Article first published as Manga Review: ‘Kamisama Kiss’ Volume 12 by Julietta Suzuki on Blogcritics.
Kamisama Kiss Volume 12 is a manga by Julietta Suzuki, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2013. 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 12
Written by: Julietta Suzuki
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 5, 2013
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 12 focuses on the character of Himemiko, the ruler of Tatara swamp who loved a human boy that Nanami helped early on in the series. Himemiko decides that she and Kotaro, the boy she’s in love with, need to visit Nanami at the shrine.
At the shrine, Nanami kicks Tomoe and Mizuki out after she gets in an argument with Tomoe. While they’re gone, the shrine is transported to Inunaki swamp. Aoi, the girl who transported her there, tells Nanami that Himemiko is betrothed to Nishiki, the prince of Inunaki swamp.
Meanwhile, while Himemiko in her human form, is traveling with Kotaro, have a run-in with Nishiki. Nishiki doesn’t realize the human girl is Himemiko in disguise, so he treats her and Kotaro with much disdain. They get some unexpected help from Ryu-Oh. Kotaro is hurt and goes to the hospital. This volume sees Kotaro learning the truth about Himemiko, and focuses on how he deals with this revelation. I actually felt really bad for Kotaro during this portion of the story.
Meanwhile, Nanami has several confrontations with Nishiki, who is a rather pompous and stuck-up prince. By the end of the volume, Nishiki seems to be starting to have a change to his character. Unfortunately, this story arc is not resolved at the end of Volume 12, so you have to read Volume 13 to find out how this arc continues.
I thought that this story arc with Himemiko was rather riveting, and I couldn’t stop reading Volume 12. I was so interested in the story that I ended up reading through this volume rather quickly. I also liked how Kotaro’s part of the story was written; I think his reaction to learning the truth about Himemiko was very realistic. I also appreciated how this volume gave the reader more development for Kotaro; prior to this, he just seemed like a one-dimensional character who wasn’t very important.
If you’ve read the previous 11 volumes of Kamisama Kiss and enjoyed them, then I feel very confident that you will enjoy reading Volume 12.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Kamisama Kiss Volume 12 that I checked out through the King County Library System.
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