries to convince Mashiro that the outside world has "dirty air, disagreeable people, and scary things" and that the room Mashiro stays is the best place for her to be.
* IJustWantToBeFree
* {{Jerkass}}: Mashiro's aunt Akane, saying how troublesome Mashiro is and how much easier it would be if they ''killed'' her.
* JerkassFacade: Hayate acted like one, but he was really Mashiro's ally the entire time.
* KickTheDog: Hayate kicking Uno and Seno.
* KnifeNut: Mashiro's aunt, who hides a knife in her fan and threatens to cut Mashiro's throat in Chapter 2.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Kamikami Kaeshi" translates to "The Gods Return from Hair." By reading the kanji differently, there are several puns in as well, such as the VisualPun that the gods ''do'' live in people's hair, and that "kami" in different kanji can mean "god" and "hair" (as well as "paper").
** Mashiro comes from the Japanese term "Masshiro," meaning "pure white."
** Hinokagu is a pun of "God of Fire."
* MysticalWhiteHair: Mashiro's white hair is also where the gods had chosen to reside.
* ParentsInDistress: Mashiro's mother is taken as hostage by her aunt. As it turns out, her mother isn't in danger, but Mashiro isn't permitted to see her.
* PersonalityPowers: Hinokagu, who controls fire, is HotBlooded.
* PlayingWithFire: Hinokagu, the god of fire.
* [[spoiler: PolarOppositeTwins: Aoi and Akane. Aoi was the ChosenOne, but she is carefree and her goal was to free the gods from Kamitsuka family and to live by her own, not by the gods' support. When Akane is serious and strict, and is the UnchosenOne, and feels rather inferior because of it.]]
* RapunzelHair: Mashiro isn't allowed to cut her hair because gods are resting inside them. Her hair flows down to her feet. The previous mikos also did the same. [[spoiler: including her mother Aoi.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: [[HotBlooded Hinokagu]] and [[TheStoic Hayate]].
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Uno and Seno, the "sheep" Mashiro finds in her room.
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler: Why Aoi was banished, for saying this was her goal despite her being the miko.]]
* TheRival: Hinokagu for Hayate.
* {{Shojo}}
* TheStoic: Hayate.
* WishFulfillment
* WomanInWhite: Mashiro has white hair and has mostly white clothes. This signifies her role as the gods' resting place.