Kamisama Kiss 14
October 17, 2015
Julietta Suzuki – Viz – 2014 – 21+ volumes
Good stuff! I wasn’t sure if I’d like the story that delved into Tomoe’s past, but so far I’m really digging it.
Mikage comes back to the shrine when Tomoe passes out due to a cursed tattoo – from a bargain he struck with a fallen Kami long ago, the curse will kill him in 7 days. Mikage says there’s no way to break the curse without knowing the fallen kami that cast it, and Nanami is heartbroken. So she decides to go to the past to find the fallen kami that cast the spell and demand the way to break it.
Mikage rightly points out that Nanami shouldn’t fool with the past – her first idea is to go back and prevent him from striking the deal with the fallen kami. But if he doesn’t fall in love with Yukiji (the human woman from his past) and strike the deal, he never goes to the shrine, and Nanami will never meet him. Nor will Mizuki be saved from his horrible lonely shrine. Mizuki almost does it for her, casting himself back into the loneliness, because he knows she won’t be the same if Tomoe dies. I feel bad for him. He’s awesome, and he’d star in any other series except for this one, where we have Tomoe to root for instead.
So she goes back to the past in her modern clothes (a pet peeve of mine), and meets a delightful kami who just came into her powers. After drawing inspiration from her during her darkest hour, she moves on and washes up in a village. She’s almost burned as a yokai, until she’s saved by… Yukiji.
Tomoe is a terrible villain in the past, slayer of many innocents. He’s not the same person Nanami knows from the present (I’d like to think a person can change in 500 years), and I’m curious to see how she’ll get to know such a bloodthirsty murderer, and also how she’ll escape being killed herself by random villagers who see her with the notorious criminal.
But I know Kamisama Kiss will do it, and make me so happy to it. This is a much more serious story than the Himemiko wedding story that came before it (though that one was also pretty serious), so it’s not quite my favorite flavor of this series, but I still adore it, and can’t wait to see how this will turn out. Especially after those last couple pages.