Kamisama Kiss 10

June 28, 2012

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.

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