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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Seven by Julietta Suzuki

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Kamisama Kiss Volume Seven 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 a high school student who becomes homeless after her father leaves home to avoid paying his gambling debts. One night in the park, Nanami meets a man who turns out to be the land god; he kisses her on the forehead and gives her the power of a kami.

With this kiss, Nanami becomes the new god at the land god’s shrine. At this point in the series, Nanami has two familiars serving her: the fox demon Tomoe and a snake incarnation named Mizuki.

This volume has a strong focus on Nanami and Mizuki. Mizuki tries going out among humans on his own, but finds out that he’s not ready. Nanami, meanwhile, tries to take Tomoe out on a “date” at an amusement park. The “date” doesn’t go anywhere near how Nanami had expected.

After these stories, the focus of the volume is on the kami conference that Nanami was chosen to attend at the end of Volume Six. When there’s only enough money for one of Nanami’s familiars to accompany her, it has to be decided whether Tomoe or Mizuki will be going. Once Nanami gets to the conference, she is treated with disdain by some of the other kami. To add to this insult, she is assigned to go to the entrance to the land of the dead to protect it from being destroyed.

I have to admit that when I first started reading this volume, I was a little disappointed that it didn’t launch immediately into the storyline about the kami conference. However, the first two stories that appear in here are important character development pieces, and the first story also explains why there isn’t enough money for both of Nanami’s familiars to accompany her to the conference. This volume also ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, so now I want to read Volume Eight to see what happens to Nanami at the entrance to the land of the dead.

Overall, I found Kamisama Kiss Volume Seven to be a good read. For Kamisama Kiss fans who enjoy the Nanami and Tomoe pairing, there’s development for this pairing that should satisfy them. Even if you’re not a fan of the particular pairing, there’s still plenty to enjoy when reading Volume Seven.

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  • hushpuppy

    This reminds me a lot of “Kamichu”, an anime from some years ago. A really delightful but quirky series.

    And some Japanese folklore at its best.