Article first published as Manga Review: ‘Kamisama Kiss’ Volume 11 by Julietta Suzuki on Blogcritics.
Kamisama Kiss Volume 11 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 11
Written by: Julietta Suzuki
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Nanami Momozono is the main character of Kamisama Kiss. 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 11 focuses on Nanami and the others preparing for the New Year. The beginning of the volume sees Nanami, Tomoe, and Mizuki going to see the Toshigami in order to receive new ofuda. When they go to see the Toshigami, they have to travel through different torii.
While Tomoe and Mizuki pass through very quickly, Nanami takes much longer. Tomoe and Mizuki decide to pass back through Nanami’s tori, even though going through someone else’s torii is prohibited.
When they enter, they see Nanami as a little girl. Oh my gosh, little Nanami looks so adorable! This section was, by far, my favorite part of Volume 11. Not only does the reader get to see Nanami as an adorable little girl, the reader is also rewarded with the backstory of what happened to Nanami’s mother. We also learn an interesting fact about the women in Nanami’s family that can be traced back to Nanami’s great-grandmother. This story ends with the three of them seeing the Toshigami.
The next story in the volume sees Kirihito, an infamous yokai who is also known as Akura-Oh, trying to get his body back from the Land of the Dead. Nanami only appears in one scene in this story, which sees Nanami working at cleaning up the shrine for the New Year.
The last story arc sees Nanami finishing up the cleaning, and learning from Tomoe that she accidentally threw away the former mikage’s wooden ofuda. Nanami ends up following Tomoe to the Ayakashi market that’s held at the end of the year. Nanami ends up having an adventure while she’s there, and during this adventure, Nanami shows she’s starting to have more confidence in herself as a kamisama. I really liked the clever thing that Nanami did near the end of the story when she found herself in danger.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Volume 11 of Kamisama Kiss. The weakest part was the story about Kirihito. Yes, I know that he’s wanting to get his body back, and that he had to learn where in the Land of the Dead it is, but it just kind of felt like it was throw in here during the midst of the New Year preparations for shrine. I’m sure this story will be important in a later volume of the series, so it’s not unimportant; however, I wish there had been a better way to incorporate this story in with everything else that takes place in the volume.
Even with my one complaint with Volume 11, I think fans of Kamisama Kiss will enjoy reading this volume of the series.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Kamisama Kiss Volume 11 that I checked out through the King County Library System.
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