Kamisama Kiss Manga to Get a New Spin-off Chapter in January 2020

The official website for Hakusensha’s The Hana to Yume magazine (a sister magazine to the main Hana to Yume magazine) has announced that Julietta Suzuki will publish a new spin-off chapter for her Kamisama Kiss (Kamisama Hajimemashita) manga in the magazine’s next issue, which will ship on January 25, 2020. The new spin-off chapter will tell a story from Tomoe’s past.

The manga previously received a special chapter in April 2018.

Suzuki launched Kamisama Kiss in Hana to Yume in 2008, and ended the series in May 2016 with 25 volumes. VIZ Media has published the manga in English.

Source: ANN

My Favorite Anime Featuring Otherworldly Characters

One of the staples of anime and manga is stories featuring otherworldly characters (demons, spirits, etc.) or being set in otherworldly settings. This time, my monthly list is focusing on my five favorite anime featuring otherworldly characters. However, this is not a Top 5 list. Instead, this list will have the anime listed in alphabetical order.

Gingitsune, Messenger Fox of the Gods

The series focuses on a high school girl named Makoto Saeki. She lives at a shrine with her father, Tatsuo. Her father is the priest, and her mother had been a shrine maiden. Makoto’s mother died when she was four years old. Makoto is able to see Gintaro, the fox spirit who is the shrine’s herald; however, at the beginning of the series she is the only one who can see him. While Makoto’s father may be the priest at the shrine, he married into the family and as such cannot see Gintaro. In the fourth episode, a boy named Satoru Kamio comes to the shrine to live with Makoto and her father. Like Makoto, Satoru also has the sight, which allows him to see heralds.

To me, one of the strengths of Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods is how the series was willing to delve into Japanese religion and culture. This makes sense, since the main character lives in a shrine. As a Westerner, I enjoyed learning about these aspects that I probably wouldn’t find out much about otherwise. This series is able to provide that kind of education for a viewer, but it’s still an enjoyable and entertaining viewing experience. It doesn’t feel like you’re being “hit over the head” with it.

I found the characters of the series to be engaging, and I also found myself drawn into the drama that the show presented in many of its episodes.

Inari, Kokon, Koi Iroha

The protagonist of the series is Inari, a middle school student who has a hard time expressing what she feels to her friends. She has a crush on a boy in her class named Koji Tanbabashi. Inari also loves going to an Inari shrine that is near her home, and she goes through it as a shortcut one day when she’s running late for school. As she runs through, she finds what she thinks is a dog that is scared and stuck on a riverbank. Inari saves the animal, but ends up being late for school.

Inari causes something embarrassing to happen to Tanbabashi during gym class, and he keeps running away from her whenever she tries to get close to him to apologize. Later, she overhears Tanbabashi and Sumizone, a girl in her class, talking about a letter she gave him. Inari assumes it’s a love confession letter, and she runs off, crying.

When Inari arrives at the shrine, she calls out for the gods to help her. A couple of foxes appear and lead her to Uka, the resident god of the Inari shrine. Uka thanks Inari for rescuing her familiar that morning and says she will grant one of Inari’s wishes. After a moment, Inari blurts out that she wants to be Sumizome. Inari looks just like Sumizome, but her personality hasn’t changed. After spending some time as Sumizome and being around Tanbabashi, she realizes she hasn’t truly changed at all. When Inari returns to the shrine, the two foxes take her back to Uka… but Inari is told that Uka cannot return her to her normal form, because a god granting multiple wishes for a single human would violate the rules of the Celestial Plains. However, Uka is able to give Inari a portion of her power, which is the ability to transform into other people. Uka also gives Kon, the fox that Inari rescued, to serve as Inari’s familiar.

Over the course of the series, it’s revealed that it turns out Inari can do more than change into other people; she can also unconsciously use her divine power to make her hopes come true. As the story goes on, Inari becomes friends with Sumizome, and she also becomes closer to Uka. She also gains the strength to be able to tell her friends what she thinks.

I have to admit that at the end of the first episode, I wasn’t entirely sure if I was going to like the series, but I kept watching in order to give it a chance. I’m glad I did, because I ended up enjoying the series more than I thought I would.

In the final episode, I appreciated the fact that it demonstrated just how much Inari has grown as a character over the course of the series. In a lot of ways, when Inari returned Uka’s divine power at the end of Episode 10, it symbolizes that Inari had grown up and no longer needs the “crutch” that she thought the power was giving her.

Inuyasha

The story of Inuyasha begins in feudal Japan, where a half-demon named Inuyasha steals the Jewel of Four Souls. This is an artifact that can increase a person or demon’s power enormously. However, Inuyasha is stopped by a priestess named Kikyo, who shoots a sacred arrow at him. The arrow seals Inuyasha indefinitely to the sacred tree. Kikyo, however, is mortally wounded. Before she dies, she asks her younger sister Kaede to burn the jewel with her body.

In modern Tokyo, a middle school girl named Kagome Higurashi lives at an old shrine, where her grandfather is the caretaker. One morning, as she’s about to head off to school, Kagome goes into the well house to retrieve her cat. While she’s in the well house, a centipede demon reaches up through the well and pulls Kagome down into it.

Kagome discovers that she has traveled back in time to feudal Japan. As she explores her surroundings, she sees Inuyasha sealed to the sacred tree. Nearby villagers find Kagome, seize her, and take her to the village. The village elder is Kaede, and she recognizes Kagome as the reincarnation of Kikyo after discovering that the Jewel of Four Souls is inside Kagome’s body.

The centipede demon attacks again, and Kagome is forced to release Inuyasha from the seal. After defeating the demon, Inuyasha attempts to take the jewel from Kagome. Kagome is able to subdue Inuyasha with magical prayer beads that were given to her by Kaede.

The jewel attracts the attention of more demons. While battling with a carrion crow demon, Kagome accidentally shatters the jewel into numerous shards; the shards spread across Japan. Inuyasha and Kagome must team together to locate and recover all the missing shards. During their journey, they encounter and join forces with a little fox demon named Shippo, a cursed and lecherous monk named Miroku, and a demon slayer named Sango.

Inuyasha begins with a very interesting concept, and Takahashi was able to create a cast of main characters that viewers come to care about. The series also utilizes the perfect mix of drama and humor. It really is no wonder why the Inuyasha anime series has continued to endure over the years and why it can still attract people to watch it over a decade after its initial release.

Kamisama Kiss

The protagonist is a high school girl named Nanami Momozono. Her father racks up big gambling debts and is unable to pay off the loan sharks. One day he runs off, leaving Nanami on her own. As Nanami discovers her father’s disappearance, she is told that she is being evicted from the apartment because her father was unable to pay his debts. She finds herself homeless and spending the night on a park bench.

While in the park, she “rescues” a man named Mikage from a dog. After Nanami shares her story with him, Mikage draws up a map to his home and tells her she can stay there. He gives her a kiss on the forehead before he leaves.

It turns out Mikage’s home is a run-down shrine. She learns Mikage was the land god, and that he has been away from the shrine for 20 years. Onikiri and Kotetsu, the two shrine attendants, realize she has Mikage’s mark on her forehead (which she got from the kiss he gave her there). The mark shows that she is now the new land god. The two attendants say that Nanami can stay at the shrine. Tomoe, a cynical and mocking fox demon who serves as the land god’s familiar, refuses to acknowledge Nanami and leaves the shrine.

When Onikiri and Kotetsu take Nanami to the demon realm to try to convince Tomoe to come back, Nanami is attacked by a hag. Tomoe comes to watch Nanami suffer. However, she learns how to seal a contract with him in order to force him to be her familiar; this is accomplished through a kiss. She manages to catch Tomoe off guard and kisses him; he is now bound into a contract with Nanami.

During the two seasons of the anime, Nanami finds herself trying to navigate between being a high school student and being a land god who has the ability to see and communicate with yokai. Not only that, but Nanami also finds herself falling in love with Tomoe. Of course, it’s not just Tomoe’s gruff exterior, his past, and the belief that humans and yokai shouldn’t be romantically involved that serve as obstacles for a relationship between these two characters. There are other potential love interests for Nanami that are introduced into the story, such as Mizuki, another familiar that she acquires.

Unfortunately, the manga wasn’t completed when the second season of the Kamisama Kiss was produced, so the story doesn’t end in the anime. However, the anime did a great job of adapting the manga source material that existed at the time. It would be nice to see a third season of the anime, so the remaining volumes of the Kamisama Kiss manga can be animated, but I don’t know how likely this would ever be.

Noragami

Noragami is about a minor god named Yato, who doesn’t have a single shrine. One day, he spray paints on a wall that he will help people in exchange for a 5-yen offering. He’s trying to save up money in order to build his own shrine. While he’s doing a job, a girl named Hiyori pushes him out of the way of a bus. She is hit by the bus, and now Hiyori is a living Phantom. She’s still alive, but her spirit has a tendency to separate itself from her body at unexpected times.

Yato has lost his Regalia, a spirit that serves as a weapon for a god. He finds a new spirit to use as his new Regalia, which he names Yukine. Yukine tries putting on a “good boy” act around Hiyori, but it turns out he’s not very pure of heart. Each time Yukine has a bad thought, Yato is affected. It gets so bad that Yato is covered in a blight, and it takes three Regalia in order to perform an ablution ceremony on Yukine in order to save Yato from the blight.

During the series, we are also introduced by Kofuku and her Regalia, Daikoku. They become tenuous allies with Yato and Hiyori. There’s also Bishamon, who has a grudge against Yato for killing one of her Regalia in the past. However, Bishamon’s Regalia, Kazuma, owes Yato a great debt.

There’s also “Nora,” one of Yato’s former Regalia. She keeps offering herself to be used by him, but he refuses.

Admittedly, I kind of had a rocky relationship with the first Noragami anime, especially when the ending was so ambiguous. However, I’m glad I have the second season, Noragami Aragoto a chance, because it had two strong story arcs in it. Both arcs had very compelling emotional aspects to them, which made the viewer care about the characters and what was happening to them. At the end of the second season, though, it was clear that the story wasn’t over yet. I hope that at some point in the future, there will be a third anime season for Noragami.

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Kamisama Kiss Manga to Get a Special Chapter on April 25, 2018

This year’s ninth issue of Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine has announced that Julietta Suzuki will publish a special short chapter of her Kamisama Kiss (Kamisama Hajimemashita) manga in the magazine’s The Hana to Yume sister magazine on April 25, 2018.

Suzuki launched the Kamisama Kiss manga in Hana to Yume in 2008, and ended the series in May 2016 with 25 volumes. VIZ Media publishes the manga in English, and released the 25th volume in October 2017.

Source: ANN

Manga Spotlight: Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Kiss is a 25 volume manga written by Julietta Suzuki. The series was published in North America by VIZ Media.

Kamisama Kiss
Written by: Julietta Suzuki
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Dates: December 7, 2010-October 3, 2017

The protagonist of Kamisama Kiss is a high school girl named Nanami Momozono. Her father racks up big gambling debts and is unable to pay off the loan sharks. One day he runs off, leaving Nanami on her own. As Nanami discovers her father’s disappearance, she is told that she is being evicted from the apartment because her father was unable to pay his debts. She finds herself homeless and spending the night on a park bench.

While in the park, she “rescues” a man named Mikage from a dog. After Nanami shares her story with him, Mikage draws up a map to his home and tells her she can stay there. He gives her a kiss on the forehead before he leaves.

It turns out Mikage’s home is a run-down shrine. She learns Mikage was the land god, and that he has been away from the shrine for 20 years. Onikiri and Kotetsu, the two shrine attendants, realize Nanami has Mikage’s mark on her forehead (which she got from the kiss he gave her there). The mark shows that she is now the new land god. The two attendants say that Nanami can stay at the shrine. Tomoe, a cynical and mocking fox demon who serves as the land god’s familiar, refuses to acknowledge Nanami and leaves the shrine.

When Onikiri and Kotetsu take Nanami to the demon realm to try to convince Tomoe to come back, Nanami is attacked by a hag. Tomoe comes to watch Nanami suffer. However, she learns how to seal a contract with him in order to force him to be her familiar; this is accomplished through a kiss. She manages to catch Tomoe off guard and kisses him, and he is now bound into a contract with Nanami.

Over the course of the series, Nanami finds herself trying to navigate between being a high school student and being a land god who has the ability to see and communicate with yokai. Not only that, but Nanami also finds herself falling in love with Tomoe. Of course, it’s not just Tomoe’s gruff exterior, his past, and the belief that humans and yokai shouldn’t be romantically involved that serve as obstacles for a relationship between these two characters. There are other potential love interests for Nanami that are introduced into the story, such as Mizuki, another familiar that she acquires. When it comes to this love story, it’s Nanami who recognizes the attraction first, but it takes her a little while to truly admit it to herself and start acting on those feelings.

While Nanami is the major focus of Kamisama Kiss, the story shows the changes and growth that Tomoe goes through as a character as well. Ultimately, Nanami and Tomoe’s stories end up being intertwined. Probably the most bizarre twist that their stories take is when time travel ultimately becomes involved. But without the time travel story, the series couldn’t have progressed the way it did. As a reader, I ultimately became invested in the characters and their stories, which made it easier to overlook any bizarre twists that were thrown in.

Overall, I did enjoy reading Kamisama Kiss, and I looked forward to each new volume as it came out. Admittedly, the last volume was rather saccharine, but I couldn’t see the series ending in any other way that would have been acceptable to readers who had been following the series all this time. I appreciated how Kamisama Kiss ultimately ended, with the final chapter being a skip ahead in time. It allowed the reader to see what happened to Nanami and Tomoe and how their lives have changed since Nanami graduated from high school.

Kamisama Kiss is a solid manga series that successfully incorporates the concepts of yokai and the supernatural with the usual shojo tropes. I believe the series has the potential to appeal to readers beyond the teenage girls who are usually associated with reading shojo manga.

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Anime Spotlights: Kamisama Kiss, Baldr Force EXE, and Murder Princess

Now that I’ve returned to the workforce part time, I’m not going to have the time to do the in-depth write ups for each anime I’ve watched like I have in the past. However, I plan to, from time to time, to write a post like this one, where I’ll briefly share my impressions of anime that I’ve recently watched and completed.

Back in my days of writing for BellaOnline, I would sample one or two episodes of an anime and then write about it. I have quite a few titles I did this with, and I currently have a goal of going back and trying to watch as many of these anime in their entirety as possible. Over this past week, I’ve made it through Kamisama Kiss, Kamisama Kiss 2, Baldr Force EXE, and Murder Princess.

Kamisama Kiss and Kamisama Kiss 2: I had originally sampled the first episode of Kamisama Kiss before I started to read the manga. After I started reading the manga, I had wanted to watch the anime but never had the time due to all of the simulcasts I was watching and doing weekly write ups for. But in some respects, it’s nice that I had to wait, since a second season has been released and simulcast since then. I enjoyed both Kamisama Kiss and Kamisama Kiss 2, and I thought it adapted the manga rather faithfully. The second season of Kamisama Kiss was produced before the manga ended, so it only goes up to the storyline that happens on Kurama Mountain. Now that the manga has finished in Japan, I hope that at some point there could be a third season of the Kamisama Kiss anime that would adapt the remaining story arcs in the manga.

Baldr Force EXE: This is a four-episode OVA. I was a little concerned about character development and how the story would progress in only four 30-minute episodes. After watching it, though, I don’t think they really could have made the series any longer than it was. Yes, it caused a lot of rapid-fire development and plot revelations, but I can’t really see how this could have been avoided without stretching out the story with inconsequential material. The main drawback to this series is the CG animation for the mecha, because it didn’t look very good or mesh well with the other animation, and it ultimately stood out like a sore thumb.

Murder Princess: This is a six-episode OVA. It has an interesting storyline going into it, although there were times when the plot twists ended up being predictable. It also felt like it had a rather open-ended conclusion, and that perhaps the door was being left open to continue the story with another series. While most of the plot points are resolved, the first and most major plot point of the story is left unresolved. As a viewer, I thought that was a little disappointing, but the overall story was interesting enough that it lessens the disappointment I had with the ending.

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume 20

Kamisama Kiss Volume 20 focuses on Nanami Momozono, a high school student who has become a kami at the land god’s shrine. She has two familiars serving her: Tomoe, the fox demon, and a snake incarnation named Mizuki.

Kamisama Kiss Volume 20
Written by: Julietta Suzuki
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 2, 2016

Volume 20 starts out by concluding Nanami’s school trip in Okinawa. While the story about a girl who suspects that Kurama has a secret she tries to uncover doesn’t seem important, it actually has a couple of things included that move the story of this volume forward. First, Tomoe sees Nanami acting in ways that he hardly sees while she’s primarily around Tomoe and the others at the shrine. Second, Mikage asks Tomoe to take a gift to a shrine maiden. Through a flashback, we learn that Tomoe first encountered the shrine maiden years ago when she was a young girl. When Tomoe actually sees the shrine maiden now, he discovers that she’s an old woman who is close to death. Tomoe starts wondering if that’s what will happen to Nanami as she gets older, and Tomoe begins thinking that he’d like to become a human.

Tomoe’s desire to become human serves as the driving force for the remainder of Kamisama Kiss Volume 20. I thought it was interesting that Nanami actually wasn’t supportive of Tomoe’s wish to become human. I think she knows that he’d likely be unhappy about losing his powers and being unable to serve as her familiar anymore. But Tomoe is still insistent about becoming a human even though Nanami objects. This leads Tomoe to do something incredibly foolish when Kurama offers him something that could potentially help grant the fox demon his wish. But in the midst of Tomoe’s wish to become human, Nanami discovers something important about Kirihito, which only adds to Nanami’s already turbulent emotions.

As I read this volume, I noticed that Suzuki started drawing Tomoe with a more human-like “bishonen” (beautiful boy) look to him than she had in previous volumes. I expect this artistic choice was made to emphasize the fact that Tomoe wants to become human in order to be able to be with Nanami and not live on while she ages and passes away when she’s older. But this change in design for Tomoe also seemed to help change the overall aesthetic and feel of the manga. This isn’t a bad thing, though. With the changes in the storytelling and the art, it really gives me the impression that Kamisama Kiss is drawing closer to its conclusion.

Fans of the series will definitely want to check out Kamisama Kiss Volume 20, because it’s such a compelling read. Major character development and important story progression take place, and long-time readers won’t want to miss any of it. Fans should appreciate and enjoy what they see in this volume, and it will make them want to go on to the next volume to find out what’s going to happen next.

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume 19

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Kamisama Kiss Volume 19 focuses on Nanami Momozono, a high school student who has become a kami at the land god’s shrine. She has two familiars serving her: Tomoe, the fox demon and a snake incarnation named Mizuki.

Kamisama Kiss Volume 19
Written by: Julietta Suzuki
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 6, 2015

Volume 19 continues Nanami’s school trip in Okinawa. Unfortunately, the trip has been anything but peaceful. The volume opens with Tomoe rescuing Nanami, who went out in search of a robe of feathers so she could save her kidnapped friend. Tomoe finds Nanami, but she’s in a weakened state. Fortunately, he receives some unexpected help for Nanami. When Nanami starts to recover, she admits something to Tomoe that bothers him but he tries hard to hide it. Even though Tomoe is known to have a short temper, he knows that this just isn’t the right time to show his true feelings to her about the revelation. While Tomoe doesn’t do anything about it at this point in the story, it is touched on later in the volume. I think Suzuki depicted this realistically, and this incident served as an important piece of development in Tomoe and Nanami’s blossoming relationship.

Meanwhile, Mizuki goes into the ocean in search of Nanami and forces Kurama to go with him. Both of these characters undergo very important development during their adventure. Kurama encounters a dugong who is actually Ami, the girl who was kidnapped. Unari, the mermaid whose robe of feathers was stolen, transformed Ami into a dugong as punishment and it appears that Ami may permanently turn into this creature and forget about her life and the fact that she had a major crush on Kurama.

At this point, Kurama’s not very confident about being in the sea, and he finds comfort in the dugong. But as the volume progresses, Kurama suddenly realizes that he has feelings for Ami, especially after learning that she was the dugong he encountered. Personally, I thought this felt a little too convenient. I didn’t see any true buildup for Kurama’s feelings for Ami, especially since prior to this, he was still acting like his cocky self. I hate to say this, but the Kurama and Ami relationship that develops here feels rather forced.

Mizuki’s storyline, however, feels more realistic. When he encounters Unari, he learns about her backstory and is willing to agree to become her husband in order to free Ami. But Mizuki realizes that he understands what Unari is feeling, and genuinely wants to help her and not use her to accomplish a goal. I have to admit that I honestly thought that Mizuki saying he would marry Unari would change the dynamics of the series since it would effectively write him out. But it turns out I was wrong, and Mizuki finds a way to be able to leave the sea but stay on good terms with Unari. I think Suzuki handled this aspect well, and it didn’t feel terribly forced. And as we see a little later in the volume, this encounter with Unari seems to bring about a noticeable change in Mizuki.

It turns out that the Okinawa trip ends right when Kamisama Kiss Volume 19 finishes. At this point, I have no idea what kind of story the series will head into next. This actually makes me want to read the next volume, because I’d like to see where Suzuki decides what direction to take the series in.

Readers who have been reading and following the series will want to see what happens between Tomoe and Nanami in Kamisama Kiss Volume 19. I think that readers will also enjoy seeing Mizuki’s storyline, and may find that they become interested in Unari’s character as well. These particular characters go through some realistic development and growth in this volume, and fans of Kamisama Kiss won’t want to miss it.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume 18

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Kamisama Kiss Volume 18 focuses on Nanami Momozono, a high school student who is now the kami at the land god’s shrine. Nanami has two familiars serving her: Tomoe the fox demon and a snake incarnation named Mizuki.

Kamisama Kiss Volume 18
Written by: Julietta Suzuki
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 2, 2015

Volume 18 sees Nanami returning to her normal life after spending time in the past in order to save Tomoe in the present. However, there’s now a major difference in her normal life: she and Tomoe are now a couple. Unfortunately, she’s so happy about being with Tomoe that she’s not bothering to study and doesn’t seem to care about her grades. Tomoe decides that he needs to study, which Mikage highly approves of. Nanami is getting excited for the upcoming school trip, but Mikage tells her that she needs to score at least an 80 percent on all her finals if she wants to go.

I have to say that I approve of Mikage trying to impose a condition on Nanami in order to encourage her to study and to improve her grades, but I thought that the 80 percent was a little harsh. Fortunately, it’s revealed that Mikage simply said this in order to encourage Nanami to study harder and didn’t intend to keep her from going on the trip if she didn’t accomplish that.

Another important development happens in this portion of the story: Mizuki decides that he wants to go to school with Nanami, too. His main reason is that he wants to be able to go on the school trip with her, and he can only do that if he’s a student. Even though Tomoe had originally transferred into Nanami’s class to keep an eye on her, he’s at least trying to take studying and learning seriously. I suspect this is due to him wanting to be with Nanami as a romantic partner instead of simply being a familiar who serves her. I really don’t see Mizuki ever taking school or studying seriously, so he could end up being a problem if he’s in class with Nanami.

Roughly the last two-thirds of Kamisama Kiss Volume 18 take place during the school trip to Okinawa. We see that Mizuki is in the class and is on the trip, and he’s constantly whining about not getting to be with Nanami because they’re in different groups. The trip starts out eventful enough when the plane encounters some turbulence, and then a freak typhoon hits. But then Nanami discovers that a weakened Kirihito is around, and this eventually leads to Ami, one of Nanami’s friends, being kidnapped and accused of stealing a mermaid’s robe of feathers. In the process of trying to save Ami, Nanami also finds herself being called upon to try to save Kirihito’s life.

Volume 18 also reveals that Nanami;s friend, Ami, has a major crush on Kurama. After Ami is kidnapped, Tomoe and the others have to reveal what they really are to Kei, a mutual friend of Nanami and Ami. That’s a development I hadn’t expected, since Nanami has been trying hard to keep the fact that she’s a land god, as well as the truth about various characters’ identities, from her friends. I guess having Ami being kidnapped in this manner kind of forced the issue for Tomoe and the others.

I was a little disappointed in Nanami early on in the volume while she was lazy about studying, but she more than made up for it on the school trip when she started taking charge of the situation in order to help Ami. She had to make a difficult decision during all of that, but that decision could end up having consequences attached to it. All in all, Volume 18 kept me interested in what was going on, and I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it. And the way the volume ends made me want to read Volume 19 in order to find out what will happen to Nanami.

Readers who have been following and enjoying the series should enjoy and be satisfied with how the story progresses through Kamisama Kiss Volume 18. Nanami and Tomoe being a couple adds a new element and dimension to the story, and I suspect there will be some kind of repercussions later on. And having Mizuki starting to go to school adds a new layer to the characters and their interactions. Suzuki has found some great ways to keep the series from going stale, yet keeping enough of the elements that grabbed and hooked readers into this series in the first place.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume 17

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 focuses on Nanami Momozono, a high school student who becomes a kami at the land god’s shrine after the land god gives her a kiss on the forehead and bestows on her the power of a kami. Nanami has two familiars serving her: Tomoe the fox demon and a snake incarnation named Mizuki. Nanami has fallen in love with Tomoe, but he still seems to have feelings for Yukiji, a woman he met 500 years ago. When Nanami discovers that Tomoe has been inflicted with a curse because of a contract he made with a fallen kami in the past, she goes back in time to try to find out how to lift the curse.

Kamisama Kiss Volume 17
Written by: Julietta Suzuki
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 sees Mikage, the land god, sending Nanami back to the past one last time so she can witness the sprouting of the seeds she’s sown by going back to the past the previous two times. When she returns to the past, she finds the fallen kami and sees what happened to Yukiji and Tomoe after she left.

This section of Volume 17 was very eye-opening to me as a reader. It allowed me to finally see the truth about what happened all those years ago with Tomoe and Yukiji, and an important fact was revealed about Nanami. When I saw what this fact was and the explanation for it, I thought that perhaps this was something I should have somehow picked up on earlier in the series. While I won’t outright say what the revelation was, I will say that this fact explains why Yukiji and Nanami have similarities in their appearance.

After witnessing what happened in the past, Nanami figures out what she needs to do in order to break the fallen kami’s curse. When Nanami returns to the present, she goes out in search of a particular object that is the proof of Tomoe’s contract. She finds it, the curse is lifted, and the end of Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 gives the impression that there’s a happy ending for the two of them. But the series isn’t over yet, so I expect that some kind of obstacle will end up disrupting the relationship that Tomoe and Nanami are starting to build here.

I enjoyed reading Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 so much that I didn’t want to put it down. All of the pieces about Tomoe, Nanami, Yukiji, and the curse fall into place over the course of this volume, and it seemed like that with each chapter, more and more was finally coming together. As a reader who’s been following Kamisama Kiss since Volume One, I was both happy and satisfied with how the story was progressing and with how the answers to so many questions were presented throughout this volume.

While I have to admit that the art style in Kamisama Kiss doesn’t really have much to make it stand out from other shojo manga series, the strength of the story makes up for that. Suzuki has created such compelling characters that the reader becomes engrossed in the story and can easily overlook the fact that the art is more on the average side.

I would recommend Kamisama Kiss to readers who enjoy shojo manga with romance and hints of supernatural elements. Longtime readers of the series will really enjoy reading Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 in order to find out the resolution to Nanami’s mission to free Tomoe from his curse.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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English Cast Announced for the Second Season on Kamisama Kiss Anime

The English cast has been announced for the second season of Kamisama Kiss anime:

  • Tia Ballard is Nanami Momozono
  • J. Michael Tatum is Tomoe
  • Micah Solusod is Mizuki
  • Ian Sinclair is Otohiko
  • Josh Grelle is Kotetsu
  • Jad Saxton is Onikiri
  • Tyson Rinehart is Okuninushi
  • Scott Freeman is Takehaya
  • Brandon Potter is Akura-Oh
  • Brandon Potter is Kirihito
  • Nick Haley is Kikuichi
  • Austin Tindle is Monjiro
  • Aaron Roberts/Bryn Apprill is Mamoru
  • Joel McDonald is Mikage

Jerry Jewell is directing the dub.

The first English episode will premiere for subscribers on FUNimation’s website on February 23, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. EST.

Source: ANN