Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume 13

Kamisama Kiss Volume 13 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 13
Written by: Julietta Suzuki
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 6, 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.

In Volume 12, Himemiko, the ruler of Tatara swamp, was a central figure in the story; she is in love with Kotaro, a human boy, but he doesn’t know that she’s actually a yokai, because she is in a human form around him. When they are out traveling to Nanami’s shrine, they encounter Nishiki of Inuaki swamp, and Kotaro is injured during the encounter. The couple gets some unexpected help from Ryu-Oh. During Volume 12, Kotaro also learns the truth about Himemiko and must deal with his feelings.

Meanwhile, Nanami and the shrine are transported to Inuaki swamp. When she’s there, she learns that Himemiko is betrothed to Nishiki. Nanami has to spend around Nishiki, who acts like a rather pompous and stuck-up prince. However, as Nishiki begins spending more time around her, a change in his attitude and character begins to emerge.

At the beginning of Volume 13, Himemiko has gone to Inuaki swamp and believes that she’ll never see Kotaro again. There’s a very amusing scene when Nishiki is finally introduced to Himemiko, and he recognizes her as the girl he had encountered back in Volume 12. But as Nishiki begins to spend time around Himemiko, he begins to develop feelings for her. Himemiko agrees to marry Nishiki, but it’s obvious she still has feelings for Kotaro. This story arc reaches its conclusion in this volume, and Kotaro plays a part in it. Without providing “spoilers,” I will say that I was very satisfied with how this story arc concluded.

Another story arc begins in Volume 13, but it’s just getting started when the volume ends. In this new arc, Tomoe begins seeing visions of talking with someone and wishing to become human. At first, he’s under the impression that this is just a dream; however, after he collapses and is examined by a doctor, it appears Tomoe may be reliving a memory instead of dreaming.

The vast majority of Volume 13 focuses on the story with Himemiko and Kotaro, and I thought that it was rather well-told. During this story, there’s a section where Nanami is involved and is suddenly saying that Himemiko and Nishiki should be together, even though we had previously seen her talking with Nishiki about Himemiko’s love for Kotaro. I knew in that scene that something was off with Nanami, but I hadn’t figured out what happened until it was revealed a little later in the volume. I will also say that the arc ended the way I had expected it to, but I was still satisfied with its conclusion.

I’m very intrigued by the new story arc that’s introduced in Volume 13. The volume ends with Tomoe’s revelation that what he’s seeing is from his memory, so this ends up becoming a bit of a cliffhanger. Now I’m really wanting to read Volume 14 to see what the repercussions of this revelation will be; unfortunately, Volume 14 isn’t going to be released for another three or four months, so I’m going to have a little bit of a wait before being able to continue the story.

If you’ve read the previous 12 volumes of Kamisama Kiss and enjoyed them, then I’m sure you’ll also enjoy reading Volume 13.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Kamisama Kiss Volume 13 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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One comment

  1. Tonya R. Moore · October 21, 2013

    This manga struck me as a naively sweet story. The anime was a bit more juvenile than I’d hoped but I still enjoyed it. Definitely I story that I will go back to from time to time.

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