Kamisama Kiss 10

Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2012 – 12+ volumes

So sad! I still like this series quite a bit, but the Kurama story arc continues through this volume, and I wasn’t all that excited about it last time. Granted, having a series like this, that excels at portraying the supernatural in an interesting way, is wasted if it is just a romance. But the story here is more about Kurama and the Tengu village, and not so much about Nanami’s growing skills as a Kamisama. I do love these encounters with different supernatural types, but I prefer the format of the earlier, shorter stories.

But the Kurama arc here is still pretty good. Nanami and company have to find a way past the shield of the acting head of the village, which is no easy task. Amusingly, the easiest way to do this is to make it look as if Kurama has become a kamisama as a bit of subterfuge, and I enjoyed that immensely. Of course, it turns out that there’s more to the condition of the old head of the village than it seems at first, and the very harsh current head might need to be taught a lesson.

Surprisingly, there were some nice Nanami/Tomoe moments slipped in for good measure, which I was not expecting. This was helped along by the fact that the current head of the village has a very obvious crush on Nanami, one that he grudgingly admits to. This, of course, makes things weird between Tomoe and Nanami, and… that goes some interesting places, not the least of which are the last two pages of the volume. I do like that it ends on that note, with what will clearly be a new story next time.

Even with a volume I’m less interested in, though, this series always makes me smile. There’s something horribly addictive and endearing about Nanami and Tomoe, and I’m still a softie for supernaturally-themed stories like this. Kamisama Kiss has a lot of things I enjoy going for it, and it’s one of my current favorites. Julietta Suzuki is a fantastic writer, and it might be worth a try if you’re looking for a nice, light shoujo read.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

Kamisama Kiss 9

Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2012 – 12+ volumes

Hooray! I’m always happy to read a new volume of Kamisama Kiss. It’s one of my current favorites, and features a mix of folkloric plot and great characters with an adorable romance that I am absolutely weak to.

The kamisama meeting wraps up in this volume, and the revival of Ashura-Oh is put off for a later date. At the beginning of this volume, Nanami (literally) stumbles across a tiny child tengu who is searching for a lost member of his village. He describes a late bloomer like himself that left to become someone great, a very heroic character. Neither I nor you should be surprised to find out that the one he’s looking for is Kurama, the rock star that attends Nanami’s school and periodically hits on her. This leads in to massive backstory about Kurama and the culture of the tengu village, which is currently in danger due to the failing health of their leader.

I was a bit disappointed by this, because the last volume teased another Tomoe story, and the beginning of this volume hinted that their romance might be going somewhere. Neither of these issues are touched on, really, though Tomoe is now 100% more adorable when it comes to guarding Nanami. But the tengu story is a good one. It feels strange to be getting so much depth for Kurama, who has been such a minor character up to now, but fleshing out characters like Kurama is what Suzuki does best. If this were any other shoujo manga, he would have stayed a boring, celebrity stereotype romantic rival that never did anything. But I love that about both Kamisama Kiss and Karakuri Odette. There’s a little something for all the characters here.

And again, I’m a sucker for folklore-themed stories like this. All the details of the tengu village, the child-rearing techniques, and their secession rituals were utterly fascinating. Usually I like a little variety among my demons, but there’s so much detail here that I had a good time reading it. Plus, it made me reach for the next volume of Natsume’s Book of Friends, which is never a bad thing.

So, yeah. It’s still a unique mixture of funny and sweet, with lots of details about Japanese mythology and a very interesting and in-depth cast of characters. It’s one of my three favorite shoujo manga right now, along with Skip Beat and Dengeki Daisy. Highly recommended!

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

Kamisama Kiss 8

Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2012 – 11+ volumes

As much as I love this series, even I have to admit it’s a little formulaic. Still, I don’t know how she does it, but Suzuki has a knack for taking those formulas and making them new again. Here and with Karakuri Odette. Neither series really blazes new ground in shoujo manga, but I love the characters so much I just don’t care. I absolutely need to know what happens next.

So, here, Nanami is in the land of the dead with a “human.” He’s actually a malevolent being that’s trying to get his body back and merely borrowing the body of a dead human, but Nanami doesn’t know that. She first tries to find her way out of the land of the dead, then she tries to do it with the human, who is held captive at the insistence of the kami of the realm. Annoyingly, Nanami doesn’t try to find out why this is, she simply does what she feels is right and defies the kami.

I say that it was annoying, but I actually liked this bit of story. Nanami lacks confidence in her kami abilities, and the trials here help make her powers that much better. Part of it is that her traveling companion is so antagonistic, far from the comrades in the stories that have come before. Part of it is simply that it must be so in order for her to escape, and another part is that she has to do it without Tomoe. Again, while a lot of this sounds contrived, it was hard not to like this little bit of story. I even really wanted to dislike it, because I thought it didn’t make much sense that she was defying the kami. But I just couldn’t. Nanami does a good job here.

And then there’s Tomoe. Things are realized. Shoujo manga things. He also flies to Nanami’s rescue, an interesting feat indeed that involves unlocking his true nature. More than the trial in the land of the dead, I loved and adored this part of the story. The aftermath is what it is, and I saw it coming. Some awkwardness follows, of course. But I’m glad that the story doesn’t seem to be putting this off any more, and I’m looking forward to things improving from here on out.

And guess what? Guess who makes an appearance at the end of the volume? Could it be? Maybe Mikage?

Actually, I’m not entirely sure myself. It was a story twist that I was not expecting, but now something earlier makes sense. So as of right now, things are moving in a new direction, and I’m happy with it.

I adore this series, and I’ve been reading every volume as soon as it lands in my hands. It’s horribly addictive, and it always leaves me wanting more. Especially now, since the story seems to be moving away from themes of Nanami being a kami and more towards a character-centric plot about Tomoe. I don’t mind at all, honestly. While this volume had a continuous plot, I love the format of this series in that it uses a one shot-style story to develop an overarching plot. The direction of the overarching plot has changed, and I’m looking forward to the style of one-shot story that will suit it best. The short stories are also one of my favorite things about this series. Well, yes, the short stories, the characters, and the fact I can’t finish a volume without a ridiculous smile on my face. It simply makes me happy, and I’d be happy to read anything else Julietta Suzuki writes from here on out.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

Kamisama Kiss 7

Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2012 – 10+ volumes

I love this series so much! This, Dengeki Daisy, and Skip Beat are probably my three favorites. Certainly I like a whole lot of other shoujo series as well (Kimi ni Todoke is another good one), but these three. They’re the right combination of funny and character-driven and just well-written in general. Every volume is charming and a pleasure to read.

Having said that, I was a little worried about this volume since it switches from the meandering one-shot chapter format that has been so successful so far and focuses one one storyline, namely Nanami going to the Kamuhakari. No need to worry though, because in classy Kamisama Kiss style, the first half of the volume has a few short stories that lead up to the Kamuhakari, and after a chapter that takes place there, the story breaks off again to do something else at the end of the volume. I was so pleased. While it would annoy me in any other series, I love the characters so much here that they almost seem wasted on an ongoing plot. The one-shot chapters are awesome because it gives the characters an opportunity to shine and work together in various different ways, instead of always working towards one goal.

And while the chapters are vaguely disconnected, they work together towards a common goal, too. The first chapter is about Mizuki, Nanami’s snake shinshi, venturing out into the human world to find out what he’s missing by being left at home all the time. Though he’s a powerful shinshi, he knows nothing of human culture, and the impurities that humans pour into the environment and themselves overwhelm him. He comes to a conclusion about himself by the end of the chapter, but in the process, he has been cheated out of a good chunk of the shrine’s money.

This comes to bear later, when Nanami finds that there’s only enough money to take one of her shinshi to the Kamuhakari. While Tomoe is the obvious choice (because of his devotion and her crush), Mizuki talks Nanami into bringing him, since apparently Mizuki is the “right” kind of shinshi and Tomoe is only a brutish fox that will be made fun of. Neither Nanami nor Tomoe care much of the opinions of others, but Nanami doesn’t want Tomoe to be made fun of by the other kami, so she spares his feelings and leaves him at home.

While she’s debating over the Tomoe/Mizuki question, Nanami winds up having to fend off an attack from some kami who lost their rank and are jealous of her human kami status. While dealing with this, she meets Kirihito, a human with bizarre powers. Their encounter is brief, but Kirihito comes back later as a V.I.P.

Then the chapter that introduces the other kami and the Kamuhakari itself. This is all sorts of crazy, funny, madcap wonderful. As I’ve said before, I have a weakness for stories that incorporate folklore in new and interesting ways, and this chapter has it in plenty. Nanami does take quite a verbal lashing from other kami, but she stands tall.

And then… we meet Kirihito again. Nanami is sent on a special task to fix a gate that leads to the underworld, and meets Kirihito there. For some reason. Meanwhile, another chapter features Tomoe and what he’s up to at the shrine while Nanami’s away. He hasn’t really yielded his feelings for her yet, but it’s imminent. I can tell. The fact he sits around by himself all day and thinks about her is probably a glaring sign.

Anyway. There’s lots of little side-stories going on among all that as well. An amusement park date between Nanami and Tomoe. A flashback to Tomoe’s past, and a link with a new character. A strange sub-plot about the sake that Mizuki makes. Appearances by Kurama and the fish deity. It’s pretty amazing how much story is packed into these little, sort-of-unrelated chapters, and all of it contributes to developing the quirky characters in some way or other. It’s what makes this series such a pleasure to read.

This volume ends on a cliffhanger, with Nanami in the land of the dead. Cliffhangers are unusual for this series, but even without them, I always badly want the next volume. I can’t get over how much fun this is to read, and how good Suzuki is at developing both her story and characters. Given the nature of the series, I feel like Suzuki could write for years on these characters, covering whatever details she wanted, and I would never get bored.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

Kamisama Kiss 6

Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2011 – 10+ volumes

This is a little different! The story takes a break from the romance between Nanami and Tomoe to feature a contest between Nanami and a girl named Kayako. Apparently the gathering of the kami is happening, but Nanami isn’t enough of a kami to attend, so the organizers decided to have a contest to see whether Nanami could beat a powerful girl known as “the human kami.”

The contest is a lot of fun. Kayako is a huge jerk, and full of herself, so she constantly puts Nanami and her powers down. But Kayako doesn’t have a shinshi like Tomoe, and one of the organizers hints that this might be her downfall. But Kayako does have real power, which Nanami does not, and it does turn into an issue during this story. The issue is ten times worse than normal for Nanami, since Kayako constantly rubs her face in the fact Nanami has no power to use. It’s pretty funny.

There’s some supernatural danger that both Kayako and Nanami get to save the school from, and there’s also plenty of scenes where Tomoe gets to be a hero. Tomoe’s rude and sarcastic nature is in fine form in this volume, and it’s a perfect match to Kayako’s badgering. Nanami gets it from both sides here, though predictably, Tomoe and Kayako don’t get along. If the romance is what you liked best in this series, don’t worry, it hasn’t been entirely left behind here. There’s some wonderful scenes of Tomoe acting out here. Part of me thinks that this will be going somewhere, but the other part remembers how it totally did not in Karakuri Odette, Suzuki’s other translated series.

But it still has the wonderful writing and sweet story that make me love Suzuki. Plus, one of my favorite things about the series is the supernatural elements, which are often downplayed in favor of the romance, and we get to see a lot of that here. While I think characters are her strong suit, the kami system and the magic and myth associated with it in this series is developing wonderfully.

This is still one of my top favorite current shoujo series. I can’t wait to lay my hands on every volume as it comes out, and the continually changing storylines in each volume guarantee that this will be a great read for some time to come.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

Kamisama Kiss 5

Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2011 – 8+ volumes

So I just finished writing about Karakuri Odette, Suzuki’s other work published in English. I had nothing but nice things to say about it. This series is like Karakuri Odette x5, because it’s just as good, but uses some of my favorite themes. It’s actually a romance, and it has a plot involving folklore and folk creatures. I think the only way it could hit more of my shoujo manga weaknesses is if it had a demon in it.

This one snuck up on me a little bit, but I’m pretty thoroughly addicted at this point. I read this volume straight out of the box because I had to know, even though I knew very well nothing was really going to happen. It’s very episodic, with not a whole lot of momentum as far as developing Nanami’s kami powers or her relationship with Tomoe.

But the reason I love it are things like the last chapter in this volume. Nanami tries her best to hold a traditional Shinto festival to dispel rumors that her shrine is haunted, and after Tomoe rejects her attempts at several of the usual traditions, he decides to coach her on how to dance the traditional Kagura. There’s a couple chapters about how Nanami is desperately trying to learn the dance, and a lengthy scene at the end where she freezes up in front of her audience and isn’t sure she can remember it well enough to perform. And then… she does it. It’s beautiful, and just a little magical.

Not only was this scene fantastic, I also learned something about Kagura while I read it. It’s difficult to convey just how powerful this dance was after all the preparation leading up to it, but it was wonderful. It made me fall in love with this series all over again.

Getting people to worship at the shrine that Tomoe works so hard to maintain is a big part of the second half of the book, but there’s a wonderful story mixed in with a new mystery character that sheds light on both the best and worst qualities in Nanami and others. It’s touching and entertaining, and it’s interesting that Suzuki can so effectively analyze what makes her characters so… well, real, even though they are gods and spirits and whatnot. They’re easy to relate to, and not over-the-top stereotypes, which is a big part of what makes this series fun to read.

The first half of the book takes a look at a very interesting cliffhanger from last volume, namely, what Mizuki’s new status is. Nanami, Tomoe, Mizuki, and Nanami’s friends from school all go to a festival at a different shrine at the beginning of the book, which is part of what inspires Nanami later. It’s more of what you’d know of a summer festival if you’ve read a lot of manga, with food vendors and fireworks and yukata and whatnot. What starts out as the usual plot device in all shoujo manga turns out to act as an interesting contrast to the festival Nanami throws later, which goes back to the roots of such festivals and makes it more about the shrine and the act of worship than the social activity. The spirits and their memories also make this festival a lot more fun.

Again, I said this at the end of my Karakuri Odette review, but I have a hard time conveying just why it is that Suzuki’s series are so wonderful. They have great characters that are easy to relate to, sure, and the right mix of humor, romance, drama, sadness, and everything else that makes a shoujo manga great. They’re almost always very positive. But mostly, they’re just extremely well-written. There’s nothing fantastic that I can point to and say, “this is why you should definitely read it!” but… you should anyway. It’s wonderful, and I think any fan of shoujo manga would really enjoy it. This gets better with every volume, and now I’m beginning to think that it might have a plot that is picking up a little steam. I can’t wait to read more.

I love that, for all the series I have in my list over on the right hand side there, Julietta Suzuki’s two series, Kamisama Kiss and Karakuri Odette, fall right next to each other in alphabetical order. How unlikely.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

Kamisama Kiss 4

Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2011 – 8+ volumes

Every volume I read makes me fall in love with this series just a little more. Everything about it, including the folklore-based story, the fact that it has really great characters, and just the general happy mood of the whole thing, all of it is truly endearing. I can’t put it down.

The first chapter is another school story. It’s time for finals, and the way that all the other girls focus on Tomoe and Kurama makes Nanami begin to question her relationship to Tomoe. He’s fiercely loyal, but is it out of duty, or does he have a genuine fondness for her? Tomoe, while he does seem to bend over backwards for her and have zero interest in romance, doesn’t seem that fond of Nanami, and is definitely not affectionate, so it leaves Nanami wondering and hoping. She does find comfort in the small things, though, and this chapter’s plot is mostly about making a friend of hers happy with kind words from Kurama.

Watching Kurama and Tomoe menace each other will never get old, I think.

The second story starts with a warning from Kurama to Tomoe about how Nanami might be falling in love with Tomoe. Tomoe dismisses this, telling him that his master is above such human emotions. But the chapter is about just that, and Nanami uses her influence over Tomoe (and by “influence,” I mean the fact he’ll grumpily follow her anywhere) to score a date. This chapter… does not end well. I don’t want to spoil it, but these two go through one of the most epic Standard Dramatic Events I’ve ever seen in shoujo manga.

And the aftermath of that chapter causes problems later. The rest of the chapters in the volume tell an ongoing story. It starts with the fact that Tomoe is still a big softy that will do anything that Nanami asks, even when it puts him in danger. Though he knows better, he goes into the ocean anyway at Nanami’s request, and winds up imprisoned by Ryu-Oh, a one-eyed vengeful sea demon. For as vengeful as he is, I liked that he was still a little goofy and not too intimidating. But he’s powerful enough to take Tomoe, and Mizuki has to help Nanami go back to the past to retrieve an item, then go save Tomoe.

The whole thing’s a little funny, a little epic, and just a little bit sweet. Again, it’s the wonderful characters that really make this series for me, but… pretty much everything about it is wonderful. The way that Nanami has to reconcile Tomoe’s terrible past with his present self (she has to get an item from him in the past in order to give it to Ryu-Oh), the lengths she goes to in order to save Tomoe despite not being a supernatural being, how being human handicaps her, and the funny conclusion to this very serious story are all things that just endeared me more.

One interesting thing… Nanami has to take drastic measures in order to save Tomoe. It makes me wonder if the Kamisama link between them is still active, and if the thing she does here will have an affect on the story later. It’s all good stuff, though, and I’m really, really looking forward to the next volume.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

Kamisama Kiss 3

Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2011 – 8+ volumes

I absolutely adored the first two volumes of this series, but it was so quiet and understated. The love was mostly for the characters and how well it was put together. I was hoping I would forget how much I liked it, so that I could save up a couple volumes and read them back to back. Mission successful, since volume 4 just arrived, and I fell in love all over again with this volume.

Again, this series is full of simple pleasures, but that’s what I love so much about it. It seems to be really good at taking fairly mundane stories, mostly about how Nanami is hung up on Tomoe. The first story covers jealousy, and how plain, human Nanami can’t hope to possibly compete with beautiful supernatural beings in Tomoe’s eyes, but he seems to prefer her anyway. The second story is about a new character, a white snake demon, that tries to steal Nanami away and keep her at his shrine, and how hard Tomoe tries to get her back. A third story is a silly one about Tomoe going to school disguised as Nanami, and how his aloof attitude affects her relationships with others (bonus points: as a Japanese deity, Tomoe has never seen the Latin alphabet and completely bombs Nanami’s English class). The last story is a little peek into Tomoe’s past, though we aren’t entirely privy to the circumstances.

The plots are simple, but varied enough and original that they never get boring or repetitive, and with Nanami as the deity at a shrine, honestly, they’re staying well away from well-trodden shoujo territory. But on the other hand, they aren’t so outlandish that this doesn’t fit comfortably in the genre. And it takes pleasure in the little moments. A small joke at the expense of very serious Tomoe. Kind words at just the right time. There is romance between Nanami and Tomoe, but it isn’t really the theme of the series just yet, and it’s brought up at just the right times that it stays tender and sweet.

And the new character, the white snake demon named Mizuki. He’s easy to like, funny and a little sad, and it looks like he’ll be a recurring character. On the other hand, the recurring character Kurama wasn’t in this volume, so maybe we won’t see much more of him. I’m not sure if I like the side characters or prefer the emphasis on Nanami and Tomoe, so it’s hard to say if I’m sad I won’t see very much of them. I do like it the way it is, though.

It’s understated, and not fantastic in any quantifiable way. It’s just a nice read, well-written, fun, and super-sweet. It’s great shoujo, and anyone looking for a good girls’ comic to read won’t be disappointed.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

Kamisama Kiss 2

Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2011 – 8+ volumes

All right.  This is really awesome.  It’s adorable and romantic and dramatic without being too heavy or emotional.  I’ve got some of the same problems here as I do in Yurara (the main character has more personality, but for as heavily as the story leans on her plights and perspectives, she’s still not quite clicking for me), but I like all the supernatural themes at play here, I love the crisis towards the middle of the book, I liked the new character, and I think Tomoe is a wonderful wildcard.

The first part of the book is about an idol enrolling in Nanami’s former school.  This idol has black feathery wings and is named Tengu-something-something, which was all I needed to know to figure out he was a demon that was likely after Nanami’s kami powers.  Tomoe keeps a steady watch over her, despite the fact she disobeys him by going to school in the first place, then taking off the scarf that covers her kami powers.  But watching cold Tomoe dote on Nanami is really cute, especially since neither seem particularly fond of one another yet.  And I love the way the Tengu is dealt with.  He’s kind of a goofy, flashy guy, and while he seems to have it in for Nanami in a more sinister and less overt way than usual, I still liked watching him get dispatched by Tomoe.

No, I’m sorry, the new character’s name is Kurama, as in Kurama Tengu.  Close enough.

The second story deals with a real kamisama swooping in to take over Nanami’s shrine, which means stripping her of her kami powers, the ability to see spirits, her job as kami, and her house and purpose in life.  She’s left with Tomoe, who was turned into an infant by the kamisama, and the two of them try to figure out what to do from there, how to get the powers back… it could be a fairly standard story where the pair wins the power back by being sneaky, or by a sheer force of wills.  Instead, it is strangely sad, and focused more on the fact that Nanami literally has nothing in the world outside Tomoe and his shrine.  She does want to get her powers back and help Tomoe, but she has no means to do so, and that’s pretty much the beginning and end of it.  How can she fight a god?  She just can’t.  And I loved the hopelessness in the story.  It’s not overly dark or hopeless, but still.  It’s not something you often see.

I’m enjoying this quite a bit.  I like the stories, and I like their slightly offbeat execution.  And while Nanami is still taking some time to settle with me, I do like watching her work her way through the various problems here.  I also love watching the budding relationship between Tomoe and Nanami, if only because both are equally cold and devoid of affection.  I also liked that Kurama stuck around.  He is entertaining, but he also clearly has ulterior motives.  I want to see what he’s getting at, and I can’t wait to read more about Nanami’s difficulties in finding her new life and working things out with Tomoe.  It’s not overtly amazing, but I can see it’s taking its time to settle in and really tell a good story with good characters.  I like what I’ve seen so far.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

Kamisama Kiss 1

Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2010 – 8+ volumes

With all the recent talk about another Julietta Suzuki series (Karakuri Odette, the subject of a recent Moveable Manga Feast). I wanted to read something by this author, and while Karakuri Odette does sound wonderful, a plot about a girl stepping into the shoes of a rural nature deity is more my cup of tea.

So, Nanami isn’t doing so well. Within the first few pages, her deadbeat dad skips town and her house is repossessed as a result of his enormous debt. Destitute, Nanami has no place to go. After saving a random stranger from a dog, she spills her guts to him. He gives her a kiss and offers her a place to stay, which turns out to be a shrine. Of course, since this is a shoujo manga, it turns out the mysterious stranger was actually a kind of deity, and he, of course, ditched his shrine and passed the power onto Nanami. She has two servants who beg her to stay in the role and a surly fox assistant that could care less. She is, understandably, reluctant, seeing as how she’s never been a deity, and who is she to pretend? But her life’s such a mess… why not?

This has a lot of good ideas, but hasn’t quite clicked with me yet. I’m having problems with story logic, of all things. It bothered me that Nanami’s school life disappeared and the time frame became unclear after she entered the shrine. We saw some schoolmates at the very beginning, and school comes up infrequently after that, but being the kami seems to mean that she can’t go to school, and this isn’t something that’s addressed directly. There’s also a lot of things going on at once in this first volume. Nanami gets her powers, uses some power, grows her power, has a lot of off and on moments with Tomoe, the assistant, some crossing over into the spiritual world and issues with that, and there’s even time for a one-shot or two. All of it is good, but it’s too much at once.

It’s clear that Tomoe, a fox spirit and Nanami’s intended assistant at the shrine, is being set up as a love interest, and his fickle nature is a lot of fun so far. I also love the detail that goes into the telling of the story. I’m fond of stories that lean heavily on Japanese folklore, and we see a lot of spiritual creatures and learn about how shrine prayers work in the world of the series. One of the shrine clients so far is a kind of fishwoman/spirit that Nanami has to help find love. We pick this story back up in volume two, but I wonder if the shrine will have many such supernatural clients. Nanami’s powers as a kami are also a lot of fun (it has to be an ability she has, and she executes them by writing them down on a piece of paper), and that can turn into something spectacular. There are issues with mortality versus being a kami in the spiritual realm, too, and that might also be something that is pursued later.

Nanami herself is showing a lot of promise in this first volume, too. She’s got a lot of backbone, and I liked that she had moral quandaries about acting as kami, that it even came up, rather than her just “accepting” her new powers. She does have a messy life at the beginning of the book, and I like that she just does her best… not with a whole lot of optimism, but she does her best anyway.

The first volume is messy, but has a lot of great ideas and shows promise. If it focuses and develops its ideas, I think it could go wonderful places, and I’m looking forward to the second volume.


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