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Manga Review: ‘Kamisama Kiss’ Volume Nine by Julietta Suzuki

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Kamisama Kiss Volume Nine is a manga by Julietta Suzuki, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2012. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.

Nanami Momozono is the main character of Kamisama Kiss, and she’s a high school student who becomes homeless after her father skips out of town to avoid paying his gambling debts. While in the park one night, Nanami has a chance encounter with a man who turns out to be the land god; he gives Nanami a kiss on the forehead that gives her the power of a kami. Nanami becomes the new god at the land god’s shrine. At this point in the story, Nanami has two familiars serving her: Tomoe the fox demon and a snake incarnation named Mizuki.

Volume Nine begins with Nanami’s return home to the shrine after her time at the kami conference. She visits Kayako, the human kami in Kyoto who is in love with Kirihito. Through this time she spends with Kayako, Nanami comes to realize that she shouldn’t give up on her feelings for Tomoe.

However, the bulk of the volume focuses on a story arc that provides quite a bit of backstory for Kurama, the tengu who has become a teen idol in the human world. Readers of Kamisama Kiss who like the character of Kurama will get a payoff with this volume, due to all of the back story and focus placed on him in this volume. Unfortunately, this story arc doesn’t conclude in Volume Nine, so you have to read Volume 10 in order to find out how Kurama’s story arc continues.

During this arc, we meet a young tengu named Botanmaru who is looking for Kurama. It turns out there’s trouble in the home of the tengu, due to Kurama’s father falling ill. Botanmaru hopes that by bringing Kurama back, that perhaps the situation can be improved. Nanami insists that Kurama should go, and that she and Tomoe will accompany him. This volume sees Kurama’s return, which allows the reader to meet some of the other tengu.

By far, my favorite portion of this volume is the story arc with Kurama’s back story. While I don’t consider myself a fan of the character of Kurama, I enjoyed getting to see his back story. As a reader, I’m starting to have a much better understanding of his character and why Kurama acts the way he is. In fact, by the time I finished reading Volume Nine, I started feeling a little sorry for Kurama.

To me, Volume Nine was a good continuation to the story of Kamisama Kiss. If you’ve read the previous eight volumes of the series and enjoyed them, then I think you will also enjoy Volume Nine.

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Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.
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