Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume 10

Article first published as Manga Review: ‘Kamisama Kiss’ Volume 10 by Julietta Suzuki on Blogcritics.

Kamisama Kiss Volume 10 is a manga by Julietta Suzuki, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2012. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.

Kamisama Kiss Volume 10
Written by: Julietta Suzuki
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 7, 2012

The main character of Kamisama Kiss is Nanami Momozono. She’s a high school student who ends up becoming a kami at the land god’s shrine after the land god gives her a kiss on the forehead that gives her the power of a kami. Nanami has two familiars serving her: Tomoe the fox demon and a snake incarnation named Mizuki.

Volume 10 picks up exactly where Volume Nine left off, and the entirety of Volume 10 focuses on a story arc that provides backstory for Kurama, a tengu who has become a teen idol in the human world. Kurama, Nanami, and Tomoe have gone to the home of the tengu because they heard that Kurama’s father has fallen ill.

A tengu named Jiro is a major focus of this volume. He has been planning to overthrow Kurama’s father and become the leader of the tengu; however, after having a chance meeting with Nanami, he finds his resolve starting to waver a little bit. Kurama comes up with a plan to get into the training hall in order to see his father and find out what’s been going on.

When it comes to the storyline that’s taking place in the home of the tengu has a couple of unexpected twists, which I thought worked rather nicely for the story being told. And since this particular storyline is resolved at the end of this volume, I can say that I was satisfied with how this arc was concluded. When I finished the volume, I realized that while the story may have been taking place in the home of the tengu, Kurama didn’t get focused on as much in this story arc as he did in Volume Nine; in fact, Nanami was the character who seemed to receive the most focus in Volume 10.

This volume also has a bit of a focus on Tomoe and his feelings toward Nanami, and I think that fans of the Tomoe and Nanami pairing will appreciate seeing this getting focused on in this volume. Nanami also acquires an admirer in the world of the tengu, who can be added to the ever growing list of admirers that Nanmi has acquired. Fortunately, it appears the tengu admirer won’t be a long-term issue for Nanami to deal with.

Volume 10 was a strong continuation of the story arc in the home of the tengu that was introduced in Volume Nine. If you’ve enjoyed Kamisama Kiss up to this point, then I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in Volume 10.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Kamisama Kiss Volume 10 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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